Grinspoon, The Hard Aches, The Gooch Palms, Bugs @ Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide 26/10/2019

The Grinspoon renaissance continues in a big way with the Chemical Hearts national tour which has gone gang busters just about everywhere including Adelaide. The tour coincides with the release of the Chemical Hearts vinyl (the splatter vinyl is an awesome pick up) featuring the band’s favourite singles and was a strong pointer to what’s on the set list on the night. The Adelaide Entertainment Centre precinct was absolutely buzzing with Shawn Mendes in the Arena and Radio Birdman and The Stems across the road at The Gov. For me, pick of the bunch for me was Grinspoon and there would be very few (if any) that walked away from this show disappointed going down as one of the year’s best shows.

Kudos to the supports featuring Adelaide’s very own The Hard Aches, Newcastle’s The Gooch Palms and Bugs from Brisbane representing some the best of Australia’s home grown up and coming talent. There’s no doubt that the music scene is pretty healthy with the calibre of bands on show.

The Theatre was packed, drinks flowing and the mood was fever pitch waiting for Grinspoon to take the stage. As the lights dimmed and the pink Chemical Heart beats counting it down to an epic opener with DCX3. It was full throttle right from the get go. Lost Control and Sickfest had the crowd jumping well and truly followed by front man Phil Jamieson welcoming Adelaide to the Saturday night edition of the Chemical Hearts tour. Just Ace was exactly that with a brief recollection of their first show in Adelaide at the Crown & Anchor serving as the intro to Pedestrian off their debut Guide To Better Living.

Hit after hit they kept them rolling with Secrets, Hard Act To Follow and No Reason. Better Off Alone was a chance to slow the pace down before ramping it up again on Rock Show inspired by the thieves in the music industry and proving that not a lot has changed. Ready 1 was awesome but the solo version of Minute By Minute saw Jamieson perform it on a smaller stage at the back of the room which was one of many highlights. Bad Funk Stripe started off solo before the rest of the band re-joined him to finish it off. Jamieson said “so far so fucking good yeah? Anything could happen…” [no complaints from us!]

The band were well and truly in form, the whole staging and production was top shelf and they have really stepped it up again from the last tour. Hard to believe that the time had literally zipped past playing Black Friday, Post Enebriated Anxiety, 1000 Miles complete with the Go, Go, Go’s finished on the brilliant INXS cover Don’t Change.

With plenty more hits in the tank the Grinners returned for an encore featuring their massive hit Chemical Hearts. Champion was dedicated to the people at the back and a tongue in cheek jibe at those checking out the Shawn Mendes concert. Closers don’t get any better than More Than You Are with the crowd showered in pink and blue heart shaped confetti with fans leaving very happy indeed. 2020 promises to be another huge year for Grinspoon and I can’t wait to see what’s next for these lads from Lismore.

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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