At the end of a hugely successful 2017 National tour, Tommy Emmanuel is proud to announce he will return to Australia in August 2018 for a unique opportunity that no guitar fan will want to miss.
Over 4 days and nights, guitar students and aficionados will receive masterclasses and performances with Tommy and fellow guitarists Michael Fix, Simon Hosford and Richard Smith.
“Hi folks, Tommy Emmanuel here. I want to tell you about my Australian guitar retreat in 2018. It’s happening on August 15th to 19th in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges of Victoria. My instructors will be Michael Fix, Simon Hosford, and Richard Smith. So come along and be prepared for four days and nights chock-full of learning, jamming and playing together while we eat, sleep, drink guitar. We’re going to spend our time immersed in the magic of music. That’s what these events are all about!”
The Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Retreat Australia will take place at CountryPlace, right in the middle of Dandenong Ranges and 40 minutes drive from Melbourne. Surrounded by the beauty of the Mountain Ash trees and the natural wilderness of the area, this luxury retreat is aimed at players of all ages, levels, interests and taste. Whether you are a master player, a beginner, or just an enthusiastic fan, this four-day program offers activities and workshops for all levels of guitarists in a non-competitive environment and strictly about the joy of music.
In a career that has spanned over five decades, Tommy Emmanuel has become one of the most respected and acclaimed musicians on the planet. One of five designated “Certified Guitar Player” (CGP), a tribute bestowed by iconic guitarist Chet Atkins, Tommy has received an incredible variety of accolades, including two Grammy Award nominations, two Golden Guitar awards and being twice voted Best Acoustic Guitarist by US Guitar Player Magazine. In 2010, he added AM to his name after CGP, when he was appointed a Member of Order of Australia for services to music.
“These four days of guitar playing and music are for players of all levels, and we are so looking forward to seeing you there! Take the time to invest in yourself with what is bound to be the best four days of your life. Because YOU are the best investment you can make!”
Watch Tommy’s TEDX Talk “My Life As A One Man Band” here.
Tommy Emmanuel Guitar Retreat Australia
15-19th August, 2018
CountryPlace, Kalorama in the Dandenong Ranges
Registrations open from 6th October, 2017
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, TICKET PRICES AND ACCOMODATION DETAILS PLEASE VISIT: http://tommyemmanuelguitarretreat.com/
Get ready Melbournians – PURE GOLD LIVE is coming back right at you! After three massive sold out Melbourne shows across the previous few years, GOLD104.3 and Empire Touring are thrilled to announce the next of the PURE GOLD LIVE concert series. PURE GOLD LIVE has become a trusted concert experience that takes you on a musical journey back in time, as it continues to deliver your favourite bands and artists from decades ago.
PURE GOLD LIVE will be a stellar three hours, full of hits & performances from 18 of Australia’s most well-loved 70s, 80s & 90s acts. PURE GOLD LIVE saw its first incarnation in Sydney in 2014, which was presented by ARN’s Sydney station WSFM and is today, one of the most popular and successful live shows in the country. The concerts continue to play in all states and sell-out everywhere they go.
GOLD104.3 is excited to be the presenting partner for PURE GOLD LIVE, which will be hosted by Jo Stanley and Anthony “Lehmo” Lehmann from Jo & Lehmo for Breakfast on GOLD104.3.
It is with great pleasure we can now announce the super acts for 2018…
JOHN PAUL YOUNG, OAM, is undoubtedly one of the most popular Australian artists of the 70’s, with a string of National and International hits including I Hate The Music, Yesterday’s Hero, Standing in the Rain and, of course, Love is in the Air, resulting in over 4 million record sales and cementing him a place in our music history. JPY was a Countdown regular, as both guest presenter, co-host and performer and his music became the soundtrack to the countdown generation, launching a career spanning more than 40 years. Along with performing, John has had equal successes in radio, television and theatre, including a Helpmann Award nomination for best supporting artist. In 2009, John was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and in 2012, his 40th year in the industry, Johnwas honoured with an Order of Australia for his services to charity and the music industry.
