Again with my lovely wife, on to Molson Amphitheatre Toronto.
What a great noisy crowd. Outdoor venue with seating of near 9,000 not including lawns which were closed and the show was near sold out (thanks Toronto). We sat next to the lighting and sound boards in the 200 section dead centre and really probably the best place for sound. See my pic of Simon the lighting guy on Guy's Tour diary web page on the Toronto link. I had 2 discs for the MD so was able to record in pcm linear (no compression at all) and I must say, what an awesome sound we had. Of course, with large crowds, there is more chatter and noise but that's the beauty sound of live shows! There was an opening act, he was Jackie Greene from Sacramento California, a very talented guitar and harmonica player as well as keys on one tune. Played for about 30 minutes I think (had started before we arrived).
The crowd was loud and gave the band a lot of energy and IMHO, made it a much better show as the band was feeling us and giving it back tenfold. They were very tight and lively and really did not show their fatigue on this warm summer eve. The day off did them well. Richard Bennett's guitar playing was truly virtuous beside MK's.
During R & J a couple stood up and waltzed. This was by far the best of the 3 shows and the sound (noise and all) was so awesome I was practically levitating!! Most of the encores we were on our feet but it seemed not many were allowed to the front of the stage area.
Unlike the show in our capital city, the curfew times here are later so we were pleasantly surprised to have an extra encore at the end. Every song was done to perfection. Was nice to have one more song "Donegan" from the latest effort but still a little disappointment, no Our Shangri-la.
We left this concert feeling fulfilled the most. Even though my recording level was a little hot for this one as it was the first uncompressed I tried with manually set record level, distortion was minimal and I feel I captured most of the essence of the show in its rawest form and listening to it now is sending shivers down my spine. All in all a really great show from start to finish. MK and the band were awesome.
Toronto Set list: WAM, WOL, W-it-is, STP, R & J, SoS, DwB, SfS, Donegan, BLT, SaN, TR, BiA, MfN, SFA, The Mist Covered Mountains and finally Going Home for our send off home. Great time by all!!
Dan Lapierre - Toronto