Like Wow – it’s a Tuesday night Wipeout!
Despite the inclement Spring night, the Adelaide Entertainment Centre was bustling with excitement and awash with outstanding music.
After the now obligatory pandemic related reschedule, Aussie icons Hoodoo Gurus and special guests, US alt-rockers The Dandy Warhols, finally arrived in the Festival State. And they put a show to remember.
Support act and Aussie legends Even opened up proceedings with a short and sharp set. Sprinkling songs from their eighth studio album, Reverse Light Years (2021), in amongst classics, the slowly growing crowd lapped them up. Joined by guitarist Anton Ruddick (Swedish Magazines), Even enthusiastically rocked their way through a six-song set. Six Monkeys, Black Umbrella, Dandy Stomp, Gold Sunday, Chase the Sunset, and Rock and Roll Saved My Life highlighted the twenty-eight-year evolution of the trio from Melbourne/ Naarm.
Fortune was favouring Australian audiences with The Dandy Warhols able to fulfil the new tour dates. Opening with the melancholy Godless, we were launched into a “massive concussion of rock and roll,” Dandy’s style.
Their nine-song set was limited in scope considering their substantive discography. Not all albums rated a mentioned. To be fair, this was ok because what we got captured the best of the best. Less commercially successful songs Styggo, I Love You, Plan A, and Boys Better tapped into their shoegaze psychedelia side. While hits We Used to Be Friends, Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth, Get Off, and Bohemian Like You were a solemn reminder of their ability to write phenomenal and timeless alt-pop songs. The crowd singalongs that ensued proved twenty-year-old (or more) songs still rock today.
When the Hoodoo Gurus took centre stage, their ardour for performing was immediately evident. Launching into World of Pain from 2021’s Chariot of the Gods, they humoured us about not wanting to hear new songs. They weren’t wrong. We didn’t. Having said that, Get Out of Dodge, Don’t Try to Save My Soul, I Come From Your Future, and Chariot of the Gods, all from their latest album, were peppered throughout a mammoth twenty-three-song set. They highlighted that, after forty-one years, the Gurus have still got it. In fact, the entire performance did.
The belated 40th-anniversary tour demonstrated why Hoodoo Gurus are a mainstay of Ausmusic. Their unique brand of rock traversed the spectrum of the genre. From the in-your-face heavy beats of Tojo, Dig It Up, In The Wild, I Was a Kamikaze Pilot, and Be My Guru, to the mellow Zanzibar. From the bluesy Poison Pen, to the garage rock of I Think You Know and I Want You Back, versatility was apparent.
Not to disappoint the masses, the ARIA Hall of Famers guaranteed their commercial hits were included. Pop-rock classics The Right Time, Death Defying, My Girl, Come Anytime, Bittersweet, Miss Freelove ’69, and 1000 Miles Away had everyone singing in unison.
The greatest reactions were saved for the final two encore songs: What’s My Scene and Like Wow – Wipeout! Absolute bangers to close out an epic night of entertainment.
With a massive ninety-seven years of industry experience between them, there was no doubt Even, The Dandy Warhols and Hoodoo Gurus would put on an epic show. On paper, it was a line-up to rival some Festivals out there. In practice, it was an event to rival some Festivals out there proving that Tuesday night was indeed The Right Time.
Live Review By Anita Kertes