happy birthday andrew show! woo! chris brought my little sister up on stage to play drums at the end of 'underwhelmed' (while some other little girl played bass) ...and back again to play drums for 'deeper than beauty'. :) she was apparently a better drummer than patrick.
It was the best concert I went to ever. I would go see the next time they came back.
This was my third time seeing SLOAN and it was the best Sloan show that I have seen!!! The small atmosphere of the Western's The Wave really did make for an intimate atmosphere, plus the boys rocked the rafters off. My favourite song of the night was "The Other Man" because the guitars and Chris's vocals made for an eerily, sad-forlorn, and sublime experience.. Andrew rocked out again, but had to relinquish the drums to the opening band The Dears's drummer later in the evening because of an illness. I felt bad for Andrew, because he was trying so hard to make it, but just couldn't... though you should have seen the other drummer's face light up when he got the opportunity to play with the world's greatest band... he was just beaming! My girlfriend and I were standing on the balcony, front and centre for the show and it was an amazing experience for the both of us... Plus I got to "meet" Jay before the show. This is actually embarrassing for me to describe, but I was so star-struck that I couldn't say anything intelligent... Jay is a real nice guy, and was talking to these 4 blonde girls for what seemed like forever... and I didn't want to interrupt, then I just blurted out, "Whatever happened to HardShipPost (an early 90's New Brunswick band that used to be on Murderrecords) because I thought I would impress Jay with name-dropping an obsucre band that probably on he and I would know about.... well he said that they broke up a few years ago and hadn't heard from them in a long time... then the uncomfortable silence... I felt like an ass because I was one!! Then Jay went and got a Tim Horton's coffee, because neither he nor Chris drink booze... which i heard him say when I was eavesdropping, and left... oh well, at least I got his autograph, though I think I scared him a bit... Another thing... there was this guy named Fido who drove down from Michigan to see the band sitting beside us at the show making a bootleg recording on a MD recorder... If he reads this, he should email me because he promised me he would send me a copy!!
After the excellent Sloan performance of the night before and the mild crowd, my friend Alex and I were determined to do something special to show the band our love and to incite Sloan-loving hysteria in our fellow showgoers. We decided to make a sign to hang up on the balcony above the stage. It took us forever to think of what to write. Eventually I thought of Patrick's tour diary from their previous US tour, where Dave Pirner from Soul Asylum ripped on Rush, and Patrick exclaimed "No one insults Canada's ambassadors of rock!" Well, as far as I am concerned, Sloan will always be the premier Ambassadors of Rock from Canada. So we made a sign on hideous neon pink posterboard that said "NYC WELCOMES CANADA'S AMBASSADORS OF ROCK!" and hung it from the balcony. I entered the venue with the rolled-up poster and bracelets of inside-out duct tape around my wrists. I was worried I might violate some ballroom protocol, but the doormen just laughed at me and waved me in.
Apparently we were not the only ones with plans to kick the Sloan love up a notch. We met these awesome kids with homemade iron-on shirts that said "SLOAN WE LUV U" and "SLOAN 4 EVA." They were great.
During the opening band (The Sunshine Fixx) we noticed Jay leaning against a pole. I sidled up to him and asked him to sign my cd. He was very nice and did so, while I told him how great the show was the night before. He said that they planned to rock out even harder that very evening (he wasn't lying).
The Good In Everyone, The Lines You Amend (played both nights), Iggy and Angus, and so on. This show just got better and better. I see tons of live shows, and these two Sloan shows are in my top five. I just couldn't have been happier with what they produced.
The best part was that Alex and I were trying to get them to look at our sign -- finally we made eye contact with Chris and he looked up and mouthed, "your sign?" while we nodded and jumped up and down rabidly. Then he smiled, exposing his pretty, pretty, glaringly, beautiful-robot super-white teeth -- and got on his knees and jammed on his axe in the direction of the sign, and then to us. All the kids on the balcony and around us were freaking out, because they knew it was our sign and all the Sloan Superfans had bonded before the show (everyone was so excited to be there -- how Thursday should have been!).
Thank you Sloan. PLEASE COME BACK TO NYC. November 9th would be good, it'll be my 26th birthday. But really, any time would do, as long as it is soon. We miss you.
This was my first Sloan show, ever. I was extremely excited to attend and was not disappointed. I attended the show with my friend Alex, who introduced me to Sloan. We missed the first couple of songs but strutted in to "Anyone Who's Anyone," which we took as a pretty huge sign that the band was aware we had arrived and was welcoming us in the best way possible.
