Posted: 2018-10-26 21:37:12
11 years ago I last saw the John Butler Trio - back then in the Columbia Hall.
Since it should take place today on a Sunday, I also bought a ticket for my wife, but this time she couldn't make it, which is why my daughter came with me. Around 7:30pm we went by bicycle to Huxley's and were surprised that outside in front of the entrance there was a very long queue of people (entrance should be from 7pm). A little bit crowded in the queue, we were quickly at the entrance, where the tickets should be checked. There it was proclaimed that the drummer of JBT (Grant Gerathy) is sick, but John Butler makes a solo appearance. If you didn't want to go in, you could probably get your money back, but only a few did.
We came in quickly and got a good place on the stairs up to the gallery, where you had a good view to the stage. I got some drinks and then it started.
Opener for John Butler was shortly after 20:00 Bobby Alu - artist from Samoa with Australian roots. With guitar or Okulele he played nice melodic ballads and told a bit about himself. Then I asked Sisko to take pictures or videos, because my camera delivers too bad quality. After about half an hour Bobby was through and we waited for JB to start, but that took almost half an hour.
Bobby Alu - Opener for John Butler
Shortly after 9pm JB came on stage and told us that Grant was totally ill, but he still wished us a nice evening. Then it started already. The people were thrilled - so were we. Even though I knew almost no song of JBT (except Better than - songs from the Grand National record) and Ocean, which he played as last encore, all were very taken with what he offered during his solo performance. Most of the time he sat on a chair - surrounded by his guitars. But since he also had a looping station in front of him, many songs sounded as if they were played by a band.
When he finished his song evening with Ocean, everyone was very enthusiastic. Sisko and I left as soon as the lights went on. But she liked it as much as I did.
Here are some YouTube videos from someone who was relatively far ahead:
John Butler Trio - 2018-10-21 Huxleys Neue Welt Berlin DE - Intro / Better Than
John Butler Trio - 2018-10-21 Huxleys Neue Welt Berlin DE - Kimberley
John Butler Trio - 2018-10-21 Huxleys Neue Welt Berlin DE - Ocean