Last night I went to the Oasis show at Bell Centre with SbB Girl Wendy. It was my first trip to the building. (I’d previously been to the old Montreal Forum many times.)
It’s not as massive as some of the other newer arenas I’ve seen, like Staples Center and United Center, and the seating is much steeper and closer to the action. The vast majority of the seats, unlike the aformentioned facilities, are in the lower level, with the club and upper levels much smaller.
The show was sold out, crowd was great, seats were good, no complaints. And most importantly, I was glad to see that Youppi is alive and well. As you probably know by now, he’s been adopted by the Canadiens as their mascot, after the demise of Les Expos. His image is all over the building, though I was too wrecked at the time to figure out why (something about Youppiville?). He’s so omnipresent, I’m surprised the lil’ fella wasn’t on rhythm guitar too last night.
We’re spending most of the day today in Montreal, sampling more of the city’s culinary wonderments. (Smoked meat sandwiches! poutine! bagels! really!)
Then it’s off Toronto for the V Festival Sunday. Cya shortly.