Sherry and I have had the good fortune to accompany her friends Cathy and Jean to several “Jeans ‘n’ Classics” nights at the Centre in the Square. We’ve now added Pink Floyd to our rock resume of Led Zeppelin and Kiss.
The Record review is pretty glowing. I enjoyed the show, though wouldn’t use quite those terms. Then again, I’ve never been high and listened to Dark Side of the Moon. 🙂 (Incidentally, I only smelled herb on one person during intermission. I dunno what’s with people these days…)
In the first half, the band and Symphony performed songs contemporary to Dark Side of the Moon. Sherry’s favourite was Space Oddity, which was certainly pretty good, and well suited to Jean Meilleur’s voice (the band’s singer). He likes to get his fake English accent on. 🙂
I had high hopes for Wish You Were Here, which they played at the end of the first half to warm us up for Floyd. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite do it for me. Meilleur’s voice wasn’t well suited to it, and it just… didn’t quite work. Oh well.
The second half was a full run-through of Dark Side of the Moon, and they made sure to tell us how important an album it was. Prolly was for lots of the audience, but the album came out two years before I was born, so it was a bit more of an archaeological experience for me. Still, as a wise man once said, “Good bands is good bands”.
The audience was, as seems to be the norm for these nights, a mix of everything, from people who clearly had plenty of recreational Floyd listening under their belts, to kids whose parents prolly weren’t even born in 1973, etc. In general, folks weren’t quite as rowdy as for the Kiss show, which isn’t really surprising.
For the second half of the show, they did a sort of video installation, which was fairly interesting, though not entirely to my taste, visually. Especially the unblinking eyeball at the end during the Comfortably Numb encore. I think a lot of people avoided looking at the screen. I know I did.
And, of course, plenty of excellent people-watching to be had. Our favourite bassist intermittently rocked out, great O-faces from the guest guitar virtuoso and saxophonist, and a skullet-adorned dude in the front whose rocking out was akin to that of the tall guy in the fringed leather jacket at the Tragically Hip concert we attended. (He REALLY liked the Hip.) There were horns thrown.
We tried out The Village Creperie for dinner, which was good, but didn’t blow me (or Sherry) away. The dessert crepe was better than the dinner one, and my rustic Italian appetizer salad (wild rice, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, garlic, basil, etc.) was lovely. I would be interested to try the place again once local produce is more readily available.
Anyway, all in all, a fine evening out, with exceptional company, even if we were stymied by parking this time around. But hey, that’s hardly new for Kitchener…