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  1. It appears I can't edit my last post so here are some notes about last night's show: It may have just been me but I thought Alert Status Red was a tiny bit slower than usual… nothing that really changes the song at all but I remember thinking this at the time it was being played. Matt talked about his metal side-project (Pants Hammer) he mentioned on Facebook earlier in the day. Hilarity ensued, especially when someone in the crowd yelled out that he wanted to see (or hear) it. Matt responded that he did too and wished he could just stop the show to go work on it. Can't really do the banter justice here. I'm not sure if it was the smaller venue or what but Non-Populous sounded absolutely amazing. I heard it in person when Matt played in London on the Lights Of Endangered Species tour, but this blew that version away hands down. I think the arrangement is slightly different, it's still longer than the album version but the last guitar build-up didn't seem to be played quite like it was on the last tour. The guitar part after the first big solo and before the "into the wilderness" section was modified a bit too, which allowed the crowd to join-in with some claps… it's hard to describe but it created a neat effect. (I just remembered this last part this morning.) The crowd was really into Had It Coming. After the guitar solo, they added a part with just drums and the baseline pretty much. While this was happening, Matt got the crowd to sing the chorus -- it was really cool and added even more energy to the song. We're Long Gone is played in a different key live. Other than that, it's pretty much exactly the same as the studio version. Load Me Up always makes me think that it's going to morph into another song with the way the band jams in the middle -- last night's show was no exception. Crowd was really into this, as usual, and sang the MGM Grand verse. Apparitions was performed in a different key, at least from the album version. I know it's not the same key the Massey Hall version was in either but can't say 100% if he's performed it in this key before. It really stood out so I don't think he's done so at any of the shows I've been to. Aside from that, all of the songs sounded the same as they usually do live. It was a really great show, very loud and the crowd seemed to be into it. I was very pleased to hear Black Helicopter and I'm A Window as I wound up not being able to catch a full band show on the Hospital Music tour. Hopefully, Matt comes back to Windsor more often in the future!
  2. Here's the Windsor setlist, I'll edit this post with more information in the morning: Last Parade Alert Status Red Born Losers Non-Populous Had It Coming We're Long Gone Load Me Up The Future Is X-Rated Shallow's Low Black Helicopter Apparitions Weapon --- Giant I'm A Window Being blind, I did not record this show btw -- if anyone did, please PM me? :)
  3. Indeed I am! I'll probably be wearing a Matt Good t-shirt of some kind, although the whole being a blind guy at the concert will probably make me more noticeable than the shirt will. Things are good btw, just been really busy planning the wedding and looking at apartments in the area. It'd be awesome if you came and said hi tomorrow! How're things with you?
  4. Going to the Windsor show tomorrow and will try to remember the setlist to post here. Was there new merch on sale in Bala? A bit disappointed that it's somewhat of a greatest hits show but since they didn't rehearse together for tons of time, it's more than understandable. (And really... I can think of A LOT worse than a greatest hits show.) I was hoping to hear more of the new record since I don't think I'll be able to afford a trip/tickets on the fall tour (getting hitched in September) but oh well. I'm just hoping that it's a good crowd so that Matt comes back here more consistently. (It's been 13-years since he came here with MGB because Windsor sucks and has almost no decent venues -- London is usually the furthest bands/artists go when heading to southwestern Ontario.)
