APIA Good Times 2021 @ Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide 15/5/2021

It’s been nearly two years since the APIA Good Times 2021 tour has been to Adelaide thanks to that ‘thing’ of 2020 but what a line up for this years concert at the Thebarton Theatre on a cool Saturday night. The legends for this show were Brian Cadd, Deborah Conway, Joe Camilleri, John Paul Young, Kate Ceberano, Leo Sayer, Vika & Linda and for the first time at APIA Good Times, Wendy Matthews.

It might have been a Saturday night but John Paul Young had Friday on my Mind to kick off the night. The night started with a rockin’ bang and pretty much was a non-stop flow of hits, high notes and old school cool rockers. The audience from the start were dancing in the seats because the aisles were out of bounds and masks were in full force but that didn’t stop the cheers and whistles.

With so many superstars of Aussie rock and pop the good times just didn’t stop. Each artist did a song or two then like a tag team introduce the next. The concept of the surprise who would perform next was a good flow for showcasing each artist. Wendy Matthews came on and showed us her power vocals and soulfulness with Woman’s Gotta Have It, I Don’t Want To Be With Nobody But You and The Day You Went Away. Crowds cheered and savoured every note of the song favourites.

Deborah Conway burst into Do Re Mi’s Man Overboard and really got the crowd pumped. It was a long time since we’ve heard her solo hit It’s Only The Beginning but it went down a treat. Conway told us the interesting story about one of the times she played at the Thebarton Theatre as support for Simple Minds and had a very robust conversation about abortion with Jim Kerr. Nothing but good times and good memories at our Thebby Theatre!

Some loud cheers for the ever-lovely Kate Cebarano as she graced the stage singing Brave and Bedroom Eyes and the cheekiest song of the night Pash with Joe Camilleri on saxophone. Ceberano and Matthews helped out on backing vocals for the honorary Aussie Leo Sayer. For his first song he started off mellow with hit When I Need You then later giving us his energised performances of Long Tall Glasses and You Make Me Feel Like Dancing. At this point Sayer made the crowd feel like dancing but dancing in the seat was as good as we could get.

The legendary Brain Cadd brought the cool and mellow vibe with Let Go, Ginger Man with Vika and Linda Bull on back up getting a mighty roar from the crowd as he left the stage. Little A Ray of Sunshine with John Paul Young taking on the Glenn Shorrock vocal parts added a sweet part to the show and at one point he brought Vika Bull to tears.

Joe Camilleri is the ultimate stage performer. Though he said it was hard to follow after Leo Sayer the crowd were pretty stoked with his performances of Harley and Rose and the Jo Jo Zep and The Falcon’s hit Shape I’m In. He rocked, strummed his guitar, posed for fan photos from the stage and got the crowd singing back “you got me in the shape I’m in” all with that cool Camilleri charm. Crowd favourite Chained to the Wheel hit all the nostalgic spots having Vika and Linda Bull on back up vocals but certainly not placed as secondary singers. Classic song with exceptional vocals; banger of a hit with an even bigger performance. The crowd might have had masks on but the cheers and noise were pretty damn loud! And let’s not forget Leo Sayer on the harmonica!

Vika and Linda Bull are pure joy to watch live. The vocals on these legendary Aussie singers are out of reach of anyone singing today. When Will You Fall For Me and Feeling Good showcased the sisters harmonies but to hear Vika’s vocals on Never Let Me Go was a privilege. Power vocals at its best and making it look so effortless was outrageous. The highlight of the night hands down.

Towards the end of the show the whole gang got together on stage helping sing back up for John Paul Young and his hits Yesterday’s Hero and everybody’s favourite love song Love Is In The Air. The respect these artists have for each other is so evident making for great chemistry on stage. No egos at this show just a whole lot of fun and entrainment. Ending the night with the Easybeats then later Jimmy Barnes and INXS hit Good Times, it really was good times. The only thing missing was the dancing (damn COVID) but one lucky punter defied the rules during the last song and danced in the aisle up the front having the good time for all of us.

Live Review by Anastasia Lambis

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