This was a night full of fun, laughter and memories of a huge music catalogue from The Bee Gees.
The audience was an interesting dynamic as each person had their own favourite they were there to see, with everyone else being a bonus. It was incredible to see such a diverse line up of Australian artists together on one stage. The performers really seemed to be enjoying themselves and I'm sure it would have been fun back stage. Suzie was there as one of the backing vocalists and John Foreman was the musical director.
Anthony came on in the 2nd half. He started singing off stage and I was applauding madly as he made his way on stage. I have to say most didn't seem to know who it was until they caught sight of him and then there was a really great welcome from the audience. I was hoping someone else would have posted by now as I can't remember the name of the first song. Ridiculous really, I knew he would only be singing two songs. How hard can it be to remember them! I can see every move and groove he did, I can even visualise facial expressions, but not one word comes to mind.
Maybe it was because the 2nd song was Immortality. It was just stunning and you could tell Anthony was enjoying singing the song. He said that when he was invited to do the show he put first dibs on this song, and I'm so glad he did. I hope we all get to hear it again some time - maybe on the next album!
He was dressed all in black - black shirt, black shiny suit - and looked gorgeous as always.
For the encore the whole cast came back on and sang How Deep Is Your Love and then You Should Be Dancing. Anthony was standing on the far right next to Melinda Schneider. There was quite a bit of by-play going on between them.
Everyone on stage gave a stellar performance. Apart from Anthony, my fave would have to have been Katie Noonan. I've always liked her music, but never bought any. You know, one of those guys you like to listen to but are not passionate about. As she's a bit quirky I was worried that she might kill some awesome songs - I'm not a fan of artists changing originals too much, it rarely works for me. One of her songs was New York Mining Disaster and she accompanied herself on the piano. It was haunting and very much Katie, and I loved it.
She was also involved in the other big ballad of the night, Woman in Love, in a duet with Tina Arena. My goodness, those two ladies were awesome and nearly took the roof with their soaring vocals.
Overall, a great night and I was introduced to some Aussie talent that I had not been terribly familiar with.
.... and it was a great warm up for me for the 9th and 10th August.