One man, one album, three nights in Toronto at The Danforth. There are few musicians who can dedicate a tour specifically to one album, Matthew Good is one of them. This year, Good took us back to 1999 – he took his epic album, Beautiful Midnight, and remastered it. Thus, I Miss the New Wave: Beautiful Midnight Revisited was born, and select songs were chosen to be recorded into newer versions, but the rawness of the emotional album remained.
To celebrate this release, Matthew Good embarked on a cross Canada tour – but there was one catch…he would only play Beautiful Midnight, in order, in its entirety. Good’s dedicated fans were obviously intrigued, as shows throughout the tour have been continuously added and selling out, and after 20+ years of touring, Good’s live performances remain as breathtaking as ever.
Bursting onto the stage and kicking off the night with “Giant” and “Hello Time Bomb”, the fans were evidently drawn right into the familiar sound. Between the insane lights that moved, flashed, and changed the feel of the room through every moment of every song; the strong instrumentals, and Good’s chilling vocals, there was nothing left for us in the audience to do but take-in every sensation being thrown at us.
Addressing the audience with many thanks, and stating that he feels as though he spends more time in Toronto than anywhere else on the planet – Good allowed us to feel the genuine connection we all have to him and his music. Playing through an album in its entirety allows for a special bond between the artist and the audience. While Good beautifully played through each song on the album, he took the time between every few songs to chat with us about anything and everything. It felt as if we were one big group of friends hanging out and listening to an album, but also having the privilege to chat with the artist while doing so. To take it one step further, Good walked right into the audience and straight to the bar during “Let’s Get It On,” joking that he hoped some of us got some good photos and videos, because he enjoys checking them out after each show.
All of our favourites were executed flawlessly, including “Strange Days” and “The Future Is X-rated” (if you can really even pick a few of the best) – but Good didn’t stop there. Coming back for an encore with some of his best hits, we were ecstatic to hear “Apparitions” acoustically, yet full of life; and have him finish off the night with “Weapon.” We will have to remember that there is a reason a true Canadian artist can sell-out multiple nights in numerous cities he visits, all the while playing through an album that is 18 years old – it is because he is truly talented, and a must-see act that everyone should witness. If this tour was a look-back at Matthew Good’s work from the past, we can’t wait to see what he does next.