Jack Johnson brought his Meet The Moonlight tour to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt on Monday night, the first of three shows at the iconic venue.
Emily Wurramara opened proceedings, charming the audience with her touching songs in English and Anindilyakwa. Her songs are moving and educational. The story of her mother being bullied and physically abused at school in “Hey Love” always takes the breath away.
Following Emily was Ziggy Alberts. There were some serious Ziggy fans in the audience. He is a natural performer and thrived on the big stage. His songs of love, hope and togetherness resonated, and no doubt he found many new fans during his performance.
It had been a warm day in Sydney, and on the stroke of 8pm, Jack Johnson and his band graced the stage. Jack was sounding as good as ever, was super generous with his setlist, opening with “Taylor” from On and On and “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” from In Between Dreams before launching into “One Step Ahead” from his latest album, Meet The Moonlight.
We were treated to Jack bringing on Emily to sing one of her songs, the beautiful “Lady Blue”. It’s rare when a headliner will bring on a support act to sing one of their songs, such is the generosity of Jack Johnson.
Midway through “Wasting Away”, the band was instructed that the show must be halted and the area evacuated due to an incoming electrical storm. And so, it came to a brisk and unfortunate end. And the heavens opened, and we all trudged home. It was a shame, because it had been such a beautiful night up until that point.
Jack will be playing at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne on the 8th of December – tickets are available HERE