Colin Hay at Old Rock House, May 4, 2011
Songs from Gathering Mercury, his latest solo CD, were featured prominently in his two hour, seventeen song set. A capacity audience at The Old Rock House was treated not only to Colin Hay’s music, but to his humorous stories as well. More on that later.
He opened with “Gathering Mercury”, a tune off the new CD, followed by “Family Man”, a song his father wrote. Colin mentioned his father wouldn’t mind if he sang it for him. The Men At Work material was interspersed throughout the set. “Down Under”, “Who Can It Be Now”, and “Overkill” were all audience favorites. One could hear the faithful singing along. All three songs took on a new and complete life of their own. Gone were the saxophone and flute parts. Simply Colin, his guitar and a small echo effect on his voice made these songs just as vibrant as the original recordings. It was amazing to hear!! Other memorable tunes from the set included “Send Somebody”, about a late night call to tech support just to have someone to talk to, “Beautiful World” and “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Ever Get Over You”, the latter a song most in the crowd could relate to at some point in their lives.
Colin told two stories on stage that I will condense for the purpose of space. Colin grew up in Scotland idolizing The Beatles. Imagine his surprise and sheer disbelief when he found himself on stage with Ringo Starr as part of Ringo’s All Star Band Tour!! He admitted that he would constantly glance over his shoulder while on stage just to remind himself that “Yeah, it is Ringo back there”. Another instance involved Paul McCartney and his wife at the time. It happened that the McCartneys had dinner at Colin’s home one evening. Colin gazed out his front window that evening as the couple approached the house and mused to himself, “That’s freakin’ Paul McCartney walking up my driveway.” Colin Hay closed his set with “Waiting For My Real Life To Begin”; always looking forward, never resting on past laurels, striving to be the best! To this multi-talented singer songwriter I say, “God Speed my friend.”