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  1. Well, my friends, I'm finally done my 10 show Alberta odyssey. It was such a great month full of memorable moments. In general, meeting new people and seeing familiar faces along the way had to be the joint highlight of this journey for me. Random highways, dozens of podcasts, giant transmission towers, seedy motels, hole in the wall bars, and lush Airbnbs stitched it all together. There were vastly different venues - from a bar where the entire lighting rig couldn't be set up and wings were being served on covered pool tables to brand new opulent theaters engineered for sound and live performance. The venues really added a dynamic that I didn't anticipate when I was feverishly buying the tickets what seems like more than half a year ago. Poesy was probably my favorite opener of any recent MG tour. She's a great songwriter and performer. The two fellows she was touring with are class as well. I look forward to seeing them perform as a full band when they cross through the city. Walking into the Airdrie show not knowing what to expect was like having a fuse lit. Selling You My Heart really left an impression on me. Red Deer's show was in a bar, but they were respectful enough to post notes around indicating that this was going to be an intimate acoustic performance. That was a nice touch and I think a lot of the audience took heed. St. Albert had the first performance of Blue Skies and of course MG's return to the Edmonton area after his collapse during the OLP / MG tour. In Grande Prairie, I really got to connect with the crew working on this tour and it was fascinating to learn about the logistics and other technical aspects of it. Medicine Hat was amazing. The audience was respectful, MG was in a great mood playing as well as I've ever seen, and the venue sounded superb. The Empty Road closer was a welcome surprise. Camrose had a setlist that was comprised of 13 MGB songs, and only three solo ones. If you're a fan of the old stuff, that was the show for you. In Fort Saskatchewan, MG woke up with no voice, but still put on a killer performance. How It Goes is another favorite of mine, and seeing that was another highlight. The "this is it" part of Prime Time Deliverance was unique to all other performances I've seen or heard. Lloydminster had a venue that sounded really good and MG was on fire during the banter sections - so hilarious. Seeing Avalanche in Edmonton after such a long absence from any shows I was in attendance for was truly a pleasure. That song has special significance for me, and I think I'd have to say it's still my favorite MG song. The spontaneous nature of MG adding that song to the set really solidified Edmonton as one of my all time favorite shows along with Medicine Hat. If my recollection serves me right, the show was the longest one I saw on this tour. It was an immense pleasure to hang out with some folks from this board. Nothing quite beats the camaraderie of other enthusiastic and informed people when it comes to music. I got to hang out with Gursky and PlasticSolider up above the floor crowd and I wouldn't have traded it for another night at MG's feet. Both have their merits, but there's just something about hanging out with people who have the same type of in-depth knowledge and appreciation. It was great to take it in from that vantage point as well. Calgary was interesting to say the least. The show was in a beautiful venue - probably the most gorgeous theater on this tour. I see the incident regarding the woman yelling has taken on a life of its own on social media. She was behind me to the right. She yelled out a request for The Inescapable Us. MG replied that he really didn't know where to start with that one other than that it was recorded in open tuning. Just as he was about to tell the crowd about the recording, the same woman yelled, "NOBODY CARES! JUST PLAY IT!" Afterwards, it certainly seemed like there was an awkward tension in the room. MG still played really well, but from there out, there was no banter, no Load Me Up chorus challenge, no tip of the hat, or reciprocal applause to the crowd. As everyone has probably seen on Instagram by now, he posted the setlist with the simple caption, "Calgary." Normally, he'd post something along the lines of "Thanks Edmonton!!" This reminded me of the show I saw in Courtenay during the Arrows of Desire tour. Somebody up front took a jab at MG's physical appearance and from then on, the band ran through the setlist, left after the main set, played the encore, and then MG walked straight off the stage. I don't blame him. He's no obligated to do anything other than play music, I suppose. Oddly enough, I saw the woman who caused this commotion in the washroom after the show... the men's washroom. There were still highlights to be identified at the Calgary show though. For example, Hopeless was a really welcome surprise in the encore. Blue Skies was much more polished than the version we were treated to in St. Albert. The long and short double delay really created atmospherics that I can't recall at other MG shows, full band or otherwise, save for maybe Los Alamos. Anyhow... It's been a long day. Many great memories have been made and I look forward to the next adventure.
  2. Hey, team. I’m on my way to Grande Prairie. If you want to follow my trip in photos and quotes from the stage, you can follow me on Instagram: @tothehinterlands.
