Cold Chisel - back for a couple of gigs again this year. The big gig this time was the Deniliquin Ute Muster, but before that, as is usually the case with Chisel, there was a warm up show at Shelly’s in Shell Harbour. We were lucky enough to get tickets; it sold out in four minutes on the internet/phone.
A couple of us were extremely lucky to go to the invite only gig the night before. That was a bit of fun, only 260 people there. The guys had a bit of a laugh, nothing too serious. As Jimmy said, it was a rehearsal, if they fucked up they could start again - they didn’t, although some songs were a bit rusty! But I loved it, such a one off experience. They played for over 2 hours and included Yakuza Girls in the set. That was cool, but it was not played again the following nights. It was very intimate and they all came out and mingled for a bit. A very special night indeed.
The queue the following night took longer to form than I expected. But it did grow and was very long, winding around the club. It was a long wait for some of us who had queued for hours, but it was worth every second of it. It was not appreciated when a few turned up late and jumped the queue. Anyway once we were in we were happy, all the old gang got a front row spot and were excited and ready to rock
There was a support band on first. They had won a radio competition to play before Chisel. How lucky were they?? Can’t remember their name but they did ok, had a couple of good songs in there and they didn’t play for too long.
I reckon it was the longest change over, nah not really, just felt like it was as we waited with great anticipation. Yes we had seen Chisel last night but that didn’t stop the excitement that had built up inside!
Then they burst onto the scene and the 1200 plus crowd were stomping their feet, screaming then singing along to Standing On The Outside. It was hit after hit from old albums like East to the newer (although not so new) Last Wave Of Summer. All brilliant songs, not a dodgy one amongst them - Forever Now, Don’t Let It Go, Painted Doll, Saturday Night, Hound Dog, When The War Is Over, Merry Go Round, Bow River - the list goes on. It was great to have Mr Crown Prosecutor in there too, and Jimmy sings it with such conviction. What an awesome band, ok they are a little older, a little slower in some songs but their quality shines through. For a band that only plays together a couple of times a year they are magnificent. Imagine how brilliant they would if they did a national tour and were playing together continuously over a period of time, it’s scary!
Tonight at Shelly’s we heard a new song - All For You., a ballad written by Don Walker. What a gem, can’t wait to hear more new ones! It was the first song of the encore. It was followed by One Long Day - Letter To Allan, awesome!! They left the stage but soon returned to finish off with Breakfast At Sweethearts and Goodbye. The previous night we also got Yakuza Girls and Last Wave Of Summer added on. Yakuza Girls - what a bonus, even if words were forgotten.
Jimmy, Mossy, Phil. Don and Steve with the addition of Andy Bickers and Dave Blight had put on one hell of a show for the fans tonight Jimmy sang his heart out with that amazing voice, Mossy was sometimes a little lost in his guitar world, but that’s Mossy for you. Don had no trouble with his keys this time, he is such a great keyboard player and he even had a few smiles! Phil is so quiet and unassuming, just goes about his business. Steve has written some brilliant songs, he keeps the beat up but could speed up a bit on a few songs. They are a volatile, fantastic combination.
Everyone who had packed into Shelly’s had the best time, so lucky to be in a smallish, intimate venue with Chisel in your face. We all vacated the venue with big smiles, no one disappointed with what we had just experienced, and we wanted more!
Outside afterwards Jane was sharing around her infamous Anzac biscuits - yum and Jimmy was having trouble getting his new black beast started. After a few attempts he was in action and off down the road in readiness for the drive in the new Ute to Deniliquin to the Ute Muster on Saturday.
Bring it on - yeeehaaaa!!