Mike Patton rounded up his three-date Sydney Mondo Cane trip with a second performance at the State Theatre on Tuesday night. During Sole E Malato he invited a six-year-old girl on stage and sweetly sang to her.
Meanwhile, the Mondo Cane shows were widely covered in the mainstream Australian media. Under the title “Mike Patton’s wild, wild Italian world”, The Australian was full of praise, reporting:
“There were the moments of classic Patton: the screams, the “noises” in his throat, the facial expressions that flicked from maniacal to playful and suave, the way he incorporated objects such as a guiro, a megaphone and a starter’s pistol into the occasion. He’s a showman, and for 90 minutes he held this audience in awe despite many of them having little idea what he was on about.”
Meanwhile, the Sydney Morning Herald gave a four-star review: “With a 24-piece orchestra, including a dozen Sydney string players, the dense musical arrangements of heavily dated Italian pop came alive. Never mind that we can’t relate to the Italian lyrics, Patton is a master of song and almost a caricature of a crooner. His expressions are ridiculously exaggerated and his diction is meticulous.”
The Daily Telegraph was equally effusive: “It wasn’t until he let rip with the screams on Che Notte! that we were reminded of his stunningly varied musical pedigree that has run from everything from soundtracks to experimental alt-metal. From that point on, the audience was riveted, never quite sure what Patton would do next. He seemed to lure the crowd into a Faustian pact, displaying devilish charm alongside his musical virtuosity.”
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