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  1. I just got back from the Victoria show as the venue is 3 blocks from my place. It was amazing. Matt really seems to have the songs down, he sounds like he is in top form. The crowd was great at this one. It felt like the show had really good balance. Silent Army was played, so I don't think it was a mistake when that was in a previous account of a set list. Everything else played has already been noted here in previous shows. I went to this one solo, I felt like I could really get into it. I might end up going to more shows solo rather bringing someone along that isn't quite as into it.
  2. I was at the Campbell River show last night. The setlist was exactly as was posted in the 2nd instagram screenshot above. This was the 2nd of 3 shows for me on this tour (my 1st was Sidney). The show overall was great as always, got to hear 4 or 5 songs he didn't play in Sidney. Some notes about the show: - Matt's show in Campbell River was about 1hr 35mins vs. 2hrs 15mins in Sidney, despite having a 17 song set in Campbell River and a 16 song set in Sidney. Keep mind that I think Matt is only scheduled to be on for 1hr 30mins for shows on this tour. - There wasn't much more between song banter in Campbell River than you would see at show with the band, I'm not going speculate as to why. - There were some people in the crowd that were being annoying. In particular there was one (I assume drunk) woman repeatedly professing her love for Matt in an obnoxious way in between songs, as well as constantly yelling other disruptive things (thankfully only between songs). There were a few others yelling song requests. The crowd didn't seem to be participating in a positive way like they were in Sidney. In reality it was probably just 5-10 bad apples in a group of a few hundred. Alcohol being allowed in the theatre vs. not in Sidney could have been a factor here. - The song performances were really awesome. - 99% of us is Failure was done completely acapela (not just half way through like he usually does). - Matt used a stand with the lyrics for Change of Season, understandably there is a lot of lyrics, pretty great to see him play it (performance was awesome). I also did VIP in Campbell River so I can shed some light on that for you guys: - I got the informational email 6 days before the show, telling what to bring, where to meet and what to expect. I wondered if I could possibly be the only person doing VIP in Campbell River. - I got to the theatre a bit before the requested time of 3:30. Others quickly showed up as well, it turns out there were 6 people in total. - A representative from Matt's crew checked us in and let us into the theatre where Matt was on stage and just beginning to play Tripoli as we walked down to the front few rows. - Matt played Tripoli, So Long Mrs. Smith and Radicals for the soundcheck. It was cool to get a mini-semi-private concert with just 6 people. - Things moved right into the Q&A. The info email had requested we bring our 2 questions written down on paper to submit at check-in. Although the representative said they tried that for the first show and it was awkward, so she wanted us to ask Matt our questions directly. Some interesting stories were brought out from the questions. - We all went up on stage for the group photo with Matt, he thanked us all and said goodbye - We went back to the lobby and the notebooks were handed out. It's a Matthew Good branded notebook with a MG branded pen. There's a little piece of writing by Matt on the first page and a signature (I assume all are unique? I didn't look at others). - We had an opportunity to buy merch without having deal with crowds. - The priority entry to the venue for the show was really a non-factor for a reserved seat venue. I'll be at the show in Victoria tonight, excited to see what happens there!
  3. I just got back from the Sidney show. I'm not going to go on in a lot of detail, I'm not really sure what to say. Amazing. I've been waiting over 10 years to see Matt play acoustically and it was even better than I expected. I've seen him with the band 7 times before this, not to take anything away from the band, but this is definitely my favourite show I've seen. There was tons of between-song banter (between all the songs), lots of hilarious moments. Matt's show was about 2 hours 10 minutes. It felt like a very personal performance, the venue only has 8 rows of seats. Amazing, I don't know what else to say. I'll take my best stab at the setlist. The beginning and the encore will be correct, the rest will be completely out of order, and there may be some I forget: Fearless Sort of a Protest Song Prime Time Deliverance Born Losers *Unknown New Song* While We Were Hunting Rabbits Tripoli Fated The Fine Art of Falling Apart Alert Status Red Load Me Up Los Alamos Apparitions Strange Days Men At The Door 99% of Us is Failure I don't think I forgot any, but I may have, I quickly scrolled through the album tracklists to try to remember all that was played. Like I said, order is way wrong in the middle. The new song was awesome, not sure if it was ever posted as a demo. The most memorable lyrics were "Once you break it you've bought it, and once you've bought it, it's breakable" (hope I got that right). Oh, some other interesting information we got about the next album: - The working title of the album is currently "Moving Walls", it sounded like that's what Matt wants to call it - There are 16 songs, only 1 has electric guitar - It will be recorded in studio after this tour I still have the Campbell River and Victoria shows to go.
