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Glee Live in Toronto!: Concert Gleecap, June 11 & 12

June 21, 2011

FinaleOn June 11 and 12, I was lucky enough to see the Glee Live tour twice, on Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, when they landed at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. I thought that every member of the cast did a fantastic job, and I loved pretty much every minute of each show — well, I suppose I didn’t love the minutes between when the awesome opener The LXD ended and the Glee cast started! As a way of sharing my thoughts on some of the best moments of the show, I thought I’d break it down gleecap-style, along with sharing some photos I took. You can view the full setlist over on Setlist.FM. So, without further ado, here are my highlights from two of Glee‘s stops in Toronto!

Don't Stop Believin'

It's the original six!

Best Homage to the Pilot: Not only did the show open with a cheer-worthy rendition of “Don’t Stop Believin'”, but they also began the number with only the original six members of New Directions (Rachel, Finn, Kurt, Tina, Artie and Mercedes) on stage in their iconic red tees, blue jeans and black Converse sneakers. For an original Glee fan like myself, this opening half of the song made my heart incredibly happy.

Best Dance Number: While I must, of course, give props to Ms. Brittany S. Pierce for her kick-ass Ms. Britney Spears tribute with “I’m a Slave 4 U”, her ex-lover Artie wins this one for getting out of his wheelchair and busting an awesome move on “Safety Dance”. I was so happy that they gave him a number he could show off his moves to!

Most “OhEmGLEE he’s so close to me!” Moment: For the Saturday afternoon show, my seats were near the back of the floor section, which means it was a bit difficult to see the main stage…but fortunately there was a smaller satellite stage that we were so close to that several performances took place on! The first satellite stage performance was Puck singing “Fat Bottomed Girls”, and I think I almost fainted from excitement at how close he was to me. The performance was great and all, but this one mostly gets credit for making me slightly hyperventilate.

Warblers

Only a few other gleeks with cameras stood between myself and Blaine...

Best Warblers Song: I should also admit that I slightly hyperventilated when the Warblers performed on the satellite stage, but Puck was the one that made it happen first. Nevertheless, Blaine and his Warblers performed three fantastic songs at the show (“Teenage Dream”, “Silly Love Songs” and “Raise Your Glass”), but “Teenage Dream” definitely took the cake. The performance was just as fun, infectious and adorable as it was on TV, if not more so. Definitely one of the biggest highlights of the show!

Best Duet: Mercedes and Santana definitely danced and sang their butts off on “River Deep, Mountain High”, but Rachel and Kurt truly brought the house down with their flawless performance of “Happy Days Are Here Again/Get Happy”. Their voices were as perfect together live as they are on TV, and they have adorable friend chemistry, too!

Most Hilarious Yet Awesome Performance: And while we’re speaking of Kurt, let’s give him credit for another number, shall we? To kick off the encore, Kurt, dressed to the nines in his sparkly black dance costume and accompanied by a group of gorgeous backup dancers (including Tina and Brittany), did a fantastic performance to “Single Ladies” that would seriously rival that of Beyoncé’s! I was laughing and smiling and dancing through this entire number and was extremely pleasantly surprised that they included it in this year’s tour!

Best Skit: I’ve got more love to dish out to Kurt? Yup, I sure do, but this time he’s sharing the credit with Brittany and Blaine, as the three performed the best skit of the show, in which Brittany asked out Blaine, Kurt got jealous (“Brittany, are you flirting with my man in To-ron-to?”), Kurt “proposed” to Blaine by asking him to join the glee club, and Blaine confessed that he always wanted to sing ’80s rock ballads. Oh, and the best set of lines from it? Blaine: “Y’know, there’s something I’ve always wanted to do that the Warblers would never let me.” Kurt: “Wear a different blazer?”

Firework

Baby, she's a firework!

Best High Notes: It really wouldn’t be a Glee show without some awesome belters, now would it? Rachel and Mercedes tie on this one, with Rachel doing a stunning performance of “Firework” and Mercedes (along with a choir for backup!) blowing me away on “Ain’t No Way”. I was a bit disappointed that Rachel didn’t sing the iconic “Don’t Rain on My Parade” as she had done earlier in the tour, but apparently the strain of performing the difficult song each night was taking its toll on Lea Michele. Definitely a shame, but at least “Firework” was still outstanding!

All in all, I thought that the Glee Live tour was a ridiculously fun concert and I had a fantastic time! If I’m lucky enough to have the show return to Toronto next year, I’ll definitely be attending again.

Did you see the Glee Live tour this year? Share your concert stories in the comments! Didn’t get to go, but wish you had? Tell us what song you would’ve loved to see performed!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Carole permalink
    June 21, 2011 11:26 am

    Great Gleecap!!!! Glad you had so much fun! Next time I’m going for sure!

  2. Ashiebabexxx permalink
    June 22, 2011 4:00 am

    UGH They’re not coming to Australia 😦 😦 😦 God, I hate my country lol

  3. Pete permalink
    June 26, 2011 10:08 am

    Just say the gang in London yesterday – absolutely awesome!!! Most fun I’ve had at a concert ever I think….

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