The first Australian show since 2009. The crowd is buzzing before the band takes the stage, launching straight into Do the Evolution. Ed asks for the lights to come up, “Let me see ‘em Kille, let me see ‘em!” Before…
Main Set: Do The Evolution, Animal, Hail Hail, Got Some, Mind Your Manners, Given To Fly, Big Wave, Corduroy, Lightning Bolt, Even Flow, Unthought Known, Sirens, Down, Lukin, Not For You/(Modern Girl), Let The Records Play, Rearviewmirror
encore 1: Yellow Moon, Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town, Mother, Daughter/(Androgynous Mind), Jeremy, Sad, Better Man/(Save It For Later), Porch
encore 2: Alive, Rockin' In The Free World
The first Australian show since 2009. The crowd is buzzing before the band takes the stage, launching straight into Do the Evolution. Ed asks for the lights to come up, “Let me see ‘em Kille, let me see ‘em!” Before Mind Your Manners, he toasts “to whoever invented the light bulb…Edison…to whoever invented electric guitar…Les Paul…to whoever invented religion…,” but he doesn’t answer that one, he just trails off. The song starts and as it’s about to kick in, he growls “…MAN…” Given to Fly has a “…made it to the Gold Coast…” lyric change. Mike solos for nearly 3 minutes on Even Flow, fluid and expressive, playing behind his head and walking the circle. Stone accents the last half of Lukin with a one-note mini solo. RVM is a showcase for Matt Cameron from start to finish. Beautiful rendition of Pink Floyd’s Mother in the encore, and Sad makes its 2014 debut. Ed says if anyone wants to smoke, you should go see Snoop Lion (performing at the same time on another stage). Following Sad, Ed mentions surfers and invites Mick Fanning, a local world-renowned surfer, on stage to have a sip of his wine, then brings out another famous Aussie surfer Mark Occilupo aka “Occy,” who’s standing on the side of the stage, and dedicates Better Man to them. As the song starts, he implores the crowd to “…sing it for me, make me look good,” and they oblige. Both surfers join in, throwing tambourines and drinking wine, and the song stretches out to 8 ½ minutes. Porch intro is bouncy and upbeat, Ed’s in a great mood and swinging around on an orb for half the song. Mike jumps down into the front barrier for Alive, leaning in and letting the crowd reach out for him. Quick transition from Alive to Rockin’, Ed says “…hope we don’t get in trouble for this one…” as Rockin’ starts.