Review: GLENN SHORROCK - 40 Years of Song




GLENN SHORROCK - 40 YEARS OF SONG

State Theatre Sydney 10 July 2010


It was a real eye opener seeing Glenn Shorrock live at the StateTheatre. Playing to a packed house, it was the first opportunity we had to see this music legend play live.


After being introduced by comedian Billy Birmingham of 12th Man fame, it was straight into the hits in what turned out to be a potted history of Glenn Shorrock, his bands and, of course, the enormous catalogue of hits.


Backed by a 14 piece ensemble which included brass and strings sections, the quality of sound meant that each song sounded crisp and fresh and was accompanied by beautiful harmonies.


This set the tone for an amazing night of music and memories as Shorrock opened the show with "Days on the Road" and "Needle in a Haystack", hits from his band from 1964 to 1969, The Twilights.


Shorrock then told the story of winning the Hoadley's Battle of the Bands competition which took The Twilights to London to record at the famed Abbey Road Studios and their encounter with The Beatles.


As an added bonus, the screen behind the band had a pictorial history of Shorrock, his bands and album covers. Occasionally, he would turn around to see what was on the screen only to laugh at himself.


Telling stories between songs, the Legend gave an insight into the man and what he was doing at particular times during his career, especially being in England and then coming back to Australia and meeting Brian Cadd at Molly Meldrum’s place.


From there, they formed Axiom which ran from 1969-1971 and Shorrock performed "Arkansas Grass" and "Little Ray of Sunshine" from that era before launching into all those well known Little River Band tunes such as "Shut Down Turn Off", "Reminiscing" and "Lonesome Loser".


There was also a short acoustic set featuring "Sweet Old Fashioned Man" and "Soul Searching".


After the interval, the beat was more up tempo starting with a percussion intro then straight into "Rhythm King" and "Parallel Lines" from the "Monsoon" album. Other songs in the set included "Emma" and "Man on your Mind".


At this point Shorrock apologised for the songs not being in order but joked “it’s my show”. Not that anyone minded what order the songs were being played in, it was obvious a good time was being had by all.


To conclude the second part of the show, Shorrock relayed the story of “Home on Monday” and the reference to Elvis and the Las Vegas Hilton. He finished with "Hang On".


Launching into a 4 song encore, we were serenaded with "Cool Change", "Jeweller of Lavender Bay", "Sing a Lullaby/Carry that Weight", "Are You Going to be in my Dreams Tonight". After a standing ovation and pleas for more, Shorrock signed off on the night stating that if you enjoyed the show his name was Glenn Shorrock but if you didn’t then his name was Mark Holden!


Ending the night on a high, we left the venue reminiscing about the memories that were created that night.


Thank you Glenn Shorrock for the music, the memories and to your contribution to the great music we have in Australia.







P & A Bartle





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