Then other performers were called on stage: Samantha Barks, then the hilarious brotherly act; Owen & Moley.
I notice that Samantha always has this special signature gesture of hers; drumming her palms on her thighs. She wore a beautiful black knitted mini-sack dress that hugged her body tightly with rather low-cut on the back. On a personal note: she looks beautiful and really slender, but it seems that she has lost quite amount of weight. The chubbiness of her cheeks gone. Too thin, in my humble opinion. I prefer her to be rather plum just like in ‘Les Mis’ movie and at the Gramercy’s IGP in Oct 2012 when I first met her in person. (Feel free to disagree.)
The song list:
‘Hit the Ground’ by the gang.
This song seems like the IGP’s opening anthem. And Scott Grimes was no doubt the most energetic performer on that stage. He danced and clapped the most merrily. RC told a bit about how he first met Alan back in 2004 in Toronto at the backstage during some Hockey Awards show.
‘Raewyn’ by RC & Alan.
Same background story, but RC told more in detail about his belated uncle, Charlie Jack Crowe (his dad’s younger brother). He died at age 17 during a scuba diving incident. He hunted a big fish with a sphere that dragged him several meters down below the sea. He made it back to the surface, but he did it too fast and suffered from a fatal decompression (sudden change of pressure that could cause fatal reaction to the body). I scuba dive, so I know this thing because it was being taught when I took the lesson for international certification. The event was around the late ’60s and the hospital at that time didn’t have proper equipment to save him. He also told a bit about Raewyn, her mom’s late younger sister who committed suicide around age 21. Perhaps it’s just me, but I can’t help noticing the glimpse of sadness and emotional expression on RC’s face after he finished the song. (Btw, have I told you how much I loved the way Alan played his acoustic guitar in this song?)
‘Perfect in Your Eyes’ by RC & Alan.
Same background story, but he did mention Danielle Spencer by the name this time. And I apologize because he didn’t left the love poem at the door of her change room (as I wrote in the previous report), but at the door of her motel room. Hope that sets the record straight.
‘Queen Jane’ by RC, Alan, Samantha Barks & Carl Falk.
RC introduced it as the song which was made back during the days of King Henry VIII. Carl Falk played the electric guitar. After that, RC introduced Carl Falk; a Srilankan-born music producer, raised in Switzerland and still lives there until present. Carl Falk produced the ‘Crowe/Doyle Songbook Vol. III’ before he became the producer of the British boy band, One Direction.
‘Sadness of a Woman’ by the same performers.
After the song, Alan thanked the audience for the 4-day sold-out concerts in Coffs Harbour. Samantha thanked the weather in Coffs which she claimed as lovely and sunny. Alan told a bit of story about his old acoustic guitar. He said he’s made about 2,400 shows with that guitar. RC joked that although Alan has played in lots of concert, he still couldn’t afford to buy a new guitar. Heheh…
‘Too Far Gone’ by the same performers.
After the song, RC told a bit of story about the shooting of ‘Robin Hood’ in Wales (in which he joked that in Canada it was called “Alan’s Movie”).
‘Lover’s Hands’ by the same performers. Alan took the lead vocal.
The song was taken from Alan’s first solo album called “Boy on a Bridge.” RC promoted the CD which was sold outside the auditorium for AU$20 and he joked that the price was still negotiable.
‘The Killing Song’ by the same performers.
Same background story re: Lennie Loftin that happened in LA.
‘Should’ve Got to Know Me’ performed by Samantha Barks.
RC went backstage. Alan & Carl Falk played the instruments.
‘Where I Belong’ by Alan (sang in solo acapella).
Sam Barks & Carl Falk left the stage.
An Irish song by Owen & Moley.
They told the story of where they come from, a town called Killikee [sic] in Ireland, met RC when he came there to attend the unveiling of Richard Harris’ statue. Their love of songs and music is inherited from their mother.
‘Take It Easy’ by Owen & Moley.
Always the very funny number. They mixed it with Sade’s ‘Smooth Operator.” So cool.
A poem by Omar Musa (solo).
‘Midnight‘ by Scott Grimes (solo on the keyboard).
The song was co-written by RC. Scott described RC as a very “persistent” songwriter.
‘To Love Somebody’ by the supposedly “surprise guest star”, Darren Percival a.k.a. the tallest dude on stage.
RC, Alan, Scott, Carl Falk, Owen & Moley, all appeared on stage and sang along.
Then a song that I still couldn’t find out the title by RC on guitar. (Editor – Is this Highway Patrolman by Springsteen?)
Same humming by audience.
‘Breathless’ by Owen & Moley.
Haha! The one song that asked the audience to do “panting like a dog.” RC, Alan & Scott played the silly backup singers and dancers.
‘The Weight of a Man’ by RC & Alan.
Plus, of course, Dave Kelly on the boxed drum and Stewart Kirwan on the trumpet.
‘Testify’ by the gang.
The audience asked to get up on their feet.
A bagpipe performance by Charlie Allen.
The British actor who played the Barbarian hordes in ‘Gladiator.’ Loved the beard!
‘You’re the Voice’ by the gang. Scott Grimes took the lead vocal, plus a nice touch of solo bagpipe by Charlie Allen.
All took a bow on stage, the audience screamed for more, and then there was the encore….
‘My Hand, My Heart’ by RC.
Scott played the keyboard, Stewart Kirwan played the trumpet.
‘Man in the Mirror’ by the gang. Scott Grimes took the lead vocal. (Scott, I bet even Michael Jackson danced in heaven hearing that beautiful and powerful voice of yours. You did him proud.)
Again they bowed down on stage and left. Was it truly over? Well, not quite! Several audience started to get up from their seats to leave (including me), but the main door wasn’t opened by the Jetty staff; as if they were instructed to hold on to something. I knew something was up and audience started to cheer and scream for more… again. RC & the gang were once again back on stage. RC already took off his black suit and only wore untucked long-sleeve shirt. They sang ‘The Best Song in the World.’
PS. I think with the absence of Kevin Durand, the “Merry Men” found his replacement in Darren Percival.
Jakarta, 14 January 2014
Francisca Susilawati (Susi)