Who Are You / The Seeker
I Can See For Miles
Behind Blue Eyes
You Better You Bet
The Rock / Love Reign O'er Me
Sparks / Pinball Wizard
Won't Get Fooled Again
Review by Pat Stanton
The Calgary show last night was its usual entertaining and enthusiastic show. The fans seemed to really enjoy the show, especially the second half.
Pete thanked the audience sincerely all night for waiting for them to come to town and for showing up. He stated that that morning there were a number of seats still available and it appeared that it was an almost full house. He probably thanked the audience 3 or 4 times. Roger echoed the thanks.
Pete again did most of the chatting with the audience. He said he loves to chat with people although not necessarily about what they have done as a band for what he is now calling the 51 1/2 years tour.
The band first appeared in the Saddledome in 2006 on the Endless Wire tour (a completely forgotten album on the Hits 50 tour) although they played in Calgary on their first trip through Canada in 1967 when they drove from coast to coast in the winter on a bus. With Lots of chains as Roger laughingly remembers.
Pete reminisced about a past show in Calgary that was played at the Stampede. He said they noticed an odd and bad smell, only to be told later that the workers had just shoveled the horse waste under the stage before the show.
There were no restarts of songs and the show flowed smoothly. The set list order was slightly modified with 5:15 moved to the Quad portion rather than randomly played earlier in the show, like Real Me had also been performed. It flowed naturally into I'm One.
The 2 boy band songs, Lily and Squeeze Box are still played, with Pete explaining that Squeeze Box was written when Ronnie Lane bet him that he couldn't write a polka. The lyrics are definitely not those of a typical polka but are in fun.
After Lily, Pete again joked about how no one ever gave him pictures to hang on his wall, especially his father. He then laughingly told us he doesn't dare drop his guitar pick as he couldn't bend over to retrieve it.
Roger added that in case people didn't realize it, Lily on the screen was really Keith Moon, adding he never looked better and that he was at least clean.
Roger seemed more energetic than usual, running the length of the stage during a number of the songs, leading the audience to sing along. His voice was strong from the opening WAY to the ending WGFA.
I thought the sound was fine but the local paper, Calgary Herald, thought the sound was muddy. If they did farther back, it is the venue, not the band. The back up vocals sounded as good as they always do and Roger was Roger.
We again heard Acid Queen in sound check and Pete just roars it out. I hope they add it to the set list in Vancouver as it will be a real treat for the fans. We are not permitted to record anything in sound check or I would try to record it for all. Fingers crossed Squeeze Box goes back on the shelf to shorten the show enough to fit in another Tommy gem.