12.11.11 NSW Castle Hill RSL Nov 13, 2011 2:27:54 GMT 10
Post by shimmery on Nov 13, 2011 2:27:54 GMT 10
Just bouncing back in from a fun fab night at Castle Hill!
What a FUNTARSTIC show and great night all round!! A little bit of sadness creeping in that it's the last one for NSW of the tour and that will be our last Roy show but loving all the memories and my mind's filled with wonderful moments from the shows we've been to!
Castle Hill was great and lovely staff there, they made sure everything was nice for dinner and pre-show coffees in the dining area. We were there about sunset and it was a lovely time of day to be there with the sun going down golden through the trees outside.
Was a surprise start to the evening for sure, we saw Damien before the show even started! Was so gorgeous and thoughtful of him, he spotted us & Braffy and Dawn & came out before the show started to say hi as he said he wouldn't be able to stay back for a chat after the show, so we had a lovely little chat with him before. Lovely start to the evening! He looked really well and happy and the whole vibe tonight was fun all round and a celebration of the tour.
Jess Chalker was tonight's support act and she was lovely as always and the crowd very attentive during her set.
Then it was time for Damien and the band!
A few differences to the setlist tonight and tons of highlights, really every song is a highlight of course!
2nd song in was I Drove All Night then it was Only the Lonely, so that was new and fabulous and then also tonight was the first time P & I had heard Leah and we adored it Damien mentioned on stage how he was influenced by the beautiful Island harmonies on his holiday in Fiji and WOW the way all the guys came up to the microphones and did those harmonies, it was mindblowing!!!!!
Beautiful was STUNNING again and this was the first time I'd heard the two flutes version - again, incredible! Every show I've been to there's been different arrangements and surprises, you always wonder what new magic you'll see each show!
In Dreams just SPELLBINDING again and the audience loved every beautifully emoted moment. Love Hurts was gorgeous tonight, always a fave but even moreso.
MASSIVE surprise moment!! When Damien went to start Hallelujah everyone started clapping just from the first few notes Eric played. Damien stopped proceedings and said to the audience how did we know what was coming next - and then for fun they just changed direction totally and started doing an off the cuff and PERFECT version of Crowded House's BETTER BE HOME SOON!!! WOW what a thrill to hear Damien and Eric sing it together & with perfect harmonies, it was gorgeous and Damien said after the song it was the first time they had done it, just totally on the spur of the moment! It was PERFECTION!
I've jumped ahead but my mind is jumping everywhere remembering things! The audience really got into the whole show, quietly at first then the whole place was really rocking on by Mean Woman Blues/Handle With Care and went off totally of course as always for the Pretty Woman encore!
Lots of fun with the dancing and banter, Damien is absolutely hilarious with these anecdotes and tall tales he tells on stage. We had a lovely group at our table and they were all massive Roy fans and now additionally massive DAMIEN fans!
Had a nice little chat with Eric and Cesar tonight and also Brian lovely to see you and say hi after the show too!
Finished the evening with a little birthday Hut for Dawn, I hope she really enjoyed her birthday and she will want to tell those stories. Great to see everyone, and hopefully not long til the next tour, this one was a blast!
Sorry now teh coma is starting to hit HARD and I'm already losing ability to write much more, but am sure all the others will fill in teh stories on their return. safe and happy travels all :
Most of all.....
THANK YOU DAMIEN!! We will miss you till next time it's been so great to share these fantastic concerts with you the last few months, I don't think I stop smiling from start to finish each show just LOVING EVERY MOMENT!!!! You and the band are AMAZING, the BEST!!