Sarah McLeod was back in hometown Adelaide for two shows at the Grace Emily Hotel presenting the “One Electric Lady In Concert”. No doubt playing two shows back to back on the same night is a tough ask but McLeod smashed this out of the ball park. The Grace Emily Hotel has been home to many a memorable performance and this one can be added to the list with McLeod proving again that she is quite the performer even saying herself that this was a “fun” show. I take my hat off to the venue as well trying to make these shows work with such tough restrictions in place at the moment and we are grateful that these shows are able to be held.
Returning for round two of her COVID safe gig McLeod emerged from upstairs to ask someone for the set list from the previous show before starting off with a blues mash up of Summertime and Where Did You Sleep Last Night? Things were meant to start on piano but opting to throw an electric tune in there to mix things up for fans who went to the early session as well. I think the stories and McLeod’s humour were just as entertaining as the music. Talking about picking up the piano and learning that McLeod said that she was the support band for herself so if there were any mistakes she could blame the support band. Whatever rough edges there were in the performance added to the charm in my view.
On the piano it was Rocky’s Diner followed by another cover We’ve Got Tonight which got the crowd involved and she had them in the palm of her hand. It was definitely beginning to be one of those fun and memorable shows that you would tell your mate ‘you should of been there, it was awesome’. McLeod spoke about how see learned how to play piano and was pulling apart Superjesus songs and putting them back together as a succession of shapes in painstakingly detail later admitting she wasn’t sure if she knew what she was doing but it all worked out. Superjesus gold in So Lonely followed by a wink and a nod leading in to Gravity. Thanking the crowd again for overlooking her short comings there was a commitment to task knowing she had a piano in her apartment that took some effort getting up three flights of stairs.
Men At Work’s Down Under was fantastic and Chachi’s Theme whilst being about the passing of her beloved dog it was intended to be a song of joy hoping that that the message would transcend different dimensions hoping that Chachi would get that message. Goodbye Yellow Road was another opportunity to sing a long before McLeod went electric with a new guitar she had built essentially having a band without a band. Hot damn! There were some great tunes starting with Bad Valentine, In The Mood and The Greatest Pretender. The crowd was buzzing and McLeod was well and truly in the mood. Rockabilly Private School Kid well and truly rocked finishing off with Never Enough and He Doesn’t Love You.
The crowd wanted more and despite looming noise curfews there were three more great covers in House Of The Rising Sun, Mercedes Benz and Slipping Away. Definitely a great night out and well worth a look next time round.
Live Review By Rob Lyon