Two months off the road can seem like an eternity when it comes time to packing up and preparing to head out again. A sickening mixture of anticipation and dread flows through the body and then muscle memory takes over, you find yourself tucked away in your bunk, the rattle and hum of a bus rolling down the highway buzzing away in your ear, that antiseptic clean-not-clean smell in your nostrils and it’s like you’ve never been away. At least we are in one of our favourite parts of the continent, the Pacific North West, and it’s October, one of the most beautiful months of the year out here.
Bellingham, WA: We couldn’t have picked a better day or a nicer town to kick start this little jaunt: a cloudless, sparkling blue sky, mid-70’s temperature with a light breeze, Mount Baker’s snow-capped peak in the distance, a perfect day to wander around and explore. It’s been over ten years since we’ve played here, which is too long to stay away from a cool little town like this: a couple of great coffee shops, a specialty donut shop and one of the best used book stores that I have ever come across….all the necessities for life on the road. It was a very nice sized audience tonight and very appreciative. They helped us to get through those opening night jitters: an excellent way to start this run.
Edmonds, WA: Another excellent day and this time we find ourselves on Pugent Sound in another quaint little Washington State town (perhaps a Seattle bedroom community these days). This town doesn’t have the university presence that Bellingham has, it’s a little more upscale and therefore not quite as engaging to the itinerant musician, but those ocean breezes make up for any lack of a boho scene. Another full house tonight and another excellent crowd. This is kind of fun.
Covington, WA: I’m not quite sure where we were today….it was very close to Seattle, let’s call it a Seattle suburb. We lost those high blue skies as the clouds rolled in and we were stranded out in the middle of nowhere behind the venue, which was a Performing Arts Center attached to a high school. It was a strange day. Not a bad gig tonight…we were a little unfocussed at times but there were some nice moments and the audience picked us up when needed.
Vancouver, BC: Back across the border to a strange gig in the East end of Vancouver. Two shows tonight at a very odd little venue, The Cultch. We’ve had our problems attracting an audience in Vancouver over the past few years and tonight was no different. The first show was sold out, the second, not so much. Unfortunately we suffered a bit of a meltdown in the first show, we just couldn’t find each otherand so we flailed around for ninety minutes. The second show was a lot more focussed and we felt slightly redeemed. After the show we packed up and headed for another border crossing and a nine hour overnight drive to Bend, Oregon and a much needed day off: a cross country flight, three border crossings and five shows in four nights….yes, a much needed day off.
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Mike…The Covington gig was a strange venue for sure but I thought you guys did a great job. I thought there was a real intimate close up feel to the show in the small venue. I have been a long time fan but this was the first opportunity I have had to see the band live. My girlfriend who was not as familiar is now a fan and we bought the new album on the way out and like it a lot. Thanks for a great night of music.
I really enjoyed the show in Vancouver (we saw the late one). The sound, was the best I’ve ever heard it at a Junkies show (I think I’ve seen six), and Margo’s voice seemed to be in very fine form.
If your first show at the Cultch was “flailing around” then I would love to see you when you are focused!
From my perspective it was a fantastic show. The sound was absolutely perfect (extraordinary for most concerts) and the performance came across as sincere – “real” – which is far more important compared to perfection. If you play at the Cultch again I will be there and next time I will bring even more friends.
After the show we bought 3 of your rare CDs and I was also pleased with those little treasures.
I hope you come back to Vancouver soon. Get the word out more and go after a younger audience. Dark deep sad songs always appeal to young kids.
Thank you for all your kind words..I’ve often said that the experience on the stage can be completely different than the one in the audience…I’m glad the music pulled you in….
I felt very priveliged to attend your second Vancouver show at the Cultch…
and from the audience side… the experience was intimate and amazing.
It’s not often we get to hear you in a venue resembling our living rooms…
(well… OK… it was nicer than my living room. But I digress)…
Margo’s voice was hauntingly beautiful… and the band sounded tight…
and the set list was a great mix of old and new.
I doubt that we’ll ever get to see you again in such an intimate setting
as it can’t be profitable to play in a place that small.
Rest assured… your loyal Vancouver fan base left the Cultch that night fulfilled!
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
That first show at The Cultch was absolutely great; I came with my wife and two close friends and we all loved every moment. At the end, we were sorely tempted to buy tickets for the second show, and if it had been up to me I would have done. Instead we went and ate pizza at Marcello’s on Commercial Drive, which was good, but I’m wishing now that we’d stayed for the second show; even more so now that I’ve read what you wrote!
The show in Vancouver was awesome. Maybe one of the best I have ever seen! I get so excited only when I think about it.