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GUY SEBASTIAN @ The State Theatre, 6/3/2008

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So, what kind of audience is it that turns up to see Guy Sebastian play with some of the most respected soul musicians in the world?

Well, it’s an odd one.

There are the obligatory tweeny-boppers, invariably accompanied by their over-eager parents.
Then there are the old guys who have been hoarding Stax and Decca records since their 15th birthday in 1963, and have finally got the chance to see some of their heroes play live. They don’t really know who Guy Sebastian is, other than through a general, vague awareness, but as far as they are concerned this band could be fronted by the reanimated corpse of Mussolini, just as long as they get to see Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn and Steve ‘The Colonel’ Cropper.
Then there are the large gaggles of middle-aged women – those who don’t listen to much music, but like non-threatening singers like Guy Sebastian. These women have music libraries filled with Cliff Richard, Il Divo and various Idol winners from around the world. Their interest in these men is never purely musical, of course. Indeed, they wistfully dream of these clean-cut Casanovas coming to their house, singing to them while they complete their tedious housework, and then making love to them in a way that their husbands (“One-Minute Mike” and “Two-Inch Tom”, as they joke to their friends) haven’t done since the dying days of the Reagan administration.

Aside from the old soul fans, those present went all gushy for the support act. I don’t remember his name, but that isn’t a great loss – he was Guy Sebastian, but less in every aspect. His voice isn’t nearly as good, his songs are about as interesting as 3a.m. T.V, and instead of sounding like a nice, intelligent, humble person when he spoke, instead he managed both to forget the phrase “crowning glory” and sound like a complete gronk in the process. This man will never trouble the ARIA judges.

As for Guy Sebastian himself?

It’s like…

Well…

Ok.

So before Guy came out, they played us this video about the history of Stax Records. And as story after story about Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Al Green and Booker T & The MGs, you began to think about these titans of music: about how this music was born in the cotton fields of the South, how white men and black played this music together at a time when they couldn’t sit in the same area of a McDonalds, and how these immortal voices carried the urgency and the rage of an entire race trying to break through the hate and rage of centuries.
And then Guy Sebastian comes on stage, and his voice is flawless, and his energy is relentless, and the love from the audience is tangible – but something is missing. It lacks, dare I say it, any soul.
When Wilson Pickett sings “I’m going to wait ‘til the midnight hour”, you know EXACTLY what is going to go down in the midnight hour. When Guy Sebastian sings it, you just aren’t sure. Is he going help your kids with their homework? Is he going to sit on your couch and watch Scream with you and hold you close when you get frightened?
In fact, the show only kicked up out of karaoke mode three times:
1 – Guy sung a new song of his called Fire, and you could absolutely feel the passion, the urgency and the sheer need in his voice. It didn’t sound like mimicry, and it didn’t sound hollow – it was pure energy and total desire.
2 – When the rest of the band left the stage, and the MGs played their classic instrumental Green Onions. Everyone was out of their seat, dancing like mad as this most brilliant of bands played this most brilliant of tracks.
3 – Just as the set was getting warmed up, Jimmy Barnes came on stage for a special surprise appearance. He sang two songs, Sam & Dave’s classic Hold On, I’m Coming and When Something Is Wrong With My Baby, and really showed everyone what a frontman should be about. It really seemed like something was wrong with his baby, and that it really hurt him to the depths of his being. Guy, on the other hand, made it seem slightly hypothetical, as though if something ever happened to his baby, it probably would, you know, be kinda crap.

It was a really fun gig, and it was something of a dream realised to see the MGs. But it never really kicked out of 2nd gear. What it was missing was real soul.

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Written by soundaffects

April 12th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

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  1. What a prejudicial review. You don’t deny the voice, and you can see the soul when Guy sang his own song, but the rest of his performance was lacking it. Wonder how come he managed to get the finest soul men in history to be part of his backing band then. I am so glad those wonderful southern gentlemen Steve Cropper and Donald “Duck” Dunn are totally non judgmental. John Fry(owner of Ardent Studio) said they just took Guy how they found him, with no preconceived ideas about his Idol past. They recognized the soul in Guy Sebastian in a recording studio in Memphis last year, and that is why they agreed to come to Australia to tour with him. If not for Guy these old soul men would not even have been in Australia for you to see.

    These are Steve Cropper’s words about Guy spoken in various interviews. You can find these interviews on Youtube and also Google Video.

