“…an awesome Janis Joplin tribute show, big band, big voice…Melissa Jubb gave a raw and powerful performance recreating the true essence of Janis herself…not to be missed”
RIP IT UP Magazine
“…Melissa Jubb has all the qualities required to pay tribute to Janis Joplin…a big voice like the ill-starred Texan’s and a rasping intensity that tears the guts out of the imploring Piece of My Heart”
Herald Scotland Newspaper
“…Melissa Jubb brings the Queen of Psychedelic Soul back to life with a confident blend of power and style…”
The Messenger Newspaper
“…This tribute show certainly had the audience ‘shaking what their mama gave them’ on the dance floor all night long… A definite must see for any Janis Joplin or ‘60s music fans..”
“…the crowd is on their feet demanding more… A thoroughly enjoyable show…”
Clayton Werner – RIP IT UP Magazine
Full Live Reviews
Clayton Werner – Freelance Press
There could only ever be one Janis Joplin, but that doesn’t stop Full Tilt Janis from getting it out there and giving everything they have! When the encore is over and the crowd is on their feet demanding more and the band comes back and plays them more, but repeats of some of the favourites ‘cause they’ve already given everything they have it’s been a good night. The band simply did the job, with not a foot wrong and plenty of wow factor as they and supported the strutting Janis, who used all of the stage and most of the dance floor. She was dressed as per Janis would dress, with the look, the attitude and freedom that extended to requesting crowd members also take off their bras. A thoroughly enjoyable show that has me home reaching for my Joplin CDs to have a listen to the real Janis. Final Word: Sassy.
The Messenger Newspaper
In a blaze of purple velvet and rose-tinted glasses, Janis Joplin takes the stage with a powerful voice and skilful band to match. More than 40 years after Joplin’s premature death in 1970, Full Tilt Janis band leader Mel Jubb brings the Queen of Psychedelic Soul back to life with a confident blend of power and style. The five-piece backing band and Jubb, a driving instructor by day take the audience on a musical journey through Joplin’s brief but brilliant career, building to a crescendo that has most of us up and dancing by the end of the two hour performance.
Rip It Up Magazine
The pre-entertainment comedian exploded on-stage…The truth was…it was fuckin’ messy. Then we got what we came to see – an awesome Janis Joplin tribute show, big band, big voice and big feather boas. Mel Jubb gave a raw and powerful performance recreating the true essence of Janis herself. A theatrical diva, she ambled on stage with her Southern Comfort prop and together with her backing band Full Tilt Janis gave us traditional Joplin blues. They delivered a very confident version of the Gershwin song Summertime – she can really hit those notes! We heard a gut wrenching rendition of Piece Of My Heart, the old favourite Me And Bobby McGee was a welcomed memory and the crowd sang its heart out to Mercedes Benz. An Adelaide talent shines through, not to be missed.
Belinda James – theclothesline.com
Melissa Jubb’s powerful vocals and her six piece band of talented musicians brought Janis Joplin to life tonight in Full Tilt Janis – The Janis Joplin Tribute Show at the exquisite, heritage listed Norwood Hotel. With their psychedelic, flared and tie-dyed costumes taking you back to Janis’ heyday of the ‘60s, making you feel as though you are actually in that era. Not only did the costumes create nostalgia, Melissa herself could easily be mistaken for the great Janis Joplin, or at least her long lost twin.
To further create the scene, footage of Joplins’ life was displayed on the big screen above the stage describing her childhood, adolescence, adulthood and music career. Joplin was known as the leading lady of psychedelic rock and soul. Melissa exhibits this and then some with her amazingly passionate performance and obvious love for the wonderful Janis.
The theatrical, interactive concert contained Janis’ greatest hits including Mad Mad Woman, Cry Baby, Try A Little Harder and Piece Of My Heart. An a Cappella encore of the iconic Mercedes Benz with the entire audience participating whole heartedly.
This tribute show certainly had the audience ‘shaking what their mama gave them’ on the dance floor all night long. A definite must see for any Janis Joplin or ‘60s music fans, but be quick as there is only ONE show remaining for this year’s Adelaide Fringe.