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30-Nov-2006 12:59 AM Contributed by: pete Concert Reviews
Jet
November 26, 2006
The Guvernment in Toronto, Ontario
Review and Photos by: Pete Nema

Full photo set: Jet (13 photos)
Jet

The Guvernment had originally booked Jet for back on October 1st, but the show had to be delayed due to illness. So Jet recheduled for November 26th, and on that Sunday night, they were there just as promised. Early in the show Nic Cester assured us that they were all in good health, and emphasized the point by belting out his trademark screech. He thanked the fans for being patient, but I think the anticipation of the rescheduled date may have actually added to the excitement in the crowd. Jet is all about big rock 'n' roll, like great bands of the past (yes, sometimes they even sound like some of those great bands... get over it) and their performance was a high powered, adrenaline inducing, stadium-sized rock show that just happened to take place in a relatively small venue.

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Cameron Muncey On Guitar
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Nic Cester
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Mark Wilson On Bass

Jet opened the set with Come On Come On, a track off their most recent album Shine On, that warmed our ears to what was to come. Before the third song, Money Mouth, Nic discovered that it was an easy step from the stage to the top of the left speaker stack and stood there, posing and getting the fans riled up before laying down some guitar. It was a truly a rock star move and one he would repeat more than a few times throughout the evening - each time he did it the crowd seemed to respond stronger.

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A Mellow Moment
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Nic Screeches
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Tearing Up The Stage

When they started into Move On, the noise in the room quieted down for the mellowness of the song, a calm that lasted through Look What You've Done. But that's where the calm ended. A quick ride through Bring It On Back was all it took before starting into Are You Gonna Be My Girl, widely known due to its usage in an early iPod advertising campaign, to get the crowd to raise their arms in the air and belt out screams and whistles. Standing where I was, with the crowd jumping in excitement, I had the illusion that the building was shaking.

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Chris Cester On Drums
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Rock Star
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Crowd Pleasing Poses

A few songs later, Nic declared "Now we're gonna make some real fuckin' noise" before they rolled into Rip It Up and Cold Hard Bitch. Whatever excitement was displayed by Are You Gonna Be My Girl was doubled for Cold Hard Bitch, a staple song for Jet's live performances (and my personal favourite). After Stand Up, they closed the set with a rendition of Get Me Outta Here that included extended dual guitar soloing. They returned for a three song encore, dedicating one of the songs to their guitar man Tony for his birthday. The last song of the evening was a version of Rollover DJ that ended in complete and total rock 'n' roll mayhem including Pete Townsend style windmill guitar swipes and Nic climbing up on the drum kit. It was a huge finish and it had the vibe of some of the massive concerts I saw many years ago back in my youth (including The Who). Like many other attendees, I left The Guvernment with adrenaline in my blood. No matter what you think of Jet's music, there is one fact that can not be denied: Jet rocks.

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