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My Favorite Concert Ever

After fourth row right side tickets to the Sarah McLachlan show at RBC Center last week, I wondered if I could possibly be any luckier with the Barenaked Ladies show at Alltel Pavilion. It has been years since I was at Alltel Paviilion, so I wasn't familiar with the layout. I picked up the tickets at the Will Call desk and my son Cameron asked me what the seats were. The tickets read Section 2, Row B, Seats 9 and 10. I wondered, "could Section 2 be the center? Could Row B be the second row?" Not wanting to get up Cameron's hopes, I said that I couldn't tell how good the seats would be until we got there. In fact, they were second-row center seats, the best I've ever had at a concert.

We arrived about a half-hour into Alanis Morrissette's performance. I like some of her Jagged Little Pill-era songs, but overall, it struck me as a fairly run-of-the-mill rock-and-roll performance -- fine as it went, but nothing unique, no special connection with the audience.

When the Barenaked Ladies came out, it was nothing short of amazing -- the energy, the passion, the connection, all of it. And our view was incredible.

Courtesy of barenaked.net, here's the set list for the performance:

Brian Wilson
Some Fantastic
Maybe Katie
In the Car
Another Postcard
For You
Lilac Girl
One Week
Pinch Me
The Old Apartment
Have You Seen My Love?
Too Little Too Late
Lovers in a Dangerous Time
It's All Been Done
Shopping
When I Fall
If I Had $1,000,000
As I told a friend, the only way it could have been better would have been if it had been a BNL-only tour, giving them two hours to play instead of an hour and a half. I missed some of my favorite songs. But it's a small complaint to be sure.

It's going to take a lot to top that and ever have a better concert experience. It's hard to imagine, really. As for Cameron, this being only his second rock concert, I'm sure he's completely spoiled. Not bad for a 15 year-old.

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