[LIVE REVIEW] Pure Gold Live @ Palais Theatre, Melbourne 03/03/2018

Pure Gold Live never fails to draw a large crowd, last night was no exception. The 80’s tragics turned out in full force to relive their younger years and reminisce the music of their youth. With a stellar line up of 18 Australian legends of the music industry, you couldn’t help but be impressed. The Palais Theatre hosts this annual event, its iconic charm only adding to the nostalgic atmosphere.

Opening the nights proceedings was Paul Norton with Stuck On You, the hits and bands flowed quickly with many changes over the next hour. With Sean Kelly, Stephen Cummings, Deborah Conway and Wendy Matthews to name a few. Chocolate Starfish headed by the sensational Adam Thompson had the theatre on their feet, with Mountain followed by their mega cover of You’re So Vain. Adam is in a league of his own as a front man, never leaving one drop in the tank. His enthusiasm and lust for the live performance ever present every time he takes to the stage. If there was ever a battle of the front man this was it, with Brian Mannix and Uncanny X-men taking charge with Everybody Wants To Work and Fifty Years. I am sure I wasn’t the only one who had centrefolds of Chuck Hargreaves on their wall as a teenager, seeing them playing again brought back some long lost memories from way too many years ago. Brian’s banter with the fans was fabulous, he certainly hasn’t lost any of his charm as he worked the crowd like a used car salesman.

Gavin Miller and Craig Huggins did a fabulous job as hosts, keeping the fans entertained between bands and filling in gaps where necessary, their years in the industry a testament to their ease on the stage. After a brief interval it was time for a sing-a-long with Joe Dolce and Shaddap You face, it certainly gave every one a laugh. Hush have recently reformed and we were treated to a trifecta from them then onto the Chantoozies and Kids In The Kitchen. Scott Carne another fabulous front man who had the crowd up and dancing in their seats. The Eurogliders belted out We Will Together and Heaven and Australia’s favourite Pseudo Echo launched into A Beat For You and Listening. Then they took us to Funky Town to round out their set, ever the professionals they certainly know how to wind up the fans, it is always a treat to see them live.

The house band and backing vocals fronted by Jak Housden of The Whitlams fame was fabulous all night, their combined talent worthy of the finest musicians anywhere in the world. Just when we thought is was all over Adam Thompson charged back on the stage in one hell of a sparkly black suit to treat us to New Sensation, part one of a threesome from one of Australia’s finest ever bands INXS. Deborah Conway took on part two with Never Tear Us Apart and Scott Carne, Sean Kelly, Brian Mannix and The Chantoozies finished out the night with Don’t Change. A very fitting tribute to INXS and Michael Hutchence who is so dearly missed.

As the night came to a close the theatre felt united with the love of Australian music, it is the universal language and gives complete strangers a connection they never knew they had. Congratulations to Gold FM for running these sensational nights showcasing our home grown talent, I am sure we will be back to do it all again next year.

Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale