As the five musicians walked onstage, the lights remained low. Slowly, each member became illuminated, as the band opened with their well-known cover of Bruce Cockburn's Lovers in a Dangerous Time.
It was a suitable song choice -- with lyrics like "you've got to kick at the darkness until the light bleeds through" [Moose: No, the line is "you've got to kick at the darkness til it bleeds daylight"] -- given the group's recent tough times. The lyrical connections to their current situation could be spotted in other songs throughout the set, with snippets such as "anyone perfect must be lying", "you can always get it right next time" and "what if I lost my direction?"
Then, during Falling for the First Time, Robertson snuck a slight alteration into the chorus. As soon as he sang, "it feels just like I'm crashing for the first time", the crowd roared.
"Well," said Page during a break between songs, "how was your summer?"
"... 'Cause ours sucked a pile of a--," said Robertson with a smile. They then broke into an impressive freestyle rap session that included lines that asked for "reprieve from the things you have seen in the headlines lately."
I checked their concert download site, and the show isn't available (yet?), but if it does appear I think I might just have to purchase the recording of this particular show.