NOISEWORKS @ THE MANSFIELD TAVERN, BRISBANE - SATURDAY 6TH JUNE 2009
On Saturday night, Brisbane’s Mansfield Tavern played host to one of our nation’s premier rock bands, Noiseworks. A favourite on the Australian pub rock scene in the 80’s, Noiseworks’ following has remained strong over the years, even after the band split in 1992. When Noiseworks finally reunited in 2007, the news was met with overwhelming enthusiasm from fans around the country and I was one of them so this was an opportunity I was not going to let pass me by.
Sydney-based band, Stone Parade, opened the show with an impressive set of mostly original material and revved up the audience for the night ahead.
But, of course, it was Noiseworks that the punters had come to see and, by the time the guys finally hit the stage, the crowd was well and truly pumped and ready to rock. And rock they did. The band had the crowd eating out of their hands from the moment they stormed the stage, opening with Miles and Miles. Liberty Bell, Love Somebody and the catchy Simple Man had everybody dancing and singing along word for word.
Then, slowing down the pace was an acoustic version of the very moving R.I.P. (Millie). Written by Jon as a tribute to his mother who passed away from cancer, this song has a special meaning for me as well. Sung with such honest emotion by Jon, it sent shivers down my spine.
A Noiseworks gig has never been low on energy, however, and this performance was no exception. The band gave it their all and then some. Even Randall the Roadie had his moment in the spotlight when he delighted the audience with his AC/DC tribute in a rather unique rendition of Highway To Hell.
The opening chords of Touch saw a mass of arms reaching out towards the stage and the excitement grew as the band belted out more hits including Voice of Reason, No Lies and the closing song, eternal favourite Take Me Back.
The crowd was more than eager to take them back and the guys returned for the encore, Love Vs Money, to rapturous applause and cheering. But it was the electrifying finale song Hot Chilli Woman that really sent the fans into a frenzy and drew the loudest screams of enthusiastic approval
As always, Jon Stevens entertained, not only with his amazing voice but his enigmatic personality and showmanship. And, I have to say, the band was tight and sounding even better than they did in their heyday. Judging from the band’s inspired performance on Saturday night, it seems highly likely that the boys will continue to dish out more of the same energy-infused rock and roll we’ve come to expect from this dynamic band for some time to come.