Sunday, December 23, 2012

Morrissey Sydney Opera House

Morrissey! The sheer presence of this iconic brilliant artist was definately one of the highlights of 2012. The return downunder after a 10 year absence of one of the most influential artists that makes doom and gloom seem almost like a fashion statement was highly anticipated, and naturally, I had set my mind to be blown.

The choice between The Enmore or the Opera House was an easy one. I mean, seriously, Morrissey just begged to be seen at the House, there was no choice really.

and what a performance he gave!

Arriving to an atmosphere buzzing with excitement, my seat, I discovered, was almost the perfect vantage point. Slightly off centre right to stage, it seemed like Morrissey would be something I could reach out and touch. In fact, the whole of the concert hall it seemed was a mass of great seating. In the lead up to what was promising to be a memorable performance, the brilliant retro video show entertained us with an amazing array of past international talent.

After an extended intro of rotating white spotlights and mentions of various world events, Morrissey and his matching grey slacks band emerged to screaming cheering fans, bowing to the crowd, uttering [I think]: 'why ask for the stars, when you can woo me?' Everyday is Like Sunday followed.

Everyday Is Like Sunday
Shoplifters of the World Unite [Smiths]
You're the One For Me Fatty
Black Cloud
Action Is My Middle Name
November Spawned a Monster
Alma Matters
The Youngest Was the Most Loved
To Give [The Reason I Love]
I Know It's Over [Smiths]
I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris
Meat Is Murder
Let Me Kiss You
You Have Killed Me
Still Ill [Smiths]
Irish Blood, English Heart
Ouija Board, Ouija Board
Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want [Smiths]
How Soon Is Now? [Smiths]

Morrissey gave the fans what they wanted. During the last tour, he apparently left out playing any Smiths but this time round we were treated to the best from that era. I Know Its Over in particular, evoked the crowd, sparking very audible gasps of delight. Interspersed with the stellar setlist were band intros, stripping off a sweaty shirt and watching it being thrown into the crowd, fans attempting to climb on stage, audience interaction [Morrissey asked the fans if they wanted to speak.. and got some humourous responses and seriously, who would pass up the chance to speak with him?...'would you go on a date with me?' 'I would like to marry you' 'you have saved me from 10,000 heartbreaks'], more deadpan gloomy comments like 'Im the kind of person who'll go to the gallows before their time' 'I was born a 95 year old soul' 'Im so happy im going outside to throw myself under a car', to draping himself with a flag which also ended up as crowd fodder - you could not fault Morrissey.

'When I sing about romance, the songs arent very long' he expressed, but isnt that what makes them so desirable, that blatant irreverence?

'Look at my grave and remember these words' preceded one of the highlights of the evening, Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want, the throes of fans swaying, some with hands in the air, just spellbound.

A quick escape to the back, amidst the cheering crowd, Morrissey was back in a blue shirt, standing in line, bowing, saying thanks before launching the encore which just detonated the place - an electrifying Smiths classic, How Soon Is Now? What a perfect end to a perfect evening!

Morrissey.. oh my.. what an absolute splendor you are! xx

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tame Impala

Returning home after successful international touring coupled with the release of their 2nd studio album, Lonerism, which was named NME magazine album of the year, Tame Impala were into their extensive national tour with 2 back to back shows at the Enmore Theatre.

Seated in the lounge area, with a reasonable view of the stage [providing Lurch and co werent attending], the lights dimmed with Tame Impala nonchalantly walking onstage and suddenly the whole theatre smelt like the person behind you had just lit up a joint.

Hazy, smoke-filled stage, one hell of an amazing oscilloscopic light display, hypnotic echoing of guitars and Kevin's distorted and dream-like vocals, Tame Impala belted through a terrific setlist. The reason they are huge faves with the home crowd was very clear.

Everyone was in the mood to dance, and with such hits as Elephant, a high level of crowd delirium was guaranteed.

The highlight of the evening was a epic mind-blowing 10 minute finale of "Half Glass of Wine". With most of the seats now empty, the crowd had taken up standing positions in the aisles, swaying wildly, hugging, smiling. All that was missing was the scenery really and prolly a flower or two in the hair. Simply amazing!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Miz Helenas Xmas Message

Hi everyone! Well that time of year has arrived again...yes! the festive season is almost upon us...

