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Winnipeg Free Press (Newspaper) - February 15, 2001, Winnipeg, Manitoba D2 Winnipeg Free February 2001 Curtain time Continued from page D1 Those were the two key elements of the encore A They served a purpose that purpose being satisfying a rowdy room full of enthusiastic and B They were They offered performers like you the chance to prove your mettle or crash and That amazing that almost painful moment of provided some of the most exciting moments in my concertgoing But that was a long time Im an old man of 31 and rock concerts seem to end not with a wildly unpre dictable display of musical but with a boring The which used to be the most daring moment of the has become the time when you play two or three of your biggest you dont even bother to play your big sin gles during your main set any Think about You already know when the lights are going to go off on and how long you plan to wait in the wings while your fans stamp their feet and chant your name in you have it down to a science that little break between your main set and the encore gives you the chance to poke your head into the hos pitality gulp back a mouthful of Evian or swig a few ounces of whatev er brand of watereddown Canadian lager happens to promote your Some of you dont even bother to leave the stage You hover at the side of the stage with a towel around your neck and a smoke hanging out of your knowing full well that youre going to be called back for You havent bothered to play your best material so of course youre heading to the Its a like your birthright and Tom Hanks presence atthe The whole encore is a plain and You know your audience knows the guy selling pop in the lobby knows and the lighting techni cian who choreographs the whole farce most certainly knows Its the worst kept secret in show Yet you night after pretending theres a difference between a rock concert and a WWF cage You pretend theres no when in you know how long youre going to right down to the You might as well build Swiss watches and you rock n roll schmucks arent the only ones to These it seems like every play gets a curtain call on opening night at the Manitoba Theatre And every piece of discordant sound art at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras New Music Festival appears to warrant a standing regardless of how much it baffles the greyhaired Vival Maybe were too or per haps we just enjoy behaving like syco but there doesnt seem to be a critical rhyme or reason for all this unconditional So heres a wee little suggestion for all you musicians out there Why dont you just end the charade and get rid of the encore Play all your songs when you want to play and dont plan to make a preordained return trip to the If your audience really wants to hear more theyll let you They wont leave the club or the theatre or the arena even after the house lights Theyll shout and whistle and stamp their feet until the security guards get worried enough to convince the house manager to convince the concert pro moter to convince the band manager to convince you to go back on And when you get youll be playing an encore for real Who cares if its Louie Louie or Johnny Goode or any other three chord rock The only thing that matters is the honesty of the enter the beauty that arises only when spontaneity and emotion smack each other up in a headon Its time to close the curtain on the the most wornout and mean ingless tradition in show You wont have to live the lie any more and neither will thats about Thanks for listening to my I know youre kind of busy these with all that fan email you have to answer and all those film school graduates clamour ing to direct your next Well see you the next time you come to ft Bartley Kives TODAYS HIGHLIGHTS Le RendezVous Featuring TMamou A musical explosion from A Cajun band that play both Creole and zydeco Ticket plus tax lOJRPORAJtON Global Vo yager Trading 271 de la Cathedrals Admission Pass Featuring Ensemble Johnny Rouge Fat Tuesday Grenier de 340 Provencher Admission 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