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Legendary Rock n’ Roll God Gene Simmons last month announced he will be returning to Australia with his band to treat the Australian KISS Army to a special run of concerts in February 2018.
Gene Simmons can’t wait to return to Australia, saying today, “Doing these smaller concert halls, which hold a thousand to three thousand people, means they get filled up by real diehard fans. They don’t want to hear the same-old, same-old. They want to hear nuggets, as they say. It’s a hoot for me because I’ve never really had a chance to do this stuff live. It’s been a lot of fun.”
With an ever-changing set list from night to night, die-hard fans are in for an absolute treat of unexpected Gene Simmons & KISS gems, the classic hit songs we all know and love & possibly even an influential cover or two for good measure. Focusing heavily on the music and stripping away the stage show for a rare performance, fans have the opportunity to gain a new appreciation for Gene’s song-writing, personality and outstanding performance characteristics whilst hearing songs that have only ever been heard on record.
Gene’s tour dates will kick off in Adelaide on 1st February at the Entertainment Centre Theatre, followed by Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on 2nd February, Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on 3rd February and winding up in Brisbane at Tivoli Centre on 6th February.
GENE SIMMONS AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
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Thursday, 1st February 2018 Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide
Friday, 2nd February 2018 The Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Saturday, 3rd February 2018 Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
The Sepulnation is alive and well! Following their crushingly successful 2014 Australian Tour, Brazilian Metal Icons SEPULTURA unleash a heavy metal hurricane upon the Sepulnation in May 2018.
“one of my absolute favourite shows; one that I only wish I could relive time and time again” – Metal Obsession (Melbourne Review 2014)
Armed with their finest album in decades ‘Machine Messiah’, SEPULTURA emerge into a troubled world with extraordinary songs guaranteed to lift the spirits of any loyal metalhead. SEPULTURA are legends and are responsible for the existence of several of your favourite thrash metal bands today!
‘’Sepultura deserve all the respect’’ – Metal Rules
The band’s total command of the stage is cemented in place by blistering live performances that have remained a constant threat to all contemporaries. It’s a forgone conclusion that audiences will to eruptto Roots Bloody Roots, Territory, Refuse/Resist, Arise, Attitude, Ratamahatta and so many more! Just reading those song titles paint a picture of you losing your shit in a circle pit – this is the power of SEPULTURA!
‘The quartet turns a metal crowd into a mass of headbanging maniacs’ – Heavy Metal Bands Info (Brisbane Review 2014)
Joining Sepultura in this headlong rush into mayhem are one of the most influential Thrash Metal bands ever – DEATH ANGEL. A peek through a time portal to the Bay Area Scene in the 80s would reveal Metallica’s Cliff Burton at the front of the stage at Ruthie’s Inn banging his head to Death Angel’s inventive style, and speedy, complex arrangements. But who needs HG Wells when you can see the real thing here and now at a venue half an hour from home? Buzzsaw speed riffs, double kick drum bedlam, and scorching vocals are just a few of the elements which define the uncompromising urgency that is DEATH ANGEL. Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remain as hungry as ever.
With the critically acclaimed double barrel blast to the system delivered by SEPULTURA and DEATH ANGEL, metal fans will be electrified with horns in the air euphoria. We kid you not. This is the shit!
SEPULTURA (With specials guests Death Angel) Tour Dates
Tuesday 15th May – MELBOURNE, 170 Russell
Wednesday 16th May – ADELAIDE, The Gov
Friday 18th May – BRISBANE, Eatons Hill Hotel
Saturday 19th May – SYDNEY, The Metro Theatre
Sunday 20th May – PERTH, Capitol
Presale – Wednesday 22nd Nov 9am (local time through to onsale)
On Sale – Friday 24th Nov 9am (local time)
Raise Your Glass
She’s a Waste
Working Class Like Whiskey
Horseshoes & Handgrenades
Youth vs Experience
Here is your punk rock fun stop from the fulsome, frothing five piece original band from Tulsa, OK, namely The Normandys.
Now the the album title suggest this collection may have more than a few boozy moments of regret ridden recollection relived throughout and certainly representations of romance gone awry, so strap yourself in and get ready for the mayhem and merriment all packaged into a punchy punk presentation in BBABH. By the way, I believe the title abbreviation is no mistake, nor fun filled faux pa because this group are absolutely acquainted with crowd participation and familiar crew arm in arm, beer spilling left and right, singing in unison to their fantastic sound. The fact that BBABH is probably how I pronounce ‘bathroom’ when engaged in punk rock beer babbling celebration is probably no coincidence.
For those yet to experience this sensational group of performers, let me introduce you to you punk/hardcore maestros Jay Horn, Weston Horn, Sean Degan, Les Hodge, and Pete Webb, who together bring delight with their music, but please don’t allow me misrepresent their capacity for good old punk fun, because this band are serious and capable, providing all the ferocity, angst and anger required at the most appropriate moment.
