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post Nov 8 2017, 8:47 am
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+LIVE+ deliver with Reunion World Tour
By: Shan Radcliffe

If there is one band I'll never pass up the chance to see, it's +LIVE+. The Bellville Velodrome in 2006, frontman Ed Kowalczyk singing Throwing Copper unplugged in 2015, and now the 25-year Reunion World Tour.

After raging on the floor in 2006, but having kept fairly sedate in our seats for the unplugged walk-through of Throwing Copper, I was very happy to be back on the floor this time. Looking up at the grandstands at the people parked in their seats - I couldn’t think of a worse place to be to experience these legends first-hand.

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Upon entering the GrandWest Arena, we saw a tiny chick dominating the stage with a big guitar and bigger voice. Cape Town alternative rock band The Sweetest Resistance had the honour of opening for the main act. And in the I'm-so-tired-I-could-be-drunk haze of the morning after, I can’t for the life of me remember the name of the Audioslave track they covered, but she did an incredible job taking on the song. Watch this band, folks.

A quarter of a century’s worth of material

Soon after clearing and resetting the stage, Mr. Kowalczyk and his band of brothers took over and started us off with All Over You. With a quarter of a century’s worth of material, it was hard to keep track of the tracks, but they treated us to a little of everything. Some of the songs they played off Throwing Copper were I Alone, Selling the Drama, Iris, White, Discussion as well as the special tribute to his hometown with Shit Towne and he may have flipped us the bird during T.B.D. Tracks from Distance to Here were Dolphin’s Cry, The Distance, and They Stood Up for Love; tracks off Secret Samadhi included Lakini’s Juice and Rattlesnake, along with the title track from Mental Jewellery, among others.

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After the band disappeared off stage, the crowd roused the call for more and solo Ed appeared with his acoustic-electric guitar. He launched into Heaven, but had us in hysterics somewhere around the second or third verse when, without missing a beat, the lyrics melodically came out as something along the lines of “And I can’t remember the words to this fucking song that I wrote!” before catching up with the chorus once again. Lead guitarist Chad Taylor joined him halfway through the next song and the rest of the band joined thereafter. The opening bars of Run to the Water were suddenly cut short and Ed came back to the mic to apologise “Sorry guys! Do you mind if we start that again?” he asked us. “I fucked up. Someone must have done something to my Jack Daniel’s," he laughed, “coz that was my fault. But at least you know we’re actually playing!” Thanks for always keeping it real, guys.

Chatty showmen

Ever the showmen, they kept us entertained between songs with stories of their childhoods together and their observations on the country and world at large. Early on in the show, we were treated to their cover of Johnny Cash’s Walk the Line. One of the last songs of the night was a tribute to the late Chris Cornell and I immediately recognised the first strains of Audioslave’s Highway and they totally did it the justice it deserved.

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As my friend and I discussed halfway through, the band had not yet played Lightning Crashes and reckoned there would be a lot of pissed off fans if they didn’t. Well. For those of you who left at intermission or just after, you missed the epic finalé as they closed with the legendary track.

After 25 years, +LIVE+ still do what they do best live (if you'll forgive the pun). And it’s no wonder they’re touted as a global concert juggernaut. Thanks again for a spectacular evening out. Until next time.

+LIVE+ play at Sun International’s Sun Arena at Time Square, Menlyn Maine, Pretoria on 10 November. Tickets available via Computicket

http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/480/169844.html


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post Nov 8 2017, 9:18 am
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QUOTE(dangum @ Nov 8 2017, 8:32 am) *


looks like they also added POD, Iris and TBD. Awesome!

https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/live/2017/gr...a-13e0a919.html

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post Nov 8 2017, 9:31 am
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QUOTE(mattyeagles @ Nov 8 2017, 9:18 am) *

looks like they also added POD, Iris and TBD. Awesome!



They are very nice additions to the "hits" setlist. Well done.

Cool that they are making their way around the world again.


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post Nov 8 2017, 11:28 am
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Awesome setlist! When will we get this type of tour and set in the US? Does anyone have videos from this show of the songs they don't normally play like Rattlesnake, TBD, Iris, Shit Towne, etc?


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post Nov 8 2017, 2:00 pm
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TBD, Rattlesnake, The Distance...

Very nice!

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When was the last time they played 22 songs at a show?


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Please tell me a full recording is out there somewhere. This is the kind of show I've been waiting for.


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Did they play The distance at the actual show or just in soundcheck?

Interesting. POD, Rattlesnake, TBD, nice additions. A new song was needed for a long set like that since it's been 10 months since their first show back together. But these are refreshing, finally.


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So Saturday night's show to be live streamed according to this blog.

That was a great setlist

http://liveandlearncareers.blogspot.com.au...-cape-town.html


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QUOTE(gerrycan70 @ Nov 8 2017, 7:56 pm) *

So Saturday night's show to be live streamed according to this blog.

That was a great setlist

http://liveandlearncareers.blogspot.com.au...-cape-town.html


Nice find. Please keep us posted if you find more details on the possible live stream.

Can't wait for shows with a setlist like this in the U.S. So jelly of the fans over there!


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post Nov 8 2017, 11:54 pm
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Here is the set from the show. I would love to see this setlist in the US early next year before the new music:


All Over You
Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)
Pain Lies on the Riverside
The Dolphin's Cry
Selling the Drama
I Walk the Line
(Johnny Cash cover)
T.B.D.
Pillar of Davidson
The Distance
The Beauty of Gray
Shit Towne
Iris
I Alone
Lakini's Juice
White, Discussion
Encore:
Heaven (Ed Solo)
Turn My Head (Ed and Chad)
Mirror Song
Rattlesnake
Run to the Water
I Am the Highway
(Audioslave cover)
Lightning Crashes


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Bit disappointed with the lack of any new songs. Why announce that you are going to play new tracks if you're not going to follow through? Aside from that it's a pretty epic setlist and 22 songs is fantastic.


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QUOTE(andymbj @ Nov 9 2017, 9:58 pm) *

Bit disappointed with the lack of any new songs. Why announce that you are going to play new tracks if you're not going to follow through? Aside from that it's a pretty epic setlist and 22 songs is fantastic.


They were never going to play new material on this tour, not sure how you can be disappointed.


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post Nov 9 2017, 7:23 am
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QUOTE(gerrycan70 @ Nov 9 2017, 7:57 pm) *

They were never going to play new material on this tour, not sure how you can be disappointed.

Here are some links where Ed mentions that new songs will be played.

Ed Kowalczyk interview with Martin Bester South Africa radio, 1 June 2017 - fast forward to 6:15

TripleM radio interview with Ed Kowalczyk (Australian radio), July 13, 2017 - fast forward to 4:29 of the first interview

Interview with Ed Kowalczyk 97.3 The River, Glenn and Bob (25th May 2017) - fast forward to 3:34


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QUOTE(dangum @ Nov 9 2017, 11:23 pm) *

Here are some links where Ed mentions that new songs will be played.

Ed Kowalczyk interview with Martin Bester South Africa radio, 1 June 2017 - fast forward to 6:15

TripleM radio interview with Ed Kowalczyk (Australian radio), July 13, 2017 - fast forward to 4:29 of the first interview

Interview with Ed Kowalczyk 97.3 The River, Glenn and Bob (25th May 2017) - fast forward to 3:34



You're seriously not going to hold Ed to statements made 6 months ago no.gif . They've been off the radar for 8 years as a foursome. No band is then all of a sudden going play / road test new material immediately after such a long absence.


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