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The Rock-itt : October 2009
Grinspoon, the band we've all been waiting for, finally take control of proceedings opening with a new song Right Now. With its chunky guitar riffs and chanting choruses they assured the crowd the Grinners are back, doing what they do best. The band returns from an 18 month absence with a new album titled Six To Midnight under its arm. The night's sell-out performance was a rare and intimate affair for those in attendance, to witness the band's first Sydney comeback performance and taste some new Grinspoon. After a strong reaction to their opening number and the stage lights blaring into explosive action, the band enters familiar territory with Black Tattoo, followed by Hard Act to Follow which gets the crowd jumping and singing along. After being hit with a few more newies including It Takes One, Premonitions, Passenger, Run and their new melodic single Come Back all getting an appreciative reaction from the crowd, the band got down to business and gave us want we all wanted, a solid dose of Grinspoon, faultlessly shaking the house with such big rocking, raw, grungy, thumping classics as 1000's miles, Champion, More Than You Are, Lost Control, Sweet As Sugar, No Reason and with a brilliant vocal performance of Chemical Heart to balance things out a little. It was really refreshing to see that the band was genuinely enjoying themselves with all band members sporting smiles all night and delivering a picture perfect performance. It was also an opportunity for Phil, to thank the supporters of the band now in their 14th year and said he was really glad and thankful to be still performing to great audiences. To commence the encore proceedings the band hit us hard with the opening track off their new album Dogs - a heavy grungy track reminiscent of their older stuff which went down strongly with the enthusiastic crowd but in an unusual turnaround of events the 'dogs' were trounced, squashed and swallowed up by the 'cats' ! To conclude the show the band blasted out from the past with their all time favourite classic Dead Cat (DC x 3). Until recently this iconic gem had not been played live in 10 years, so finishing the night with this kick-arse, cranking track from where it all started for Grinspoon was a brilliant move, which had the whole crowd lift to a new level, jumping, going crazy and cheering with overwhelming appreciation. Great move guys, keep the Dead Cat alive! Big news just announced the Grinners will be performing at the 2010 Big Day Out! For latest news and information visit www.grinspoon.com.au