The APIA Good Times tours rolled into Darwin on Wednesday night (19/5/16) and midway through the show most of the sold-out audience at the Darwin Entertainment Centre were on their feet dancing.
Kicking off the night, John Paul Young, backed by an excellent 6-piece band, took us back to the 70's with hits like 'Keep on Smilin', 'Pasadena', 'Standing in the Rain' and his version of the Flash & the Pan hit 'Down Amoung The Dead Men'.
Kate Ceberano followed. Kate is celebrating because her 53-track Anthology set entered the ARIA Top Ten chart this week. As the youngest member of the four (she's 49) she entertained the crowd with songs from her vast back catalogue. Kate took to the keyboards at one stage for a beautiful rendition of the Roberta Flack song 'First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'.
After Intermission, enter Daryl Braithwaite who also had reason to celebrate. It was the eve of the 25th Anniversary since 'The Horses' was released and by the crowd's reaction you'd think it was the No.1 song currently on the charts. Raising his microphone to the audience Daryl could've sipped a cup of tea and eaten a biscuit as the audience took over the singing duties. This was a fun night.
The last of our musical guests had the women swooning and the men wishing they were him. Jon Stevens (in black) shook the foundations of the Entertainment Centre as the band had to raise the bar, and volume, and crank out the sharp back catalogue of Noiseworks. 'No Lies', 'Take Me Back' and 'Hot Chilli Woman' were all greeted like long lost anthems that were ressurected especially for us on this night.
After such a rocking set it was Kate Ceberano's return to Jesus Christ Superstar's 'Everything's Alright' that had John Paul Young, Daryl Braithwaite and Jon Stevens join her. Everyone took turns pumping out hit after hit as everyone remained on their feet dancing.
This was the first date of the Apia Good Times tour with these four performers. Don't miss it when it rolls into your town.
Greg Vincent. Mix 104.9