The 'familiar face' barometer was much lower than the previous night's lovefest at the Flying Saucer Club: Maybe a dozen of the 70 people in attendance were Jake Aussie Family Members (JAFMs). The others were a mix of Springsteen-curious locals and what I guessed were friends of the Workers Club owners. Too much boozy yakking could be heard during the show's opening songs but by the time Jake, Matt, Brett and Mark tore into a cover of the Young Rascals Good Lovin' nearly everyone was dancing and shouting along (as shown in the top photo). If this was the last time Jake and his band would make a big noise in this part of the world, they went out with a joyous, sweaty bang.
|'Ladies and gentlemen ...' For the last time on stage in Australia in 2015: Jake 'Jakey' Clemons, Mark 'Big Shot' Rashotte, Brett 'Sweet Cakes' Mayer and Matt 'Mustafa' Musty.|
|Speaking of friends ... Jake boogied with Teachers for Tom Morello and all-time legends Mary and Piera during the previously mentioned 'Good Lovin''.|
|By night's end, Geelong's Workers Club couldn't have hoped for a more soulful christening -- especially when Jake did a James Brown spin to end 'Good Lovin''.|
|An a cappella 'Carry Me Through' -- performed atop a table, in shadow -- closed the band's 2015 tour of Oz. Jake will be doing an intimate living room show tonight in one of Melbourne's leafy eastern suburbs.|
|If you ever come across these three individuals on a deserted street in Geelong ... consider yourself one helluva lucky bastard.|