(December 29th, 2001 - Palace of Auburn Hills)
Watching the boys from Canada live is rather like allowing yourself the guilty pleasure of chocolate bon-bons whilst on the couch glued to Oprah. The boys are just too good to be true when it comes to musical values and such and perform like children let loose in a candy store. As with all their previous gigs lately, tonight's show at the sold-out Palace of Auburn Hills was loud and colorful to say the least. Fun is an understatement for these guys as their entertainment levels are always bursting. Tonight they brought their improvised brand of lyrics and family entertainment to a crowd of holiday gatherers in need of some end-of-year joyous celebrations. Although there was plenty of color to be seen, it was a pretty simple stage show which allowed the band to showcase their talents and not "how many costume changes can I do in a short period of time !" Energetic and light-hearted throughout, the gang exchanged thoughts and such relentlessly through the night with both the crowd and each other ! They are truly one of those groups that prove that it is okay to play all their instruments and only sample when it's hilariously necessary ! Some heart-felt ballads were even brought to the fore along with a rendition of the 'Chicken Dance' too ! Also, the merchandise was all decently priced. From T-shirts, to programs, to even the tickets themselves, everything was down-to-earth and for the fans. And of course, all the hits and more came out on this special night: Including the classics such as 'Jane,' 'Enid,' 'Be My Yoko Ono,' 'Brian Wilson,' and 'The Old Apartment' and some newer soon-to-be classics like 'Pinch Me,' 'One Week,' 'Call And Answer,' 'Falling For The First Time,' and 'It's All Been Done'. As if a staple of their show that the fans know, love and expect, 'If I Had A $1,000,000' was brought out in the ending segment of the show, which obviously allowed for the usual donation of cuddly monkeys and macaroni to fly onto the stage. But the boys love it and show that aplenty. Personally, I just can't wait until the next time around !
Reviewed by Russell A. Trunk