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!”
GILBY CLARKE is heading down to Australia for some intimate club shows in November/December hitting Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra! Casper had an amazing chat with the man about what to expect!!
Gilby Clarke needs no introduction to rock fans. He played in both Guns N’ Roses and the MC5. Who else can claim membership in two of the most life-altering rock ’n’ roll outfits to ever exist on the planet? Clarke hit the stage with his GN’R running buds at the 2012 Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony – he appeared on the band’s The Spaghetti Incident, Live Era ’88-’91 and Greatest Hits albums, and spent years on the massive Use Your Illusion world tour in the ’90s – but his proudest GN’R moment is, he says, the Gilby rolls mode on the GN’R pinball machine!
Before joining the GN’R circus, the guitarist bounced from the great Candy to his own, heartbreakingly ignored, big-riff quartet Kill for Thrills. Clarke has, along the way, toured, and/or recorded with everyone from Nancy Sinatra to Heart to Gene Simmons to Slash’s Snakepit. In between touring & recording he was making videos with not only GNR, but Michael Jackson & Slash when MTV was de rigueur. Perhaps you saw him starring alongside Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee on Rockstar: Supernova or VH1 Honors with Rob Zombie, Slash & Ace Frehley?
Watch: Cure Me Or Kill Me – Live Mandarine Park 2015 just click below
Then there’s his solo career that earned him critical winks and sales for such albums as Pawnshop Guitars (including the American hits “Cure Me … Or Kill Me,” and “Tijuana Jail”), The Hangover (two songs made Bruce Willis’ The Story of Us), Rubber, 99 Live & Swag.
Clarke, who’s an old school mash-up of Keef, Johnny Thunders, and B.B. King, continues to write fist-jacking rock ’n’ roll songs with fat choruses, and appear on stages around the globe. He produces worthy bands too. He’s also one of the sweetest gents you’ll ever meet. He’s a guitar hero, certainly, but also a gentleman whose heart happens to rush at rock ’n’ roll speed.
Gilby is hitting the east coast of Australia for some intimate, sweaty, raw, totally Rock ‘n’ Roll shows! Gilby will be Will be ripping up a selection of hits from his past bands Guns N Roses, Slash’s Snakepit, RockStar Supernova, MC5 and much more with full band in tow.
Gilby Clarke Australian Tour Dates
Thursday 30th November – Crowbar – Brisbane
Friday 1st Dec – Cherry Bar – Melbourne
Saturday 2nd Dec – The Basement – Canberra
Sunday 3rd Dec – Frankie’s – Sydney
With the final show at Frankie’s in Sydney being a huge party in celebration of their 5th birthday. – FREE ENTRY
Tickets go on sale Mon 9th Oct via: www.hardlinemedia.net
VIP meet and greets available
Once in a lifetime chance to get to meet an important member of from Guns N Roses history.
3 personal items signed
Only 20 VIP available at each show
As you know fuel are headed our way for the first time in 17 years and Casper had a great chat with frontman Brett Scallions about what to expect from the tour!
American alternative rockers FUEL finally return to Australia this December as part of the “The Sunburn 20th Celebration Tour”. And for the first time ever FUEL perform an exclusive show in New Zealand. Renowned for their un-paralleled streak of melodic post-grunge hard rock songs, it is time to re-live their Classic album ‘Sunburn’ which included – “Shimmer”, “Sunburn”, “Jesus Or A Gun”, “Bittersweet”. Plus a special encore of Fuel’s anthems including – “Hemorrhage”, “Bad Day”, “Falls On Me” and More! Get ready to fill up the tank because FUEL is back after 17 long years!
The “Fuelies” down under have an undeniable love for Fuel with their debut album ‘Sunburn’ achieving Gold Sales in Australia. Fuel’s success can only be put down to hard work and a relentless hunger to reach a level of modern day rock glory amassed by a mere few before them. As a thank you to the dedicated following, Fuel have chosen Australia & NZ as the place to kick off The Sunburn 20th Celebration Tour!
‘Fuel bring back the incredible power that live rock ‘n’ roll used to deliver’ – Kaos2000 Magazin
Equipped with original member Brett Scallions’ legendary distinctive voice that transformed Fuel into a quintessential rock radio staple, hard-rock fanatics are sure to hang on every thumping bass note, wailing guitar lick and pounding drums. Fuel continues to build upon a legacy of captivating performances that Brett and the band have trademarked over the decades.
“Non-stop energy and excitement” – National Rock Review
Fuel are on a mission to once again deliver their trademark brand of heavy-tempo, in-your-face attitude rock at venues across the country. These are sure to be the Fuel shows you know and love – fiery, explosive, packed full of bodies flailing and sweat dripping from the ceiling. We’re warning you, Fuel is not to be missed!
“the crowd went absolutely nuts” – USD Student Media
Fuel Australian Tour Dates 2017
Saturday 2nd December – Perth – Capitol
Sunday 3rd December – