Rock & Roll will never Die

Back in Jan I was privileged to see Alabama Shakes’ debut Australia show at the Metro in Sydney. An amazing band with incredible energy, it was like Janis Joplin was in the room when Brittany sang. We were jammed in right at the front of the energetic, dance-off  crowd, what a killer show!

I was spoilt this weekend with tickets to Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney. The crowd was putty in Nick’s hands as he strutted the stage, completely in control. A whole bunch of new tunes then familiar fav’s, I’ve been waiting years to hear him perform Into My Arms.

That was Sat, Sun night it was all about Neil Young. A poetic, political and brilliant musician I’ve grown up listening to. Thanks to my folks! He played  a sold out show with incredible fury and sound, my hearing didn’t come back properly until Mon night! It wasn’t a night of acoustic classics so I had no chance of hearing my fav Neil song ever, Harvest Moon as electric guitars were the flavour of the night. His talent and range was astonishing, the man went from the amazing deep depths of  Hey Hey My My; to entertaining 13,000 fans with an acoustic guitar and a harmonica knocking out Heart of Gold. Rock & Roll will never Die. Neil Young you can do no wrong!

Tomorrow night is Montreal band Moriarty at the Beresford and then Paul Simon next month! Yeow!Neil Young 007 Neil Young 008 Neil Young 012 Neil Young 016 Neil Young 017 Neil Young 020

Midnight Rain

Paul Kelly. No words for this amazing man. “Midnight Rain” & “How to make Gravy”

 

Or Harry Manx.  Apologies for the dodgy video…”Good Time Charlie”

 

For a sense of Aus pride “The Ship Song Project”

Sigh no More

Mumford & Sons, live this Thurs night! Yeeeehaaa! It will be a night filled with sexy musos in dapper suits playing a riot of banjos, fiddles, tambourines and accordions. All those instruments and more! And to top it off, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zero’s are the support act. When they play “Home”, my night will be complete.

TGIF

Ah Friday. I’m so glad it’s here. It’s been a great Fri so far, and it’s only gonna get better cause my sister pulled a sneaky on me and bought us Lanie Lane tickets for her gig tonight. I think we’ll need some treats first, the wine is chilling, I’m about to start cooking a baked risotto with roast vege, leeks and feta and I picked up some Adriano Zumbo sweets for later. There is a delicious looking Passionfruit Tart and a few Salted Butter Caramel Zumbarons. I may have accidentally taste tested already…

And a big Happy Birthday to Oliver! 2 today! We’ll enjoy these sweets on his behalf :)

Lungs

And boy did she have them. What a voice! She holds the microphone about 50cm’s away her voice is so strong! A stunning performance by Florence and her band. There was plenty of reference in her show and music to rituals, religion and ceremonies, a theme obviously important to her. I think I’m a little in love and a lot in awe. So many perfect moments – all the songs (and she played my favs!), her costume, the styling, her dancing and energy and it was surprisingly a tough crowd to work. I feel most Sydney people are so worried about being judged in public they forget to enjoy themselves. We weren’t worried about being judged and danced the whole night.

Emily the little 6 year old raced past the security guards and suddenly appeared on stage with Florence after winning the dance off competition. She happily waved and said a “Hello” to the audience on the microphone with a big grin. Special mention also to shirtless guy near us in the crowd who whipped off his shirt in an attempt for Florence’s attention, he certainly got our attention and the other 12,000 people there.

Afterwards it was a dash through the rain to backpacker cheapo pub Scruffy Murphy’s for catch up drinks with old friends and bad dancing to a dodgy sounding band. What a night!

 

Dog Days are Over

Florence + the Machine have been at the top of my live music wish list for way too long, but not for much longer…cause she’s playing tonight in Sydney! I bought my ticket back in Oct. Please please please Florence play Hurricane Drunk, Rabbit Heart, Dog Days, No Light No Light, Shake it Out, You’ve Got the Love…well just play anything and I will love it! Yippeee!

It’s live music year cause next week I’ve got Lanie Lane then in June Harry Manx (10th time I’ve seen him) Ash Grunwald, The Audreys, the Smashing Pumpkins (fingers crossed..) and the Black Keys in Oct. Oh yeah.

Harvest Moon

And just cause I’m feeling sentimental.

 “And when we were lovers, I loved you with all my heart”. ‘Harvest Moon’, Neil Young. Neil, you are a genius.

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