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JIMMY BARNES EVENING ON THE GREEN PERTH REVIEW 2014

JIMMY BARNES EVENING ON THE GREEN PERTH REVIEW NOVEMBER 22 2014

JIMMY BARNES

AN EVENING ON THE GREEN

WITH THE LIVING END, IAN MOSS and MAHALIA BARNES AND THE SOUL MATES

KINGS PARK, PERTH WA

NOVEMBER 22 2014

SETLIST: Driving Wheels | Lessons in Love | Red Hot | Without Your Love | The Things I Love in You (Cold Chisel song) | Merry-Go-Round (Cold Chisel song) (with Ian Moss) | Stone Cold (with Jade MacRae) | American Heartbeat | Lay Down Your Guns (with The Living End) | I'm Still on Your Side | I Wanna Get Started With You | No Second Prize | Stand Up (with Mahalia Barnes) | Waitin' for the Heartache | I'd Die to Be With You Tonight | Too Much Ain't Enough Love | Daylight | Love & Hate | Catch Your Shadow (Acoustic) | Largs Pier Hotel | When Your Love Is Gone | Resurrection Shuffle (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke cover) | Seven Days (Ron Wood cover) | Ride the Night Away | Working Class Man


Encore: Flame Trees (Cold Chisel song) | Khe Sanh (Cold Chisel song) | Do or Die


Encore 2: Goodbye (Astrid Goodbye) (Cold Chisel song) (with Chris Cheyney)

Celebrating 30 years as a solo artist with his 30:30 Hindsight Tour, in support of the album of the same name which sees him re-record some of his best songs with a host of guests; Jimmy Barnes took to the stage at Kings Park tonight to really kick this year’s Evening on the Green into gear. Before that though the crowd had already been treated to a great afternoon’s entertainment.


First up Jimmy’s daughter’s band Mahalia Barnes and the Soul Mates dispelled any thoughts that nepotism is always a bad thing by putting on a stunning set emblazoned by Mahalia’s soulful powerhouse vocals. Songs like ‘Love Me Like You Used To’ and the Betty Davis’ cover - the funky ‘If I'm in luck I might get picked up’ light up the already gathering crowd. News that the band has just recorded an album of Davis’ songs with producer Kevin Shirley and blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa should be something well worth checking out. ‘He was a Big Freak’ that closes the set just cements your initial thoughts, as the huge funky groove hits, that these guys know how to put on a show.

As a contrast Ian Moss and his three-piece band is a known quantity for many but no less impressive as he gets stuck straight into a collection of solo and Chisel classics. There are few words from Mossy but who needs the when there’s so much great music on display. After a lower key opening than you might imagine, he hits the ‘funk’ two numbers in for ‘Telephone Booth’ before a run of Chisel numbers including ‘Choirgirl’; ‘Never Before’; Trucker’s Daughter and the classics and instant crowd-pleasers ‘When the War is Over’ and ‘Bow River’. He’s in great form vocally and flawless with the guitar. ‘Bow River’ of course gets the huge ovation it deserves and really fires up the dance-floor on the lawn as the two-fisted drinkers get their groove on.

 

Throughout the evening the MC spins a big wheel, drawing up people from the crowd to spin for songs that he promises that Jimmy will play in his set later, it goes down well and though when tracks like ‘All the Young Dudes’ (The Bowie-penned Mott the Hoople classic) comes up neither he nor the crowd seem to be overwhelmed (though this reviewer is punching the air).

The Living End take to the stage with their accustomed bluster and pull no punches throughout a fiery and fun set that show why these Aussie have been at the top of their game for much of their 20 year history.
With a set that kicks off with ‘Second Solution’ it’s fire and brimstone all the way as they show how a little Aussie Rockabilly band has turned into a real Rock and Roll animal. It’s high energy, packs in a few surprises like a large snatch of ‘Run to Paradise’ by the Choirboys, and some incredible double-bass rising.

 

There’s fun too as Chris Cheney asks the audience if anyone has ever robbed a bank (in the intro to ‘Hold Up’) the biggest response comes from the front row and he jokes that must be how they afforded their tickets. Amongst the dry ice and the energy the band plays a great set full of classics like ‘Prisoner of Society’ and ‘All Torn Down’ which adds a swathe of Waltzing Matilda before becoming a blitzkrieg extended solo replete with VB slide guitar, Rockabilly raunch and a touch of flamenco and Country honk. It’s a real crowd-pleaser.

 

‘White Noise’ and ‘West End Riot’ close the set in Clash-like style, it’s a great set well appreciated by the sell-out crowd.

Jimmy Barnes of course everyone here would attest has few peers in the realms of Aussie Rock and a back catalogue that contains far more classics than even his lengthy set can contain. It’s an age old friendship only Aussies can truly appreciate, and appreciate it they do. It’s also great to see the very mixed crowd behaving so well as chardonnay sippers, families stretched out on blankets and two-fisted drinkers mingle with one aim to sing their heads off along with the man.


Opening with the fired-up ‘Driving Wheels’ Barnsey’s set is a nice mix of variety and stone cold bankers. He covers all his biggest songs like main set closer and signature song ‘Working Class Man’, throws in a few choice covers like Robert Johnson’s ‘Red Hot’ and ‘Resurrection Shuffle’ and closes with the Chisel the crowd is baying for.

Along the way he duets with his daughter on the impressive ‘Stand Up’; and The Living End on ‘Lay Down Your Guns’ which has to go down as one of the highlights of the night. For many though ny the end there are two talking points: the final encore of Chisel classics: ‘Flame Trees’ and ‘Khe Sanh’ and the fact that Mossy didn’t join him on stage for them.


By the end of the night people of all ages are in tears singing along and that about says it all really. A great show and with another date to come tomorrow we can do it all again…

 

 

by James Rockpit - November 2014

 

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