Friday, June 4th 2004
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Sloan's rocking L.A. tonight and I'm hoping they blow the roof off the joint. It has now been exactly two years and three weeks since I last saw Sloan live and I'm definitely ready to see these dudes rock again. Here's hoping they play a nice mix of Action Pact jams and some oldies but goodies. Step On It Jean, indeed!!!!
Wow. I've been fans of these guys since I first heard "Underwhelmed" on the radio over ten years ago, but this is the first time I've seen them live. The best thing about Sloan is they know what their good songs are. (Some bands just don't get that.) They played for over two hours without a single lull. Just one power-pop gem after another. I brought two friends who knew nothing about the band and they left converts. One even bought a t-shirt. A great fucking show!
Every Sloan tour south of the 49th parallel is like a little slice o' Xmas, so it was absolutely the tops to see them again. They were very generous with the tunes - 23 in all, I think - and the "Action Pact" stuff went over very well (the crowd sang along with it almost as loudly as they did with the new stuff).
The band was a bit sloppy - a couple of times Patrick or Chris would start playing in the wrong key, look at each other, laugh and play in the correct key - but they hadn't played in a couple of weeks. Chris, the master showman as usual, kept everyone's spirits high, even working under the burden of Canada's Flames having failed to take the Stanley Cup earlier in the day. And when did Jay get braces? Now he really looks like a sizzleteen. Excellent! Highlights of the show: False Alarm, Money City, for starters.
Don't know if I can make it to the Troubadour on the 11th since I've gotta take the GRE the next morning and need my sleep. Hope everyone else can make it though. SLLOOOOAAAAN!
Man...what a show! I think the fact that Sloan doesn't make it out to Cali alot makes their show better and more exciting!
Talked with Chris for awhile before the show.....he couldn't get enough of my 1974 KISS t-shirt I had on. I told him Id bring him one in his size to the Troubadour show. Chris if you're reading this, I am making the call after I type this to get you one.
The band played for almost 2 hours.....Back Stabbin' just fully rocked like a truck! I was stoked to here I Am The Cancer as well as all the Andrew gems that were played! By the way (as stated in a previous post) when did Jay get braces?
There were some mistakes here and there, but to me, that makes it more "real" rock n roll.....Sloan is a real band with real heart.....I love 'em!Can't wait to see 'em at the Troub next week!
The Spaceland show Was A-Mazing!
Its very rare I go to a show anymore where the openers are just as good as the act I'm there to see. Telecaster were great, Everybody Else were totally amazing and Sloan just rocked the fucking house! I happened to be in L.A. from Detroit and was glad I could catch the show.
Highlights included: Flase Alarm, If It Feels Good Do It, and Chris asking me after the show "What are you doing here" (knowing me from detroit).....is there a better band out there???
oy...this was the 2nd time i have seen the guys in LA and driving for 6+ hrs. was all worth it. small mistakes & all, it was f*ckin' beautiful. highlites were ::false alarm::, ::back stabbin':: & the very epic ::sensory deprivation::. it could have gone for 3 hours and i would have loved it. finally had more than 2 minutes with jay & pat. they are both stellar guys, absolutely the sweetest and grateful for the Wardrobe Malfunction Emergency Kit i made for them in case of future broken zippers, painful braces, broken glasses, and other tour-related incidents. this was one of the best sets i've heard...a solid mix of new & classic songs. great sing-along opps as well. openers were tasty. great to see 3/4th of SF's The Donnas there too :)
ok.. so i've been harrassing mike regarding a US tour since i was in canada last summer and heard "the rest of my life" on the radio (not knowing they even had a new single -- why are we so darn BEHIND?) ... so to walk into that teeny venue and see chris by the door chatting it up with a heniken in hand was, to say the very least, AMAZING. the show was great (though i wish i had brought some ear plugs) and of course what i love about these guys is the requests for sing alongs. highlights? backstabbin', the lines you amend, coax me .... am crossing my fingers that underwhelmed or deeper than beauty will be played at the coach house or troubador. please, please, please. OH.. and the sweetest thing ever -- chris, jay and patrick (at various times throughout the night) thanked us for coming to the show... the sincerity in the voices has officially made me a devotee for life. as if i would miss one of the greatest bands out there!! "one thing i know about the rest of my life, in know that i'll [be listening to slooooannn]..."
I've followed Sloan for years, and finally, Saturday night, I got to see them live. I flew in for the night from Salt Lake City (yes, I understand why Sloan never plays Salt Lake City) to meet a local friend for the show. It was a good-sized investment, and the guys didn't let me down; they worked their butts off in spite of what appeared to be serious tour-related exhaustion.
Jay and Andrew in particular were in rare form. (Not rare for Sloan. I'm implying universally rare.) Patrick was impressive as well (although he should be careful where he flicks those bottlecaps -- someone could get hurt!) and Murph took his usual role as band clown. (Not that the audience needed help getting enthused, but the suggestive Tina Turner-style microphone gestures were a nice touch.)
It's hard to pin down tracks that stood out because pretty much everything was stellar.
Same goes for the opening acts, Telecast and Everybody Else. Both bands served well in the warmup capacity because they caught the attention of the crowd and drew us in.
The audience? We were pretty hot ourselves...overall, a good first live Sloan experience.
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