But let’s embark on their collection of works that make up Booze Bitterness and Broken Hearts with the most appropriately named Raise Your Glass. This number introduces the new listener to the live band ‘persona’ and a hearty helping of what to expect stage front from Jay and the lads. Right to you, just for you…personally, so raise your glass in honour of soldiers past and sing along before the album kicks into gear in earnest with She’s A Waste.
A punk rock punch to the chest with the classic guitar work and melodic mayhem. Catchy, hooky and heralding what will be a gem for lovers of the classic punk sound, but made very much the bands own brand.
Bruce combines a fantastic west coast punk sound blended to perfection with a transatlantic undertow and probably my very favourite track from the entire collection. Selfish I know, but this track reignites everything I have ever loved about the punk genre from the classic to contemporary, it’s all here.
Too late provides a lyrical feud throughout accompanied by heavy melodic guitar blasts and the odd backing vocals that are reminiscent of the closing stages of Janie Jones, The Clash, 1977. A dynamic track that ducks and weaves its way through a myriad of stylings, but collectively forms and attractive package all the way to its abrupt end.
Working Class Like Whiskey is written perfectly for the crowd to celebrate and shout back in collective working class pride. Not to say that this groups music is limited to a particular type of audience member. From the construction crew fresh off site to the lawyer ripping the three piece to threads and throwing pieces at the stage in rebellious glee, this is for everyone. You can just imagine a surgeon somewhere, elbow deep in intestinal ooze, nodding his head to the beat and humming this track aloud. There’s a punk in us all just busting to get loose and rock out the Normandy’s way.
Say Goodbye carries all the musically muddled and gobsmacked confusion of the subject matter, but carries itself as sensationally as Jay’s ship…our ship…his ship…their ship? Fuck…whatever…A SHIP. It’s sailed in any case.
The band have been brilliant and melodic in backing vocal delivery…until now in States United, as the backing vocals brilliantly portray the inner angst and anger, shouting and screaming in outraged disbelief while the face, the lead just keeps on keeping on in a uniformed and ‘acceptable’ manner. That could be just my personal take but, for me at least, volumes are spoken in the reverse style to go with the lyrics, representative of our often outraged inner monologue.
Grab your skate board and hit the pavement to this classic US styled soaring sensation Lost Souls, but not for teen pleasing lyrics because the content comes from the voice of experience. More due to the beat, the harmony and the lyrics that will have this track stuck in your head for a while, so might as well hit the streets and enjoy it some more.
The soulful reflection and haunting harmonica have you guessing for a while. Have I stumbled into a fucked up punk Piano Man altered state of reality? But as wistful recollections appear to be taking as down a path of philosophic reflection, the band blast back into their signature celebration in careless abandon, and complete the track, true to their manic methodology.
Horseshoes and Handgrenades is already accomplished as a fan favourite for The Normandys and little wonder why. Have a peek at the video clip and you too will be in celebration with the band, whiskey thrust aloft and yelling lyrics back to the band. It must have been a difficult decision not to sequence this energetic behemoth of a track at finale, and leave the listener wanting more and more, but instead we are left with Youth Vs Experience. It makes little difference, because this track completes the collection in superb style. Much like the entire album, this track should not be taken when using heavy machinery or a motor vehicle in heavy traffic, lest ye take matters into your own, now powerful hands. The clout, the angst, the sensational musical contribution to go with the voice of a pissed off generation are represented brilliantly on the final track and the album is rounded up tremendously.
This album is a significant achievement form The Normandys and is certain to spark a whole new wave of fans to their already heaving fold. A fold with glasses raised in salute to the working class grind, the state of this fucking world, the endless stream of relationship ending shit or the relentless expectations from The Man. Or you can be a perfectly well adjusted person, pissed at nothing in particular, but by recording completion, you will be part of the The Normandys normal, hurling venom and spilling whiskey in the finest of passionate punk method, and emerge ready to take on another day. Bravara lads. Finely delivered.
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS, led by the legendary long time MOTÖRHEAD guitarist, have released the first single off their upcoming debut album, The Age Of Absurdity. Check out the official lyric video for ‘Ringleader’ here
The album is now available for pre-order in various formats (CD, CD + tote bag and signed photo card as well as on black, white/red bi colored and clear vinyl – see images of all products below) at this location: http://nblast.de/PCATBSAgeOfAbsurdityNB
‘Ringleader’ can now be purchased as an instant grat track or streamed here:
The band is currently touring the UK as support for Australian rockers AIRBOURNE. Find all tour dates listed below.
The Age Of Absurdity was recorded at Rockfield Studios and Longwave Studios in Wales and produced, engineered and mixed by Romesh Dodangoda and mastered at legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.
