Fans had the opportunity to choose the set list Gomez would play by visiting the online home for the band, click the Adelaide link and then request the set list by choosing the top five Gomez songs they wanted to hear the most, which also revealed some interesting choices.
As far as live bands go Gomez are up there with the best of them proving to be one of the most versatile bands with members swapping between instruments with ease, giving them plenty of creative options. It was a tradesman’s like effort delivering what they needed to but they could have put more of themselves in to the performance given the adulation was there from the fans.
Opening with back to back hits from the career shaping album Liquid Skin, it was Revolutionary Kind and Las Vegas Dealer that got the crowd excited. I Will Take You There followed then Tom Gray asked the crowd who voted asking for a show of hands. Interestingly, Notice was in the top ten for the first time prompting a “well done Adelaide.”
There are obvious and necessary staples in the Gomez set list and if any songs from Bring It On and Liquid Skin are played you pretty much can’t go wrong. Get Myself Arrested and Rhythm & Blues Alibi are just as great now as they were when they played Thebarton Theatre for the first time way back when. Airstream Driver went down well before going back in time giving Tijuana Lady and Bring It On a dust off, then back to another top ten vote with Our Goodbye getting the nod.
Tom Gray who seemed like the official spokesman for the band announced “this is the left turn you weren’t expecting” before the beats of Machismo. Holy Moses! I haven’t heard this one for a while with the To, echoing the same sentiment. Another unexpected top ten was Bring Your Lovin’ Back Here which brought the house down followed by Ruff Stuff and Ping One Down.
Whippin’ Piccadilly kept the good time vibe going and it’s hardly a Gomez set without this one. The fans know the words and the band must relish the energy from the crowd with this one. It all boiled down to the closer How We Operate and it was hard to decide if the band were just hitting their peak or whether they had given the fans just enough to leave them wanting more.
Returning for an encore it was Options up first. The comment “We’ve been together for 16 years! So much so, that we are doing our 15 year anniversary tour a year late” seemed odd as it felt like they were only here a year or so ago. Get Miles was the perfect closer as it was the first song they ever wrote and the crowd were really in to this one. It was a shame a packed house wasn’t on hand to see this one and we can only hope it doesn’t dampen the prospect of a return visit next time.
Review by Rob Lyon