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/
A crowd truly worthy of the mighty metal legends Accept, line the streets outside 170 Russell in Melbourne, some admittedly with Balls To The Wall, but most squirming and fidgeting in excited anticipation.
With the meet and greets squared away and the poster wielding faithful forming the first group to hit the barrier, a sense of satisfaction presents. Not to be wantonly self-indulgent or claim ‘true fan’ status, solely aware of the true might of Accept, but there is a distinct feeling of fulfillment when so many have arrived early to a gig, determined to make the most of such an august occasion.
None more pleased to see an already seething mass before them than openers Damnation Day. Pumped and ready to warm up the willing, three mild mannered and clean cut gentlemen take to the stage. Yes, you read that correctly. A certain satisfaction warms a metal heart when such people who would be perfectly placed clad in a three piece at a boardroom meeting, live their daily lives in clandestine cloaking, with all about them none the wiser that their veins run thick with heavy metal. And of course Mark out front with a fine head of mosh ready locks, suited perfectly to the metal persona. But that’s where the theatrics end. This tremendous group which was founded by brothers Mark Kennedy and Dean Kennedy (drums), accompanied by Jon King (Lead guitar), are truly a no nonsense and honest metal band. Luis Eguren adds a welcome added dimension with his stellar Bass performance holding the rhythm firmly in place. Now these lads are no strangers to Accept crowds having supported the Teutonic Terror on the Scandinavian and European leg of the BLIND RAGE TOUR, 2014, before HUGE crowds in matching sized venues.
A melodic metal symphony adorns the crowd with opener Dissecting The Soul laying waste to the doubting inclinations to those unfamiliar with the groups massive sound. There is simply no requirement for jumping and stage theatrics for these guys, who prefer to deliver their polished products as though performing just for you. Speaking of polished products, yes Mark we know where the merch desk is. Good thing he did remind us though. After a set littered with killer tracks Colours of the Darkness, The Witness, Carried Above The Sun
and World Awakens (the latter being the title track from their new album which is available at a merchandise desk near you at a very reasonable price….there ya go Mark) we move on to the stage rearrangements. With Marks soaring, ripping, shredding metal vocals still ringing in the ears, accompanied by the polished performance from the group as a whole, one cannot but smile at the audible murmurings from pockets of the crowd along the lines of “they were effing awesome” and “how come I’ve never seen them before?”. Well, now you know, get out there and give these home grown Melbourne guys the support they deserve. Just a brilliant way to warm up for the mighty ones. Bravura.
Now, I take some liberty in offering humble thanks on behalf of the Melbourne crowd to Accept and their crew, for going to the logistical difficulty and expense of flying out as much of their full stage adornments, as is humanly possible. This was surely no easy feat and the results were more than appreciated. A small stage, but all clad in Accept stage decoration it seemed to grow in stature and importance.
Importance is now a word I use lightly around the likes of Accept. To this moment I remain in abstract disbelief that, having only toured Australia for the very first time in 2014, have returned for a single Oz show in Melbourne while touring with their new album, The Rise Of Chaos. With a lineage dating back to the 1960’s and a formal beginning in 1976 with Wolf Hoffmann shredding into the annals of metal history, any opportunity to watch such legends at work is truly an honor and a privilege.
The crowd erupts as we catch our first glimpse of Peter Baltes, Wolf Hoffmann, Mark Tornillo and for the first time in Australia with Accept, Uwe Lulis and Christopher Williams. What better additions to the group could possibly have been found. Perfect and natural fit. Very unusual for a band of this history and lineage, but perfect none the less.
What more powerful way to scoop up and truly own a crowd than a soaring rendition of Die By The Sword from the tours namesake recording. Mark Tornillo is one of those unique vocalists who pours every ounce of his being into every note and, without fail, each time you see him perform is more astounding than the last. A crowd favorite in Stalingrad, title track from their 2012 album, raises the enthusiasm even further as mouths agape among the first timers, indicate a bearing of witness to the true metal heritage laid forth.