  5. Set Me On Fire was before Non-Populus in London. Other than that, the set is spot-on. I was away from home until now (actually travelled from Windsor to the show and spent an extra day to celebrate my anniversary with the fiancee) otherwise I would've commented here sooner. No VIP pass for me but the show itself was great. Some may bawk at him only playing 10 tracks in the main set, but since a lot of those songs are longer, it makes sense. I certainly didn't feel like I'd been ripped off anyway and I've grown a greater appreciation for the new album after hearing so many of its tracks live. Zero Orchestra and Set Me On Fire were the two highlights from the new record for me -- the latter actually silenced the entire crowd... I love it when Matt does that with the music. There seemed to be some drunk screamers, lots of "I love you Matt!" from men and women alike. The drug rant was pretty hillarious and was mostly light-hearted but it must've gotten on his nerves because it lasted for quite awhile. I was surprised with how crazy people went for Weapon. I know it's his biggest solo hit but that's the song that got EVERYONE standing and cheering hysterically... usually the MGB stuff does that more. While LMU and X-Rated got a huge response, I'd say Weapon got a bigger one. Hornets sounds amazing live and Rabbits was just awesome. I was actually pretty surprised at how good a crowd response Rabbits got. Despite being a non-single and just Matt with a piano, you could tell the audience was genuinely excited to hear it -- they knew how much of a live rarity it is. I knew Hornets wouldn't be the last song though, mainly because it's unreleased and it'd be weird to end a show that way. It was also the first show I've been to where he didn't play Hello Timebomb... and I didn't miss it at all. Was very surprised by Dan Wesley's opening set and enjoyed it a lot. Bought his latest CD today and am anxious to give it a serious listen. One last thing, I am not sure how the distribution system is these days for bootlegs or if fans still bootleg MG's shows. If anyone did tape the London gig though (as fans have in the past) could you please PM me? My apologies if I'm not following standard protocol here, it's been awhile. ;)
  6. I didn't read that dude's blog but I am confused... one of his tweets said he got kicked out of the MG show? Did he just not type properly or something?
  7. Good for Matt. There is no reason for that kind of disrespect at a show. Do people honestly believe that buying a ticket entitles them to treat the performer like they're a piece of shit or something? Seriously, people fucking scare me with their stupidity sometimes... I'd like to see what that little weenis would do if someone just randomly told him to shut the fuck up while he's talking to someone... he'd probably pee his pants and then go on his blog to write about it, trying to save face but not realizing that he really is a fucking douchebag. I get a bad feeling that Matt will be falsely villified for this in some circles but I think that ass got what he deserved. What the hell are Matt's live shows coming to? So many stupid incidents on this tour.
  8. The way the audience only stood up finally when he played LMU made me think they'd sit back down during Great Whales and I was shocked when they stayed up during Volcanoes. I am not saying this because they're bad songs, just saying it because they seemed like a bunch who were there for the singles. Gotta admit LMU sounded fantastic though... Last Parade really stuck out for me too... but I've already said my peace on the London show. Oh and whoever said Mother Mother is more intense live, they are absolutely right.
  9. Dude, you had better make it or else I may just lose all faith in humanity. I was seriously yelling at my computer and wanted to kick the dude who gave you wrong directions in the nuts when I read your story. Hopefully you have arrived in Kingston by now... good luck! We're cheering for you dude!
  10. Well just fyi, there was no song snippet in LMU at the London gig. He did a bit of different instrumentation after the guitar solo and I thought a song snippet was coming but he didn't sing anything and then went into the final verse. If he sang any snippet, I didn't hear it anyway.
  11. Yeah I picked up their second album at HMV today and still want to get their first. They're a pretty quirky sounding band and are really unlike anything out there right now. Only thing that even comes close to describing them is a non-synth drowned version of The Rentals maybe? Even that doesn't do them justice, the lead vocalist sounds nothing like Matt Sharpe.
  12. Yeah that post made me sad... although there seemed to be some odd ducks in London (like the couple making out and the dude from said couple who tried to jump the girl in her seat, according to my gf.) I really hope it wasn't people from the London show bitching like that because I thought that was a fantastic gig with a lot of energy... seemed like the crowd was into it. I'd hate it if he stopped coming to London too because as it is, we have to make a two hour trek up from Windsor to catch him. Well worth it but that's the closest he comes to around here. People are just ignorant though. I can't comprehend why they feel the need to insult someone due to a condition that's beyond his control. As a blind person I know what that shit is like and there's really never any reason for it -- it's really just a crutch for unintelligent people to rely on. Matt is better off losing "fans" who are that stupid and disrespectful as human beings in general... guess it's easy to throw stones from a distance though. It's still a fucking shame because that's shit that nobody should have to deal with, regardless. Oh and I forgot to mention, Mother Mother was pretty fantastic. Matt sure knows how to pick great opening bands. Lead singer seemed genuinely thankful to the great reception the audience gave the band by the end of their set. Their drummer can sure fucking play too... add this band to Dala who won me over after opening for MG... these guys have great harmonies too, something that is Dala's strong suit as well... Touch Up, a song from MM's first album, sounds absolutely awesome live too btw. It was the second last song in their set last night for those who were there.
