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HARDLINE MEDIA proudly presents GRAHAM BONNET with ALCATRAZZ! Playing RAINBOW’s album ‘DOWN TO EARTH’ in full, plus hits from ALCATRAZZ, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP and more!!!
The James Dean of Heavy Metal is set to grace our shores in June 2019, nonetheless with ALCATRAZZ in tow! Renowned for his suave stage presence heading up the likes of RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, IMPELLITTERI and his solo band GRAHAM BONNET BAND – not to mention his powerful, distinct and iconic vocal sound, that goes straight to 11 then swiftly into smooth melody in a heartbeat – GRAHAM BONNET delivers a solid stage trip through his career, that will not disappoint the discerning fan.
With a career spanning a range of musical styles, and hit songs, it only makes sense to start with a mention to his first hit with the duo, THE MARBLES in 1968, with the single “Only One Woman”. The hit song, written by Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb and Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, marks the impressive start to an awesome and diverse career.
Embarking on the first leg of his solo career, Bonnet smashed the charts with a self-titled album that hit gold in Australia. The album was met with great praise with hits including “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”, a Bob Dylan cover, which charted in the top five in Australia in 1977. Further to the success of this release, the single “Warm Ride”, Bonnet’s take on a leftover track from the Saturday Night Fever sessions and written by the Bee Gees, went to number one in Australia.
Bonnet found his career taking a heavier Rock and Metal route when Ritchie Blackmore chose him to replace Ronnie James Dio on vocals for the band RAINBOW. A hard act to follow, and a new genre to ignite, Bonnet proved his skill yet again, singing on RAINBOW’s iconic album ‘Down to Earth’, which became his most successful release to date with two hit singles “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “All Night Long”.
After Rainbow, Bonnet joined the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, and recorded the ‘Assault Attack’ album, considered one of their best releases of all time.
Departing yet again from the beaten path, Bonnet co-founded ALCATRAZZ, with Gary Shea on bass, Jimmy Waldo on keyboards (both from the band New England), Jan Uvena (former drummer for Alice Cooper), and legendary, Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen. From 1983-87, the band released 3 highly revered studio albums (‘No Parole from Rock N’ Roll’, ‘Disturbing the Peace’, and ‘Dangerous Games’) and one live album ‘Live Sentence’.
In more recent years, Bonnet has toured consistently around the world with his GRAHAM BONNET BAND, to throngs of fans.
Now, for the first time in Australia, you will hear Graham and band perform the iconic RAINBOW album ‘DOWN TO EARTH’ in its entirety, as well as a slew of other hits from the melting pot of his career.
Limited VIP Meet & Greet packages will be available. VIP punters will be graced with a special acoustic performance by Graham, along with a meet and greet/ photo opportunity, entry to the show and a couple of little extras.
Strictly Limited Ticket Presale: Friday, 5th April At 10:00am AEDT Only AT: www.hardlinemedia.net
General public ticket sales: Monday, 8th April through usual outlets (and www.hardlinemedia.net)
THURS 6 JUNE – ADELAIDE – ENIGMA
FRI 7 JUNE – MELBOURNE – THE CORNER
SAT 8 JUNE – SYDNEY – MANNING
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Melbourne had dealt us a stinking hot day, but this did nothing to deter the fans from turning out in force for the legendary master of heavy metal himself Dee Snider. It was a packed house at The Croxton Bandroom, with black t-shirts and some questionable leather pants as far as the eye could see, all in attendance bringing their A game, voices primed and ready to rock! At 64 years young Dee has the mind, body, and spirit of a man 30 years his junior, still absolutely slaughtering the congregation that worship at his alter of heavy metal, I for one could not wait for the bloodshed to begin.
Melbourne based heavy rock two-piece The Blacktides were our warm-up for the night, they certainly got the fires burning with a 45 minute set of tunes that were guaranteed to get your head nodding in approval. Singer Red took on the bass duties using distortion to fill the absence of the guitar. Netty smashed her kit with heavy hitting and a lot of head banging, also taking to the vocals on many occasions. Taking inspiration from Royal Blood to form a two-piece they put on a bloody good show, but they are the first to admit they “swear like sailors” so if you are easily offended take some earplugs along. I loved their cover of Royals (Lorde), we were forewarned they were going to butcher it but I think it leant itself to heavying up perfectly. So if you see them playing get along and support our local scene, you won’t be disappointed.
