Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Devin Townsend Project - Acoustic Show

So a few hours ago I arrived home from venturing out to see Devin Townsend Project's most recent tour: The Bearded and the Bald. In a short preface, I have been a fan of Strapping Young Lad for about 8-10 years. The first song I ever heard was "Love?", and the combination of power behind Devin's amazing vocals combined with a type of industrial music I had never heard before left me forever changed. In retrospect, Strapping Young Lad are one of the first "real" metal bands I listened to... having heard about them on one of the now ancient Foamy the Squirrel web cartoons. After the break up of Strapping Young Lad in 2007 I gave up the hope of ever hearing any of their music live.
I will also admit I have not listened to a vast amount of Devin's other projects (The Devin Townsend Band, Devin Townsend Project, Ocean Machine, and his solo career). Tonight both opened my mind and then blew it away entirely.

The venue this took place at is incredibly small. There is no gate to separate audience and band. 

When I arrived at the same, small venue that I had seen Baptized in Blood at earlier this year, there was a sign attached to the door to the stage room stating that "Tonight Devin Townsend will be playing a special acoustic set." which was something I wasn't expecting, nor do I believe anyone else attending the show expected. Slightly disappointed but still eager, I handed over the ticket fee and made my way inside. I showed up late, as the other bands that played this evening were all bands that I had no interest in seeing, and waited for Today I Caught the Plague (who were better than I had anticipated from what I saw) to finish their set. They did, and as the stage was getting set for Devin Townsend I saw a tall, lanky guy dressed in all blue approach me. He smiled and said "Hey", in which I replied "Hey, how's it going?". He said good and walked off, of course this was Devin himself and he talked to the people gathered around the stage as it was being set up.

Throughout the entire show, Devin was incredibly humble. He stopped only one time to shout "Shut the fuck up!!!", but it was well deserved since some preppy bitches were standing behind me in the crowd arguing between each other with "I'm sorry"'s and "I didn't know it was going to be this lame." which, if you find an all acoustic by one of the most talented figures in Metal "lame" then you should get the fuck out or shut the fuck up.
He took various request songs, as well as input a mixture of songs he had specially selected for the evening. In total, the setlist was 19 songs long and he played for nearly two hours. When Devin had asked us which songs we wanted to hear, I kept repeating "Love!!!" which is a song from Strapping Young Lad's release, Alien. To my surprise, Devin actually played it and it was a dream come true. I never thought that I would hear this song live, let alone a special acoustic version of it.

Aside from playing "Love?", Devin also played "Notes from Africa" in which he stated he hasn't played that song live since 2002... among the setlist was also "Funeral" which is a track from another one of Devin's side projects entitled Ocean Machine.

All in all, aside from getting beer spilled on both myself and my phone because of some annoying asshole behind me, the show was amazing. And knowing that myself and a small room full of other people got to experience a one of a kind, once in a life time experience makes me feel incredibly privileged. Devin Townsend himself was an amazing guy who was both funny and down to earth. Unfortunately I didn't get a picture with him, though I tried about 3 or 4 times to do so, but my equipment is currently... to put it simple, fucked.
However, he did sign two of my CDs. Strapping Young Lad - City and also, Strapping Young Lad - The New Black. Check out my YouTube for the videos, as I filmed the entire setlist.


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