Review : Lisa Marie Presley In Concert : The Playhouse, Melbourne, March 25, 2014
March 25, 2014 : Melbourne
Venue: The Playhouse, Melbourne Arts Centre
Address: 100 St. Kilda Road Melbourne, VIC 3004
The difference between Lisa Marie Presley's concert performance at the Melbourne Art Centre last night and that at Crown Casino Melbourne 10 years ago is vast - in short, it was one of the BEST live performances I have ever seen. Lisa's musical progression is remarkable. Largely based on her extraordinary critically acclaimed 'Storm & Grace' album the concert opened with a strong 'So Long' ('... Farewell, fair weathered friends ... I cant say I'll miss you in the end ...') before what is for me my favorite of her songs, 'Over Me'. Taking nothing away from the former, I felt in fact it was a testament to that song that it could open when for me 'Over Me' is the perfect opener, made all the better as it turned out coming up second.
Taste is a personal thing so I can obviously only speak for myself but I can say for sure that if you like what you hear in the music videos that have been released online then you will love Lisa in concert many times over.
Below, listen to the song, Over Me.
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Lisa and her talented band have no problem reproducing what they have created in the studio - a 100% sure way of knowing the music is very real. Indeed being live Lisa surpassed many vocally.
David Troedson with Lisa Marie Presley backstage, Melbourne Arts Centre March 25, 2014.
The setting was very different, an intimate setting as opposed to the large room at Crown, with a somewhat 'odd' artist-audience interaction with what the Melbourne 'Age' wrote of this show as 'a vocal minority thought she was here for a chat - about her hair, her weight, her family and other inanities which she fielded with remarkable patience', this is their perspective and I although understand it, I still would say to them 'bite me', as it did not come across that way to me, it was very much clear to me the love for Lisa in the 'room' and also indeed how remarkably well Lisa responded I believe genuinely appreciative of the many comments called out.
NOT only answering all but if she did not fully hear a comment she would stop and ask for it to be repeated.
Lisa actually stated, and repeated that it was sincere, that she had been in a dark mood earlier and that the audience had really brought her out of it. (The Melbourne Age's review is clearly by someone who would have a lesser view of Elvis no doubt and would not for a second understand the unique relationship people have with Lisa, it is genuine and Lisa clear understands and appreciates it). Although husband Michael Lockwood did comment 'maybe every one can have a turn' at which point perhaps enough was enough. Distracting NO. Between songs and very warm. Lisa also stated this audience was by far the best of the tour!!!
The Kings Daughter and Expectations
If you go to see 'Lisa Marie Presley', Elvis Presley's daughter then it is possible you are going with expectations based on the wrong thing. Too many fans did this in 2004, and if expectations are not met then they are disappointed. Many expect another Elvis Presley. Really you should not be going unless you have already purchased and ENJOY the Storm & Grace CD. Why else would you go? If you enjoy the CD and go with an attitude of 'Lisa who are you?' rather than 'Lisa I expect you to be ...' then all that is left is the music, and you already like that. THIS IS WHY Lisa recently said 'When people are looking at me, I don't know what they are thinking. Are they looking at my dad, are they seeing me for me now?' she says. 'By the time I am done with the show, I am my own thing. I am me and I don't do what he does. 'I can differentiate between them pretty quickly now', she says, laughing.
As one review said 'Lisa has found her voice', meaning her own and extremely good style. And from 'Rolling Stone', 'Storm & Grace is the album she was born to make – a raw, powerful, country, folk and blues collection ...'. I could not agree more with each. Just go and see the show. You wont regret it.
Lisa is promoting World Vision, an organization addressing worldwide childhood poverty, during the tour, and she asked the World Vision representatives after the show how many people signed up and was told 'three' which she seemed pleased about. Indeed this is a great cause.
I attended the Lisa Marie Presley concert in Bendigo on Friday Night. Lisa received a standing ovation from a packed house, she also commented that this audience was by far the best on her Australian tour, and she had no idea before coming to Bendigo how wonderful a country town like Bendigo would be.
Each of us knows she is not the artist her father was, and this will always be her burden, with that perception from the audience, her musicians were as good as any Rock Band I have seen in the past 10 years and her concert was different but unique. Consequently she has the looks of her father. Elvis will be never dead while she walks our great planet.
I agree with the so called critics, that Storm and Grace is a extraordinary CD, her new Husband seems to have given her the passion to get back in the music industry, and I can only hope she continues to make many more albums in the future. Gary Brown / Australia.
Tickets still available for Frankston and possibly the other two venues.
The remaining concerts ...
March 26, 2014 : Warragul
Venue: West Gippsland PAC
Address: Cnr Albert & Smith Streets Warragul, VIC 3820
March 28, 2014 : Bendigo
Venue: Capital Theatre - Bendigo's Performance Arts Centre
Address: 50 View St. Bendigo, VIC 3550
March 29, 2014 : Frankston
Venue: Frankston Arts Centre
Address: 27 - 37 Davey Street Frankston, VIC 3199
April 1, 2014 : Rooty Hill
Venue: Rooty Hill RSL
Address: 55 Sherbrooke St., Rooty Hill, NSW 2766
April 2, 2014 : Tumbi Umbi
Venue: Mingara Recreation Club
Address: Mingara Drive, Tumbi Umbi, NSW 2261
April 3, 2014 : Sydney
Venue: Hurstville Entertainment Centre, Marana Auditorium
Address: 16 MacMahon Street, Sydney, NSW 2220
Then on to Japan April 8,9 and 10 then Minneapolis on the 29th.
I did not write down the song list, but this list given at previous concerts recently looks right.
Storm of Nails
You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet
Just Like a Dream
Storm and Grace
Soften the Blows
Sticks and Stones
I'll Figure It Out
Need to Know
The King and I: Lisa Marie Presley can spot her true fans in a crowd of Elvis followers
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Interview on 'Today', Richard Wilkins chats to Lisa Marie Presley
Lisa Marie Presley returns to Australia with 'Storm & Grace' concerts in March
Storm & Grace CD Review : Lisa Marie Presley Finds Her Voice
Lisa Marie Presley in concert, Melbourne March 21, 2004
Tupelo's Own Elvis Presley DVD + 16 page booklet.
Never before have we seen an Elvis Presley concert from the 1950's with sound. Until Now! The DVD Contains recently discovered unreleased film of Elvis performing 6 songs, including Heartbreak Hotel and Don't Be Cruel, live in Tupelo Mississippi 1956. Included we see a live performance of the elusive Long Tall Sally seen here for the first time ever.
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The 'parade' footage is good to see as it puts you in the right context with color and b&w footage. The interviews of Elvis' Parents are well worth hearing too. The afternoon show footage is wonderful and electrifying : Here is Elvis in his prime rocking and rolling in front of 11.000 people. Highly recommended.