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Melbourne review by Zuman James M.

an excellent review by James Morrison about the Melbourne intimate show at the Plenary:

“… Like any fan, I had my favourites that I was hoping would show up, and seeing the previous set lists I knew at least a couple were going to be there (‘Powderfinger,’ ‘Cinnamon Girl’ (my wife is a redhead…)), and resigned myself that others probably weren’t going to make the cut. When ‘Cinnamon Gir’l wound down, I was expecting to hear ‘Fucking Up,’ one of my personal least-liked. Instead, Neil wanders off to the right, his back to the others, and the intro to ‘Cortez’ starts. I’ll step into some dangerous territory here and mention (remember not a critic!) that to me, the arrangements to most of the old songs seemed very different and fresh. My wife used the word ‘ethereal’ and it was spot on.

Previous set lists were out the window, as ‘Cortez’ wound into ‘Danger Bird.’ (My only disappointment for the night was two-fold media-related – not getting this on tape in its entirety and running out of memory before ‘Like a Hurricane.’) The guitar work in this song however is worth the partial post. He does this thing with his hand over the strings, not strumming, but almost caressing, that vibrates in your chest. It was easily the darkest, most intense version I’ve heard of this song. I understand Bob’s comment about ‘out of body’ experience. Barstool Blues continued the diversion, and again taken as a group, the songs following Cinnamon Girl were played with an almost manic ferocity.

…read the whole review on Human-Highway.

Melbourne setlist includes pearls like Dangerbird, Barstool Blues, Cortez, Sedan Delivery, Prisoners of Rock’n’Roll, Opear Star… here is the complete setlist.

 

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