A Rockin’ Stroll.

Hi everyone!

It’s been a crazy week. Of course it’s just a few days until Christmas, school finished up for the year, work got frantic before it could wind down, and HSC results came in, but undoubtedly the best part was that we managed to squeeze in an overnight trip to Melbourne to see Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield.

For those of you that came of age in the 1990’s I don’t need to explain who they are. (The rest of you can google them, sorry). Suffice to say that whether as a solo artist or as frontman of The Lemonheads, Evan is right up there as one of my husband’s favourite singer/songwriters of all time. Juliana has one of the sweetest voices I’ve ever heard, and has sang on just about all of Evan’s albums. They have a long and fascinating shared history, so the chance to catch them together was too good to pass up.

Let me just say that they didn’t disappoint.

We flew down to Melbourne on Tuesday morning, spent the day sampling some of the great food (Asian for lunch, tapas at Movida for dinner), then walking it off. Due to my lack of map reading skills and non-existent sense of direction, we walked the whole town to get to Federation Square without realising that it was right near our hotel, where we started. We arrived at The Corner Hotel for the gig, sorted out some drinks (beer for him, vodka & lemon for me), and settled back to watch the opening band Bambino Koresh. (They were excellent, btw). As per usual I elected to stand front and centre, which paid off when Evan Dando himself came and stood right next to us! This might be a good time to mention my crippling habit of becoming so starstruck that when I see a musician who I totally LOVE, no matter how much I would like to, I cannot bring myself to even say hello, much less ask for an autograph or picture. (Embarrassing but true fact: the first time I met Adalita my hands were shaking). So I took a couple of pictures of him standing next to my husband. Who thankfully is more sensible than me, and when standing next to his favourite big gay crush, says hello, tells him he loves his work, and asks for a photo.

Then came time for Evan and Juliana. They alternated between his and her songs, most of the time singing on each others anyway. I desperately wanted to hear them sing Gram Parsons’ “$1000 Wedding”, which they did beautifully, as well as The Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes”. So so good. They sound so amazing together, and seemed to be having a good time. Then towards the end I met Mary, a rock music photographer I “met” on Instagram. Is it weird that we hugged like long-lost pals? Anyway, it was a total pleasure to meet Mary and some of her friends, and she took some amazing photos, which you can see here. (Yes, the last one is of husband and I. Thanks Mary!).

Much as I wanted to hang around chatting and drinking, my feet were sore from all that walking and the rest of me was tired from the 6.30am start to the day, so we said our goodbyes. After a nightcap in the hotel bar I just about passed out at 1am.

Flying home the next day with a hangover was not fun.

On Thursday night we went to their Sydney show with our son, who at eighteen can finally join us at gigs. Another great show, Evan seemed especially cheerful, and it was worth the price of the ticket just to see his impersonation of Morrissey.

Did I mention that the tickets were only $49.00?

Now that’s entertainment.

xoxo, Ana.

6 Thoughts

  1. As much as I love both Evan and Juliana, the Perth gig was akin to wailing cats. I’m not sure what they’d been consuming prior to the gig but the songs bounced around on a scale of great to awful and back again. Evan’s Lemonhead tracks really brought me back, with some real golden oldies mixed in, but it seemed the pair struggled to keep in each other’s key.

    At one point Jools stopped mid-riff to “turn her guitar down”, then after the song apologised and said she was really embarrassed. She shouldn’t have been, that was rock ‘n’ roll. She came back and cranked on with the song, and it was good.

    They are two very sexy people. It was far from the best gig I’ve been to, but I came out a bit stunned. It was, in absence of any better word, ~ RAW ~.


    1. Wow, I don’t know what to say. I have read that Juliana can be a bit ill at ease sometimes, and the last time we saw Evan he was very distant and did not say a word between songs. But the rapport in both Sydney and Melbourne was obvious. And I can’t believe how playful he was in Sydney. He has said he is off drugs at the moment, and the difference was noticeable. But I agree, they can be very raw. At one point in Sydney Juliana disappeared backstage while Evan sang maybe half a dozen songs, she just seemed to lose her mojo for a bit. It disappointed me a bit that the crowd was obvious about preferring Evan’s stuff, I thought she was amazing. But I guess he is better known in Australia after all.


  2. This is the most wonderful thing!!
    I love your “photo with Evan”…and the other photo-he is so fucking cute right there.
    I completely understand your non-speaking-non-introducing yourself behavior b/c I couldn’t speak to him either. Dando vision & temporary paralysis.
    Your friend Mary’s pictures are outstanding, so glad those are available to see.
    You are really talented at recapping this sort of thing or any event in a personal, exciting but professional sounding way–I hope you know what I mean. You’re very good at this.
    I enjoy these so much.

    “I Broke A Million Hearts Just For Fun”. Don’t I fuckin’ know it.


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