One OK Rock @ The Gov, Adelaide 2/3/2020

It might of been a Monday night but that didn’t stop a full house cramming in to The Gov to see Japan’s beloved rock outfit One OK Rock play a sensational show to kick off their Australian tour. Adelaide One OK Rock fans were treated to seeing their idols play in a much smaller and intimate venue compared to other shows on this tour around the country. My biggest mistake is probably not having paid this band enough attention up until now. They are also the sort of band that is hard to pigeon hole as they play so many different styles from alternative rock to pop rock to emo but they do it so well. The production at The Gov was on a grand scale and it is unusual to see a semi parked in the car park which gave an early indication of the scale of the show and that Adelaide was in for something quite remarkable. Wow!

Takahiro “Taka” Moriuchi, Toru Yamashita (guitar), Ryota Kohama (bass) and Tomoya Kanki (drums) captured the hearts and minds of the faithful who literally hung off every word, every vocal and every riff. With nine studio albums to their credit it is the more recent albums that prove popular in particular the 2019 album Eye Of The Storm.

When the lights dropped the fans collectively went hysterical as One OK Rock took to the stage. What an opener! Eye Of The Storm was a fantastic way to get the crowd jumping and singing setting the tone for what was to follow. Takahiro welcomed everyone saying “welcome ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls to the Eye Of The Storm 2020. Taking Off and We Are were just what the fans wanted. After Take What You Want Takahiro thanked Adelaide and mentioned that this was their second time in Adelaide after playing Soundwave Festival back in 2015.

Head High and Grow Old Die Young were great moments and as if the crowd needed any encouragement but they were asked to find their voice and sing Change. The sing-a-longs were fantastic hearing the fans sing these songs word for word and with such passion. This continued on I Was King. Be The Light was a chance to slow the pace down a fraction which was followed by an instrumental jam with Toru, Ryota and Tomoya showing their musical prowess.

With the end of their set looming there were some really big moments to come with Push Back and Stand Out Fit In. As their set came to a close with The Beginning and Mighty Long Fall the crowd started the chant for one more song repeatedly once the band retreated to the backstage room for a slice of pizza (which was delivered towards the end) then returning for an encore. Takahiro emerged waving an Australian flag promising that they would return to Adelaide next time finishing on Wasted Nights. Fans assembled by the backstage door hoping to catch a glimpse of their idols as they left The Gov, hoping for a photo or maybe an autograph but not to be with the large security presence ensuring One OK Rock disappeared in to the night.

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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