Most of you have seen me in the role of Santas helper in my previous videos lol which, looking back on now, seem hilarious! haha but I did have fun making them. This time round, I want to just be myself more [whatever that is] and hopefully a few of you can relate to my message.

This one goes out to all my twitter, FB, blip fm and now new soundcloud friends. I hope 2012 has been kind to you all and you have achieved your aspirations and goals and if you haven't quite yet, I hope your one step closer.

This time of year has always been reflection time for me where I get to look back and smile at the good times, learn from the not so good times and begin some forward planning for the year ahead.

One of the main things I've learnt [or should I say relearnt and have been reminded of yet again], is not to stress over things we have absolutely no control over. As much as we'd like to control situations, sometimes they are just meant to be and decisions made are in no way attributed to us, even if they seem so and we feel that slight pang of rejection. Just take a deep breath, step back, analyse and move on. The clock keeps ticking and life is too bloody short!

So with this in mind, 2013 I have decided, will be focussing on a more personal level. Prioritizing because its the things that matter the most is what I should be immersing myself into, yet I have at times allowed myself to stray. Its time to expand my world and experiences. A time to learn something new, branch out and meet new people, list goals and aspirations [and renew old ones] and really get to enjoy what I'm doing for a change. I know I'm only touching on things that go much deeper but I'm certain this will steer me forward and open up my mind to explore further. Seems I have been neglecting this creative expressive side to me and before you know it that dull stagnating feeling sets in. Not very nice UGH!

I hope 2013 will be a special year for all of you too. So, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends warmth, love and fun for the holidays and a fantastic exciting 2013.

On a final note, keep smiling and pursuing your goals and treat each other well. Much love and hugs from Mizzy.

Oh and just before I go, I made a plate of yummy xmas goodies just for you! enjoy!

see yas xxxx

Listen in to the audio version of Miz Helenas Xmas Message here

Thursday, December 6, 2012

2012 ARIA Awards

Was thrilled to secure tickets to the 2012 ARIA Awards at The Sydney Entertainment Centre, when all this time I thought tickets werent sold to the public! ARIA Awards night was soley reserved for the promoters, artists, record co executives etc of the music industry, right? WRONG!

The tickets were right up the back as I half expected them to be, securing them only a few days prior, but thats OK I said as I buzzed with excitement, at least im going!

On arrival, The Sydney Entertainment Centre corridors were awash with little black dresses and Kim Kardashian high heeled pumps. It seems the evenings association was to be amongst thousands of over made up Barbie Doll clones.

What an uphill hike it was to get seated lol aisle seat, 3rd row from the back, the stage looked tiny. Still, the excitement of award night was in the air, with thousands of screaming teenage fans. [UGH!] Nicky Minaj, Tayor Swift, 360, Guy Sebastian, Gotye, The Jezabels, The Temper Trap, The HillTop Hoods, Madden Bros, Kimbra, Jessica Mauboy, Missy Higgins were either performing [The Jezabels were fanatstic!], or announcing winners. Read a more detailed ARIA winners review here.

Goyte swooped a total of 4 ARIAs! The Jezabels, fresh from hugely successful international touring, were fanatstic live! Interesting to note, the ARIAs live uses alot of previously taped segments, esp backstage interviews, and even the audience do not escape some ads. Huge respect to Yothu Yindi for being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame. I missed the tribute Jessica Mauboy and co sang for Treaty and also it seems, Guy Sebastians Battle Scars. [BUMMER]

Following the ARIAs, there were coaches waiting to convey us to the afterparty at The Star, which I discovered were several. The fans party was at Rock Lily, the main industry [by invite only] party was at The Marquee. There was also smaller parties hosted by Sony that were private.

We were treated further to San Cisco and Alpine at the after party. San Cisco really pumped up the crowd with several funky covers. We felt like the only grown ups in the place, but it was a fun eve and the Rock Lily bartender made the meanest mojito cocktail!