LIVE REVIEW: Short Stack – The Tivoli

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Saturday night was a busy night for Brisbane’s entertainment scene with Laneway Festival and Kevin Hart both having sell out events so I guess it was no surprise that Short Stack failed to sell out The Tivoli for that particular weekend. This was my third time seeing them play at The Tivoli and previously it’s always been packed and a bit hectic but this time around I breezily moved around the venue with ease and admired the very passionate crowd. They may have been in smaller quantity but the energy and deafening screams the crowd produced when the three boys from Budgewoi emerged on stage to the opening riff of “Homecoming” was impressive. They launched into a 75 minute set of greatest hits, fan favourites and new tracks that everyone was accustomed with. The band experimented with some medley’s that allowed them to revamp some old material and play more fan favourites. These included; “Shimmy A Go Go/Heartbreak Made Me A Killer/The Back Of My Head” and “Bambi/Ladies & Gentlemen/Werewolves”. The band still have the cheeky stage banter down pat with sexual Innuendos being a favourite conversation starter. However it was their uncensored conversation about touring with a “shitty boy band” (Aka The Vamps) which raised some eyebrows. Lead singer Shaun Diviney’s vocals have majorly improved over the years with his vocal endurance noticeably a lot stronger. Bradie Webb brought one of the shows major highlights with a drum solo which was not only tech savvy but also very epic. And yes, those are the only words I can find to describe it. ‘Planets”, “Princess”, “Sway Sway Baby” and “We Dance To A Different Disco” unsurprisingly were some of the most energetic tracks that highlighted this show as one of their best. It was a perfect walk down memory lane at my teenage years while I watched the majority of the crowd around me experiencing some of the finer moments in theirs. One thing I took away from this show; Short Stack still know how to put on a good show.

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