A nod to the past and a comment on the present, Grinspoon's Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne concert, saw the band playing, Guide to Better Living in its entirety and releasing some statement-making merchandise. Responding to tennis figure, Margaret Court's homophobic comments and vow to boycott Qantas for its support of same-sex marriage, the band released a T-shirt with "Marriage Equality Stadium" slapped over Margaret Court Stadium, with all proceeds of the T-shirt going to Australian Marriage Equality. Grinspoon told Music Feeds, “We here at GSPN HQ believe marriage should be for all… so at tonight’s sold out gig we are selling some special t-shirts with all proceeds going to Australian Marriage Equality.”
On to the show, twenty year ago, Guide to Better Living catapulted Grinspoon into a new realm, as this progressive metal/funk band hit the road and festival stages and cemented their spot in the Australian music landscape. With their 1997 album being celebrated with a special 20th anniversary release, they decided to tour it in its entirety, in track sequence. The band delivers with it sounding very much like the studio recordings, the sound crisp and the lighting splendid. The few little faux pas here and there are easily forgiven and are just like the good 'ol days, a bit rough and ready.
An encore saw an outfit change and and a round of crowd favourites and past hit singles – with "Chemical Heart", "Lost Control", "No Reason", "Hard Act to Follow" being the standouts before ending with the "More Than You Are" belting.
All photos by Carl Neumann.