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LIVE: THE ANGELS – NO EXIT 40 Years On Tour, Adelaide, 29 June, 2019

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LIVE: THE ANGELS – NO EXIT 40 Years On Tour, Adelaide, 29 June, 2019
The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, South Australia
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

It’s lashing down outside, but The Gov is as warm as a lover’s hug for the second of two sellout nights to kick off The Angels’ tour celebrating forty years of their third album, No Exit.

Rick and John Brewster formed the band right here in Adelaide with Doc Neeson in 1974, and were soon joined by Buzz Bidstrup and Chris Bailey to make one of the most formidable bands in Oz Rock history. All three are no longer with us, sadly, and were given a shout out during the show, which consisted of two sets of Angels classics – one playing the No Exit album in full from start to finish, one celebrating the band’s extensive history.

If Face To Face was the album which broke The Angels and solidified their signature sound, then No Exit proved them to be consummate, interesting songwriters, even though it only yielded one big single, the punchy Shadow Boxer.

The album featured plenty of fan favourites, of course – the title track, Can’t Shake It and Out Of The Blue have featured in their set lists for years, and what Angels show would be complete without the quasi-religious Mr Damage? But it’s the deeper cuts which sound so interesting tonight: Waiting For The World, After Dark, Save Me, Dawn Is Breaking and Ivory Stairs sound as fresh and essential as they day they were written.

We’ve never felt Dave Gleeson was a perfect fit for the band following Doc’s parting and later passing, but he’s had the job for eight years now and owns it. Tonight he takes the stage in a three piece suit – more than a slight nod to Neeson – throws theatrical shapes with energy and oomph and, frankly, it’s the most engaging we’ve seen him fronting this band. Consider us converted.

The Brewsters – there’s three of them now, don’tcha know, with John’s son Sam handling bass duties since 2013 – are implacable as always, especially Rick, who perfected his ‘human statue with a guitar’ routine many years hence. Rest assured Gleeson’s having enough fun for the lot of them, shimmying through Can’t Shake It, acting out during a coruscating Mr Damage, grinning like a goon throughout.

With No Exit delivered in awesome, fiery form, set 2 starts with the modern iteration of the band’s Talk The Talk, before a superb After The Rain, Straightjacket and I Ain’t The One. After the rare mellowness of My Life, Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again features a spirited rendition of its unofficial chorus by the jam-packed crowd, and by Face The Day I’m completely sold: this is the best I have seen the band since the Doc days, beyond the shadow of a doubt.

Gleeson suggests that just as Bon Scott is commemorated in statue form in his adopted town, that one day The Angels should be similarly immortalised here in Adelaide, and the hometown crowd registered emphatic approval.

Take A Long Line is perfect; Be With You simply sublime; No Secrets as tight as razor wire. The set finishes with the band playing as if possessed by the very spirit of rock n’ roll on Coming Down and Fashion & Fame. What a night.

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