Ian Moss – “Rivers Run Dry” Tour.
Reviewed for POPrepublic.tv by 101FM Radio Presenter Stu Robertson
Photography by Michelle Cop (MC Photography)
Nine pm Saturday, the humongous wooden doors at The Tivoli in BrisVegas were slowly pushed shut. The house lights faded quickly, but people were still grabbing drinks and heading for their seats to catch the show. They’ve come for the big guy. But the whole atmosphere was relaxed.
These are real people. This was a friendly crowd looking for a good night. And this is an iconic rock Singer / Songwriter / Guitarist looking to hang out with them.
With the strap on his shoulder and his Fender Strat plugged in – I think it was a combo of that, Kerry Jacobson’s kick drum and Zoe Hauptmann’s bass playing which thumped a riveting blow to everyone’s stomach. Attention seeking? oh yeah. They had our attention right there, my friend.
This was going to be a big night with a big sound. Ian Moss – he’s no stranger to entertaining. He’s put a lot into his work since he was nine. His roots are in Alice Springs growing up and then onto Adelaide and then the whole Cold Chisel backstory.
This night is the first gig of the national tour. Cunningly, Ian never used those most fateful words ever uttered by any singer. The ones that turn crowds off like bad breath before a kiss. “- this is from my new album…”
He just sang them and then told us where they were from – the brand-new album “Rivers Run Dry”, which is brilliant. Ian also touchingly dedicated a song to a good friend who had a mishap – and of course, all the other crowd-pleasing faves were there, classics like “Tuckers Daughter” (1988) and “Telephone Booth” from 1989.
Of course, let’s focus on Moss’s voice. One word: Distinctive. When you hear it on its own, you can hear him in any group or session that he’s been in.
Tivoli, you’ve done well. A really good sold-out concert. Great security. Everything was smooth.
As far as creative artistic output, I don’t think Ian Moss’s river will ever run dry. Not a chance. Head over to the www.ianmoss.com.au for the 2023 “Rivers Run Dry” tour dates and album info – Vinyl, CD and Digital.