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Hoodoo Gurus/Flamin Groovies Live at The Astor, 28 April 2013

| 7 June 2013 | Reply

Sunday, 28 April 2013
Review & Photos by Maree King

Hoodoo Gurus Live in Perth, 28 April 2013 by Maree King  (3)

The Hoodoo Gurus launched the multi-band, Dig It Up invitational mini festival last year with such a successful response they have returned this year with a new line up and ready to rock their Mars Needs Guitars album in its entirety and they did not disappoint. Celebrating 30 years of rock and a line-up that included some influences and some special young up and coming talents, the night kicked off with American singer/songwriter Peter Case bringing his blend of new wave, folk acoustic music that suited the crowd looking to relive some glory days from 80’s and 90’s. Although fairly unknown in Australia, his performance was subdued, but the crowd still responded well.

Following up was Gurus favourites The Flamin Groovies, and you can instantly see the influence of their music on the Gurus.  The Flamin Groovies look like they have never left the Seventies, rocking the stovepipe pants and the round glasses with the long shaggy hair, this San Francisco based Alternative Rock/Punk/Blues band drew many cheers from the crowd. They looked at times like they were channelling the Beatles who have clearly had a big influence on their style of music.  They played many of their bigger hits like Shake Some Action and Teenage Head, although again, with the crowd not particularly familiar with their music, they managed well enough, although most people seemed to be more interested in getting to the main act of the night.

After a quick interval and time for everyone to grab a drink, The Hoodoo Gurus finally came on to the stage to a raucous crowd who had waited patiently to relive their glory days of the 80’s. The stage set with its kitsch aluminium UFO’s in ode to the Science Fiction theme of the album and fitting for Faulkners’ quirky, wonderfully skewed pop mash ups. They started with No 1 Hit Bittersweet and its easy to see why their fans are so loyal.  In 30 years they have not lost any of their bounce or vitality and they ripped out tune after tune to the delight of the packed theatre, young and old dancing and singing to all the favourites like Poison Pen and Like Wow – Wipeout. The band were flawless, playing like a well oiled machine and phenomenal guitar solo’s of Brad Shepherd and the usual psychedelic vocals from Faulkner epitomised the class act they are. Once they finished running through the “Mars Needs Guitar” playlist they returned to the stage to play requests and pumped out and the usual classics What’s My Scene and 1000 Miles Away.

After departing stage left, with instruments on stage, the crowd erupted into whoops and foot stomps for an second encore. Returning to the stage they dedicated the final set to the late Chrissy Amphlett with a heartfelt rendition of the Easybeats classic “I’ll Make You Happy followed by Miss Freelove ’69 and ending with I Was A Kamikaze Pilot, leaving the crowd full of unrestrained enthusiasm for the magic that is the HOODOO GURU’s.

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