Mark’s investment in Koolaide is evident as his emotive performance shrieks and howls from every pore. Amazing stuff.
No Regrets introduces the first of many sensational displays of dueling guitars between Wolf and Peter, then Uwe and Wolf, then Wolf and Peter, but it never, ever gets old. Just utter perfection in harmonic camaraderie. Mark even gets a turn, albeit on air guitar, but he does it so very well.
I have been pondering Analogue Man long and hard, whilst enjoying the track, but as Mark completes the track with a “true that”, I can’t help but agree. Thank the metal gods he is, because no digital trickery could possibly replicate his raw, powerful and utterly phenomenal vocal delivery.
Wolf performs some solo classical serenades, before allowing his guitar to reveal its true screeching metal self, our magnificent maestro and aficionado of all that is music, displays just a little of his mastery as a true contemporary composer.
A few minor mic issues did not get the better of Mark. A frequency problem on face value, but lets face it Mark, the mic is mere metal and plastic and no match for your vocal might.
I will leave the set list separate so you that were present, can relive with a healthy mix of reverence and glee. Also for those who missed such a magnificent show, stuffed and heaving with metal magnificence, you can read the track listing and despair. I mean no ill will, however I saw and am changed forever. A final four of Fast as a Shark, Metal Heart (no dear, Mark was not singing Big Giraffe) Teutonic Terror and, last but by no means least, Balls To The Wall, completed this show brilliantly.
A reverent crowd shuffled back onto Russell Street, some with lapses into Australian vernacular descriptive of delighted disbelief, but most content to bask in the afterglow of true German heavy metal.
Not a big show for the lads, but all that 170 could hold, they delivered as though playing for a gargantuan hoard. Not an ounce of showmanship and celebration left in the wings, not a shred of enthusiastic celebration left elsewhere on tour. Playing for one or playing for many, this is Accept, and they will deliver. Bow your heads and raise your horns in thanks. We were briefly, but oh so powerfully, blessed with a visit from the Teutonic terror. This was beyond a concert and light years from seeing a band. Like 2014 in Australia and every Accept show around the world, this was a benchmark privilege in our lives, carved with sharpened guitar into the metal plaque that bears our life’s highlights.
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SEBASTIAN BACH AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2017
The Original Voice of SKID ROW, Musical Royalty SEBASTIAN BACH returns to Australia this October! Hailed as one of the finest frontmen to come out of the late 80’s / early 90’s with one hell of a voice, he is the personification of pure rock and roll at its finest!
“Bach doesn’t just sing; Bach howls, Bach yells, Bach shouts, Bach growls, Bach screams, Bach roars, all of it with the utmost conviction.” – Spotlight Report (Metro Theatre 2015 Review)
Having joined SKID ROW at the ripe young age of 18, BACH began a whirlwind career fuelled with sex, drugs and rock and roll alongside large amounts of touring and Gold & Platinum accolades. In 1996 when he ventured off on his own where he created acclaimed solo material and his various collaborations with musicians across all genres. Last year he released his book “18 And Life on Skid Row”, an exhilarating, whip-smart and brutally honest memoir.
“Swinging his mic ferociously by the chord, windmilling and jumping around, whilst never struggling to hit a high note, the crowd were euphoric.” – Metal As Fuck (Metro Theatre 2015 Review)
BACH’s live shows are a non-stop party filled with all the SKID ROW classics such – “18 and Life”, “Youth Gone Wild“, “I Remember You“, “Monkey Business“, “Slave To The Grind” plus more.
“Still one of the greatest voices in rock history… a legendary frontman” BACH is not your ordinary rock star!
