LIVE MUSIC REVIEW: GRINSPOONAEC

Grinspoon proved why they are one of the greatest Aussie rock bands of all time at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday night as part of their Chemical Hearts Tour.

Supported by a bunch of homegrown acts such as Brisbane’s Bugs, Newcastle’s Gooch Palms and Adelaide’s own The Hard Aches, it was a night of celebrating the rocking talent we have in Australia.

By the time Grinspoon stormed the stage, the room was packed as they opened with one of their early classics “DCx3” and the crowd went into a frenzy. Phil Jamieson was in top form and didn’t miss a beat as they went through their vast catalogue of hits.

A set list heavy with their older hits was pleasing to the largely older crowd with “Lost Control” and “Just Ace” keeping the energy going. Jamieson’s voice is still as powerful as it was 20 years ago, and he took a trip down memory lane reminiscing on their first Adelaide gig at the Crown and Anchor to where they are today which was met with thunderous applause.

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Jamieson owned the stage as they moved into more commercial territory with “Hard Act To Follow”, “No Reason” and “Better Off Alone” creating more singalong opportunities for the well lubricated audience.

It’s hard to believe one of their most popular albums Easy is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Grinspoon paid tribute to this cracker of a record with a blistering rendition of “Ready1”.

Their INXS cover of “Don’t Change” closed out the set before they returned for a three-song encore which included “Chemical Heart”, followed by “Champion” which they hilariously dedicated to the Shawn Mendes fans who were occupying the Adelaide Entertainment Centre’s arena that night and finally “More Than You Are” to send us all home.

It was a brilliant night of nostalgic tunes expertly performed by a well-loved rock band out of Lismore, NSW. The winners were the Grinners fans, that’s for sure.

By Josh Van’t Padje

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