Hey Rosetta! Celebrate the 62nd Anniversary of the Horseshoe Tavern
|08-Dec-2009 10:00 am||Contributed by: pete||Concert Reviews|
Julie Fader, La Strada
Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, Ontario on December 4, 2009
Full Photo Set (25 photos)
It doesn't feel like it was that long ago that I witnessed Hey Rosetta! at Lee's Palace create an unbelievable and visible connection between the band and the audience. In that article, I stated that the next time Hey Rosetta! was in town you should buy your tickets early. Well, this is the time of year when the Horseshoe Tavern celebrates their anniversary, 62 years in business this year, and they booked Hey Rosetta! for two nights back-to-back. Both nights sold out well before the show dates.
Hey Rosetta!Sorry for the spoiler, but for the second year in a row, I already know that Hey Rosetta! will end up in my top 10 concerts of the year. The show at Lee's Palace pretty much secured a spot in that list. The concert on Friday night at the Horseshoe Tavern was similar in many ways – standing on its own, it was excellent – but it didn't seem to reach the same level of band-to-fan interconnection that I sensed at Lee's Palace. It was still present, but just on a smaller scale. The melding of fans to band can be mostly attributed to the on-stage charisma of Tim Baker (vocals, piano, guitar), but the entire experience, the thing that really draws you in, is the combination of all the band members.
Hey Rosetta! is continuing to gain new fans from their incredible 2008 album Into Your Lungs, and so I think there were some hopes and expectations that the set list would be made up entirely of that material, but for the fans that have seen them many times, there was definitely some pleasure in experiencing the four new songs that bumped out some of the long time favourites. Plus, I have to imagine that it is satisfying for the band to showcase new material.
In terms of the new songs, the first one we were exposed to was the composition created for the CBC Radio 2 Great Canadian Song Quest about Gros Morne National Park, which is now part of the the Great Canadian Song Quest album available on iTunes. However, the real stand-out, both in terms of new songs and in terms of the entire night, was a new song called Seeds. It was just... that good, both musically and visually, with the band pounding out the big finish on multiple drums placed around the stage. I predict that once I have that song in recorded format, I will overplay it. Some of the other new material was more mellow, but for me it was just good to hear the musical direction in which they are headed. Although I didn't speak to the band about a possible new recording, I'm guessing they will be heading into the studio soon. Assuming I'm right, I'm really looking forward to a new full-length album sometime later in 2010.
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