The Melbourne music scene is full of secrets. Surprise midnight gigs from international acts, backyard jams in houses in the suburbs and sometimes just some good friends that haven't seen each other in years getting together for a fun night out on a stage. No wonder I call this vibrant music town, "Melbourne Rock Central".
Spencer P Jones played with the classic cowpunk outfit, The Johnnys, who supported the very first Violent Femmes tour to Australia back in the 80's. Just a few days before, when the reformed Violent Femmes performed an epic performance at The Falls Festival at Lorne, Spencer was invited on stage to play on a couple of songs. Violent Femmes' lead singer/songwriter Gordon Gano was proudly wearing a Spencer P Jones T-Shirt at Falls. LOVEFEST!
So when James Young the owner of The Cherry Bar contacted me that Gordon and Spencer were going to perform tonight at The Cherry Bar, I just hightailed it down there to see what special musical treats were in store. With Spencer on guitar and Gordon on violin they performed a bunch of Spencer songs. They even did a tribute to Lou Reed with the violins being a perfect sound with an extraordinary cover of The Velvet Underground "New Age".
When Spencer asked Gordon to sing a couple of songs, he treated everyone with a laid back countrified version of "Blister In The Sun". Other Violent Femmes songs performed were "Good Feeling" and a totally rock out version of "Dance, Motherfucker, Dance!" with both Spencer and Gordon sharing vocal duties and JR Reyne helping out on guitar. They finished the set with a cover of The Cleans, "Anything Could Happen", which Spencer's old band The Johnnys use to also cover. MAGIC! Only happening in Melbourne Rock Central!
A BIG FAT THANK YOU TO GORDON GANO, SPENCER P JONES AND EVERYONE AT THE BEST ROCK'N'ROLL BAR IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE, THE CHERRY BAR! ㋡
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