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Re: Australian Tour

Postby crowbaby » Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:48 pm

:/ Plays on mine ok and the settings say should be ok. Sorry can't think of any other help
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby sarah t » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:37 am

crowbaby wrote:Found it!
https://www.9now.com.au/today/2017/clip-cj82jl7hw00010grs170cjt3a

And for you foreigners who can't access it....
https://youtu.be/yXUDXeS_FqQ :lol:


Thanks very much for this... Phil seems so very happy and in great health, not too sure about that beard though, is that coconut, baking flour or talc in the middle of it :lol:

Name checking the Teenage Hero Mutant Turtles made me laugh!
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby SubHuman » Tue Dec 19, 2017 1:57 am

Where there any reviews of the Perth gig and or the whole tour? :)
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby crowbaby » Tue Dec 19, 2017 6:38 am

There was one I saw for Perth...as this show they were "supporting" Culture Club, also with Tom Bailey and other artists on the bill, but the gist of it was they outshone everyone...
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby JJ » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:11 am

Dave - the very best computers now provide access to Google...
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby crowbaby » Tue Dec 19, 2017 9:47 am

:lol:
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby JJ » Tue Dec 19, 2017 12:18 pm

I'm just gutted it's all over. Everything is so frenetic at work at the moment, plus the build-up to Christmas, that I hadn't really had time to look forward to it. So when it was time to start it felt like it was suddenly upon me, if that makes sense. My itinerary was:

- Monday: fly to Adelaide from Sydney, check in to hotel, meet up with Crowbaby and her friends, go to gig at Thebarton Theatre, say hello to Pete and Karen who'd travelled from England for the tour, and who we'd see every night - a really nice couple, and a fantastic effort to fly out for the whole thing! Have ears blown to smithereens due to sitting in the front row directly in front of an outward-facing monitor, but still a really good gig.

- Tuesday: ears still ringing, fly from Adelaide to Melbourne, bump into the band at ADL airport (as you do) and head to St Kilda (suburb of MEL and where the Palais Theatre is). St Kilda is a great place - I've been to MEL many times, usually for work, but never ventured down there. Bohemian-type place, reminded me of Brighton (the town, not the shite football team).

- Wednesday: 37C in Melbourne, but double that on the feckin' trams, before a great gig (row 5 but feels close to the stage). Unfortunately I miss Mia's football comp final which they lose 0-1 (they'd won 9 out of 9 to finish first in the table and get to the final).

- Thursday: fly back to Sydney where it's a ridiculous 43C at home. Daniel has his last football match of the comp despite the weather, as a cooler change is set to come through. Well it certainly does that - it absolutely pissed down, thunder and lightning, and I got totally drenched. Not good as I had to rush from that to head into town to meet up with Mr Beevers. But at least Daniel's team won to finish with 10 wins out of 10. Was fantastic to catch up with DB!

- Friday: back to work, before heading home just to go back into town with Lou and the kids for the show at the State Theatre. Crap audience for the first 2/3rds of the gig. But when it got to Love Action I just went down the front with Daniel. Early on we caught a glimpse of Croaky Oakey, but his voice seemed to get better through the show. Simon had arranged to take the four of us backstage afterwards so the kids could say hello to the band. It was just us and them, and they had a long chat with Mia and Daniel, who gets a huge smacker off Susan and a signed set list, and sits on the bus home in a total trance, staring at it.

- Saturday: fly up to Gold Coast, check in to a motel 10 minutes walk from the Star Casino (the venue) to be told that Pseudo Echo are also staying there. Again it's in the high 30sC. Venue is great, 3rd row seat but with a big dance floor that anyone could go down to, so I spent the whole gig down there. Meet up with DB plus Ken and George (Tycho Brahe - they supported THL back in 2009) and then PO, Ben and Josh turned up, so we headed to a bar for drinks. A late night... :cool: And complicated by the fact that I'd set Foxtel in the room to record the Leicester v Palace match, only to get back and see that the recording of our 3-0 win had failed. =(

- Sunday: Pete and Karen had very kindly offered to give me a lift up to Brisbane for the last gig. So that saved a load of aggravation (cab would've been at least $130, so was looking at a bus to the station then a train.) The Tivoli is an excellent venue - intimate, but seemed sold out. The band had seemed very happy through all the dates, and this was no exception. Lots of talking between the songs along the lines of "We're a miserable band from the north of England. But we've done all our miserable songs, now it's time for the rest" sort of thing. The crowd absolutely loved them! Said goodbye to Pete and Karen who were flying home straight from the gig, and hung out for a bit with Ken and George again.

