Mark Lanegan at the Espy, Melbourne, Australia – Gig Review

July 10, 2010

The Gig: Mark Lanegan
Where: The Esplanade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
When: 9 July 2010
In One Word: Bullshit-free

Mark Lanegan

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First of all, may i extend a tremendous amount of grattitude towards the hairy necked, balding cunt that choose to stand right in front of my at the early stages of the show. With nowhere to move I was forced to either look at your ugly hairy neck, your fucked up girlfriend or just close my eyes and enjoy the music (I did the latter, obviously).

I’ll be honest here in the fact I know none of Mark Lanegan’s back catalogue and on my brief foray into Nirvana some time ago I went straight to their older punk roots rather than contemporaries like The Screaming Trees;  I am most certainly aware of his other associations (QOTSA, Gutter Twins and Isobel Campbell) but I’ve never endeavoured to hear a single note from him… girl is a fan and that’s why I’m here.

My first impression was Tom Waits….yes, I said it and you get what I mean….this reviewer is unapologetic for such a cheap comparison. The difference between Waits and Lanegan is the lack of bullshit which is what always ruins Tom Waits’ albums for me…. ya know, with Waits there’s misery and theatrics  but Lanegan is misery and fuck all else, he’s not
engaging or even interesting to watch but simply fantastic to listen to.

My attention wanders throughout by the fact there’s so many arseholes in the audience talking over the main attraction and countless people pushing past me backwards and forwards, the atmosphere in the place is pretty much dreadful…what idiots spends good money on tickets to talk throughout?

Lanegan and guitarist walk off stage and come back on a minute or so later as if they have to do it, I’m certain ML doesn’t enjoy the bullshit and processes around the shows and I don’t blame him. The last few songs are obviously more well known by the rapturous applause that accompanies the opening notes, he says thank you and leaves.

A blunt summary for a blunt artist? I am now a fan, all of my miserable moments will now be accompanied by your music Mr Lanegan. Thank you.

© Danny Crombie, Music Vice


2 Responses to Mark Lanegan at the Espy, Melbourne, Australia – Gig Review

  1. JJ on July 10, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    The gig at the Espy was the worst Lanegan gig I’ve ever been to and this is probably the worst gig review I have ever read in my life. Maybe if you’d got there on time your genetically inferior self wouldn’t have had to stand behind the tall chap. The cliched “sounds like Tom Waits review” Ugh. Maybe stick to reviewing music you know…. “and guitarist”??? Jesus!! The dudes name is Dave Rosser.

  2. KM on July 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I dont know where you two were but I was up the front and everyone around me was respectful. I dunno about being further up the back near to the bar but maybe thats where you were. The layout of the Espy isnt that great. Stage at one end and bar halfway back in the middle, so if sold out pretty much stuck where you are or you become one who pushes backwards and forwards.
    “but Lanegan is misery and fuck all else” – I SO totally disagree with you here and am sure your g/f does too!!!

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