  4. I got some better tickets for Victoria this morning in the public sale (front row). I also managed to get 2 front row seats for Sidney, I previously only had 1. I also got VIP for Campbell River, I wonder how many people will be doing VIP there? Maybe it will be a really small group, that would be cool. I have some spare tickets if anyone is interested, PM me. I have 2 in row F for Victoria (right side). I also have a single seat in the front row for Sidney (centre, A19). You can have them for face-value of course (what I paid for them).
  5. So I wasn't keeping a close enough eye on things and didn't see the artist presale until now. I'm going to Sidney, Campbell River and Victoria. I'm going in a group of 4 to Campbell River and managed to get 4 together in row E so I just went for those. Looks like I'm going alone to Sidney, and I actually managed to get front row in the centre section after clicking "Suggest Other Seats" literally about 100 times (as I could see there were 2 singles in the front row). I need 2 seats for Victoria, I can get row E right now, but I'm going to roll the dice here and see if I can get a little closer in the presale tomorrow morning. All the presales, it really makes it hard to figure out if you should go for what's available at any given moment. I guess they do this so there isn't one huge flood of demand for the "public" onsale?
  6. I would imagine he would have the ability the play longer sets in the solo acoustic format. I'm not sure of the economics exactly of course, but I would assume he has way less overhead for these shows than he would for a band show. If nothing else, he has less people on the road with him, maybe only a few people? (I'm not sure). You would think he would have the ability to play significantly longer sets if he charges the same price for tickets or a little more. Of course, he may just want to pocket that extra profit as well. I believe the last time Matt went across Canada playing solo acoustic was in 2007, does anyone remember how long these sets were? (it was just before my time as an avid fan). I have the recording of the 2006 show in Edmonton by Sean (on youtube). He plays 20 songs in that show, so slightly more than he normally would in a band show. Although, the running time is still just over 90mins for the whole show, including banter, so that's similar to the band shows he has played over the last 10 years.
  7. It really seems like this tour is going to small markets only.
  8. Yeah, possibly, but tickets are even on sale for these shows. it's probably true that with past tours, you could probably dig up a few dates before an announcement if you looked hard enough. You're right that these are a long way off, but that makes it odd as well, it would be less odd if tickets weren't on sale yet. Normally with a tour, tickets for all shows go on sale on the same date, and there is a lot of promotion through all channels from MG's team to sell tickets. It's a little odd that tickets would go on sale for shows with no mention or promotion from the artist. Looks like the only mention of these shows has been a few passing mentions from some local media outlets. I guess it's possible that because these are acoustic shows they require a lot less overhead than band shows. These are smaller markets that Matt may not go into with a band. The decision may have just been made to get tickets out and on sale for these shows before a cohesive marketing/promotion strategy was put together.
  9. I certainly hope you're right, and I think you are. The tour with OLP was the first major MG tour I've skipped in 10 years, I would happily take a solo acoustic show over the MG/OLP show.
  10. It's very odd that these shows are just popping up with no mention of them from MG's team as of yet. It definitely seems like a solo acoustic tour coming together. Maybe it's going to be all small markets as all the big ones were hit with the OLP tour earlier this year. Matt and/or his management may not believe he can come back into those markets a year or less later. I really hope there ends up being some Vancouver Island solo acoustic shows, even if not I would go to the lower mainland or even the Okanagan for one at this point if I have to. So, at the very least I'll be going to that Okanagan show if nothing else pops up (I think it will). I've deeply regretted missing those Kelowna winery shows the last couple years.
