Saturday, May 22nd 2004
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I you guys KNOCKED out the crowd in Detroit... LITERALLY!
FYI, the girl that passed out up front just needed to lay down for a few minutes - a little too much excitement. She was back up and rockin' in no time, though.
And, this show was as good as when I saw you in Montreal.
-Greg (Michigan Fire Fighter/Paramedic)
just got home from the show and as usual they were great live. they started off with 3songs from action pact and then mixed it up pretty well. only did two songs from twice removed, but at least chris did his solo rendition of deeper than beauty which is always coool. They ended the show with if it feels good do it. oh yeah, only one song from the first album .
What a great show. The evening started off with everyone waiting for doors to open in the pouring rain. I saw a guy toweling off with the Canadian flag...for shame. The show was great. My only complaint would be they didn't play Underwhelmed. come on, underwhelmed! They did, however, play the whole of Action Packed as per the new usual. Groan, whatever. Backstabbin' rules and I don't care if I am the only one who things that.
The best part would have to be when my friend fainted and Chris stopped the show and had her lifted over the blockade and to stage right. They really took care of her. what great guys. Of course when she came back, safely I might add, Chris mocked her a few times, but it was awesome to see the whole band care so much about their fans. Keep up the good work Sloan.
I thought the band sounded great and everybody seemed to be in good spirits--an overall great atmosphere. By the way, Step On It Jean is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs (it sounded great live). Overall everything was excellent.
By the way, did anybody notice that girl who looked like Apple's mother (Gwyneth Paltrow). She was wearing a pink short sleeved shirt and she truly looked like Gwyneth. She was also hanging out by the steps afterwards. Since I think flirting is pitiful I did not talk to her, but if anybody knows who that was or if she is reading this please enlighten me as to who she is (or who you are).
Great show. It's always nice to see a Sloan show in Detroit. The guys really rocked it out, playing selections from all of the albums. I was especially pleased to hear "Step on it Jean," a very high quality track.
I like St. Andrew's as a venue, but it does get really hot. The heat did get to a few concert-goers, but the guys were really cool about it. That part all came out ok.
This was my 8th time seeing Sloan, and it never disappoints. I'm already looking forward to the next time.
Nobody works a crowd like Sloan.
Although this was my fourth Sloan show in four years, this was perhaps the most fun, despite the steamy overheated venue and a muddy mix (too much low end).
From the outset, Chris mirrored the adrenaline of the mostly Detroit/Windsor based crowd - who did a great job singing along. The rest of the band seemed to get a kick out of the vibe as well - even the normally reserved Jay took a couple of turns standing on the monitors.
The new songs are perfect for the "majesty of rock/pageantry of roll" that Sloan brings to the stage. But highlights for me were "The Good in Everyone" and the extended encore, which included Chris and Andrew (and several hundred backup vocalists) doing "Deeper Than Beauty", "She Says What She Means", and "If It Feels Good Do It".
A brief word for Governor Granholm....FIX I-75!
This was my friend's first Sloan show, and the trip back to Toledo was like an off-road excursion. The bumps may be fine for the locals, but they are very hard on those whose sore asses have just been kicked by North America's finest live band.
Holy Smokes- great show, great energy, and great sound for St. Andrews- hat's off to the sound man. Murph was a mad man on the drums, as was Andrew on the axe, and of jay and patrick gave it all they had! My 10th sloan show, and easily the best one yet! Only wish they coulda played longer!
I am a recent fan of Sloan. This was first concert and i loved it! St. Andrews Hall was awesome. But the security sucks! Chris threw a water bottle to my friend in the crowd, but on the way out she got stopped by security. She said, "You cant take that outside, its illegal." What the fuck is that all about? Since when is it illegal to have a boottle of water? It was still sealed! Oh well the show was aweome and i will remain a Sloan fan for many years to come.
What a phenomenal show... you guys always blow my mind! What would we do without Sloan?? Detroit loves you, and we'll miss you 'till next time!!
