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Pat Benatar, The Bangles & Rushcutter

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Lucky Reader Louise not only had aa seats, but scored Spyder's pick! (With thanks, Louise)

On Wednesday, 20 October 2010, Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and The Bangles rocked the Brisbane Convention Centre. Dear Husband bought tickets for my birthday, for the four of us, including Miss Six and Miss Nine.

Why take kids to this concert? Well, for the same reason we took them to see Andre Rieu – it’s an experience. Besides, with Benatar and The Bangles, we could be assured of the following:

1. They’d have clothes on and keep them on.
2. No profanity.
3. No tedious, media-seeking bad behaviour.
4. No awkward explanations would be required (cf. “Mum, what’s Lady Gaga mean when she says I wanna ride on your disco stick?”)
5. They can hold a note.

There weren’t any theatrical explosions or people swinging from the ceiling and no baboonesque presentation of bums and crotches: it was about the music. Not that I mind a good visual performance (personally, I thought The Wiggles were looking less fit than Yours Truly, in their last big show in Brisbane and could take some notes from the ever-athletic Pink – and no, we didn’t take the kids to Pink). But sometimes, it’s good to tune in with our ears and give our eyes a bit of a rest.

The warm-up act was Rushcutter from Melbourne. Check them out; they deserve a bit of your ear time. Those boys could hold a tune but won the audience over with their humour: “Gee, we really love it here in Brisbane. The weather’s SO nice!” That coming from people who wake up in the morning expecting bad weather every day. Meanwhile, we were all wondering whether the sky would open on us on the way home. We’re a bit over flooding rain in the Sunshine State. The fellas had a hard time getting the crowd going though, because:
(a) most of the crowd was missing, until The Bangles arrived (and after);
(b) no-one knew their work; and
(c) the BCEC lacks atmosphere – especially when each of two painful intermissions and before the show, involved piped music from hell (in fact, I remember the music from when I was there last year to see French & Saunders).

The Bangles brought their California sound to Brisbane and looked great. They plan to come out to Australia again next year, with a new CD. They did their best songs (and the rest) and closed with “Walk Like an Egyptian” which is joyful, over-the-top 80s at its best. Their finale had everyone on their feet.

The decibels were cranked up for Benatar and Giraldo (why do they need to do that?) Fortunately, we’d invested in some hearing protection (a dollar at the chemist buys you rated foam ear plugs). This duo is still as awesome as ever. They played all their classics, along with a few obscure ones. The only song which needed some explaining, was their anthem for abused kids, “Hell is For Children.” Giralodo made the guitar scream, cry and demand that the world sit up and do something for the kids who have no hope. It’s not my favourite song, but it makes its point.

Eighties music is such a relief from much of today’s musical me-me-me and is innocent by comparison. Benatar broke rules and took rock chic to new limits, but it was and still is, all about the music, and how music is a part of and reflection of real life.

UPDATE: New photos below (with thanks, Anita Di Bartolo).

The Bangles, 2010 Brisbane Entertainment & Convention Centre.

Pat Benatar, 2010 BCEC.

Louise ('I got the pick!') & Photographer Anita, just a little excited about their aa seats

Categories: Music, Stage

Get your blues on this weekend

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

If you’re in Brisbane this Sunday, October 17th, 2010, drop into the Jubilee Hotel anywhere from NOON (correction, not 1:30pm) onwards and support precious Karli by listening to some great bands! These awesome folks are donating their appearance fee. All we have to do is come cheer them on. Entry is free and kids are invited.

If you can’t get down there, but would like to buy raffle tickets or make a donation to the Karli Dyke Foundation, message Yours Truly and I’ll find out more details.

About a year ago, Karli was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. She’s the bravest little critter I know. This Sunday, she turns 9 and she’ll be celebrating in style. (Blues bands playing for your 9th party, how cool is that! I can feel a “Blues Brothers” quote coming on …)

Watch this space, as Karli and her super-mum Suzie might drop by and do a guest appearance on the blog.

The bands:
Transvaal Diamond Syndicate
Morningside Fats
Jimi Beavis
Andrew Baxter
Doug Ford

The venue:
Jubilee Hotel

I hope to see you there!

UPDATE: Big shout out to Spencer Howson on 612 ABC Breakfast for announcing Karli’s gig! [Friday 15 October 2010].

Review: Burn the Floor (choreographed by Jason Gilkison)

September 13, 2010 Leave a comment

This new show, choreographed by Australia’s beloved Jason Gilkison, doesn’t just burn the floor – it burns the house down.

Gilkison has become international hot property, choreographing and judging most recently, on the American and Australian dance show franchise, “So You Think You Can Dance.” I’ll admit to a slight addiction to the show and a great admiration for Gilkison. You can see his style and great Aussie humour in his choreography. Fans of our boys, The Cat Empire will enjoy the Jive number he set to “Fishies“.

The chorie is inspired, the costuming just yummy and the dancing is HOT. The live singing is great and the stage setup is just right. It was non-stop action: one song led into another and there was no intermission. It was the fastest 70 minutes of my life.

The show’s on the Gold Coast at the moment from 26/8 to 31/10, at the Jupiters Hotel & Casino. It’s great value at $59 a ticket or $69 with dinner – and there is no parking fee (compare the Entertainment Centre & Convention Centre, in Brisbane). The show kept the whole family totally engaged – you can take the kids and grandma. As a guide, there aren’t any moments where you wish you’d not brought grandma or kids – nothing that can’t be overcome with a quick pass of the chips and lemonade, according to discretion. [There’s nothing like say, Pink’s rendition of “I Touch Myself” in her last Australian concert, which had parents with children in attendance want to just die – for anyone who didn’t hear about it, you didn’t need to understand International Sign Language to get it – it followed more common conventions… And no, I didn’t take my kids to that one!]

Don’t miss the show. Book here.

P.S. The “Learn to Burn” instructional dance DVD is pretty good for total beginners, especially for those who’d prefer to stumble in private. It’s sold at the show.

Categories: Australia, Dance, Music, Review, Stage