Alice in Chains, Down & Walking Paper Live @ Enmore Theatre, Sydney

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After an enormous day of bands at the annual Soundwave festival in Sydney, Alice in Chains brought their a-game one more time for Sydney, bringing along a very diverse line-up that spanned from balls out metal to honest bluesy hard rock. Enmore theatre couldn’t wait to help brilliantly facilitate a high quality sound that very few venues could match.

The band to start the night off were Seattle Band Walking Paper, who are a really tight, bluesy rock band with grunge heritage that had the crowd grooving. Charismatic singer/guitarist Jeff Angell conveyed his rock n roll flair which thrilled the crowd.  The crowd got real excited when the band performed their last number amongst punters, while Angell swung his mike around and posed for pics with punters. The act were inspiring and started the night on a very good note.

With the crowd full of excitement after Walking Paper, Down came on stage, who were more than ready to shove their music and values in faces of all that were involved. This was great for the legion of Down and Anselmo fans except one couldn’t help but give sympathy to the Alice in Chain fans, who had to put up with this. Down are a Louisiana-based heavy metal who have been playing balls out heavy metal since 1991. Down started off with the popular ‘Lysergik Funeral Procession’, which comes off their most recent release called Diary of a Mad Band: Europe in the Year of VI. Down’s performance was solid as usual and they definitely did not disappoint in the musical faction. Anselmo’s antics got quite annoying though, which could be seen in the divided crowd, where he called people who weren’t involved ‘assholes’. Maybe Anselmo could focus more on the music than rattling fans who didn’t come to see Down.

After two very solid performances, how could the night get any better? Three words: Alice in Chains. They came in firing as they played through classics from Dirt, Jar of Flies and their self titled, all the way to The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. AIC left the stage momentarily while the theatre cheered, stomped and screamed for more. The band obliged with an encore performance of grungy ‘Again’ and ‘Would’, and finally thanked Australia and praised the crowd, while singer, DuVall hoped to be back in the country “before another 5 years”.

Overall it was a very good night thanks to the bands and the very good choice of venue. Smiles were everywhere, I was ready like everybody else to see Alice in Chains again straight away. I mean…’if I would, could you?’

Photos By Rod Hunt

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