20 August 2007


What a week last week was! The week that was involved: 2 days in Wellington, 2 concerts, drinks with a friend... and much sleeping!
After so much happening during the week, but the time the weekend arrived I was ready to crash.And crash I did! Early nights Fri and Sat; watched a couple of DVDs (not worth mentioning), heaps of cleaning/tidying; walked down K'road and did a wee bit o'shopping (plus traded some poxy DVDs in at RG and got 2 decent CDs in return!). Sunday out was rounded off with family dinner.
All in all, GREAT!!

Concert 1: Jose Gonzalez
We arrived at Hopetoun Alpha around 8pm - doors open at 7:30pm. It's a venue I'd never been to before - a fantastic, small, old church!The seating was GA (i.e. first in best served!). There was the ground floor (chairs laid out in rows) or upstairs (almost a U-shaped balcony looking down at the stage and the ground floor, complete with built in wooden pews). We choose upstairs - back row (it was tiered seating... and there were only 4 or so rows in front of us!).
The opening act was ok... cute I guess, but we were hanging out for Jose.
The man himself came out at 9:30pm, and by this time seats had filled, but not to max-capacity. I was pleasantly surprised how intimate it felt - a small group of people on the edge of their seats (or pews), sipping wine, and listening to Jose's mellow sound.
It was just him on the small stage, with a mic and guitar - that didn't stop it from sounding like he had a whole band up there for some songs. He played all the favourites, and wowed us with some covers - notably Heartbeats (on is album 'Veneer', by The Knife), Teardrops (Massive Attack), and Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division).He was finished, complete with encore, by just after 10:30pm - 1 hour of playing. Honestly, it felt like longer - most of his songs aren't even 3 minutes... some only just over 1 minute, so it was an impressive and comprehensive set.
Our walk about down K'Road was full with buzz :)

Concert 2: Ryan Adams & the Cardinals
After a couple of hiccups (we caught a 7:30pm ferry in the end, not the planned 6pm!) and disgusting weather (which made for an "interesting" ferry ride), we ended up in Devonport wet BUT excited!
After a quick bite to eat it was off to the Bruce Mason Centre in Takapuna - I tell you, I was excited just to see the Cardinals symbol (the rose) and the drums on the stage!
Again with wine in hand we waited for the opening act - I had no idea who it was to be... and to my surprise Anika Moa walked out on stage! Not quite the kind of music I would've thought to open Ryan... but she was great! Just her and her guitar, accompanied by an electric guitarist for 2 tracks, she joked between songs and sang beautifully. By the time she was finished I couldn't think of anyone *better* to open for Ryan :)
Ryan came on at 9:30pm and I was in awe (couldn't keep the grin off my face!). They played 2 songs, before a 10 minute break due to technical problems. Before exiting Ryan promised to play a loooong concert, included 2 sets. And here I was worried that he'd throw some sort of rock'n'roll hissy-fit and only play for 1/2 hour.
When they came back on... *sigh*... incredible. New songs, older songs, awesome instrumentals - a 4 minute song suddenly became 8 or 9 minutes. BLISS!!!!All up they played for 2 hours... that high kept me smiling well into Friday at work :)
I knew he wouldn't play any of this solo work (I would love to hear him sing songs from Gold, Heartbreaker, Love is Hell etc), but what he did play made me love his music all over again.

No comments:

Post a Comment