ROCKABILLY royalty graced the Thebarton Theatre last night in the form of three-time Grammy winning Brian Setzer.
Revellers ready to rock flooded the iconic theatre – some fully clad in their favourite vintage outfits and impressively gelled quiffs – to see the guitar guru and singer’s Rockabilly Riot tour.
Featuring two double bassists, two drummers – including Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom – and a second guitarist/piano player Kevin McKendree, the night was a spectacle showcasing much more than just Setzer’s guitar virtuosity.
When Setzer said “tonight we’re going to rock this house”, he wasn’t joking.
The first leg of the riot saw a trio – including bassist Johnny Hatton and drummer Noah Levy – kick off with Ignition and `49 Mercury Blues.
The energetic performances just kept coming with the band tearing up the stage to This Cat’s On A Hot Tin Roof and a well received cover of Folsom Prison Blues.
The second line-up – including Slim Jim on drums and Melbourne’s Chris D’Rozario – burst on to the stage with undeniable ferocity playing crowd favourites Rumble In Brighton and Stray Cat Strut.
An affable Setzer kept the crowd engaged with ease – something you’d expect of seasoned musician with 30-plus years of performing under his belt – and his chemistry with cool cat Slim Jim certainly stood out.
And when it was time for Fishnet Stockings the riot really revved up with both bassists taking to the stage in a double ”bass off’ of sorts, which saw D’Rozario get a better view of the audience as he climbed all over his – and Hatton’s – instruments. And then Setzer brought his double bass on stage.
It went off. And so did the crowd.
With an all musos on stage encore of Rock This Town and Seven Nights To Rock, the rioters gave fans exactly what they wanted.
Source: Adelaide Now