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Triple Exposure image of Tim Rogers (You Am I), Sarah McCleod (The Superjesus), and Hayley Mary (The Jezabels). Pictured at Enmore Theatre, 05/08/23 (Photographer: Chris Neave/Editor: Kalun Townsend)

GIG REVIEW: You Am I Revives The Who’s ‘Tommy’ at Enmore

On the evening of 5th August 2023, the iconic Australian rock band, You Am I, captivatingly graced the Enmore Theatre’s stage, presenting a performance that left an indelible mark on the audience’s hearts. Their chosen task? To vividly recreate the legendary British band, The Who’s seminal album, “Tommy”. Intriguingly, this wasn’t just another gig; it was a mesmerizing musical journey that transcended typical rock performances.

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An Authentic Theatrical Experience

Firstly, it’s worth noting how the evening stood out. Contrary to standard rock concerts, this event was molded as a genuine theatre experience. The audience was comfortably seated, which unexpectedly introduced a layer of intimacy to the ambiance. Moreover, an intermission smartly placed between the album’s sides A & B ensured attendees could reflect on the music and eagerly anticipate what was to come.

The Star-Studded Vocal Additions

The sheer brilliance of the night wasn’t confined to You Am I’s masterful execution. The inclusion of guest vocalists, Hayley Mary from the Jezabels and Sarah McLeod of the Superjesus, was undeniably inspired. Their unique vocal ranges harmoniously complemented the evening, layering fresh nuances onto beloved tunes. Coupled with the seasoned prowess of the Aussie rock band, honed by years of relentless touring, the collaboration showcased a shared, profound reverence for The Who’s magnum opus.

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Sarah McLeod on stage with You Am I at Enmore Theatre, performing The Who's 'Tommy' album in full. 05/08/23 (Photo: Chris Neave - Edit: Kalun Townsend)
Hayley Mary on stage with You Am I at Enmore Theatre, performing The Who's 'Tommy' album in full. 05/08/23 (Photo: Chris Neave - Edit: Kalun Townsend)

Beyond the Music: Storytelling and Anecdotes

Interspersed between the melodious tracks, frontman Tim Rogers deftly added context and narrative to “Tommy”, immersing the audience deeper into its world. His light-hearted anecdotes, sprinkled with personal insights about himself and fellow You Am I members, endearingly drew chuckles and nods from the crowd. However, his most heartfelt words were undoubtedly for Hayley and Sarah, whose collaboration magnificently elevated the rock opera’s performance.

Tim Rogers on stage with You Am I at Enmore Theatre, performing The Who's 'Tommy' album in full. 05/08/23 (Photo: Chris Neave - Edit: Kalun Townsend)

A Must-See for Fans and Newcomers Alike

Whether you’re an old-school aficionado of The Who, a curious newcomer to the “Tommy” album, or a die-hard fan of You Am I, this rendition undeniably promises a fresh musical perspective. The chance to witness You Am I alongside two power-packed female vocalists offers an unparalleled experience, breathing new life into the timeless rock opera. Thus, with only a few dates remaining in the “You Am I plays The Who’s Tommy” tour, this is an unmissable spectacle.

Hear all the details about You Am I’s ‘Tommy’ tour below

TLDR: It Was Good.

The night at Enmore Theatre was more than a concert; it was a symphony of nostalgia, talent, and sheer passion for rock music. Don’t miss out on this unique musical journey!

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