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The gig was held at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, in Brisbane, Australia. There were no openers, just The Church themselves. I loved everything about the show, from the lighting to the songs, jokes and the sound itself.
Australia (Brisbane), November 27, 2010
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Sound: 30 years and going strong, Steve Kilbey (bassist, frontman and singer)shows no signs of slowing down. His voice, as good as ever, you could swear that it came out of a record. This show being apart of their "Intimate Space Tour", all instruments were acoutic execpt for the bass. Drums, 2 guitars (6-string and 12-string were used), electric bass, drumkit, keyboards, madolin, harmonica, and an assortment of drums, were the instruments used throughout the show. As they have been going for 30+ years and have done 6000+ gigs, their music and performance is extremely well rehearsed and their sound is polished. The sound levels were dead-on PERFECT, I did not have to wear earplugs at all, and there was no ringing in my ears. // 10
Perfomance: After performing for 30+ years, and with 6000+ gigs under their belt you knew the performance was going to be a special one. And boy, it was. As apart of their "Intimate Space" tour, they rewound the years, playing one or two songs from each album over the last 30 years (1980 - 2010) in reverse chronological order. Notable songs include "Tear It All Away", "Unguarded Moment", "Almost With You", "Under The Milky Way" and "Reptile", many of these being cult classics. Being around for 30 years gave them the ability to laugh at themselves, their past merchandise, producers and when they last had a commercial radio hit (1991). One memorable moment was when Marty Wilson-Piper (guitarist) was talking about the band and its past, and then Steve Kilbey (bassist, singer and front man) interjects with "For 30 years, I've tried to keep a certain mystique about the band, and in 5 seconds you've destroyed all of it." Also Kilbey joked that when he had to play a hit that the band had had in the 80's, that the "hand of obligation" is forcing him to and for one of the other hits he introduced it as "It's the song you want to hear, but we don't want to play, without further ado, take it away Mr. Piper!" // 10
Overall Impression: The gig was held at The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, in Brisbane, Australia. There were no openers, just The Church themselves. I loved everything about the show, from the lighting (which was absolutely beautiful) to the songs, jokes and the sound itself. Ironically, I was the only person under 30 or so there, but this just made it all that more special. The ticket cost was $49 (which included reserved cabaret seating), which was worth it, considering it was only an extra 5 bucks or so. The price is well worth it, as you know you are going to get a good show. Every moment was memorable, and its not a gig that I will easily forget. But the most memorable moment was when I heard them playing the song "Comedown" (a live favourite) that I have always wanted to see live. It was a blessing and privelage to bear witness to one of their shows, and I truly feel touched by it. I would definitely go to their next gig. // 10