Gary “Angry” Anderson opens up with Casper about the life and times of ROSE TATTOO. You can hear this audio interview here:
Rock N’ Roll outlaws, Rose Tattoo are proud to announce their Blood Brothers 2018 tour, the first in over eight years. Inspired by a special invitation to Bang Your Head Festival, Germany back in July of this year, the fans requests for ‘another tour’ and the ‘never say never again’ spirit, Angry has “assembled the finest bunch of rogues, worthy of wearing the colours” for this run.
Rose Tattoo’s assault comprises legendary bass player extraordinaire, Mark Evans of AC/DC fame, iconic guitarist Bob Spencer – The Angels & Skyhooks, the keeper of time, John ‘Watto’ Watson, Australian Crawl, Pete Well’s endorsed Dai Pritchard on slide and the quintessential front-man, the indomitable Angry Anderson.
Blood Brothers album was originally released in early 2007 to rave reviews such as “powerful, unrelenting and wildly uncompromising.” Rose Tattoo have been described as, “One of the most revered bands of all time. The Tatts play peerless, street-level, heavy blues with the emphasis on slide guitar and strident lyric statements” – Ian McFarlane Music Historian.
Rose Tattoo has been a classic rock institution for nearly forty years. The Blood Brothers 2018 Tour guarantees to deliver unadulterated, adrenaline fueled, dirty Aussie rock at its’ finest!! “You, the loyal supporters and, you the newly found friends, deserve nothing but the best and, that’s just what you will get! Be there or be square!” – Angry
Blood Brothers Tour Dates
Saturday March 31 – SS&A Club Albury NSW
Friday & Saturday April 6 & 7 – Bridge Hotel NSW
Friday April 13 – Beach House Hervey Bay QLD
Saturday April 14 – The Shed @ Aussie World QLD
Friday April 20 – The Gov Adelaide SA
Saturday April 21 – Gateway Hotel Geelong VIC
Sunday April 22 – Corner Hotel Melbourne VIC
Friday April 27 – Miranda Hotel NSW
Saturday April 28 – Rooty Hill RSL NSW
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.
After chatting about the amazing release, Machine Messiah from Sepultura last year (can be heard here), Casper caught up again with Andreas Kisser regarding the announcement of the Australian Tour next year in May. You can hear this audio here:
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)
21st century hard rock leaders Of Mice & Men—vocalist/bassist Aaron Pauley, guitarist Alan Ashby, drummer Valentino Arteaga, and guitarist Phil Manansala— will release their new album Defy, on January 19, 2018.
Casper chatted with Tino regarding their appearance at Australia’s first ever DOWNLOAD festival and their kick-arse new album
The band have just released the second single (and title track) from their new album
Watch the lyric video for Defy here
Talking on new single frontman Aaron Pauley says “To Defy means to challenge the power of; resist boldly or openly. Our song ‘Defy’ is all about digging your heels in, and being defiant towards feelings of hopeless, and defining yourself in the process.”
The Defy album was produced by Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Three Days Grace, Skillet, The All-American Rejects) and mixed by Chris Lord Alge (Green Day, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown, Rise Against).
Earlier this year, Of Mice & Men teased the forthcoming album with the one-two punch of the singles “Unbreakable” and “Back to Me.”
Those songs have clocked over 7 million Spotify streams and 5 million YouTube/VEVO views in six months. Loudwire described it as “soaring,” while Billboard, Alternative Press, and more featured the tracks.
Over the course of nearly a decade, Of Mice & Men have steadily risen to the top of the genre’s ranks, hitting No. 1 on Billboard’s Rock and Independent Charts and No. 4 on the genre-spanning Top 200.
The band has also racked up close to 5 million social media followers, along with a following so dedicated that it’s practically disciple-like in its fandom.
Through the years, they’ve shared stages with artists such as Metallica, Linkin Park, Slipknot, and Queens of the Stone Age, holding their own all the while winning over new fans with each performance.
Defy Track Listing:
3. Back to Me
8. How Will You Live
9. On The Inside
11. Forever YDG’n
12. If We Were Ghosts
Of Mice & Men will be playing at Download Festival in Melbourne
Saturday, March 24, 2018
He is the Viral / Slam / Mental Health Awareness Poet NEIL HILBORN and he is headed here next week. His poems often detail personal experiences and battles with mental illness or other disorders.
Casper sat down to chat with Neil about what to expect!
NEIL HILBORN is single-handedly bringing Poetry to the mainstream.
The Viral poet has garnered critical acclaim with over 60 million views of his internationally successful poems including ‘OCD’, ‘Joey’, ‘The Future’ and author of Amazon bestseller ‘Our Numbered Days’
NEIL HILBORN is a poet of the people: his work is accessible, honest, and he has undoubtedly left a deep impact in the history of contemporary poetry.
For the first time ever Australian fans will get their chance to witness NEIL HILBORN live this December and to say he is excited about the tour is an understatement. “How incredible is it that I’ve wanted to see Australia for so long, and now I get to travel there and perform my work. Life is pretty cool sometimes. I’ve wanted to hug a wombat since I was eight years old, and now it’s going to happen. Oh and I guess I’ll perform some poems too. If you had asked me five years ago if I thought poetry would bring me to Australia, I’d have said there’s no way. Now here we are, and here I go.”
