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2009 events
Cannibal Corpse in concert (Billboard) Much better than expected – superb sound and high energy levels. Wow.
Chicago (Her Majesty's Theatre) The classic knees-up show. Undemanding glitz and glamour.
State of Origin: Game #1 (Etihad Stadium) Spent most of the game eating, boozing, talking, queuing.
Arj Barker Live (Town Hall) Arj is always an entertaining comedian, but he's done better.
Various Comedy Festival Acts (Hi-Fi Bar) Nothing hardcore, just spur of the moment choices.
Malevolent Creation in concert (Hi-Fi Bar) Support acts were fun. Malevolent suffered horrible PA distortion.
Billy Elliot (Her Majesty's) Excellent: lots of colour and movement. The accents were a bit hard to understand.

 
2008 events
Carl Barron (Princess Theatre) Second outing for me and Carl. Simple yet hilarious observational humour.
Cut Off Your Hands (Hi-Fi Bar) NZ indie rock. Average support bands, but a strong (poorly named) headliner.
Young Writers Festival (Newcastle) Another beaut day-trip mixing with underground publishers.
Bill Bailey Live (The Arts Centre) Not quite Part Troll, but similar material with Aussie gags. I had a great time.
Kookaburra Musical Gala (Her Majesty's) 20 one-song performances ensured high shmalze levels. Good fun, though.
Tell Me on a Sunday (Her Majesty's) Andrew Lloyd Webber sans Rice. Updated to feature mobile phones and speed dating.
Game On (ACMI) Went with Code Monkey. Most games were playable, but overall it was lacking something.
Daniel Kitson (Comedy Festival) A tour de force. Near non-stop motormouth standup comedy of a high standard.
Iron Maiden (Rod Laver Arena) I'm not a fan, but this was a quality metal show. Great sound and an excellent vibe.
Beautiful People (The Artery) Gay standup. Low budget and low brow...had some laughs, but the formula wears thin.
Spamalot (Her Majesty's) An entertaining show if you like Python. Half of the material is from Holy Grail.
Amnesty Comedy Gala (Her Majesty's) A solid night of three-minute standup comedy spots.

 
2007 events
War of the World (Rod Laver Arena) An incredible live performance of the album with visuals and some original cast members.
Brave Men Run in Family (Her Majesty's) A one chair and three bulbs production. Kerry Armstrong was affecting.
Queen: It's a Kind of Magic (Her Majesty's) This Queen covers band came across well in a theatre. No stage diving, sadly.
Guggenheim Exhibition (NGV) Got to see some iconic minimalist pieces. Ultimately, there wasn't enough content, really.
Slayer Live (Vodafone Arena) Support band were shit. Slayer shredded, although there were no utterly surprises.
Miss Saigon (Her Majesty's) One of those signature musicals you have to see at least once. Good fun.
Open Air Cinema (Yarra River) Sound concept, crap movie (Deja vu). It was bloody cold, too.

 
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