ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Travis is Fran-tastic
The Hummingbird Centre
Fri., Oct. 31, 2003
Halloween 2003 spooked the four Scotsmen known as Travis into putting on a “Fran-tastic” show
at The Hummingbird Centre in Toronto.
Setting the tone for the next hour-and-a-half, Travis opened with “Happy
to Hang Around” off their new album, 12 Memories.
As the first chords were strummed, silence fell over the crowd while the concert-goers
stared intensely at the pitch-black stage, awaiting the initial glimpse of
Fran, Dougie, Andy and Neil. As the first flash of light hit lead singer Fran
Healey, the crowd snapped out of their trance of anticipation and waves of
cheering and excited cries echoed off the walls.
With a number of past hits such as “Writing To Reach You,” “Side,” “Driftwood” and “Sing,” along
with new songs like “Memories,” the setlist proved to be a better
treat than the usual mini chocolate bars and molasses candies you would expect
to get on Halloween.
Even sweeter was the always affable Fran, whose untimely mistakes regarding
which songs to play and which verses to sing only proved to the legion of Travis
fans these guys are still the same down to earth “Weegies” they
were when their first album, Good Feeling, hit the scene back in 1997.
As always, the laid-back, hip-swaying bassist, Doug Payne, was entertaining
to watch, with his enigmatic smile and smooth vocals in “Turn,” complementing
Neil Primrose’s hypnotic presence on drums.
The highlight of the show may have very well come during the latter half of
the concert from the seemingly shy guitarist, Andy Dunlop, whose impromptu
acrobatics during “All I Want To Do Is Rock” and 180 degree transformation
to extroverted rock guitarist furthered the crowd’s astronomically high
level of enthusiasm.
Ending the show with possibly their most popular song, Fran encouraged the
audience to sing along to “Why Does It Always Rain On Me?,” leaving
fans with a feeling of pride as every brilliant performance should.
Happy To Hang Around
Writing To Reach You
The Line Is Fine
Love Will Come Through
The Beautiful Occupation
How Many Hearts
As You Are
All I Want To Do Is Rock
The Humpty Dumpty Love Song
Flowers in the Window
Peace The Fuck Out
Why Does It Always Rain On Me?