|Subject: Thoughts from Oakland|
|Date: 29/05/2017, 12:58 am|
I thought I would record a few observations from last night's show. Let me start with the negatives to get those out of the way. First of all, the concert was too loud in places. You know the type of loud where the noise takes over and the nuances of the different instruments are lost in the sea of sounds? It was that kind of loud. The kind where Peter's words were hard to discern at times, which is fine when he sings songs that are burned in my memory, but not so great when he goes off track and ad-libs new lines. Midnight Oil are a power band, and they really feed off the energy of having the volume set to high, but if they could just have dialed things back a tick or two, it would have sounded a lot better. The venue may have played a role as well, but it's hard to say.
As for political commentary, you go expecting some pointed remarks, and they delivered. I may disagree with Peter's stance on cruise ships, but fully appreciate the general thinking behind it. And politically, well you kind of know what to expect there, and he came though in a satisfying way.
It's not always been a smooth road for the band on this comeback effort. A lot of these sell-outs are due to scalpers buying up all the tickets in the anticipation that they would return a nice profit (it probably didn't in Oakland, tickets were as low as $6 on Stub Hub going into the day of the concert), making their popularity seem artificially inflated. And we all know about the foibles of the new box sets. But the bottom line is that the band kicked ass at what they do best, and the rest is just noise in the background.
Having said all that, here's my one sentence review of the concert: Thank you, Midnight Oil, for putting in an excellent and memorable show, and being a voice of conscious that modern music still finds difficult to embrace.