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ED KOWALCZYK METRO CITY PERTH LIVE REVIEW 2014

ED KOWALCZYK METRO CITY PERTH LIVE REVIEW 2014

ED KOWALCZYK
METRO CITY, PERTH
2 FEBRUARY 2014

SETLIST: The Dam at Otter Creek | Selling the Drama | I Alone | Iris | Lightning Crashes | Top | All Over You | Shit Towne | T.B.D | Stage | Waitress | Pillar of Davidson | White, Discussion | Horse | All That I Wanted (Acoustic) | Run to the Water (Acoustic)


ENCORE: Lakini's Juice | Seven | Heaven | Grace | The Dolphin's Cry

Ed Kowalczyk has always had a great following downunder and it’s always great to see him back, whether it’s with new material, solo and acoustic, or like tonight with a red hot band playing Live’s best known release – ‘Throwing Copper’ in its entirety.


Even talking to some of the veterans tonight, many of whom had to choose between Ed at Metros or The Boss playing over the road at the Arena, I don’t think there’s a person in the house who would have chosen otherwise at the end of the night. Tonight Ed K is quite simply in the form of his life…

‘I think I had hair last time I played this one’ he quips early on into the epic 14 song track by track rendition of what most consider Live’s highest ground: and it’s hard to refute it as ‘The Dam at Otter Creek’ turns into ‘Selling the Drama’ and ‘I Alone’; two singles from that album and long-time set staples.


You can tell Ed is happy tonight and he always seems pleased to come back down-under and its great also to see a pretty much packed house despite Springsteen down the road and the Perth Fringe Festival in full flight. Of course there isn’t much to top an entire crowd singing along to your songs, but the power and emotion and sheer force the gathered throng throw behind ‘Lightening Crashes’ is enough to send shivers down anyone’s spine.

There’s just something about Kowalczyk’s uplifting lyrics, presence and demeanour that somehow makes the crowd feel as one: more so than most rock artists could dream of. It’s something you can’t quite ever put your finger on but if you could just bottle it! ‘All Over You’ brings the crowd to a new peak again and ‘White Discussion’ has an energy tonight I don’t remember it having before. After ‘Horse’ (the unlisted track on the throwing Copper CD and Cassette) the crowd is on edge wondering what comes next…

What we get is a couple of stunning acoustic versions of first off ‘All That I Wanted’ the standout track from Ed’s ‘The Flood and The Mercy’ which positively lights up the room; and Live’s ‘Run to the Water’ from ‘The Distance to Here’; it’s perhaps not quite the song most expected to close the main set.


As sets go we get a further five encores and only two solo tracks – recent single ‘Seven’ and ‘Grace’ first single from debut solo album ‘Alive’. This tour though is all about Ed’s previous band Live  and we get a little slice of all but Mental Jewellery as far as albums go with ‘Lakini’s Juice’ (Secret Samadhi); ‘Heaven’ (Birds of Pray); and ‘Dolphin’s Cry’ (The Distance to Here) rounding out the encores.

Lots of bands of course revisit their classic albums, but few have one as good to look back on as Ed Kowalczyk’s band Live…  Many will be talking about Springsteen over the road at the Arena tonight, but for us there was only one place to be.

 

by Mark Diggins February 2 2014

 

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