PERTH CONCERT HALL
Photos By Damien Crocker
Perth Concert Hall was the place, America were the band – celebrating their 50th Anniversary. It was a joy to be there to witness this in person, let me tell you, it was a packed house!
Mitch King opened the proceedings with a very chilled out acoustic set, this guy must have been stoked to be apart of this tour. Mitch King is a travelling artist from Australia and his music is inspired by his love of life and sense of freedom – which was clear throughout his passionate set.
Up next was the incomparable America. The room was buzzing with excitement!
From start to finish it was a lovely job to commemorate such an occasion. There was a big screen behind them flashing pictures of the band from the past 5 decades, they were so sprightly though that you couldn’t even tell they were 67 years old each!
‘Tin Man’, ‘You Can Do Magic’ were early highlights as of course one of my favorite America tracks, ‘Ventura Highway’. The crowd were loving it. Dewey and Gerry may both be in their late 60’s but you wouldn’t know it, they still had a lot of pep in their step, and spoke well to the crowd between songs about their wonderful career.
Some of the more exciting moments of the evening was a surprise (to me) cover/s of The Beatles ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas. Their signature sound suited these songs very well.
‘Lonely People’, ‘Sandman’ and ‘Sister Golden Hair’ were further highlights of a great set by the band.
They finished the proceedings off with the encore of ‘Horse with No Name’ before setting off for the evening. It was a joy to see this show and the Perth Concert Hall never disappoints either!