(awful picture – I was just taking a test shot and was planning to shoot more during the encore but… read on)
The original plan was to play a game of chicken with the scalpers by approaching them as far into the opening act as possible. We lost: the scalpers left, and we ended up having to buy $65 tickets. Apparently, we were doomed before we even started – someone gave us the scoop on just how organized they are. Someone even alleged that Tickemaster gives partial refunds to the scalpers (i.e. nothing to lose)
Al Green spent many years as a preacher in Memphis and he tried to do a bit of preaching during the show. It was clear that Toronto wasn’t the place for the gospel though – people started yelling out things like “Oh Jesus” and he promptly cut it short and launched back into a hit. Other than the the keyboardist’s use of the always-awful string-synth (there’s never an excuse!!), the sound was remarkably close to the original cuts from the 70s.
After the show, Al got a 15 minute standing ovation, complete with chants and emotional pleas for an encore. Unfortunately, according to the ushers who we talked to after, he rushed out of the building as soon as he left the stage. I guess that it’s a privilege enough to hear him perform at this age, even without an encore.