Sydney has a crowding problem. There’s some football match at the stadium next door, so everyone’s late and we don’t kick off until 0745pm. Fortunately, there’s an early cut: Graham Bonnet, shoutier than ever and now officially the show’s worst performer, has ‘Warm Ride’ dropped.
Other than that, there were no changes in the setlist or order from the Brisbane show, though some of the between-songs banter was trimmed.
My Sydney friends didn’t want to spend $159, so for this show I viewed everything from a considerable distance in the upper levels, and concentrated on the video screens rather than the stage performers. The camera work is pretty good, though there’s perhaps a few too many band shots.
By far my favourite camera moment was when journo mate Matthew JC Powell made an appearance in the crowd being hugged by Rick Springfield during his ‘Jesse’s Girl’ participation segment. Springfield, this time sporting a white sleeveless shirt with Orientral characters on it, also got the crowd to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to him — a tricky task with ‘Jesse’s Girl’ still playing. (Rick’s birthday was on Thursday).
Kate did a note and word-perfect version of ‘Trust Me’, and Martha remains utterly amazing. By the close, my cheapskate friends were mulling over travelling to another city to catch the show again. Clearly, my brand of madness is catching.
Next stop for me is Melbourne next Thursday (I’m missing Hobart on Tuesday).