There is something undefinable but very special about a live PC3 show. I know because I experienced it once again last night. After a break of five years, the Paul Colman Trio have come back together to release a new album “Return” and tour around their homeland Australia. I’m no stranger to PC3 so I was very excited. They didn’t dissapoint.
As usual, the concert was a mixture of accoustic and electric performances. They were joined during the electric songs by Sydney-based guitarist Chris Collins. The band performed classic songs from all of their previous albums. A PC3 song really comes alive in a special way when played live, and the banter between the guys is priceless.
The most memorable thing happened toward the end of the conert. As a song was finishing, the tour managed approached the stage and said something to Paul.
“Well that’s a first,” Paul said. “We’ve never been shut down by the police before.” Apparently there had been noise complaints from nearby houses. This turned out to be a teaching moment in its own right as Paul reminded us all that Christians should respect the feelings of others. We were required to finish by ten o’clock. The band made the most of the remaining twenty-minutes – finishing “Your Sweet Voice” right on the dot of ten. Immediatly, Paul held his finger to his lips and the auditorium fell silent.
Paul revealed that he really wanted to grab his acoustic guitar and do one more song. So, Paul and Grant unplugged their guitars fully from the sound system and sat on the edge of the stage. The audience closest sat around them. Phil played the drum sticks on his knees (and a nearby plaster cast on the arm of a listener) and they performed “Forever Friend” – complete with a special appearance from “Cabaret Boy”. Suddenly, an energetic rock show had transformed into a bunch of mates sitting around a very large lounge room singing songs. I’ve never experienced anything quite like it – and it will go down as my most memorable concert experience so far.
A video of the final song (recorded and uploaded with permission from the band, though not by me) is embedded below.