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Joe Crane's Review
(more reviews coming)
The show details.
A Columbus Dispatch review (mostly covers Pretenders).
First of all, thanks to Carol for the ticket. Terrific seats about 11 rows back, dead center. These were corporate seats, so there were a lot of casual fans (i.e. yuppies) in our section.
We met at the Polaris Cafe, and i arrived early. While i was waiting i could hear the sound check as clear as a bell. At first i thought it was a car blasting Neil out his windows, but after a few minutes i realized it was the sound check. It was a version of Bad News Beat, but instead of Neil singing "i got a man on the street", it sounded to me like "a man on the stage". Whatever he said, it was pretty cool.
Carol arrived and we had a great meal at the cafe, and headed for the show. To any of you Columbus Rusties that get snowed in this winter and need to get out, call Carol. With her monster 4-wheeler, she can definitely "deliver the mail"!
Got to see the last song or two from Tegan & Sara, not bad.
Pretenders did their usual set, starting with The Loner and kissing the stage. Chrissie did screw up during TNATDD, during the second verse. She started singing a completely different song, then said "fuck it, i'm starting that verse again". A highlights was My City Was Gone -- outstanding! At one point before the start of a song Chrissie pointed out a huge flock of birds that were flying by. Probably the best warm up set before neil i've ever seen.
During set-up for Neil, we wandered back to the second stage and caught a bit more of Tegan & Sara. I enjoyed them, but they are just not worth the bandwith here.
Neil started a lot earlier than i expected (later i found out we were racing with a noise curfew) but we got back to our seats in time to see the band stroll out. The crowd was fantastic. Except for a few songs, everyone as far as i could see were on their feet. I really never noticed much talking during songs from where i sat.
We got 5 "How ya doin'?"s, 3 "Thanks for coming"s (two of them were followed with "We love ya") and two "You're a great crowd"s. Afterwards he said something to the effect, "Since you're such a great audience, we're going to add one right here". And then they played Don't Let It Bring You Down. (Pegi and astrid left during this song.)
i dont want to go everything song by song, but some things i noticed:
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