Missy Higgins – Commodore Ballroom – September 2, 2012
Australian singer / songwriter Missy Higgins returned to Vancouver to promote her latest album “The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle” at The Commodore Ballroom. Before a small but dedicated audience, the show took on an even more intimate feeling. Higgins performed songs from all her three full length albums, explaining the nearly 5 year gap between 2007’s On A Clear Night and the lastest The Ol’ Razzle Dazzle was a result of writer’s block. Playing the new tracks from the album, starting with lead single “Hello Hello”, showed a wide diversity, the result of working through her creative block, soft pop was mixed with country tinged tracks followed by higher paced rock stylings. She mentioned that she even toyed with writing a rap before turning it into a ‘proper’ Missy Higgins, not Missy Elliott song.
Throughout the set, Higgins stumbled on a few lyrics and has a tuning issue, later it was humourously revealed that she and her drummer has taken the advice of fans on twitter to explore Stanley Park and ended up tiring herself out rollerblading the Sea Wall. Buoyed by the love in the audience, she gave it back with a special shout out to her fellow Aussies, plentiful in Vancouver and in the audience, before singing “Ten Days”. Not one for doing encores, the songbird explains she’d rather just extend the set a little longer and spend more time with the audience, they paid her back by singing a rousing rendition of “Scar” with her to wrap up the show.
Missy Higgins continues her tour throughout the autumn across North America and Australia.