So, last night Tracy, Heidi, and a couple of her friends met up at the supreme court gardens for an evening that was bound to be rather different to concert that was held there 6 days earlier. (For Muse, see the - > Previous Journal Entry).
Tracy and I arrived reasonably early, in order to catch Bob Evans do his thing. Tracy wasn't all that interested, but I've been quite eager to see him live, ever since Norma from work bought in his album to listen to at work. He's basically a guitar-harmonica-vocalist with a great classic style that reminds me of the early 70's. I didn't know he going to be there until a day earlier, which was a pleasant surprise. The crowd, while most remained seated on their picnic rugs, appreciated him, even though most of them probably didn't know who he was, until he performed his trademark song - 'Dont you think its time'.
He was followed by Augie March. I was a little surprised to see men on the stage, as up until that moment I was expecting a female vocalist... called Angie Marsh... I've checked online, and apparently such a person does not exists. I remain confused, as the name sounded very familiar to me.
Augie March were ok, but forgettable. I certainly had a better time listing to Bob Evans.
Crowded house came on soon after. Now, I cant really think of how to express my feelings towards the main concert itself.... not because it was fantastic... and not because it was bad.... but it was simply somewhere in the middle and left me feeling pretty neutral. They played a lot of their old songs, which was pleasing, and a few of their new songs which were actually pretty good. None the less, the crowd didn't really respond to the new stuff, and thus there was a strange atmosphere in the air during those numbers.
The more I think about it, there was actually nothing wrong with the actual performance at all... Neil Finn has a great stage presence, and you could tell he was having a good time. He talked to the audience a lot, and when a streaker popped onstage (and was quickly ushered off) he quickly improvised some amusing lyrics into the song he was singing.
So what was wrong? Well, at every concert there are 4 main elements to make it a success. These are - 1. The performance 2. The Sound quality 3. The Venue 4. The Crowd. On this occasion, the crowd really let the thing down. I was surprised by the yobbo crowd that Crowded House managed to attract. Has this always been the case? I dont know... It was a over 18 gig. Which I thought would be a good thing... but the crowd gave it the sort of atmosphere that you see in a pub on a Saturday night, when no one really cares about the band onstage. Every single time a slow song was performed, or a song that people were not very familiar with, the crowd started chatting with each other... and they were not talking about how nice the evening is - they were talking about how drunk they are, how they want to get laid, general flirting, smaltalk and shit-talk. And they were doing so loudly, that you could hear the who audience rumble with conversation, whenever the drums or electric guitar were not being played.
I can only image what Neil was thinking during the slower 'Piano and Voice' numbers. I felt embarrassed.
The crowed just did not seem overly interested to connect with the performance. Instead they seemed like they were only there to drink, and sing along to the well known songs, while ruining the others.
After last weeks high at the Supreme Court Gardens, maybe my expectations were too high. I'm glad we went, but I would have been happy if many other people hadn't.
PS: As I write this, don_preacher and Heidi are at the Muse concert in Sydney. I cant wait to hear what Preacher has to say about it... its not really his style of music, but I hope he has a good time none the less.