It wasn’t that long ago that I attended an Andrew Strong gig and he just keeps on getting better each time I see him. Last night’s show was no exception as Andrew Strong ensured that everyone had a great time and before too long most of the crowd were on their feet dancing. There was a small glitch with the lighting which necessitated an unplanned break early into the set but that was quickly resolved and after that the lighting was excellent. The sound was also great and could be heard easily from everywhere in the concert area.
The performance was at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo as part of the Twilight At Taronga Summer Concert Series which is a picnic style setting – bring your own picnic and blanket or you can buy something to eat there if you prefer. If you are thinking of going to a concert there make sure you are early as the best patches of grass disappear quickly. The only concern is that it is outdoors and the weather could pose a problem however we were fortunate that the rain held off. Umbrellas are discouraged so bring a rain poncho just in case.
Since the last gig Andrew Strong has added some dancers to the show and they added to and improved the overall visual appeal of the show. With a band of this size (8 musicians and singers plus up to 4 dancers) you need a large stage to fit them all comfortably and last night was the perfect venue.
With the beautiful Sydney harbour behind the stage, pleasant weather (the rain held off) and being Valentine’s day it was fitting that there were also two public marriage proposals on stage. I am happy to say that both proposals were accepted.
Andrew Strong and his band not only performed hits from the Commitments movie such as “Hard to Handle”,” Mustang Sally”,” Land of a Thousand Dances”,” Show Me”,” Try a Little Tenderness” and “Treat Her Right” but also Steppenwolfe’s “Born to Be Wild” and The Spencer David Group’s “Gimme Some Lovin’”.
The concert went for 2 hours and which seemed to go way too quickly for my liking as it was a totally enjoyable and relaxing night. I will be keeping an eye out for future visits to Australia by the Irish singer to Australia as his concerts are worth attending.
This review was also published the Get Shot Magazine