great matt?

ticket stub
this weekend was a busy one for me. let’s start with friday night. sue and I went for diner at the old bailey pub downtown, then on to the royal theatre for a Matthew Good conert. he is touring in support of his latest album titled avalanche (run out and buy this one if you liked audio of being).

the show was opened by a band from montreal called the dears. they dearly sucked. some bands have good music, but a bad lead singer. this band had a bad singer, bad keyboardists, medium guitar and bass, and a fun drummer. the lead singer was awful which made me want to look around the stage to see what else was going on. the bassist and guitarist basically just stood there and played, and the two female keyboardists looked like they would rather be gouging their eyes out with spoons. at least the drummer was entertaining. their set lasted way too long, and I was more than happy to see them exit the stage.

I was looking forward to matt good. I love his new album, even if some others don’t. he took the stage and proceeded to put on a good performance. I enjoy watching bands that play with their live songs and good did that to a T. he even played with some of his older songs including symbolistic white walls. when his set was up, I was surprised, and didn’t even notice the time go by.

the downfall for me was the crowd. since we were at the royal, it was an all ages show. their were tons of screaming teens that just wouldn’t shut up when they were supposed to. during 21st century living he had a prerecorded rant about the war. I dearly wanted to hear what he had to say but the crowd couldn’t keep quiet for me to do so. to top it off we had a bunch of drunk teens sitting beside us that kept screaming things like “you’re so fcuking sexy” (have you seen matt good???) and “you fcuking rock matt”

set the crowd aside and it was a solid performance. not great though. I love his music but the live show was definitely lacking some depth. during the days of the matthew good band there was a guitarist named Dave Genn. his skill was certainly missed on a few songs. without them they were a little flat. matt tried to fill the gaps but to me, he came up a little short.

all in all though it was a very enjoyable evening