It had to happen sometime. For the first time since I started seeing them live back on the Popmart tour in 1997, I came away from a U2 concert disappointed. I had muted expectations to begin with, having heard less than stellar reviews of tour openers in the past, but Vancouver was the closest stop to… Continue reading In the Howling Wind, Comes a Stinging Rain
A number of years ago, I had the opportunity to see The Tragically Hip in concert. The timing was terrible. I was in the throes of depression and anxiety, and was not feeling particularly great. But I’d paid for the ticket, so I went. All I remember of that night was how much Gord Downie… Continue reading For a Good Life We Just Might Have to Weaken
Surprise! Happy New U2 Day! U2 fandom has been in a frenzy over rumours that the band would somehow be incorporated into Apple’s September event today, and we were not disappointed. Although the rumours were that the tech giant would somehow tie U2’s new album in with their annual keynote address and release of new… Continue reading First Impressions
When Whitney Houston died on February 11th at the age of 48, it brought the once luminous star’s story to its fateful closing. Long ago her star faded, eclipsed by her drug use and erratic behaviour. Her once magical voice was gone, traded to Ursula in exchange for her next high. While in the wake… Continue reading Where Do Broken Hearts Go?
Showtime! 579 days. The wait between the announcement of the U2 concert at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton and the moment that Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry actually arrived to the strains of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” was long, but worth every second. At the risk of relying on overly used cliches, June 1 really was… Continue reading What Time is it in the World?
Arcade Fire, Stampede Corral, Calgary, AB, September 26, 2010 Full discretion: I am not a fangirl. I am a fan of certain things, but I don’t stalk bands or tattoo things on my body proclaiming my unending devotion to things I enjoy. True, I’ve lined up at 5:30 am for a U2 concert where the… Continue reading They Build it Up Just to Burn it Back Down
“I would rather be wrong than live in the shadows of your song,” sings Win Butler in Ready to Start, one of the tracks on the Arcade Fire’s new album, The Suburbs. The third major release by the Montréal band, The Suburbs offers Butler’s thoughts and memories of growing up in suburbia (in his case,… Continue reading If I Was Scared, I Would