Live Review: Stereophonics, Brisbane

Artist: Stereophonics (Supports from Halcyon Drive)
Date: Saturday April 28th 2018
Venue: The Tivoli, Brisbane
Reviewer: Andrew Treadwell
Photographer: Andrew Treadwell – Hang Me On Your Wall Photography

Stereophonics made their way to Brisbane for the first of 2 shows on their latest Australian Tour. The Tivoli was cram packed even before the openers Halcyon Drive took to the stage. The openers were well received by the Brisbane faithful and they delivered a tight set, but the main thing I took out of their performance was the fact they had so much fun playing together. Lets hope they can keep the fun going.

There seemed to be very little downtime between sets, and before you knew it Stereophonics hit the stage with “Bartender & The Thief” and “Vegas Two Times”, and it was good to see the band dip in to its early days right off the bat. Frontman Kelly Jones kept the crowd engaged from the get go and didn’t let up through the show. His interplay with the other members, especially bass player Richard Jones (no relation), was great to watch and I think they not only set out to entertain the crowd but also themselves.

“Mr Writer”, “Chances Are” And “Catacomb” were up next as the band went into their latest stuff. Over the night no part of the bands career was left untouched, but the crowd seemed to quieten down at this point. Maybe they were saving themselves, who knows. It was nice to see some of the crowd members go to the effort of banners for the band, they were noticed and appreciated in kind.

Songs like “Traffic” brought out the phone torches and the crowd singing along so loud the band were drowned out ten times over. Of course the bigger hits like “Handbags and Gladrags”, “Superman”, and “I Wouldn’t Believe Your Radio” whipped the crowd into a frenzy but over the 23 song set, it was easy to tell both band and fan favourites were included.

The biggest cheer of the night was of course for “Dakota”, once again the crowd drowning out the band with such a look of gratitude from the band. Stereophonics could have probably played a much bigger venue like Riverstage so it was awesome to see them up close and personal and I’m sure those who return for night 2 tonight in Brisbane will not be disappointed once again.

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