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Countdown Spectacular 2 Sydney: Late, great and loud

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).

Random points:

  • Sharon and M both returned to their Newcastle outfits, though Mr Scott also sported a cap. (I reckon he looks better without it.)
  • Kate alluded to Madonna’s rival cover of ‘Love Don’t Live Here Anymore’, which also surfaced in 1984/5. “I reckon ours was better,” Kate commented, accurately.
  • The Sydney crowd seemed louder than its predecessors, though this also meant ‘Quasimodo’s Dream’ had a clear rumble of audience chatter throughout. Naughty audience!
  • The mic switching during ‘My Generation’ was pretty poor, with many lines being missed entirely.
  • Apparently, one reason for not featuring the finale in Newcastle was the possibility of complaints if the show ran past 11pm. If that was the case, why offer the Radiators an extra song in the first half though?
  • Several viewers of the Brisbane show have commented (via email or here on the blog) that they think the second half of the show lacks a little energy. I can’t say this particularly struck me, but I can see how that perception could emerge: several of the performers showcase ballads in their repertoire (Kate, BSG, Redgum, and pretty much all of Martha).
  • Thanks to everyone for the comments, keep ’em coming!