Aussie Vinyl recounts the Paul Kelly concert in Adelaide – Thursday, November 23rd, 2017
Paul Kelly returned to Adelaide last night with his new Life Is Fine tour to a sold-out Adelaide crowd and it was clear many of his fans had been craving his return.
After opening acts The Middle Kids and legendary Texan Steve Earle completed their sets, Paul Kelly who formerly grew up in Adelaide appeared on stage with his nephew Dan Kelly and longtime singers Vika and Linda Bull. It was clear the crowd was ready to immerse themselves in Kelly’s storytelling pieces and even though he was nearing the end of a lengthy international tour, he and his band of long-time collaborators were as tight as ever.
At one point in the night, Kelly offered a glimpse behind the curtain as he excitedly explained the word ‘petrichor’. Describing the smell of earth after rain, it’s an evocative term long favoured by poets and CSIRO scientists. Even though there was a lot of new material at the front end of the show, it was a trip down memory lane for the run home with hit after hit and after two encores, the hits kept coming.
If ever there was a song to end the night on stage it’s the Traveling Wilburys’ Handle With Care, and opening acts Hannah Joy from The Middle Kids and Texan Steve Earle reappear to close the set with a group singalong as Earle played Dylan to Kelly’s Tom Petty, while Joy and the Bulls stand in for Orbison.