Disco never dies and Boney M returned to Australia for a massive greatest hits tour to remind everyone just that. With a packed Brisbane crowd at Eatons Hill Hotel dressed in their best retrospective disco outfits, they were eagerly awaiting the arrival of the iconic group to kick off their rainy Friday night in style. With a disco ball appropriately hanging from the roof, the opening riff of ‘Sunny’ saw the audience warmly welcoming the band on stage for a 90 minute trip down memory lane.
“Are you ready to party tonight?” original member Maizie Williams asked the excited crowd. And they weren’t shy in showing her just how excited they were to see the band with early fan favourites ‘Daddy Cool’, ‘Horray! Horray! It’s a Holi-Holiday’, ‘Belfast’ and ‘Ma Baker’ kicking off the party vibes. The nostalgic crowd were dancing and singing along to every track as if it was their favourite song. The groups harmonies were tight and with their funky silver and black and white outfits they grooved through some simple but sauve choreography. Their energy never seemed to die and you could tell that they were all individually having a lot of fun on stage. What I loved most about their stage show was they treated each song as a musical journey and would tell the eager crowd what each song was about or what part of the world it was inspired by. The African cover ‘Malaika Nakupenda’ highlighted some important culture before a cover of Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘No Woman, No Cry’ introduced some reggae into their classic disco sound.
This made the show feel really intimate and special as you felt like you were getting to know this iconic group in such a unique way. Their backing band brought a real big band vibe and jammed out whilst the group had a glittery outfit change for the second half of the show. The German based group returned ready to kick things up a notch with ‘Baby Do You Wanna Bump’, ‘Brown Girl In The Ring’ and ‘Rasputin’ which even saw Maizie walking through the crowd to get extra up close and personal. As they began to wrap up the show the crowd were ready to dance one more time and the band obliged with ‘Rivers Of Babylon’ and ‘Gotta Go Home’ sending everyone off with a massive smile on their face.
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Photos by Tam Schilling
Boney M Australian Tour Remaining Dates
Tuesday 16 October – Wests New Lambton, Newcastle
Thursday 18 October – Southern Cross Club, Canberra
Friday 19 October – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Saturday 20 October – Palais Theatre, Melbourne