Referred by: By accident!
From: Wandi, WA
4/13/2014 5:53:12 AM
Has taken a couple of weeks to write this about the Icehouse concert on Rottnest Island in March but the memory of this fantastic event is still very much fresh in my mind! Awesome, Awesome, AWESOME is the only way to describe it. Slight breeze, twilight, whiter than white beach sand, stage on the water's edge, sound amazing..... It was perfect. As usual, Iva's vocals were outstanding and his enthusiasm for his music and performing never wanes. Such a wonderful mix of true classics, possibly the best I've seen from the band. Michael Paynter just gets better looking every time he steps out on stage and that little bass guitar player is just the cutest, would have loved to take him home in my ferry baggage.....
Had VIP tickets, worth every cent to be able to do the meet and greet with Iva and get pic with him. I truly will treasure that and have it as wallpaper on my iPad. Thanks to the very talented young local photographer Sam Riseborough for capturing the moment. Food was very nice, drinks plentiful BUT the view from the VIP area was atrocious - high wire fence completely obscuring the view to the stage and miles away from it anyway. Desperate to get closer to the action, I hurdled the low fence around the VIP area, raced across the sand and pushed myself through to the very first row. There I found a number of short people like myself that no-one begrudged being there and we totally lapped up the opportunity to be only a couple of metres from our idol. I found it interesting the number of much more youthful fans rocking it out right down the front with we mid-forty something's, good to see that the clean cut style and honest lyrics of Icehouse are still able to resonate with the younger generation of today.
I'm still not sure what I think of the reggae influence, especially when one of my all time faves Heartbreak Kid was done in this style as an encore. I just think the original song showcases Iva's vocals so beautifully.... But this was only a small factor in what was otherwise a fantastic day. Good on you Icehouse for still making the time and effort to perform in out-of-the-way places to smaller audiences, it's more than appreciated by your many loyal fans!