Some of you have heard me bang on about this already, but just so this reaches a wider audience, I'm gonna talk about seeing reformed-for-a-special-occasion (22 years after their last concert) 70's/80's NZ band Split Enz on Friday night.
Supporting them were fellow Kiwis (that we like to claim as our own) Evermore, who did a good enough job of warming us up for the main act. Considering I don't fancy their tunes all that much, they're actually pretty good live and didn't sound bad at all.
Split Enz were of course awesome and performing to a sell out crowd, some of whom felt it was appropriate to be getting up out of their seats often to get drinks (which was annoying). They had their most famous lineup on stage, which was good and despite the fact that they went through more lineup changes than I do underwear, it was good to see a band reforming and actually getting along marvellously. They had the crowd going from the first song (and new fave of mine Shark Attack
) right to the end with History Never Repeats
. I thought that this would be my only chance to see musical gods Tim & Neil Finn doing something together live, hence the reason why I went (+ I've recently got into the Enz music). I did get a little bit bored with the ballads in the middle, but I got up out of my seat for I See Red
, I Got You
and a few others that were towards the end of the concert (by then others were standing up in my section and I didn't give a rats). I also discovered that I liked some of their tunes live and am now listening to them more. The Enz are definitely one of those bands that sound just as excellent (if not better) live than they do on CD (and no wonder, when you've been in the music industry for over 30 years like some of them have!)...
I can't remember a whole lot about the gig cos I was truly living in the moment (setlist wise I remember the first 2 songs and the last few songs), but I might remember something since it looks like they were shooting some footage at the gig for a DVD (will be getting that one when it comes out on sale). I wasn't the youngest member of the crowd surprisingly, I thought going to a concert like that I'd be looking like a nerd (and I don't really care if anybody thought that cos they have done a heck of a lot of good tunes), but there were some other ppl younger than me there. I just wished the crowd would sing along more, I've found that Sydney audiences are quite reserved at gigs...I feel like I'm the only one enjoying myself sometimes
I'll give a write up too on the Coldplay gig I'm going to in 16 days as well...on top of that, I'm considering seeing Rogue Traders live in September as well.