Another packed house @ The Metro Theatre tonight, where all in attendance were treated with multiple eargasms as a triple treat of Australian alternative rock royalty was on show. And I use the word "royalty" as the performers on tonight's line up either are, or will be "royalty" in the Australian music scene now & for years to come.
Opening tonight were the "new kids on the block" (not that annoying as fuck band from the 90's, but the biggest "new" alt rock band out of Melbourne).....RIVAL FIRE.
Having gained quite a bit of airplay around their debut single "Riot", I was VERY eager to check these guys out.
Coming out to a small, yet keen crowd, Rob, Tim, Zac and Matt hit the stage with all guns blazing & it was only seconds into their set before they had heads banging & fists pumping from the majority of the early birds that had been fortunate enough to have witnessed what could very well be the future of the genre.
FUCK ME.....these guys were good. REAL good.
And having confessed to myself after the set by lead vocalist Rob that this was the largest venue that they had ever played, you certainly would have not guessed it by the way that they played tonight.
Confident and tight are the two words that first pop in to my mind thinking back on their set.
Not a bad way to say hello to Sydney's big stage.
THE future of Australian Rock music right there.
The penultimate act for this evening IS royalty in Australian music.
Mr CLINT BOGE.
The former lead singer of one of our all time best bands, The Butterfly Effect, was tonight performing an acoustic set with none other than GLENN ESMOND, bass player extraordinaire from The Butterfly Effect.
If you have not heard his angelic voice before (shame on you....where the FUCK have you been since 2000??),
it literally is the closest thing to perfection in rock music....hands down.
And Glenn is no stranger to an awesome set of pipes either just quietly!
Man these dudes can SING!
The raw emotion that is portrayed by Clint when he is behind the mic sends chills down my spine every time....even writing this it is happening all over again just by thinking about it. THAT is a powerful talent.
Playing a set that spans the best of his solo career, plus some of The Butterfly Effect's classics off "Imago" in "Reach" & "Gone", this was a performance that only comes around every once and a while.
And finishing with "Window and the Watcher" was the fucking masterstroke.
I must admit, acoustic sets are my favorite type or genre of musical performance by far.
Nothing feeds my soul more than a well executed song sung with emotion that is backed by a stripped down, raw acoustic guitar.
And tonight, my soul will sleep well after being the most emotional I have ever been listening to live music...one, because Clint & Glenn have almost single handedly been THE reason that I followed my path in the music industry, and two, the way that these guys sounded tonight WAS perfection. No doubt about it.
DO YOU KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO TAKE PHOTOS WITH TEARS IN YOUR EYES!!!!
CLINT BOGE & GLENN ESMOND
The main course tonight was none other than Dead Letter Circus.
These Brisbane lads have taken the crown of Australia's premier hard/alt rock band and for very good reason.
Touring our coast for the final time this year on "The Burning Number" tour, DLC left no stone unturned in their best performance that I have seen to date.
How the fuck these guys keep getting better & better is beyond me.
Visually breathtaking with strobes, lasers and smoke machines, and with such a BIG sound tonight, this full house was in for a treat!
DEAD LETTER CIRCUS
Playing a career spanning set, with tracks from their latest ARIA chart buster " Aesthesis" to their debut self titled EP, this performance was one for the ages.
Playing songs that have not seen the live stage for years such as "Alien", "The Mile" & "Tremors", it was a nostalgic trip down memory lane & the crowd absolutely lapped it up. Myself included.
Never missing a beat all night, DLC showed exactly why they are the kings of the Australian scene.
The ONLY downside to a performance like that is how are the going to top that when they come back???
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