Total stadium rock! It was packed!
Since Paul and I were squashed towards the back of the venue, I got to thinking about the band. Don't get me wrong - I like them (which is a lot more than Paul can say) - but it seems to me that the lead singer, Matt Berninger, has "borrowed" some of Gord Downie's infamous dance moves - i.e. contorting his body while shrieking/singing lyrics.
Gord Downie - for those that aren't Canadian - is the lead singer of the quintessential Canadian band, The Tragically Hip. For a long time, and perhaps still, The Hip weren't considered very cool and as such, many hipsters turned up their noses at them. Having grown up in the same area as the members of the band, well, you can't really escape them and sooner or later you're bound to fall under their spell (for me, it was seeing them at the Kingston Blues Festival in 1999 and totally rocking out on top of the Greek Village restaurant building).
Anyway, Matt Berninger from a distance reminded me of a younger (and hipster-approved) version of Gord Downie. Also, their violinist / keyboardist looks like camp councillor Neil from Wet Hot American Summer (a fucking HILARIOUS and brilliant film; don't listen to the mainstream critics):
In other Transatlantic news, apparently Fox Television are re-making one of my favourite British tv shows, Spaced.
Perhaps I'm a bit cynical but I don't think the remake will really translate. The original show was such a labour of love that it was evident in all the pop culture references it made throughout the series. It was hilarious, brilliant, and exact in all details and characters.
Anyway, I'm not sure if the dvds are available in Canada (there are two seasons), but it's totally worth the hunt. Watch it before Fox manages to vivisect it!