If Cold Chisel have a secret formula it is the blending of the individual talents. Jimmy Barnes is the rock star to Ian Moss the soul voice, Don Walker is the architect and Phil Small and the late Steve Prestwich were the momentum.
At last nights Melbourne show, the some of the parts once again proved greater than the individuals with Charley Drayton now seated in the well-worn Prestwich chair. Charley played tribute to Steve later in the show by wearing a t-shirt with the name PRESTWICH across it.
On a day were we lost Men At Work’s Greg Ham and were reminded of the unique sounds Australian artist create it was fitting to end the day with two hours of Cold Chisel live.
There are only four Australian shows on the No Plans tour. Last night’s Festival Hall gig was their last Aussie show for some time. (Cold Chisel will tackle the UK in July).
Last night fans witnessed Chisel’s flavour of icon Aussie rock live. The Ian Moss song ‘Bow River’ complete with elongated guitar solo into and the harmonica was the shows gobstopper.
Cold Chisel played a decent range of songs from the new album and it was very obvious very early in that the new songs slot perfectly alongside the classic. Cold Chisel captured the moment on ‘No Plans’ and delivered exactly the sound they should have. The album works as the next chapter in the Cold Chisel story and like ‘The Last Wave Of Summer’, the previous album 14 years earlier, I’m sure songs from ‘No Plans’ will seed the setlist for as long as Chisel remain together.
Next stop for Cold Chisel is the UK in July.
July 13, London, Hard Rock Calling Hyde Park
July 15, Glasgow, O2 Academy
July 16, Manchester, O2 Apollo
The setlist from Festival Hall, Melbourne, April 19 was:
Standing On The Outside (from East, 1980)
Cheap Wine (from East, 1980)
No Plans (from No Plans, 2012)
HQ454 Monroe (from No Plans, 2012)
Saturday Night (from Flame Trees, 1984)
Everybody (from No Plans, 2012)
Forever Now (from Circus Animals, 1982)
Yakuza Girls (from The Last Wave Of Summer, 1998)
My Baby (from East, 1980)
Rising Sun (from East, 1980)
Summer Moon (from No Plans, 2012)
Choir Girl (from East, 1980)
All For You (from No Plans, 2012)
You Got Nothing I Want (from Circus Animals, 1982)
Merry Go Round (from Breakfast At Sweathearts, 1979)
Flame Trees (from Flame Trees, 1984)
Khe Sahn (from Cold Chisel, 1978)
Bow River (from Circus Animals, 1982)
When The War Is Over (from Circus Animals, 1982)
Dead And Laid To Rest (from No Plans, 2012)
Four Walls (from East, 1980)
Goodbye (from Breakfast At Sweathearts, 1979)