It was fantastic that the call had been answered to assemble some of Australia’s best talent for a three hour television event called Music From The Home Front celebrating and honouring our ANZAC’s and also thanking our front line workers who are in the midst of fighting COVID-19. Even better again was the power of live music could be shared in our living rooms with the entire family. It brings back a lot of memories of watching TV institutions such as Hey Hey It’s Saturday back in the day.
Music From The Home Front is a strong reminder of how important music is to us all to nourish our souls, how much we miss live music and seeing all these awesome touring bands coming through our cities. Whilst there is a way to go that overwhelming sense of unity that we’ll get through this together is even stronger now than what is was at the beginning.
There were some really stellar performances kicking off with Jimmy Barnes and Diesel playing Working Class Man. Top of the list for me were the likes of Birds Of Tokyo and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra combining for a rousing version of Unbreakable. Not far behind were the DMA’s playing Crowded House’s Better Be Home Soon, Ben Lee, Jack River and Lime Cordiale + one outstanding choir teaming up for the anthemic We Are All In This Together.
The highlights were aplenty with Mark Seymour and James Reyne on Reckless and Throw Your Arms Around Me (including Hannah and Eye Seymour), Crowded House Don’t Dream It’s Over, John Schumann & The Vagabond Crew + Archie Roach playing the poignant I Was Only 19, Jon Stevens, Andrew Farriss (INXS) + Isabella Manfredi (The Preatures) with the emotive Never Tear Us Apart.
We can only hope that a CD release of this event follows at some point because we can’t forget the likes of Missy Higgins & Timmy Minchin, The Rubens, Kevin Parker (Tame Impala), G Flip, Tones & I and Vance Joy on what was great night in front of the box.
Live Review By Rob Lyon