STP in Moncton
November 24th 2009
I am a passionate fan of big bands and have been to a lot of live shows be it Metallica, Ozzy, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Dave Matthews etc. Some of the best experiences of my life have been in large crowds at Dave Matthews Concerts where every fan in attendance is singing along with the songs and for me it is better display in spirituality then any church could ever bring me; but at all of these big band stadium shows I am amazed at the lack of demand from fans. Last evening November 23rd STP played at the Moncton Coliseum and from my point of view limped their way through the set. I left the concert being happy I witnessed one of my favourite groups on stage playing hit songs but a little saddened by the holes in the performance of songs that they have played for almost 15 years. My main disappointment is that many of the fans that are there and star struck by the big band leave saying what an amazing show, either not noticing the holes in the performance or just unwilling to admit the $70.00 they spent was not earned by the band. I also looked around the Moncton Coliseum and thought how many of these people would think it is outrageous to pay 5 or 10 bucks to see a local band in a bar in town and from what I’ve seen the local bars have bands that give it 100% every night. Sure every player has a bad night and the crowd in Moncton is not a crowd in Montreal or Boston but from local and small bands that I have seen it does not matter be it 5 or 500 people in attendance they give it their all.
Now I do not want to be a wet blanket on the STP show the songs they hit they certainly hit dead on but the point of this rant is to raise the awareness that stadium shows are great but the local bars have bands that are earning their money not bands that get it either way. For anyone that was at the STP show or at another show where you could hear them drop it take 10 bucks out of your 70 dollar ticket or your 120 dollar ticket for your next stadium show and hit up the Capital or the Seahorse and check out bands that are earning their money.