Pictures by Sean Maguire (Already Yesterday photography) and Brett Dicks
Some of the newer stuff had a presence which wasn't apparrent when first release on CD and at times, Marty's guitar work bordered on brilliant as in Dave Gilmore (when he was good!) type brilliance. At the end I was left in awe and wanting more, as were, no doubt, the crowd of 300 (my guess) which had thoroughly gotten into it.
whew! still coming down from it all.
The lizard in my brain.........
The set list was as follows:
And the encore was
Another highlight was Tantalized, which started as usual with Marty chocking away at his muted 12 string. I swear this intro went on for two minutes. The tension builds and builds, and finally he starts hitting the notes that signal the beginning of the song...and we're in. The first two verses go by, then the middle 8 "Marty chocking" starts up again. Another extended session of percussive playing is accompanied by heavy strobe-effects from the lightshow, which sent me into a weird place...you lose track of time...way cool :) Unfortunately Marty didn't get the re-entry into the last verse quite right, he was off by a beat and left Steve unable to sing the first line. But Steve just laughed and waited for the next line, by when everything was back in sync.
William Bowden, who played radiotronics on the album, didn't appear at this concert. There was a suggestion earlier on that he would perform live with the band during the Australian leg of the tour...perhaps later ?
Pedal info: Marty used Boss Overdrive, Overdrive 2 and Sustainer pedals. He had volume and wah-wah foot pedals, his Ibanez unit and another one I didn't recognize.
Going backstage afterwards was fun. I chatted with Steve about his arm (he can't play guitar at the moment) and he said the most painful part of the whole thing was waking up after the operation to fix it. The surgeons had to re-break and reset the bone and the pain when he woke up was worse than getting hit by the car in the first place. The first thing he asked for when he woke up was "MORPHINE !!". He commended me on choosing an American girlfriend - I told him that I didn't choose her...love doesn't let you choose :). I also gave him a Babylon 5 collectors card depicting "The Great Machine", which is an artifact that appears in the show. He said he had no idea that a connection existed; he didn't take the name of the song from the show, and also said, jokingly, that the rest of the band wouldn't be interested in seeing the card because "they don't care about the lyrics, just the music." :)
All in all it was a great night, especially because I could share it with Deanne and fellow fans Gary (from Adelaide), Tom, Barry (all the way from Perth !), Paula, Sandra (both from Melbourne), Jane and Sue. Tomorrow we'll stand a little further back and hear a more balanced (and processed !) sound...BTW Peter was very mobile in the Bulli show. Lots of smiling, spinning, guitar-throttling and even a little jump at one point :)