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  1. Kelowna was really good last night. Didn't get much for banter or movin' around, but the voice was on point as were the rest of the guys. Impressed with the choice to start things off with Apparitions solo - wakes up in the Edmonton hospital, flies out to BC on oxygen, hides behind nobody! Way to go Matt. Apparitions (solo acoustic) Something Like a Storm Load Me Up A Boy & His Machine Gun Men at the Door Strange Days Born Losers Weapon Bullets HTB in the encore
  2. Just finished up in Kelowna. I wrote a review in the other thread the night of the Victoria show stating that the band put in an awesome effort, but that the mix in the venue was terrible which kind of mucked up that show for me. Felt kind of bad writing that the opening night of the tour, but it was what it was. I also said odds are the mix would be better at other venues. I just want to say that the sound in Kelowna was absolutely fantastic tonight. Shout out to Matt's sound guys for getting the sound so, so right, wearing "MG's Still a Real Asshole" apparel from head to toe, and rocking out like it was opening night. Matt's vocals were distinct, and all the other instruments were also just where they needed to be. The crowd stood from HTB onwards and the band was incredibly tight tonight, having fun, trying hard, making all the BM songs sound better than ever. Not that I was counting, but seriously I could not find a single note that was off tonight. This was actually verified when a chick possibly on something interrupted Matt to tell him "you sound exactly like you do on the record... and i appreciate that." Write a Yelp! review, quips Matt. This really is such an awesome touring record though, and she was right they did nail it. I've seen I think 16 of Matt's shows now, starting from Avalanche. The vast majority have been fantastic band and vocal performances, one or two maybe not-the-best for various reasons, Victoria really, really not great sonically due to the venue... and then this one. Thought about it on the drive home and tonight's show was the best live show I've ever seen Matt and the band put on, straight up. BM is just such a perfect setlist on its own, showcased tonight in a fantastic sounding sold out venue, with Matt really giving a damn on the vocals and the band at the finely tuned stage of the tour, nailing all the details, MG shouting out to Kelowna's mayor who is apparently his bro, just the right amount of tequila and bourbon, stories of Nyquil through the mountains, finally ranting on Trump, the BM deeper cuts executed passionately, vocals in the lobby, an unusually inspired Kelowna crowd, and some more nostalgia for the encore too (Single Explosion, Born Losers, Apparitions, Weapon), or "a passage from 2007, to 2007, to 1996, to 2003," as Matt says. Nothing else to say really except - thanks Matt and the band for such a great effort tonight! With Craig Stickland as a truly impressive solo opening act, this tour is a remarkable value. Tonight's show erases Victoria completely for me. Looking forward to following along the rest of the tour here on the forum. Don't miss it in person.
  3. Just finished the show in Vic. Set list as expected, obviously, and the band was super tight throughout it. IMO the highlights were FTRT, Jenni's, LGIO. 4 song encore - BL, New Song, Apparitions, then Weapon brought the house down. Good banter throughout and it really seemed like MG was enjoying the format. We were sitting in the upper level and despite the band's fantastic effort I can't help but be honest that the mix, at least from where we were situated, was the worst I have ever experienced at an MG show, and I've seen about 15. Matt's vocals were completely drowned out by the drums and guitar for most of the show, from Giant through to the encore. Suburbia was completely ruined for me. Wondering if anyone else noticed issues or were the vocals fine sitting at ground level? Regardless of my critique, the crowd sure enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong - this was an awesome effort and odds are the mix will be better at other venues. Just wanted to to be honest in my review of this one in particular and also wondering if it was just me...?
  4. Fantastic show in Kelowna last night. Awesome venue, perfect weather, great sound and delicious wine. Looking around me before the show I was curious about the setlist considering the demographic of the night... See below, the longtime-fan-friendly, lengthy list was on point and still had everyone's attention, despite all the wine consumption (including Matt's!). He was in good spirits all night - delighting us with witty quips and the odd tale from the MGB days. Standouts to me were Omissions, How It Goes, Tripoli, Fake Empire. Metal Airplanes Strange Days So Long Mrs Smith White We Were Hunting Rabbits Omissions of the Omen All Yours Sons and Daughters Boy Down the Well Load Me Up (Intermission) Alert Status Red How It Goes Born Losers Silent Army in the Trees Sort of a Protest Song Tripoli Hopeless Apparitions Fake Empire The Fine Art of Falling Apart Prime Time Deliverance Advertising on Police Cars Symbolistic White Walls True Love Will Find You
  5. Fantastic show at the Kelowna Community Theatre tonight. Tight performance of a sweet setlist. Order could be a touch off: AYSD Liars Single Spark Born Losers Advertising LMU Moment Cold Water Alert Status Boy Down Lions Los Alamos Apparitions Weapon Cloudbusting Time Bomb Giant
  6. I think we all know Matt isn't exactly an outspoken advocate for drugs, but c'mon, one of his biggest hits, LMU... lyrics are open to interpretation but to me, and likely most casual listeners, that's a clear drug reference, and an important song career wise for Matt, like Daniel's song. And then there's the songs about the pills, maybe not glorification so much, but I think both Matt and Daniel are just speaking honestly about drugs, good or bad... All the great bands have touched on drugs at some point in time - and when you get right down to it "ganja" is pretty close to the lesser of all evils to sing about. Just because people you associate with maybe don't use the term ganja doesn't make it cheap or generic in reality, just to you. The term is used all over the world, and its not owned by Jamaicans, its an Indian term. I can understand the association that Jamaicans use it often, and I'm sure they do, but that doesn't mean Daniel shouldn't. Giving it another name, say Odette, wouldn't truly make his song any more "artistic," in my eyes either - just a "cheap" personification of a drug to sing about. I guess neither of us should speculate on what Matt would or wouldn't have done, but the facts are that second hand cigarette smoke is just as harmful, if not more, than second hand "ganja" smoke. If he has a problem with people smoking up at his shows, then logically/rationally he should be concerned with people unwillingly inhaling second hand cigarette smoke, and given that Matt seems to be a reasonable dude, I'd like to think he'd speak up for the non-smokers in that case too.
