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Hurricane Sloan Rocks Halifax (long)
Whilst reading the latest _Surveyor_ newspaper on the sandy shores of
Prince Edward Island I came upon the funniest piece of Island
journalism since the day I read an article in the Guardian that was
simply the plagiarized Super Friendz bio....and it follows...note
that it is typed verbatum. the mistakes are not mine, they are that
of the journalist -- all of them be they misspelled names, titles,
oddly placed capital letters, etc....
HURRICANE SLOAN ROCKS HALIFAX
By Blake Johnston
Local pop darlings Sloan blew away an enthusiastic crowd at the
recent Halifax On Music festival, despite Hurrican Hortense's best
efforts to dampen the event.
More than 600 fans packed the Birdland Cabaret Saturday, Sept.
14, for the last of three major showcases while major torrents of
rain and howling winds downed trees and power lines, plunging much of
the city into darkness.
Although it was the first live show for Sloan since the early
summer, they nevertheless turned in an inspired and extremely tight
15 song set heavy with material from the band's most recent album,
One Chord to Another, including the current Canadian top-ten,
Everything You've Done Wrong.
It was evident the members of Sloan have retained the delightful
mix of contemt and caustic sarcasm that has endeared them to legions
of disenchanted twentysomething fans.
Front man Chris Murphy seemed annoyed at times with the beer-spraying
fans, ofter flashing obscene gestures at the offenders and threatened
to quit playing if moshers continued to crowd-surf.
The band ignored requests for their break-through single,
Underwhelmed, from their first album Smeared. Instead, Sloan
countered with Median Slip, a rocking but obscure gem from teh same
1992 Geffen album.
Murphy seemed intent on stroking the real fans, while frustrating
those with only a passing knowledge of the band.
It was rock and roll the way it should be, with intergrity and a
large measure of attitude.
The Halifax On Music festival saw bands from across North America
invade the port city for a weekend which also included a media
conference and an industry brunch.
Festival talent director Colin MacKenzie, who pulled off the
logistical nightmare of Juggling 37 bands at four different venues
over three days, said the festival was a success.
" Despite the nasty weather, the fans still came out ," he said.
" To say we're relieved would be an understatement."
When Peter Rowan, the organizer of the ever popular Halifax
Explosion festival, packed up and moved to Ontario last year,
MacKenzie, along with festival directors Angie Fenwick, Marc Brown
and Wayne Mason, bravely grabbed the torch and began the process of
producing a quality weekend to rival those great festivals of years
Surveying the crowd of sweaty but happy concert goers at the
Birdland, it would appear they succeeded.
Later MacKenzie shouted from along the bar: "Man, have you been
outside lately?" The hurricane was now thrashing Halifax senseless.
"It's total chaos out there!" ,he exclaimed with a devilish grin,
half caused by the excitement of the storm and half perhaps caused by
the realization that months of hard work and 3 a.m. phone calls had
paid off royally and even a hurricane couldn't crash the party.