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  1. I’m really liking how Boobytrapped has been an early staple of the setlists so far. I look forward to seeing the rescheduled dates when health officials have a handle on this. I‘m glad that MG, the band, the crew, and all of the attendees will be minimizing risk of exposure by having the tour put on hold.
  2. I forgot to mention it in my earlier post, but the eerie sound that runs through a Thousand Tons seems very similar to the one he used on All Together. The only difference seems to be the pitch, which is much higher on All Together. Did anybody else notice this? I really appreciate those types of atmospheric additions to studio recordings. Also, the end of Dreading It is very reminiscent of Lights for me, due to the strumming of chords on the acoustic guitar and the blaring horns. I love it This album also has me wondering what sort of setlists he’ll be constructing. If he goes into the tour with the same thought process as the album, could he potentially eliminate some of his bigger singles from the shows? I’m fairly certain, but every show I’ve ever been to, he’s played Apparitions, Load Me Up, Born Losers, and Weapon, save for the acoustic shows. Alert Status Red and Hello Time Bomb are other songs that have made appearances at nearly every full band show until the co-headlining tour he played with Our Lady Peace. If he enjoys playing these songs, then I say go for it. However, if he plays them simply to placate casual ticket-buyers, maybe he’ll consider dumping or limiting them and adding other songs that the band has already played recently. I don’t expect him to pay the band to learn 150 songs by any means, but maybe he can limit the songs he’s tired of or feels he’s overplayed. Since he usually expects the band to learn the entire new album, it seems like there could be a load of variation from show to show. I really want to see the show he wants to perform and not what we perceive a majority of casual concertgoers to want. I know there are financial concerns and we all have to live. I would just really love to see him build a set of his favourite originals, with a couple covers thrown in perhaps.
  3. After listening to the album multiple times, I feel confident saying that it’s my favourite since Lights of Endangered Species. I was sort of taken aback by what Matt wrote about seeing dissatisfaction in the audience during the Lights tour. I loved those shows. I thought they rose way beyond just a mere musical performance. They were theatrical. The opening trio of songs at some of them (the piano version of While We Were Hunting Rabbits, Lights of Endangered Species, and The Boy Who Could Explode) was probably the most epic way to kick off any show I’ve ever seen by anyone. I still listen to the recording of the Edmonton show on a regular basis. It really meant and still means a lot to me. Back then, Non Populus was my favourite song, but How It Goes, Set Me on Fire, Shallows Low, and the title track are all even now. Even a handful of the unused songs from the demo phase of that album, like For and Against, We Are a Place, and let’s say the “less straight ahead rock version” of All You Sons and Daughters are among my favourites. As a side note, Hey Hell Heaven from Arrows is another one of my favourite songs, but who knows what it could have become if it wasn’t limited to being composed on a four track for guitar-driven rock’s sake? Anyways, as far as Moving Walls goes, I really enjoy the clarity and brightness of the production, especially the acoustic guitars. I’m happy to hear strings and horns play prominent roles in the songs again. Boobytrapped is my favourite song on the album. To me, the lyrics are really evocative of lonely isolation, the capacity for self-sabotage, and longing. The subtle vocal delivery is just sublime, especially the second lyrical section when he sings, “you silhouetted against the sun.” I also like how the vocal harmonies are limited to just, “no more.” I mentioned the strings, but I also find it interesting how the guitar on Boobytrapped is sort of reminiscent of piano. Matt has frequently deviated from ABABCB structure and related arrangements. I always assumed he did that to serve the songs in some way. For example, would Boobytrapped be served in any way by having him screaming in an added bridge or outro? Would it be improved by a face-melting guitar solo? I think the string swell near the end conclude the narrator’s story and it doesn’t need any more than that. Thorn Bird is a close second. One of Them Years, A Momentary Truth, The Heights, A Thousand Tons, and Parts are my other favourites, but I throughly enjoy the album all the way through. Thanks for the awesome album, Matt. I look forward to seeing these new songs out on the road.
  4. Incredibly written and produced record. Hats off to Matt and the rest of the team that made this one happen.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Wow, I love this forum. Haha. Good luck to Adam on his adventure. Hope we see you tonight in St. Albert.
  8. 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.
  9. 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. ?
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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