Friday, November 27th 2009
The River 93.9 FM Winter Icebreaker
Featuring Sam Roberts, Sloan, and The Hard Lessons.View Event Website
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My 7th time seeing Sloan and easily the worst. Flubbed solos and lyrics. No passion from Pat or Chris (unless he was drumming.) Jay was into it.. but a snoozer of a setlist that even prompted some slight boo's when the lights went up. All show long I was telling my friend, "even their fans aren't enjoying this.. they need to pick it up." They never did. A nice Detroit venue, a big Michigan/Canadian crowd, and they didn't even better the bands that played before them.
Setlist from memory.. not 100% accurate, but close.
1. Take It Upon Yourself
2. Can't Face Up
3. At the Edge of the Scene
4. Believe In Me
5. The Other Man
6. Don't You Believe a Word
7. Stand By Me, Yeah
8. The N.S.
10. Where Are You Now?
11. Midnight Mass
12. It Is Never
13. Oh Dear Diary
14. Everything You've Done Wrong
15. Who Taught You To Live Like That?
16. Fading Into Obscurity
So happy Sloan returned to Detroit. It was a great show with a great lineup. Sloan played all the songs off of the new EP, as well as a nice mix up of older favorites. Big and enthusiastic crowd, can't wait for the next outing.
I thought it was a great show. I was there to record Sam Roberts Band and recorded this show as well (though I was not able to record the Hard Lessons due to logistics). Personally, I thought it was a great performance, and the musicianship was (to my ears) dead-on; the recording of the show bears this out and as an added bonus, sounds really great through headphones...it was done with a binaural mannequin microphone so you feel like you're really at the show (I've contacted Mike about the recording) when you listen using headphones - perfect for those of us who carry our music with us.
Anyway, maybe some day the recording will be available...if not, it will, simply be (to quote a Sloan title) "fading into obscurity". That would be a shame though, as personally, I really do think the recording bears out just how deftly they rocked the house, and as at least one other person here has said, the Detroit crowd was big and indeed, enthusiastic. ALways good to see "The D" "represent".
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