Destroy All Lines, Chugg Entertainment and TKO proudly present:
NEIL HILBORN tickets go on sale Thursday 17 August, 9am local.
Thursday 7 December – The Zoo, Brisbane – 18+
Friday 8 December, Bald Faced Stag – Sydney – 18+
Saturday 9 December – Howler, Melbourne – 18+
Not long until one of the greatest drummers to ever live, sets foot on our soil with his band SHATTERED FORTRESS. Mike had a great talk with Casper about the tour below.
Drum Wizard MIKE PORTNOY (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors) brings the SHATTERED FORTRESS to Australia and New Zealand this November! The SHATTERED FORTRESS is MIKE PORTNOY and an all-star Prog lineup (Eric Gillette, Richard Henshall & Charlie Griffiths on Guitar, Connor Green on Bass & Diego Tejeida on Keyboards) performing Mike Portnoy’s 12 Step Suite live in its entirety! This Exclusive Once in a Livetime Event will only happen in a select few countries in the world!
“one of the finest prog-rock drummers in the history of the genre” – Modern Drummer
MIKE PORTNOY is a man that really doesn’t need any introduction. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine, and is the second youngest person to be inducted into the Modern Drummer’s Hall of Fame! Primarily known as the co-founder of Dream Theater, he has also been involved in several other projects such as Liquid Tension Experiment, Avenged Sevenfold, Transatlantic, Adrenaline Mob plus many, many more!
“unparalleled skills” – Loudwire
The 12 Step Suite was written by Mike Portnoy and documents his battle with alcoholism. It is an ensemble of five songs recorded by Dream Theater from 2002 to 2009, with titles that reflect his struggles: “The Glass Prison”, “This Dying Soul”, “The Root Of All Evil”, “Repentance” and “The Shattered Fortress”. It was originally written with the intention of eventually playing it live as one piece, and now the time has come. The show will also feature a selection of other DREAM THEATER classics!
‘a name synonymous with heavy metal drumming’ – Guitar World
The SHATTERED FORTRESS Tour will be a once in a livetime experience, from one of the greatest drummers on the planet directly to his legion of fans. Come along and witness a night of amazing progressive metal and be a part of history!
“Portnoy creates his art with an ever-expanding appreciation, experimentation, and incorporation of all musical styles into his drumming” – Mike Haid
Mike Portnoy comments: “FINALLY!!!! Woohoo! I’ve been waiting almost 8 years to make my return Down Under. Honestly, I’m completely surprised to the response of these exclusive Shattered Fortress shows. Soooo……due to overwhelming demand, Australia and New Zealand you will get to witness this amazing evening of music! A tribute to my time with Dream Theater… performed with some of the best musicians in today’s Prog scene. FINALLY playing my 12 Step-Suite in its entirety as well as other classic DT songs… As I already stated many times: THIS IS IT!! This WILL NOT BE HAPPENING AGAIN! So be sure to catch this ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT while you can!!”
Thursday 16th November – Auckland – The Studio
Saturday 18th November – Brisbane – The Tivoli
Monday 20th November – Perth – Astor Theatre
Wednesday 22nd November – Adelaide – The Gov
Friday 24th November – Sydney – Metro Theatre
Saturday 25th November – Melbourne – The Croxton
Pre-Sale Tuesday 9th May 9am (local)
On-Sale Thursday 11th May 9am (local)
As you know the mighty ANVIL will be here next week. Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow took the time out of this hectic schedule to have a killer chat with Casper about the life and times of a metal power house band and what to expect during this tour!
Part 2 below
With 16 albums under their belt and their 17th one on the way, ANVIL pride themselves as being one of the most hardworking bands on the plane. The 2009 rockumentary Anvil – The Story of Anvil detailed the story of band that somehow fell into obscurity. However this award winning feature gave them a second wave of popularity, and resulted in the band playing the infamous Download Festival plus supported our very own AC/DC on tour! This is a band that had everything, lost it all but never gave up. To quote Lips – “This is the Rocky Balboa of heavy metal”. They provide witness to the power of the human spirit, played to a heavy metal soundtrack.
“They can shred with the best of them, and on this night, proved that metal has no age.” – Zumic
Original members Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow on vocals/guitar and Robb ‘Robbo’ Reiner on drums once again bring the madness to Australia alongside Chris Robertson on bass. This is your chance to rock on to all your favourite ANVIL classics – Metal on Metal, March of the Crabs, Forged In Fire, Mothra plus more!
“the band cranked one great song after another” – Sleazeroxx
On the live front, an ANVIL show is an endless party. With headbanging and sing-a-longs from start to finish, there is a smile on everyone’s face. Combined with the witty banter and theatrics from Lips and the phenomenal pounding of drums by Robbo, an ANVIL show is everything you’d expect and then some. This is classic metal and pure entertainment.
