Concert Review: Belle and Sebastian at Citi Center in Boston 10-15-10

Well, hey what do you know, another concert on another rainy night! I arrived at the Wang aka Citi Center in downtown Boston to see Belle and Sebastian. My company for the night was the very friend that introduced me to them back in 1998 via her radio show on WRIU, and it has taken this long for me to actually see them live. Needless to say, I had very high expectations, especially since I’ve never heard a bad thing about their live shows.

The ritual of getting (overpriced) beers was performed, then we took our seats as Dean Wareham was playing the music of Galaxie 500 with his wife Britta. I have not listened to that band in soo long, but will have to rediscover them again. This also brings up the question of when will Luna get back together?

Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500
Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500

My good mood was kind of shot down due to the staff at the Citi Center who were being real pains in the asses about taking pictures or even looking at your phone. If I’m paying to be there, why can’t I snap a memory of it? Venues should really be more fan friendly. But eff them, I managed to get the one shot above. Also, for a classy place, beer in cans…really?

After Dean Wareham was done, it was off for another quick beer run, then back to our seats where Belle and Sebastian came out to much applause and cheers from the audience.

Belle and Sebastian at Citi Center Boston
Belle and Sebastian at Citi Center Boston

Starting off with “I Fought In A War” from 2000’s Fold Your Hands Child album, and going into “Dirty Dream Number Two“, the 12 people onstage sounded amazing! The guy in the row in front of me got up and started dancing immediately and never stopped. From now on, he will be known as “dancing guy”. It was kind of annoying but he seemed to be enjoying himself (perhaps a little too much).

This is when people were whipping out cameras and phones all over the place. The staff weren’t hassling people about taking pictures anymore. One theory we came up with was that maybe Dean Wareham was against it? Who knows, but I was happy to finally be able to get some pictures.

For “I Didn’t See It Coming” and “The Boy With the Arab Strap“, singer Stuart Murdoch asked for a few people to come up and dance onstage, letting violinist Sarah Martin choose the guys. Dancing guy hauled ass down the aisle to be the first one picked to get on stage. The four people danced non-stop through both songs. Before leaving the stage, they were given medals that said “I made it with Belle and Sebastian”. Definitely a nice memento of getting to be onstage with the band.

At one point, Murdoch ran up and down the aisles of the theater, giving out high fives to people as he ran by still singing. It’s always great when bands acknowledge their fans! He also tossed out some footballs to the crowd during another part of the show.

Towards the end of the first set, Stuart said that they were very grateful to have Dean Wareham open for them for the Boston show. He had one medal left and called Wareham to the stage, where he put the medal around his neck and thanked him. They played a little bit more and were done with the first set.

The band came out for an encore and played “If You Find Yourself Caught In Love“. After about an hour and a half show, the house lights came up and that was it, despite everyone around us hoping for a second encore. We hit the merch area on our way out, but it was absolutely insane! There were soo many people trying to buy posters and t-shirts, that it was impossible to get in there to see anything.

Overall, it was a very entertaining show and a great night! I left the show very happy that I finally got to see a band that I have wanted to see for quite a long time and regret not seeing them sooner. If you ever get the chance, by all means make an effort to see Belle and Sebastian live.

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