Petersham Bowling Club, Sydney
This low key gig at a re-vamped suburban bowling club was billed as Wreckless Eric’s return to Australia after 38 years. I wouldn’t call myself a fan, but went along out of curiosity and because Wreckless Eric featured in my first ever real gig – the Be Stiff tour of 1978 at Leeds Uni (along with Jonah Lewie, Lene Lovich, Mickey Jupp and Rachel Sweet).
Eric was playing solo, with just an amplified acoustic guitar, and this suited the venue, which is literally an old bowling club that has been taken over by the local community of inner-city ageing hipsters and turned into a craft beer bar that puts on a few gigs. As he was tuning up Eric made some quip about having a meat raffle and then launched into one of his newer songs, which went down well. He then did a spiel about this being his first tour Down under in 38 years “and if it goes alright I’ll be back in another 38 …”.
It was a small and intimate venue and a few members of the 100-or so crowd started shouting out questions and anecdotes » Continue Reading.