It amazes me that musicians don't play more covers during tours. I'm not saying those hidden gems should be offered at the expense of the band or artist's most beloved tracks, but playing someone else's music is an opportunity to add something fresh to individual dates and have a hell of a lot of fun in the process. The quality doesn't even matter. Sure, it's nice to hear a beautiful rendition that's next record worthy, but the whole point of going to a concert is to have a damn good time. The Beatles could rise from the ashes, play an impromptu show, and I'd still be pleased if one of the twenty songs they did was a cover of “God Only Knows”.

Taylor Swift seems to be on the same page as me. The pop star has been jetting around the country on her current tour, and at each date, she's mixed things up and covered a local artist. A couple days ago, she busted out the acoustic guitar and performed Eminem's hit Lose Yourself and last night, she was at it again in Chicago covering Fall Out Boy's “Sugar, We're Going Down”. Take a listen below…



Say what you will about Fall Out Boy, “Sugar, We're Going Down” is a well constructed pop rock song, and it sounds wonderful sung by thousands of people in unison. That's another big plus to the whole covering another artist thing. Very successful bands or performers might have five or ten songs the average person knows the lyrics to, but when you branch out, the possibilities are nearly limitless.

Just because it's Wednesday and I'm excited about group singalongs, here's the National Anthem before a Vancouver Canucks game as sung by legend Mark Donnelly and twenty-thousand fans. Those Canadian bastards know how to set the mood…

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