Yeah, so, I had the pleasure of seeing LMP perform again after her 8 year absence from Australia and really enjoyed the gig. Fellow member YDKM came along with me.
After talking with her band, I found they were as surprised as me regarding the venues for the first few shows that their agent had booked them in to - the RSL circuit. With all due respect to our returned service men & women, RSLs generally cater to lower socio-economic people, retirees, and some really weird people. Essentially, its the blue-rinse brigade and unfortunately for LMP, many are original Elvis fans. Its these people who first learnt about the LMP show (thanks to their club membership) so its those people who bought up tickets to get their gawk at The Kings kid that would have otherwise have been sold to that demographic more suitable to LMP's style of music. This concerned me for weeks prior to the gig, and my fears came true in the showroom when there was not only a large proportion of fossils and Elvis hairdos, but also a tame and reserved audience in general. Despite having a skin full of beer, and for better of worse, I made up my mind to get a bit boisterous so I started leading the applause, yelling out words of encouragement to the band, and giving several standing ovations. I thionk several others had the same thoughts as me because they too began doing the same things. At the conclusion of the applause after Close To The Edge, I yelled Älrigggghhhttt"! and Lisa responded with a Älright, yeahhhh"! So the crowd was starting to get in to it, and then Lisa says that unless we let her know we want more, she was getting close to thee end of her set. Pretty soon, me and several others were at the front of the stage with Lisa about 2 feet away singing her lungs out, and before I knew it there must have been 150 people completely ringside. As the band left the stage, the crowd hammered, bashed and thumped the stage yelling We Want More (reminiscent of Elvis on Tour). It was a total turn around to how the concert started, and with huge grins, LMP and the band returned, cheered the crowd with glasses of tequila, and gave us three more songs.
Afterwards, there was the meet & greet, but it was so fast you could hardly get a word in, then a quick photo with LMP. Security was hugely tight. I spent the next 10 or 15 minutes speaking with Michael Woodward (her husband) about the album, the arrangements, the tour in general. He's a very nice bloke, softly spoken, and a fcuking great guitarist.
I had the opportunity to attend an album signing the following night at Redeye records which allowed me a few minutes to speak with Lisa. I was impressed she remember me from the night before, and not because I had made a total bleep bleep of myself I might add, and so too did her security guys. Well, maybe I was acting like some part of the human anatomy but who cares, I had fund, LMP was very friendly, down to earth, softly spoken and somewhat shy. The band guys were really friend, and so too was security. You can see images from the Redeye Records signing here https://www.facebook.com/redeyeaustralia
. If you can guess which one I am, well, good on you, but I am in there.
So, great night out. I played her album Storm & Grace about 30 times before I went so I knew it backwards. Happy to say I am a fan of hers totally independently of Elvis, but of course there is a cross-over in interest. I think I will catch another show before she leaves next week, either Hurstville or Tumbi Umbi (yes, you read that correctly).
If you like music, you can't help but like this album. If you just like Elvis, then you are probably not reading this anyway.