PERTH CONCERT HALL
It’s not often I’ll go review a tribute act. It’s just something that isn’t done often. Bjorn Again (ABBA) and London Calling (The Clash) both did a great job in those past reviews I did. There’s a reason I went to those shows – because I knew I’d never get to see the real thing. That’s the draw for me, trying to seek out the one’s that are as close to the real thing as possible, and that’s what drew me to the Perth Concert Hall to see Tex Perkins in Concert as he paid tribute to the one and only Johnny Cash.
Tex is probably better known from his time with The Cruel Sea and Beasts Of Bourbon. He’s a very under rated performer in terms of those that many will consider the ‘great frontmen’ of Aussie rock music, but after seeing the performance this past Saturday, I think he definitely need to be thrown in that conversation a lot more. The ladies love him too because as he walked out one lady behind me blurted out “Woo woo it’s sexy Texy!”
The Perth Concert Hall was packed my friends! The show began with a bang with songs like ‘I Walk The Line’ and ‘Hey Porter’ because with the very first few words to come out of his mouth, I was absolutely astounded at how dead on Tex was able to do Johnny’s voice! If you closed your eyes, you would have been fooled and could actually believe The Man In Black was alive and well in Perth, Western Australia.
This show was the Johnny Cash story. Between songs, we got some tremendous dialogue from Tex and his June Carter – phenomenal vocalist Rachael Tidd. Her efforts as June was absolutely spot on as well. But I really loved the woven aspect of song and story throughout the 2+ hour event. It made the performance even more enjoyable that it would be if it was a straight up concert. Tex was very funny, and he dealt with a heckler very well. My favorite part of him speaking was how quick he was at one moment when he spoke of Johnny Cash having to call the Betty Ford clinc – and as he said it, an audience members phone rang. Without missing a beat “That’s Johnny calling the clinic”.
Tex and Rachael really played off one another well. You could feel worked tension between the two, which was really akin of the relationship between Cash and Carter.
Some of the highlight songs of the evening were ‘Man In Black’, It Ain’t Me Babe, Jackson and Folsom Prison Blues. Look, every song was entertaining and absolutely on point. Tex’s backing band The Tennessee Four were fantastic as well, and I can’t find their names anywhere. The man on the double bass looked a little like Rod Stewart, the Electric guitarist looked like Benedict Cumberbatch, the drummer looked like James Hetfield and the other guitarist looked like David Spade. I’m serious. I wish I could find their names on the internet, but my hat is off to the backing band for their ability.
Perth Concert Hall has some of the best sound in the world, and it was a treat to see this show performed at this awesome venue. They finished off with more classic, certainly one of which was Ring Of Fire – before breaking into an encore medley, and sending the fans home happy and buzzing. If this truly is one of the last times this Johnny Cash show is performed, then I feel incredibly proud to say I got to see it.