    Interview about the Making of The Memphis Album: “I couldn’t believe this guy’s voice. I mean literally ..”

    “He’s mindboggling, and he does it with so much feeling and real honest energy you know ..and to me that’s always been what sells records. He has it .. he has what we call in the business “chops”.”

    Interview with Wilbur Wilde: “I describe him to people, you know, I say “the man’s got a hundred voices, you know, and you never know which one he’s going to pull out next, you know”. But he does it with so much feeling. He’s so convincing with his voice. You can tell he’s really singing with feeling.”

    Interview with Alan Jones: “You have no idea how many years we’ve looked to have somebody. There are so many people who love the music, that try to sing the music and all that, but it just doesn’t seem to come down within. And he has made the music his music. It’s fantastic.”

    “He has taken this music, and made it his own. He’s given it a new place in life. We all recognise that. And everybody I’ve played it for back home has said the same thing”.

    “Well I don’t know if the Australians here know who Al Bell is. But Al Bell wound up being the vice president of Stax Records. And I sent him a copy of the album a few weeks ago, And he called me back, and I still have his message in my cell phone. And he said “All I can say Cropper is Oh my God. Oh My God.”

    Now Steve has a great deal of respect for Guy, so much so that he has said that it has taken 40 years for him to find another singer to give him the same reaction he had when he first heard Otis Reading sing, and that singer is Guy Sebastian. You can hear those words on youtube as well. Steve and the other Mgs want to do more work with Guy too, including having him as their singer at some upcoming festivals in the USA.
    They are not planning to taking Jimmy Barnes anywhere. Just Guy.

    Steve Cropper’s own words make yours look ridiculous. Now what were you saying about soul?

    Adelaide

    April 14th, 2008 at 1:11 am

  2. You really should have read it through before you published. Your lengthy ramblings about what you believe is the personality of a middle-aged Guy fan is just plain, um, childish and screams Guy prejudice.

    As a middle-aged fan of the original Stax/soul music I’m happy to add Guy to the mix, as is my fave radio station, allmemphismusic.com. And so are many MGs fans that I spoke to at that very concert who had never seen Guy before and, to quote one, ‘had no idea he was so good.’

    Nessa

    April 14th, 2008 at 6:30 am

  3. PS. A ‘soul’ friend sent a US article where Duck Dunn (part-time legend) is interviewed. During the interview he says he’s been in Australia ….. and adds re Guy (can’t find the exact quote right now). He’s very good. Like a blend of Al Green and Al Jarreau.

    Nessa

    April 14th, 2008 at 6:55 am

  4. Whaddaya think of Good Old Days? Sounds like you just might be reluctant to accept anyone else doing the classic soul songs. I reckon Sebastian’s a star. If the information given by other posters is true, so do the people who count. And I agree with the others on the drivel about the females in the audience. That’s really pathetic. Il Divo? Get a grip!

    Signed
    Middle-aged, long time soul fan

    Val

    April 14th, 2008 at 9:28 am

  5. Couldn’t let this go without some comments about your obvious lack of knowledge of soul music. It seems you gleaned a little from the film shown, but not enough to show you had any real background knowledge of this amazing music which actually is credited with being the base of most of today’s music.

    If you had really been watching the film and then bothered to research your subject afterwards you would realise Soul music was never meant to protest and rage against the terrible injustices of those times. Not meant to be full of anger against their lives. It was meant to be an escape from it. Joyous music stemming from the south’s gospel routes. Sometimes yearning, but never angry. Also if you had bothered to look at Steve’s face while Guy was singing “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and some of the other yearning songs, you would have seen how much Guy was capable of moving this soul legend, who after all would have been the most expert person at the theatre that night. And the joy, oh yes Guy captured the joy pretty damn well too, going on Steve’s body language. He was having a ball, as were the rest of the band. Anger was never a prerequisite for singing Soul.

    And I do not have a vast array of Idol music in my cd collection, or Il Divo, or Cliff for that matter. My Idol collection consists of Guy’s albums. The rest of my collection has The Beatles, Cat Stevens, Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan, and some old soul and new soul music, and even a Cold Chisel album or two. But it does not contain Jimmy’s attempts at Soul. His voice was not meant for that. Far too angry. Rock is more his style.

    Adelaide

    April 14th, 2008 at 1:13 pm

  6. Well, I must say that I am flattered that someone was pissed off enough with my review of Guy Sebastian that they pasted it onto the forum at a Guy Sebastian fansite.