UNCANNY X-MEN formed in Melbourne as a guitar pop band in 1981 and worked the pub rock circuit. Original line-up included Chuck Hargreaves on guitar, Steve Harrison on bass guitar, Brian Mannix as lead singer, Nick Manthandos on drums and Ron Thiessen on guitar. Mannix became known for his mischievous and comical send-ups of other artists. The band was signed by Mushroom Records early in 1982 and released their debut EP Salive One in November, which peaked at No. 15 on the Kent Music Report. They toured Australia in support of US rock act Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Early in 1983, Harrison was replaced on bass by John Kirk, and they released their single, How Do You Get Your Kicks in March. Craig Waugh replaced Manthandos on drums and they released another single Time Goes So Fast. They toured through 1984 and released an EP, Beach Party, in July which included the single, Everybody Wants to Work.
PSEUDO ECHO formed in 1982, releasing their first album, Autumnal Park, in 1984 which skyrocketed the band to household name status across the country. Their second album, Love an Adventure, spawned another string of hits including its title track, Don’t Go, Try, Living in a Dream and their remake of the Lipps, Inc. song Funkytown, which brought the group their biggest international success and spent seven weeks at No. 1 in Australia from December 1986. In 2012, Pseudo Echo celebrated their 30th anniversary and this year released their sixth studio album, Ultraviolet.
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN took Australian audiences by storm, which saw them rise to the top of the charts, as their music stood squarely within the New Romantic movement that dominated the music scene in the mid-1980’s. Forming in Melbourne in 1983, Kids In The Kitchen enjoyed strong chart success with four Top 20 hits on the Australian Singles Chart, Change in Mood (1983), Bitter Desire (1984), Something That You Said and Current Stand (both 1985). The related album, Shine (20 May 1985), reached No. 9 on the Australian Album Chart.
HUSH were Australian’s glam rock pop group and formed in 1971. For most of that time their line-up was Les Gock on lead guitar, Keith Lamb on lead vocals, Rick Lum on bass guitar and Chris ‘Smiley’ Pailthorpe on drums. They had Top 10 hits with their cover versions of Bony Moronie andGlad All Over (both in 1975) and their debut album Paradise peaked at No. 11 on the charts. They frequently appeared on the TV pop music show, Countdown, and toured nationally. Hush was loud in every way including their costumes – bring out the flares one more time!
WENDY MATTHEWS is an honorary Aussie having been born in Canada and moved to Australia to sing back-up vocals at the invitation of Glenn Shorrock for his 1983 Australian tour. That 6 week visit became rather extended as Wendy found herself in demand as a session vocalist and singing jingles. She sang on albums by Jimmy Barnes, Richard Clapton, Tim Finn and Icehouse. After singing backing vocals on Models’ 1985 album Out of Mind, Out of Sight, she became a regular vocalist for the band. Wendy, along with The Models’ Sean Kelly and James Valentine, Garry Gary Beers of INXS Roger Mason, and Mick King formed the all-star Absent Friends and Wendy featured as lead vocalist on I Don’t Wanna Be with Nobody but You which reached No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Wendy now enjoys a solo career. Her soulful sound and crystal clear vocals helped make tracks like Token Angels, Let’s Kiss (Like Angels Do) and The Day You Went Away become huge hits for this multiple ARIA Award winner.
CHOCOLATE STARFISH are one of Australia’s most successful bands of the 1990’s and widely regarded as the best live band of their era. They burst on to the charts in 1993 with their classic cover of Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain. A string of hits followed, including Mountain, Four Letter Word and Accidentally Cool. They released just two albums before taking some time out – 1994′s self-titled debut, which spent two months in the Top 10, peaked at No. 2 and became the year’s biggest-selling Australian debut. Then in 1995, they released Box, which reached number No. 6. The band’s lead singer, Adam Thompson, became fast known as an entertaining front man and still to this day, holds a captivating and theatrical stage persona.
EUROGLIDERS took the charts by storm in the 1980s. Audiences were blown away, and Grace Knight captivated fans with her ‘manic ballerina’ stage persona. In 1984, Euroglidersreleased their album This Island, which spawned their No. 2 hit single, Heaven (Must Be There). Heaven also peaked at No. 21 on the United States Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, and appeared on the Hot 100. Another Australian top ten album, Absolutely, followed in 1985, which provided three further top ten singles, We Will Together, The City of Soul and Can’t Wait to See You. Grace and Bernie, along with their superb band, have reunited to once again captivate audiences with their sophisticated and high-energy brand of pop.
