17iii. See Missy Higgins play live (again again)

18 06 2012

June 17 2012.I managed to get tickets to last night’s final Melbourne show and the final date on the tour!

After searching “missyhiggins tickets” on Twitter and refreshing Gumtree all afternoon, I saw a tweet from clearly the most lovely human in the world who could no longer make the show and was giving away her two tickets. For free. For this I cannot thank her enough!

With tickets on my phone, a last minute phonecall to get Jude to come with me and having put a Twitter request in for Sugarcane, I jumped on a tram to the city and went to three different Internet Cafes before finding one which actually let me download and print documents!

Just before Butterfly’s set started I saw Missy had tweeted me in response to my request which caused quite a bit of excitement! Butterfly’s set was great and I now feel I must immediately download the entirety of her new album as I’ve now seen her play four times since moving here so shall be opening up my iTunes in a second to complete my album collection.

Missy’s set started with Secret and The River but quickly things were shaken up with Tricks making an early appearance. Also of note was Set Me On Fire, which was, tonight, introduced with a whole verse of the rap that it was originally written as. Let’s just say Missy’s stage persona didn’t quite match the rap so well.

When the band left the stage for Missy’s solo set I got excited. Nightminds was up first, before Butterfly and Judith Hammond (who’d been a multi-instrumental genius at all shows on the tour) returned to join Missy to perform Sweet Arms of a Tune. I hadn’t previously seen this song performed live so was eager to see it and the three women’s instruments and voices blended together beautifully making me oh-so-happy to be at the show.

The band returned and, after a little bit of stage banter, I heard those familiar piano notes and then… “Baby ballerinas hiding somewhere in the corner…”

YES. I have now heard Sugarcane played live and it made the seven year wait, the trip interstate and the move across the world on the off-chance to see her play live totally worth it. (Ok, for clarification there were a lot of other reasons for the move with education clearly being the top one *Cough*)

I didn’t write a proper set list and this was not meant to be a review. I just had to write something down to show my excitement and gratitude at how yesterday worked out. Because of Twitter, I had a free lunch, got free tickets to Missy Higgins’ gig and then got my favourite song ever worked into the set list. And people say Twitter is just for oversharing what you ate for breakfast…

The amazing full band: Judith Hammond, Peter Groenwald, Will Sayles, Missy Higgins, Butterfly Boucher and Tyler Burkum.

See also: 17i. See Missy Higgins play live and 17ii. See Missy Higgins play live (again). If you’re really interested, hit the ‘Missy Higgins’ tag to see what other non-stalkerish things I’ve been up to.





17ii. See Missy Higgins play live (again)

17 06 2012
Missy Higgins live June 16 2012

Sorry for the poor photo, again.

Missy Higgins (Supported by Butterfly Boucher)
Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 16 June 2012.

Read 17i. See Missy Higgins play live.

Wearing her ‘reserved for special occasions’ yellow pants (read the English translation: trousers) that she’d worn at last Friday’s Sydney show, Butterfly Boucher took to the grand stage at Her Majesty’s Theatre like a pro. Her set was similar to last Friday’s however there was the welcome addition of Not Fooling Around which kept me happy. And Missy’s appearance on None The Wiser wearing a large wintery coat surprised the unsuspecting audience (bar the diehards who’d already been to other shows!)

After Butterfly’s run to sign CDs and sprint back onto stage (after a Vodka and Tonic) Missy took to the stage in the more venue-appropriate outfit of a sequined dress. The set began as it had done last week, Secret was soft, The River was beautifully sad and by the time the hand-painted banners were lowered onto the stage in Hello Hello, I think it’s safe to say most of the audience were completely consumed by the music. Continuing with Set Me On Fire (“It’s a love song to music, I guess”) and the number heavy combo of 100 Round The Bends then Ten Days, I briefly wondered if I’d be hearing anything I hadn’t heard live in Sydney. Whilst I still wouldn’t have been gutted if it had been identical, the arrival of special guest Dave Higgins (Yes, he’s Missy’s brother) on Cooling of the Embers served to make the tribute to their late Grandmother Judy all the more poignant and the evening began to take a different turn. With Dave on piano, Missy was left instrument-less which seemed unusual but she coped just fine.

When Dave was asked to stay on to provide animal noises in Watering Hole he looked a little bit awkward wandering around the stage trying to fit in, but the craziness added to the madness that was unfolding throughout the theatre. In fact, so successful were the animal noises from the audience tonight that they continued throughout the set with Missy clarifying one audience contribution later in the evening was most definitely a “Moo” and not a “Boo”. Yes, it seems there were some quality cow impersonators on Exhibition Street tonight.

For her solo piano set Missy returned to her debut to play They Weren’t There and Any Day Now. Whilst the latter was faultless the former saw Missy stumble mid-song, followed by an expletive burst and then, of course, an apology at the end of the song. In fact, this was one of two slip ups in the evening which highlighted Missy’s great character – earlier on she’d started singing the wrong second line in Peachy before quickly correcting herself and apologising.

Going North was included as a request from her mum who was in the audience before Everyone’s Waiting was introduced as a song about the anxiety of writing new music which Missy admits was mostly brought on by herself.

Concluding the set with each of the biggest singles from her albums, Missy certainly deserved the standing ovation from the huge venue.

Comparisons with the Sydney show? Sydney was a better venue, Melbourne was a better show.

My one gripe: Still no Sugarcane. I guess this just means this definitely can’t be the last time I see Missy play live. One day I’ll see it live. One day.

If anyone knows of a spare ticket to tomorrow night’s (Sunday) Melbourne show, please let me know ASAP.

Setlist:

  • Secret
  • The River
  • If I’m Honest
  • Hello Hello
  • Set Me On Fire
  • 100 Round The Bends
  • Ten Days
  • Peachy
  • Where I Stood
  • Cooling of the Embers
  • Watering Hole
  • They Weren’t There (Solo)
  • Any Day Now (Solo)
  • Going North
  • Everyone’s Waiting
  • The Special Two
  • Warm Whispers
  • Unashamed Desire
  • Scar
  • Steer