It’s been a long time between drinks for the Origliassos, but they sure made up for it on Wednesday night. The ‘Sanctified’ show was an incredible gig with lots of energy and pizzazz.
Opening act Dean Ray kicked off proceedings and seems to have loosened up a bit. He always seemed a bit too intense during his time on ‘X Factor’ so it was a relief to see him take the piss a bit!
At one point he even managed to cajole the audience into singing ‘Budapest’ with him, though it was abundantly clear that the crowd were there for two ladies from Brisbane.
The girls kicked things off with an expensive-looking video, but the crowd didn’t seem too enthused with their opening track ‘Sanctified’. In fact it wasn’t really until they played fan favourite ‘Revenge Is Sweeter’ that the crowd went wild.
From here on in the crowd stayed on their feet, even when they segued into the obligatory acoustic section.
‘Everything I’m Not’ was particularly nice, but it was all about their recent No.1 ‘You Ruin Me’. Everyone had their phones out to record the moment (thus not being actually in the moment… but we’ll save that debate for another day) and it was even better than the studio version.
Lisa’s vocals were particularly strong throughout the night whilst Jess seemed to struggle at times. This was particularly obvious on album cut ‘Cold’ where Jess mans the chorus. Whilst the girls did use some pre-recorded vocals throughout the show, the chorus to ‘Cold’ seemed flat out mimed!
On the flipside, ‘Untouched’ and ‘4ever’ were just as good live as we hoped they would be. The crowd went nuts, jumping up and down like their lives depended on it.
Our favourite moment was during the encore, where the girls sang ‘You And Me’ to each other. The room fell to a hushed silence as The Veronicas more than proved that they were back. It reinforced the lunacy that someone somewhere decided to stop the duo from releasing anything for seven years. How many great albums and awesome concerts have we missed out on due to label politics?
Regardless, this show was fantastic. The lighting was spot on, the set list a great mix of past hits and album cuts, and it left the (mainly younger) crowd more than satisfied.
Some might even say they felt sanctified by the whole experience…