BILLY MILLER is best known as the singer of The Ferrets and has been performing, composing and producing music for over 40 years. He formed The Ferrets after a 3 year stint in the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar. The Ferrets had the No. 1 single Don’t Fall In Love and went on to have a gold album for Dreams of A Love. The past ten years has seen the emergence of Billy’s latest line up ‘The Love Brothers’, comprising Billy (guitar/vocals), his son Eddie (guitars/vocals) and legendary rhythm section of drummer John and bassist Bill McDonald. When’s he not playing gigs, you can find Billy composing and producing soundtracks.
DEBORAH CONWAY is a significant and eloquent contributor to Australian music, singing songs that chronicle the essential elements of life, love, loss, memory, the mundane and the spiritual. From the moment her band, Do Re Mi released the iconic Man Overboard, off their debut album Domestic Harmony in 1985, Deborah Conway has always followed her own path. Conway’s debut solo album String of Pearls, released in 1991, was a radical departure from Do Re Mi with its themes of youthful reflection and tongue-in-cheek irreverence, embodied in It’s Only The Beginning, Release Me and the bittersweet title track, won her the ARIA Award for Best Female Artist that year. A rare female agitator in a time when the music industry was male dominated, Deborah Conway continues to be a role model for young women and a mentor to emerging artists.
JOE DOLCE wrote, produced and performed, Shaddap You Face, which continues to hold the nine times platinum record for the most successful song in Australian music history for thirty-seven years straight! Over six million copies sold worldwide, hundreds of cover versions, Youtube variations, and synch licenses, with translations into 10 languages, including Papua New Guinea pidgin and the Australian aboriginal Indjibundji dialect.
PAUL NORTON started playing bass in various bands, which led to the formation of Melbourne band The Runners, who were signed to Mushroom Records in 1981 and released their first hit single Sure Fire Thing in 1982. He went on to play with Wendy & The Rocketts, Steve Hoy and the Hoy Boys before launching his successful solo career in 1988. Paul Norton then released his first hit single Stuck On You which received immediate airplay and reached No. 2 on the Australian charts. Paul then went to London, to work with producers Paul Muggleton and Mike Paxman on his next single, I Got You and the album Under A Southern Sky (the song Southern Sky was later chosen for Australia ay Celebrations at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney).
THE CHANTOOZIES originally formed for a one off show at the renowned Melbourne Underground nightclub, where they received an overwhelming response and their first residency. A recording contract with Mushroom Records soon followed and they soonfound Top 10 success with their first single Witch Queen of New Orleans. Touring extensively, they delighted audiences across the country with their hit songs – Wanna Be Up, Kiss & Tell, Walk On, He’s Gonna Step On You to name a few. They went on to sell over 300,000 records, receiving Gold and Platinum status throughout the 80’s and 90’s. They’ve shared the stage with many top Australian acts and continue to wow audiences throughout Australia.
SEAN KELLY started his career in the early 70s as lead singer of Teenage Radio Stars and is best known as lead singer of Models, who formed in 1978 and had a run of massive hits including the Number 1 hit Out Of Mind Out Of Sight, Barbados, I Hear Motion and Big On Love. Models disbanded in 1988 and Sean formed Absent Friends with Wendy Matthews, James Valentine and Garry Gary Beers of INXS, the band had a massive hit with ARIA award winning song I Don’t Want To Be With Nobody But You. Sean then went on to form The Dukes whose debut album was nominated for an Album of the Year ARIA award. Since that time on various occasions line ups of the Models have reformed and in 2010 Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
STARS formed in Adelaide in 1975 – founding members were Glyn Dowding on drums; Malcolm Eastick on guitar and vocals; Mick Pealing on vocals; and Graham Thompson on bass guitar. They were joined by guitarist, songwriter, Andrew Durant in 1976 and then relocated to Melbourne. Thompson then left and was replaced by a succession of bass guitarists. The band’s debut album, Paradise, peaked at No. 11 on the charts and included their highest charting single Look After Yourself which reached No. 21 on the related singles chart. They want on to have another four Top 40 hits including The Mighty Rock
STEPHEN CUMMINGS first achieve success in Australia as lead singer with The Sports, a pop band that had a number of hits in the late 70’s including the classic ‘’Who Listens To The Radio?’’ Never completely comfortable with the rigours of touring with a band, he decided to embark on a solo career after their demise. His first solo offering was the album, Senso, charted impressively due to the Top 5 success of the single Gynmasium and received considerable attention from the public. His third album Lovetown, saw Cummings hit his creative stride – critical praise was showered on the album, and it is now revered as a classic amongst fans and followers of the Australian music scene. Stephen has now released 20 albums, consisting of 15 studio albums, two ‘’best of’’ compilations, a live disc, an album of acoustic re-workings of his songs and a rarities collection. His fourth album, A New Kind Of Blue, won an ARIA award for ‘’best adult contemporary album’’ and his eighth album, Falling Swinger, was included in Australian Rolling Stone’s list of ‘’100 essential Australian albums’’.