    Oh! that bastion of music taste!
    Oh! how many unbiased views can be found there.

    As a matter of fact, Adelaide, I happen to know a great deal about soul music. And, no, it isn’t credited with being the basis of most of today’s music. Well, I suppose it could be, if you didn’t feel the need to go back further than that and were content in your belief that modern music only began to exist in the 1960s.

    Soul music is an extension of the old gospel songs that black slaves used to sing in the cotton fields of the deep south. These songs were about the glory of the Lord, and the end of hardship, and the redemptive power of religion and faith. Such was their belief in God they felt that He could rescue them from the hell that was the life of a slave.

    As was said in the video, Otis Redding couldn’t eat in the same section of a restaurant as Steve Cropper. I don’t know for certain, but one can only imagine that the racism that Redding, Ike Turner, Sam & Dave and James Brown faced on a daily basis was enough to send weaker, less determined men home with their tail between their legs. Instead, these men (and many women) overcame all the barriers in their lives to bring that same message of joy, of life, of liberty to the masses.

    That was their revenge, their salvation – to stand in front of (often white) audiences and sing modern songs of redemption, not far removed from the songs their ancestors sang.

    As far as I can see, the greatest hardship Guy Sebastian has had to endure is the inane babble of Mark Holden and the sickeningly sweet nothings of Marcia Hines.

    For the record, I happen to rather like Guy Sebastian. I think he has an excellent voice, I thought his song choices all the way through Idol were intelligent and almost always slightly unexpected, and I couldn’t be happier that he continues to make interesting choices.

    Steve Cropper has his opinion.
    I have mine.

    That’s all you can say, really.

    Thanks for reading.

    H.

    soundaffects

    April 15th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

  7. Soul music did stem from the gospel music of the south, I will agree, and if you had bothered to read what I said you would have seen that I mentioned that. However it is credited with being the foundation of today’s music whatever you think, and I could give you plenty of proof of that. Even The Beatles stated Booker T and The Mgs were one of their greatest influences. Steve Cropper was a hero to them, and they actually wanted him to produce one of their records.

    Now sir, this is what you said in your reply to me : “Instead, these men (and many women) overcame all the barriers in their lives to bring that same message of joy, of life, of liberty to the masses.

    That was their revenge, their salvation – to stand in front of (often white) audiences and sing modern songs of redemption, not far removed from the songs their ancestors sang. ”

    How is that an argument about what I said: “Soul music was never meant to protest and rage against the terrible injustices of those times. Not meant to be full of anger against their lives. It was meant to be an escape from it. Joyous music stemming from the south’s gospel routes. Sometimes yearning, but never angry.”

    You virtually said the same thing, as I see you finally went off to do some research. So how is that an argument. Except it was not revenge they were seeking. It was escape. And they sang in front of their own. The music was picked up by white America, the soul musicians didn’t seek them out to get revenge. You need to do some more research. Not quite there yet.

    Now I stated it was not meant to be raging music, and you cannot find a single thing to prove me wrong, can you. It was never meant to be screamed out like Jimmy does. Pain and anguish sometimes, joy at other times, but never angry screams.

    Now Guy may not have suffered the things some of the original musicians did. But think about it mate. Do you think Steve Cropper and Donald “Duck” Dunn did either. They are whiter than Guy is. You do not need to follow the same route to be able to produce soul music, or even sing it for that matter. You just need to be able to reach into your soul. Steve recognises Guy does that, and it is why he is so excited at finding him. Steve wrote many of these songs. I believe he should know who can sing them with soul.

    I reckon Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn, John Fry, Al Bell and all the other Memphis experts know soul when they hear it, and they are so excited about this Aussie find. The Memphis Album is being placed in the Stax Museum as a legitimate part of Soul music history, and they have many more plans for Guy. You sir have no idea what you are talking about. You are contradicting legends. What a fool.

    As for your drivel being put on the Guy Sebastian forum. Don’t flatter yourself. If it ever was it would be removed immediately. And if it was, you would have received hundreds of responses, not the few you did.

    Adelaide

    April 16th, 2008 at 3:00 am

  8. And just to show your opinion is in the minority H, here are some bits from reviews for the concerts from people who have a real understanding of soul music, and also what constitutes a reasonable and fair review. They never spent any time bagging out the audience to ensure any possible comments about the review were devalued either.

