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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)
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
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)
Iconic dream-pop/post-punk outfit THE CHAMELEONS (UK) have announced their First Ever Australian headline dates. Fronted by founding member, vocalist and bassist Mark Burgess, the tour will showcase the band’s genre-defining body of work, instigated with their 1983 debut Script of the Bridge.
“There will only ever be one band like The Chameleons, because for those of us who love the Chameleons it is not just a simple fancy, it is a religion” – Louder Than War
Script Of The Bridgefeatured key singles “Up The Down Escalator” and “Second Skin”, with follow up releases containing gems such as “Perfume Garden” and ‘’The Fan And The Bellows”, star performer from 1985’s “What Does Anything Mean? Basically”, “Swamp Thing”, found on 1986’s Strange Times, and many more.
For close to 20 years, THE CHAMELEONS would maintain an almost unattainable standard for all those who followed in their footsteps. The group’s influence would go on to penetrate the highest levels of the music industry, with LIAM GALLAGHER famously recanting their lyrics “Is It Any Wonder?” as he accepted a Brit award. THE VERVE would also go on to name check the band as one of their main influences.
To see just how far their unique brand of melancholy rock spread, you needn’t look any further than INTERPOL and THE EDITORS
“What became the archetypal post-punk sound didn’t exist at the time. Indeed its questionable that without The Chameleons it ever would have done” – Drowned In Sound
Live performances from THE CHAMELEONS are a rare treat, even rarer down under where they have never been… miss THE CHAMELEONS at your own peril!
Thursday 11th January – Brisbane – Woolly Mammoth
Friday 12th January – Melbourne – Corner Hotel
Saturday 13th January – Sydney – Factory Theatre
Tickets on sale Thursday 9th November at 9am (Local Time)
Tickets From – https://metropolistouring.com/the-chameleons/