|CONCERT REVIEW: Metropolis, Montreal [29/04/2002] by Ben|
|Sunday, 13 August 2006|
Alright, so, I just got back from the Montreal show. It was my first Nick Cave show ever. It may have been the best show I have ever seen. I've seen quite a few. This was definitely way up there.
First of all, seeing the show in Montreal definitely has its perks. Two of them come to mind: It's the McGarrigle sister's town and the crowd would not accept less than three encores (even if the house music comes on after the first and second encores).
So the big thing about this show, as I just alluded to, was that the McGarrigle sisters definitely did appear on stage with the band for 3-4 songs. I don't remember reading any reviews which said they showed up at any other shows, so I believe the Montreal show was unique in that respect. While it was clear that they hadn't been playing with the band since the recording (they were at times confused as to when to come in), they added a very nice touch to the show. They and the band enjoyed it.
since most are probably interested in the setlist, here it is and I am sorry to say that it is in no particular order:
As I sat sadly by her side
Encore 3 (after they had turned off all of blixa's stuff and started dismantling the set)
Now, if I missed a song at all, please correct me on that. I might have forgotten to mention a song that the McGarrigle sisters sang on...
Nobody shit on me or anything like that, but the crowd was good for the most part, but had a few jack asses in it. There were I'd say 3 guys in the crowd who were confused as to crowd ettiquette. First of all, if you are a 6'5" guy with a loud voice standing in the first two rows of people, you might piss people off if during songs you yell things unrelated to the show across the theatre to a friend (like yelling for a smoke on many occassions). Also, if you are the only person moshing (or something similar to that), you might clue in on the fact that you are detracting from the enjoyment of every person you're pushing, after you know, a song or two...
Anyway, all is forgiven though. It isn't like someone actually defecated on me. (I'm not sure if that incident made in a review on this site. I think it was mentioned in a review from the San Fransisco show on the angel in devil's boots site).
Nick Cave and the entire band performed extremely well. The sound where I was in the front was outstanding (at least from where I was, two or three people back and in the center) until the last song where it was a bit muddied (I attribute this to the fact that the crew had already begun dismantling the stage). Nick's charisma was even greater than I had imagined. Blixa was amazing, especially during the screaming on Stagger Lee. I felt like we were all really priviledged to see them play with the McGarrigle sisters. Warren Ellis was going nuts. I really enjoyed watching him on stage.
One thing that really blew me away was how the crowd was very into it by the end. After the first encore, they left stage (obviously) and I assumed they would be back on, but only because I had read the reviews previously. I started feeling like maybe I hadn't seen the best show on the tour when the house music came on... or I'd been slightly (and I stress slightly) cheated, relatively cheated of course. To me, house lights and house music mean the show is over. The lights changed, but perhaps not as bright as actual house lights. But then the music came over the speakers. Of course the crowd started chanting and whistling. We were all going pretty nuts, making a lot of noise... and that coupled with the fact that they hadn't turned off the amps yet made me think we had a chance. I was elated when they came back for the second encore. I do love the song Into my arms so that was nice. Then they left stage again. and this time the house lights came on brighter and t!
Now, I took a roll of pictures (800 speed). I should be getting them developed tomorrow, but will not have the chance to scan them for a week or so because I have to move away from this city. If anyone would like me to see them (someone from the show asked me if I would be posting them on the net) Email me.
Oh yeah, and Nick came out at the end and signed autographs.
Anyway, I hope anyone who saw the show enjoyed it as much as I did. If you have a chance to see him at anytime during the remainder of the tour, it is worth your time and money to get yourself there. But I'm probably preaching to the converted.
Take care everyone and wish me luck on the last exam I ever have to take (potentially)