DIG IT UP! HOODOO GURUS INVITATIONAL
The Tivoli, Brisbane
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Words: ALISON 'AL' MANDERS
Blue Oyster Cult photo: JUDY JETSON
As someone who was there for Dig It Up 2012, I was always going to head along this year. I waited with bated breath for the announcement, wondering how on earth they were going to top last year. I mean, Kids In Dust, the Fleshtones, The Sonics, and the Gurus at their best. I was up bright and early on February 1, waiting for the email that when it came, would rock my world. The mighty Blue Oyster Cult were finally coming Down Under. But wait, the Flaming Groovies, and the Buzzcocks. One Dig It Up was not going to be enough.
Dig It Up, Brisbane is a one venue affair so required no scheduling of where to be when, unlike Sydney where my highlighter works overtime.
The night kicked off with the mighty Flaming Groovies. Was lucky enough to see a lot of them on their last tour Down Under, and Cyril and George never disappoint. Chris doesn't seem to be quite in synch to start with, but moves through the initial awkwardness to produce no less than we expect from such veterans. Slow Death and Shake Some Action (of course) highlights for me, though I would have killed for Teenage Head. 45 minutes, what can you do ?
Blue Oyster Cult. Seriously, what can I say ? 45 minutes was never going to be enough, and it wasn't. But, it did break my BOC cherry, and as such will be the gig i remember forever.It was a bloody good start though. Kicking off with the Red and the Black, then a brief interlude where Eric instructed those who didn't already know, on how to participate on Golden Age of Leather, a song I love. I raised my beer on high with pleasure. ME 262 reared its head, along with Last Days of May, Godzilla, and Reaper. All in all, a set list I was more than happy with.
The Gurus. I swear, they play their best shows at Dig It Up. They truly kick it up another gear. Mars Needs Guitars is a fantastic album and one of not too many, by any artist, that I am more than happy to hear in its entirety live. The engine room of Rick and Mark lay a ground beat that pulses through the venue. Dave's vocals soar. Brad, well he is rocking out as only Brad can. Highlight for me was Hayride to Hell.
If you don't have a ticket to Dig It Up already, what are you waiting for ? Seriously. Chances are you are never going to have this chance again. I am so glad that I took the opportunity to Dig It Up in Brisbane.
See you at Twin Towns, or in Sydney.