David Gray -The Centre For Performing Arts In Vancouver – March 4, 2011
David Gray brought his tour supporting his latest album “Foundling” to Vancouver. Before a sold out crowd at The Centre For Performing Arts he performed a 2 hour set including a selection from the new album plus a variety from his past discography. This tour he’d put a post on his website to ask fans to write in and request songs that he would perform in this setlist. David stated that the fans had requested 136 different songs, which shows the dedication of the David Gray fan base. Playing with a full band the stage set up was very intimate, interpreting a lounge or sitting room, even though it was a large auditorium. Most of the crowd sat throughout the show but that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm at the start and finish of each track. The fan in front of me screamed herself hoarse by the end of the night and the fellow beside me audibly sighed at the start of a few songs. With just a little bit of banter from David and quite a few “I love you David” exclamations from the crowd the night was mostly about the music. He moved nimbly between the baby grand piano, guitars, keyboard even mandolin as he performed extended arrangements of his hits. At the end of the two hours, I’m sure most of the audience was hoping for another two hours and David seemed to have the energy to keep going to but all good things must come to an end…at least until the next tour.
As you may be aware, I attend a lot of concerts and over the years have noticed many concert-goers demonstrating a lack of respect for the other patrons and the artist by display poor concert etiquette while watching the show.
Before you go out to check out your next gig you might want to consider some of these pointers to make sure everyone has a good time!
1. DO temper your drinking before the band starts so you aren’t ridiculously drunk and falling down while the band plays. 2. DON’T block others behind you if you’re tall or at least don’t stand directly in front of someone shorter. 3. DO smoke pot (c’mon…this is Vancouver, we all know it happens) in the middle of the crowd, not the edges, security is less likely to hassle you. 4. DON’T carry your drink into the middle of the crowd or mosh pit…it will splash on someone, probably yourself! 5. DO pay attention to the volume of your voice if you must talk throughout the performance. Yes, the band is loud, you are still louder. 6. DON’T shout out requests or quotes from different bands/artists, remember what band you are seeing. 7. DO dance all you like and while it’s lovely and spiritual to dance as tho no one is watching…in reality we all are watching especially if you’re bouncing all over and tromping on our feet! 8. DON’T need to travel in packs, ladies, holding hands as you push your way into and out of the crowd. It’s not the Red Sea, it will not part for you. 9. DO-udes, keep your fist pumping & high-fiving to a minimum…you may think you’re from the Jersey Shore…but really you just look like a douche! 10. DON’T be ‘that guy’ who shouts out “I LOVE YOU” “YOU ROCK”, if the artist is trying to play a quiet acoustic tune, interrupting the intimate moment does not make you cool and no they will not love you back!
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