  13. For accuracy's sake, here is the definite running order for the London setlist: On Nights Like Tonight Avalanche The Boy Who Could Explode Load Me Up Great Whales Of The Sea Volcanoes Hello Timebomb Born Losers Us Remains Impossible It's Been Awhile Since I Was Your Man Apparitions Weapon Giant Last Parade Empty's Theme Park I am blind but was there with my gf and have a few comments: I was one of the first to voice disappointment at the start of the tour over the MGB singles being played but now understand why: The audience was sitting up until Load Me Up but that song got everyone standing and pretty much everybody stayed up for the rest of the show, according to my girlfriend. I was surprised by It's Been Awhile... think this is the first time he's played that on this tour? I am a big fan of this song so its surprise inclusion made me happy... as soon as I heard that drum intro I was like "Holy shit!" Giant still sounds amazing, I will never get tired of hearing that tune live. Also I thought Last Parade had some tremendous energy and Matt really seemed to be getting into that one. Must be doing fairly well too, I thought I could hear the audience singing along... which they mostly only did for the singles like Weapon, Born Losers and the MGB stuff. Not to say they were unresponsive, I thought the other material certainly received warm receptions as well. Empty's Theme Park should always be played last and I honestly couldn't imagine it being anywhere else in the set... you have to hear it in person to understand what an absolute force the reworked version is. Also really liked the extended guitars at the end of Great Whales. Not sure if it was the same for everyone but Matt's vocals were drowned out by the band in the first couple of songs... finally heard full band Avalanche live though... very happy about that! On Nights Like Tonight is a great opener and really flows well into Avalanche too, they're like two kindred spirits. All the Vancouver songs translate really well live... Boy Who Could Explode, Empty's Theme Park, Last Parade and Great Whales were the album highlights for me... On Nights Like Tonight and Us Remains Impossible were really great too. Matt wasn't too chatty and I couldn't make out what he said when he addressed the audience... something about the rule at Centennial Hall being that 19+ had to b covered in KY or something... didn't totally understand so I am most likely getting it wrong... joked about the after show party too. Crowd was hot even though it sounded like there were some "special ones" there. Definitely some people who really thought they were awesome by screaming incoherently but there were also a lot of those pin drop, spine tingling moments with just Matt singing so I thought it was good. One girl shouted out, quite loudly, Primetime Deliverence right before Empty's Theme Park... there is no way Matt didn't hear it and I'm sure he was probably really impressed given his recent blog entry about requests being annoying. I know he's done it on past tours to several crowds but not sure if he is still doing it on this tour: After the show was done, people gave him a huge ovation and he stayed to face the crowd and applaud us. No matter how many times he does it, I always find it to be an extremely classy gesture on his part. All in all it was a great show, in my opinion. Maybe could've done without HTB but the crowd was into it so it's obviously a matter of personal opinion and it was still fun to sing along to. Best solo gig I've been to, by far.
  14. I agree. When people were raving about the demo I couldn't understand why, although I enjoyed the album version right away... no skipping on my end.
  15. Are you the dude who usually records Hamilton and London shows? I remember the recordings from those shows were fantastic on the Put Out Your Lights Tour if so. Please record London, being blind, I really can't and would love a recording since I'll be there too.
  16. I am going to London on Wed, btw... if no one has posted that by the time I get back on Thursday afternoon (the girlfriend and I are driving from Windsor) I'll put it up for everyone here for sure. Anyone bootlegging that show? There seems to have been a bootleg from pretty much every London show since the Put Out Your Lights tour with excellent quality to boot so fingers crossed!
