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|I Am Skooter|
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
For months now, I’ve been waiting for Wilco to head back to Vancouver. Jeff Tweedy was here over a year ago and since then nothing. The new album came and went with no concert announcement, leaving me seriously considering flying to Toronto to see the June 30th show at Massey Hall, even though I’ve never been a big fan of that venue (the Hall…and maybe the city too.)
A preliminary announcement was made of an August 20th date at the Orpheum Theatre which was exciting, except for the fact that I’m really a big fan of the general admission concert…the open space in which to move around and listen to music. It’s much better than sitting in some randomly assigned seat.
Pre-sales start for most Canadian shows today so I checked the site only to discover that the show’s been relocated from the Orpheum to the Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.
Now if I’m a big fan of the general admission concerts I think that outdoor concerts are the absolute ultimate way to listen to live music. There’s nothing quite like sitting on some random patch of land with music wafting over you. The last outdoor concert I went to ended with The Tragically Hip singing Wheat Kings into the warm air of an Ontario night; those last few bars lingered in the air for almost a decade, it seems.
So now I’m very excited about the prospect of this show and I can guarantee one thing: it’s not going to rain in Vancouver on August 20th, 2007. It just won’t happen.