The Age Of Absurdity will feature 11 tracks + 1 bonus track (see tracklist below) and will be released on January 26, 2018 via Nuclear Blast.
The fitting cover art was created by Matt Riste.
The Age Of Absurdity tracklist
02. Freak Show
03. Skin And Bones
04. Gypsy Kiss
05. Welcome To Hell
06. Dark Days
07. Dropping The Needle
08. Step Into The Fire
09. Get On Your Knees
10. High Rule
11. Into The Dark
12. Silver Machine (HAWKWIND cover feat. Dave Brock of HAWKWIND)*
*=only to be included on the CD version of the album
PHIL CAMPBELL AND THE BASTARD SONS live
18.11. UK Norwich, UEA
19.11. UK Oxford, O2 Academy
20.11. UK Sheffield, O2 Academy
22.11. UK Nottingham, Rock City
More on The Age Of Absurdity:
Studio diary episode #1: https://youtu.be/DnMp-CEnUkU
Studio Interview with Phil Campbell : http://silvertigermedia.com.au/2017/09/29/interview-with-phil-campbell-phil-campbell-the-bastard-sons/
The brewing storms did nothing to dampen the mood for tonight’s double bill featuring two living legends of the music industry, Chrissie Hynde and Stevie Nicks. With traffic at a standstill I barely made it to my seat as The Pretenders took to the stage.
Decked out in her trademark hoop earrings and tight denim jeans, Chrissie was hot, hot, hot with a pink sequin jacket completing her ensemble. Opening with Alone, The Pretenders were off and running, with plenty of juice in the tank for a cracking one hour set. Message Of Love, Talk Of The Town, Hymn To Her, they just kept coming, it was about then that you realise just how many hits The Pretenders have and what a massive stamp they have left on the music community. Back On The Chain Gang a definite fan favorite along with I’ll Stand By You and Don’t Get Me Wrong.
The band were faultless all night and showcased their playing skills during Middle Of The Road with a blistering guitar exhibition, with Chrissie taking it to the boys in tremendous fashion. Vocals so on point she could take out your eye, and some tricky harmonica skills she really is the complete rock chick package. Her banter with the fans was fabulous, even sharing the microphone with one lucky punter up the front for a sing-a-long.
With everyone on up there was only one song left we wanted to here, the huge hit Brass In Pocket. Now who can forget that film clip with Chrissie decked out in waitress apparel, a classic in anyone’s book. A fantastic song to finish out what was a brilliant set, everyone dancing and singing their hearts out, to which Chrissie replied, ‘Melbourne is where the music is’ and she is right on the money with that statement.
After a very brief interval the magical Stevie Nicks steps up to her microphone. Her mic stand adorned in ribbons and beads and all things that glitter, perfectly paired to the opening song Gold and Braid. Right from the onset you knew this would be something very special, with stories encompassing an illustrious career spanning decades. The set list was large and covered Stevie’s solo career as well and Fleetwood Mac and even songs from before that.
The adoring crowd captivated by this amazing storyteller, with tales of yesteryear flowing effortlessly, including fabulous accounts of times with the late Tom Petty and Prince. These stories accompanied by amazing photos on the big screen, leaving everyone feeling very emotive and grateful for the insight into Stevie’s private life.
Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around produced tears from many as we remembered the late Tom Petty, with Chrissie stepping in to accompany on this huge hit. Belle Fluer, Gypsy, Wild Heart and Belladonna, all amazing, Stevie’s voice only growing more beautiful over time, not losing any of her grace or stage presence over the years.
Dreams had the crowd on their feet, with a stunning backdrop changing to suit the song and sensational coloured spheres and oversized light globes dropping from the ceiling to create an amazing warmness, often changing colours to suit the mood. The stories flowed easily and you could hear a pin drop as every listened intently not wanting to miss a word. Stand Back was a definite favourite of mine, and the tale that followed enthralling, and while I will not spoil it for anyone still to see the show, I can guarantee it will leave you gobsmacked.
Stevie’s fashion has never altered over her career, tonight was no exception to that rule, with her fingerless gloves and designer outfits all tailor made (another story of the night) and her beautiful capes and shawls that adorned her all night, even having her original one from 1981 still travelling to every show. And while it may have cost $3000 back then, it has definite paid for itself over and over, and still looks stunning.
The Edge of Seventeen had the back screen in overdrive with enchanting images and dazzling lights, and of course pictures of Tom Petty. The connection they shared ever present, a truly wonderful way to see out the first set. Moments later Stevie returned with her sensational band and back up singers to treat us to two more, and what a delight it was, Rhiannon and Landslide. Both exceptional, the fans undeniably moved with emotion as this radiant songstress gave us everything and more. Her parting words, enjoy life and just have fun!
What an empowering night for women, seeing two of the finest still wowing audiences well into their careers, but without a doubt, I can say there are still many years and hopefully many more songs still to come.
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale