15 & 16 Apr 2010 Brass Monkey Cronulla Apr 19, 2010 21:07:10 GMT 10
Post by shimmery on Apr 19, 2010 21:07:10 GMT 10
Thank you all so much for your lovely birthday wishes It was such an amazing night I'm still almost lost for words!!! But have more now at least than the other day when I posted
I think that's indicative of the major coma going on that night - wow we all flipped when we heard the first note of KISS at the very end of Wicked Game. Just love that way Damien sings it - wow- Sooooooooo funky, Damien's version is teh sexeh . Also loved the Prince style guitar accompanying - that's a rare song that I'd love to see brought into the set more often It's fantastic at small venues because everyone really gets into it and belts it out with him - loved it!!
It's a wonder we didn't have some sort of breakdown by KISS, I was already in nirvana eclipse as it was I think I spent most of the night alternating between and
Was thrilled when Damien sung Catch the Wind - oh wow such a favourite and it gets better and better each time - his voice is so warm and full of heart, and I just love the latest arrangement!!!
Ride On was stunning and the slide guitar really added another fantastic dimension!!
Was also brilliant hearing the new arrangement to Stairway to Heaven up close - WOW Eric can rock out and Damien joining in was spinetingling. Seriously, how talented are these guys!!!! The show went from heavenly acoustic to epic rock and back and it all was so seamless - ah I just LOVED IT!!!
So many hilarious moments during the night too, the shows are so much fun!! There's really nothing better than being at the front, and at a small venue it's so cosy and the real definition of "up close and personal" music! Was great to be able to see Kevin and Cesar better too. I love their addition to the group, there's so much exciting potential for the future arrangemengs there as well!
Great audience as well like at Souths the week before, a lot of Irish and they really joined in with the songs, even adding the answer back bit in "Wild Rover" - it was all just totally magic really!
When Damien wished me a Happy Birthday and asked me if there was a song I'd like I think my heart just about stopped. I'd hoped to hear For All of Time this tour and hadn't yet, so this was all just a dream! It's not only my favourite song of Damien's, it's one of my favourite songs ever, full stop!
Damien said that the band hadn't played this one so he might do this one himself & he began those beautiful plaintive notes on the guitar - aaaaaaaah! Then as he started singing the rest of the guys in the band softly joined in and felt their way into the song as well - it was utterly divine. At the very end Damien not only reached the sweetest high note, he kept going right up the scale we were gasping - it was stunning!!!!
Just like at the Listening Party, Morgs & I were huddled together throughout this song and fighting back tears, wow did it bring back some memories & to see Damien there actually singing it live - it was so beautiful, I'll never forget it
A few times during the next songs I was still biting my lip fighting back (happy) tears ! Damien said there was to be no crying, lol, we'd already done "Crying" so we couldn't do it again
Then it was time for the singalongs! I had my arms around b/f and Morgs and we were happily swaying and having a blast.
It was all such a beautiful night. I also loved seeing Diana Rouvas as support act again and b/f and I both really enjoy her singing, shes got such a strong bluesy voice.
As mentioned already by the others there were certainly some quirks to the dining experience (main served during Damien's set and no dessert or coffee offered after?!) and we didn't want to eat while Damien was performing either so waited til the break.
All in all though I just love the venue and as a wonderful place to see Damien and the guys play, the experience was unbeatable!!
It was fantastic to see Damien at the end of the evening to say hi & thank him for the wonderful show Our last sight as we left the club was of a lone musician striding away into the night with his guitarcase swaying by his side - I hope Damien had a brilliant time, we all had the best!