The Last Summer On Earth

The stars aligned last week and we stumbled upon tickets to the Last Summer On Earth Tour featuring the Barenaked Ladies, Ben Folds Five, and Guster! David and I had seen Guster live before and knew that just their performance would be worth it. We had also heard great things about Ben Folds live, and knew Barenaked Ladies wouldn’t let us down.

To sum it up, it was an incredibly fun concert. The problem with going to see three well known bands together, is that you want an encore for each performance! Guster performed first, followed by Ben Folds Five, and Barenaked Ladies were the headliner. Barenaked Ladies were celebrating their 25th year as a band! Guster and Ben Folds have each been around since the late 80s / early 90s. Can you believe that?! David and I started considering when we first heard each band and realized, yep, they’d always been there. Crazy.

The bands each had huge personalities. So not only were they fun to watch and hear play, but they were fun to listen to. Guster cursed the sun in their eyes for their whole set (hilariously, I might add), Ben Folds begged everyone to moon Barenaked Ladies when they came out on stage, and when the wind shifted and brought what could only be the smell of a local farm to the venue, Barenaked Ladies insisted they had brought a “horse shit” machine to familiarize everyone with the smell of rural Canada. (They also encouraged everyone to continue using the phrase “horse shit,” and reminded them if they put it in quotes they were just quoting Barenaked Ladies, and could therefore not get in trouble.)

Between Ben Folds Five and Barenaked Ladies we walked along the concourse to see how much merchandise cost and were surprised by an impromptu encore by Guster. (Best part of my night!) They were hanging out playing some silly made up songs about vegetables, and then played The Captain before encouraging everyone to get back inside quickly before Barenaked Ladies started. They walked back to the amphitheater strumming their guitars and playing the drums while everyone followed!

We also impulsively bought the baby its first onesie and a poster that will probably go in the nursery! It was a great night and a great belated birthday present. This was the year of concert birthdays and we were not let down!