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96FM KICKSTART SUMMER CONCERT

Jimmy Barnes

96Fm Kickstart Summer Concert
Sunday 10th of November 2019
Ascot Racecourse
Artists: Jimmy Barnes, Daryl Braithwaite, Diesel, Ella Hooper, Thirsty Merc, The Stanleys
Reviewer: Kym Redmond
Photo Credits: Julian Neil 

After fighting through the security scrutiny of Esky checks in the heat we’re finally in..

The Stanleys

First support for the day was The Stanleys, a Perth power pop band. I’d heard of these guys before but not yet had the chance of seeing them live until today, they were a tight four-piece band with catchy tunes like Amy, My world, Cigarette Glow and the crowd seemed to ease into the arvo relaxed as a sea of picnic blankets took to the parkland front of stage, the local lads saw the set out with their latest release of, ‘Everybody dance’

Thirsty Merc

Hitting the stage with hits, ’20 good reasons’, ’In the summertime’ & ‘Someday someday’ Thirsty Merc made thirsty work of their powerful energetic set which got the crowd to their feet with all their classics. Then reminding us they have been together for 17 years suddenly hit home making me feel fairly old at that point.

Ella Hooper

Next up was the insatiable Ella Hooper who straight away had all the crowd in her palm as she commanded the stage and the punters with her charm reminding us that she is indeed a happy girl but as some of her songs suggest otherwise when she wrote them some 20 years earlier.

She performed hits such as Weir, Mascara & I am. In fine style, she performed all the hits of Killing Heidi with the energy and stage presence she had some 20 years earlier. She had the attention of the crowd and our Photographer as he snapped away a few epic shots of Ella & band and I even managed a high five off her as she departed from the stage.

Diesel

My stand out act of the day went to Diesel! Amazing musicianship by this legend and his three-piece band as they played all their hits like they were released only yesterday. His voice was on point as if you were listening to a recording of his album. ‘Tip Of My Tongue’, ‘Never Miss Your Water’, ‘Crying Shame’, they had the crowd at the stroke of their first chord of the set. An incredible guitarist and voice that only seems to get better with age. A brilliant set!

Daryl Braithwaite

Next up was Daryl Braithwaite. Playing hits that made him famous all those years ago and still managing to pull a decent crowd of die-hard Daryl Braithwaite T-shirt wearing fans he played classics from Sherbet, as well as his most famous tracks, ‘As Days Go By’, ‘One Summer’, ‘Howzat’ and the one they were all waiting for like it was 11:45 pm at a Wedding reception, yep you guessed it, the legendary ‘Horses’ everyone swaying and singing every note, he had them hooked and they loved every minute. 

Jimmy Barnes

Last but not least was the man himself, Barnsey!! 

Driving Wheels set the band in motion followed closely by Bad Mood, Shutting down our town, the second single off their latest release earlier this year from My Criminal Record. Classics followed, Khe Sanh, Ride The Night Away, Working Class Man. The crowd in their element as Jimmy and his band graced the stage showing why he can still sell out venues at 63 years of age and still owning it.

By Kym Redmond

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