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And my love for Jack Johnson lives on

So I mentioned before that Jack Johnson was coming to Toronto and I scored tickets for Evan and myself… Last Wednesday was the big day, so we headed over to Molson Amphitheatre after work for some sweet JJ action.

I really love Jack Johnson, he is a rare true artist, and he’s just my favourite. So I was excited. That might actually be an understatement, I was a little beyond excited.

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I was smiling so hard that my eyes were just a squinty mess. Also this is the first time I have ever bought a concert T-shirt. I have seen a lot of live bands that I love over the years; Incubus, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Blink182 (we got them to strip down to their boxers on stage, but that is a story for another time…), KoRn (the moshpit was the most insane experience of my life), Deftones, Silverchair, Hole (haha!), Dallas Green, etc. etc. etc. but I have never bought a concert shirt because they are always so insanely expensive that I just can’t justify it. The Jack Johnson shirt I am wearing in the above photo set me back $35, but I have no regrets about that. JJ is the best musician I have seen live and I wanted to have something to remember my experience. I still regret not buying a shirt when I saw him four years ago. Also, that’s my favourite colour. It brings out my eyes, when you can actually see them. So I had to get it.

We hadn’t eaten dinner yet and I had just been planning on getting a jumbo hotdog or something, but then I noticed The Poutinerie food truck… Annnd I can never resist poutine, so that also had to happen.

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Pulled pork poutine! Fries + cheese curds + gravy + pulled pork. Amazing. I ate the entire thing and had I been dining in the dark I would have been sticking my face in that carton to lick it afterwards. Delicious.

We settled in with our dinner to watch the opening band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

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We didn’t have the greatest seats, as you can see. We were in the last row before the lawn, but last time I saw Jack Johnson I was behind a pillar so I figured this had to be better. I would have preferred to be up front on the floor, but all good. However I do have a slight beef… On the Monday before the concert the venue actually released 100 extra tickets that were RIGHT up front and only $10 more per ticket than I paid, so I tried to call and upgrade my tix but Ticketmaster told me it was too close to the event and they couldn’t do it. I was pretty bummed about that and kind of annoyed that I had purchased my tickets so far in advance and someone could come in last minute and essentially get front row seats. Of course, life isn’t fair and what can ya do. I was really tempted to just buy two more tickets and try to sell my original ones, but in the end I just kept ours.

Anyway, Edward Sharpe and friends were really great! They kind of remind me a bit of Arcade Fire, as there are so many members of their band and there are two leads, Alex Ebert and Jade Castrinos (and like Arcade Fire those two are either dating or were dating previously). They are definitely hippy-esque, which I enjoy, and they were so good live and SUPER interactive with the audience. Alex invited people from the floor area on stage with them, and they let one random guy play their guitar for an entire song.

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The guy in the white is a random fan

See, this is why it’s good to be on the floor. You never know when you might get asked to come up and be a part of the band. I’m pretty sure this experience made that guy’s life.

If you’ve never heard of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, I recommend listening to 40 Day Dream (really great song probably my favourite of theirs), and Home:

Also quite nice. I like them a lot.

But of course not as much as my (platonic) love JJ. My excitement really hit when Edward Sharpe finished up and it was Jack Johnson time.

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He’s up there somewhere!

It was kind of cold outside so Evan and I bundled up and snuggled in for the show.

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#coldandnerdy

I like the cut of Evan’s jib. He was the best concert buddy.

The following photos are stolen from aux.tv because I was just too far away to get anything decent…

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I could see him well on the screens though, and I could hear him perfectly. He was so amazing, as I knew he would be, of course. He played all my faves (except Go On, but he played it last time I saw him so it’s okay). Here is the setlist if you want to check it out. I fangirl’d out a few times and my voice was nearly gone the next day because I was singing so loud the entire time. I am so glad we went, and I’ll never forget it! Evan had a really great time too, and the next day he downloaded a bunch of JJ’s albums 🙂

I found some videos from the concert on YouTube, and this one of Jack singing Radiate from his new album is really good quality:

(it’s dark until about 10 seconds in, and then it’s all good!)

I just really like him.

You watch this video (not from Wednesday) and you tell me Jack Johnson isn’t a stand up gentleman.

I love how much of a family man he is and the obvious love he has for his wife. I love their love!

Wednesday was such a great time with my own love.

Bolded question time! What is the best band/artist you’ve seen live? Worst?
It is a dream of mine to see Neil Young, so please don’t tell me he’s not good live!

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My Love for Jack Johnson

I am not sure if I have ever talked about this on here before, but I really love Jack Johnson.

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Like I am talking super fan. Possibly even number one fan territory. I go a little crazy for him.

My JJ love affair started about 10 years ago when I was working at Chapters and we played this CD every day.

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And I mean every day. All day every day. There were only certain CD’s we could play at Chapters (customers don’t appreciate bad language, you know) so we cycled through the same three. Jack Johnson was the only one I didn’t get sick of. I was into his smooth beachy styles immediately. Once In Between Dreams came out we played that one over and over as well.

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Probably the most popular of his six albums. And then we got our hands on his very first album Brushfire Fairytales and we added that to the mix.

By that point my love for JJ was solidified and I owned his discography myself. I think his music is so beautiful.

So then in 2010 I saw that he was touring for his new album To The Sea and he would be playing at Molson Amphitheatre. I was insanely pumped. Obviously I had to go. And if I didn’t already love JJ, well that was that. I was smitten.

First I heard that he donated 100% of the proceeds of that tour to an environmental charity (and did a bunch of other things to minimize the environmental impact of the tour, you can check it all out here). So I really liked that. Then I heard that before his concert, JJ spent the day at Ontario Place next door with his wife and three kids playing in the water park. So I really liked that. THEN as we were waiting in the concession area for the concert to start, JJ came out with just his guitar, no mic, and played a quick private show for the people who were lucky enough to be standing around. It was beautiful and I just about died.

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(This photo isn’t from Molson Amp but I was Googling around and apparently he does this often.)

He was probably the best musician I have ever seen live (and I have been to a LOT of concerts over the years, just not that many lately), and then for his encore he came out and played three songs that he had written for his wife, who was there, and he dedicated them to her. Once again, I just about died. I could barely handle it.

So that did it. I went from hoping I wouldn’t be disappointed in his live performance to liking him even more. I just can’t get enough of his music and I don’t think there is one song of his that I don’t like. I also think he is a very decent human and a lot of musicians need to take note.

Anyway, I swear this has a point. I was Googling about JJ yesterday and I noticed that he is coming back to Molson Amphitheatre in May to tour his new album From Here To Now To You. I don’t know how this slipped by me, but I bought tickets for Evan and I immediately. I am already BEYOND excited to see my pal JJ again. I told Evan I will probably be moved to tears. Evan said he’s excited. He also said we should make shirts that say “JACK JOHNSON YOU ARE A GOOD PERSON”. We might do it.

And apparently he already tried to get tickets to JJ for my birthday present (because he knows about my intense love for Jack) but they weren’t on sale yet. He got me tickets to The Lion King instead, which is also an insanely amazing present and I have wanted to see it live for years and years, so I’m pretty excited for that as well.

And back to JJ, but I guess that’s it. I cannot wait to see this live!

And this too!

My love for JJ lives on!

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