Review Cassandra Hale
First up for the night was Brisbane three-piece Good Boy. If indie is your thing I am sure you would really enjoy them. They pumped out their songs quickly and while the crowd wasn’t large they were happy to enter into some banter with the band which is always entertaining. They seem to be doing a bit of touring of late so I am sure you can catch them out and about, they are certainly lucky to be kicking off with Grinspoon on the Guide To Better Living tour.
New South Wales duo Hockey Dad got the prime support spot opening for Grinspoon on their first arena show in Melbourne. A gig any young Australian band would give their left arm for. They played to a quickly filling house as the fans streamed in giving us a set of around 45 minutes. Singer Zach Stephenson made up half of this twosome playing guitar and pumping out the tunes together with drummer Billy Fleming who wasn’t scared to give the singing a crack himself. For a band of two, they had great sound, classing themselves as surfer pop, I think they hit that mark pretty well spot on. I believe they would have benefited from being a little closer together on stage as there were a few hearing difficulties between them, but they worked well with what they had and put on a really great set. They were well received by the expanding crowd and I am sure we will see their name popping up again.
The atmosphere was building as the clock ticked down to Grinspoon-o-clock, kicking off the first arena show of the tour at the aptly renamed Marriage Equality Arena, well for tonight at least, in sold-out fashion. It is really hard to believe it has been 20 years since this awesome foursome slapped us in the face with Guide To Better Living. Yet here we are having the mother of all birthday parties celebrating in spectacular fashion with a live show of the album from start to finish. As the boys took the stage craziness descended and it was clear that the end of the Grinspoon hiatus had been long overdue by the fans.
Effervescent frontman Phil Jamieson was on fire with his trademark moves that we know and love so well. His unique dancing style unchanged over the last 20 years. They were off and running working through Guide To Better Living in quick-fire fashion. Clearly, they were loving what they were doing and so were the fans. A lively mosh front and center just enough to keep the security on their toes as plenty of punters made the surf across the top.
One question I did ask myself was how low can Joe go? Bass player Joe Hansen didn’t miss a beat as he slid into ‘splits’ on many occasions, time has definitely not left him any less flexible. Pat Davern was brilliant on guitar treating us all to a killer solo which the fans ate up so happy to see the ‘band back together’. It was hard to catch a glimpse of Kristian Hopes on the drums, hidden behind his kit so deeply in tune with his music, but while we might not have seen him we sure did hear him, sounding absolutely kick arse all night.
As the Guide To Better Living came to a close we were all hopeful for a few more songs. After a brief break, they were back and it was game on, Phil opening with Protest from the sound desk at the back of the arena, a treat for the fans in the back stalls. There had also been quick costume change for Phil now donning a crisp white shirt and suit jacket. A fleeting run back to the stage and the familiar strains of Chemical Heart rang out, fans singing/screaming at the top of their voices. Lost Control was up next and while I think many already had lost control they dug deep until the mosh reached fever pitch. Ready 1 and No Reason followed on then everyone pretty much lost their minds with 1000 Miles and Hard Act To Follow. Announcing the last song of the night the boys launched into More Than You Are, smoke and confetti cannons on steroids the crowd left nothing in the tank and certainly nothing in their beer glasses as the night came to a close.
From start to finish Phil was commenting on how much fun they were having and how grateful they were to be able to do this all over again. But we were the real winners seeing this awesome band we grew up with back on stage again knocking ‘em dead. Cheers to Grinspoon a night I will treasure always.
HOCKEY DAD & GOOD BOY
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED JAIDYN HALE
GRINSPOON ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL SHOWS DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND
Iconic Aussie rockers, Grinspoon have sparked a ticketing frenzy, selling out Sydney’s Enmore Theatre, Brisbane’s Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne’s Village Green Hotel, Tasmania’s Granada Tavern, WA’s Dunsborough Tavern, Newcastle’s The Cambridge Hotel, Redland Bay’s Redland Bay Hotel, Wollongong’s Waves, Ipswich’s Racecourse Hotel and Bateau Bay’s Entrance Leagues Club within hours of going on sale to the general public. To keep up with the overwhelming demand, the boys have added five new shows to their monster Guide To Better Living 20th Anniversary tour, with second shows hitting Enmore Theatre on Thursday, July 6, The Tivoli on Sunday, July 9 and Granada Tavern on Sunday, August 6. To add to the excitement, two new shows have been announced for Barooga and Newcastle fans, with the tour now swinging via Barooga Sports Club (NSW) on Thursday, September 21 and NEX Newcastle on Saturday, September 23.
There sure is a lot of love out there for Grinners, with tickets to the Tivoli Theatre show selling out in just thirty minutes after going on sale. And with very limited tickets still available across all capital city shows, fans are encouraged to get in quick to avoid disappointment.
