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Them Crooked Vultures, TSB Bank Arena,Wellington

29 January 2010 4,233 views 2 Comments

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Ticket and Review from Duncan Watson in New Zealand

No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
 Dead End Friends
 Scumbag Blues
 Elephants
 Highway One
 New Fang
 Gunman Blues
 Guitar solo from Alain
 Bandoliers
 Mind Eraser, No Chaser
 Caligulove
 Interlude With Ludes
 Spinning In Daffodils
 Reptiles
 Warsaw or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up


What a weekend of rock we had in Wellington – AC/DC on Thu and Sat nights, with TCV sandwiched between on Friday.  The bogans are out of the suburbs in their black AC/DC t-shirts, but there were also lots of black Led Zeppelin and Nirvana and Foo Fighters t-shirts on bodies in the TSB Bank Arena on Queens Wharf.  This isn’t a large venue, with capacity for 4000 – 5000 people and tonight it was nicely full.  The crowd was in good spirits – rocking and lively but nobody was doing anything stupid.  The acoustics are not the best for rock concerts but with ear plugs in (I really must be getting old!) it sounded just fine.
A duo came on at 8 pm – guitarist and drummer.  I have no idea who they were, but they were a good warm-up.  They played for about 30 minutes and finished with no encore.
TCV came on at 9 pm sharp, introducing themselves as AC/DC and after the first song Josh commented on the 3 rock venues – what an amazing weekend, AC/DC, TCV, AC/DC “that’s f**in perfect”.  After the second number Josh called two girls out at the front who were getting crushed
and allowed them to watch from inside the railed off area – “be good to the ladies”.  Josh wants everyone to have a good time.  He kept raving about how great the audience was and said that we were even better than Melbourne.
The band was introduced before New Fang.  First Dave Grohl, who got a good reception, then Alain, “and on my right …” and a huge cheer went up for JPJ.  No introduction necessary.  No change to the standard setlist.  Alain did a guitar solo before Bandoliers, and JPJ did a great piano solo to finish off Spinning with the Daffodils.  After giving a big introduction for Warsaw and promising to play “extra hard”, there was a false start to which Josh owned up “even professionals like us make mistakes!”.  He then proceeded to unbutton his shirt and said to a woman in the audience that he would show her his but there was no need for her to show him hers! Dave Grohl counted in “one, two, three, four” and they launched into Warsaw.  The show finished abruptly at about 10.45 pm without an encore.

TV1 ran a small item on the 6 o’clock news on Friday night a few hours prior to the show.  I know some people went along to see Dave Grohl.  I was delighted to see Jonesy in my fair city.  It was a great show and the audience loved it. There is a (slightly disappointing) review on Stuff with a couple of photos:
http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/entertainment/3278634/Gig-review-Them-Crooked-Vultures

Thanks to Duncan Watson for the review

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2 Comments »

  • andrew johnson said:

    after waiting from 1978 to see JPJ in the flesh , this little Zephead was not let down by him. JPJ was everything and more with thundering bass , a solo to die for and a 5 minute piano solo which left me breathless. the whole band was about as tight as you can get. my son turned to me after about 3 songs with his eyebrows raised and asked if these guys were for real , we were both blown away by them. have to agree with Duncan , the review in the Dominion was a disgrace the guy should stick to reviewing his mums record collection. so there you go JPJ was just awesome , the concert was a killer and i for one cant wait for these lads to treat us to another album and another tour down under!

  • Girl in Red said:

    Woohoo, I was the girl Josh Hommes showed his nipple too. Amazing concert, tight set and really good mosh, spinning still.

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