    The Melbourne Age
    Andrew Murfett

    “Sebastian is a skilful vocalist. He cites Otis Redding as the singer he models his own voice on. His outstanding delivering of I’ve Been Loving You Too Long was astonishing.”

    “Other highlights included Dock of the Bay, Knock on Wood, Respect Yourself, Soul Man and a ripping Shake Ya’ Tailfeather.”

    “There was no sense that these legends felt they were slumming it with Sebastian, with an obvious rapport between singer and band.”

    The Sun Herald Sydney
    Christine Sams

    “Guy Sebastian is a great soul singer but he had some very big shoes to step into when he fronted a band full of legends as part of his Memphis tour.”

    “What’s interesting is that a number of fans attended the show to see the famed musicians Steve Cropper, Donald “Duck” Dunn,Steve Potts and Lester Snell in action, with Sebastian as an afterthought.After all, the backing band consisted of original members of the Stax band, MG’s (Booker T fame) & Blues Brothers band.”

    “Local muso’s were clamering to get a ticket to the gig just to hear the greats. But after an energetic gig many said they were resoundly impressed with Sebastian’s vocals & handling of the classic material, admitting they had perhaps underestimated him because of his Idol connection.”

    RodneyOlsen.net

    “I’ve been to dozens of concerts and seen some of the world’s best performing and I’d have to say that this concert would be up there with the very, very best of them. When you get a band like that together the music is never in doubt. Match that level of musicianship with the extraordinary vocal talents of Guy Sebatian and you have an act that would impress audiences anywhere in the world.”

    “If all you’ve ever seen or heard of Guy is his Australian Idol performances and his pop hit singles, as impressive as they are, you haven’t even begun to discover just how good he really is.”

    “Looking around the audience it was obvious that it was a mixture of people who were there to see Guy and those who were there to see some living legends of soul music. I’m sure that those who simply wanted to see the band went home as true Guy Sebastian fans and that Guy’s fans went home totally sold out to soul music.”

    And from another blog reviewer, a self professed non Guy liking Metal fan.

    The Evil Wombat’s Lair
    Tim Sweeney

    “It can be an amazing experience to watch a show involving great performers; it is something else, almost humbling in fact, to be invited into that special place where the truly great artists share their love of performing with the audience on a personal level. I don’t know when exactly between Australian Idol and the present day that he became this impressive a performer, but Guy Sebastian does not look out of place on stage with living legends such as the MGs; in fact, if this concert and his latest album are anything to go by, he may soon join them in Soul music history.”

    Rating: “Guy Sebastian (w/ backing vocalists): 10/10 (If I hadn’t seen it in person I would never have believed I could rate Guy Sebastian this highly, but he has matured as a performer and found where he belongs. Incredible stage presence, awesome range, and a self-deprecating sense of humour will ensure that his star will continue to rise. The backing vocalists were perfectly suited to the task, and shone when given the chance to sing individually.)”

    Overall Concert Rating: “10/10 (I will probably never live this one down, but this is as close to a perfect concert as I have ever seen; intimate, fast paced, upbeat, and energetic; Guy Sebastian, the MGs and the other band members lived the music in a way I have never experience before, and may never experience again. Everyone in the building with smiles on their faces and humming the Blues Brothers soundtrack; you can’t ask for more than that.)”

    This next one from The Dwarf for an acoustic concert Guy did last year, singing some of the classic soul songs without the Mg’s in tow. And The Dwarf is decidedly non Guy friendly territory, but they are willing to admit it when they see astounding talent:

    “Having risen to fame in what many see as a ‘singing competition’ it’s just too glib to write him off as a transient pretty boy who’ll be here today and gone tomorrow, and too easy to overlook what a complete musician, songwriter, singer and performer he is. He is absolutely comfortable across the whole soul and R&B range and he can either caress or belt out a lyric with equal aplomb. His band of acoustic guitar, bass and violin suited him perfectly and allowed that voice, kissed by angels, to do what it does best.”

    “He hasn’t produced the ‘killer album’ yet that he is capable of but watch this space. If his recent sojourn to Memphis pans out, this next album may be it. You certainly don’t get Booker T & the MGs to be your backing band and Steve Cropper to produce you if all you have is a pretty face.”

    “At the moment, Guy Sebastian is ‘only’ great. In the future he could be our Sam Cooke or Aaron Neville. Get out and see him before you need a mortgage for a ticket.”

    And some bits from the fabulous reviews TMA itself received.

