“Tell people what you’ve seen here tonight.” I will Kevin Drew. I will.
This year, I’ve seen a handful of performances that I could easily call the best I’ve ever seen: Arcade Fire headlining Coachella, Fleet Foxes at the Greek in Berkeley, Explosions in the Sky at both The Fox and Great American, Battles at Bottom of the Hill and Menomena’s two-nighter at the Great American. Add Broken Social Scene at the Fillmore to the top of that list as they likely outdid them all. On Saturday night, for over 3 hours, one of the most respected bands in music came out and left everything on the table. Everything you would ever want from a farewell show was there. Hits? Check. Special Guests? Check. Nearly every song in their catalog? Check. 2 encores? Check. Reflection? Check. Enthusiasm? SUPER CHECK! There have been plenty jokes that this is only the first of Broken Social Scene’s “farewell” shows (Issac Brock, the evening’s special guest, said he was proud to give the “1st annual eulogy of Broken Social Scene”), but if you watched the show at any point during the three hours you would think that there is no chance the band would ever play together again (though let’s hope that’s not the case). Throughout the night, no one – not on the stage or in the crowd – lost enthusiasm. That might seem an exaggeration but I can say with absolute certainty that the crowd was just as ready to cheer/party after midnight than they were when the show started at 9.
Besides just having an aura of unforgettableness, the show featured a couple of surprises. There was the usual company (if you can call Kevin Drew, Brandon Canning and the rest usual). Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, members of BSS and Stars both, came out. As did Isaac Brock, who performed several Modest Mouse songs with the members of BSS. And with the surprises, came the expected: they played all the hits and more. ‘7/4 (Shoreline)’, ‘Texico Bitches’, ‘Anthems for a Seventeen Year-Old Girl’, ‘Sweetest Kill’, ‘Cause=Time’ and tens of others that you could think of as stand-alones.
I’ll never forget that show. From the bottom of my subcocles: Thank you Broken Social Scene.