Sound: For the most part the quality of sound was good. However, it was considerable noticable that the band members kept readjusting settings for volume etc, and asking to be turned up or down. Also, the drums really overpowered the singing and guitar in some songs. These were only small flaws though. John Butler used his signature 11-string guitars, 6 string guitars, a banjo, and even bongoes. The bass player switched between his double bass and electric bass. The sound quality was pretty good for the whole. // 8
Perfomance: Flawless. The John Butler Trio are truly a unique and gifted band. No question that they are among the most talented bands in the world. So much energy goes into what they play. They had a decent setlist too:
01. Bound To Ramble
02. Company Sin
03. Fire In The Sky - a new song which was excellent.
05. Treat Yo Mama
07. Ocean - no words describe the emotion that comes out of this instrumental piece. It has to be heard to be believed. Powerful stuff.
08. Waited For You - another new one, which I didn't particularly like.
09. Peaches And Cream - the band used one mic for this as the huddled around each other and did a powerful, intimate, acoustic version of this crowd favorite.
10. Home Is Where The Heart Is
13. Something's Gotta Give
14. Damned To Hell
15. What You Want
17. Funky Tonight
I was extremely disappointed that they did not play Take, which is always the highlight at a John Butler Trio show. However for what they played the performance was outstanding. // 10
Overall Impression: This show was at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, Australia on the 17th of December, 2005. The openers were Carus and the True Believers, who did well to amp up the crowd. Also, Richard Walley did a special indigenous act before the John Butler Trio got on stage. He also joined the trio during Home Is Where The Heart Is, on didgeridoo. I hated the fact that they took Take off the setlist, because it is clearly their best/most loved song. The ticket cost me $46 and was worth every cent. I go to a John Butler Trio concert every time they are in Sydney and have never once been disappointed at their performance. Outstanding live band. // 9