“Lips was strutting through the crowd playing his guitar surrounded by headbangers” – Metal Obession (Melbourne Show Review)
The return of ANVIL is a celebration for the ages. Their humility, love for their fans and passion for music is second to none. Long live Rock ‘n’ Roll – long live ANVIL!
“they remain a glowing advertisement for old-school metal and its principal values of fun, friendship and getting hammered. The dream lives.” – The Guardian
ANVIL AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Wednesday 8th November – BRISBANE – Crowbar
Friday 10th November – SYDNEY – The Bald Faced Stag
Saturday 11th November – MELBOURNE – Prince Bandroom
Sunday 12th November – ADELAIDE – Fowlers Live
Tuesday 14th November – PERTH – Rosemount Hotel
Presale – Wednesday 6th September 9am (local time)
Onsale – Friday 8th September 9am (local time)
From – https://metropolistouring.com/anvil/
Rohan had an killer chat with UGLY KID JOE front-man Whit Crane, about the exciting news of the Australian tour in December!
It was September 1992. Millions of snot faced skate – surfers worldwide were cracking a few brews in their bedrooms, on beaches and in their garages listening to one album…’Americas Least Wanted’ by UGLY KID JOE. ‘Americas Least Wanted’ was a double platinum phenomenon selling over 2 Million albums catapulting UGLY KID JOE to headlining Arenas and touring with the likes of Van Halen, Bon Jovi and Ozzy Osbourne.
For the first time ever UGLY KID JOE will be celebrating the 25 year anniversary and performing ‘Americas Least Wanted’ in its entirety and Australia will be the first in the world to hear it as they kick off a National tour this December. It’s time to re live the simpler times and embrace this wonderfully cathartic wrecking ball of rock ‘n’ roll energy and if there’s one band that can start a party that everyone will remember, it’s got to be UGLY KID JOE.
Joining the party will be Australian rock legends DALLS FRASCA who fit somewhere in between The Black Keys, and the incredible full-throated wail of Janis Joplin. Their songs are catchy, huge and you can feel the truth in their tales.
TIM McMILLAN combines the melodicism of Jeff Buckley with the eclecticism of Frank Zappa and the harmonic creativity of Devin Townsend. His latest release “Hiraeth” is a collection of instrumental pieces and songs composed & recorded during a year on the road in Europe and feature a variety of guest musicians from the rock world, including members of Motörhead, The Sisters of Mercy, Ugly Kid Joe and Mr Bungle.
Tickets go on sale Thursday 28 September, 9am.
Sunday 3 December – Manning Bar, Sydney 18+
Monday 4 December – The Zoo, Brisbane – 18+
Wednesday 6 December – Capitol, Perth – 18+
Thursday 7 December – Fowlers, Adelaide – 18+
Saturday 9 December – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne – 18+
SONS OF APOLLO recently released their album Psychotic Symphony on 20th October. Casper had an amazing chat with Derek Sherinian about what to expect and the possibility of catching them here on tour!
Sons Of Apollo–former Dream Theater members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs, Mr. Big, David Lee Roth) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Journey, ex-Yngwie Malmsteen’s Rising Force)—have released their highly anticipated debut album, Psychotic Symphony, out today on InsideOutMusic/Sony Music.
BUY PSYCHOTIC SYMPHONY HERE
Psychotic Symphony was produced by the dynamic production duo of Portnoy and Sherinian, also affectionately known as “The Del Fuvio Brothers,” which is the nickname given to them over 20 years ago during their time together in Dream Theater.
Sons Of Apollo got together very organically, as Portnoy explains: “Derek and I reunited shortly after I left Dream Theater in 2010 and we put together an all-instrumental touring band with he and I, Billy Sheehan, and Tony MacAlpine. That was my first time working with Derek since the ‘90s when he was in Dream Theater and it was just great to be working with him again. Ever since that tour, which was really just a one-off live thing, he has been nudging me to start a real, original, full-time band. The timing just had never been right, because I had too many other things on my plate. Long story short, the time was finally right to take the bait and put together a band.”
“Mike and I work at a relentless pace in the studio,” continues Sherinian. “The music is modern, but we have an old school soul. What is unique about SONS OF APOLLO is that we have true rock n’ roll swagger along with the virtuosity– a lethal combination!
Fans can get a more detailed glimpse into how the band came together in this new interview filmed with all five members in the studio.
Mike Portnoy, Derek Sherinian and Billy Sheehan previously toured together in 2012 and 2013 as PSMS (along with guitarist Tony MacAlpine), playing all instrumental versions from each of their previously recorded music. SONS OF APOLLO is the next logical progression by adding a vocalist and creating all-original material. The band incorporates the progressive style and individual technical prowess that Portnoy & Sherinian shared together in Dream Theater combined with the swagger and groove of Van Halen, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin.
“I have known Mike and Derek for a long time, so when they came to me with Sons of Apollo, I jumped on this straight away,” says Thomas Waber, Label Manager/A&R International of InsideOutMusic. “However, the album they ended up recording exceeded my already high expectations by a long mile! We couldn’t be happier about it!”