The air was palpable as we waited for the main event, an electric ripple could be felt as the black t-shirts surged forward as the lights dimmed down, Exciter by Judas Priest rang out, the hoards happy to sing along building the tension to fever pitch. Dee and his band exploded onto the stage, the Croxton going off like a frog in a sock, opening with Lies Are A Business from the new album For The Love of Metal. Dee was first to admit that this album had reignited his career and was his biggest since the Twisted Sister days, and after reviewing the album last year this comes as no surprise it is an absolute belter from start to finish! We were treated to many songs off the new album, all as polished as the Twisted Sister hits we all know and love. Tomorrow’s No Concern was next followed by You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll and The Beast which put the Twisted die-hards into meltdown, fists pumping and sweat flying, pounding the heavy bass line in unison. American Made was a killer and the fans went crazy when Dee changed up the chorus to ‘Australian Made’, his regret at not returning to Australia for 34 years evident as he apologised constantly for leaving us waiting so long.
The Fire Still Burns from the iconic 1985 album Come Out And Play was an unexpected but more than welcome addition, Dee launching onto the speakers his spirit fingers finding the metal horns with ease. There was a slight hiccup with the microphone but Dee took it in his stride and carried on like the true professional he is. Of course the Clive Palmer debacle came to light as I knew it would, and after a brief discussion on it Dee dedicated Roll Over You to Clive (or as Dee called him Rebecca!) The stealing of the TS classic will be decided later in the year in the courtroom, the lesson here, don’t mess with the metal, leave it in the hands of the masters that created it! Without any introduction, We’re Not Gonna Take It sent the room into a frenzy, Dee bouncing around like a man half his age, his enthusiasm and energy transferring to every one of us. There were plenty of sing-a-longs during the night but this was a favourite, with Oh Oh Oh’s blasting back to Dee from all the S.M.F’s in the room. Dee’s voice has aged like a fine wine that just gets better and better over time. His vocal range and ability are of the highest standard and the envy of many singers today.
Become The Storm was Dee’s tribute to dealing with bullying offenders, lets not “talk to them with words” as recommended let’s get old school and deal with them with the rage they provoke. When the setlist couldn’t possibly get any better the band erupts with Under The Blade, a favourite of the hoards, metal horns on steroids as they punched the sky. Nick Petrino was a shredding maestro on guitar and while Dee may call him ‘Cousin It’ his hair does not hinder his playing one bit. Russell Pzütto was on bass duties and wow he was fantastic, showing that bass rocks just as hard as the guitars do. Dee’s band were a tight cohesive unit with the Bellmore brothers, Charlie (guitar) and Nicky (drums) rounding out the stage. Charlie and Nicky both had huge roles in For The Love Of Metal, with writing, singing, engineering, playing and mixing just to name a few of their talents. I Wanna Rock saw the crazed fans take over the singing before Dee could even raise his microphone, he stood back in awe saying he was glad we sang because he had forgotten the words, but we knew he was just kidding, he hadn’t missed a word all night! As Dee sang I Wanna Rock our ‘Rock’ in reply almost tore the roof off The Croxton, I’m sure it’s the loudest crowd they have seen for some time. A sea of fists and metal horns smacking the air savoring every second of singing with their metal hero Dee Snider. For The Love Of Metal was one for the headbangers young and old to really let loose, and the older ones like myself might just need to pop along to the chiropractor tomorrow. It was heavy metal at its finest, and as we knew the night was drawing to a close we took full advantage and banged until we were almost broken. As the final goodbyes were said to rapturous applause we were hopeful of just one more so we waited and chanted ‘Dee Fucking Snider’ until he had no choice but to return. The encore song was a classic that every Australian knows by heart Highway To Hell by AC/DC, Dee’s vocals leaned to it tremendously and we sang until our voices were hoarse. Dee still bouncing until the very last note was sung, his effervescent frontmanship still bubbling as he waved goodbye with a promise to return soon.
