Sound: Matt Skiba truely does sound better live, than he does on CD, as does Dan Andriano, and Derek Grant (in the back up vocals). The ticket to this show was only 30$, but a well worked for 30 dollars I have to say. The sound was great, and the quality was superb. The new club the Kool Haus, which had just been renevated (previously the Garage) so the sound had been excellent. // 10
Perfomance: When Matt Skiba stepped on the stage everyone went crazy. One fan jumped on his friends shoulders and started yelling "I love you Matt Skiba!" and Matt shouted back "I love you too man". The first 5 songs were off of Goddamnit, and the later progressed into newer and newer songs. Only three songs were played of their newest release "crimson" were played including: "Burn", "Back To Hell", and "Dethbed". Playing an array of many songs from different albums is hard to remember, but from what I can remember the played:
Nose Over Tail - my favourite song by them ever, and it was a great energetic song.
As You Were - this song had everyone in a moshpit, and screaming there lungs out.
My Little Needle - great song, had everyone singing again. It was good to hear good quality and justice done to this song, unlike the one that is downloadable.
Trouble Breathing - my second favourite song by them, all time. This was one of the opening songs as well, and was received by the crowd.
Clavicle - Matt introduced this "Hey this is a love song, and it goes out to each and everyone of you" The sounded great and everyone loved it.
Acoustic set - this was really neat, the clock towers on the drape in the back (when the lights where dimmed) revealed skulls in the middle of them and shocked everyone, and amazed everyone as well.
Sorry About That - this was great Matt played acoustic, and the crowd was great singing along.
Blue In The Face - at the end Matt stood away from the mic and everyone yelled the last line "you're coughing on mine!"
Dan Andriano then came out and everyone was shouting: "Emma!, Emma!" but he played Maybe I'll catch fire, from the album Maybe I'll catch fire and was well received by the crowd. Next when Alkaline Trio came on, the drape in the background fell revealing their crimson symbol of the devilish figures kissing eachother and started playing:
Back To Hell - the energy was set right back up after a calming acoustic set, leaving the crowd energetic, and full of life.
Burn - followed after and in the interlude of the song Matt made everyone sing the words: "like hell we are anxiously waiting, like hell burning silently strong, somehow we fell down by the wasteside, somehow this hell is home" and everyone was loving it. Everyone in the buliding knew the words to that song.
Dethbed - their extra guitarist came out to help Alkaline Trio with the song, and in the begging no one knew wat song they were playing. Everyone stood still confused, because no one could make out the guitars. Matt then started "calling all cars, all coreners" and everyone got into it again.
After that the drape dropped again revealing the heartskull, which fired the crowd up, everyone knew the big hits were coming out now, and they started to play songs such as:
Private Eye - this was the song I was looking forward to the most, and was the most popular song of the night. When Matt said "alchohal I.V" he pointed at the bar in the club, which was sweet.
This Could Be Love - this was the second most popular song, and was highly energetic and spurred another moshpit.
Radio - the closing ballad of the night, and the most known song of their career. A great closing song, leaving everyone semi-satisfied. Everyone shouted, Encore, Encore! after, but the Trio did not come back. // 10
Overall Impression: This was a great concert, and everyone was satisfied. The Black Maria, and The Lawrence Arms opened for the Trio, and they were as great, but not as great as the trio itself. The sound was great, the songs were great, everything was awesome about this concert, there was nothing bad at all. This was an amazing concert well worth my 30$, like I said above, and was the most memorable concert I have gone to so far. The concert took place on May 19th, 2006, at the The Kool Haus in Toronto, Canada. And at the end of it all I got a shirt for 5$ bucks off a guy in the parking lot. // 10