September 19th 2007 .... A NEW VENUE - WOOL EXCHANGE - GEELONG
|Headed down to the Geelong Road to the Wool Exchange, Geelong’s newest venue,
(Lucky it wasn’t a week later with all the Grand Final hype down that way!) Tonight
was opening night and when we arrived the workmen were still running around
finishing things off. It’s a small venue, but quite impressive, holding about 700 people
with upstairs and downstairs.
Doors opened really early - 6pm and Jimmy wasn’t on until 9pm. There was no
support so it was a long wait, but it gave people a chance to check the place out. The
crowd were very slow in getting there though. But as it got closer to 9pm the place
filled up. The atmosphere was electric!
By 9pm we were well and truly ready for Jimmy, but it was well worth the wait. It
was a fantastic gig, with Jimmy and band on fire. All put in a good one, the sound was
great and there was not so much smoke on the stage - much better for photos! At
times it is a bit hard to see what is happening on stage, Jimmy’s either in darkness or
the band’s in darkness and the spotlight is on the wrong person. It’s a bit frustrating,
but tonight it was a lot better.
Everything was going well - Elly’s mic was turned up, which enabled us to hear her
voice clearly on backing vocals. The band was sounding really, really good. Pete and
Tommy worked off each other, back to back they did their stuff. Not to be left out,
Dario joined them. The three of them moved freely around the stage and Dario came
up the front a lot and sang into Tommy’s mic with him. At one point Tommy was on
top of the speaker box playing above us. Awesome stuff!! Tony knows the songs
better now and is going great on keys. Yak is so experienced on drums and has no
trouble slotting back into the band.
Jimmy was awesome as he always is. Looking fit and healthy and singing brilliantly.
He is full of energy, working the stage and the crowd, grabbing hands that are forever
reaching out to him and enjoying himself, Love the different shirt too Jimmy!
The place had a really good vibe, everyone was there to enjoy Jimmy and have a good
time, and that’s exactly what they did. Like I’ve said before Jimmy in small, intimate
venues where there is no barrier between the stage and the crowd is the best, Loved
the venue, loved the show and hope Jimmy plays there again real soon.
The night was topped off when I got a message to say Matthew Richardson won
Richmond’s Best and Fairest. It was then off to the Casino to join in the celebrations
there. Two hours sleep and I was up for work, still on a high!
Lay Down Your Guns
Love And Hate
Going Down Alone
I'm Still On Your Side
I'd Die To Be With You Tonight
Sit On My Knee
Wheels In Motion
No Second Prize
Ride The Night Away
Boys Cry Out For War
Merry Go Round
Working Class Man