Until then, spin your favourite Dee Snider/Twisted Sister records and don’t forget to PLAY IT LOUD, MUTHA!
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
GIRLSCHOOL are a British rock band that formed in the new wave of British heavy metal scene in 1978, frequently associated with contemporaries Motörhead. They are the longest-running all-female rock band, still active after almost 40 years. Formed from a school band called Painted Lady, GIRLSCHOOL enjoyed strong media exposure and commercial success in the UK in the early 1980s with three albums of ‘punk-tinged metal’ and a few singles, that placed them up there with the legends of NWOBHM
In the 1990s and 2000s, GIRLSCHOOL focused on shows and tours and made few studio albums. During their career they travelled the world, playing in many rock and metal festivals and co-headlining with or supporting important hard rock and heavy metal bands. They maintain a worldwide cult following and are an inspiration for many female rock musicians. 3 original members, Kim McAuliffe, Enid Williams and Denise Dufort—are still in the band, with long time axe wielder Jackie Chambers on guitar.
We’ll never have Motorhead again, but we can have their mates.
Joining them on their triumphant return, VENOM INC.!!!!!
Formed as Venom in 1979 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. And coming to prominence towards the end of the new wave of British heavy metal, Venom‘s first two albums—Welcome to Hell (1981) and Black Metal (1982)—are considered a major influence on thrash metal and extreme metal in general. Venom’s second album proved influential enough that its title was used as the name of an extreme metal sub-genre: Black Metal.
During the 80’s, Venom were THE extreme band, releasing more classic albums such as At War With Satan, Possessed and countless classic, live albums, such as the Assault live album series and the legendary Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Double LP and the The Seventh Date of Hell: Live At Hammersmith Odeon Video which helped launch Metallica, who were the support band for Venom’s tour.
Following Cronos’ departure from the band, Tony Dolan (The Demolition Man) from Atomkraft, stepped in filling Cronos’ big, red boots, most admirably. And recording four releases with Venom: Prime Evil (1989), Tear Your Soul Apart (1990), Temples of Ice (1991), The Waste Lands (1992).
And last but not least – FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER IN AUSTRALIA – RAVEN!!!!!
RAVEN are that rare thing in music true originals – cut these guys with a razor and they will BLEED true heavy metal!!!
Hailing from Newcastle Upon Tyne in North East England back in 1974 (yes – 44 YEARS ago!!!) the brothers Gallagher cut their teeth playing the pubs & clubs until solidifying their line up in 1980 with drummer Rob Hunter. The trio went on to release three of the most influential metal albums of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) on the Neat records label which in turn inspired every band of that era and beyond. Basically, without RAVEN you just might not have had thrash/speed metal…. after all, the band did give Metallica & Anthrax their first tours!
Join the crazy Gallagher brothers along with these 2 other pioneering bands for a night of TRUE BRITISH HEAVY METAL!!!!!!
Girlschool / Venom Inc. / Raven Australian Tour Dates
THUR 27 JUNE – THE ZOO – BRISBANE
FRI 28 JUNE – THE MANNING – SYDNEY
SAT 29 JUNE – CROXTON BANDROOM – MELBOURNE
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ON SALE FRIDAY 25TH JANUARY, 10AM AEST
“It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that our tour in Singapore, Australia, and Japan will be postponed, due to circumstances beyond our control. We were very excited about performing songs from our new album ‘Verkligheten’, as well as songs from our entire career. It really hurts but at this point, there’s really nothing we can do. All we hope is for your understanding, cause this not something we take lightly and we also realize that a lot of people will be disappointed. We kindly ask for your patience, as we will return in the Spring of 2019’’.
SOILWORK release their new album ‘Verkligheten’ on Friday 11th January via Nuclear Blast. SOILWORK singer Björn “Speed” Strid on ‘Verkligheten’: “I’m really, really pleased with it – it’s really, really cool. It’s possibly the most epic and darkest album we’ve done. And it’s also very melancholic, but it’s also very sort of uplifting. It’s huge. I’m really happy with it”.