REAL LIFE formed in Melbourne during the early 80’s. After working six nights a week, building a local following for a couple of years, they released their first record Send Me An Angel, from their first album, Heartland. The song was a big hit in most parts of the world. Other singles from that album were Openhearted, Catch Me I’m Falling and Always. Real Lifereleased their second and final album with the original line-up in 1985 titled Flame, which spawned some hits including Face To Face.
DALE RYDER formed Boom Crash Opera in 1985 and they quickly became one of the hottest live acts in the country. The release of their first single Great Wall was a huge smash hit and then the albums and hits just kept coming; Hands Up in the Air, Onion Skin, The Best Thing and Dancing In the Storm were all staples of radio stations across the country. Dale Ryderis without doubt one of the most charismatic front men in the country, gathering accolades and awards along the way.
PURE GOLD LIVE
John Paul Young
Kids in the Kitchen
SATURDAY 3RD MARCH, 2018
PALAIS THEATRE, LOWER ESPLANADE, ST KILDA
Tickets on sale from Monday 16th October, 2017
www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society have debuted their brand new music video for the first single from Grimmest Hits titled “Room Of Nightmares”, directed by long-time collaborator Justin Reich.
Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society will release their tenth full length titled Grimmest Hits on January 19, 2018 via Spinefarm Records / Caroline Australia The new effort will be the highly anticipated follow up to Billboard Top 5 charting titles Catacombs of the Black Vatican (2014) and Order of the Black (2010). In-between then and now, Zakk Wylde released Book of Shadows II, the long awaited follow up from his 1996 solo debut of the same name, which debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.
“Room Of Nightmares” is available on all digital service providers and streaming services today. The track is also an iTunes instant gratification track, meaning fans who pre order the album on iTunes now will receive “Room of Nightmares” as an instant download. Watch ‘’Room of Nightmares’’
Pre Order ‘Grimmest Hits’ HERE
The cover art and track listing can be seen below. Wylde, now reunited with Ozzy Osbourne after an eight year break, has played a handful of dates with whom he refers to as “the boss,” with no signs of slowing down. The reunion kicked off over the summer with a highlighted performance at CHICAGO OPEN AIR with high profile festivals like LOUDER THAN LIFE and OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST on deck to close out the year.
One part invading horde and all parts traveling carnival party, Black Label Society traverses the world powered by caffeine and cacophony. BLS engages and inspires audiences everywhere they go, on every radio dial they burn, inviting all comers to join in and participate in their brotherhood and sisterhood of hard rock and vigour.
Now ten studio albums deep, with solo records, Ozzy shows, and Zakk Sabbath tours all kicking ass simultaneously, Black Label Society rides ever forward, fist held high.
Zakk Wylde’s BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is:
Zakk Wylde – Vocals/Guitar / John DeServio – Bass / Dario Lorina – Guitar / Jeff Fabb – Drums
Grimmest Hits Track List
1. Trampled Down Below
2. Seasons Of Falter
3. The Betrayal
4. All That Once Shined
5. The Only Words
6. Room Of Nightmares
7. A Love Unreal
9. The Day That Heaven Had Gone Away
10. Illusions Of Peace
11. Bury Your Sorrow
12. Nothing Left To Say
Los Angeles metal titans WINDS OF PLAGUE have debuted an all new music video today for their brand new track “Never Alone.” Premiering exclusively via LOUDWIRE and directed by Orie McGinness, this is the first bit of music we’re hearing from the band from their upcoming LP. “Never Alone was actually one of the first songs written for this record and immediately became the balance point for the remaining songs that were to be written,” says vocalist Johnny Plague. “It’s not the heaviest song of the record and it isn’t the most melodic song of the record. I wanted this to be the first taste of the new album because I feel it best represents the new music showcasing both the dark symphonic arrangements and the vast range of vocal styles used on the record.”
“I have always used WOP music videos as an opportunity to create cinematic shorts. Never Alone is no different. We partnered with Enlighten Creative Studio’s to tell the story of a misunderstood woman who has harnessed her inner demons to her advantage. I design and produce haunted attractions for my career so it’s always fun when I can bring my two worlds together to create these videos.”
