Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne, Australi
Kilb’s is about to embark on a tour of America and then, presumably, to a venue near you , so I figured that I should do a review albeit a while ago.
This was a twice deferred tour due to the plague and when the go button was finally pressed omicron had hit town. So there was a general air of apprehension, it was a hot summer’s evening and the streets were bare. The venue was an old theatre,then a greek function centre and last time I had been there we sat at tables. This time there were rows of seats.
Given the omicron thing I reckon about 30% were no shows which meant after interval we upgraded ourselves to dead middle second row, about 10 feet from Kilbey.
So Kilbey fronting a Church covers band. How did it go? Pretty damn good though I reckon, despite the Rickenbacker 12 string he underplays the jingle jangle of Marty Wilson Pipers signature sound- to the detriment of the songs.
He announced the band members and the bands they had been in as if to reinforce the fact that no one had heard of any of them.
He seemed in good spirits and well oiled for this the second of 2 shows. Seemingly v appreciative that we had defied omicron and turned up, he had some some amusing anecdotes ,particularly the one about petulantly refusing to play their mega hit Ungarded Moment then being forced back on stage by their manager to appease the punters.
One thing I noticed is that his voice, never particularly penetrating, has even more of a soft burr to it and makes it quite hard to pick out the lyrics even when you are getting stage monitor sound and know the songs. I reckon he could do with more vocal support.
For me the highlights were the encores – Myrryh and Is This Where You Live.
A promo for a Perth show listed these songs so I guess this was the set list.
She Never Said
The Unguarded Moment
Too Fast for You
Tear It All Away
Almost With You
When You Were Mine
It’s No Reason
Constant in Opal
Under the Milky Way
You’re Still Beautiful
Who was that masked man?
It made me think..
How much I enjoy listening to and watching lead vocalist / bassists. Such interesting bass lines.