Australia, April 17. 2003
Last Update: 03.
Little Red Book
Your Mind and We Belong Together
Alone Again Or
Bummer in the Summer
A House is not a motel
You set the scene
Everybody's Gotta Live
My Flash on you
The Red Telephone
Between Clark and Hilldale
Live and Let Live
The Daily Planet
7 and 7 is
All photos by Cheyne at www.elfinfloydart.com
Its Thursday Night in Sydney, it's pouring rain, but it does not dampen the
spirits of the few who have found out about tonites once in a lifetime (hope
not) as the girl at the door of the Gaelic Club calls it, only Sydney Gig, as
the band is scheduled to play at the Byron Bay Blues Festival.
The set list was awesome to look at, after the show, and was even more amazing
to experience Live down here in Oz, where we have been unLOVEd since most of us
bought our first albums.
The stage was simple, with projections and lightshow effects (maybe reminiscent
of the Whiskey in the 60's), Arthur came on stage after the band, to huge
applause, wearing a white striped shirt, jeans, boots ,cowboy hat and dark
He spoke about this being his first ever trip " down under", and hoped
we would enjoy the show, Shiiiiit, just seeing them, onstage was far out enough
for most of the audience of about 400+ ( nice and intimate in the not too large
surroundings of the club, as against the open air stage set far away from the
crowds at Byron Bay)
Arthur strapped on his white fender & the band tore into " My Little
Red Book" and we knew we were going to enjoy this show, Arthurs vocals were
amazing, and to hear these sounds from the throat of the man himself rather than
your sound system speakers was truly freaking paradise. On finishing the 1st
number the faithful lifted the roof of the venue with applause. These guys are
really tight, and obviously have been playing this material for some time . They
then followed with a succession of treats from the 1st album and Da Capo, and at
the first few chords of every song , the crowd cheered and clapped in
recognition of all these familiar friends , we knew so well.
Arthur's Harmonica on Signed DC sent chills thru the collective spines of the
audience as the man guided the harp section into previously uncharted waters,
and thank god they did'nt just cover the recorded versions,,,,,,,that's what
LIVE is all about , nuances, variations, changes of much loved songs, even
though one particular friend of ours said "they arent the same as the record", to which we all told him to PO
home and turn on his stereo and "live and let live" , anyway" he sees everything like
The band then treated us to a selection of songs , if not most of "Forever
Alone Again Or just blew all away,as did every number from then on,
After a sad note from Arthur on the passing of Bryan Maclean, he sang Old Man,
which uncannily sounded like Bryan.....totally on.
After an explanation of what lay Between Clark and Hillsdale, (The Whiskey)the
boys took the song apart....wow!
The audience went collectively nuts as The Red Telephone hit the ears of all and
"Locking them up today" was chanted by the entire room along with
" Freedom", and all cheered and laughed as "All Gods Chilluns
Gots To Have Dey Freedoms" was spoken
at the conclusion .
The band took a moment after You set the Scene, and we noted no one missed the
brass or strings so familiar on these tracks, as the guitarists more than
compensated for their exclusion. Still, wuold have been nice to hear the swedish
players in Oz, but...you cant have everything as they say, even though tonite we
all think we have it all.
Familiar strains of the opening of "August" next, and we are given a
present of a much extended version with the new guitarist more than showing us
Various numbers follow, " its all good" as Wayne tells me, and
everyone sings along with Everybody gotta live " with sneaky bits of
Instant Kharma added for good measure.
A new song, then an amazingly furious 7 & 7 is, had to be the ultimate pre
punk bash of all time (shows how far ahead they really were ), even ending with
the little bluesy riff at the end where Arthur thanked us all for coming and
left the stage.
After much noise the band came back and finished with Singing Cowboy and in the
mid section of the song to strains of the Revelation Hook, intro'd the band
individually, and announced they would be back again, to which the crowd
responded with exhuberance, segued back into Singing Cowboy beautifully ,
finished and said farewell.
Altogether an amazing gig for which most have waited 30 odd years to experiebce,
and many of the audience too, who have not even reached 30 years of age yet.
Thank you Arthur and Love for finally coming to Oz
"You picked us up when were down" and now we cant wait for