Back to the pub again, only this time the stage was set on the adjoining oval, this pub gig was outdoors. It was the Stamford Hotel’s 50th birthday and they were throwing a big party, a weekend festival to celebrate. Headlining the event was Jimmy Barnes, supported by Vanessa Amorosi. Not a bad party!! There was a carnival with stalls and rides set up in the car park for the kids, but once it turned 4pm it was over 18s in the oval. The crowd was slow arriving, maybe because the bar in there didn’t open til 5pm they all stayed in the pub til then. There was a couple of bands to start with; the first was original music, the second a couple of karaoke singers attempting some Aussie Rock among other things. (Thank god they left Chisel alone) Vanessa Amorosi followed them, much better! Man, does she have a voice! And her energy level - it’s sky high. She had a lot of fans there being from that area. She put on a great performance. Have seen her a few times with Jimmy and have enjoyed her each time. Once she had finished the crowd changed around a bit. Her fans gave up their front row spots to the Jimmy fans; they were worried it would get feral. It didn’t - as if!!!
As Jimmy and his band came onto the stage the crowd went off. The Driving Wheels intro CD started up til Danny took over on slide guitar. The scene was set for a rocking night. It was a fun night as the crowd sang along to all the hits, a little too loudly at times!!!!! The set list was practically the same as last night but tonight Vanessa came back out to join Jimmy in River Deep, Mountain High. The two of them belted it out. Jimmy has found someone who can out-scream him, think she took the honours on this occasion. As expected the old Chisel songs were very popular and Khe Sanh never fails to send everyone into a wild frenzy.
Once again the band were brilliant, there was a real vibe happening up there. Danny and Davey together on guitar were pushing each other, love it, been waiting awhile for these two to play together again! How many scissor kicks did Davey throw in tonight?? Quite a few, but not as many as last night! Phil went about his business on bass quietly up the back with Wazza, who makes drumming look so effortless. Tony was having fun and looked happy to be back playing with the guys. Jimmy looked to be having the best time too, lots of laughs and smiles for all. He moved across the stage taking all eyes with him as he went. OK, maybe I was watching the band a bit too but he had the crowd all the way with his powerful performance. Tickets to the concert were a little bit expensive but it was so worth it, we were having a brilliant time. It was a great night, a great weekend - loving the band, loving Jimmy!!