For the lovers of a soothing Scottish voice, good stories, and folk music beautifully blended with rock, Benaroya Hall was the place to be on Friday night. Colin Hay, the former front man of Men At Work, performed his first of two sold out nights in Seattle. Colin took the stage with a gentlemanly swagger, and quickly went to work charming the audience. His stories ranged from touching memories of his father and mother, and being raised in Scotland, to the joys of living in Los Angeles and seeing Batman walking down the street. The audience was enthralled, and loved every moment, riding the emotion of the evening. His jokes, stories, and songs, brought laughter and tears to many.
Colin played songs from his many solo albums, wonderful arrangements of Men At Work classics, “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan, and “I Just Don’t Think I’ll Get Over You” from the Garden State Soundtrack. His effortless eloquence and rich voice were met with 2 standing ovations. His ability to convey the emotion of the moment that the songs were thought of or conceived was felt through out the entire audience. Swapping between the three onstage guitars, he brought a dynamic and a richness to all of the music of the night.
Ending the night with “Next Year People” got almost all of the audience members to sing softly in their seats with a tear in most every eye in the house.
After the performance, Colin met audience members, signed items, and posed for pictures. Bringing to a close a great night of music and emotion.
Additional Photos of the show can be found here.