Review, Al Green in Melbourne last January 2009!

Al Green was one of those acts I never expected to see in Australia mainly because at 66-years of age you would have thought if he would have wanted to come here he would have already been.

After all these years, the Rev. Al Green has finally made his pilgrimage to Down Under. The Reverend recounted how he travelled 18 hours to get from Memphis to Australia and had another 18-hour trip to get home. “I’m happy to be here in Australia,” he told the capacity crowd.

This was a must-see show for anyone who has ever listened to a soul record. The Reverend Al had a 15-piece backing band including two dancers and his three daughters Alva, Rubi and Kora on backing vocals. The time in Australia has been bittersweet for the soul legend. During this journey he is mourning the death of his good friend and producer Willie Mitchell. He dedicated his soul classic ‘Take Me To The River’ to Willie.

The absolute highlight was his signature song ‘Let’s Stay Together’ but he also managed to mix the old with the new. The title track from the recent ‘Lay It Down’ album stood up alongside all of the classics.



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