If you’re lucky there is that moment during every concert that reminds you why you fell in love with the band in the first place. Typically, for me, this moment is reserved for when my favourite songs comes through the speakers. This is the point where my heart pulls a Grinch and grows 3 times its size.
Last night, at the Orpheum watching The National it was when Matt Berninger climbed across the seats singing Terrible Love. As the song started up and he made his way across the stage to the far right, microphone cord wrapped around hand, leaning up against the speaker he sung the last lyrics from the first verse, “It’s quiet company” and then lights flashed and he melted into the crowd.
From my seat, centre stage 10 rows back, I could tell he was attempting to walk across the seats. The next few minutes made me smile not only to witness him singing in the middle of everyone, but as you could a) tell the age of the crowd and b) see Canadian politeness shine, as everyone lifted up the cord, so the poor roadie didn’t have to jump into the crowd to wrangle it, and everyone in the surrounding rows helped Matt walk across the seats.
Mid way through the song, as he made his way closer to the middle, I realised he was walking across the seats in row 9 and before I knew it he was standing in front of me
singing screaming “It takes an ocean not to break.” The way he screamed break, gave me goosebumps. I could hear the noise being absorbed into my earplugs. My friend asked if I wanted her camera to take a picture. I shook my head, eyes transfixed. I didn’t need a poorly lit photograph to remind me of this moment. I knew it was one I’d never forget.
“I don’t like hot tubs, or orgies. Both are equally awkward.” -Matt
“We have a lot of stupid nicknames for each other. Mostly revolving around penises. Like Super Penis…or Doctor Penis.” -Matt
“I think I sprained my vest.” -Matt
“We’re going to take a sea plane tomorrow to Vancouver Island. Are those the ones that go under the water?” -Matt
“No, they land on the water. Under the water would be a submarine.” -Aaron
“During that break we went to the loo. I had to use the ladies.” -Aaron
“Did you sit down in the urinal? How did that make you feel?” -Matt
Very reasonably priced concert swag.
Hilarious holiday sweater vest.