Matthew Good played favourite stage – Massey Hall
Taking stage at his favourite of venues, Massey Hall, he was able to share new tracks from his latest album Arrows of Desire with his beloved audience.
He opened the set with his personal favourite from the new album “Garden of Knives,” after which the nearly sold out crowd gave a standing ovation, only to remain on their feet for the rest show.
What can be appreciate about a Matthew Good show, is that it comes down to the bare bone essentials of showmanship and music. No special lights or effects, no pyrotechnics, and no glamour. Just pure rock persona on stage, and musical talent echoing through the venue.
Guitarist Jimmy Reid nailed an eclectic electric solo in the middle of the song “Non Populous” that really got the crowd whistling and cheering. And drummer Blake Manning was absolutely on point, never missing a beat.
The difference being seeing the Matthew Good Band, and Matthew Good solo with his band now, is how much more accentuated their individual talents are as musicians. It’s almost like you’re getting multiple shows at once from four incredibly talented musicians, who on their own all play very unique, and different from each other styles of music.
After he played through a few other tracks from the new album, such as the title track, “So Close” and “Had it Coming,” he played a few classic fan favourites like “Weapon” and “Hello Time Bomb.”He also took time in between songs to project some of his witty banter on the audience, stating things like “I could stand here and talk all night, because I just spent 42 hours in bed.” And lord knows Mr. Good loves his sleep – when he can get some can that is.
His funniest stunt of the night, was during his encore. He began playing a cover of Dewey Cox’s “Walk Hard,” until he forgot how the second verse went, so like a true showman, he just stopped and moved on to the next song.
Matthew Good is just one of those prolific Canadian musicians that you can never get tired of seeing live or listening to, because his styles and talents are constantly evolving, whether he be playing solo or with a band. This night at Massey Hall was just yet another example of that breadth in talent. Story by Devin Size, photos by ftfphotography