2003: John Mayer (supported by Aussie band Lo-tel, who I think have split up now) - at the Hordern in Sydney, good gig (which tought me never to stand up for a gig ever again), crowd was receptive (someone got their lighter out during one song for the usual wave along), but the one he did 6 months later was better (see below).
2004: Incubus (supported by crappy girl band Modular Lounge, who I felt like booing) - great atmosphere, the fans were up on their feet (well, general admission + quite a few in the seats, including myself) & doing mexican waves b4 they came on stage...felt a little disappointed though cos they didn't play some of my faves (ie Summer Romance
), but it was a good gig overall.
John Mayer (supported by the wonderful Brooke Fraser - got into her music thanx to that support gig) - Best concert I've been to yet, although the fans could've been a bit more up on their feet I thought (and I always get stuck between really boring ppl who sit there & do nothing but watch - I like to sing along & clap & holler like a village idiot when needed
). Great entertainment, John's always excellent live & I'll be going to see his shows until his music/live performances start to suck (which I hope they don't cos aside from all things musical, he's quite a funny guy)...
Brooke Fraser (can't remember the support, but she wasn't that great from memory) - A few months after I saw her support Mr Mayer, saw her do a small gig in Sydney & she was great - beautiful voice, wonderful music, what more can I say?
2005: Brooke Fraser (2nd time at the same place she'd performed at b4, supported by a band that did a nice cover of JM's Why Georgia
with female vocals) - Excellent yet again, but I was miffed cos I turned up late & couldn't see Brooke from the general viewing area, so decided to use aural perception instead to guide me through the gig. Will continue to see her do gigs in the future as well (she can't quite put a foot wrong with me - for now I'll settle with her first album + the brilliant Crowded House cover she's done for the Finn Brothers tribute album)...
I'll talk about the gigs that I've also missed:
Coldplay in 2003 (but I'm going to see them next year in June, which I'm happy about - nearly could've missed them again had I not heard about their 3rd concert, which I'm going to cos the first 2 sold out in 24 hours)
KT Tunstall (on a promo trip out here in August - rather annoyed with self for not investigating & going to see that one)