Midnight Oil & First Nation Collaborators: Makarrata Live @ Sirromet Wines, 28 February 2021 Frontman Peter Garrett brims over with spasmodic, shambling energy; Midnight Oil remain a loud and formidable, politicised unit: at times musically self-indulgent but culturally more relevant than ever. Highlights included First Nation, Power and the Passion (drum solo!) and The Dead Heart.
Billy Idol live @ Riverstage (Brisbane, 31 January 2020) Rocking out afront an 80s-reminiscent ever-changing neon cityscape backdrop, Billy Idol showed that he still has the voice, physique and strut of a man half his age (though perhaps not the stamina). Highlights included ‘Flesh for Fantasy’, ‘Rebel Yell’ and ‘Mony Mony’.
Tim Minchin live at The Star, Gold Coast 4 May 2019 Barefoot and brilliant, the inimitable Tim Minchin rocked the den of iniquity, enthralling with his energetic mix of anecdotes and skewed insights, rootin’-tootin’ ivory-tickling tongue-twistedness and intellectually rigorous leftie irreverence. Highlights included ‘Thank You, God’, ‘If I Didn’t Have You’, and ‘Prejudice’.
Colin Hay live at the Tivoli 21 April 2019 Colin Hay’s voice still soars, playing solo material and Men at Work classics given new life by his Cuban band and virtuosic multi-instrumentalist Scheila Gonzalez. Highlights included ‘Can’t Take This Town’, ‘Down by the Sea’, ‘Maggie’, ‘Down Under’ and ‘Next Year People’.
Ben Folds with yMusic (Live in Brisbane, 18 August 2016) Ben Folds is nothing if not reinventive, playing a mix of old and new material to the virtuoso accompaniment of New York chamber ensemble yMusic. Following several heartfelt slower songs it was his up-tempo numbers that gained most from the new arrangements.