The first Finn/Runga/Dobbyn tour was a huge success – but I thought it was something of a disaster and when they announced there’d be a 10th Anniversary version I figured it would be a massive success but I wasn’t that amped about attending – more a job than a perk. I’m not sure if it really was much of a success but I certainly enjoyed it more than the first version. Which was a bit odd really.
Well I guess Dobbyn was in good voice and good form and I felt, overall, he carried it. Runga was a bit lost, the start of her fade from view, but Finn was at least in improved voice after a few years struggling (his solo shows, particularly, had been rather woeful – but I’m a sucker, I’ll always turn up to check it out).
We drove over to Martinborough for this – we’d had my folks staying and it was an early gig. The publicist kindly organised that they could come in for free with me (Me+3 on the door – doesn’t happen often, don’t usually ask, never expect it, etc…) and then my folks drove on home to the bay after and me and Katy returned to Wellington.
Just a fairly nice vibe to this, safe and easy but pleasant. That doesn’t really sell it – but it doesn’t really need to be sold. It wasn’t amazing. But I wasn’t expecting anything at all. I certainly got more than that.
No actual ticket for me – just a MEDIA PASS. God, how I loathe media passes. In through the gate then it’s straight into the pocket – none of this tugnut lanyard bullshit. We’re not important – just there to report on events.
Stubs is an occasional feature here at Off The Tracks – looking back through the ticket-stub box and remembering how the show went down.