Order ‘Verkligheten’ Here: https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/verkligheten/1445218842
SOILWORK 2019 Re-scheduled tour dates are:
Thursday 31st October – The Triffid, Brisbane
Friday 1st November – Manning Bar, Sydney
Saturday 2nd November – Max Watt’s, Melbourne
** Tickets to all Australian shows already purchased will be valid for new shows.
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It might be almost Halloween but things will get a whole lot darker and more sinister in December as Sydney and Melbourne play host to MICHALE GRAVES for 2 nights of pure Horror Madness and a set list Heavy with MISFITS tunes.
MG entered the music scene as lead singer of THE MISFITS and was on a number of their hit albums ‘American Psycho’, ‘Static Age’ and ‘Famous Monsters’. He also wrote the hits Scream, American Psycho, Saturday Night, Shining, Witch Hunt etc! After leaving the band, he embarked on a successful solo career. He has also appeared in many acclaimed film projects including Bruiser, Campfire Stories and notably starring in Perkin 14.
Watch: MISFITS ‘’Scream’’
MG has released a series of solo albums including ‘Vagabond’, ‘Lost Skeleton Returns’, ‘Vagabond Acoustic’, ‘Supernatural’, ‘Wanderer’, ‘Zombies Unite’, ‘Wanderer Acoustic”, ’Drifter, ‘Revenge of the Zombies’ and he has just released a new monster rock album titled ‘When Worlds Collide’. Graves has also acted in several short films produced by Hydraulic Entertainment including Zombie, Half Human, Wanderer, Zombies and Ripper as well as producing a spoken word anthology Nightmares. Always evolving as an artist, Michale has performed within several genres as fans followed his instantly recognizable voice across five continents.
While entertainment is at the heart of who he is as a performer, Graves is also a social and pop-culture media thought leader who has hosted as well as appeared on numerous broadcast properties including The Andrew Wilkow Show, The Flow with Kurt Wallace, The Sean Hannity Show, Adam Vs The Man, The Howard Stern Show, Truth Frequency Radio, Where Monsters Dwell, The Guardian, The New York Times and Rolling Stone Magazine.
MICHALE GRAVES Australian Show Dates:
Saturday 8th December MELBOURNE, Cherry Bar
Sunday 9th December SYDNEY, Venue TBA
Tickets: On-Sale Monday 29th October @ 9:00am
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He is one of the most recognisable and notorious frontmen of all time and DEE SNIDER ascended to hard rock royalty in the early 1980s as the lead singer for New York-based heavy rockers, the multi-platinum sellers TWISTED SISTER. The charismatic and outspoken SNIDER in 1985, alongside John Denver and Frank Zappa, testified against censorship in regard to the Tipper Gore led PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center) — SNIDER and company topped the charts in 1984 with the all-purpose us-against-the-world anthems We’re Not Gonna Take It and I Wanna Rock. DEE SNIDER and TWISTED SISTER changed the face of MTV and the rock and metal world forever. Apart from those two monster singles, TWISTED SISTER also released all-time classic tracks like Stay Hungry, The Kids Are Back, You Can’t Stop Rock And Roll, The Price, Under The Blade and more! After the 1987 dissolution of the group, he embarked on a series of solo and group projects such as WIDOWMAKER and DESPERADO.
But there is more to SNIDER than just his musical prowess and presence. He has starred in several reality TV shows including The Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country with John Rich, MTV’s Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse and Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire SNIDER family and their Long Island lifestyle. He was also a frequent host on MTV Networks and his own long-running nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair is heard on more than 200 stations in North America. His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in Dee being heard in many radio and TV commercials, documentaries and a year-long stint as the introductory voice on MSNBC. His autobiography Shut Up And Give Me The Mic was a huge success as was his Podcast Snider Comments. He also had a starring role on Broadway in the hit musical Rock Of Ages, there isn’t much Dee can’t do. SNIDER has also just recently unleashed his critically acclaimed new album ‘For The Love Of Metal’
Now the legend himself Mr. DEE SNIDER is headed to Australia for a unique set of shows in Sydney and Melbourne!
