Even @ The Spiegeltent, The Garden Of Unearthly Delights, Adelaide 6/3/2022

Even returned to Adelaide to play the iconic Spiegeltent in The Garden Of Unearthly Delights as part of the Adelaide Fringe. I can’t hide how much I love this band and this gig was up there with the best of ’em. Hitting the stage at the very un-rock ‘n roll time slot of 5pm suits us oldies just fine being back at home and tucked up in bed at an early hour!

The collective spirits of the band were riding high. Ash was full of smiles as was Matt and Wally was still riding the wave of euphoria after supporting the Foo Fighters on Friday night with his other awesome band The Meanies. One hour seemed very tight to squeeze all the hits and a whole lot more but they gave it a hell of a shake. When the band took to the stage Ash spoke of getting a splinter off the floor and then asked if anyone had a USB they could borrow so they could record the show. Ash also mentioned that it was great that they were back in the Spiegeltent after last playing in this venue back in 2001. Going all Ace Frehley style Ash recalled being asked at the airport if they are in a band to which he replied ‘no I’m a plumber’.

Opening with Stop and Go Man their set was loaded with awesomeness followed by Black Umbrella which included a story about a mash potato fight in the 90s with Link Meanie. Having bitten off more than he can chew in the guitar world they enlisted Anton Ruddick from the Swedish Magazines to enhance their sound. Cherry Afterglow off Reverse Light Years was fantastic and as Ash commented that after all the dizzying heights of the last twenty eight years they were stoked to be on the same bill as Arj Barker who was playing the same venue later that night. Another new tune Dandy Stomp has all the hallmarks of being a set staple.

Referring to Shining Star as their last song ever played by Triple J and that ‘you don’t quit show biz, show biz quits you’ Ash was quick to quip that Double J made their latest album of week. Don’t Wait was preceded by a reference to flying in over Adelaide with blue skies, a warm day and that walking the restaurant Schnithouse was almost enough to get him back on meat. Electric Light and Rock ‘n Roll Saved My Life were great moments interspersed with Ash say that Antique Roadshow on Gem is his jam referring to the joy of playing afternoon shows.

Wally was on fire and still on that huge Foo Fighters high taking the moment to sing a blistering version of Foreigner’s Urgent. Gold Sunday, current single and name for the tour was a comical with the band almost forgetting to play it and forgetting how to start it saying ‘it’s only four chords, we’ll cut this out of the recording’. Different High seemed to be the flavour of the night which was described as their Beatles Hard Day’s Night having that vibe about it. Up against the clock Life Gets In The Way followed with Ash dealing with the elephant in the room which was the Jon Bon Jovi runway that extended from the stage and that during the last song he would seize that moment during Bowie In My Dreams. Fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon and I can’t wait for the return in April (with the Hoodoo Gurus) and July (headline show at Jive).

Adelaide Fringe Review By Rob Lyon

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