Superb ending to the six night U.S. Toronto run. Van's voice strong, supple and supremely expressive. Plenty of zingers. During In the Afternoon, as Van took us down the Ancient Highway, we again arrived at "GnomeWorld," where the half- dozen "motherfucking" gnomes that were purchased were "so fucking heavy" when they were placed in the car trunk and driven home. "Nothing really happened, but you got six gnomes." Before Keep It Simple: "We're going do a selection of Tiny Tim's Greatest hits." Before Healing has Begun: "This is a simple tale of ordinary folk." Van dedicated Comfortably Numb to 2 Universal Music executives.
The Cypress Avenue flowed beautifully. It is still a work in progress, and this version ended a bit abruptly. But it was great to hear the song again live for the first time this century.
On the other hand, the Ballerina tonight reached to the stars. Sublime.
And the Healing was Begun was an absolutely joyful, ecstatic romp, Van roaming and roaming and roaming across the fields. "By George, you've got it," Van told the band.
It feels like a brand new day has dawned in this artist's astounding career.