Meeniyan Hall, country Victoria, Australia
Lukas Nelson arrived onstage jetlagged or stoned or both wearing Tom Petty’s top hat, literally and left the stage 2 and half hours later having given us a fantastic show of Americana, classic country and classic rock plus even a bit of James Brown soul with the moves and the screams to boot.
A 5 piece band with Lukas the star attraction and a star he is. Mrs. Wells reckons the marriage is over and she’ll be heading over to Austin to stalk Lukas. Great voice, can sing anything. Yes, he sounds like Willie, especially on the high notes but he ain’t no copy. Pretty fine guitarist too. Some lovely solos on his Les Paul Junior. Sort of a cross between the sweetness of Dickey Betts and the angularity of his Dad. No slouch on acoustic either.
My mate, a serious music fan said that was an excellent show for quite a poor songwriter. That set me back as he went on to say, “mainly the lyrics are the weak point”. And I guess if you compare him to the old man; how old was he when he wrote Crazy; then yes he ain’t a top-shelf songwriter but it was a top-shelf show.
I love bands who don’t mind bands who throw in a few covers. Tonight we got Bo Diddley’s Before You Accuse Me, Shakey’s Unknown Legend and Long May You Run, Stones’ Sympathy For The Devil and, appropriately, Tom Petty’s Breakdown and American Girl.
I also like a show without the contrivance of an encore for which the best songs are held back. Some show end, they had a brief chat on stage, then went back to work with the Perry songs et al.
This place was set up by old muso tree changers and the place is full of them. Lots of grey hair.
It made me think..
In real estate, they say the key things is location, location, location. It helps to be in the front row of a concert.