  3. Wow, I love this forum. Haha. Good luck to Adam on his adventure. Hope we see you tonight in St. Albert.
  4. Some quick thoughts from tonight’s show in Red Deer. First off, this one was in a bar setting. The Airdrie snow was in a seated theater. Perhaps due to the venue, I found that the audience wasn’t as respectful during the actual performance of the songs tonight. There was a lot of chatter on the floor. Of course, being Valentine’s Day, there were a lot of, “be my Valentine!” shouts. The breaks in between the songs weren’t as long tonight, so the banter wasn’t as extensive as in Airdrie. He talked about how he wasn’t satisfied by the studio recording of Sort of a Protest song. He said that song is on his “take back” list. Songs I’m guessing he’d like another go at. He called both Tripoli and A Boy and His Machine Gun “love songs,” for Valentine’s Day. A Boy and His Machine Gun was dedicated to the students from Parkland, FL for their activism. Matt also suggested that if people want to continue to hunt game, they should do it the pre-gun style with spears, etc. The performance was pretty good, but I noticed some of those “unique” live moments today. If I’m remember correctly, during The Fine Art of Falling Apart, he came in a little late with some of the at the end of the first verse. There were some other instances of this. Maybe the bar setting was a little distracting. I do like those human moments though. Anyhow, I’m back in Edmonton now and ready to hit St. Albert tomorrow. After that it’s off to Grande Prairie. Today’s drive was only 324 km. The past couple days have been a good warm-up for what’s coming.
  5. While it’s cool he’s rehearsing Blue Skies during the VIP segments, he’s certainly played that song within the past ten years. He played it acoustic at Not So Private Banter and the Gravenhurst shows in 2015 and full band during the Chaotic Neutral tour at least a couple times. One performance was as a show opener in Sarnia. I’ll take it though.
  6. Well, today was the first day of my journey across Alberta and needless to say, I was not disappointed. I had to pick up a friend of mine in Calgary, so I logged 367 km behind the wheel today. The show was stellar and included a lot of banter between the songs. Matt talked about how a judge has determined Paul Manafort has lied to the Mueller investigation about ties to a Russian oligarch in three occasions. He also discussed the president of the United States multiple times. Especially of interest, he talked about how fame and notoriety frightened him, seemingly during the Beautiful Midnight era. Some overzealous fans saw him walking down the street in Vancouver. The fans hit the brakes, got out of their car and ran across traffic to get Matt’s autograph. Also, during the press junket to L.A. and New York, he purposely made stories up during interviews. When he was talking to writers for Seventeen magazine in New York, they asked him about his first kiss. He told them his first kiss happened in the bushes. The girl involved put her hand in his pocket and gave him... I’ll leave this to your imagination. Anyhow, the interviewers immediately got up and left the room. The performance was pretty much flawless, save for missing a chord in Load Me Up. I’m really happy to be on this trip. I really loved the current version of Symbolistic White Walls, Fearless, and Change of Season. Setlist: https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/matthew-good/2019/bert-church-live-theatre-airdrie-ab-canada-1395657d.html
  7. Hey, team. I’m going to the Airdrie show tonight. This will be my first of ten shows on this tour, so I’ll be busy over the next couple of weeks. I’m hoping for some good clean fun. We don’t need any fisticuffs in the crowd, especially at an acoustic show.
  8. My manager finally approved my request for vacation today, so I can confirm that I’m going to all of the Alberta shows. I’m quite excited now. I love that he’s choosing songs that represent nearly his entire career and I can see that expanding as the tour winds on. I’m interested to see how the shows evolve from the ones coming up in the next couple weeks vs. Edmonton and Calgary in March. I feel like there could be a bit of a storyteller vibe happening here.
  9. i just realized that I also have an extra ticket for Medicine Hat, because I had to buy two when I really just need one. Anybody need a row C ticket for that show?
  10. That's great to hear. In the past, I've intentionally bought extra tickets specifically for people on this forum. I know not everyone can jump on a presale in the middle of a work day. Nice of your dad to help you out. I'm not so confident that would be the case if I asked for similar assistance. Haha. At this point, even if better tickets pop up for the shows I'm going to when the other presales and general sale start, I'm going to utilize the ones I have. I managed to get some really good tickets for the smaller town shows. I think I got front row at at least three or four of them thanks to all of the hard work people did scouring Google before the full tour was announced.
  11. Hey, russic. I actually have some extra Calgary tickets if you'd like them. I started out my getting some back corner tickets as well, but then four seats in row E opened up so I grabbed them. I have one friend for sure who will attend with me, but if you can't find something better during the public sale, you're welcome to buy one or two of my row E tickets. I also still have my corner ones to contend with. I bought tickets to all of the Alberta shows, so we'll see if this works out.
  12. I just realized there are 10 shows in Alberta, but I think I'm going to go for it anyways. What the hell, right? You only live once.
  13. That’s a good one-two punch to get the crowd into it.
  14. Hey, Matt. Thanks for jumping back in. I know we really appreciate your insight here. I plan on going to every show in Alberta. This seems like a good excuse to drive around the province in the winter. I already bought tickets to the five shows that are up for sale. I look forward to seeing the whole itinerary when it’s released. See you on the road and all the best!
  15. Hey, everyone. I’m not sure if we had these ones yet: February 19th - Medicine Hat, AB. https://www.1053rock.ca/events/matthew-good/20/ February 8th - Duncan, BC. http://cowichanpac.ca/sites/default/files/cpac_brochure_for_web.pdf
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