And then, the audience went “aww”. It was a really sweet moment. After that, Mike added, “Hey, listen, you know. Brothers from different mothers. Mick and I, we had a great run… so far.”
The toned-down version they did of “Randy Scouse Git” was neat. I’m always impressed at how well Micky matches the rhythm of the “deedle deedle doo boo dee boo” bit to the original record.
Before “Nine Times Blue”, Mike made a face and went, “Oh no!” and then added, “One of you guys’ll have to cover for me.” I’m not sure what happened, but I guess there was something wrong with his guitar.
One thing I noticed at both shows was that crowd almost always applauded for the pedal steel guitar solos, but the other instruments didn’t get as much love. Personally, I always feel like applauding after the keyboard (organ? celeste?) solo in “I’ll Spend My Life With You”, but it didn’t seem like anyone else did. I don’t really get that, but I don’t know much about playing instruments either.
After “Take a Giant Step”, a guy in the audience yelled out, “Door into Summer!” A woman behind me yelled out, “Joanne, Joanne!” After a brief silence, someone on the other side of the theatre yelled “Auntie Grizelda!”, which earned some applause and cheers from the audience, or maybe just from me. Mike responded, “We could do ‘I’m Gonna Buy Me a Dog’”, to which the crowd applauded and cheered wildly. Mike covered his mouth, surprised, then kind of spoke-sang-chuckled, “I’m gonna buy me a dog, I’m gonna buy me a dog…” Then he added, “I shouldn’t have said anything!”
This crowd was a lot calmer than the Toronto crowd, and I wondered if maybe Micky wouldn’t have an audience member sing the second verse of “Goin’ Down”. Then I wondered if Micky even remembered the words to the second verse. Then I wondered how inappropriate it would be for me to yell the words out from the seventh row. Luckily, I didn’t have to do that, because Micky remembered the words just fine.
During the band introductions, Micky referred to the drummer as “Mr. Rich ‘I-taught-him-everything-he-knows’ Dart!”
During “Daydream Believer”, Micky did a little Davy dance-esque shuffle that I’ve never noticed before.
The girl next to me literally squeed during “Listen to the Band”. I was snapping some photos during the song, and maybe I was imagining things, but I felt like Mike looked right at me, urging me to put down the camera and, y’know, listen to the band.
After the show, as the crowd was leaving, I thought I saw Andrew Sandoval walking through the crowd right past me, so I ended up yelling “THANK YOU SO MUCH” in his face. If you weren’t Andrew Sandoval, I apologize, and if you were Andrew Sandoval, I still apologize.
Artist: The Monkees
Place: Centre in the Square, Kitchener, ON