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Our Lady Peace
September, 26, 2005-The Roxy
Paranoid in Boston

By: Rory Flynn

It's been a while since Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace have been in Boston. On Monday, September 26, they returned to the intimate confines of the Roxy and rocked a solid mix of new and old material for 90 minutes. The set quickly reminded many why the quartet was one of the best exports from north of the border in the nineties.

Half of the 16-song set was dedicated to Our Lady Peace's recent release, Healthy In Paranoid Times. After taking over 3 years to release the album, it appears the wait was worthwhile as the material is some of the best the band has produce in recent memory. "Where Are You" the band's first single was a standout on the night as well as "Walking In Circles." Much more of a politically themed album, lead singer Raine Maida told the crowd he was happy to be in playing in Boston since it "isn't Bush country" and referred to the American President during a energetic "Wipe That Smile Off Your Face." Maida introduced "Boy" by saying that the song was inspired by how the bad times over the past five years across the globe have had such an incredible impact on him.

Our Lady Peace still provided fans with some old favorites including a rocking rendition of "Innocent" and "Clumsy" which featured a new acoustic intro. Guitarist Steve Mazur led "In Repair" with a great solo and the whole band sounded particularly tight during the epic "Car Crash."

After Mother Nature rained the Red Sox game out, Johnny Damon and some teammates decided to take in the show from the balcony floor overlooking the stage. Maida called them out, thanking them and wishing them luck in the final stretch of their season, saying that they "mean so much to this city."

Our Lady Peace closed out the night with a four-song encore that spanned their catalog from the new spunkiness of "The World On A String" to rocking love ballad "Somewhere Out There" to their first single and still staple, "Superman's Dead."



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