Mar 4, 2014

Neko Case @ Sydney Opera House

That voice. Yes, it's that voice that elevates Neko Case to a higher plain. Her spirit. Her strength. It's a rare commodity. Dare I say it, it's unique. Well it truly is. Monday night at the Sydney Opera House was a clear and direct statement of the talent of Neko. She was in awe of the building she was playing in, but I say we were in awe of you Ms Case.

This night gained momentum as it soared to its thrilling end. It felt subdued for the first couple of numbers. Maybe because Neko was concerned with the sound. I think she was put off by the large theatre with its high ceiling. It sounded perfect to us but it seemed to distract her. But when she picked up her guitar and strode into "The Tigers Have Spoken" all bets were off. The impossibly perfect "Maybe Sparrow" consolidated the night ahead and there was no turning back. Save for not playing "Middle Cyclone" it was nearly a perfect set list. Something from nearly every album and therefore basically something for every one. Even a song that Neko wrote for "The Hunger Games". I was really stoked to hear "Favorite" but the absolute highlight was the breath taking "Nearly Midnight, Honolulu". Just Neko and Kelly Hogan going alone, flooring every single one of us with this stunning song. Hogan has for a long time been a great running mate for Neko. Not only is she a great singer in her own right but she could easily take up a job as a comedian. A very funny lady. In fact all of the band is flat out great. Stalwart Jon Rauhouse does everything and it was a surprise and a delight to see that Eric Bachmann (Archers of Load, Crooked Fingers) now tours with Neko. They all came together beautifully to pound out set closer "Man" which naturally led to a well received and enraptured encore. Neko please never tire of gracing Sydney with your presence.

Set List
Bracing For Sunday
This Tornado Loves You
Lion's Jaws
The Tigers Have Spoken
Maybe Sparrow
City Swan
Local Girl
That Teenage Feeling
Nothing To Remember
The Pharaohs
People Got A Lotta Nerve
Nearly Midnight, Honolulu
Set Out Running
Red Tide
Calling Cards
Hold On, Hold On
Night Still Comes

I Wish I Was The Moon

Star Witness


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