McLachlan and her friends quickly exceeded expectations.
McLachlan and her friends quickly exceeded expectations. (Photo: John Schulze Photography )
Her latest release is "Laws Of Illusions."
Her latest release is "Laws Of Illusions." (Photo: John Schulze Photography )
(Photo: John Schulze Photography )
(Photo: John Schulze Photography )
(Photo: John Schulze Photography )
(Photo: John Schulze Photography )
(Photo: John Schulze Photography )
(Photo: John Schulze Photography )

Sarah McLachlan and friends bring passion and emotion to the Riverside

Sarah McLachlan and her friends quickly exceeded all of my expectations at Milwaukee's Riverside Theater last night.

It can be argued that few pop stars can compete with her raw ability to craft songs with as much provocative emotion. I openly admit I'm an avid fan of McLachlan and very familiar with her body of work, but I wasn't so familiar with the music of her friends on the co-bill show. As it turns out, McLachlan has some very talented touring partners, and judging by the positive and vocal reception of the sold out crowd, the ageless multi-platinum Grammy-Award winning recording artist could have easily sold out a two or three night stand at the historic venue with little effort.

Butterfly Boucher and Melissa McClelland, otherwise known as Sarah's friends, provided sturdy musical anchors in her band as the crowd was entertained with a sampling of Mclachlan's hits and fresh material from her current Arista release, "Laws Of Illusions," that's she's supporting on this tour.

Sprinkled between McLachlan's songs during the two set concert, Boucher and McClelland showcased their own songwriting skills with McLachlan taking on the supporting role, utilizing her wide array of talents on guitar, piano and backing vocals. There was also a considerable amount of onstage banter between the crowd and performers, including two question and answer sessions that provided some of the best and most memorable moments of the night, including a hilarious impromptu attempt at McLachlan performing Madonna's "Like A Virgin."

When asked (McLachlan let fans write questions to her before the show) if she could introduce one food to an alien race, McLachlan answered "chocolate," and seemed genuinely amused and perhaps a touch befuddled by the question for a split second. We also found out that her favorite metal band is Iron Maiden, saying "they're pretty amazing" after first asking out loud, "What's a metal band ?" and giving out a hearty laugh. Some of the questions were on the m…

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