Wednesday, April 06, 2005
The Arrogant Worms Experience
The Arrogant Worms were in town tonight at the Broadway Theatre, and they put on a great show. The last time I saw the Worms was in October 2001 when they performed in the Simpson Chapel at Canadian Bible College in Regina for the first and last time. It was also that time that I got to interview the band and subsequently wrote an article that was picked up by other student papers across Canada, particularly the U of A Gateway. It was a fun experience attending the concert with a certain good-looking blonde "stalker girl," a hot redhead, and a cute brunette (upon whom I was at that time just beginning to crush), who would collectively after that evening be known as "Geoffy's Angels." But I digress. The point is that going to an Arrogant Worms concert is an experience that everyone should have sometime. It's kind of like going to the Rocky Horror Picture Show must be - going into a venue with a bunch of people with no fashion sense (this is Saskatchewan after all) who are all singing along and in on the joke, and one annoying person who thinks that they are funny and yells out random things in the front row and has the band make fun of them to shut them up, all while the novitiate has really no idea what's going on or who these people on the stage are. The Worms are masters of audience interaction and running gags, which change each time. They have several standards that they perform - "Jesus' Brother Bob" and "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate" are probably their two most popular songs - along with their new material. There are the jokes that recur every show, along with a whole lot of improv and pure hilarity. They are Canadian through and through, and you will leave with your throat hurting from all the singing, cheering, and laughing. Here's to Chris, Mike, and Trevor, Canada's greatest non-Juno-nominated artists. The next time you have the opportunity to "worm" your way into one of their shows, do it. You won't regret it.