1927 were an Australian band that formed in 1987 and a string of hit singles through the late eighties and early nineties.
I was a fan :)
"...ish", their first album was (and still is) one of my favourite albums of all time. "The Other Side" I got as well but it didn't grab me in the same way.
I had this poster of them up in my room (at least I think I did, I don't have any photographic evidence)
I decorated the whole back of my Year 11/12 school folder with a poster of the band.
I carried a picture of Eric around in my wallet.
I saw them live twice. The first time was at the NSW Institute of Sport at Homebush, probably in 1990. We sat on the side and I meticulously wrote down every song they played. The second time was at the Sutherland Entertainment Centre, aka "The Bop" one Friday night in 1991. I was quite close to the stage that night but got annoyed at a girl in front who kept bopping sideways, alternately obstructing my view.
Then they disappeared.
The next mention I saw of them was over last new years in Sydney - they were to be the support act for Roxette. But that was in Sydney and all too hard.
Then a few weeks ago Mix106.3 announced that they were coming to Canberra. I put out a notice on the blog, but the only two people that showed any initial interest decided they weren't really interested after all. I didn't really want to go by myself, so it all got too hard. The sweetie said he'd go with me if I really wanted him to, but I was thinking as of the day of the concert that I probably wouldn't go.
But then late yesterday afternoon I asked Neil if I should ask if there were any tickets left and he said yes. So I called and they still had tickets left, so I bought two! At which point Windy came by and said Nanette and her friends were going and he actually might have been interested if he could find babysitting. So he arranged that - win!
So he picked me up and we went and dropped off the laptop and on call phone to Neil (thanks Neil!!) and off we went.
We arrived a bit after eight and picked up my tickets. We had 399 and 400.
They'd said on the phone earlier that doors would probably open around 8:15. Met up with the others and waited. And waited. And waited. In the end they didn't let us upstairs til ~8:50pm :( But because we were in the foyer right by the stairs, we were among the first to go up! So of course we took up position right in front of the stage :)
Then we waited some more.
We were even close enough to see the set list for the night..
Which translated is:
To Love Me (...ish)
Don't Forget Me (The Other Side)
Nothing in the Universe (...ish)
The Other Side (The Other Side)
Tell me a Story (The Other Side)
Compulsory Hero (...ish)
It Ain't Love (1927)
Stop the World (Generation-i)
Believe in Your Own Lies (Generation-i)
You'll Never Know (...ish)
Give the Kid a Break (...ish)
Propaganda Machine (...ish)
That's When I Think of You (...ish)
The Mess (...ish)
If I could (...ish)
Finally, a bit after 9:30, they came out!!
It took me mere seconds to realise I was going to need earplugs. I could *feel* the music, and the wind from the speakers. And as soon as the guitars started I knew I was going to get deafened and stressed. So put in the earplugs and that worked well.
So as it turns out, Eric (now known as Erik) is the only original member of the band left. Everyone else is new. When I saw 1927 the first two times, they were actually a little boring - they just all stood there and played their songs. Erik seems to have relaxed quite a bit these days - he seems more like a muso just enjoying what he does. There wasn't a whole lot of interaction with the crowd though.
So I sang along to the songs I knew, and took photos during songs I didn't...
After the show we hung around a bit comparing photos. I went and bought myself a tshirt and their latest cd. And the keyboardist (above) came out, so Nanette dragged me over to get an autograph :) I asked if the rest of the band would be out, and he said probably in around fifteen minutes. So we hung around.
So worth it!!!
OMG I got to hug Erik!!!!!!
Very squeeeeeee ;)
And I got my cd autographed by the whole band :):):)
So thanks Neil for the kick in the butt to get tickets, and looking after on call for me, it was a totally awesome night :):):):)