My Morning Jacket @ Palace Theatre, Melbourne (Wed 4 Apr 2012)
When My Morning Jacket’s Melbourne show was announced, I’d already bought tickets to see The Pogues on the same night at Festival Hall. After much deliberation, I sold the Pogues tickets and bought these ones. Not long after that, Blitzen Trapper announced a show, on the same night. meh. I decided to stick with My Morning Jacket. Out of the three possibilities for the night, I’d not seen any of the acts, and figured I was most keen to see My Morning Jacket as I knew more of their material, and I also didn’t know anyone going to The Pogues or Blitzen Trapper.
Unfortunately I missed Dawes, but heard them clearly from the front of the venue as I waited for my friends. I had their tickets so couldn’t go in. Dawes sounded great, and I’m bummed I missed them. Oh well, next time.
When Jim James of My Morning Jacket came on stage with his Darth Vader-esque sampler hanging around his neck, it was clear we were going to be entertained. It took a while to get him talking, but once he did, he was very amusing. He also seems to hold a fetish for singing with a towel on his head.
The set was full of everything you’d expect, and the only track I really missed was Highly Suspicious, which I didn’t really expect to hear to be honest. The sound seemed to start a little muddy, but by the third or fourth song, it was in full force and was excellent. The bass tone in particular was lovely.
Not being a die-hard fan, I was ready to bail after an hour or so, but they kept playing, so I stayed. We were down on the floor and it was damned hot down there. A few missions to the bar nearby helped to re-hydrate, but it was getting mighty uncomfortable mighty quickly.
The set was very long, and when it became clear it wasn’t going to end anytime soom, I decided to head to the bar upstairs. Good move, as I ran into some other friends and got to see the band from on high. I don’t usually go upstairs at the Palace, but it is a great view. I remember heading up there during the Jesus Jones and Wonderstuff show a few months back as well. That show wasn’t nearly as full so you could get a good view anywhere.
All in all, I was glad I went. I haven’t heard from anyone who went to The Pogues or Blitzen Trapper, so don’t know if I missed a different great show by being here. If you were at one of the other shows, or this one, I’d love to know what you thought.
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