Fans of Sarah McLachlan waited for five years for her latest release, Afterglow, and it was worth the wait.
McLachlan brings music from Afterglow on her tour that hits Spokane on April 18 at the Spokane Arena.
Known for mellow music on her CDs, McLachlan tends to add quite a bit of guitar and drums to her performances, if her concert in Seattle last summer is any indicator.
Afterglow has had three singles released, including “Fallen,” “Stupid” and “World on Fire.”
In Seattle, she played all three, and almost all of the songs off of Afterglow including “Answer” and “Dirty Pretty Girl.”
Afterglow opened at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and sold over 200,000 copies, even though McLachlan had been out of the spotlight for five years. It was apparent that her fans were wanting new material.
McLachlan also dived into her old catalogue performing almost every song from Fumbling Towards Ecstacy including “Possession,” “Ice Cream” and “Hold On.” She even played lesser known tracks “Wait,” “Elsewhere” and “Fear.”
The album is known for being a fan favorite and also made a modest success out of McLachlan until her multi-million CD Surfacing came out.
She selected popular tracks from Surfacing, including “Building a Mystery,” “Adia” and “Angel.” She even played a lesser known track from the album called “Witness.”
“Angel” caused McLachlan’s career to explode and was constantly played on the radio for a year, even though the CD features other brilliant tracks like “Black and White” and “I Love You” that never got radio play.
She played nothing from her first two albums “Touch” and “Solace,” but performed a remake of Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” that was featured on the I Am Sam soundtrack.
She sounded just like she does on the CDs, without a single noticeable mishap in the two-hour Seattle show.
On the recent tour, though, the song “Silence” with Delerium was performed for certain venues. She has also added and removed some songs, including “Good Enough,” to the tour set list compared to last summer’s line-up.
It is unknown what she will be performing at the Spokane show.
Her latest release is a live album version of last summer’s tour called “Afterglow Live,” which is a CD/DVD combo set. The CD lacks some songs from the DVD, but the songs can be found at McLachlan’s Web site, www.sarahmclachlan.com.
She also recently released an all acoustic album called Live Acoustic, which featured “Building a Mystery,” “Fallen” and “Answer.”
On the last tour, Butterfly Boucher opened for McLachlan, but on this go around label-mates The Perishers will be featured.
The latest single includes the song “Sway” from their album From Nothing to One.
Tickets are $40, $50 and $60 and are available at all TicketsWest locations or by calling 1-800-325-SEAT.
Tickets can also be purchased at the Box Office at the Spokane Arena.