Matthew Good – Acoustic Living Room Show

metblog-miss604-mattgood.jpgWhenI think of bands or recording artists that represent Vancouver, there are only a handful that I can think of off the top of my head aside from the up and coming indie acts and big hot shot stars that pass through to record an album from time to time. There’s only one name, to me, that has always been a constant in Vancouver: Matthew Good [wiki].

Over the past couple of weeks, this leader of one of Canada’s most popular bands in the 90s, successful solo artist, political activist and blogger announced that he will be packing up and leaving Vancouver to head on the road and overseas – on a personal journey and just to get the heck out of this city.

72 hours ago he put up a post on his blog [mblog] to say that he’s inviting 20 fans to his house for an acoustic show in the living room. “It will be 20 fans, two dogs, a little security, one guitar, and that’s it.”

Reading the comments on his site it was as though he was Willie Wonka giving the news about the golden tickets, fans were scrambling. They were asked to write an email with a little explanation of why they should be invited. With the contest closing at 8:00pm Thursday night, I was sure to get my entry in that afternoon. By 8:30 I had been contacted by Matt about live-blogging the event [mblog]. And so Friday night I stepped into the living room of a famous Vancouver musician, sat on the floor with a laptop, and wrote a play by play for the rest of the world.

metblog-miss604-mattgood2.jpgI’ve been a Matthew Good fan since 1997 when we saw him at the David Hawkes Modern Rock Circus. Since then I’ve been to about a dozen shows and followed his blog daily. Although I may not always agree with some of his views, that’s the purpose of a blog – thoughts, opinions and personality. I’ll always be a fan of him and his music.

While writing the live blog I had hundreds of people from around the world tuning in and leaving comments. They all had their eyes on Vancouver, their eyes on the web and some had the CDs playing as they read the posts I would put up every couple of minute to document this event in Canadian music history. Not only were those logging onto the site from around the world, sitting in his living room that night there were people who flew into Vancouver that afternoon from Edmonton, Maryland and Texas (just to name a few).

This city’s been good and bad to many people. Everyone has their favourite neighbourhoods, favourite hang outs, favourite people and times of year. Sometimes after so many years, you reach a breaking point it’s time to pull stakes and leave. I’m just glad that Matthew Good was able to give back to local fans in this way. It was an unbelievable night.

My live-blog post is available [miss604] as well as Flickr photos of the event [miss604]. For other blog posts and recaps of the event, visit the blogs of several other lucky participants.

Audihertz, ZonaBoy, NearFantastica (who has video up) and Acoustic Diaries.

4 Comments so far

  1. Soultrance (unregistered) on August 27th, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    That would have been so cool to go to. Wish I had of gotten into the Vancouver blogging scene a little earlier, then maybe I would have been able to weasle my way into seeing this. :)

  2. Ariane (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 4:27 pm

    I am infinitely jealous of all who were there. I’m also sad that MG is leaving town. I don’t know exactly why, it’s not like it will make any real difference, but I guess it’s just something about the angst and disillusionment in his recent blog post…it’s contagious or something.

  3. Erin (unregistered) on August 28th, 2006 @ 9:49 pm

    Thanks for doing such a good job covering it for all of us who weren’t able to go. :)

  4. ariadna (unregistered) on August 31st, 2006 @ 4:39 pm

    That’s cool. That’s like what I get to experience almost every weekend when my most favourite DJs EVER play all day for me and my close friends (and themselves). Sometimes I can’t believe I am so blessed. Intimacy is key because it brings out so much.

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