But tonight was a celebration and a party, as Ill Nino were in town, celebrating their “15 Years of Revolution Tour.” The band played the electrifying debut album ‘Revolution, Revolucion’ in its entirety from start to finish, and the audience were more than ready for this. For many, this album is part of a life journey and a great musical memory that live sounded just as great tonight, as its inception 15 years ago.
Reliving the excitement this band brought to the world with this album was a real treat, and the band was not shy to share their gratitude and appreciation at every opportunity. Opening with the explosive “God Save Us”, it was a 90’s revolution all over again, as vocalist Cristian Macado screamed at the crowd to “Jump the fuck up Brisbane”, and boy did they. The mosh pit alone was also a great sight to watch, as some good old fashioned head banging and body slamming was in full force to the soundtrack of many people’s youth tonight.
“Unreal” got the juices flowing and bassist Laz Pina is a true master of the stage, as are all his fellow band members, but Laz however, has some seriously cool dance moves and finesse onstage. He and fellow axe wielders, Diego Verduzco and superstar shredder, Ahrue Luster are working the crowd and jumping together like a well-oiled machine, as “I Am Loco” is raising the roof, and Cristian gets overwhelmed by the love from the audience, screaming every word back at him, that on more than one occasion, he gives vocal duties to the crowd in parts, much to the audiences glee.
Drum Mega God, Dave Chavarri is in superior form, working the beats like a boss and his stick twirl symbol strikes are still as impressive as ever. Let’s not forget the percussion prowess of Oscar Santiago, who commands his kit equally as impressive with panache and symbiotic ferocity that compliments and flows with Chavarri’s dominating presence onstage. The band have reached the end of their tour and you can tell the boys are pretty wiped, but the adrenaline they feed on and off the audience is both remarkable and inspiring in “Revolution, Revolucion”, as Cristian commands the audience to keep the revolution alive.
Laz takes a moment to send some love to the crew and friends and even a certain Brisbane band (Darkcell), and the audience approve. The band then scales things down to play the beautiful “With You” that has the whole place singing along. Even Chavarri’s young daughter, is sitting next to her Dad, singing every word, which is beautiful. The band wrap things up with an onslaught of “Te Amo” and “How Can I Live” from their ‘Confessions’ album, before bringing the house down with “This is War” from ‘One Nation Underground’ to bring things to an exhilarating close and a drenched audience, baptised in the Latino goodness of one of the most loved live acts to return to these shores. Here’s to another 15 Ill Nino, and yes, we are ready for another album.