Thursday, June 29, 2006

Coldplay light up the Entertainment Centre!




Yesterday night I was dazzled by the spectacular performance of Coldplay live at the Sydney Entertainment Centre! Their show was filled with amazing music accompanied by wonderful surprises, amazing lazer shows and big screen motion graphics; it was more than enough to "ignite your bones". (Coldplay-Fix You)

The support act was from Youth Group (Perth, Australia). I hadn't heard much of their music so I was looking forward to hearing them live for the first time. Youth Group performed brilliantly and their songs are beautiful; the ambience created by the nostalgic-like sounds were magical at times.

Coldplay then kicked off their concert performed Square One from their latest album X & Y which simultaneously featured a huge count down digital ticker on the large screen on stage . The excitement was generated immediately and everyone knew we were going to be in for a great concert!

They played all my favourite tracks, including ones from their second album Rush of Blood to the Head-'Clocks', 'Politik' and 'God put a smile upon your face'.
When Coldplay performed 'Yellow' it was a lovely surprise to see massive yellow balloon balls float down from the roof onto the people below. The balloons were pushed back up in the air (unfortunately we missed out on the fun since the balloons never made it up to the seating area).
Chris Martin (piano, guitar, voice) had fun bouncing and lying on the balloons too! Near the end of the song he attempted to pop one of the balloons on stage by throwing down his guitar. It didn't pop. :) He later said to 10 000 people in the audience, 'that's got to be the worst guitar throw in the history of Rock and Roll'. :) Everyone just cheered him on after that!

The concert continued and so did my enthusiasm for the music, I jumped right out of my seat several times (almost oblivious to the fact that there were people behind me).
Martin surprised us even further when he ran down from the stage, down the back of the Entertainment Centre and up into the seated area! He wanted to make sure that we didn't feel disadvantaged up in the seats. Never!

Coldplay also made a dedication to Slim Dusty and Johnny Cash by doing a cover song of theirs. Just when I thought the surprises were over they came back on stage to play a cover of Kylie Minogue's 'I Can't Get you Out of my Head'!!!! It was a little odd but that didn't stop me from bopping along to it! lol
I thoroughly enjoyed the concert and the light-hearted humour from Martin when he occassionally stuffed up. :)

Monday, June 19, 2006

Puppetronics Master-David Strassman


Yesterday night I watched the spell-bounding live performance by Puppetry Master David Strassman at the Blacktown Workers Club. It was incredible to watch Strassman have conversations with Chucky, Ted E. Bare and other characters simultaneously! At times he had three-four way conversations!! Amazing! Even in one part where Strassman stuffed up, Chucky was quick to exclaim "You just F*@!ed up your line!" which had Strassman laughing for a while with the audience laughing even harder.

Chucky was very naughty as usual; swearing a lot and picking on people in the audience, so Strassman punished him by putting him in the gay pink naughty chair to which Chucky rebelled against but was put there anyway. Strassman told Chucky that he could easily be replaced. At this point in the show he picked out a man and woman from the audience to help him out on stage. To the audience's surprise he turned them into puppets by placing a mask over their mouths. This mask had a moving mouth component that Strassman could control when he put on their voices, so the participants didn't need to move their mouths at all! It was unbelieveably hilarious to watch these humans turned into puppets in just one minute!

He introduced some of his new puppets too! A.N.G.E.L. (Autonomous Nuron Generating Expermental Lifeform), the first female puppet he has made who is a personal assisstant, computer, cell phone, fax, printer, scanner, and full tea and coffee service. Even though she is robotic she has a strong sense of womanhood and even tried to pick up a 'cowboy' in the fourth row! :)
Other characters with stand out performances were Kevin the "Tabbit" from planet Rigel 3, Sid the energetic and determined Beaver, and senile Fred who is grandpa Ted.

Some new puppet technology was also introduced with a cute three piece dinosaur (triceretops) choir who sang Queen's Bohemian Rapsody all with just the waving of Strassman's hands and conductor stick!
Definately a show not to be missed if he ever comes to a town near you!

Watch Strassman and Chuck's hilarious at home video at this link!

Photo by Evans.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Lucky Bastard

What's that?! :)

Yep, I want to be one of the Lucky Bastards who is offered the chance to travel the world in 55 days and get paid doing it!
Early this morning, I submitted my video for the ultimate experience.
The video is a short black and white, 'Charlie Chaplin-styled', documentary of my trip to the USA to visit mum (late in 2004). This is the first video project I have made and I stayed up till the wee hours of the morning to complete it, so I'm hoping that it's a winner! I have some stiff competition though.
For those of you who want to watch it, you can find the video here. You'll need to download the file in order to view it properly.
Any comments about the video are greatly appreciated!

Monday, June 05, 2006

End Of Fashion in Style

On Saturday the 3rd of June I watched one of my favourite bands perform for a recording at Foxtel for CD:Live, End Of Fashion from Perth, Australia. I knew about this all thanks to the band posting up a bulletin on myspace.com, for the chance to win exclusive tickets to the performance! I brought my cousin Cecile who is also into the band along for the show.
With all the cuts and retakes that television is filled with, End of Fashion did manage to keep their cool and performed brilliantly playing two songs; their latest single release 'The Game' and their first release 'Oh Yeah'. It was their catchy tunes and high energy performance which kept us buzzing with excitement.
It was hard to believe I was one of about 40 people to watch them perform and be interviewed only an arms-length away from them, it was very surreal. Before their interview which was on a massive pink u-shaped couch, I had a small chat to Rodney (back up vocalist and guitarist) after he asked if anyone wanted to take his place. He said that they always get asked the same questions which I could imagine would get predictable after a while and maybe too boring.
After the props and dress department gave up dressing them in gay Portman's accessories clothing, the interview started with Tom (the drummer) wrapping a scarf around the presenter's head, which was a better result. :)
End of Fashion were asked about fashion trends and whether they'd sported the look; like parachute pants, mullets, undercuts which some of the guys openly admitted to having in the past and ones which they still have. Rodney currently sports the mullet look but it looks cool and not like some of the tragic ones I see when I go further west in metro Sydney.
Justin (lead singer and guitarist) spoke about their 'shocking' experience when they played at SxSW in the USA where electric shocks kept coming out from the microphones. It sounded like hell yet funny at the same time. I think 67 Special's lead singer, Ash had a similar electrifying experience back here in Australia but he ended up in RPA hospital in Melbourne.
We also saw Kid Confuscious perform and be interviewed at Foxtel later that day. I'd heard of them before but wasn't familiar with their music. I quite liked their funky and soulful sound. They're going to be releasing an album soon but the title is not confirmed so the audience was asked for any suggestions. I got to say my corny suggestion of 'Confuscious says' although we were preped before hand when the producer asked if any of us had any funny titles for the album (mine was one of three that she picked for us to yell out). So that was my airplay plug. :)
So all this finished at about 7pm and we went off to top the night off at my brother Henry's (affectionately known by many as Hank) Dirty 30th at the Alfred Hotel in Camperdown. Happy Birthday Hank! We hope you had a great night/morning, cos we did!