It was a beautiful evening in St Kilda with kite surfers as far as the eye could see as I made my way to the iconic Palais Theatre. What luck opening my 2018 gig calendar with none other than Alanis Morissette, an idol of my younger years and an icon in the music industry. With two sold out shows the fans still have a place in their hearts for Alanis and with the calibre of her back catalogue who wouldn’t!
Opening the night’s proceedings was Melbourne based singer/songwriter Angie McMahon, just a girl and her guitar who gave us a solid 45 minute set. While claiming to be nervous, it certainly didn’t show, she was confident, witty and was the perfect opener for main event.
The stage was set with two chairs, a stool, and not much more. It was clear from the onset it was an intimate acoustic setting with no drums or amps to be seen. The buzz was electric, chatter getting louder as the clock ticked down. Finally it was time, accompanied by two guitarists Alanis took to her stool where she stayed for the duration of the evening. Looking stunning in a sparkly black jacket, pants and high heels Alanis opened with You Learn, instantly making the hairs on my arms stand on end, followed by All I Really Want, amazing from the first note until the last. While still a youngster at 43 Alanis’s voice has certainly matured but she is sounding better than ever. The hits flowed with Alanis sipping tea at each interval, Hands Clean, Not The Doctor and the beautiful Guardian which was written for her son to name a few.
The ushers were sitting sentry at ever access point, keeping everyone’s phones in check, and even a few dancers were quickly seated keeping with the intimate feel of the evening. The lighting was lower than normal but suited the night perfectly, nothing was overlooked and everything flowed perfectly. Alanis also proved she is not just an exceptional singer she is a fabulous harmonica player, showcasing her hidden talent in many of her songs.
Alanis proved to be a terrific conversationalist sharing stories from her career and her private life, giving you a small insight into the life of a rock star. How she uses false names sometimes to retain her anonymity and how to spot a lip syncer, because clearly if you look pretty when you sing you are lip syncing! Also a little inside information that Jagged Little Pill is being made in to a stage show, certainly one to look out for.
Hand In My Pocket and Head Over Feet definitely fan favourites, Alanis’s voice projection truly amazing, not even needing to be close to the microphone for most of the evening. While the crowd was very well behaved the one heckler was shut down quickly without a fuss, Alanis choosing to just move on with the show after sending the man in question a virtual hug for his birthday. Full credit to the two guitarists’, they were technically perfect all night and were highly praised by the leading lady herself on many occasions.
Ironic had everyone in the theatre singing along, harmonizing quite beautifully, Alanis singing with such passion it oozed from every pore. Even laughing at herself when she forgot the lyrics, happy to start again, ever the professional. So Pure lifted the spellbound audience to celestial heights, Alanis explaining that she wrote the song after seeing a screening of the movie City of Angels. Then from one end of the spectrum to the other the familiar opening of You Oughta Know rang out, the angst ridden song still sensational 20 years on. While a little slower than the original version, it lacked nothing and was one of my favourites of the night. Thank U saw out the evening, and left everyone in awe of how talented this Canadian rocker is, a truly stunning way to see out what was an extraordinary night of live music.
I am extremely envious of everyone else who is going along to this tour, you are in for a real treat, lets hope its not another 20 years before we welcome Alanis back to our shores.
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED SEBASTIAN MARINO
Over the last two-plus decades, JOHN GARCIA‘s voice has set the standard for the sound of the California desert. His work in genre-progenitors Kyuss speaks for itself — loudly, and with much fuzz — and subsequent outfits Vista Chino, Unida, Slo Burn, Hermano. His contribution to the legacy of rock n roll is relentless not historical.
We invite you to hitch a ride, settle in the backseat and listen to his stories as he performs tracks across his storied catalogue acoustically for the first time ever in Australia.
Tickets go on sale Thursday 25 January, 9am local.
Thursday 19 April – Barwon Club, Geelong 18+
Friday 20 April – Cherry Bar, Melbourne 18+
Saturday 21 April – Factory Floor, Sydney 18+
Sunday 22 April – The Brightside, Brisbane 18+
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED JOHN RAPTIS
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED ROGER BROOKS
Legends of fun time ska, BAD MANNERS return to Australia and New Zealand in 2018 for a Greatest Hits Tour. Fronted by Buster Bloodvessel, the man famous for his shiny bald head and giant personality, BAD MANNERS have a huge setlist of ska jubilation – Walking In The Sunshine, Lorraine, Lip Up Fatty, Special Brew, Just A Feeling, Skinhead Love Affair, My Girl Lollipop, Inner London Violence and of course the ultimate knees up Can Can.
Very Special Guest on this tour will be rude-girl queen of ska-pop JENNIE BELLE STAR (aka Jennie Matthias), lead singer of much treasured London all-girl 80’s band THE BELLE STARS. Formed out of the ashes of 2-Tone ska revivalists The Bodysnatchers, THE BELLE STARS signed to the home of Madness (Stiff Records) and proceeded to storm the UK charts with a succession of fabulously exuberant ska romps. Having toured the world with the likes of Madness, the Beat and The Clash, Jennie will perform a set of skankin’ standards and THE BELLE STARS classics including Sign of the Times, as well as their Two Australian Top 10 singles, Iko Iko and The Clapping Song.
“Part nostalgia, part celebration, but total enjoyment and heartfelt smiles” Glam Adelaide
BAD MANNERS quickly became the favourites of the Ska movement through their on-stage antics, earning early exposure through their Top of The Pops TV exploits and an appearance in the live film documentary, Dance Craze.
At their peak popularity during the late 1970s and early 1980s, when ska revivalist such as Madness, The Specials, The Beat and The Selecter filled the charts, Bad Manners spent a staggering 111 weeks in the UK Singles Chart between 1980 and 1983.
“From start to finish, the show is full of almost obnoxious amounts of energy.” – SongKick.com
One of the main reasons for BAD MANNERS’ notoriety was their outlandish huge-tongued and generously proportioned frontman, Buster Bloodvessel. His manic exploits got them banned from the British BBC TV chart show Top of the Pops… and they were also banned from Italian TV after Bloodvessel, having being told that the Pope was watching, mooned the audience. Don’t recall seeing anything like that on Countdown!
Get ready for a non-stop party with Buster and the boys for all their Greatest Hits… This is Ska!
“It’s a school-outing that’s never stopped for us. We started in ‘76 and we’ve never stopped. We’ve always played live shows everywhere. We have good fun.” – Buster Bloodvessel
Bad Manners Australian and NZ Tour Dates
Wednesday May 9th CHRISTCHURCH – The Foundry
Thursday 10th May WELLINGTON – San Fran
Friday 11th May NAPIER – The Cabana
Saturday 12th May AUCKLAND – Studio
Sunday 13th May Tauranga – Totara St.
Wednesday 16th May CASTLEMAIN – Theatre Royal
Thursday 17th May FRANKSTON – Pier
Friday 18th May MELBOURNE – Croxton Bandroom
Saturday 19th SYDNEY – Manning Bar
Sunday 20th May NEWCASTLE – Cambridge Hotel
Wednesday 23rd May MIAMI – Miami Tavern
Thursday 24th May BRISBANE – The Zoo
Friday 25th May ADELAIDE – The Gov
Saturday 26th May PERTH – Rosemount Hotel
Sunday 27th May FREMANTLE – Mojo’s
Pre-Sale – Thursday 18th January, 9am – 11:59pm (Local time)
On Sale – Friday 19th January, 9am (Local time)