Matthew Good is in town for a two-night stint at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, smack-dab in the middle of his cross-Canada tour in support his latest album, Lights of Endangered Species. Reviews have been very good so far (save for Matt apparently getting a little upset at an unsavoury fan in Ottawa last week) and it should be an interesting and all around good concert.
First of all because Matt, in Calgary at least, is playing a nice theatre like Jack Singer. I’ve seen Matt play numerous times (mostly with the Matthew Good Band) and although all but one show were kick-ass fun times, there’s just something about the Jack Singer that brings out the best in musicians. Since going ‘solo’, I’ve missed two of his performances at the Jack Singer due to life getting in the way but my wife and I are pretty stoked to finally see him tonight.
Second, Matt has reunited with MGB drummer Ian Browne for this tour. The two met after a decade at fellow former MGB band-mate Geoff Lloyd‘s funeral last year. According to a recent interview Matt did with the Ottawa Sun, they got to talking, admitted that “everyone acted pretty fucking stupid” and it was time to “just fucking grow up and realize that what you had at the time, you shouldn’t have squandered.” That’s certainly refreshing to hear and with Ian back plus after seeing one of the Toronto gig set lists, we should expect to hear a couple of old MGB tunes probably in true form.
Lastly, after reading the review for one of the Toronto shows it’s apparent that Matt’s following the lead of his latest album’s title by incorporating a pretty light show with his performance. To me, that’s a good thing. See, last time I saw him live was for the Avalanche tour at MacEwan Hall and he used a simple yet very brilliant and visually soothing light show which complimented his music quite nicely. I expec the same tonight.
Another thing that makes me excited? “While We Were Hunting Rabbits” is in the pool of songs appearing on this tour’s set-lists. This has to be one of my all-time favourite songs of his and the video (below) for it, directed by Sam Bradley, is purely amazing. I have a thing for animated music videos and this one is tops!
(Editor’s Note: The first Calgary show was last night and as this was written before reviews were released, you may already have some insight to the gig. Feel free to comment if you were there and let us know what you thought of the show or share some interesting insights!)