Oh, and that girl in the pink shirt? Looks waaay more like Kirstin Dunst. ;)
Great show you guys are what rock is all about come back to d-town soon peace love and ear grease snytrain!!!!!!
Sloan was awesome. Simple. ;)
This was actually my first time seeing them. I traveled 3 hours to Detroit and got to St. Andrews around 4:30 and sat on the steps for 3 hours! Definitely worth it.
I really liked the energy the band has on stage, the personality, etc. Well done!
Holy Crow!! What and excellent show. Quite possible one of the best shows on my top five all time favourite.
I was glad that Sloan was able to play a good majority of Action Pact but still play some older songs. Very well balanced.
I bought the last copy they had of Navy Blues on vinyl...I must say it sounds absolutely fantastic on a pair of head phones.
Keep on rockin'!!
all i can say is WOW...that concert was the most amazing thing i have ever seen/heard. you guys completely rock. the atmosphere was great inside that dark little place and the rain even added to it because we came out of crappy weather just to have you guys rock us silly. the encore was great, i don't think i've ever sung as loud as i did to "if it feels good do it." i can't forget the rest of the concert tho, which was just as amazing...included most of my favorites. come back to detroit soon...i'll be sure to be there.
I've been a Sloan fan now for going on 10 years, since I picked up a little disc called "Twice Removed" back in '94 and was instantly hooked. However, something always came up when the Sloan came through town and I never got the chance to see them until 2001 at the State Theater in Detroit on the "Pretty Together" tour. I remembered how frickin' rad that show was and figured there would never be another like it.
That fear was confirmed when I saw Sloan play in Pontiac last summer at a free festival, and everything went to hell. But a free, 7-song Sloan set with shitty sound is better than a kick in the nuts, for sure.
I had high hopes for this show, especially in terms of hearing tracks off of "Action Pact" (some of which were played in Pontiac when the album had just come out in Canada and I barely had heard any of it), and the Sloan did not disappoint. The sound was STRONG and the boys were all up in it. A fantastic 90-minute set with classics and new tracks abounding - I couldn't have asked for much more (other than "Losing California"). I was singing along the whole way, including my favorite line during "The Rest Of My Life": "One thing I know about the rest of my life - I know I WON'T be living it in Canada!". USA pride at its finest. Sorry, America Jr.
All in all, a fantastic night, and I hope the rest of the U.S. catches on to what Detroit has known for years - this is an AMAZING band that deserves big things stateside.
This is one bunch of beautiful, talented guys that not only put on a high energy, great rock-n-roll show but can come and reside with me anytime.....yeah, that means you Chris :)..thank you, thank you for a very enjoyable evening.....come back soon....marcie....
GREAT show! Sloan rocked- as always. They definitely put on the best live shows I've ever seen. They did a great set, I love Action Pact so it was great to hear those songs live, especially "I Was Wrong," "False Alarm," and the tear-jerker (as it was introduced last summer in Pontiac) "The Rest of My Life". The best part of the show had to be "Money City Maniacs" and the whole encore (and "The Good in Everyone" too)- everyone was singing along - it was great. I wish they did "Underwhelmed," but I can't complain, they were awesome. I can't wait to see them again!
Oh-and the guy at the merchandise stand was especially nice. Thank you for opening early to let those of us that got soaked in the rain buy a nice dry t-shirt.
Thanks for stopping in Detroit-please come back soon!
The third Sloan show I saw in four days... definitely not disappointing! I think we all could have done without the torential rain outside and the heat inside, but that kind of thing makes for a good memory.
Detroit is the gritty friend that Canada calls when it wants to party, and we lived up to our reputation. Great show, guys!
