Being a huge fan of LIVE, I along with thousands of other fans was eagerly awaiting Ed’s solo tour of Australia. Ed has been solo since departing from band members in 2009, but this current tour was a celebration of a landmark album THROWING COPPER, which will soon see its 20th anniversary. That album launched LIVE’S career and went on to sell more than 12 million copies.
The Enmore Theatre was the perfect venue choice for this tour, it was packed to capacity but still gave that up close and personal feel to the performance.
The guys hit the stage and jumped straight into ‘The Dam at Otter Creek’. From the moment Ed opened his mouth to sing that first note, that signature voice of his blew us away. He really does sound like the record when he sings live and you can’t say that about too many artists.
Ed performed the entire THROWING COPPER album in its entirety from track 1 through to track 14, even performing the hidden track ‘Horse’ which was not mentioned on the album but only heard if you played the album in its entirety. The signature songs were ‘I Alone’, ‘Lightning Crashes’, All Over You’. Ed then performed the song ‘Shit Towne’ which was written in reference to the hometown he grew up in, he said “ For 3 or 4 years after this song was released, I couldn't walk around town without armoured personnel” the crowd had a good laugh.
Ed’s signature stage moves were present with his leering wide eyes, his crouches and wild stage movements for the more up tempo songs in which he and the band really, really let loose.
A song from his recent solo album was performed called ‘All That I Wanted’ in which the crowd responded very well, and in which Ed thanked Triple M for giving air play to.
The back end of the night saw even more hits like an acoustic version of ‘Run to the Water’ in which Ed and the bass player performed alone, then came one of their biggest hits ‘Dolphins Cry’, in which Ed had the entire audience jumping up and down in time together.
Ed is a big supporter of World Vision and at the end of the night, he spoke about the importance of the charity, how he is involved and what we could do to also help. There were World Vision tables set up near the merchandise stand so people could register that night. Ed held up a photo of a little boy and asked who would like to take him on. A lady in the crowd raised her hand and Ed passed her the photo and said “thank you very much, you can also go to my Merchandise stand and take one of everything”. It was very thoughtful and the crowd clapped and cheered in appreciation.
The night was fantastic, Ed’s voice was as pure as it was gritty, he is an amazing performer and the capacity crowd there last night really did witness something special.
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by Michael Mammoliti