IT was a show meant for locals of South Perth and Dave Faulkner wanted to fit in with the thousands assembled before him.
“I grew up in Belmont,” the lead singer of Aussie rock legends Hoodoo Gurus reminded them.
“But I spent a bit of time in South Perth.
“My family rented a house on Coode Street when I was seven or eight years old – just over there.”
Faulkner and his band were the celebrated and certainly appreciated drawcard act for this year’s South Perth Sounds concert, which played out on a beautiful evening yesterday at Sir James Mitchell Park.
“Even though it’s a free concert, we are doing all the big money songs,” Faulkner decreed midway through their main set, before ramping up with classic anthems Bittersweet, Come Anytime, Miss Freelove ’69 and 1000 Miles Away.
You Open My Eyes, The Right Time, Death-Defying and Tojo were among the well-known tracks already belted out to that point.
But the best came last, an encore triple treat of timeless wonders – My Girl, What’s My Scene and Like Wow – Wipeout! – which had many out of the older generation up and out of their low-back chairs singing and dancing.
Crowd estimates varied – some said 10,000, others up to 18,000 – but the ‘full-up” sign in the parking area and queues for food and toilets made it clear that organisers at the City of South Perth got the numbers they were expecting and more.
Families had arrived early to picnic and enjoy a drink before the sun set behind the stage, giving great exposure to support act Hot Sand.
The surf rock trio out of CBC Fremantle brought the heat in a way their name suggests they should, playing a fun set of original tunes including one about getting teeth taken out that epitomised their youth.
In an outdoor events treat for South Perth, big-time music returns to the foreshore precinct again in less than two weeks when pop princess Kylie Minogue headlines A Day on The Green on Saturday, March 9.