Well I’ve not missed a gig at Twin Towns for about 9 years and I wasn’t about to change that. We headed up there the night before the gig. Jimmy had a private gig on the Gold Coast. What a pity it wasn’t one for all. It was pretty quiet around the club. The weather was crap, it rained all weekend. What can you do in Queensland in the rain? The gig was on a Sunday night and I think Sunday brings a more subdued crowd - well up north anyway!
There is no support at Twin Towns so once doors open it is basically straight into Jimmy. A couple of band changes tonight, Scotty Aplin was filling on for Lachy Doley on keys and joining Elly on backing vocals was Tina Harrod. Dario, Danny, Jackie and Charlie were all there. Twin Towns always puts on a great show and it is one of my favourite destinations, However this time Jimmy was not well and this was not one of his best.
The night started with Can’t Do It Again. There was no real change from last weekend’s gig in Canberra, all the old favourites plus a few new ones. Charlie’s guitar was far too loud drowning out everything, Jimmy’s voice and even Danny’s loud guitar. It was turned down a bit but not enough.
There was a bit of pushing and shoving at the start as late comers pushed their way to the front. But it soon settled and everyone was rocking along to Jimmy and the band. They really do love him here and he has a great rapport with his fans. Even though he was unwell he still put in a great show and gave it his all.
After Working Class Man they left the stage and when they returned they were minus a bass player. Looking around Jimmy realised they had left Dario behind and had a bit of a laugh as he told us all. He apologised to Dario when he came up and we were into Khe Sanh. When the song had finished he left the stage again. Everyone was expecting him to come back for either Goodbye or Do Or Die. I think the band were expecting to come back too, but it didn’t happen. It was very disappointing, we wanted one more. But I guess we were being selfish, it was obvious Jimmy was not well. He had entertained us all night with that amazing voice when he probably should have been resting up.