  17. Having an opinion about a show is fine, I understand some people are disappointed with certain shows and I respect their choice to discuss it. It just feels like some people are going a bit too far sometimes and attacking MG's whole show because he didn't play what happened to be someone's favourite song or whatever. I dunno, maybe it's just how it's being phrased by some people, I just find some of the criticisms to be based solely on personal preference and there's not really anything Matt can do about that. That's really what annoys me the most, the feeling or attitude that makes it sound like MG should've catered to exactly what a given fan wanted... just a bit ridiculous.
  18. You know, discussing dream setlists and what you're dying to hear live is one thing, it's being a fan who is enthused about the music. Having said that, some of the people here have sounded like over-entitled asshats over the course of this tour. I am slightly embarrassed to be part of the fan community when I read some of the posts here. Like someone in this thread said, you've seen enough of the setlists by now to have a good idea of what Matt might play. If you're that disappointed, sell your tickets to someone who would appreciate the opportunity to see Matt live and stfu. Seriously, this is getting old and makes so many people sound like brats because they didn't get the exact brand of MG they wanted on a given night... he isn't a puppet, he's someone who created these songs and as such, he should be allowed to play them in any way he sees fit. No one is putting a gun to people's heads to go to these shows so I don't understand why so many are still going despite never being satisfied. BTW... I can understand why security asked those people to sit down in Calgary... it wasn't a general admission show was it? You people buy the tickets... and you see those seat numbers on them? That's where you *gasp!* sit at! How dare security enforce this, I know... and furthermore, I doubt Matt was even aware of this happening... and even if he was? Those people shouldn't have been there in the first place! And the whole thing about Matt apparently insulting people's intelligence by saying he'd need $70 a ticket for 2 1/2 hour shows: How can you compare a somewhat successful Canadian artist to an internationally-successful band? That's just assinine... PJ has the money to record every show and a different infrastructure... They also play bigger venues which gives them more profit and the ability to have cheaper ticket prices. Matt is obviously a successful musician in Canada but if you think that means he can put on shows like PJ for the same cost, I honestly don't know what to tell you. Seriously people, some of you need to step back and give your heads a shake.
  19. I wouldn't count Love Will Tear Us Apart... I thought that AND Walking On The Moon were just song snippets. Also, can someone type out the setlist from Calgary 2 I think it is? The one that was just a pic. I am blind and well... my narration software doesn't read image files.
  20. To be fair, you can't compare U2 and MG as far as hearing a concert before going in person: Matt is still shuffling his sets a lot more than U2 at the end of that tour... as a fan, I was really disappointed when the last half dozen shows had the exact same setlist on that leg of the tour.
  21. Just out of curiousity... were they attempting Suburbia as a full band or did Matt just try doing it solo-acoustic?
  22. Yeah I really enjoy Blue Skies on WLR&RR but never really got into it live, not sure why... I liked the first version of the song from the Ottawa Civic Centre bootleg, I believe, with the more pronounced guitar riff throughout the song. I do appreciate the lyrics and what they convey, there are just other songs I have a personal preference for. And as for Devil's In Your Details, I just really love the instrumentation on that one. BTW Matt, I wasn't meaning to complain about what you play. Obviously you're gonna play what you want to and I've never been to a show of yours I didn't enjoy. I was more thinking of my fantasy setlist as it were, which I'm sure all fans of yours have to a certain degree. My apologies if my posts came off like complaining, I know it's easy for fans to criticize setlists when they're not the ones who have to rehearse the material, travel across the country and play several shows a week. As the artist who created these songs and puts all the effort into the live show, I fully respect what you do for everyone so thanks. Looking forward to London in just over two weeks! ;)
  23. Yeah a lot of venues have sound curfews so the shows can only go on for so long. Nice to see some WLR&RR representation at this show and agree it's cool that the setlist is getting shuffled up... crossing fingers that he trots out The Devil's In Your Details at some point... love that tune. HTB has missed its third show in a row now? That has to be a record... like that they're trying to freshen-up LMU a bit... Liking that Faught To Fight It has stayed in the set... very interesting to follow along on this tour! ;)
  24. Alright so... um... let's get a setlist up here then?
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