Submitted by harold holt on 10 March 2013 - 12:29am
The Factory, Sydney
9th March 2013
Pretty much exactly what I expected and great fun. No chat, no messing, no time wasting, just a straight blitz through 4 or so numbers off Copper Blue before he actually said anything to the audience, then a sprint through some new material, before a detour through some more oldies. The band seemed to be having fun, and even Bob's smile grew as the night wore on. He started bouncing round the stage as the smile grew. Well, bounced as much as a 50-something alt-rock survivor could be expected to do. The drummer had definite Grohl-like aspirations and walloped the hell out of the kit. My only quibble was it stuck to the power-pop end of the spectrum where Hoover Dam was probably the slowest number of the night and it left out any of the quieter solo material (I adore 'Heartbreak a Stranger'), but I would have almost certainly been in the minority there.
Curious mix, grey hairs like me (us?) and a sprinkling of a younger crowd. It wasn't a sell out so you could actually breath down the front which makes a change. A lot of people singing along though which was a surprise.
Food & drink:
Over-priced Coopers and Becks as usual.
It made me think:
Who knew there was a gay, post-punk power-pop demographic? At least there was down the front where I stood. It was a hoot and a half. I was thinking 'could I get out to see them at the Annandale tonight?'.