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LIVE: DIESEL, Sunset at The Soundshell, Kalgoorlie – 26 Jan, 2020

| 29 January 2020 | Reply

LIVE: DIESEL, Sunset at The Soundshell, Kalgoorlie – 26 Jan, 2020
With support from The Joshua David Trio
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

This was no forum for political discussion, in fact, there was little room for talking at all as Mark Lizotte – Diesel, as we know him professionally – and band let the music do the talking for a beautiful Australia Day evening of soulful rock n’ roll.

A community event thrown by the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, the grassed area quickly filled with families and revellers staking their patch with blankets, folding chairs, picnics and eskies, or enjoying some of the tasty food truck options on site.

After citizenship ceremonies, Joshua David & his trio left a strong impression with an incendiary set of guitar rock, culminating in some tasty licks from the likes of Jimi Hendrix.

Then, as the sun fell, Diesel and co took the stage and thrilled the maybe 3000-strong crowd with some heavy blues, soulful rock and many of the tracks which brought him six ARIA awards (plus as many nominations again).

Looking For Love, one of his old Johnny Diesel & the Injectors tunes, kicked off the show, the opening round of the tenth annual Sunset At The Soundshell season. “You know Muddy Waters, right?” the singer asked early in his set, before playing a tribute to the blues legend featuring some dirty slide guitar which was lost on some of the more casual fans present.

The same couldn’t be said of favourites Soul Revival – presented as a heartfelt slow Dylanesque blues, All Come Together, the hits I Don’t Need Love, Love Junk and the smooth soul of Never Miss Your Water.

Diesel addresses the crowd only fleetingly, paying tribute to this beautiful country, and how lucky we all are to live in her, then with a snippet of The Temptations’ Just My Imagination he leads into a triumphant closing trio of Come To Me, Cryin’ Shame and Tip Of My Tongue, before seamlessly handing over to a terrific fireworks display to end a wonderful evening.

The next edition of Sunset at the Soundshell, on 8 February, will feature country singer-songwriter Kasey Chambers with local support from the K7 Band.

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