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3.03.2004

Concert review: Barenaked Ladies, 3/2/04 at FleetCenter 

Setlist:

Maybe Katie
Too Little Too Late
Grade 9
(Barenaked Rap)
It's All Been Done
Another Postcard
Celebrity
A
Just A Toy
For You
Roadrunner
One Week (acoustic)
Upside Down
Testing 1,2,3
Box Set
The Wrong Man Was Convicted
Shopping
Pinch Me
War On Drugs
Never Is Enough
Old Apartment
Brian Wilson
If I Had $1,000,000
What A Good Boy

Approximately 96% of the concert was raucous and off-the-wall.

I'll comment on the other 4%, Steven Page's masterpiece "War On Drugs". Apparently the Prince Edward Viaduct in Toronto is North America's second most popular suicide spot, behind the Golden Gate Bridge. The city of Toronto put up girders underneath the bridge in order to "solve" this problem. The tragedy of suicide and this ineffective and inane "solution" to the problem inspired Page to write "War On Drugs". I'm guessing that "drugs" here refers to antidepressants, but I'm not sure. I'm not a diehard Barenaked Ladies fan, but I consider this song to be one of their finest.

Coincidentally, over the weekend the body of missing MIT student Daniel Mun was found in the Charles River right underneath the Massachusetts Avenue bridge.



They say that Jesus and mental health
Are just for those who can help themselves
What good is that when you live in hell on earth?
The very fear that makes you want to die
Is the same as what keeps you alive
It's more trouble than your suicide is worth

Won't it be dull when we rid ourselves of all these demons
Haunting us to keep us company?
Won't it be odd to be happy like we always thought we're supposed to feel
But never seem to be?


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