Friday, September 23rd 2005
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There are so many things I could say, but I will simply note that there is obviously a major difference between seeing you guys in the U.S. as an opener and seeing you in Canada as the headliner as I did last night. Seriously, best show ever. Out of any band I've seen. Next time you come to NB, I will most definitely wander across the border once again. Thank you, Sloan, for a kick-ass time, and I'm hoping someone took some pictures because I regretfully opted to leave my camera at home.
Oh yes, and special thanks to Andrew for "Before I Do," made my month, maybe even my year! ;)
the show in Fredericton was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was the funnest thing i've ever done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i can't wait till i get to go to another show!:)
I don't get what is the deal with this campus tour! I've been following Sloan for 12 years and saw close to a dozen gigs, and I never been disappointed until this show. Don't get me wrong, the band was as good as they could be with what they had to work with. It was the crowd that ruined it for me.
I know that Sloan has always adopted the "Doing it for the kids" mentality, but I believe that this needs to change, simply because the kids obviously don't care. My friends and I had to admit defeat and leave the front of the stage for the back of the room, mostly because a bunch of drunken wannabee jocks were amused by pushing and shoving everybody around, and thought that insulting girls and Security people made them look cool (white t-shirt loser jock dude...you know who you are).
As for the concert, amid a few unsuccessful sing-along attempts by Chris, which failed because the crowd either didn't know the words to the song or the song itself (this happened in Moncton as well), the band played a bland, uninspired set with little to no talking between songs. Although we were treated to a rarity with the song Underwhelmed early in the set and many other exciting songs throughout the night, that are usually amazing live (Money City Maniacs, If it Feels Good Do It, etc.), the rowdiness of the crowd quickly out shadowed the performance of the band, which clearly wanted to get out of there quickly.
The best Sloan show I've seen was a the Paramount in Moncton in 2003, where everybody was signing and having a good time, while having the utmost respect for every individual present in that room. Playing campus shows does nothing for Sloan, except maybe alienating a solid, loyal and more mature group of followers that do not want to mix with a bunch of stupid kids that don't respect the crowd or the band (I heard at least ten people pronouncing their name Slowen).
After seeing that show, I feel bad for Sloan. I also feel bad for the people that were there to enjoy the music but couldn't because of jockey jocks and drunken floozies...Maybe it’s time for Sloan to realize that as they got older, so did their fan base. I suggest that maybe next time around, the concert should take place in a neutral club, where older and younger fans alike can share the same enthusiasm for Sloan’s music.
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I have been a Sloan fan for years, so I appreciated some of the older songs off twice removed that were played. I also enjoyed "take good care of the poor boy", that was a surprising choice as well. Every song sounded great and the harmony's were dead on. However, it looked as though Sloan were there only to collect a pay check. I know it is not in Sloan's nature to go completely banana's on stage but it looked like they had something better to do than play an extremely short set. I guess I can respect the fact that their not faking enthusiasm , but I was hoping I'd get my $22 worth. If my soul purpose had of been to pick up freshman girls, then the ticket price would have been more than justified.
I was talking to most of the band afterwards. Some dickweed was throwing pennies at Chris. So yeah, the band wasn't that into it (I saw them in Moncton where there was lots more stage banter), but who can blame them?
That being said, it would be nice if Sloan stopped playing campus shows (because they attract a rowdy, unappreciative crowd), but on the other hand campus shows are very profitable for a band. What can you do?
As for the show, I was very pleased with the inclusion of "Take Good Care of the Poor Boy"! Awesome job on that one. I found they were a bit tighter than when they played in Moncton, but the previous show was much more friendly. No regrets paying my $22 for the show! Had an absolute blast, despite the crowd's efforts.
Come back soon, guys! And play 500 Up! ;-)
ok now that i have calmed down and can actually write in full sentences and can write something good. i really did think the show was amazing but the crowd didnt amaze me. throwing things, crowd surfing and that one guy dancing on the stage was completely unnecessary! i was lucky not to be pushed down and stepped on by the obviously drunk crowd. i know the band did not appreciate the way the crowd acted but it did not stop them from playing a great show! each song was even better then i expected! this was my first Sloan show and hopefully not my last and maybe next time they'll play somewhere where the crowd is a little more respectful!:)
I totally agree with the previous posts about the crowd. I missed the Moncton show and had to head down to Fredericton and the atmosphere totally ruined it. I was planning on being in the front of the crowd but I had no desire when the show started. Sloan really looked pissed to be playing there and if I were them I would not have came back for the encore. They played tight and well and Take Good Care of the Poor Boy came as a nice surprise but the crowd just ruined it. As much as I love Fredericton I was beyond disappointed.
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