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10 Feb 05

the lowest of the low, after 11 years of waiting

ok ok, so the lowest of the low show was a WEEK ago at the elixir. i guess i dropped the ball on that one. i’ll mention it briefly, and i’m sure no one will mind the loooooong delay.

the openers were jay harris and his band, someone i’ve heard of forever but have never seen live. to be honest, i always confuse them with the jimmy swift band. they played for a while, and after a week i remember nearly nothing about their set. i guess they didn’t leave much of an impression.

i was pretty excited about seeing lowest of the low, especially since i had free tickets (plus their new cd) courtesy of rock crew. i bought shakespeare, my butt and hallucigenia when i was in highschool (1992 and 1994 respectively, i think) and even once had tickets to see them when i made my brief pitstop at the university of waterloo in 1994…only to have them break up on me. i’d missed their previous kingston gigs (i remember at least one at aj’s) so it’s about time i finally got to see them live. sadly, it wasn’t everything i’d hoped for. on the bright side, they played a good mix of old and new (i was hoping it wouldn’t all be songs from their latest, sordid fiction), and the crowd happily sang along to bleed a little while tonight among others. on the down side, i never got to hear eternal fatalist or henry needs a new pair of shoes, and their show was pretty unspectacular overall. stephen stanley seems to have a much larger role in the band than he used to, but i still prefer ron hawkins’ songs, old or new. they’ve also added a keyboardist, and i felt like they really needed to give him something to do during a lot of the earlier songs….even a tambourine would’ve been better than watching him stand around awkwardly. oh, and the crowd was MUCH bigger than i expected – i was worried the elixir was too large a venue, but that shows why i’m not a promoter i guess. we called it a night after an hour of their set, and mitch summed it up well when she said that she could think of worse ways to spend her night. nothing spectacular, but nothing bad either.

6 Responses to “the lowest of the low, after 11 years of waiting”

  1. 1
    Maris Says:

    Yer head musta been up yer ass cause the jay harris band owned that night! I didnt stay for all of Lotl but then my tix was purchased to see the openers.

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    pager Says:

    if your tickets were purchased to see the openers, do you think your comment may be considered slightly biased?

    regardless, my head is always up my ass.

  3. 3
    Marisagain Says:

    ah, i see my point arrived safely. have you considered inviting other over to your ass to party? now thatsa party!

  4. 4
    lasttimemaris Says:


  5. 5
    Sofi Says:

    Hey everybody! Rob’s ass is throwing a party! And everyone is invited!

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    jonna Says:

    No need to get there early, the place is huge…been used for lots of events over the years.

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