on August 4, 2000
As much as I will remember this day, with all its excitements, I think this band's memory of it will be engraved forever in their brains. Being from the Maritimes myself, I felt a certain amount of pride as the Great Big Sea stepped on the stage as the opening band and the crowd went absolutedly wild. Even more rewarding was to see the look of incredible gratitude on the singer's face when he realized that all he had to do was hold the microphone to the crowd, that they all knew the words to their songs. If you ever get the chance to see a newly rising band play in front of a big audience, the expression of surprise and honor on their faces is worth whatever money you might have paid, it's actually priceless. Also, these bands tend to put more energy into their show as they still have something to prove to the crowd, and Great Big Sea certainly did not come short of these expectations that day, if anything, they surpassed them.
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