It wasn’t quite the command performance we were expecting–but still, how can you argue with this?
- The Lonely End of the Rink
- Three Pistols
- In View
- 38 YEARS OLD!!!!!!!!!! (Again! I heard it again! It’s been played live twice in the last thirteen years!)
- The Drop-Off
- Don’t Wake Daddy
- Puttin’ Down (again, feel free to retire this one)
- Grace, Too (frigging TITANIC version, one which gave the Ottawa Bluesfest 2004 version a run for its money)
- Bobcaygeon (once again dedicated to Toronto’s finest; the first “old” song that was repeated during the four-night stint)
- THE LAST OF THE UNPLUCKED GEMS!
- The Kids Don’t Get It (again, a colossus)
- Sherpa (*giggle*)
- Yer Not the Ocean (Gord: “I mean this as a compliment.”)
- Locked in the Trunk of a Car (why they don’t play this more often I do not know)
- Family Band
Again, rapturous applause…and they’re back!
- World Container
- Heaven is a Better Place Today
- Blow at High Dough (which–thank goodness–replaced “No Threat” on the written setlist. “No Threat” to close a four-night stand??)
And so another solid night–albeit one that lacked either the communal orgasm or total shock to the system of night one (“Fifty Mission Cap” and “On the Verge,” respectively). But it was epic in its own right. Gord Downie’s rock star and performance artist personas are still locked in mortal combat with one another; hopefully the arena tour will let us figure out which one wins.