While many of my friends are constructing houses, babies and domestic lives in the suburbs, I was busy seeing Sloan in Bowling Green, Cleveland, and Detroit. And I was happily reminded that my single lifestyle has rewards of its own to reap. Yes, we all know by now, quite well in fact, that the band "rocks". But with Sloan it is much, much more than just great music and kick-ass live shows. It is about their dedication, their enthusiasm, their perseverance, their lack of pretention. It's about their consistency to deliver a great time and sky-high caliber performances, whether it be in front of 100 or a 1,000 fans. It appears the same to us...110% effort. It is about their gracious and generous interaction with their fans, whereby they break down the celebrity/commoner barriers and make you feel as if you are simply chatting to the person next to you in the pub. They appear to be genuinely glad to see you, to talk to you, and grateful that you came 'round to see them. They make us feel welcome at their shows, and I sincerely hope my fellow countrymen reciprocated with congenial hospitality---because we were so thrilled that they came 'round to see us again. We like you.
Touring is a huge undertaking. And you (the band), Mike, and the crew have been travelling night after night, working your asses off--away from home, family, and friends, and probably having to snack on crappy cheetos, twinkies, and stale truck-stop coffee. Yet at each show, fans were having a really great time, often unaware that despite the smiles and high kicks and killer jam sessions, the band may not have been enjoying every single second---touring can be tiresome, stressful, boring at times, and yes, it is work. Perhaps there were times when one of you was sick, fatigued, annoyed, or irritable....but unlike so many other bands, you never compromised with half-assed efforts, diminished quality, or childish behaviour. Sloan, your dignity and class were always showing. Your reverence and regard for your fans is a rarity in a business filled with egomaniacal, avaricious, unaccomplished, and pretentious poseurs.
So, for each and everyone's tireless efforts and personal sacrifices---Thank You.
And with the three shows I was privileged to catch during this tour, I was able to forget about the unpaid bills on my desk, forget about the research papers I'm supposed to be writing, and forget about the horrors I see on the news each day. And music-wise, you guys put the fun, the "yay", the heart and the soul back into rock-n-roll, which I personally haven't experienced since KISS, Minor Threat, Cheap Trick , The Meatmen, Descendents, The Dickies, Bad Brains, Redd Kross, and Hoodoo Gurus, to name a few...and for that I Salute You. All of these aforementioned reasons are why I advise my 3 pre-teenage nieces to answer "SLOAN" whenever anyone asks them, "Who is your favourite band?". Because that way, they will never have to look back and be embarrassed.
Chris, it was a pleasure to meet you. Thank you for your time, and for sharing your beautiful talents with the rest of us. And if there ever comes a day when you wonder why you're knocking yourself out in this crazy business, then pull out that Cheap Trick guitar pick and feel ITS power. I hope it reminds you of the incalculable "Thank-you's" you've received over the years.
And to the band: Whatever you do in the future, whatever road you choose to travel career-wise....I will support you. Because I'm assured that you will do what is right for each of you, you will pursue what you believe in, you will give it your absolute best effort, and all the while, you will continue to deliver music endowed with distinction, virtuosity, and merit. Thank you for enriching my life for the past 10 years. Here's to many more...
Wow!!!!! Another great Sloan show!! I have seen the band about seven times and I must say this was the best!! The band always brings the rock in Detroit and tonight was no exception. I am ashamed that the band isn't more respected in the states. Sloan has the power of The Who, the party feel of Kiss and lyrics Dylan would be proud of. May the band have all the sucess in the world. No band works harder on stage and treats their fans so well. May all of America open it's ears to the greatest Canadian import since Crown Royal!! Long Live SLOOOOOAAAANNNN!!!!!
Thanks for another memorable evening.
What a fantastic show as usual. I can't wait to see them again. I'm glad they didn't play the whole Action Pact album like they did in London, I like a little variety in the set lists. Which is why it's always great to see Sloan live more than once on a tour because they always change the set list.
Greg the paramedic, thanks for taking good care of my friend, who I will now call "pass out girl" every time we go to a concert now.
I'm already feeling Sloan deprived, I'll have to find a concert to go to soon.
Thanks Sloan for yet another great show. I'm sorry the mix at St. Andrews was a bit bottom-heavy, but you guys as usual rised above such things. The new tracks really translate well live, and of course I love hearing the old stuff. I just came back from Coachella in Cali and the people there were great, but the people at your shows show genuine joy at seeing you, and that's rare these days. I wish you guys luck on the Jet thing, please stop back through Pontiac or Detroit sometime by fall :).
