Josh Groban, Palais Theatre, Melbourne REVIEW - Noise11.com
Josh Groban, Noise11, Photo

Josh Groban. Photo by Ros O'Gorman.

Josh Groban, Palais Theatre, Melbourne REVIEW

by Angela Black on April 23, 2013

in Live,News

The Palais Theatre in Melbourne was host to what some consider one of the greatest voices in contemporary music, Josh Groban. This tour marks only the second time the American talent has hit our shores in his 12 year career.

Josh Groban, Noise11, Photo

Josh Groban. Photo by Ros O'Gorman.

His latest release “All that Echoes” released in February, respectfully debuted at # 11 on the ARIA chart which is his highest to date, while in the U.S. Groban tapped yet another # 1.

The show opened with the strong upbeat track “Brave” directly followed by one of his previous singles “You are Loved”. Then Josh began a bit of banter with the audience which seemed to go over a treat. He seemed to be especially enamored by a guide dog called Nancy that one of the guests had in attendance, which got a few mentions throughout the show and the crowd adored.

After performing “February Song” on piano followed by the beautiful Spanish “Alejate” from his first album, Groban made reference to the venue referring to the Palais’ dome as “God’s Nipple” which was well-received by the audience laughter that followed. Then he performed the track “Happy in my Heartache” from the new album, which was also recently featured on an episode of the popular television series, CSI NY, in which Josh actually guest- starred.

Josh then further engaged with the audience with a short Q&A (question & answer) segment where apparent fans emailed in questions in advance which he read out and answered back to them from the stage. After performing three new cuts from “All that Echoes”, “The Moon is a harsh Mistress”, “Sincera” and “Hollow Talk”, Josh vacated the stage to allow his band to perform a vibrant rendition of the classic “Live and Let Die”. Groban then suddenly re-appeared behind a drum set performing “Voce Overture” followed by “Voce” with strong crowd participation on the handclaps. Then, a voice in the crowd shouted out asking for one his drumsticks, to which Josh obliged, and then gave the other to Nancy the dog (again winning the crowd over).

He then performed another track off his current release which was the Oscar winning song “Falling Slowly” from the Irish film “Once” followed by the very popular classic “Vincent” – which received strong applause at it began as it seems to have become a fan favorite. Josh then performed one of his earliest hits that helped launch his career from back in his “Ally McBeal” days with “To Where You Are” and then ended his set with his current Australian single, the Stevie Wonder song, “I Believe” upon which he was joined by the Melbourne Royal Philharmonic Choir.

For the encore, Josh dedicated his song “Awake” to the people of Boston then ended the show with the international hit “You Raise Me Up”, asking the audience to join in, as well as the Melbourne Royal Philharmonic Choir.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable evening of some fantastic music by a very talented performer and the standing ovation he received was well justified. He said he won’t take 6 years to return to us again like last time, so we can only hope!

K. Black

Set List, April 23, 2013 – Josh Groban, Palais Theatre, St. Kilda, Melbourne Australia

Brave (from All That Echoes, 2013)
You Are Loved (from Awake, 2006)
February Song (from Awake, 2006)
Alejate (from Josh Groban, 2001)
Happy In My Heartache (from All That Echoes, 2013)
Alla Luce
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress (from All That Echoes, 2013)
Sincera
Hollow Talk
Live & Let Die
Voce Overture
Voce (from Illuminations, 2010)
Falling Slowly (from All That Echoes, 2013)
Vincent
To Where You Are (from Josh Groban, 2001)
Machine (from Awake, 2006)
I Believe (from All That Echoes, 2013)

Encore:
Awake (from Awake, 2006)
You Raise Me Up (from Closer, 2003)

UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN SHOWS for Live Nation are:

23 Apr 2013
Tue
All That Echoes Tour Josh Groban
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
Sydney

24 Apr 2013
Wed
All That Echoes Tour Josh Groban
Sydney Opera House Concert Hall
Sydney

26 Apr 2013
Fri
All That Echoes Tour Josh Groban
QPAC Concert Hall
Brisbane

27 Apr 2013
Sat
All That Echoes Tour Josh Groban
QPAC Concert Hall
Brisbane

Comments

comments

Related Posts

Josh Groban performs an intimate show at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne on Friday 24 July 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Josh Groban Describes Katy Perry As “The One Who Got Away”

Josh Groban has opened up about Katy Perry describing her as the "one who got away".

September 24, 2018
Prince Piano and a Microphone
New Music Releases 20 September 2018

Major new titles coming this week from: Slash, The Paper Kites, The Story So Far, Voivod, Prince (Live), Josh Groban, Suede, Dead Letter Circus, Kid Rock (GH), Thundamentals, Villagers, Billy F. Gibbons, The Aints!, Macy Gray, St. Lucia and the new So Fresh compilation.

September 21, 2018
Josh Groban performs an intimate show at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne on Friday 24 July 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Josh Groban Covers Simon & Garfunkel and Billy Joel On Bridges

Josh Groban has covered the music and Simon & Garfunkel and Billy for his eighth album ‘Bridges’.

August 15, 2018
Bob Dylan Trouble No More
New Music Releases 3 November 2017

Major new titles coming this week from: Guy Sebastian, Chris Brown, Grace Vanderwaal, Bob Dylan (Bootleg), Roy Orbison & Royal Philharmonic Orch., Josh Groban (repack), Blake Shelton, Deep Purple (GH), Kid Rock, Maroon 5, Sam Smith and Shawn Mendes (live).

November 3, 2017
Josh Groban performs an intimate show at Chapel Off Chapel in Melbourne on Friday 24 July 2015. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Josh Groban Shaken By New York Terror Attack

Singer/actor Josh Groban ran for his life on Tuesday afternoon after multiple gun shots rang out as police took down a suspected terrorist in New York City.

November 1, 2017
Josh Groban Stage To Stage
Josh Groban To Release Coffee Table Book

Josh Groban will release a coffee table book, which is great news because as it turns out most Josh Groban music is listened to over a latté.

July 27, 2017
John Mellencamp - Image By Ros O'Gorman
Lauper Crow Mellencamp Heart Usher Groban Tell Politicians ‘Don’t Use Our Song’

John Oliver did a lengthy bit of his show on HBO last night on the use of popular music by politicians, highlighting not only the numerous complaints over the last week, but also historical incidents such as Ronald Reagan's use of Bruce Springsteen's rather non-patriotic Born in the USA.

July 26, 2016