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Review: The Delta Riggs @ The Gov


Review: The Delta Riggs @ The Gov

Matilda Brown

The Delta Riggs landed in Adelaide over the weekend, putting on one hell of a show at The Gov. With the help of supports The Cherry Dolls and Gideon Benson, they proved that rock and roll is alive and well.

The Delta Riggs have had a huge year – having performed in Adelaide just a few months ago in anticipation of the release of their new album Active Galactic, they returned better than ever.

Kicking things off were Melbourne based rock band The Cherry Dolls, who despite playing to a smaller crowd played with the enthusiasm worthy of a full house. Next up was ex-Preatures guitarist/vocalist Gideon Bensen, who showed that he can certainly hold his own as a solo artist. Armed with a guitar, his voice, and only a drummer making up his band, Bensen showcased a number of songs from his recently released EP, ending on a high with ‘Cold Cold Heart’.

The anticipation was high as the crowd inched closer to the stage as the set time approached. Finally the moment everyone had been waiting for arrived. The excitement reached a high as the band made their way on stage, while lead singer Elliott Hammond was barely recognisable as he sauntered on stage minus his signature hat and sunglasses. There’s no mistaking that voice and those dance moves though, as the band jumped straight into popular track ‘Surgery of Love’ from new album Active Galactic. Continuing with more familiar tracks, les Riggs played old fan favourite ‘Supersonic Casualties’, getting the crowd moving and grooving – and it was only the beginning.


Amongst a backdrop of stars, planets, and an awesome lighting display, The Delta Riggs took the audience on a journey they’re likely to never forget. Treating fans with both old tracks and new from their recently released album, the Riggs proved that they can put on a damn good show, with the energy of band just starting out, regardless of the fact that they had played a show the night before with two more to do over the following days.

Highlights of the night included hearing tracks from the new album, in particular ‘Get Right’ (which has a killer bass line) and ‘Never Seen This Before’, along with a cheeky sing along to Nelly’s ‘Hot in Here’ and the reappearance of the Hammond’s hat halfway through the show.

The Riggs finished things off on a high note with the track ‘Baddest Motherfucker in the Beehive’. After an awesome display of 70's influenced rock and roll and everything in between, the band were kind enough to return to the stage for an encore, showing off their rapping skills while they were at it.

Even with another two shows to go this long weekend and the out of this world music from their new album, the boys showed that they were down to earth as ever by sticking around for a few beers after the show. Hopefully it isn’t too long before they’re back again to treat us to some real music.

After all, nobody rocks like The Delta Riggs.

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