Footage of newly revived rock outfit The Vines tearing up a stage in a Sydney car park for their first performance in almost three years has hit the web. The free gig took place yesterday, Sunday 5th October, in the very same spot the band played their first-ever headline show way back in February 2002.
Taking to a stage at the rear of Marrickville’s Vic On The Park Hotel, the band powered through tunes from their back catalogue and from new album Wicked Nature, with supports from punk outfit Chicks Who Love Guns, pop-rockers The Lulu Raes, and special guests DMAs.
The Vines’ 2014 Vic On The Park setlist included new tracks such as Metal Zone and Green Utopia, and classics like Ride and the ever-powerful Get Free (below). Even their massively popular cover of Outkast’s Ms. Jackson (below) was given an airing.
In 2002, frontman Craig Nicholls was joined by now former bandmates Patrick Matthews, Ryan Griffiths and Hamish Rosser. Now, after a long hiatus and another lineup switcharoo, Nicholls is clearly back in full swing, playing with bassist Tim John of The Griswolds and new drummer Lachlan West, also of The Griswolds and Something With Numbers.
The Vines’ first Vic On The Park gig caused a huge stir after it was written up in NME, the publication predicting a meteoric rise to fame. “This band are the future of rock. In ten years time, 10,000 people will claim to have been at this gig,” they said at the time.
Thankfully, this is 2014 and new claims of that nature will be supported by video evidence. Watch The Vines play Everything Else and Get Free, below, complete with a patented Vines stage-trashing.
Watch: The Vines – Everything Else (Live at Vic On The Park, 05/10/14) via Lost Through The Lens
Watch: The Vines – Get Free (Live at Vic On The Park, 05/10/14)
Watch: The Vines – Ms. Jackson (Outkast Cover) (Live at Vic On The Park, 05/10/14)
Thank you Sydney!