Thursday night I had a date with Sloan; no not the bombshell from Entourage but the rocking band from the Maritimes. On this night, Sloan, the fancy quartet from Halifax/Toronto was playing the stage at La Sala Rossa in Montreal.
I arrived at the venue just few minutes before the band was scheduled to perform (9pm). As I walked into the venue, I could feel the nostalgia setting in and the pure excitement and joy from the crowd. Fans were ready for a rocking good time, however, the band had us waiting, and we were eager to know what was going on. Where were they? One can assume they were in their tour bus getting pumped to sock it to us real good since they were the only act performing on this night.
After about 30 minutes, in came the boys, and the crowd cheered as they walked on to the stage. It was time for myself to get reunited with Sloan. The last time I saw them was in the late 90’s, but to my dismay they were now a quintet! They added Gregory MacDonald on keyboards and he does a smashing job at it. Since the band was supporting their new album Commonwealth, they started the night with an awesome rendition of “Forty-eight Portraits” sung by the spade, Andrew Scott. In case you were not aware, this album is split in four card suits; one for each member. Sloan took their time in the spotlight during this two set performance. The sound was pretty good except for a little issue with a monitor on stage that was creating a bit of feedback, which they laughed and blamed it on being a French monitor. The crowd got a kick out of it.
The stand out for me was the performance put on by the multi-talented Chris Murphy who killed it on drums and then came out playing the guitar and sang like he was 20 again. Hard to believe that this band has been kicking it for over 20 years now. They still got it and the crowd agreed.
In the first set I was impressed with “Three Sisters” and “Carried Away”. After a short break they came out and delivered more great tunes and brought us home with a wicked version of “C’mon, C’mon”. “Take it Easy”, and “Who Tought you to Live Like That” were also highlights for me.
All in all, Sloan showed us why they have been around for two decades. There’s no question that this garage band from Nova Scotia will continue to be successful and keep inspiring us to want to listen. It was a great show hopefully we will see them again soon.