. : : October 29th, 2012 : : .
Blue Rodeo celebrates their 34th anniversary as one of Canada’s most-beloved band this month, so now seems as good a time as any to look back at this recording of the band’s celebratory performance of their 25th anniversary, performed 9 years ago on this very day.
Performed at the beautiful Glenn Gould Studio, I can only look back and wish I had been able to attend this one.
Almost reading like a who’s-who of Alt-Country and Roots-Rock in Canada, there were performances by Whitehorse, Ron Sexsmith, Justin Rutledge, Oh Susanna, Cuff the Duke, Skydiggers, Great Big Sea, the Sadies, and more.
Although a more thorough recording of this is likely to exist (as it aired as an hour-long special on CBC Canada Live), I was only able to capture a couple of tracks that were re-played on CBC Backstage Pass, so that’s what you’ll find shared here.
As with all CBC captures, the sound quality is immaculate, but the editing is sometimes questionable. Why they insist on having the DJ talk over the beginning of songs like on Diamond Mine is beyond me, but the track — which sees the boys joined on stage by the Sadies — is a must-hear for fans.