So I went to the show last night at the Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg and thought I'd write a little bit about it:
Fake Problems kicked things off at 8 with a short set. The band didn't really say much between songs, they just concentrated on playing tunes like "Heart BPM" and "Heartless." They also played a new song called "Soulless." Just a heads up that the band has their new record, Real Ghosts Caught on Tape, available at the merch table for just five dollars so you can grab it before September 21st if you're attending upcoming shows. The band sounded great live, just like on recordings, and even if there wasn't a whole lot of crowd interaction their set was worth showing up early for.
Next up were The Menzingers and they started their fast paced, energetic set off with "I Was Born," a song off of their recent record Chamberlain Waits. Then they did an older one, "They Speak of My Drinking, But Never Of My Thirst," before launching into "Time Tables," one of my favourite songs written in 2010. They continued to play a mixture of old and new, ending their set with "A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology." It's pretty hard to listen to the opening line of that song and not have it stuck in your head. It would have been nice to have seen them outside of a theatre filled with red seats, but their set was awesome regardless. I got to meet up with them before the show for an interview so expect that to be posted sooner than later.
And of course, The Gaslight Anthem were the headliners who I saw play at a smaller venue in October 2009. It's not very often American bands come back to isolated cities in western Canada so soon, but it's a welcome change and I hope more bands follow their example. The band walked out on stage to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind" and then launched into "American Slang."
Last time they played all of The '59 Sound. 11 months later their set is much more diverse and they seemed to fit in a little bit of everything, probably thanks to the new record. The stage set-up was also similar, just a different banner hanging in the back and the band played just as good as they did before. The main difference was Brian Fallon wasn't as talkative between songs. Some people don't care about that, but I really like the crowd interaction. I remember the stories he told very faintly and this time he just made some general comments about the show. He did bring a girl on stage who had made a sign and driven in from Saskatoon though. If you don't know your Canadian geography, that's in Saskatchewan and at least an 8 hour drive. I don't follow sports at all, but I'm guessing the Bombers lost this weekend because the crowd booed her. Brian also got rid of his guitar a few times, like for "Old White Lincoln" where he focused on singing the song and being an energetic front man, giving high fives to people in the small standing area in front of the stage.
For the encore, Brian came out on stage by himself with a guitar, said it had been some time since he did this and then he launched into "1930." The other guys came out for about seven other songs, ending with "The Backseat" just like last time. I think this set-list is accurate for the most part, but I could be wrong. All in all, it was a great show and even though I saw them less than a year ago, I felt it was worth it: