Just got back from the Montreal concert. I had a feeling tonight was going to be electric and something special. On the way into town, there was a huge cloudburst followed by rainbows all the way into the city. Beautiful!
Tonight was truly a special treat as we were privileged to also have Lukas Rossi‘s longtime buddy from Rise Electric on guitar, Dominic Cifarelli, for most of the concert. There’s nothing like listening to Luke and Dom playing Lonely Ones together again as they did a couple of songs into the set.
In fact, I was just damn lucky tonight. I went to the venue early to get a good seat. I had just parked my car in the parking lot and rounded the corner to go into the club and — who do in run into just coming out of his SUV parked out front with the famous U-Haul in tow? – but Lukas himself. I was so surprised I only managed to say ”Hello Lukas” and he smiled at me in his polite, affable way. I was doubly lucky that the staff at the Time Supper Club allowed me to stay during the entire sound check which lasted nearly an hour. This is where you can appreciate all the time and effort that Lukas puts into preparing for perfection and the tireless devotion of people like his wife and manager Kendra who helps sets up the stage and films most of the show and the people who set up the merchandise booth prior to the concert.
Lukas came on just before 11 p.m. and played Dead Flowers first. Love that song! Actually, I love everything he’s written lately. There’s such an intensity and honesty about the way he sings and writes that just gives me shivers, especially in songs such as Sunrise of A Digital Star, Same Mistakes, Empty Cities, Angry Memories of You and Good Enough, which, if memory serves, he performed in that order. His new song Dark & A Gun is also gorgeous. You really have to see this man live to appreciate the artistry and the amazing voice he has, not to mention the incredible sound that he wrenches from those 6- and 12-string guitars he keeps switching between. He also played It’s All Love and Fuse from the Supernova album and finished his set with Leonard Cohen‘s Hallelujah. In the encore, after a rousing callback from the crowd, he played the version of Headspin with the new lyrics which is on the EP. In all, he, Dominic Cifarelli and keyboard player Lou Dawson played a little over an hour and I wish it had lasted for three. You can never get enough of the aural and written poetry of this sublime artist. I shudder to think of all the people who would never have discovered this man’s unbridled genius had there never been a RockStar Supernova TV show. What an utter shame!
Lukas is so generous and natural with his fans and this is all the more evident at the Meet & Greet after the concert where he takes the time to speak to each and everyone who comes up to the merchandise booth and asks for autographs and pictures.
A wonderful experience! If you ever get the chance to see Lukas Rossi in concert, don’t miss out on the opportunity. This was my second time and hopefully not my last. I can’t wait for the next show already. Nighty night peeps! Got to get up at 5 a.m.