Celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut album ‘Get Born’, Australian rock bank Jet, are shredding their way around Australia bringing the Get Re-Born Tour to fans.
When Get Born screamed into 2003, ears were licked with the gritty tongue of rock and roll. 15 years since its debut, the four Melbourne boys otherwise known as Jet, frenched the ears of fans once more on Saturday night the 2nd of June, bringing their Get Re-Born Tour to the University of Canberra Refectory.
It was a long wait since they disbanded in 2012, but die-hard fans flocked from all corners forming a mishmashed crowd from young to old and loose to tame. Pelvic thrusting the night off with support act A. Swayze and the Ghosts, the crowds nodded to the jabbing punk rhythm. They were sharp and punchy, a delightful kind of dirty, in plaid trousers and Docs as if they’d come straight from a high school garage.
As it neared the main act, the masses multiplied and gathered in chatter while the final minutes ticked over. Nic and Chris Cester, Mark Wilson and Cameron Muncey entered the stage. Denim jackets, jeans, plain tees; shaggily groomed like a hipster rendition of the Beatles. They opened smoothly easing a false sense of blandness, but by the second song the stage lights dimmed and four shaggy heads were silhouetted in a yellow glow. The crowd lulled, staring with glimmering eyes as Nic’s silhouette reached for something from the floor.
With a simple shake of a tambourine the room united.
Arms lifted, smiles widened, hair flung and that sweet guitar riff sliced its way through to release the moshing. Nic resisted and allowed the mass of fans to sing the opening verse: Go! So one, two, three, take my hand and come with me…
It was a roaring warble of drunken voices and yet it sounded divine.
Smashing out album favourites like Rollover DJ, Look What You’ve Done, Radio Song and of course their only number one hit, Cold Hard Bitch, they saw out the night with grandeur. Other tracks like Shine On, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Rip It Up did exactly that and tore up all sense and order in the pit.
Jet’s place was evident in the hearts of these people, it was written all over the room in the watering eyes, the plastered grins, the bellowing voices, the reaching hands. Not only had they achieved global hits, sold 6.5 million albums, reached platinum ten times in Australia and won six Aria awards, but they had toured alongside The Rolling Stones, Oasis and just last year, the boss himself on his Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tour (which happened to be the catalyst behind the group reforming).
Through the mass of faces, older couples surrounded by jumping teens smiled together. Bands of arms formed on shoulders and groups embraced each other while slowly the field of phone screens reduced, as the audience fully immersed in the moment.
At the outset of their career critics labelled Jet a two-star rock band that people love because they remind them of old rock bands. And that may be so, but they are loved and that is undeniable.
“It was just awesome to be out and hear a band that has been around for so long that still sounded fantastic. It was brilliant,” said one woman after the show and she was not wrong.
Coinciding with their tour, their new album ‘Get Born Live’ recorded at the Forum in their hometown of Melbourne, was released in May.
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