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Sia in fine form on last night of her tour

BEING THERE - Sia at the Commodore Ballroom, Aug 19. AN explosion of crocheted fabric covered the Commodore's stage on Friday night as Australian singer/songwriter Sia brought her own brand of quirky pop to town.

BEING THERE

- Sia at the Commodore Ballroom, Aug 19.

AN explosion of crocheted fabric covered the Commodore's stage on Friday night as Australian singer/songwriter Sia brought her own brand of quirky pop to town.

Opening up her set with the title track from her latest album, We are Born, she immediately had the crowd behind her. This was the last stop on her current tour and there was a party atmosphere on the stage as the band joked around and various members of the opening act Ximena Sariñana and Oh Land came out to sing backup for a few songs.

Sia's rich sultry voice filled the venue with both passion and power. At the end of every song she thanked the audience for their applause and conveyed a feeling of genuine appreciation.

She spoke frequently to the audience throughout the evening and one of her first comments was to apologize for the canceled show in April. That night she left the stage after a few songs and it was announced that she was experiencing heat stroke and couldn't continue. The effervescent singer was in fine form this time around, performing for well over an hour-and-a-half.

Most of the songs were from her last two albums. Little Black Sandals and Death by Chocolate were obvious crowd pleasers and the audience sang along with their favourites, swatted balloons and shouted out comments to Sia when she was chatting with them.

The four-piece band, having just completed their North American tour, was tight behind her, although the crazy coloured striped outfits they wore were not the most flattering.

Coming back for a well-deserved encore she gave the dance floor one more explosion of energy with the hit single, "Clap Your Hands."

tpeters@nsnews.com

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