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11/02/2007 The Tragically Hip, Joel Plaskett Emergency (Rochester, NY @ Auditorium Theatre)

By Eric | November 2, 2007 11:58 pm

I had jumped on the pre-sale for tickets for this show, and through sheer luck of the draw, got a front row seat on the right side of the stage. I arrived at 10 of 8, grabbed a beer, and settled in my seat for the Joel Plaskett Emergency. A cool three-piece from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Joel and his Emergency ran through a 45-minute set of rockin’ tunes, with both electric and acoustic guitars. Plaskett was originally the lead singer for the band Thrush Hermit, who had some considerable success in Canada in the late 90’s, and this music is an extension of that. They were certainly entertaining, and had the crowd into it. During the intermission, a bunch of Canadians started up a “Go Leafs Go” chant, which was met with an equal, if not greater response in the form of “Let’s Go Buffalo”, before both devolved into the standard “Hip! Hip! Hip!”. And then, as if on cue, the members of the Tragically Hip appeared, and launched into their set. I almost hesitate to write that it was a standard Hip show, because that isn’t a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination. They’re consistent, and consistently great. They sounded fantastic, the song selection was spot on, and the sold-out crowd was as raucous as always. Some of the best singalongs included “Courage”, “Hundredth Meridian”, and “Grace, Too”. There isn’t much more to say, it was a great show as always! As soon as the last notes of Fireworks ended, I hightailed it out of there, rushed to my car, and sped off in the direction of the Water Street Music Hall, to try and complete my Friday night concert doubleheader, to see Sevendust!

Ahead By A Century


100th Meridian

01: Yer Not The Ocean
02: New Orleans Is Sinking
03: My Music At Work
04: Itís A Good Life If You Donít Weaken
05: Family Band
06: Ahead By A Century
07: The Lonely End Of The Rink
08: Courage
09: World Container
10: Scared
11: In View
12: Springtime In Vienna
13: At The Hundredth Meridian
14: Bobcaygeon
15: The Kids Donít Get It
16: Fully Completely
17: Little Bones
18: The Drop Off
19: Grace, Too
20: Fireworks

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