A good concert makes me want to go home and play. A great concert makes me want to go home and write. Like this one.
Colin Hay brought his band to Monterey’s Golden State Theater last month. If you just expected a guy just checkboxing his hits from the 80s, were *you* in for a surprise. To most people, Hay was the frontman for Men at Work and one of the original MTV video stars. (Remember MTV? Groundbreaking cable channel. Used to play music.) I enjoyed MAW’s hits, but I always thought that they never quite received the real recognition they deserved. They were more than a few clicks up from where they were pigeonholed as a post-punk, New Wave band back in my day.
More recently, I’ve become hip to Hays’ solo career. He’s an amazingly prolific songwriter. He’s also fast become my latest musical crush. Just love this guy’s material.
Perez and the band finished their set by literally dancing down the aisles. I wondered how Hay would follow this, but, well, he’s been doing this awhile. Plus, he’s Scottish-born and was raised for the most part in Australia: Wicked wit, hell of a showman, plus more great songs than he could shove into the remaining two hours of the night – he gives you your money’s worth.
Of course, the hits section at the end was the “Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Friday Night”-finale of the evening. Hay ran through “Overkill,” “Be Good Johnny,” “Who Can It Be Now,” etc., with everyone up and dancing, and waiving their selfie sticks around. (Remind me: How did people used to watch a concert without simultaneously taking cell phones pics of themselves?)
Also fun: During his obligatory “hits” portion near the end of the show, he threw some time to his wife Cecilia, who did a Cuban flavored version of ACDC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” from her award-winning “Havana Rocks” album and then ANOTHER song from Perez, before running through the rest of the Men at Work catalogue.