Steve Balbi was in his element on the Lizotte's stage on Friday night. Pictures: Juan Mahony
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PICS: Steve Balbi amazes with rollicking full band set at Lizotte’s

Steve Balbi – Lizotte’s Newcastle – Friday 21 May – Pictures: Juan Mahony

He’s the one-time Noiseworker and Electric Hippy that is currently fronting Kiwi new wave legends Mi-Sex.

And Steve Balbi proved, once again, that he is one of the most engaging performers in the country when he hit the Lizotte’s stage on Friday night.

And Steve pulled out all the stops for this one, bringing his awesome Black Rainbow Band featuring guitarist Jak Housden (The Whitlams, Tim Minchin), bassist Dario Bortolin (Baby Animals, INXS), drummer Pete Drummond (Dragon, Thirsty Merc), and Scott Aplin (Jimmy Barnes, Noiseworks) on keys.

This lineup of formidable players ripped through a rocking set featuring tracks from Steve’s cracking new album I Think I Know For Sure, as well as perennial favourites such as Hot Chilli Woman, and Reach Out, and as a stripped-back interpretation of the Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix classic All Along The Watchtower.

Intrepid gig chronicler Juan Mahony was there to capture all the action. Check out his fab pics below and make sure you catch Steve Balbi, in whatever guise he appears, next time he’s in town. You won’t be disappointed.