When Canadian rockers Our Lady Peace decided to play an album in its entirety on its latest tour, the quartet wasn’t planning to play two — 1997’s “Clumsy” and 2000’s “Spiritual Machines” according to frontman Raine Maida.
“In our hearts, I think we were thinking we’d do ‘Naveed’ (OLP’s 1994 debut),” explains Maida, 40. “But we left it up to our fans and took a couple of polls on different Web sites, and those were the two records that popped up.
“We’re fine with it. They’re vastly different albums, so they’re probably hitting different audiences, too, which is interesting. You look back at some of the songs we never played, and there’s a reason we never played them; not every song we’ve written is great, or even good. So there’s a few challenges.”
Playing the albums, however, has continued an invigoration for the band that started with the recording of its 2009 album “Burn Burn.” It’s OLP’s first in four years and comes after a hiatus, during which
Maida released his first solo album and collaborated with 2008 “American Idol” winner David Cook. Now, he says, the group is re-energized and ready to keep moving forward.
“It’s a huge brotherhood again,” says Maida, who lives in California with his wife, singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, and their three sons. “We’ve really tapped back into that feeling of us against the world again, which is amazing ’cause we’ve been together 15 years now.
“And the band is the best it’s ever been live. I don’t remember ever being so excited to play every night. I have three kids, I have a great career writing and producing for other people, so to get me away from that, Our Lady Peace has got to be really exciting — and it definitely is.”
Our Lady Peace performs at 7:30 p.m. Thursday (March 18), at the Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave. Tickets are $26 in advance, $30 day of show. Call 313-961-5451 or visit www.livenation.com. Our Lady Peace will also perform a free River Session for radio station CIDR-FM (93.9) at 1 p.m. that day at the Hard Rock Cafe Detroit, 45 Monroe St. Seating is limited and attendees will be admitted until the venue reaches capacity.
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