Powderchair love- in delivers discrete delights
IT was always a good idea, putting two of Australia’s best- loved rock ’ n’ roll bands out on the road together, particularly with new albums in tow and with an agenda to play not just the cities but in regional centres as well. Across the Great Divide was a sell- out and this three- disc document of events will no doubt preserve the memory of it for those who were there and provide entertaining enlightenment for those who missed it. It’s worth remembering that the pulling power of the show had more to do with the two groups’ individual reputations rather than any kind of collaboration between them. While it’s clear from the live footage here, shot in Melbourne during two nights at the Rod Laver Arena, that the two acts share a fan base, you have to get to the behind- the- scenes documentary, Behind the Great Divide , to find singers Daniel Johns and Bernard Fanning in bonding mode, generally in the dressing room, the tour bus or the backstage area. Much of this 90 minutes is filled with the kind of innocuous banter that emerges from rock stars when they are confronted by a camera crew and a microphone while they are driving, drying their hair or nipping out the back for a smoke. The package comes with a booklet of photographs with more candid moments from the Powderchair love- in. The main attractions, however, are the concerts. Silverchair’s album Young Modern may have creamed their older touring mates’ Dream Days at the Hotel Existence at the ARIAs, but both bands are playing at the top of their games in this well- shot footage. One common denominator is both bands performing a version of the Who’s Substitute . It’s a nice, touchy- feely gesture, but falls short of the rest of the material.