Live: Matthew Good at the Magic Stick, Detroit

March 25, 2008 at 6:56 pm Leave a comment

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The fog rolled in last Tuesday, obscuring the city blocks of Detroit until I might as well have been in Canada. After all, I was about to see one of the biggest rock stars of the countries history in a rare, intimate, U.S. performance.

The eccentric troubadour took the stage of the Magic Stick in a relaxed, casual manner, and dove into a stripped down acoustic set, comprised primarily of cuts off of his latest release, Hospital Songs. First and foremost, Good is a first class guitarist, and his warm tones cut through the venue, cutting through the smoke and hubbub, frequently inciting sing-a-longs to old favorites such as Apparitions.

Between song banter included a rant about the industry scouting techniques used at SXSW, his severe flu that he was afflicted with at the time, and some humorous anecdotes about touring in the 90’s.

Good would have done well to stick to more singular acoustic adaptations, like those featured in his career retrospective, In A Coma, as opposed to production heavy hits such as Avalanche, or Weapon. Nevertheless, the performance demonstrated a rare textural interpretation of these selections, as well as highlighting the anthemic qualities of some of his old standards.

For more info on Matt Good, check out his prolific BLOG

For my review of his latest album, Hospital Songs,go HERE

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