Canadian favorites Blue Rodeo return to Massey Hall once again for two back-to-back shows and as expected, they do not disappoint.
This time, they were joined by fellow Canadians The Strumbellas and in true stereotypical fashion, these guys were humble, hilarious and of-course, extremely talented. Falling right into the mellow yet meaningful vibe that Blue Rodeo gives off, the Strumbellas pairing of catchy tunes and deep lyrics was not lost on the audience and they fell in love with the new act almost immediately.
When Blue Rodeo took the stage later on in the evening though, the crowd really went nuts. For a more laid back group like Blue Rodeo, a largely vocal audience may seem a little out of place, but really, it speaks to the beauty that is the Blue Rodeo concert experience.
The people that attend a Blue Rodeo show are not fairweather fans, or doing so because they were just looking for something to do, they are there because they truly identify with and love the music. They feel a bond with the band, and the band welcomes that more than most stadium rock bands might.
This openness is felt on both ends of the spectrum as well, as for the first time in my concert-going career, I heard an audience cheer when the band announced they were going to play some new stuff. Not only allowing Blue Rodeo to explore their musical interests, but embracing the changes, these fans support their hometown boys through thick and thin. Of course the new tunes were accompanied by classics like ‘Try’ and ‘Bad Timing,’ during which the crowd rose to their feet, belting out the lyrics and attempting to hit singer Jim Cuddy’s classic high notes, most of the time, to no avail.
But that’s not what the concert experience is about is it? It’s about enjoying some great music and letting yourself go. So if you haven’t seen a Blue Rodeo show, and haven’t felt the almost familial connection that exists between them and their incredibly loyal fans, then you should probably jump on the bandwagon ASAP, because you are definitely missing out.
– Morgan Bates