Great Big Sea: Swept Away by a Sound

Great Big Sea
Sphere Entertainment Complex Buffalo NY
April 2, 2004
The evening began with Boston rockers The Push Stars. Lead singer Chris Trapper told the sell out crowd that the band came from the home of such band as Aerosmith and The Cars and that The Push Stars wished to follow the tradition of those great bands. The band put on a good show and the crowd was appreciative; but were overall there to see the main attraction from Newfoundland.

The Push Stars were more than just an opening act for headliner Great Big Sea. Lead singer Chris Trapper was born and raised in Buffalo. His parents still live there. And Trapper wrote some of the tunes that appear on Great Big Sea albums. Among them is "Sea of No Cares" which Trapper performed with the band just like Great Big Sea lead singer Alan Doyle heard it for the first time in Sean McCann's living room.

Attending a Great Big Sea concert is like having a big sing a long with a few thousand of your closest friends. Great Big Sea started out by playing kitchen parties and they still perform that way only the parties are much bigger now. The show was standing room only, but fans still found a way to dance around. Great Big Sea performed about half of the songs from their new CD "Something Beautiful" including the title track and the first single "When I Am King"; as well as, many of the fan favourites from the band's previous six albums.

Fans called the band out for two encores and would have stayed for more if Great Big Sea had chosen to play longer. No one goes to a Great Big Sea show and leaves without having had a great time and tired from all the singing and dancing.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum

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