Chuffed with the positive response to the long-awaited tour, vocalist Phil Jamieson says, “Australia! You have turned it on with the mad demand for the 20 year anniversary of Guide To Better Living… we are beyond flattered that you want to join the party, so we have added some more party times to ensure no-one misses out!”
The band will be supported nationally by Hockey Dad and will be playing the album cover to cover across June-September 2017, alongside a selection of later favourites from their albums that followed. To correspond with the tour, an accompanying expanded, multi-format reissue of the album will be released on June 23. Grinspoon has curated a 20th Anniversary edition of Guide To Better Living, expanding the original 16-track album to a mammoth 49 track feast of rarities, live tracks, and unreleased recordings. The album also appears on vinyl for the very first time in the form of a limited edition red vinyl pressing, coupling the original album with a second disc Live At CBGB’s – an incendiary 10-track live recording of the band taken from the fabled CBGB’s venue in New York.
“It’s a real honour to be releasing the 20th Anniversary of Guide To Better Living. It was an amazing time in the band’s life. Going back and listening to the album and watching old footage reminds me of what was an unbelievably exciting time in all our lives,” says guitarist Pat Davern.
Guide To Better Living 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition is set for release on June 23. Pre-order album bundles are on sale from www.grinspoon.com.au.
GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING NATIONAL TOUR DATES
Presented by TEG LIVE and Triple M
FRI 23 JUN | KAY ST ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX, TRARALGON VIC | 18+
FRI 30 JUN | MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE, VIC | LIC AA
SAT 1 JUL | VILLAGE GREEN HOTEL, MULGRAVE, VIC | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
THURS 6 JUL | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW | LIC AA **JUST ANNOUNCED**
FRI 7 JUL | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY, NSW | LIC AA **SOLD OUT**
SAT 8 JUL | THE TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+ ** SOLD OUT**
SUN 9 JUL | THE TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE, QLD | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
SAT 29 JUL | ONE TROPICAL DAY @ DARWIN SKI CLUB, DARWIN, NT | LIC AA ***
THU 3 AUG | THE WOOL EXCHANGE, GEELONG, VIC | 18+
FRI 4 AUG | PIER BANDROOM, FRANKSTON, VIC | 18+
SAT 5 AUG | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART, TAS | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SUN 6 AUG | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART, TAS | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
THU 10 AUG | THE JACK, CAIRNS, QLD | 18+
FRI 11 AUG | DALRYMPLE HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE, QLD | 18+
SAT 12 AUG | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH, QLD | 18+
THU 17 AUG | VILLA NOOSA, NOOSAVILLE, QLD | 18+
FRI 18 AUG | REDLAND BAY HOTEL, REDLAND BAY, QLD | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SAT 19 AUG | SHAKA FEST – MIAMI TAVERN, GOLD COAST, QLD | 18+ ***
THU 24 AUG | DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN, DUNSBOROUGH, WA | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 25 AUG | METRO CITY, PERTH, WA | 18+
SAT 26 AUG | ADELAIDE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE, ADELAIDE, SA | AA
THU 31 AUG | THE CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 1 SEP | LISMORE CITY HALL, LISMORE, NSW | 18+
SAT 2 SEP | RACEHORSE HOTEL, IPSWICH, QLD | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
THU 14 SEP | THE ENTRANCE LEAGUES CLUB, BATEAU BAY, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
FRI 15 SEP | WAVES, WOLLONGONG, NSW | 18+ **SOLD OUT**
SAT 16 SEP | UC REFECTORY, CANBERRA, ACT | 18+
WED 20 SEP | CSU, WAGGA WAGGA, NSW | 18+
THU 21 SEP | BAROOGA SPORTS CLUB, BAROOGA, NSW | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
FRI 22 SEP | BEER DELUXE, ALBURY, NSW | 18+
SAT 23 SEP | NEX NEWCASTLE, NEWCASTLE, NSW | 18+ **JUST ANNOUNCED**
***Hockey Dad not appearing
My Ticketek is offering their customers an exclusive pre-sale on newly announced Sydney, Hobart, Barooga and Newcastle shows from 12 pm Tuesday 18 April 2017.
Ticketmaster is offering their customers an exclusive pre-sale on the newly announce Brisbane show from 12 pm Tuesday 18 April 2017.
The general public will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to all newly announced shows from 10 am Thursday 20 April 2017.
To purchase tickets, head to www.grinspoon.com.au.
Due to unforeseen venue renovations beyond TEG Live & Grinspoon’s control, the scheduled Batemans Bay Soldiers Club performance will not proceed. The Batemans Bay Soldiers Club apologises to ticket holders, and refunds will be available via Ticketek.