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LIVE: BOB EVANS – Perth, 27 October, 2018

| 30 October 2018 | Reply

LIVE: BOB EVANS – Perth, 27 October, 2018
The Rosemount Hotel, North Perth, Western Australia
By Natasha Sherriffs

I hadn’t been to the Rosemount in ages, since before their refurb, and as we ate our meal and watched the line for the gig with interest, we were a little surprised to see the older crowd ready for the gig, with the bar area full of early 20-somethings.

Once inside, though, we’re transported back to an old school pub, nothing like the shiny new surrounds in the courtyard. The main room has been rearranged to good effect, but our feet still stuck reassuringly to the carpet in a sticky mess, making us feel at home for the bands, old school style.

Before the main event, we had the pleasure of listening to Tanaya Harper, who reminded us of the quirky indie pop rock of Frente, and Hugh Jennings, who we really enjoyed as he warmed the crowd up for Bob Evans aka Kevin Mitchell of Jebediah fame. It turns out Jennings toured in support of Jebediah at some point, so old pals.

By this stage it seems the room was almost, if not full. Bob Evans came out with acoustic guitar and stage-filling presence, accompanied by two backup singers, one also wielding a violin.

He did not disappoint. The set began with Good Night Bullcreek, a perfectly fitting song for a WA gig. He continued his stellar start with Nowhere Without You, and Friend, from fourth album Don’t Wanna Grow Up Anymore.

Reminding us of Mick Thomas gigs in the past, Evans then threw a song raffle. We’ve always loved this idea, allowing the crowd to hear lesser-known gems that rarely appear on an artist’s set list. With his Dylan-like harmonica wailing, raffle request Rocks In My Head and Happy Tears drew much applause. Pasher Bulker and Don’t You Think It’s Time are sensational, bringing us to the end of the main set.

We ended with a encore – the sort where you know there’ll be an encore, but you still have to clap and pretended to call for an encore – and Wonderful You felt like an old friend, wrapping up a great night, and a truly enjoyable gig.

Shane

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