Forum Theatre to see the sold out first night of Little Red's Midnight Remember tour. The opening act for the evening was New Zealand native Kimbra, who I saw a couple years ago when she first moved to Melbourne. She has gone from a singer/songwriter to more of a jazz-soul chanteuse, looking much more glamorous these days. Although she has a full band now, she still does samples of her vocals and loops them into the songs. Besides playing her own material she also did a cover of Prince's "I Wanna Be Your Lover" in her set.
Next up was Sydney band Sparkadia, who I missed seeing on their last album tour and have been wanting to catch live for a couple years now. They have been on a bit of hiatus, but are now back and about to release a new album. Their set consisted of songs from Postcards as well as a few new ones. It was so great to hear "Too Much To Do," "Morning Light," and "Animals." The new songs are pretty amazing as well, with the audience singing along to the chorus of "Mary" and their new single "Talking Like I'm Falling Downstairs." They closed the set with "Jealousy."
It continues to amaze me how popular Little Red have become. Each time they play in Melbourne they are in a bigger venue and selling it out. They opened the night with one of my favorites, "Lazy Boy." For these shows at the Forum they had a horn section along, which really adds so much to the songs. Dom, Quang and Tom alternated lead vocal duties throughout the night, playing songs from both Listen to Little Red and Midnight Remember. Taka added his usual flair by wearing a fantastic white suit and standing up on his drum kit to get the audience to clap along. Highlights of the night were "Get a Life," "Slow Motion," "Forget About Your Man," "Witchdoctor," "Jackie Cooper," "She's Not The Only One" and "It's Alright."
The crowd for the show was interesting to watch, because they really did not seem to know any of the album songs except ones that were singles. I wonder if the success of "Rock It" is what brought most people to the gig as that was one of the few songs to get a massive reaction. It's a bit of a shift from previous shows where everyone in the crowd has been singing and dancing along to every number. For the encore they started slowly with "Follow You There" and then picked it up to another level with "Coca Cola." The last song of the night was my other favorite, the fabulous "Misty, I."
Here's the video for the latest single, "Slow Motion"