Jon Stevens @ The Gov, Adelaide 26/3/2021

It was the start of a massive weekend for Jon Stevens kicking off with a sold out show at The Gov before venturing up to Sounds By The River at Mannum on Saturday followed by Red Hot Summer at Seppeltsfield on Sunday. This tour is all about performing The Noiseworks and Inxs collections. We’ve already been treated to this show at Weekend Of Rock not so long ago but seeing it at the home of live music The Gov was something else. I couldn’t picture spending a Friday night anywhere else to be honest. There is definitely something about a sold out Friday night vibe which is the perfect start to the weekend. For the next ninety minutes it was back to back hits and besides the late Michael Hutchence I don’t there is anyone else who could pull off singing these Inxs classics like Jon Stevens can.

Rocking out to Reach Out Stevens commented that this was the most civilised he has seen The Gov referring to fans having to be seated. He also added that it will be good to see crowds go crazy when restrictions are lifted further as life return to some sort of normalness from the start of April. New Sensation, Burning Feeling and Devil Inside were all fantastic. The band sounded great and were really tight relishing the chance to be on tour after a year of not a lot happening. After Love Somebody Stevens stated that we should love everybody.

Original Sin and Miles and Miles kept the momentum before getting the crowd to stand up and have a stretch with Stevens suggesting that DVT (Deep Vein Thrombis) is a problem from sitting down for too long and to “let the blood go to the bottom of your feet and then drink everything”. Stevens took a moment to catch his breath and sip on some tea before getting things going again. There is no doubting the fact that Never Tear Us Apart is one of the best songs ever written with Stevens saying again how much of a privilege it is to be singing these songs. The journey through The Noiseworks and Inxs collections was great with a really good balance of both and it was great seeing the crowd knwoing and singing all the words to these great songs.

What You Need (played at the Sydney Olympics), No Lies and Need You Tonight really did get the crowd going with a few teasers of Riders In The Storm and Miss You thrown in part way through Need You Tonight. Stevens pulled out some big guns in a race to the the finish including the likes of Hot Chilli Woman, Don’t Change and Take Me Back. The crowd wanted more more! A lot more! Returning for an encore it was Kick that brought the show to an end. It was a really good night and there is plenty of scope to go deeper in to The Noiseworks and Inxs collections. Don’t miss out on this tour, it is seriously good, grab your tickets now.

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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