The Melbourne weather Gods certainly weren’t smiling on us as I made my way to the beautiful Forum Theatre, but I didn’t let the rain dampen my spirits as I took my seat to enjoy a night with world renowned Christopher Cross. With no support act in Melbourne it was straight to the main event, and I am sure the more mature fan base (myself included) would be happy that it wouldn’t be a late night.
Opening with the instrumental Haila from his new upcoming album, I settled in to enjoy what was to be an amazing night of music and nostalgia. As Sailing rang out I was transported back to my ten year old self, nothing evokes memories quite like music does and it was a lovely ride to be taken on over the course of the evening. Never Be The Same, Walking in Avalon, Roberta (dedicated to his mentor Joni Mitchell) to name just a few of the extensive collection of Christopher’s long career in the industry. Athur’s Theme was magnificent and Christopher had some heartfelt words for Burt Bacharach, Peter Allen and Carole Bayer Sager who all collaborated to write this much loved song.
Andy Susuki was amazing on the sax, which features heavily in Christopher’s music, as were all the musicians, giving fabulous solos over the course of the evening. Support singers Stephcynie and Marcia harmonised superbly and were the perfect accompaniment for the show. Christopher is an extremely accomplished guitar player and had seven guitars to choose from on stage with him. It was a joy to listen to him dazzle us with his expertise of his instrument.
Moving on to the acoustic set we were treated to Down Under Samba, Think of Laura, Say You’ll Be Mine and two lovely duets, Spinning with Steph and Swept Away with Marcia, finishing it out Minstrel Gigolo.
The night was coming to an end but we knew Christopher was holding back a few of the big hits for the finale, and he didn’t disappoint with No Time For Talk, All Right and the iconic Ride Like the Wind which had people dancing in their seats and singing the familiar da da da da, da da, da da at the top of their lungs.
Bows were taken by all to a standing ovation and huge applause, but I think we were hoping for just one more. But what could it be? When you finish with Ride Like The Wind what can top that?
Well I am here to tell you that on their return Christopher and his band delivered one of the most beautiful versions of Imagine I have heard, it was truly flawless and a wonderful way to end a sensational night. We all sang along taking in the sentiment of the lyrics hopeful that one day we may all live in peace.
Thank you Christopher Cross and your amazing band for sharing some of your illustrious career, we may have only had you for one evening, but the memories will last a lifetime.
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
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