And that was that, a tour that was small but beautiful! Stayed in Brisbane, went to work in our Brisbane office on Monday morning, and dragged straight back down to earth with a bump and an 8.30am meeting, before flying home to Sydney on Monday afternoon. Like I said, I'm gutted it's finished, but at the same time I'm super grateful that they came down here again, and that my kids had a night they'll never forget. Bloody hell, I miss doing it more often...
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby StevieD » Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:38 pm

Nice one JJ,
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby cs15 » Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:13 pm

Good read JJ.

Glad you enjoyed it so much. Must be amazing to see your own kids take such delight in a band you’ve loved for so long.

Just one thing. You didn’t mention how great Culture Club were. =D
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby Stig Olsen » Tue Dec 19, 2017 11:32 pm

Excellent review, John - I like how you constantly managed to fit in football-related stuff. Ken posted a few pictures on FB from that meeting (read: even you would be able to post pictures on there, seeing it's a problem for you to do it here) ;-)

Oh, and Patric - CC crap belongs in another area of this forum! :p
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby Pauline » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:48 am

Great report JJ! Chuffed you got to spend some time with them!
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby JJ » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:19 am

cs15 wrote:Just one thing. You didn’t mention how great Culture Club were. =D


I didn't see CC, Patric...

Hope that helps. ;)
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby JJ » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:25 am

Stig Olsen wrote:Ken posted a few pictures on FB from that meeting (read: even you would be able to post pictures on there, seeing it's a problem for you to do it here)


I saw Ken's pics (actually George's). I also saw that Kevin Caywood posted a 'That's JJ!' reply. So there! :p

I feel I'm really starting to get the hang of the Interweb!

#sodoff

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Re: Australian Tour

Postby SubHuman » Wed Dec 20, 2017 6:31 am

Thanks for that John, saw bits of the Leicester 0 Palace 3 match on MOTD it looked a corker, Palace seemed to have totally outplayed Leicester. Thought you'd like to know.
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby Stig Olsen » Wed Dec 20, 2017 8:00 am

JJ wrote:I feel I'm really starting to get the hang of the Interweb! #sodoff
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby Knowlesy » Wed Dec 20, 2017 9:40 am

Fantastic report JJ =D Thanks for providing so much info. Delighted to hear you and your family enjoyed it so much.
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby JJ » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:45 am

Daniel was very excited when I got home from work. During DYWM in the Sydney show, PO gave his Daddy a double thumbs up, and Daniel had found it on Youtube. And now I can hear him in the shower doing the cat noise and singing Love Action. I'm thinking my work here is done. :)
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby SubHuman » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:21 am

JJ wrote:Daniel was very excited when I got home from work. During DYWM in the Sydney show, PO gave his Daddy a double thumbs up, and Daniel had found it on Youtube. And now I can hear him in the shower doing the cat noise and singing Love Action. I'm thinking my work here is done. :)


You're lucky JJ, my kids think that my liking the Human League indicates approaching senility. =(
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby Stig Olsen » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:35 pm

JJ wrote: And now I can hear him in the shower doing the cat noise and singing Love Action. I'm thinking my work here is done. :)
You do realise that kids...WITHOUT EXCEPTION will turn on your at some stage and listen to whatever as long as YOU don't like it also - it's a fact of life. Prepare yourself for 'Only You' - Flying Pickets-style singing in the shower!
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby Electric Dream » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:02 pm

Great review JJ :D

" who gets a huge smacker off Susan and a signed set list, and sits on the bus home in a total trance, staring at it." - like father, like son, eh ;) haha!
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Re: Australian Tour

Postby JJ » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:27 am

cs15 wrote:Must be amazing to see your own kids take such delight in a band you’ve loved for so long.


Yep. We're now watching ED Live At The Dome.
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