Pop-rock Queens The Veronicas (twins Lisa and Jess Origliasso) brought their Godzilla V Human tour to Adelaide’s iconic Thebarton Theatre last night. There was plenty of love and adulation from their Adelaide fans in the room literally hanging off every note. With a strict COVID Safe Plan in place, mandatory wearing of face masks and fans to remain seated, they more than made up for it with plenty of singing, screaming and chair dancing. The show was in two parts with “Godzilla” serving as a high energy introduction to the alter ego of The Veronicas contrasted by “Human” which was a stripped back showing more of their vulnerable side. The dynamic between both Jess and Lisa is incredible to watch and it’s literally like they are talking to each other through their music. The Veronicas are an incredible pop-rock act who do what they do exceptionally well. Hard to believe the last time I saw them was back in 2006 at Coca Cola Live ‘N Local at the Entertainment Centre with The Living End, Spiderbait and Dallas Crane.
As the lights dimmed the air raid sirens blaring and a security breach warning sounded The Veronicas emerged from the darkness with co2 smoke guns for opening song Godzilla. This set the tone and mood for what was to come. The Veronicas were smouldering in their latex body suits and it seemed like all the elements of their live show connected together seamlessly. The crowd gave a heroes like welcome and the energy was fever pitch. With a “Hello Adelaide” it was straight in to the music with When It Falls Apart and Take Me On The Floor. Lisa spoke of their “wildest energy” of the tour from the Adelaide fans as they went through this “futuristic apocalyptic” set. Promising some new songs and some Veronicas “classics” preferring not to call them old.
Revenge Is Sweeter followed by two new songs off Godzilla in Stealing Cars and Silent with Jess referring to themselves as vampires who will live forever after saying they were “too old for this shit” celebrating two album releases this year after some life challenges outside of music. Lisa said “one question for you Adelaide?” Serving as a perfect intro to Hook Me Up. After This Is How It Feels there was an outfit change returning to play Human which was so raw and powerful lyrically. Jess spoke of their gratitude and acknowledged the support of their fans with some personally trying circumstances. They went on to play a song that they hadn’t played on tour which was dedicated to a fan going through their own personal battles which was released sixteen years ago in Heavily Broken. Everything I’m Not and In My Blood were great moments in the set.
Returning after a quick costume change sporting feathers there was a show of support to the LGBTQIA community who have been big supporters of The Veronicas before knocking over Sugar Daddy and Lolita. The crowd really did go in to hyperdrive for their big hit 4ever to close out the main set.
With the crowd seated it meaning that the thunderous foot stomp and chanting to return for an encore was even louder. Both Jess and Lisa looked overwhelmed by the audience response suggesting they play the rest of the shows on the tour here with Lisa saying “forget the shows I’m moving to Adelaide. Arms were waving and mobile phone flash lights rained over The Thebbie during You Ruin Me. With the last song of the night upon us we were asked to stand for their national anthem Untouched. With the faithful standing and dancing security gave up on enforcing the whole sit in your seat thing as they were well and truly out numbered. No doubt fans would have walked away from this getting everything and more from this show.
Live Review By Rob Lyon