Each city will be treated to one SPOKEN night and one SHOUTED! SPOKEN nights: these will see Dee being interviewed on stage and telling stories about his life, career and a real in-depth look at the man himself, then an audience question and answer forum. This will be a very intimate, once in a lifetime opportunity. Plus on these nights there will be a special VIP meet and greet opportunity available, which includes entry to the SPOKEN night, front and second row seats and the first 20 buyers get to ask Dee a question over the mic from the audience, and meet Dee after the event for a photo and 2 items signed.
The SHOUTED nights: These shows will see Dee hit the stage backed by his full band and slam out a killer setlist top heavy with classic TWISTED SISTER Material.
Don’t miss the chance to witness a true rock legend the frontman of TWISTED SISTER, DEE SNIDER on stage in two very different environments and two that he absolutely thrives in. If you are a true SMF, you won’t be Dee-sappointed!!!
DEE SNIDER JANUARY 2019 TOUR DATES:
Thursday, 31st January – Sydney – Manning – SPOKEN
Friday, 1st February – Sydney – Manning – SHOUTED!
Saturday, 2nd February – Melbourne – Croxton – SHOUTED!
Sunday, 3rd February – Melbourne – Croxton – SPOKEN
TICKETS ON SALE: Thursday, 23rd August, at 10:00am EST.
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Well only a month until THERION hit our shores for the first ever time. Casper spoke with have band mastermind / guitatrist Christofer Johnsson as to what to expect!
THERION was founded in 1987 by Christofer Johnsson their debut album Of Darkness… “was released in 1991 and was a huge success for the band within the underground Metal scene. THERION began as a very creative Death Metal band, pushing limits of the contemporary sound and grew beyond themselves. In the course of the years, the bands’ style developed in a quite unique way and between 1991 and 1996 THERION released groundbreaking records, one being more special than the other.
In 1996 THERION released Theli which would be the ultimate breakthrough for the band. At this time THERION turned towards a more opera-like, progressive and even orchestral sound. Vovin and Deggial are dominated by the new style of catchy symphonic opera metal Christofer invented. Then came Secrets of the Rune, their first concept album, dealing with Nordic myths and influenced by Scandinavian Folk music. The double record Lemuria / Sirius B was a huge success then THERION engaged themselves with the recording of Gotihc Kabbalah and The Miskolc Experience. After that Christofer decided it was time for a change: Sitra Ahra was done with a completely new lineup.
THERION have evolved from a mere death metal act into one of the first projects to take a trip towards the world of classical music, setting the initial standards to a style later known as symphonic metal. When 15-year-old prodigy Christofer Johnsson founded THERION as a death metal band in 1987, little did he know that exactly 30 years later he would put the final touches to a project that will go down in history as symphonic metal’s most ambitious release. While ‘rock operas’ are no longer an unusual concept, this term will now receive a new meaning when the curtain opens for Johnsson’s lifelong creation: Beloved Antichrist is the title of his spectacular brainchild, consisting of 3 full-length CDs. It is more than just a concept album; it’s a complete rock opera unveiling a sweeping story inspired by Vladímir Soloviov “A Short Tale Of The Antichrist“.
Joining THERION are THE DEVIL who is a mysterious and highly original Cinematic Metal act that has innovated by creating an entirely new genre within metal music. The band features an international line-up of masked musicians that deliver a unique live show, complete with cinematic movie projection in sync to the entire live performance.
Further experimental elements of THE DEVIL music is the selective use of historical and political conspiracy-laden samples in place of traditional vocals which reveals a powerful message encoded within the music. THE DEVIL exposes a great secret. A grand conspiracy…
THE DEVIL self-titled debut album was released worldwide through Candlelight Records / EMI and released three official music videos from that album, ‘Universe’, ‘Extinction Level Event’ and ‘Alternative Dimensions’.
Wednesday 12th September – MELBOURNE – Max Watt’s
Thursday 13th September – BRISBANE – The Triffid
Friday 14th September – SYDNEY – Manning Bar
An exclusive event. A unique experience. Limited VIP meet and greet tickets will be available.
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 20 JULY 9 AM
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