Okay, the guy’s married to Heidi Klum -- they had a baby (their third) four weeks ago today -- so he’s not that easy to impress... but Seal looked blown away by the dress code of Melburnians at the date on his very first tour of Australia.
Dancing in the aisles were blokes dressed-to-the-nines and women in fascinators. Actually, many of the women there looked like they had spent more on their hairdo than their concert tickets. All up, we made him look pretty shabby! (Not easy!)
Okay, there were no morning suits and top hats, but you wouldn’t find a better dressed (or more fabulous looking) audience this side of a thousand buck-a-head charity fund-raiser in New York or Paris.
I reckon his opinion of Melbourne, and quite possibly all of Australia, will be ridiculously high. Why? Cos he kicked off his tour on Oaks Day... Ladies day in the Spring Carnival.
The concert was a last-minute assignment for me. (And one I could have turned down.) Seal’s always been a bit too close to M.O.R. for me, though I have liked some of his clubbier songs... easy dance music with an R’n’B flavour. You know the ones: Killer and Amazing and others.
But I haven’t much liked the mix on his studio releases, especially the most recent, Soul
, which has sold millions. (Reportedly, Seal’s fave CD, which preceded it, hasn't sold a lot more than 1/20th that number.)
Anyway, the short version: his live sound is AMAZING. The arrangements of old and new songs, ballad and raver stuff alike -- and the soul covers in particular -- are far far better than the studio-engineered stuff.
So, consider me converted.
My (rave) review is comin’ up in the Herald Sun next week.
The first concert (November 5, 2009) set list and tour dates...
Papa Was A Rolling Stone
It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
I Can’t Stand The Rain
A Change Is Gonna Come
I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
Waiting For You
Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
Knock On Wood
Get It Together
The Right Life
Kiss From A Rose
Bring It On
People Get Ready
Seal's 2009 Australian Tour Dates
Thursday 5 November @ the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
Friday 6 November @ the Arts Centre, Hamer Hall
Friday 13 November @ Palais Theatre
Sunday 8 November @ Brisbane Convention Centre
Tuesday 10 November @ State Theatre
Wednesday 11 November @ State Theatre
Monday 16 November @ State Theatre
Tuesday 17 November @ State Theatre
Saturday 14 November @ Adelaide Entertainment Centre ‘Theatre Mode’
Friday 20 November @ Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth
Steve Sidelnyk - Drums
Mark Summerlin - MD/Guitar/Backing Vocals
Marcus Brown - Bass/Keys/Backing Vocals
Carol Jarvis - Trombone/Backing Vocals
Sarah Field - Sax/Trumpet/Backing Vocals
Katie Samways - Baritone Saxophone/Backing Vocals
Annette Brown - Trumpet/Backing Vocals
Labels: concert, Seal, set list