The crowd cheered as Katie Noonan and band made their way to the stage amongst a packed audience. They had been missed as they hadn’t been back in Adelaide since 2004. George began in 1996 to compete in a university music competition in Brisbane.
They opened the show with ‘Still Real’ and was well received as the start to their performance showing off the Noonan talent. Katie with her short blonde hair, red lips, and fluorescent earrings stood out amongst her team mates. Her voice was delicate yet powerful when hitting the high notes. ‘Holiday’ got a huge applause from fans.
Keyboard player and vocals Tyrone Noonan, alternated with his sibling to lead the band, occasionally sharing the spotlight with her for a duet. They mucked about playing ‘Smoke on the Water’.
There was a crowd-sing-a-long to ‘Special Ones’, which Katie dedicated to someone she lost. Then followed ‘Breath in Now’ for another bout of chorus sing-a-long.
Before the band got to their final tracks, there was an environmental message from Katie not to buy plastic bottles with applause.
After ‘Breaking it Slowly’, ‘Release’, ‘Today’, ‘Bastard Son’ and ‘Spawn’, the audience begged for an encore and the band returned with their last song ‘That’s When You Come To Me.’ Hopefully we will see them sooner next time.
Words by Karen Farrugia