On a brisk November night in Guelph, the vibe inside the River Run Centre was warm, lighthearted and electric, in anticipation of the ‘Rock N’ Roll show’. Entering, stage right, with his gray suit, glasses and geeky, yet GQ style (he looked like a banker) – David Myles opened up the show with a short, but engaging set. This included some of his older songs, mixed in with a couple of tunes from his new album, “Turn Time Off” (produced by Joel). His witty anecdotes fit right into the mood of the evening and the sold out crowd definitely warmed to Mr. Myles.
Joel took the stage after a brief intermission and jumped right into his set with a killer version of “Make a Little Noise”. He was in fine form, and mixing it up chronologically – playing plenty of tracks from “Three”, but also a healthy balance of tunes from his entire catalogue. After a few tunes by his lonesome, he welcomed his father, Bill Plaskett, on stage to join him. Their harmonies were bang-on, it was certainly an enjoyable twist to the evening.
Some of the show highlights included “Down at the Khyber”, “Every Time You Leave”, “Heartless, Heartless, Heartless”, “Nowhere With You”, “Sailor’s Eyes”, “Deny, Deny, Deny” and a couple of brand new tunes – “Island Girls and Harbour Boys” and I think the other one was called “I’m Yours”.
Other highlights included Joel rocking out to a back-track of “Fashionable People” playing on his iPod, the Casio styling of “Rewind, Rewind” Rewind”, a rocking acoustic rendition of “Through & Through & Through” and a brilliant combined effort from Joel and Bill on “Rollin’, Rollin’ Rollin'” to cap the evening! Thanks for a fantastic evening – Joel, Bill and David. I should also mention that the RRC in Guelph is a great place to see a show. The acoustics were fantastic and there was not a bad seat in the house.