WINDS OF PLAGUE will release Blood Of My Enemy via Entertainment One Music (eOne) / Good Fight Music on October 27, 2018. The all new effort will be the follow up to the widely celebrated Resistance LP released in 2013. Johnny continues, “Over a year ago I started making weekly trips up to a small apartment in North Hollywood on my days off to work on music for WOP with Noah Sebastian from Bad Omens. It was strange at first since past WOP records were worked on in larger recording studio’s or rehearsal spaces and now here I am sitting on the floor of this bedroom working on record number six.”
“Never Alone”is available as an iTunes instant gratification track. Fans who pre order the LP on iTunes will get the track as an instant download. “Never Alone” is also available on all streaming platforms starting today.
1. A New Day
2. Nameless Walker
3. Kings Of Carnage
4. Soul Eater
5. From Failure, Comes Clarity
6. Blood Of My Enemy
8. Never Alone
10. Either Way You Lose
11. A Walk Among The Dead
12. Dark Waters
Johnny continues, “Although it was different and humbling it proved to be the unedited creative environment we needed for this record. We had no time limits, no ‘suits’ giving their input. It was just a few friends sitting in a room together, having a good time creating music. Something I haven’t been able to experience in a very long time. Sometimes to move forward you have to take a few steps back. I can confidently say this is the most satisfied I have been with a WOP record. I feel producer’s Noah Sebastian and Joakim Karlsson have helped us to further develop our unique approach to symphonic deathcore with distinct epic orchestral backed chorus’s walking the fine line of brutal and melodic.”
Additionally, the band teamed up with artist Pär Olofsson to create the stunning cover art seen below. “‘Blood Of My Enemy’ takes us back to the iconic samurai theme. The imagery is inspired by a lyric from the title track ‘I will give my life on the battlefield, drowning in the blood of my enemy’ Which represents to me a ‘I will fight to the end’ state of mind. Pär Olofsson brilliantly portrays the aftermath of an epic war showing an almost celestial spark of life amongst the carnage.”
WINDS OF PLAGUE will support SUICIDE SILENCE on the “10 Year Anniversary of The Cleansing” tour for a handful of dates in December.
England’s Finest, POP WILL EAT ITSELF aka PWEI aka the Poppies make a welcome return down under with their high energy, relentless live shows an unmissable experience.
‘diehard fans grin from ear to ear and dance like no one is watching and sing every lyric’ – Louder Than War
During the late 80’s and early 90’s Australia was like a second home for PWEI as they played a stack of memorable shows here gaining a rabid following along the way. An incredible collection of songs and a setlist chock full of fan favourites – Everything’s Cool, Wise Up Sucker, Def Con One, Ich Bin Ein Auslander, Can U Dig It?, Dance of the Mad Bastards, PWEIzation, R.S.V.P, Their Law, Bulletproof will ensure smiles all round.
‘a cracking show… full of the hits’ – Saminator
Joining original members Graham Crabb and Richard March (who went on to form Bentley Rhythm Ace post PWEI) in a reinvigorated line up of PWEI is legendary vocalist Mary Byker (Gaye Bykers on Acid, Apollo 440, Pitchshifter) and Davey Bennett. Clint Mansell is no longer with PWEI and has gone on to record award winning film scores.
‘high-energy set… the show was an absolute tour de force of epic proportions’ – Spotlight Report
JIM BOB, best known as the singer of indie cult heroes CARTER USM, will be joining PWEI as an Extra Special International Guest. CARTER USM last toured in 1995! so for CARTER fans this will be a rare chance to hear all your faves – Sheriff Fatman, Anytime Anyplace Anywhere, The Only Living Boy in New Cross, Shoppers Paradise, Bloodsport for All and more as well as solo material.
But wait, there’s more! We are stoked to announce that electro rock bandits CALIGULA will reform especially for this tour to perform their first shows together since 1994!
Thursday 8th March – Brisbane – The Triffid
Friday 9th March – Melbourne – Max Watts
Saturday 10th March – Sydney – Factory Theatre
Sunday 11th March – Perth – Rosemount Hotel
Pre-Sale: Wednesday 20th September 9am (local time)
On-Sale: Friday 22nd September 9am (local time)
Tickets from: https://metropolistouring.com/pop-will-eat-itself/