Friend of the blog Genevieve,
DOVES @ LE NATIONAL, MONTREAL 06.02.09
First of all, to be honest with you, this night I was supposed to see 1990s instead of Doves. But since the Glasgow-based band cancelled their whole North America tour at the very last minute for “unforeseen (sp?) reasons” and as Doves were playing on the very same night, I decided to go. But, don’t worry, it wasn’t a torture for me as I really love this great band from Manchester since about 8 years and I’ve already experienced them live in 2002, so I was very excited to see them again!
The support band, Wild Light, was already onstage when I arrived at the venue. I looked at them without paying any attention. I couldn’t give them a music style. Indie? Rock? I don’t know..they were good but, not really my cup of tea (sorry!).
At around 45 minutes past 10, Andy, Jez and Jimi hit the stage of the boiling National (because in fact, it was boiling inside the venue). They started with the astonishing Jetstream to the pleasure of the crowd. Many people, including myself, were singing along. Then they played Snowden, Winter, Rise, Pounding (really at this very moment, I jumped like nuts as this song is obviously my favourite Doves’ song), Words, 10:03, Kingdom Of Rust and Caught By The River was another beautiful moment of the concert. This song is powerful, especially in concert. Then the band left the stage but came back about 5 minutes for an encore and what an encore! They played four tracks: Firesuite, Here It Comes (it’s always great to see Jimi and Andy switching positions for this song), The Last Broadcast and There Goes The Fear. This song is always good live because at the end, I can’t resist to the fact of dancing as I was the Rio Carnival, hehe!
But I was a tiny bit disappointed they didn’t play Catch The Sun and The Man Who Told Everything though. But, hey! They need to choose between so many songs so, I forgive them! The concert was amazing!
What a great night it was! Doves is a magical band! Jez, Andy and Jimi are all talented and experienced musicians.
Cheers lads and come back in Montreal soon!
Genevieve, June 7, 2009