Last week I, once again, saw my favorite band, Blue Rodeo, in Halifax.
If you know me or have been following my blog for several years you will know that I
am obsessed with love these guys. These guys have been playing together for more than 25 years (this is actually their 25th Anniversary Tour) – although Jim and Greg have been writing and performing music together since the 70’s – and it was an honor to be a part of this concert experience.
They played to a gracious crowd and, as always, gave an incredible performance. But this concert was different than their other, more high energy concerts (or maybe I was the high energy one). This concert was very intimate.
A lot of the music was from their upcoming album, tho they did play some of their traditional hits. They shared stories from their experiences from way back when they were releasing their first record and playing their first tours (of course I was already familiar with these stories – being a true fan and all). It was a great night.
My friend Melissa and I had floor seats – as always – and we had a thoroughly enjoyable night. Toward the end of the night the band invited guests to come to the front of the stage and dance and sing and have a blast and, with my
shoving her urging, Melissa and I were up and participating with the other hundreds of people on their feet.
Blue Rodeo has a history of performing incredible encores. And they did not disappoint this time. They played a few songs, including their hit Lost Together where they stand back and encourage the audience to sing and kinda take over the concert. It’s always so much fun.
At the end of their encore set the guys all gave great thanks and exited the stage once again. But, as we’re all gathering up our coats and other belongings something happened….Greg and Jim came back to the stage and sang a beautiful rendition of their “duet” Is It you?. Something unexpected but wonderfully exciting and appreciated. The crowd went wild with applause and cheers.
It was such a great night. I love this band. I love their music. I love the energy at their concerts. I love how gracious they are to all their fans and for the continued support over 25 years.
This was one of my favorite of their concerts. The first of course being in 2008 when I finally got to meet Jim Cuddy. Boo Yah!!
I encourage you to go to YouTube and check them out (Try, Rose-Coloured Glasses, Rain Down On Me, House of Dreams, After the Rain and Jim Cuddy’s Pull Me Through are some of my favorite songs ever) and check out http://www.bluerodeo.com for info, history, sound bites, tour dates and just for kicks.