2000.04.10 PRINCE OF WALES, ST KILDA, MELBOURNE

 
SETLIST
 Order     Song  
 01    So Much More  
 02    Stolen Car  
 03    Stars all seem to weep  
 04    Best Bit  
 05    Sweetest Decline  
 06    She Cries Your Name  
 07    Devil's Song  
 08    Thinking about tomorrow   
 09    Whenever  
 10    Pass in Time  
 11    Someone's Daughter  
CONCERT NOTES
 This concert was recorded for Australian radio programme, Live At The Wireless. The set was edited and not the whole show was featured. The duration was about 57 mins.
 

 Beth Orton will appear on a weekly boardcast programme in Australia called Live at the Wireless by the nation's "Youth Network" Triple J. They feature a different artist each week and the sets often go between forty five minutes and one hour. Sometimes they are recorded live in the studio of Triple J, sometimes they are done live from the "rooftop" of the station, and other times they are fed recordings from a gig done recently (overseas or throughout the country) Not a bad way to spend one' s Monday
evenings. The recording will probably be a gig from the Melbourne Big Day Out, if not her Sydney Metro Performance.

Live at the Wireless starts 9.00pm Monday and is replayed the following Sunday beginning at 5.00pm.

Below is a list of links provided by DARREN which may be useful for fans not living in Australia to catch the show:

"Live At The Wireless"
( http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/latw/default.htm) is a weekly radio program broadcast on Australia's 'youth' network, Triple J.

The show should be broadcast online in RealAudio and Windows Media formats via http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/listen.htm

These times are for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, etc. or Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) which is 10 hours ahead of UTC (Greenwich Mean Time).

 

CONCERT REVIEWS

Tickets to this show sold out well in advance and there were more than a few  dissapointed faces outside the Prince on this particular night. Perhaps it was the charismatic charm Beth Orton had displayed at the Big Day Out the previous day that prompted people to rush to see her again the following night? Who knows, one thing is for sure though, if you missed Beth Orton and The Grapes last Monday you missed a great evening of entertainment.

The support slot offered the opportunity for locals The Grapes to play to a packed venue, which was good to see. Fronted by Sherry Rich (a little country) and Ashley Naylor (a little bit rock and roll), The Grapes kept everyone amply entertained until Ms Orton graced the stage, and they did a good job with their brand of up-beat jangley twang. If you like you music happy, poppy with lots of tambourine and showing just a hint of influence from the Country and Western genre, then be sure to check out the Grapes, you won't be dissapointed.

Soon enough it was time for Ms Orton, but first let it be said that this gig was more than half filled by very affectionate couples, not at all ashamed to indulge in public  displays of affection, such is the make up of the average Beth Orton fan me thinks.

Beth Orton took to the stage with her four-piece band, which included a double bassist,to create a show which was on of the most vocally driven I've seen fro some time. I was interested to see if Beth live was as good as Beth on CD and the answer to that question is yes. Perhaps she was even more bewitching. This woman has a voice that can soar then drop to a whisper. It can be stripped back and honestly raw, or fine and delicate.

At this stage in the review I'd just like to send out a special thank you to the particularly amorous fellow who proceeded to serenade his beloved along with Beth Orton, much to the displeasure of myself and about 30 others in his immediate vicinity. Thank you for sharing, but next time, don't. All in all, the show went for well over an hour with Orton showing neither a sign of fatigue nor a good joke (her jokes were just plain BAD but none less endearing). Her Central Reservation album was more than amply
show cased in this gig. Along with a few 'hits' as it were, from 1997's Trailer Park. One particularly enchanting and memorable moment was the amazingly delivered  stripped back version of 'Galaxy of Emptiness'. If you missed this show last week, I'm sorry. If you ever get a chane to see Beth Orton again, purchase a ticket well in advance, she's more than worth it.

EMMA RAPHAEL (BEAT MAGAZINE, 9th Feb 2000)

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