Barnes-storming night from Chisel

Sebastian Neuweiler, GERALDTON GUARDIANGeraldton Guardian
Barnes-storming night from Chisel
Camera IconBarnes-storming night from Chisel Credit: Geraldton Guardian

It was a Barnes-storming night when Cold Chisel came to Geraldton.

Almost 4000 patrons flocked to the GBSC Sports Park on November 13 to see the Oz rock icons perform here for the first time in 30 years.

Winners of the Rock Alongside Cold Chisel competition The Inks — Jasmine Gannaway on vocals, keyboard and guitar, Emily Littlely on cello and vocals, and Seth McKenna and Lewis Pope sharing the drums and guitar — prepared the crowd for a night of high-energy performances.

Handpicked by Cold Chisel themselves, the four 18-year-olds looked comfortable on stage and proved to be a natural fit as the opening act.

The concert was part of Chisel’s One Night Stand national tour, supporting their eighth studio album, The Perfect Crime.

While the crowd sang along to new tracks such as Lost, it was the band’s classics — Choir Girl, Cheap Wine and Saturday Night — that raised the voices of many a long-time fan.

But it was perhaps juggernauts Khe Sanh, Bow River and 1984 hit Flame Trees that had the oval singing in unison.

While Jimmy Barnes, guitarist Ian Moss, keyboardist Don Walker, bassist Phil Small and drummer Charley Drayton commanded the stage, Geraldton police manned the grounds.

Ahead of the show, police said they would be taking a zero-tolerance approach to antisocial behaviour.

But speaking to the The Geraldton Guardian afterwards, police said there had been few issues or incidents requiring their attention.

“We all had a really good night, the patrons and the concertgoers were generally well behaved and we would thank them for being so jovial,” a police spokesman said.

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