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Toni Childs concert review

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It should be mentioned that Mr and Mrs GOF enjoy attending music concerts several times each year, and do not often find need to complain.
We appreciate that international quality entertainers only occasionally visit our neck of the woods, and we like to lend our support.

This one was an exercise of endurance and suffering.
In short it was the most appalling unprofessional event we have ever has the misfortune to witness and pay for.
Firstly the venue was 40 minutes late opening its doors, then the usher staff were confused at the seat numbering system, and the concert began before most people could get in.  
No great shame.  
We suffered with an hour of ageing paunchy Aussie rocker Richard Clapton accompanied on stage by at least 1 bottle of beer from which he found regular need to refresh himself, even mid-way through some of his raucous super amplified exhibitions of vocal inadequacy.
Now I am as athiest as almost anyone could be, but I defend the right of Christian patrons not to have to put up with blasphemous banter when they have paid $100 to be entertained by music.

Next, Toni Childs.  My worlds most powerful, unique, emotional, beautiful voice utterly spoiled and distorted by gross over-amplification and drowned out by the imbalance of guitars and drums over the vocal performance.  Ms Childs also during her minimal 35 minute performance had to consult with her drummer on 3 occasions to find out what song she was supposed to sing next.  Not good enough.  Nowhere near good enough.

The most pleasant part of the evening was watching 10 roadies rearrange the furniture and entertain us with spurts of electronic feedback for 35 minutes prior to the appearance of the main event…..Jackson Browne….. I am unable to provide a review of his complete performance, for Mrs GOF and I decided to have more respect for our hearing, and left the scene of the fiasco following his third over-decibellage offering.

None of the performers were introduced to the audience in the normal time-honoured tradition of live music.  They just anonymously ambled in from the shadows and began assaulted our eardrums.

Worst concert I have ever had the misfortune to pay $100 to attend.
Cairns Convention Centre should be ashamed of its unprofessionalism and stick to hosting basketball games and tax-minimising talk-fests for lawyers, doctors and corporate high fliers.

 Now I'm going back to bed to let my eardrums recover.

Perhaps when I wake up I will discover it was all just a bad dream.

PS…  late addition for anyone who would like to hear how she really sings, here she is with Many rivers to cross

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  1. We went to a Casey Chambers concert in St. Kilda where the sound engineer must have had an off day. Way too loud and there were a lot of drop kicks in the audience. In fact the support act (who I thought was very good) paid out the yobbos with "Pay attention. It might help you avoid messing up your life". I loved it but the crowd didn't. Much better value with 3 hours of Billy Connolly at the Concert hall years later.

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  2. Sorry to hear that it turned out to be a fizzer, GOF, as I know how much you were looking forward to it. Is it worth making your feelings known to the Cairns Convention Centre?

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  3. Sorry that it was such a bad experience for you. Sounds like all those involved share the blame of the bad showing.

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  4. My belated thought to add a link illustrating what a wonderful singer she really is;Many rivers to cross

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  5. Thanks Peter….sorry for your experience too. Fortunately this is the first time in so many years of attending concerts that we have been disappointed. Occasionally in the past we have walked out at half time especially for a couple of foreign dance troupes whose work became repetitious, but this is our first time for technical issues……so disappointing…. it offered so much.We would love to see Billy Connolly, but most of the big name performers don't make it this far north.

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  6. Thanks Snowy, I tend these days to let little disappointments of this nature flow past under the "shit happens" banner. It was not a total loss as I felt some fleeting moments of wonderful emotion at simply being in the presence of someone who I admire so much…….but it could have been so much better

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  7. Thanks GOM ……We have been thinking that perhaps we were seated in a bad position in the auditorium……20 rows back from the front, but there were huge banks of speakers overhead…….probably no excuse really…..such a small venue did not require such a level of amplification.

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  8. These days we are usually jazz attenders but thought Casey's voice was worth the effort. I had forgotten about what to expect from the crowd too. Mind you, last year we went to an outdoor country music festival in South Oz while we were traveling and it was sensational.I did a course called "An intro to sound engineering" some years back and Brian said "If you see the engineer go for the ear plugs get outta there."At least with jazz they are more interested in the quality of the sound.Billy is great value and plays a few instruments too. Hope you get to catch him one day.

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