Stevo (mrstevo) wrote in concert_reviews,

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Our Lady Peace at the Royal Oak Music Theatre (Michigan) on 9-19-05

We arrived there in time for the end of the second band, Rock and Roll Soldier. Eh. They weren't very good. They were kinda punk, but not in a good way. I was content with missing most of their set. We watched them from the balcony.

We headed down to the main floor before OLP came out and I was glad we did. Although I'm short, we were able to get a good view by standing on one of the stairs.

Our Lady Peace came out around 9:15, starting with "Picture" off of the new album. A strange choice, considering it's a slow one that most people don't know. But a bit of a warmup I suppose. The lead singer, Raine Maida, was sporting a little hat and a new full beard. I didn't recognize him at first, he's usually clean shaven. Their backup guitarist had long curly hair and I could not help thinking in my mind "It's David Daskal from Average Joe: Hawaii!!" This thought played over and over in my head througout the show.

After the first song, they busted into "Starseed" which riled up the crowd. This was their very first single back in 1995. (in fact it was almost exactly 10 years ago that I saw OLP for the first time open for Sponge and Candlebox at the Palace) They led into "Innocent" for the third song, which is one of my personal favorites. Great emotional song, one of the better performances of the night.

Their setlist went something like this:
Angels Losing Sleep
Wipe That Smile Off Your Face
Love And Trust
Will The Future Blame Us
Where Are You
4am (mostly sung by the crowd)
In Repair
Somewhere Out There
Superman's Dead

The encore was probably the best part of the show. The biggest disappointment of the show was the fact that they played mostly new stuff. I'm not a huge fan of the new album. It's pretty sub-standard compared to the stuff they were doing a few years ago. I guess changing guitarists and producers will do that to a band. I do enjoy their new album to an extent, but I would've enjoyed hearing more off of "Spiritual Machines" (2001) and at LEAST a song or two off of "Happiness Is A Fish You Can Never Catch" (1999), my favorite two OLP releases.

However, they did manage to squeeze in "In Repair", which is possibly my very favorite song by the band.I have a special connection with that song and it was beautifully performed live. I like what Raine does with his voice in songs like that, I love the lyrics, and the music is just amazing. Hearing them play that song pretty much made my night.

Otherwise, it was a greatest hits/new stuff show, which is pretty much the standard on 90s bands these days. They play the stuff that made a name for them, then they advertise their new stuff. I'd much rather be able to hand-pick their setlist and get a bunch of stuff that they missed this time around, but damn, no matter what they play in concert, it always seems to come out really really well. Lots of energy and emotion. You can tell they really care about what they're playing and they enjoy it, which I love to see in a live band. This was the 6th or 7th time I've seen Our Lady Peace. Never been disappointed.
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