For the first time ever I was feeling so sick I didn’t think I’d be able to make the gig but
with no voice headed off to Westend in Sunshine after work. Luckily once I got there
I picked up a bit. Westend is a brand new venue which had only opened a couple of
weeks beforehand. It was quite large and very wide, probably wider than deep.
Thought the crowd may have been a bit feral but it was actually quite good. Not a bad
venue at all.
Mahalia was support and once again the crowd got right behind her. She has a good
mixture of covers and originals, quite a few written with either Clayton Doley or Gary
and Brad Pinto. Get a hold of her CD if you haven’t done so already.
Driving Wheels started up as the band came onto the stage followed by Jimmy. Love
Driving Wheels to start us off. The set list was pretty much the same as Shepparton
but the people of Sunshine didn’t get to hear the new song Crawl Away And Die. Too
Much Ain’t Enough got a run in the main set tonight. Hope this song gets a good turn.
The band were great - Danny and Dario having some fun while playing with Nick
joining in too. It is great having him in the band; he is quite popular and interacts with
the crowd a lot. Playing keys is second nature for Clayton and he always puts in a
good one. Jackie was hitting the drums so hard he dislocated his finger and had to
have it put back in between songs.
Jimmy was awesome, playing up to the crowd and working the stage as he does so
well. He was enjoying himself in the process. He is getting a lot of young people to
his gigs these days. Ones who have been brought up on Chisel and Jimmy. Of course
there is a lot of oldies still coming along to see him too. Not sure who screams the
most - the young or the old!! But there was a lot of screaming going on tonight. The
Jimmy/Barnesy chant was loud and strong. Everyone was loving what they were
seeing and hearing.
It was another brilliant gig by Jimmy. He can still pull a crowd and he can still deliver
110% every time. I’m sure Jimmy will be back at Westend in the not too distant future.