Left the cold weather behind and headed north to Brisbane. Doomben Races - were
we game to go back there again after last time? Of course we were. There was a few
of us going so should be fun.
It was a warm, sunny day as we headed off to the races. Yes we did notice some
horses there, how could we not when we were stopped in traffic heading into the car
park so a race could be run. The car park is in the middle of the race track - weird!
There were a couple more races during the day, though not too many. There was also
a fashion parade, but that was about it. Not much happening at all, the punters just
spent the day drinking in the sun. We found it quite amusing sitting back watching all
the fashion tragics, some were quite sad.
Jimmy came on at 5pm and the crowd were out of control.
We were totally thrown at first; Working Class Man started the show, so unexpected.
It was good to have the set mixed up like that - a bit of variety. The band had no
changes, still Davey, Pete, Shan, Tony and Pete Lawler. Bonnie was here too helping
Elly on backing vocals and she sang River Deep, Mountain High with Jimmy again,
she sure can hit those notes! The set list was a good mixture again with all the hits
there and some from Out In The Blue. Awesome to see Jimmy using his guitar a lot
more now, squeezing in a few more songs in which he plays it. Elly joined her dad in
When Two Hearts Collide, which Jimmy introduced as a love song and asked
everyone to turn to the person next to them and give them a kiss. This was another
attempt to stop the fighting - it worked for 5 mins!! Khe Sahn was the last song of the
main set and Jimmy and the band left the stage only to return shortly after to
thunderous applause. The encore started with Pete Lawler singing When The War Is
Over with Jimmy and ended with Goodbye.
It was a massive crowd that had surged to the front when Jimmy came on, a lot of
young drunks that were there to cause trouble. There were police and security running
around everywhere trying to catch the culprits, of which there were too many. Such a
pity they ruin it for the real fans. These guys are obviously not Jimmy fans, they
would show a little more respect if they were, This is one gig to keep well away from
the front row.
Despite all that though, it was a great gig and we had a lot of fun, as we always do!
Well that was Doomben over for another year, feral but a great time had!
It was then time to race back to Twin Towns to see Richard Clapton's gig with Dave
Leslie on guitar - awesome!