While we wait for news on next year’s show, here’s the totally unofficial Gusworld Countdown Spectacular 2 awards.
As I type this, the final Countdown Spectacular 2 concert will be wrapping up in Perth. If last year’s final show in Brisbane is any guide, there’ll be a few on-stage shenanigans worth noting, so reports from any attendees would be very welcome! Tomorrow, I’ll wrap up coverage with the Countdown Spectacular 2 Awards, my own take on the best and worst of the shows, and some speculation about likely outcomes for next year.
Another quick search of the blogosphere hasn’t uncovered details of what went on at the Adelaide show on Sunday. OK, the main variables seem to be whether Graham Bonnet gets two songs or not and how Martha rejects Molly’s proposal, but people need to know these things. Any comments from attendees much appreciated! I’m really regretting not booking the final show in Perth, would do it now if the total cost wasn’t north of $1000 . . .
Several people have asked for pictures of Plastic Bertrand, but unfortunately this is as good as it gets, so you might have to wait for the DVD.
The Molly/Martha proposal reaches ultimate form as Molly dons a veil. Plus, naturally, some stranger’s head.
Believe it or not, this is Kate Ceberano and Jean-Paul Collins.
A couple of shockingly bad Rick pics.
Once again, and reflecting Countdown’s production history, the DVD is being filmed in Melbourne. Possibly as a result, the show doesn’t kick off until 740pm, though as usual Melbournites show a complete inability to keep time and there are still people wandering in well after 820pm.
Not too much has changed. The DVD filming requirement means that there’s rather more graphical video filler (as opposed to live shots) played on the main screen. Graham Bonnet, mercifully, seems to have permanently lost ‘Warm Ride’, and Samantha Fox repeats the short skirt outfit which Gusworld correspondents report made its debut in Hobart.
Possibly also mindful of the cameras, Doc Neeson climbed into the audience for ‘Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again’, extending the song by several minutes (his back injury was rather evident when he climbed back on stage). An extra bit of vintage footage of Doc deep-sea diving has also been added earlier in the show, and the sequence of audience moments edited so that doesn’t incongruously end with Molly introducing Genesis.
Changes in the second act were a bit less prominent. Molly’s proposal to Martha reached new heights of ridiculousness, with the crew bringing out a veil for him. Supernaut’s start was delayed for a couple of minutes due to guitar problems.
During ‘Love Is In The Air’, Kate Ceberano returned with her Dancing With The Stars partner Jean-Paul to perform. Her red ballroom gown was a darn sight better than her standard outfit.
BSG got a better audience response than anyone else on the tour, though Glenn Shorrock flubbed quite a few lyrics. Rick Springfield (back in black) didn’t spend quite so long in the audience, but made up for it by comprehensively smashing his guitar at the end.
For the first time so far this tour, there was a Countdown Spectacular 2 show (in Hobart), and I didn’t see it. A quick search of the blogspace and newspapers doesn’t reveal any information, so I can’t get the burning questions answered:
Any information much appreciated — I know that the last question in particular is being asked by hundreds of people across the world! In the meantime, a shameless plug for James’ review of Sydney.
In Sydney’s Qantas Club today on my way to Melbourne, I walked straight past John Schuman and Hugh McDonald from Redgum, presumably en route to Hobart. I should have grabbed the chance to congratulate them and perhaps quizzed them for backstage gossip, but being the introvert I am, I said nothing. I’m always hopeless when I meet performers. And before everyone asks, no, Rick Springfield wasn’t anywhere in sight.
For the many fans who’ve been asking for more pics of Rick Springfieldon the tour, there’s a bunch of them taken by me currently featured in the Spotlight section of Rick Springfield and Us. I figure it makes more sense for them to go somewhere where Rick fans can easily remember to find them — they’ll go in the tour archive on that site when a new spotlight goes up.
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).
As promised, here’s some pics from the Brisbane show. I wasn’t in a particularly good position, my camera is pretty cheap, and I haven’t had time to do any digital editing. Apologies if your preferred 70s act isn’t here. Enough caveats, let’s commence.
Note that it’s still the local acts who bother to produce merchandise (Rick Springfield, of course, falls in both camps).
The logo rises and the show begins.
Gavin Wood: a little older, a little rounder.
Katrina’s walking on sunshine, and I’m trying to work out how to switch on the flash.
Do we wanna please Sam? Yes.
Sam and the dancers reach a climax of sorts.
Ignatius Jones in crooner mode . . .
. . . but leather is never far away.
Molly and JPY fill the space between songs.
Referring to these women as bimbos upset one Gusworld reader.
The fabulous Sharon O’Neill – give her a second song already!
Talk about – pop music!
Paul Gray needed stimulation . . .
. . . but not as much as a synth bass.
Doc Neeson’s Angels rock the first half to an end.
Redgum in their newly-minted opening slot.
The evening’s longest guitar solo for ‘My Sharona’.
‘Quasimodo’s Dream’ is accompanied by spectacular visuals which I spectacularly failed to photograph.
Apparently, they like it both ways.
The world’s least convincing marriage proposal.
The Wolfgramm Sisters do their best ABBA impersonation.
Rollermania (tartan scarves not pictured).
This photo does not do Ms Ceberano’s remarkable wardrobe choice justice.
Richard Clapton, and part of someone’s head.
John Paul Young: two years in a row and still near the top of the bill.
Martha Davis can sing way better than I can photograph.
I couldn’t get all the members of Birtles, Shorrock, Gobles in one shot.
Rick rocks the night to its conclusion.
Better late than never: the ‘My Generation’ finale.
We need more mics!
Rawk and roll!