Review – Colin Hay: Waiting for My Real Life…
Admission: $49 – $55
Venue: Arts Centre – Playhouse
If you’re waiting for your real life to begin and pondering if it is a beautiful world, perhaps you could look inwards and wonder who could it be now? I know, using the names of his songs is overkill, but this segue’s perfectly into what to expect from Scottish-born Australian singer-songwriter, Colin Hay, in his oddly placed show Waiting For My Real Life.
This prolific story-teller will take you on a journey through his life using well placed self-written songs and classic Australian Dad humour, even though he has no kids. From the moment he walks onto stage the atmosphere becomes inviting and warm, as if you are having a conversation with the man directly. He regales you with tales from childhood to the days with Men At Work, and shares the experience of the rise and fall of fame with a politely candid demeanour.
Although, the over use of his flawless Aussie accent and whimsical tales of celebrities he has met did take precedence over what he does best. After playing the obligatory classics, peppering in new songs, and some melancholic recollections through song, the window to this man’s soul is revealed and you’re able to take a peek.
While this snippet into his life is a welcome change in the way artists display their talents, the placement of this show in the comedy festival is trivial. A stand alone show without the stigma of comedy would have served him better: a great concert with the old-fashioned charm that speaks right to the heart of any Australian.