    The Weekend Australian

    Ian Cuthbertson

    “IT would be easy to dismiss the Memphis Album as Guy Sebastian’s answer to the big-selling Motown collections by Human Nature. After all, it’ll be Christmas in a minute. I felt this right until I put the cans on. Now, Australian Idol winners are not generally known for their commitment to the authenticity of musical styles. But some kind of alchemy has happened here. Not only has Sebastian recorded in the city of the title,enlisting the aid of renowned rhythm-and-blues specialists Steve Cropper, Donald Dunn, Lester Snell and Steve Potts, he has lifted his bar to match the talent around him, pulling astonishing, authentic soul performances out of the depths. While his vocal performances are technically amazing, more impressively he has absolutely nailed the rhythm and spirit of the material, sounding for all the world like he means every lusty word. Songs as distinctive as Hold On, I’m Coming, In the Midnight Hour, and Let’s Stay Together are steep targets. But Sebastian manages to add and not detract.
    Listen once and you’ll play it again.”

    Sunday Herald Sun

    “A ripper of an album with Stax of appeal.”

    “Even the true Memphis buffs are crowing about Guy Sebastian’s excellent work on such songs as Soul Man, Hold On, I’m Comin’, In the Midnight Hour and (Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay, accompanied by many of the revered musicians who played on the originals.”

    Daily Telegraph Music Section

    Kathy McCabe

    “Oh yes, Mr. Sebastian, you are a soul man. While the whole covers concept usually reeks of desperation to kick-start a stalled career, this is one exception.”

    Sunday Mail
    Paul Nassari

    “ONE-TIME Idol winner Sebastian has come back from the wilderness with a rich and remarkable collection of classic soul covers backed by soul veterans who’ve stood alongside everyone from Otis Redding to the Blues Brothers.”

    “He tackles Al Green, Sam & Dave, Wilson Picket and many more with expertise that, frankly is astonishing.”

    And two from Memphis itself:

    The Memphis Flyer Website:

    “Guy Sebastian’s “Memphis” Album Is Actually Good”

    “A few weeks ago, we became enamored with a story about Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian’s sojourn here to record an album with some legendary Memphis musicians.”

    “Well, the album is out now and we decided to see what it sounded like, so off we went to Guy’s website. There’s a nice montage of videoclips of the Bluff City and samples from the songs. We were somewhat surprised (being cynical Memphians) to discover that the little sonofagun can really sing. He nails these tunes.”

    All Memphis Music. (An online Memphis radio station which has been playing songs from The Memphis Album for months.)

    “All Memphis Music first heard about Guy Sebastian from our good friend Steve Cropper back in October 2007. Steve’s excitement was so obviously genuine and heartfelt. Also our friends at Ardent recording Studio kept mentioning this guy, named Guy from Australia, who had recorded this fantastic album. Cropper sent us a promo copy early in December, and from the first listen we were blown away by how good these recordings were, and how much they moved us. 11 great Memphis soul classics, a Ray Charles song and a Drifter’s song, both R&B classics, and an original composition by Guy himself. Guy took these songs, already etched forever in our minds and made them his own. The true mark of a great vocalist. ”

    And there are so many more. I could post bits of great reviews till the cows come home, but I won’t bother. The ones I have posted say all that needs to be said. The general consensus is that Guy is a great soul singer. So not only does your so called review fly in the faces of what the soul legends themselves think, it also contradicts the words of critics, music buffs and Memphis itself. And yes all of these words I did find on Guy’s forum. The moderators there know what constitutes constructive and not destructive critiques. The reason yours will never appear there.

    Just curious, is it your mother or your girlfriend who talks about “One-Minute Mike” and “Two-Inch Tom” to her friends?

    Adelaide

    April 16th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

  9. Hey there I am interested in whether you may give THE MEMPHIS ALBUM a review? I am really curious to hear what you think when Guys voice and the awesome Mgs is blaring out of you cd player, like to know youre take on it…
    Did I agree with your views on the concert? NO but I am going by the Adelaide concerts and I know many were going to see the Mgs so it was just great to hear comments like “man I had no idea Sebastian could sing like that” “Best concert I have been too for so so long” “Guy Sebastian and the Mgs just blew the roof off” and my personal favourite ” WHERE DID that VOICE come from!?”
    Im quite pleased to see you acknowledged Guys voice ( how can one not?) however Im not sure that you entered the State theatre that night in perhaps ( dare I say it ) the best of moods????……

    BJ

    April 17th, 2008 at 10:56 am

  10. I dont really agree either with your reading of the audience,. Most times would be critics say the teenyboppers, but in actual fact Guy seems to have a fanbase that stretches from youngsters to the oldsters, and in between. It may be that his wide genre range (and mega wide voice range) enables this enthusiasm across the ages. ‘Ill just quote from Guy;s shows I;ve been lucky enuf to get to. “It’s like group sex!!” screamed out a bevy of 30 yr old women while another cutie said “I cant take anymore” and fanned herself when he mentioned there was more to come.

