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Daniel Lanois

Massey Hall

$49.50 - $39.50

November 14, 2008 8:00 PM

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Massey Hall presents

As a producer, Daniel Lanois has taken the careers of many of our favourite artists to stratospheric levels. As a singer-songwriter, his work is both timeless and futuristic, organic and haunting. Joining Lanois on stage at Massey Hall will be Brian Blade (drums) and from Mother Superior, Marcus Blake (bass) and Jim Wilson (guitar). Rock ’n’ roll fueled by current sonic inspirations, a little story telling and some vintage Lanois will be the essence of this very special performance.

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This was posted on Lanois' site a couple weeks ago, but has since been removed.


Canadian Fall Tour

September 25th - St. Catherines, Ontario - Montebello Park

October 16th - St Johns, Newfoundland - Club One

October 17th - Halifax, Nova Scotia - The Marquee

October 18th - Moncton, New Brunswick - Capitol Theatre

October 24th - Ottawa, Ontario - Centrepointe Theatre

October 25th - Belleville, Ontario - The Empire Theatre

November 6th - London, Ontario - Aeolian Hall

November 7th - St Jacobs, Ontario - Playhouse

Novmeber 8th - Parry Sound, Ontario - Stockey Centre

November 14th - Toronto, Ontario - Massey Hall

November 16th - 18th - Boston, Massachusetts - Berklee Performance Centre

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So, who else is going????

I'm hitting the preshow talk with my former prof Rob Bowman:

FriendsFirst & Marquee Club pre-concert chat with Rob Bowman

Speaking about Daniel Lanois

Friday, November 14, 2008

Massey Hall

7:00 pm Pre-concert Event begins, Centuries Lounge

7:15 pm to 7:45 pm Rob Bowman, Centuries Lounge

8:00 pm Daniel Lanois Concert, Auditorium

To order concert tickets ($49.50 - $39.50) contact Box Office: 416-872-4255

Rob Bowman lectures, publishes and broadcasts in many areas of popular music, from country, R&B and gospel to reggae, rap and funk. He regularly authors, produces, and advises on documentary and CD reissue projects, and has written liner notes for dozens of recordings - Rob has won a Grammy Award for best album notes. Broadcast credits include a radio series on the history of Canadian popular music and guest spots on CBC Radio's < i>Definitely Not the Opera.

Join us in Centuries Lounge for the pre-concert chat to enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic beverages (cash bar will be available) and light snacks.

Please RSVP no later than 5pm Wednesday, November 12th

Contact Elizabeth Birss at 416-593-4822 x379 or elizabeth.birss@rth-mh.com

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Tonight's the night ...



November 13, 2008

I read a review of Daniel Lanois's show last week in Ottawa, where the uber-producer and musician told his crowd that he and his band would be moving in weird, uncharted directions for a spell, saying, "This is the improvised part of the set." And here's me thinking everything the dude did was off the cuff.

The Hamilton-raised Lanois is an aural-sculptor, manipulating a recording-studio soundboard like anybody else might play an organ. Ever hear him play the steel guitar? Like Marconi with a radio - no joke.

Anybody who took in his two shows last year at the Great Hall - where a videographer displayed his artful black-and-white work in real-time images above the stage - should have had those concerts on their best-of lists for 2007.

As for 2008, Lanois weaves - forward, and with some backtracking too. An expanded "Goldtop Edition" of Lanois's Acadie album from 1989 is in stores now, and later this year the first three albums of his Omni Series of unreleased material will be issued through his Red Floor Records website.

One is called Steel, featuring steel guitar instrumentals, some of them recorded during the Slingblade Teatro era. "They are melodic, serene and transporting," Lanois says, "the sort of CD that I personally love to hear."

As for the new U2 album he has been working on with Brian Eno, Lanois is stoked, commenting recently that Bono is "singing like a bird" and that the heavily anticipated disc breaks "new sonic ground" and is "fantastically innovative." As if there were any doubts. Brad Wheeler

Daniel Lanois plays Massey Hall tomorrow, 8 p.m. $39.50 to $49.50. 178 Victoria St., 416-872-4255.

Genius of Lanois shines

Lynn Saxberg

The Ottawa Citizen

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Daniel Lanois performs at the Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa on Friday October 24, 2008.

CREDIT: Christopher Pike, The Ottawa Citizen

Daniel Lanois performs at the Centrepointe Theatre in Ottawa on Friday October 24, 2008.

At one point during an exquisite concert at Centrepointe Theatre last night, legendary producer Daniel Lanois warned the audience that he and the band would be venturing into unknown territory. "This is the improvised part of the set," said the soft-spoken 57-year-old.

Normally, an artist risks alienating his audience with that sort of advisory. But in the case of Lanois, a guy who's worked with Bob Dylan, U2, Emmylou Harris, Peter Gabriel and Robbie Robertson, to name a few, ears perked up so as not to miss a note of what might happen, an opportunity to gain insight into the workings of a musical genius, who's also known to be a demanding perfectionist.

Dressed in a black-leather motorcycle jacket and sporting a hat and bushy beard, Lanois appeared at ease, exuding a cool and quiet confidence. The stage was bare, except for the band's gear, but the tasteful lighting and live video contributed to the evening's sense of adventure. A videographer, working on stage, captured the entire show, the footage screened in gritty black-and-white behind them. It felt like we were watching an old newsreel of an historic battle.

Leaning over to check in with his compadres, guitarist Jim Wilson and bassist Marcus Blake, Lanois was clearly the commander-in-chief. But one glance at Steven Nistor and the fuzzy-haired drummer took off into a crisp and jazzy beat. Lanois dug in, and the others were quick to join, their musical telepathy evident as they wove a masterpiece of bluesy atmospherics.

Afterward, Lanois spoke of the "duality" of his career, referring to the dichotomy between his singer-songwriter fare and studio innovation.

Last night's improv was a demonstration of the experimental end of his musical spectrum, an approach that relies on the spirit of the moment and the interaction between the people at hand. In a soft-seat theatre with perfect sound, talented players and a near-capacity audience listening attentively, the results were magical.

There were several instances of anything-goes noodling during last night's concert, but also plenty of familiar material.

He opened with a soulful The Maker, bending the notes of his electric guitar to create the languid mood, displaying even more dexterity in the next song, the fluid The Messenger.

The melodic arc soared through an instrumental composition, coming to rest on Sometimes, from Lanois' album Shine. "This one comes from a place of solitude," Lanois said.

Then he performed solo, on electric guitar, for a string of story-songs from Acadie, his 1989 debut disc, inspired by his French-Canadian roots. Lanois, of course, was born in Hull, and still has relatives in the area. With a dedication to "les cousines" in the audience, Lanois sang heartfelt versions of Jolie Louise, Marie Claire and Under a Stormy Sky, his bittersweet voice making everyone feel they were part of

la famille.

The musical adventures continued for almost two hours, and Lanois told funny, engaging stories between songs. Without a doubt, it was one of the best concerts of the year.

© The Ottawa Citizen 2008

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