  11. I just had a random look at the shows page on Matt's site. There is a solo acoustic show in Milton, Ontario listed there for March 8, 2019 (I see this is also listed on the shows page here). Apparently tickets went on sale on June 1, but there is no venue listed or link for tickets. It also seems odd that tickets would go on sale 9 months in advance. Not that I would be buying them (I'm in BC). This site and a couple others list it at FirstOntario Arts Centre, but it's not currently listed on that venue's website. The venue's website actually lists another event happening there that night (but maybe they have multiple stages). There looks to be no mention of this show being announced on social media either. Maybe it was a mistake that this got posted on his site (maybe too early)? What makes it interesting, is could this be a sign of a solo acoustic tour coming early next year? Maybe this would just be a one-off, but seems a little random.
  12. This would be my dream (somewhat) realistic set list for a fall tour: Prime Time Deliverance (solo electric, he did it in Buffalo in 2014, it's on youtube) A Single Explosion Decades Load Me Up/Carmelina The Future is X-Rated There the First Time Something Like a Storm A Boy and His Machine Gun Bad Guys Win Born Losers Days Come Down Apparitions (solo acoustic) Encore: Strange Days (solo acoustic) The Fine Art of Falling Apart (solo acoustic) Giant Hello Time Bomb Weapon
  13. Let me just say that I would gladly pay $120 for the acoustic show described, I hope it happens too. I hope this upcoming tour turns out awesome, and I'm sure it will. I still may break down and end up going, we'll see.
  14. Hmmm... this may be the first MG tour I skip in 10 years. If there were a show in Victoria, I would go, I'm surprised there isn't actually (maybe one could still be added?). Even if there was one downtown or closer to downtown in Vancouver on a weekend, I may just use it as an excuse to hang out in Vancouver for the weekend. I get why it's being done. These are, in reality, much bigger venues than Matt has played by himself on recent tours, and the tickets seem to be about 50% more expensive than normal MG shows, so that's what makes it economically viable. Many of the dates are at 5,000-8,000 seat arenas if you look into it. There are a few cases where they are playing the biggest venues that Matt has been playing by himself (Edmonton for example), but in most cases they are playing 2 nights there. OLP is a bigger attraction at this stage (mostly because they are more mainstream), and will likely bring out a higher percentage of the crowd. Notice how OLP is listed first in all promotional material. I would expect that Matt will probably open every show and have a slightly shorter set than OLP (shorter than what Matt would play at his own show). I would expect something like a 12 song set, probably 3-4 off the new album, the rest singles with maybe a deep cut mixed in. I could be way off base, we'll see. I'm not complaining, like I said, I'd be going if there were a show in my city. I don't mind OLP, would be fun to hear them play the hits, like it will probably be fun for OLP fans to see Matt play the hits. It would be fun to see Matt play an upbeat set in front of a more party-oriented crowd too. As much as I've heard Load Me Up, Time Bomb and Automatic live before, they're still great songs that I love. These co-headline tours seem to be all-the-rage right now. It will be interesting to see if they can actually fill these arenas as well. I wonder if they will actually go with half-arena setups (where the stage is halfway down, instead of the full arena), but I'm thinking probably not. Arenas aren't the best places for concerts, but a full arena is better than a half-full arena. I'm hoping that, against all likelihood, Matt comes back through next Fall or something, and plays a solo-acoustic tour in smaller venues. That would be a dream come true.
  15. Just listening to the actual album on Spotify, thankfully the mixes sound much better. It seems to me there might have been an issue with the files used by Spotify for the single releases? I'm not totally sure, but it sounds like that to me. Seems they fixed it with the actual release, so that's good.
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