  7. Pretty sure Matt, who smokes cigarettes, would have had the same reaction to somebody lighting up a Player's during his set - equally rude to do in a small theatre. Had these people been courteous enough to smoke whatever they wanted prior to the show, a reasonable person would be indifferent, so long as they dont act like idiots in the venue - its not the substance, its the rude act of doing it in a highly occupied space. What do you guys think Matt meant by "cause I was dimed"... Not sure how uglyredhonda can fault the opener, or go so far as to say "unless you're jamaican," when the headliner has referenced drugs in many of his past songs. The audience at my show loved that tune.
  8. Setlist from Calgary Night 2, order of songs may not be entirely correct. While We Were Hunting Rabbits Lights of Endangered Species Boy Who Could Explode Shallows Low What If I Can't See The Stars Mildred Born Losers Zero Orchestra X Rated Load Me Up Hello Time Bomb Non Polulus Weapon Apparitions Encore: Giant Hornets Set Me On Fire
  9. I was at the Kelowna show. I've seen Matt many times and the quality of this show was relatively average. Nothing creative really, no new songs... just rehashing, getting paid I guess. He flubbed the lyrics completely during ASR at which point somebody from the audience actually came on to the stage to jog his memory after he had stopped the song. Not a whole lot of banter throughout the show. He seemed a little out of it at times to be honest. Drummer and guitarist were great, bassist was lame as usual. Pretty good crowd for an auditorium show. The opening band Elias was pretty good. Setlist, not in order: (big let down of an encore considering the crowd energy heading into it. he needs to read the crowd and resist the temptation for an 8 minute ballad when everyone is dying for EIA, Giant, Last Parade, etc. whatever - "he'll play what he wants to play." ya, i get it, but you all know its true). Boy Who Could Explode Apparitions I'm A Window Fought to Fight It It's Been Awhile Since I Was Your Man Alert Status Red Champions of Nothing Single Explosion Born Losers Volcanoes Weapon Blue Skies Over Badlands Silent Army in the Trees
  10. tristan

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    Would be pretty sweet to have some more Vancouver tabs... If you have any, by all means please add them to the wiki!
  11. "that's one hell of a fuckin' guidedog" ellicited, deservedly so, many applause.
  12. I was underwhelemed by last night's show in Saskatoon. I'd seen Matt many times before, and this one was the least exciting. I also felt a little ripped off when he quit after FTFI. Too many singles, setlist was shorter than most of the other shows, and he underperformed on many of the key vocal moments. I will say that it did at least look like he was trying, so maybe he's feeling ill? I understand its a bit of a point of contention these days, but I've gotta admit I'm one of those MG fans that think these setlists are... lacking. LMU, Apparitions, & HTB... that's weak. I looked around and people don't even appear that pumped about them anymore. Waste of time. Play some tracks for the fans that have been around forever, or at least more Vancouver. Banter was witty and plentiful at the beginning, then it totally dropped off, but only after he had tried. It was understandable that he had to quit as there were too many idiots yelling "Go Riders!" or "Play <random MG tune>" over and over. Still, he didn't even introduce the band. Idunno, the sound quality was great, Stu was AMAZING, the drummer was also fantastic, the bassist showed no emotion/interest... Overall it had the potential to be a great show, but these setlists choices could be alot stronger. Just my opinion.
  13. Actually, he played some AOB tunes on his solo acoustic tours. That doesn't increase the odds that he'll start playing any this tour - just saying he hasn't completely avoided them since 2005.
  14. Anyone here have the vids and willing to share them?
  15. Suburbia Running For Home Born To Kill Strange Days The Bright End of Nowhere
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