I'm a little embarrassed.There are still tickets available for Great Big Sea's 20th anniversary show at Mile One.
The Centre at Casino New Brunswick - SOLD OUT!
The Halifax Metro Centre - SOLD OUT!
Mile One Centre, according to the band's website, BUY TICKETS.
Buy tickets to a show in Great Big Sea's home rink? And only half the arena, the Molson Ampitheater, at that!
I remember a time not so long ago when a ticket to a Great Big Sea show in St. John's was gold.
Some might say they play here all the time and there's no urgency to catch them now, but if the band didn't perform here at least once a year, the same people would argue they don't play here enough.
It's impossible for Great Big Sea to win, and I believe we've started taking them for granted.
I mean, is not selling out half of Mile One for a 20th-anniversary show how we show our appreciation for what Alan, Bob and Sean have done for Newfoundland and its music scene over the past two decades?
And that's not to mention all the great tunes and times they've given us.
There are very few Newfound- landers who haven't sung or hummed at least one Great Big Sea song, whether alone in their car or among a chorus at a bar or party.
Geez, if you've attended a wedding in the past 15 years, you've danced to "The Night Pat Murphy Died"or "Excursion Around the Bay."
Tens of thousands of us have memories (or a partial recollection) of a Great Big Christmas, a Great Big Picnic, a Salmon Festival show or that mega set to welcome North America to the new millennium as the calender changed from 1999 to 2000.
Even if you're not a fan of Great Big Sea's music or have never seen them live, you still have to applaud and respect their accomplishments and longevity.
No other band from Newfoundland and Labrador has enjoyed this kind of success or sustained ride in the fickle business of Canadian music.
And, arguably, no other musical act from this province has paved the way for other bands and performers like Great Big Sea has.
Without GBS, the road would have been much rougher for bands like Hey Rosetta! and The Novaks.
And then there's the contribution Great Big Sea makes as ambassadors for this province.
They've introduced Newfoundland and Labrador, and made the province cool, to hundreds of thousands.
They've done that through music, humour and a high-energy live show, avoiding all the stereotypes like sou'westers and accents.
Few before them - whether in politics, entertainment or sports - have been able to do that.
I know mainlanders who love Great Big Sea, and I've even heard of people who have moved to the province because of the band.
Still, despite all Alan, Bob and Sean have accomplished, we don't oblige them with a full house at their 20th anniversary show, a concert getting rave reviews nationally.
That hits a sour note with me.
We back our own better than that.
Get tickets for Mile One April 27. I hear she'll be going up.
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