The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Fowlers Live, Adelaide, Australia (14 March 2013) Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at Fowlers Live, 68-70 North Terrace, Adelaide, SA, 5000, Australia with Systemaddicts on 14 March 2013.

“When they come onto the stage, immediately the game is on. A lurch into pure punk is followed by a lurch into leftfield with a Hendrix-like flourish, then obscured and wrenched in a different direction by the speedy drums of Russell Simins. Without stopping for breath the band race into another sonic assault, this time with a touch of bad Kurt Weill dissonance thrown into the mix.

A change of gear is wrenched out of the chaos by some Ramones-like foolishness combined with burlesque bump and grind. Anti-music Music blurs into a suspended rhythm , lurking in the air a la ‘Crosstown Traffic’, and is followed by a growling descent into grunge that shoots out the other side in Hendrix-drenched overtones. Something like Iron Butterfly and the MC5 battling it out for dominance…

…As we fall out into the night, there is an unspoken consensus. Almost impossible to rate, the gig exists in an unclassifiable space. It is the best of what it is, because you simply won’t find anything like it elsewhere.” – Rob Scott /

“So, with me nestled behind Russell Simins and waiting, Jon Spencer signals me and a countdown for the best “BLUES EXPLOSION” is on. It’s now up to me to get up, get the shot while the crowd gets their hands in the air. A few false starts from the crowd and myself and same heavy taunting from the man himself and I think it was the 4th take in when the crowd was at their most raucous and that ended up being the keeper.

Sometimes being heckled on stage is worth it for the resulting shot it may provide. If it’s being heckled by Jon Spencer it just makes it even more memorable!” – Benon Koebsch

Photo: Benon Koebsch (

Tickets $46.00 + bf

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