Yes, yes, yes, I know David Archuleta isn’t touring anytime soon — especially not in this country 😦 — but a fan can dream, right?
There are a few stages I would love to see David perform on someday (and really, any patch of floor will do, of course) but Toronto’s Massey Hall tops my list at the moment.
Its rich history and amazing acoustics draw artists from around the world. Over the years, I’ve seen some of my favourite concerts there — from Aretha Franklin to Jackson Browne to Wynton Marsalis. And missed out on others that sold out quick (Adele, Jon Stewart).
The 2,765-seat hall was a gift from the Massey family to the city of Toronto in 1894. Since then, it’s hosted classical, jazz, rock, folk and pop concerts, political rallies, chess tournaments, ballet performances, Dalai Lama talks, Bob Dylan and The Band’s first electric show, even boxing matches!
My favourite story is that, in 1920, opera star Enrico Caruso not only set a new Massey Hall box office record of $70,000, he also went outside onto the fire escape to sing an aria to the crowd of people who couldn’t get in.
Can’t you just see David doing the same thing?
Why is it my top “dream venue” for David? It’s here in my hometown for one 🙂 . But more than that, it’s a magical place that somehow creates an intimate connection between artist and audience. I’ve felt it many times there and I’m pretty sure that’s why both performers and concertgoers love to keep going back. Massey Hall may be a little worn and creaky now and it isn’t about flashy sets, pyrotechnics or shiny lobbies … it’s all about the music … just like David.
How about you guys? What special place would you love to see a David concert (your living room does not count 😯 ) and why? Or maybe he’s already performed at a venue close to your heart? Please share!
P.S. Added a great interview with Dave Filice to the “must see” video sidebar (from the great Mindful of Music blog) … he mentions touring with David, how David has “music running through his veins” and his appreciation for all the fan support.