Sydney Opera House
I experienced something new last night. As soon as the band walked out on stage, everyone stood up, and stayed standing for the rest of the gig. Aus audiences are not known for standing up at gigs unless they have to (well Sydney audiences at least). I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard from behind, “sit down I can’t see, I didn’t pay to see your back”, when my wife and I have stood up. It’s a rock gig for christ’s sake, not a chamber orchestra.
Anyway, as for the Roses, they played a blinder. If you watched a video without the sound you’d struggle to wonder why. There’s a few swirly lights, Mani stands stock-still in front of his rig, Squire wanders up to the drum riser occasionally for a nod and wink with Reni, and Ian Brown meanders around the stage at a leisurely pace, occasionally cutting a slothful rug and waving one of many maracas at the audience. But it’s the music that does it. The opening snare of Resurrection, ‘that bass line’ in Fools Gold, the opening chimes of Waterfall, or 2500 people singing along very loudly » Continue Reading.