The Garden Of Unearthly Delights – The Spiegeltent, Thu 25 Feb
The Spiegeltent was blowing its seams last night at the packed-to-the-rafters one-night-only Black Sorrows blast-off show of rock, blues and some well-loved favourites.
After a tour of Europe and an ARIA Award nomination for Camilleri’s 47th album, Endless Sleep in 2015, Joe Camilleri and his fantastic band are peaking and the extraordinary quality of their live music just keeps getting better and unbelievably better.
With his inimitable no fuss, straight-into-it style Joe and The Black Sorrows – John McAll on keyboards, Claude Carranza on guitar, Mark Gray on bass and Angus Burchall on drums – launched into a terrific swinging blues number with Joe on rhythm guitar and powerful vocals. During a lead break, Joe sheepishly signaled a “just a minute” to the audience and left the stage, returning with his saxophone. The audience went wild and was rewarded by his inimitable and endlessly sensational sax style. He explained later that it was the first time he had ever come on stage and forgotten his saxophone, being preoccupied with the time constraints for the one-hour show and the cowboy hats he and McAll were wearing.
With no time for much banter beyond Joe’s friendly welcome and bits of intro, the Sorrows jammed in as much thrilling music as they could. Their love of, and unbridled enthusiasm for their music and the joy of playing it together, flows off the stage in an infectious tsunami of soul-nourishing sound.
Even with favourites like Harley And Rose, Chained To The Wheel, Hold It Up To The Mirror, and special treats like Chuck Berry’s Memphis Tennessee, the unexpected encore of Shape I’m In, and more,we could not be satisfied when this band had so much more to give.
The only thing wrong with this show was that it was not long enough. We want more!!