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Ben Folds: The Symphonic Tour

Ben Folds: The Symphonic Tour Live with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, cond. Nicholas Buc (QPAC, 12 March 2020) Ben Folds and his piano… plus the QSO! A vibrant and versatile, heartfelt performance. Songs that came out particularly well with orchestral treatment included ‘Erase Me’, ‘Steven’s Last Night in Town’, and the traditionally improvised (now Brisbanised and symphonised) ‘Rock This Bitch’.…

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos

Dylan Moran: Dr Cosmos Queensland Performing Arts Centre (5 December 2019) Irish comedian Dylan Moran was in fine, free-flowing form last night, gilding his societal observations with intelligent and rapid-fire absurdist exemplars while expounding on the generation gap, growing up in Ireland, accepting middle age, and the inherent failings of the male gender.    

The Cat Empire’s Stolen Diamonds Tour

The Cat Empire’s Stolen Diamonds Tour Live at the Fortitude Music Hall, 19 October 2019 Let there be jumping. The Cat Empire rocked Brisbane with its unique blend of brass, beats, keyboards and vocals, unpacking new gems and improvising solos through a back catalogue that now spans twenty years. Highlights included ‘Barricades’, ‘Fishies’ and ‘Steal the Light’.    

American Utopia Tour

American Utopia Tour by David Byrne, Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre, 21 November 2018 Barefoot and brilliant, Byrne presents new songs and reworked Talking Heads classics in an energetically choreographed fusion of Brazilian beats and industrial sensibility. Complex, layered rhythms meet vocal resplendence. Virtuoso musicians in motion! Top three songs: ‘Lazy’; ‘Born Under Punches’; ‘I Zimbra’.    

Roger Waters live at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre

Roger Waters live at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre (Us + Them Tour, 7 February 2018) Roger Waters, not quite evergreen but certainly everpink and still a powerful presence, headed an audio-visual rock extravaganza showcasing songs from 1971 through to 2017. Highlights included a fervid repurposing of ‘Pigs (Three Different Ones)’ into a 10-minute denouncement of Donald Trump.    

Loose Ends

Loose Ends developed and performed by Jens Altheimer (Ipswich Art Gallery, 18 September – 1 October 2017) A mad-quirky inventor moves out of his comfort zone in search of friendship. Altheimer’s one-man show is an exquisitely timed master class in non-verbal communication. Fun-loving and imaginative to the delight of small children, executed with the panache to keep adults bedazzled.  …

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Live in Concert

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Live at the Almeida Theater, London, 1995 by Douglas Adams (Phoenix Books, 2008) The greater part of this reading (or more accurately, performance) comes in the form of two long excerpts from Life, the Universe and Everything. Suddenly that which seems facetious on the page springs to life and we hear what Adams himself…