    The best show I’ve seen in 20 years, from a 40 odd yr old guy. At one of those venues that has regular aussie and other stars.

    I never expected THAT! from several of the more mature goers, who had decided to see the Aust. Philharmonic Orchestra and Guy Sebastian at the Sydny Opera House in 2007. And they sounded pretty excited about what they had seen. (In matter of fact, THOSE concerts had the most standing ovations, from groups of 3 up to 12 or more, all through the show, than I have ever seen in the shows we’ve seen around the world).

    In fact at the Opera House shows, the girls were saying they could have sold 2 cases of the albums – if Sony had okayed the sale of them there.

    I’m looking forward to seeing Guy with the Army band for these shows coming up in the aid of Legacy.

    And the best part of modern technology is, we don;’t onlyi get a chance to read YOUR review – but anyone can go see andhear on the dreaded youtube and make their own judgment – last count my wife tells me there are about 6 to 10 Guy live performances loaded up per week.

    Ash

    August 25th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

  11. this is ash’s wife now. I resent the gaggle comment. I’ve got around 3 of Cold Chisel, been to a fair number of Jimmy’s concerts. But Jimmy is plainly screaming now – you can see and hear on you tube, and while it was great to see him up there, and have time with Steve Cropper and the MGs, he didnt convince me one iota regarding his pain.

    As for Guy – he was a blonde (yeah, truly) white kid who spoke English when he went to school in Klang, Malaysia – and received a tad of racism conflict there. They moved to Melbourne but at around 10 Guy started to take after his father – and ended up getting the ‘boat people’ racist remarks. He developed his sense of humour and charisma I think, through combatting this attention. He was captain for around 11 years of his Indoor Cricket Team, 7 Honks and a Black Man – guess who the black man was? He’s not just coloured (very lightly I’ll admit – but the racist ppl will take anything on), he’s got Asian genes and that adds another lot of bias.

    THEN you have the fact he had the temerity to enter into a reality comp. For which jealousy will reign supreme for many musos for the next 20 years. OZ, these days, is full of miserable whingers and/or Tall Poppy cutters. So he cops the lot. He cops it from radio who won’t play his stuff unless its pure pop (but if other artists sing Baa Baa black sheep you can bet your bottom dollar it will be played, with gusto). He was asked, with a lie detector attached, whether he was a virgin on live radio. So he coughed up the truth and stuck it out. He hasn’t backed down on his Christian beliefs, nor been covert in them but I suspect that many Christian radio stations and musos feel that he has had enough attention, and lets not spoil him either – in other words, he cops it from many sides.

    I rather think he FULLY understands, far more than most Australians (except those of our indigenous, and other coloured races or those with different beliefs) just how tough life could be.

    I have the utmost respect for this young fella. I think he is one of the strongest of characters that we have in such a public position.

    And – we’ve seen a ton of shows over the years, here and overseas. Top stuff. And I agree with Rodney Olsen – that show was up there with the best of the global acts.

    Sorry that you didn’t get that. I’m sure you enjoyed the next show of whomever you saw. Each to his own.

    Ash

    August 28th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

  12. Ash & wife, the next concert we saw (this guy is my brother) was SANTANA!!
    and it kicked ass!! Or at least I thought it did.

    Martin Robertson

    August 30th, 2008 at 7:13 am

  13. I would imagine Santana in concert would most certainly kick ass. Its quite likely that if we’d been lucky enough to go, we would have thoroughly enjoyed it. But we enjoyed Guy and the MGs too. I dislike bias, in whatever form it takes and suggest that those who are biased check out where so many other ‘accepted’ artists have come from over the years. Ah what the heck. You do your thing honeys, and we’ll do ours. And it looks like Guy and the MGs will be doing their thing in the States and elsewhere.

    Ash & Wife

    February 12th, 2009 at 9:01 pm


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