It's been a while, I know, but I just had to share some memories from last night's epic WIUO gig here in Sydney.
In short: It was amazing. Pure, unmitigated joy.
The venue was great, the crowd was awesome, and I think the Orchestra were having a lot of fun. Oh, and they also raised a bunch of money for the NZ Red Cross
Amongst others (and in no particular order), they played Heartache and Hoki Mai (the 2 encore songs), Africa, Charming Man, Push It (I hadn't seen this live before, and it was AMAZING), Cry Me a River, Jolene, a Hawaiian song Carmel did hula dancing for, Ruby, I Love You Raylene, Afternoon Delight (this was hilarious. The audience did the "Peeew!" bit so perfectly and with such enthusiasm that Age just started laughing, and then afterwards he said "you guys really like that song, huh? We only just discovered it. I can't believe how rude it is. It's so rude!"
They did John Farnham's "You're The Voice" just for us Aussies. They called it our 2nd National Anthem and Age played the bagpipe part on the vibraphone. The singing along was mind blowing. (If you aren't familiar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxlE7yCSHAM
Sam got up in front to sing Happy Together ("it's me and you.. and you and me.." in his AMAZING one-piece. He said he'd sewn it himself out of an old bedspread, and it basically became the star of the show. More than once the chant "One! Piece! One! Piece! One! Piece!" broke out in the crowd. Sam seemed pretty much equally delighted and embarrassed, and at one point just did a little "yippee!" into his microphone
Another brave sartorial choice were Andy's tiny little yellow short shorts
Seriously though, the audience were amazing. And I say in full awareness of Sydney crowds sometimes being known to be obnoxious/ annoying whatever. But yep, we brought it. It was the perfect mix of responsive (LOTS of clapping and cheering, and incredible singing along), and quiet when they needed to be. One song Age introduced by saying "we're going to bring it right down now" and he said it was a bit of a special song so we had to listen, and it was just a duet between Nigel and Andy. So all this "sshhhh!"ing went round the crowd for a bit, and everyone DID "shh" and just listened to this beautiful song (I couldn't tell you what it was, I'm sorry...) and then just burst into applause and cheering at the end
After that Nigel said "thank you Sydney" and there was a general mumble-cheer, so Age said "The correct response is "Thank you Nigel"" so everyone was yelling that out
It finished pretty late, and I had one very tired friend with me, so we didn't hang around for very long, but I did get to have a pretty good chat with both Megan and Gemma, and said hi and exchanged a few words with Age and Sam
Oh! And on the train in we came across copies of the free MX Sydney "newspaper", and guess who was front page??
I grabbed 2 copies and gave one to Gemma
I didn't take any videos this time round, and only got a few photos on my iPhone, so they're not great quality. But here they are: