so saturday night i had quite the musical cornucopia experience. i attended, with my good friend
pamalama ding dong (sorry, she doesn't like to be called that), ahem, pam, a tsunami benefit concert at gm place, downtown vancouver. 18,000 people packed the house out to see such canadian talent like chantal kreviazuk, sarah mclachlan, barenaked ladies. what is the opposite of talented? um, i can't thing of a nice category for the rest, but they include: raine maida (of our lady peace), sum 41, and delerium, and avril lavigne. it was aired live on ctv, for those of you in the lower mainland. for those of you unlucky to have missed out on this experience, read on for my review:
i'm sure these guys are very talented. and the singer has a nice voice, however, you can't understand anything she sings. they basically sounded all enya, airy-fairyish. they have a big hit where sarah mclachlan sings with them. of course that is the song we missed because we arrived a little late. overall r.a.d. score: 2/5*
with the exception of that annoying leaving on a jet plane song, i like chantal's music. at least everything i have heard so far. tonight was no exception. thankfully she did not sing said song. she started off with a song, called "time", from her new album. i 've heard it on the radio and live it was great. i love piano-driven music and chantal is a very talented player. she sang two more songs which obviously were not that memorable as i can't remember what they were. then she was done, but she stuck around on stage as her husband was up next. overall r.a.d. score: 3.5/5
uh. yuck. not at all that impressed. first song he sang was a cover of a U2 song and it's certainly safe to say that this guy is no bono. unfortunately it only got worse. can you believe he tried to sing "bridge over troubled water"? chantal on back-up was not helpful. it was abysmal. i was cringing in my seat, literally. it was such a low moment that i was wishing clay aiken would swoop down on a wire like peter pan and help them out. raine's last song was actually one of his own, a song called "innocent." it has a very annoying chorus that i disagree with: "we are, we are all innocent." yeah, i don't think that's quite true. overall r.a.d. score: 1/5
barforama. get off the stage. next. i have little nice to say about this band. and they seemed to go on and on, lead singer preening around the stage. at one point he yelled to the audience something about "do you guys all hate george w. bush?" it was the intro to a song called "moron", but still i thought it in extremely poor form considering why we were all there in the first place. this is actually my biggest complaint of the whole evening; i felt sum-41 was on for too long, taking away from more talented artists. plus the style of "music" they "perform" did not really fit in with the rest of the night's acts. my four year old nephew could have played a recorder on stage and it would have been more entertaining. enough said. overall r.a.d. score: 0/5
at this point i should mention the hosts for the evening: rick mercer of this hour has 22 minutes fame and brent butt of corner gas fame (very canadian, if you're wondering what the heck those shows are. the entire evening was very canadian with the exception of the person mentioned in the following paragraph and well, me.) both comedians and both hilarious when we could hear them. they each took turns interviewing the artists backstage after their performances. of course this was for tv, but they showed it to the audience on huge screens.
so after the abysmal sum-41, i was really looking forward to barenaked ladies. rick mercer came back on stage and all of a sudden announced that robin williams was in the house. pam and i looked at each other like, yeah, right. sure he is. and then all of a sudden he was there and the whole place erupted like we had been hit with lightening. and in a way we were. that guy is one huge bolt of electricity. calling him hyper does not even do him justice. i wish i could remember all his jokes. most of them were about hockey. some crude, but funny, bits on curling. and he made fun of sum-41 so he will always have my undying allegiance. and then he introduced "every young man's fantasy":
the barenaked ladies: (i just looked at their website. it mentions the concert with the listing of all performers, plus: a special guest, t.b.a. i really hope they meant robin williams, but i think, in horror, that they meant sum-41 because they aren't listed. special, my ass.)
woo hoo. these guys are awesome. i loved every minute of their too short set (darn you sum-freaks). they easily had the most energy and crowd participation behind them. every song was a sing-along. and to think if i had never moved to canada, i would probably never have heard of this band. i would totally love to see them in a full-length concert someday. i mean, how often do you see a crowd of 18,000 people doing the chicken dance with a bunch of wacky guys on stage. my favorite part though was when the sang "if i had a million dollars." henri and i like to sing that song together and we had just been singing it that morning in anticipation of the concert. so when they started the song, i started digging in the black hole that is my purse for my cell phone to call my beloved. when i finally found it, it was ringing. it was henri singing the song to me! he just happened to flipping through the tv and found the concert at the right time. i know. cute stuff. as fun and entertaining as their songs are, i would not classify them as sexy. and yet, there was a couple a few rows ahead of us that must feel differently. they were slow dancing to "one week" and grinding to "pinch me." it was yucky especially with all the families around us. and there were quite a few, which i was surprised at considering the length and cost of the concert. neat experience for the kids, i guess (the concert, not the x-rated dancers in the audience.) overall r.a.d. score: 4.5/5
well is certainly was a little shocking when avril appeared on stage looking like a farrah fawcett clone. i'm not sure how long, blond, feathered hair fits into the punk rebel girl look. henri says she sounded horrible and really off-key, but pam and i were so far away we couldn't tell. but she is certainly not much a performer. no interaction with the crowd. moves around the stage like she is really pissed of to be there. while i am ashamed to admit that i don't mind some of her newer stuff, i do not like the song "sk8ter boi," mostly because it teaches poor spelling to impressionable teens. she did sing "my happy ending" which was my volleyball team's theme song and so i thought of my girls and wished they were there. but not really because it would be a nightmare to try to keep track of them. gm place is a little bit larger of a venue than the croatian cultural centre where i took the team to see switchfoot a while back. overall r.a.d. score: 3/5
finally the moment pam and i were waiting for. when sarah first graced the stage and started singing, we were both a little take aback. our dear sarah sounded like her voice was hoarse. and what song is that she was singing? i am still not sure. the only songs she sang from her new album were "fallen" and "world on fire" and they both sounded fabulous. she also performed a beautiful rendition of "angel." the only problem i had, well two actually: her set was too short and she danced really odd and annoying. she does weird things with her arms, like she had no control over them and they were trying to fly away. it was much better when she played the piano. oh and it was difficult to sing along with her as she added all that other stuff, you know what i mean? that singer stuff that is unexpected and oh so not like on the cd. and she didn't sing "train wreck" my favorite song on her newest cd. oh well, ya can't have everything. overall r.a.d. score: 4.5/5
so then it was over and everyone came back on stage to sing some stupid song as a group. it was vaguely familiar, but totally sucky. and then they somehow transitioned into "hey jude," which seemed an odd choice too. but they finished exactly at 11:00pm to stay within tv parameters.
between every performance, they showed on the screens little infomercials about the charities being supported by our $2.5 million (!) here are the addresses if you have not yet donated anything, and i would encourage you to do so. not just for the victims of this horrible natural disaster, but to any of the myriad man-made disasters that daily ravage the world.
- OXFAM: www.oxfam.org/eng/
- care canada: www.care.ca
- doctors without borders: www.doctorswithoutborders.org
- war child: www.warchild.org
*randomattentiondisorder (r.a.d.) ratings, not at all scientific or creative:
2: blah, blah, blah
4: not too shabby
5: wow. awesome.