As a native Detroiter I thank god I was close enough to the border to hear my first Smeared track, and then of course go on from there. I really like the new album, and am thankful in this day and age where listening to the radio is nearly impossible, and we poor souls have to scour the internet for something new, we can count on Sloan to deliver a solid album and then back it up with a great tour.
::Note to Sloan:: I've never chatted with you guys so I will say this, you all have such great harmony and your vocal styles blend perfectly, you can never break up (again?).
What did you all think of 'People in the Sky'? Not usually one of my favorite Sloan tunes (my favorite ones never seem to get played) but Ive never seen Sloan 'jam' like that before. Usually they play the tunes pretty much the way they are on the record, but it was good to see them get down a bit. Andrew you are damn good guitarist (hell of a drummer too), Chris is a rock god, I wish Jay would sing more, and Patrick you are probably one of the most talented guys in Rock.
My Top 5 Sloan Tunes 5/27/04
1. At the Edge of the Scene
2. Who you talkin' to?
3. Suppose They Close the Door
4. A Long Time Coming
5. I Was Wrong
AMAZING show! Well worth driving throught he electrical storm and then sitting in my car for 15 minutes a block away, with my seat belt on for fear that the torrential winds were going to upturn the entire thing, waiting for the storm to die down so I could make a run for the club entrance. I'll definitely be playing the new album for friends and spreading the word. Who knows, maybe it'll motivate somebody I know to buy a copy and I'll secretly switch their version for my "import" version I got last year sans the two extra songs. Shhhhhhh. By the way, haircut looks good, Patrick.
That was such a kickass show, I didn't want it to ever end. It was my first time seeing Sloan, but I've always been a fan. Chris, I'm a drummer and man were you ever amazing, you too Andrew, all of you guys rocked. I was in the front row, and what a privelage it was. One of my favorite songs of the whole night was I Was Wrong. You guys HAVE to play more Detroit shows. I waited outside for like 2 and a half hours, and got soaked. Well, anyway you guys RULE!!! COME BACK TO DETROIT! Will
Awesome. This was probably the best Sloan show I've been to - and it's been quite a few. The energy of both the band and crowd was incredible, despite the crowd being drenched outside before the show. The greatest moment for me was "Sensory Deprivation". To be honest, that song has never been one of my recorded favorites, but the guys did an amazing job of it live. Way to go, hope for many more!
I would have to say it was an excellent show. Despite the rain and everything else. Just a note I am the girl whop passed out and I just wanted to give everyone a heads-up that I am okay. I return to the front of the floor because the music was so good, not even passing out could keep me away.
I would also like to thank everyone for there kindness who helped me and kept me safe, thanks again everyone and especially to the guys from sloan.
This was my first Sloan concert and i'd have to say i was impressed! The show was sweet and this chick even passed out like 3 times! Me and my freind were right behind her and had to keep catching her. The Stopped the show and came down and talked to her. Chris came down to talk to her and touched her hand and she passed out again! Who would of thought it! All in all the show was fucking awsome except the weather waiting to get into the show.
F.Y.I I was not once drying off with the Canadian Flag cause if i was i'd deserve to be shot.
well, i saw the show at arts, beats and eats in pontiac, MI a few weeks ago and it reminded me of the last time i saw sloan. that said, i decided to post a review of this show instead of the more recent one since st. andy's is a better venue than phoenix ampitheater and since there is a more interesting storyline-accompaniment to the former show. scattered bastard that i am, i showed up late and without tickets to this show which, as it turned out, was sold out. after some haggling, i managed to get in free-of-charge and i only missed about 3 songs. the show was awesome, complete with chris' david-lee-roth-kicks and patrick's wah-laden solos. andrew's songs sounded particularly good and the set was a nice mix of new and old. the next time you guys come to detroit (sooner than later, i hope) please play st. andrews again. it sounds so much better in there than it does at that other crappy outdoor venue.
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