I remember at one point during the show Chris totally called out a kid who was drinking wine and eating spaghetti on the balcony. He's like, wine and spaghetti? At a show? Are we interrupting you or something? I loved how casually the band interacted with the fans.
The energy of the crowd wasn't as great as it could have been (see the second night for details on that), but they did play "Penpals," my favorite song ever. This was a kicking show and it made me thrilled and exhilarated at the fact that I was seeing them the next night.
i was lucky enough to see sloan twice at club quattro in shibuya, tokyo. the tickets were a whopping 5500 yen which is like $70 canadian per show but can you put a price on good times?
there were no openers and no tshirts but that was okay by me because i came for unadulterated pop rock and that was exactly what i got.
there were many young japanese girls and older, fatter expats such as myself hanging out in the lobby before the show, and the vibes were positive all around. we were doing our best to look detatched and i think we succeeded, until chris murphy appeared and we all commenced with giggling and mobile phone photo taking.
the sets on both nights were a nice balance of old and new, although the first night started nicely with a nice "life of the working girl." the second night was tighter than the first but both shows showcased what i like best about sloan which is their propensity for pop rock mayhem.
after the show i made mixtapes for the british friend i brought along and then he hunted down all the records in tokyo's fine record retailers.
i only write this dumbass review because i think you should have seen it through their eyes-the japanese kids' eyes-sloan were big lumbering ROCK STARS from another country and they delivered and it was so good they probably all started bands the next day and isn't that how you used to be, before you got all cynical and folded your arms and furrowed your brows and forgot how to have fun.
so i say they were the best shows i have ever seen of any band, period, and i'm better off for having been there.
It was the first time I've seen Sloan play live, so I was extremely excited. Unfortunately, I think the majority of the crowd weren't there to see Sloan, but instead, The Strokes. I thought the show was great. The crowd was lacking in enthusiasm and at one point someone flipped off the band, so that made me mad. There seemed to be a lot of people there who didn't even know about Sloan. What's the deal? So a word to Seattle Strokes fans: "It's not the band I hate it's their fans!" Sloan rocked, even though most of the people at that show could give a damn.
This was the only chance i got to see Sloan and WHAT A NIGHT !!! Held in my fave band venuethe Prince of Wales and opening with the first Sloan track i ever heard She Says.... i think my jaw never left the floor the whole time. Things that stick in my mind still very clearly were Chris' mighty kicks and his Jesus Christ Superstar t shirt, Pat's sweet black gretch, songs like People of the Sky, Marquee and the Moon, Sinking Ships. Amazing how clearly all this sticks in my mind. hoping they get back to Australia some day but sure aint holding out for it !
I think this was the oddest Sloan show I'd ever seen. I wonder if they would agree that it was one of their strangest venues.
This show was incredible!! I also saw Sloan at the Molson Amphitheater, and they are much better in a tiny venue like the troubadour! I couldn't hear myself talking when I left. That was over a year ago, COME BACK SOON
My fourth time seeing the greatest rock "combo" in the world, and the first time seeing them outdoors... Great show... much enthusiasm on stage, despite a few technical glitches and the intense heat and sunshine... Especially that Murphy character, hamming it up with the rock-star poses and lascivious grins as he flipped his bass over and revealed his "KISS" sticker to the crowd.... Andrew rocked out when it was his turn at the front of the stage and really seemed to be enjoying it.... Jay was scissor-kicking away, and singing his arse off... Patrick rocked the crowd with and looked cool in his new hairdo! I took a few pictures which I will post real soon...
Okay, so its been two years since that show, but I'm still telling peeps here in Calgary all about it! There's nothin' like being so close you can see what colour the guys' guitar picks are!! It was the second most fun concert I've ever been to! (The most fun was when Sloan played the Calgary Stampede July '03) The guys are musically gifted, lyrically talented, and know how to rock a crowd! They know what "rock'n'roll is about!!"
I went to the show with a friend and as we arrived I noticed Chris hanging around in the very small initial crowd around the soundboard. I of course had to give him a congrats on the great new album. The Dears opened up the action and then out came Sloan to the chants of the crowd. The new album Pretty Together had just come out on the previous week and already many of the fans were singing along including myself. We were very close to the front and dead center. The Big Bucks stage is really small so this made for a really intimate show. The show was awesome, including Chris' famous leg kick. Afterwards, Patrick came out to sign autographs in the bar. I had a great time, as I am sure of many others that were there.
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