A justice league of Sydney musos including Elliott Hammond and Michael Tramonte from The Delta Riggs, Thomas Champion from The Preatures and Paddy Cornwall, Seamus Coyle and Freddy Crabs from Sticky Fingers have united to officially bring Sydney’s iconic Lansdowne Hotel back from the dead.
The resurrected live music stalwart at Broadway was sold-out for its grand reopening last night, and is therefore officially — as its new owners (AKA the geniuses behind beloved Newtown rock n’ roll eats joint Mary’s Burgers) put it — back “with a fucking vengeance”.
And its debut gig, marking a new era of live music culture for the old girl, definitely gave off that vibe and then some.
“SOLD OUT!!!” top dogs Jake Smyth and Kenny Graham posted on Instagram, alongside a video of what appears to be the group’s soundcheck. “Playing the music through the rest of the pub!!!! WE LOVE YOU SYDNEY!!!!! Come get some!!!”
The supergroup, who’ve fashioned themselves the monicker The Last Waltz, delivered a performance packed with classic rock covers including renditions of hits by The Beatles and The Band, plus spots from guest vocalists including Hayley Mary from The Jezabels, Sam Margin from The Rubens and Rowan Dix from Joyride.
Catch fan-shot footage of their all-star jam, below.
Meanwhile, the Lanny has a huge opening weekend planned with two more massive gigs in store. Yeah boiiiiiiiiii!
Tonight Sydney experienced something incredible. As a tribute to The Band and The Last Waltz tonight some of Sydney's best musicians came together to form A Band and performed The First Waltz. I admit that I shed a small tear when these Legends played "The Weight" The Lansdowne is back and already has my heart. #lansdownehotel #keepsydneyopen #theweight