Sunday, July 06, 2008

great big sea - secret concert

Stephen recently used up most of the JACK points we had both accumulated to get over 300 entries for a contest to win a pair of tickets to the secret Great Big Sea concert held in Vancouver on July 27th!

It paid off! And thanks to our friend Robin, who heard Stephen's name on the radio, we found out we had won! [There was also a message on our answering machine when we got home.]

The concert was held at Doolin's Irish Pub.

There were just over 200 people invited to attend. We got in line early enough so that when we got in, we could get a good spot close to the stage. They had taken all the tables out of the way so there was room for us to crowd around the tiny stage which was in one corner of the pub. We ended up practically at the front and the band had to walk through us all to get on stage. It was a very intimate setting.

Best part of it was that cameras and other recording equipment were welcome! Most excellent! We took a bunch of pictures and videos using our Nikon Cool Pix and Flip video camera.

The boys played for around 90 minutes. Along with several songs from their latest album, 'Fortune's Favour', they played some of their big hits and a few covers, including Led Zepplin's 'Gallows Pole' and The Police's 'So Lonely'. Wicked!

I was hoping to post some of the videos on YouTube, but they are bigger than it allows, so I am trying to figure out a way to compress them.

Here are a few pics from the show.

We did find a couple videos that others posted. You can find one of them here.

What a fun way to start off a four day weekend!

Thanks again, JACKFM!!


Shari said...

VERY cool! I was wondering how this went... and I think Irish Pubs are my all-time favorite places to hang out. I love Nine Fine Irishmen in Vegas. Hugs, Shari

Sue said...

Oh WOW! What a dream come true!!

Such an incredible experience. GBS has to be my ultimate favourite band but I wasn't able to go to this particular show. Have seen them here 7 times now and 2 times on the East coast.