Febuary 26th 2009 .... BUSHFIRE APPEAL GIG - BENDIGO SCHWEPPES CENTRE
This was a big gig at the Bendigo Schweppes Centre - it had been turned into a fund raising gig for the bushfire appeal. After all the devastation of ‘Black Saturday’, which was in this area, the people of Bendigo were ready to party. And what better way to do that than at a Jimmy gig!!! All the firemen, SES and Emergency Services workers were admitted for free and the centre was packed.
Some guy came on and played a couple of songs on guitar. He was the followed by the Noll Brothers. Not sure about them - very country, quite boring and they certainly don’t have the looks like their brother - shame he didn’t make an appearance, would have livened them up a bit.
Lee Kernighan took to the stage next - again very country and not my cup of tea but he did put on a good show. He had a lot of fans there too. He got a girl up on stage in one song to have a bit of a dance and she was given a free t-shirt. A few more girls decided to climb up after that. He then bought out some beach balls that were tossed around the crowd amusing everyone. None of that nonsense though when it was time for Jimmy to come out, no distractions now, thank you very much.
Jimmy came out with his band and with his guitar and launched into Wheels In Motion - awesome!! The band line up was - Warren Trout on drums, Tony Featherstone on keys, Stuart Fraser, Mark Punch and Ben on guitars, James Gillard on bass, with Mahalia and Elly on backing vocals. It’s a bit hard keeping up with the band these days - guitarists anyway!! Tonight’s set was a bit shorter than what we have been getting spoilt with lately - too many others on the bill! It was great to see the return of Used To The Truth, been awhile since we’ve heard that one. Love it when Jimmy throws in a random song like that. All the hits were there and Jimmy belted them out with all he’s got. Mahalia did the same with Proud Mary, her version of that song never fails to excite the crowd. Elly sang When Two Hearts Collide and she impresses all, especially the boys. They had the crowd singing along, it was a fun atmosphere, and everyone was there to enjoy themselves after tough times.
The encore was When The War Is Over and Khe Sanh, which the crowd had been waiting for all night, Jimmy saved it til last. There was no Goodbye and we missed it, didn’t seem quite right not to finish with the song. I’m guessing there are time restrictions at the venue. I reckon we could have had less of the support acts and more of Jimmy. Haha, I’m biased I know!! But it was a very successful night and raised a heap of money for the Bushfire appeal. Well done to all involved.
Wheels In Motion
Used To The Truth
I'm Still On Your Side
Lay Down Your Guns
I'd Die To Be With You Tonight
Out In The Blue
When Two Heart Collide . w/ Elly-May
Proud Mary . w/ Mahalia
No Second Prize
You Got Nothing I Want
Working Class Man
When The War Is Over