“The crowd ate it up as he sang classic Skid Row tunes… his voice is still there sounding better than ever!”– National Rock Review
Sebastian Bach TOUR DATES
Saturday 21st October – Perth – Astor Theatre
Sunday 22nd October – Adelaide – The Gov
Thursday 26th October – Brisbane – The Tivoli
Friday 27th October – Sydney – Manning Bar
Saturday 28th October – Melbourne – Forum Theatre
Forum + Manning Presale Wednesday 24th May 12pm
General Pre-Sale Thursday 25th 9am local
On-Sale Friday 26th 9am local
TICKETS FROM: http://metropolistouring.com/sebastianbach/
VIP Meet & Greet Upgrades available here https://sebastianbach.wun.io/
THE OPTIMIST AUSTRALIAN TOUR – DECEMBER 2017
Stargazing Post-Progressive Rockers Anathema return to Australia this December to celebrate the release of their highly anticipated 11th album The Optimist. Following their celebrated stripped down shows of 2015, Anathema are bringing their full electric show to blast the cobwebs out of the rigging.
“… inspiring, ultimately making you feel like you don’t need to see another gig, because everything else would end up being a disappointment” – Classic Rock
Known for their ability to send audiences into raptures, Anathema build on the most soul-baring and introspective forms of artistic expression to deliver mesmerising performances. Theirs is a live experience like no other, and one which rightly earned them the award for Best Live Event at the inaugural Prog Music Awards late in 2013.
“The dual vocals of Vincent and Lee reach for the rafters building to a massive emotive crescendo. It’s enough to make a grown man cry. Let’s face it, Anathema are at the top of their game right now.” – Metal Hammer
Alongside forward-striving acts such as Opeth, Steven Wilson and Dream Theater, Anathema present an experience both brutal and ethereal. With the new June released album, The Optimist Australian Tour is an unmissable chance to pulsate to all your favourite tracks and be amazed by highlights from the dazzling new album. The Optimist live is a journey full of wonder with every song carrying a kaleidoscopic spell of its own.
“an atmosphere of almost literal jaw-dropping awe.” – Mentioned Reviews
Anathema have continually evolved by placing hope in the future, and with undoubtedly The Album of 2017 under their belts, it definitely seems to be working. Rightfully so, Anathema’s shooting star looks set to burn perpetually brighter and brighter. Get ready for an intense and emotional live experience that you will never forget!
“What a show. What a night… something magical. 10/10” – Soundscape Magazine
New album The Optimist released June 9, 2017
Listen to New song “Springfield” HERE
Anathema Australian Tour Dates
Wednesday 6th December – Melbourne – 170 Russell
Thursday 7th December – Brisbane – The Triffid
Friday 8th December – Sydney – Metro Theatre
Saturday 9th December – Adelaide – The Gov
Sunday 10th December – Perth – Rosemount Hotel
Pre-Sale: Wed 3 May, 9am > Thurs 4 May, 5pm (Local Time)
On-Sale: Fri 5 May 9am (Local Time)
Tickets Via: http://www.metropolistouring.com/anathema
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AT THE DRIVE IN AUS TOUR
Early last year At The Drive In fans were delivered the news they had been longing for… the band had reunited, announcing plans to release new music and a tour the globe. They blew in Australia mid-year to play an epic set at Splendour in The Grass and two intimate (for them) shows in Sydney (Enmore) and Melbourne (Forum) that sold out instantly, marking their grand return to the live stage for the first time since 2012.
The Texan titans return to our shores this September for three mammoth shows, in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, and this time, they have a set list of new music in tow.
‘Governed By Contagions’ was released in December last year, the first taste of what to expect from the band’s fourth studio record ‘in • ter a • li • a’, coming seventeen years after the release of 2000’s seminal LP ‘Relationship of Command’. In February they dropped second single ‘Incurably Innocent’, in April ‘Hostage Stamps’ hit the airwaves, and on May 5, fans get the full album, just in time to let it sink in before the band hit the stage here.
At The Drive In back are back, doing what they do best—rewriting all the rules, mark these on sale dates in your diary, their last tour sold out in hours!
Early bird pre sale Friday 21st April 9am
General Public tickets on sale Wednesday 26th April 9am.
Thursday 28th September- Festival Hall, Melbourne
Friday 29th September – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Monday 2nd October – Eatons Hill, Brisbane
“Business as usual for At The Drive In They came, they saw, they conquered.”
Consequence of Sound
“This feels like At The Drive-In circa 2000; volatile and raw, stark and memorable.” NME