August 13th, 15th, 16th 2009 .... ROAD TRIPPING ON TOUR 09 - BALLARAT, ADELAIDE & MT GAMBIER

Been awhile since we’d done a full on road trip so we were excited about this trip and the gigs we had in store for us.
Ballarat was the first stop - The Regent Theatre. Then it was off to Adelaide, a night of no Jimmy and we went to see Shannon Noll at The Gov. Good, but not quite up to Jimmy’s standard, way off actually! So it was back to Jimmy at The Thebarton Theatre the next night, then the last stop Barn Palais at Mount Gambier. A lot of driving, but a lot of fun.
Support for all the gigs was Davey Lane’s band, The Pictures. Have seen them a few times in Melbourne and they rock! Davey has a really good voice and does most of the singing as well as playing some awesome guitar. Would love to see The Pictures support Jimmy a lot more. The set lists for the three gigs were pretty similar but with little variations at each.
Back to the Regent Theatre, Ballarat. This was a seated gig and beforehand we were all warned we had to stay seated and not stand up, so we all did as we were told. A few ran down the front to shake Jimmy’s hand but straight away slunk back to their seats. Not until near the end when Macca came out to urge us to get up did we get up. It took a bit but finally we were up and getting into it properly. It is so hard to stay seated at a Jimmy gig, surely security must realise this by now. We still had fun though and loved it. Gary Pinto was on this leg of the tour on backing vocals. Mahalia was at home resting up for the baby so Elly took over the main backing vocal role. It was a bit weird with no Mahalia after so many years. Davey had an awesome gig; he jumped from the stage and played on the ground right in front of the crowd, was very cool, something a bit different. Davey is very entertaining. Tonight was a great gig.
Next was the Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide. This was an exceptional gig, must have been because it was Jimmy’s home town. This has been the best gig by far on this tour so far. The Thebby, as the Thebarton is affectionately known, is so old. You could not move once you got inside, there was no room at all with the sell out crowd, squeezing our way through narrow corridors to get to our seats. The stage was so high; we were going to have sore necks tonight from looking up. But the venue had so much atmosphere, it was just buzzing with excitement as we waited for Jimmy to come on. The Pictures were fantastic and everyone around was commenting on how good they were, quite a few were off to buy their CD. But when Jimmy came on the whole venue exploded, no way was this crowd going to stay seated. The odd one or two were up from the start but after a couple of songs everyone was up, screaming, cheering and going off. Jimmy was loving every minute of it - ah the stories, some of which he shared with us as he scanned the crowd acknowledging old friends with a smile and a wave. The vibe was rubbing off on the band too and it pushed them a bit harder. Breakfast At Sweethearts got an amazing reaction and the singing along to it was so loud. Victor Valdez joined the band on his harp for the acoustic section of the set. That went down like a treat with the crowd. I absolutely loved this show, Adelaide and Jimmy had turned it on.
The last stop Barn Palais at Mount Gambier was different again; it was a stand up gig. And didn’t we love this after all the seated ones. The Pictures once again impressed and got the crowd going. Awesome band. As the start of Driving Wheels filled the air, and Jimmy and the band entered the stage, it felt so good to be up and ready to rock. There was no interval in this show, Jimmy sang for over 2 hours with no break. He did it all, no duets with anyone to give him a bit of a rest. He is amazing; the voice did not tire at all or miss a note. The energy too was still there as he and the band pumped out Do Or Die before the encore of Working Class Man and Goodbye. Well done Jimmy and well done to the band too, who kept it up all the way. A glass of whisky was brought to the boys when the break should have been. A little help to keep them going!! Jimmy’s hot water and honey kept him going. I quite liked not having a break, it’s not like you can go anywhere at these standing gigs without losing your spot. So going right through was good for us, hard work for Jimmy though. Another great gig that everyone had enjoyed.
It was sad that this trip had come to an end, we had a heap of fun and all the gigs were awesome in their own right. Got to wait a few weeks for more, such a shame we were missing the next couple. What were we thinking??




SET LIST: (Regent Theatre - Ballarat)
Driving Wheels
Money
Too Much Ain't Enough
Come Undone
Radio Song
Little Darlin'
Breakfast At Sweethearts
Red Light
Love Is Enough
Lay Down Your Guns
Khe Sanh
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Catch Your Shadow (acoustic)
Flame Trees (acoustic)
I'm Still On Your Side (acoustic)
Red Hot
You Can't Judge A Book
Shake Rattle And Roll
Merry Go Round
I'd Die To Be With You Tonight
No Second Prize
Good Times
Do Or Die
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Working Class Man
Goodbye

 

 

 

SET LIST: (Thebarton Theatre - Adelaide)
Driving Wheels
Money
Too Much Ain't Enough
Used To The Truth
Radio Song
Come Undone
Little Darlin'
Breakfast At Sweethearts
Red Light
Love Is Enough
Lay Down Your Guns
Khe Sanh
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Catch Your Shadow (acoustic)
Flame Trees (acoustic)
When Two Hearts Collide (acoustic)
Red Hot
You Can't Judge A Book
Shake Rattle And Roll
Merry Go Round
I'd Die To Be With You Tonight
No Second Prize
Good Times
Do Or Die
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Going Down Alone
Wheels In Motion
Working Class Man
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Goodbye

 

 

 

SET LIST: (Barn Palais - Mt Gambier)
Driving Wheels
Money
Too Much Ain't Enough
Used To The Truth
Radio Song
Come Undone
Little Darlin'
Breakfast At Sweethearts
Red Light
Love Is Enough
Lay Down Your Guns
Khe Sanh
Catch Your Shadow (acoustic)
Flame Trees (acoustic)
When Two Hearts Collide (acoustic)
I'm Still On Your Side (acoustic)
Red Hot
You Can't Judge A Book
Shake Rattle And Roll
Merry Go Round
I'd Die To Be With You Tonight
No Second Prize
Good Times
Do Or Die
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Working Class Man
Goodbye