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Daniel Lanois Concert Ticket

Friday Nov. 7th presented the practicing concertaholic¬† 2 big choices of either the sonic boom of AC/DC at the Rogers Centre with 44,999 other delirious fans or Daniel Lanois at a tiny obscure venue 1.5 hours south west of Toronto that seats about 300. It really wasn’t too hard a choice for me. I will take the opportunity to witness musical genius over a stadium blast anytime. (fortunately both bands are playing again very soon in Toronto and on different days)

The venue for Daniel Lanois had been moved at the last minute from the Old Roxy Theatre in Mount Forest Ontario to an even smaller, positively more obscure venue because of construction outside the Roxy. I guess the last minute change and possibly the steady downpour threw some people off because there were maybe only 150 people present in this hundred and something year old building. I had a nice 6th row seat anyway but I couldn’t help myself and moved up to the 3rd row centre when I realized the show about to begin and the entire row was still empty.

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P1020398 Great backdrop tribute I must say. That’s Art! The first two songs of Classic Albums Live’s Led Zeppelin IV were a warm up for myself and friends as we all settled into Black Dog and some good ole Rock and Roll.

Battle of Evermore by Led Zeppelin is a song that I always look forward to. One version that stands out by the band themselves was from the Page-Plant Unledded back in the early 90’s. It is nothing short of magic. Speaking of “Magic” lets settle into the “Battle Of Evermore”. This is where Leslea and Nick’s vocals started shining the hearts of the Phoenix. This song was trying so hard to land above the Stellar personal favourite performed in 2005’s Houses of The Holy encore set… . Again the dual vocals including Leslea’s Spiritual Swagger on this song was a highpoint and made me pay even more attention to the two of them both as the set rambled on.

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U2 in Toronto – Maple Leaf Gardens – 1985

In March 1985 I had a lot I wanted to forget, for one, my older brother’s horrific motorcycle accident 6 months previous. The accident left had him paralyzed and spending the next year in rehab. Music is the one place I always went to in good times and bad….

This was my first U2 show. Not bad I guess because I know U2 had only been to Toronto a couple times previous. (El Mocombo 1980, Massey Hall 1984) I had pretty good seats to start with but in short order I improved my sightline and proximity to the stage a great deal. I actually ended up right at the stage and I had my trusty Olympus OM 10.

There are some very poignant moments during the show. I recall a tug-o-war over an Irish flag and Bono angrily saying, no…no…that is what we are all about stop the fighting…” and during beginning of BAD he was talking about the drug problem in Ireland at the moment and pushing one sleave up ¬†to expose his arm as if to signify preparation for a fix. Classic!! If this stuff doesn’t give you goose- bumps you better check your pulse!!

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