Lennon lives again
Reviewed at the Grand Ballroom, Dom Polski Centre on 15 February 2019
Presented by LTGO
This is advertised as an intimate production and it could have been, but not in a venue like the Grand Central showroom. The performance by John Waters and Stewart D’Arrietta was wonderful but marred by some shocking sound mixing which included a lot of reverb, all of which distorted the sound to the point that at times lyrics were indecipherable.
The show was well put together and gave great insight into Lennon and his world, showcasing the many songs he (and the other Beatles) made famous. Waters characterisation of Lennon was honest and very reminiscent of the man himself. The support and backing provided by Stewart D’Arrietta was excellent if occasionally the piano was a little too loud in the mix.
It was great to hear songs like I Heard The News Today, Watching the Wheels, Give Peace A Chance and Jealous Guy again with the contextual story in mostly Lennon’s words. Of course there were some songs everyone was waiting for, Woman, Beautiful Boy, Help and of course, Imagine, and there were many others.
I was so looking forward to this show but the crowded, unsuitable venue and the very late start definitely dulled my enjoyment. Let us hope if he returns again, they can find him a more intimate venue, or at least a decent sound mixer.
Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Venue: Grand Central, Dom Polski Centre
Season: 16 Feb – 17 Feb
Tickets: $65 -$69