REVIEW + GALLERY: Colin Hay live at Civic Theatre Newcastle

Colin Hay and his amazing band hit the stage at the Civic Theatre on Saturday night for a show everyone in the audience will be vibing on for years to come.

The prolific songwriter made his way through an impressive back catalogue of songs including tracks from his latest offering, the 2022 long player, Now and the Evermore.

And while the local crowd were lifted to new heights during killer renditions of Men At Work’s most popular songs like Be Good Johnny, Who Can It Be Now?, Overkill and the quintessential Down Under, the real highlights came from unexpected moments during the set.

In 2021, the Scottish-Australian released an album featuring covers of 10 of his favourite songs called I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself. And tonight we’re treated to versions of the title track, originally written by Burt Bacharach and The Kinks Waterloo Sunset.

The two covers not only gave Hay a platform to show off his flawless vocal delivery but also gave the audience a glimpse of just how amazing the band we were watching on stage could really be.

Boasting musicians who are legends in their own right Hay’s band features Cecilia Noël on vocals and percussion, SanMiguel Perez on guitar, Yosmel Montejo on bass, Jimmy Branly on drums, and Grammy Award-winning artist Scheila Gonzalez on keyboard, a mired of saxophones.

Another highlight of the show included a performance of the title track from Hay’s 2015 album, Next Year People which left many in the audience in tears.

To top it all off, Hay’s storytelling and quick wit throughout the two-hour performance made everyone in the Civic feel like we were on the retrospective ride right alongside the man himself – One of Australia’s most celebrated artists.

Local photographer, Juan Mahony was there on the night too and shared the following photos with us.