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The Stills, May 13/06, The Spectrum

Posted by MP / May 22, 2006

If there was any concern that local rockers the Stills had fallen out of favour, the number of attendees at their recent Montreal gig should dispel those fears: at their May 13 homecoming show, the Spectrum was at its full 1200-person, sold-out capacity. Good on them--because a lot has been written about the Stills, but rarely is it ever noted that these five guys are actually, really, very nice. Without belabouring the point, it’s still worth mentioning, if only because local success stories are typically subject to harsher criticism than their interurban counterparts.

Luckily, you don't have to take my word here; Warren Auld, of opening act, Royal Mountain Band, affirms--for the record--that the Stills "are awesome guys who’ve been really good to [us]."

Backstage after the gig, the Stills' keyboardist Liam O’Neil demonstrated his niceness like this: "[The Montreal show] was fantastic. It was really great to play in front of so many fans in our hometown. Montreal is a hard city to crack because it doesn’t love its own, [but, tonight] I stepped out onto the stage and saw so many beautiful faces; Montreal has some of the most beautiful faces in the world."


Without a doubt, those 1200 beautiful faces were also enjoying a beautiful show. With typical enthusiasm, the Stills continue to pull out all the stops when it comes to showmanship. Last Saturday was no exception. Despite moving deftly from old material to the newest songs, they never missed a beat.

And when it comes to their success, I think it's safe to say that the Stills will prove the adage that good things really do happen to good people.

[N.B.: As a final thought, this is arguably barely worth mentioning—especially since I couldn't find a place for it in my review—but I can't help adding this: by far the best quote given to me after the show was: "Dave [Hamelin, guitar and lead vocals] has great taste in women." It's an anonymous quote, to be taken for what it's worth...]

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