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 on: October 08, 2018, 12:22:47 pm 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by TonyBClubManager
Thank you for these great review postings, wonderful of you to share with your fellow fans!

 on: October 08, 2018, 09:58:30 am 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by Swell67
As I sit here with my morning coffee, I reflect on last night's sold out show in the intimate Meridian Centre, St Catharine's. I personally don't know how John and the band can play night after night and still come on stage with the same amount of energy as the first show. I guess it takes years of practise, with set and healthy routines - ??

It was an emotional night - playing on your birthday, is an interesting feat. There were 2 renditions of 'Happy Birthday' and John took it gracefully, humbled by it all, bless.

The crowd were on their feet from the moment 'Lawless Times' started and pretty much stood, sang and danced for 85% of the show. Kudos to the couple near me who boogied the night away at the front - loved it.   Smiley 

Speaking to people in the crowd as I have been since arriving in Canada, many were seeing John for the first time, but last night a lot had seen him many, many times. To quote one lady "I buy tickets to John's shows, no questions asked, why, because I know I am going to have a great time, pure and simple."  As a long time fan, I whole heartedly agree. I have bought tickets to shows for 2019 and I haven't even heard the new CD yet, but I know it will be great and the shows value for money.

The show ran like clockwork, starting at 8pm with the mini doco and the crowd listened well. The show concluded at about 10pm-10.10pm mark - John plays through, with maybe a 5 minute pitstop in the middle where Miriam and Troye weave their magic on the violin and accordion respectively for the Overture. IMHO John's voice has got better with age and adds an extra quality to the songs. The show is well choreographed, as I have mentioned before, giving all the band a chance to shine and show the mastery of their instruments and talents. There is wit, cheeky banter, some political statements and some home truths that need to be said.

Songs of the night: Pink Houses, Authority Song & Crumblin' Down crowd favs with high participation etc, but the winner by far with a standing ovation from some and loud clapping of approval was 'Easy Target' - very moving.

So as the lights came up for another show's end and the people filed out, lots of happy chatter about how great the show was, where was 'Hurt So Good?', looking forward to hearing the new CD etc... I could go on, the benefits of waiting for an Uber, you can listen...

As we drove off and saw people hanging around waiting for John to come out, and the roadies so efficiently packing things up, I end by again thanking John and the band for another great show - see you on the flip side in a few weeks - Canada beckons, much to continue to see and do, friends to visit ...

Happy birthday John - blessings.  Cheesy

 on: October 07, 2018, 07:02:38 am 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by Swell67
I know you wrote about the show already and glad you had a great time - it was awesome, but I thought I'd reply anyway. I guess its hard when an act has been on the scene for so long and have a vast catalogue to choose from, as John does. I'd love to hear more off Sad Clowns, as it is a 'Sad Clowns' Tour and yeah it be cool to hear Jackie Brown.

In the end, I am happy that John still tours, has a great voice and keeps his music alive with generations to come.

 on: October 06, 2018, 10:59:28 pm 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by Swell67
Words cannot begin to express how awesome tonight was at the Tribute Communities Centre in Oshawa. There was a certain buzz in the audience. Perhaps it was the anticipation of what was to come, could have been the beers, no matter - it was a massive party and John was the guest of honour.

People had come from near and far to be here, some for the first time and some repeat goers. Needless to say when John hit the stage at 8.30pm [after the great documentary], all systems were go.

Like all the shows so far, I believe the fans take a while to get their bearings, take some footage or photos and have their 'OMG we are here and there's John' moment. But when 'Small Town' comes on.... Oshawa, like the rest, let loose! Talk about a choir of voices - you guys were in great form - man oh man! Many goosebump moments.

I was lucky enough to be sitting to the right of the stage this time around and I must say Mike and Jon didn't disappoint. Jon, the pocket rocket, encouraging us all to participate and sing louder - such a fun and talented guy! Mike, I take back the unassuming comment, mate, you rocked the stage baby!! This man has serous skills - take some time to watch how he plays. A genius, with no time for napping! [when you see the show you will understand this comment].

John - another super performance tonight, delightfully cheeky at times - full of great stories, sang the hits, so passionate and encouraged whole-hearted audience involvement. Those overalls you wear must have some sort of superpower, as you were on fire today with all those dance moves and great guitar work!  Shocked Shocked Shocked

****The audience, all be it a day early, broke out into 'happy birthday' to John. A nice moment and a lucky fan even had a chance to hand him a card and flowers.****  Kiss

Stand out song/s for the night: - there were so many - Full Catastrophe - so dramatic, so beautiful. Lawless Times - just so funky! Jack and Diane - 2nd verse people!! LOL - we sang as one and it was GOOD!

Moment of the night for me: during Pink Houses it goes ...'Ain't that America for you and me...' instead the young lads next to me sang 'Ain't that Canada for you and me...'  Smiley
Happy Thanks Giving Canada.  Kiss

Another stand out show John and the band, thank you.
Remember this is a show not to be missed - grab a ticket if you can, tomorrow in St Catharine's it will be a special night, bring your best voices and dancing shoes!

 on: October 06, 2018, 10:18:40 pm 
Started by lette - Last post by lette
Great show again tonight. John never ever disappoints. All the usual songs were sung, I say that because if you have been to See John the over the last few tours it has beasically been the same set list give or take one or two songs. Loved Johns dig about the current state of the US. The crowd sang Happy Birthday to John who’s birthday is tomorrow. Interesting outfit John was wearing tonight too....overall’s.

 on: October 06, 2018, 07:49:24 am 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by lette
Going to see John tonight in Oshawa can't wait BUT this set list sounds the same as the previous 3 shows i've seen him do. I won't be disappointed but have to say John has a massive amount of music to choose from and hearing do something other than Pink Houses and Jack and Diana would please me even more. My personal favourite is Jackie Brown and I have never heard him do this live.

 on: October 06, 2018, 06:46:08 am 
Started by hoss13820 - Last post by Maradona10
I wonder if some of this will be from the JM archive/vault, i.e. songs the band rehearsed/worked up before recording Scarecrow/Lonesome, as per numerous accounts from band members at the time.

Would be great to finally get the '93 Freddie's Dead on disc, too.

My fear is that it'll be more folksy.

 on: October 05, 2018, 03:43:01 pm 
Started by hoss13820 - Last post by kicker
I can't wait to find out the track listing for the new album, i'm sure we can expect a few surprises.

 on: October 05, 2018, 10:56:39 am 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by Swell67
Happy to do so - not in order, and many reworked and super funky or artistically presented
Lawless Times
Ain't Got No Friends
Minutes to Memories
Small town
Paper and Fire
Rain on the Scarecrow
Easy Target
Authority Song
Jack and Diane
Lonely Ol' Night
Full Catastrophe
Longest Days
Pink Houses
Stones in My Passway
Check It  Out
Cherry Bomb
Crumblin' Down

I would love the see Grandview thrown in there and 2 of my other favs [Sweet Love and End of the World]

My reviews are really just ramblings, unlike yours which are written with great penmanship. Smiley

 on: October 04, 2018, 11:29:28 pm 
Started by Swell67 - Last post by walktall2010
Thanks for the review. Can you provide a complete setlist?

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