The Northern Pikes are from Saskatoon. Most bands will tell you that they've likely played more gigs in their hometown than anywhere else. A band or performer will tend to stockpile hometown show experiences, particularly in the early days of a career, because you play there more anywhere else early on. And home town shows are unique, for a variety of reasons. You know you're getting somewhere when you start playing hometown shows and you DON'T know the people who are attending. I recall a show in Saskatoon, maybe four years into the band and there were four ex-girlfriends of mine in the audience - I could see each one of them clearly. And obviously, they could see me haha...
There were no ex-girlfriends at O'Brian's on August 14th. Well, I don't think there were... Now that I think of it, I don't really know that.
What I do know is that the crowd at this show was extraordinary and went well beyond their expected duties as audience members. They screamed and shouted and sang and clapped and sent a massive amount of love at the stage. It was truly a great experience. And if all that wasn't enough, our good pal and MIA Pike, Merl Bryck, joined us on stage for five tunes to cap the night off. It was wonderful seeing him again and I can't tell you how satisfying it is to hear his guitar and voice blended with the three of us.
This was probably my favourite live show we've played in Saskatoon ever. It was a special night that just seemed to get better as it went on. Many thanks to CRUZ FM for setting the whole thing up and all of you who showed and took part :-) And special thanks to my pal John Verrall for snapping these photos.