TicketMOMster review: Blue Rodeo @ MTS Centre
This morning I woke up, yelled at my family, cried in my closet for half an hour and got myself ready for my Husband’s Grandmother’s funeral. I’m not proud of that, but this is the third funeral I’ve attended in four months (the first one was for my Father). That’s a lot of sadness and grief isn’t pretty.
About an hour before the funeral, I received an email from a woman who told me she’d been reading my reviews for the past two years and today she mustered up enough courage to go to the Blue Rodeo show all by herself. She said I inspired her. Me…an inspiration…while sitting in my closet, bawling my eyes out. Her email came at the perfect time and it gave me strength.
I helped my Daughter get dressed into her butterfly costume (complete with wings) and I silently thanked God for five year olds. Then I drove all of us to the funeral and comforted and took care of my family while they grieved. It was a really nice funeral, but it was hard.
I came home, ordered take-out for my Husband and Daughter and then left for the show.
I saw Blue Rodeo last year and I remember being a little bored with all the slow/mid tempo songs. This year, I couldn’t get to MTS Centre fast enough. Today, I needed Blue Rodeo.
Ron Hawkins and violinist, Lee Rose, started the show. Usually I love watching the opening act, especially bands I haven’t seen before, but today was different. I had a lot of trouble concentrating on them and once the rest of The Do Good Assassins took the stage, it got worse. Not the band, my concentration levels. I tried really hard to pay attention, but I was so stressed and tense from the day and all the sadness, that I just couldn’t give them my full attention. I was desperate for some relief and I needed that laid back music I knew Blue Rodeo could provide.
By Blue Rodeo’s second song (“Fools Like You”), my shoulders started to relax. It was then, that I felt the true weight of all this grief. My shoulders were so heavy, it felt like my spine was going to snap in half.
During “Hard To Remember” off Blue Rodeo’s newest release, “1000 Arms”, my jaw unclenched and I felt like I was 800 pounds. I was so heavy I had to prop my elbow on the arm rest and hold my head in my hand. That’s where I stayed for the rest of the show.
My eyes and ears drank in Jim Cuddy’s wonderfully relaxing voice and Glenn Milchem’s entertaining drumming.
I enjoyed the beautiful keyboard (Mike Boguski) solo in “Disappear”, and during “Diamond Mine” the lights sparkled like diamonds all over the arena. The crowd ooh’d and gasped.
Tears rolled down my cheeks as Jim and Colin Cripps (guitar/vocals) played an emotional (for me) version of “One Night Left In Heaven”.
Greg Keelor (vocals/guitar) dedicated a song to “Winnipeg’s The Blue Angels”. There was some silence so he encouraged us to clap for them, but I think he meant “The Blue Shadows”. He corrected himself just before the song started.
Three fan favourites ended the first set: The floor got up and danced to “Til I Am Myself Again”; followed by “5 Days In May”; and we sang the first two verses and chorus for “Hasn’t Hit Me Yet”. There was a wonderful pedal steel guitar solo in that song, which I was completely drawn to.
The encore included “Try”, a song sung by bassist, Bazil Donovan, and then Ron Hawkins & The Do Good Assassins joined the band for “Lost Together”.
This show came at the exact right time and I appreciated it even more the second time. I hope everyone who went solo, enjoyed it too.
TicketMOMster is a Rock and Jazz-loving Mom; single-handedly keeping Ticketmaster alive in Winnipeg. Follow her musical journey here: www.facebook.com/TicketMOMsters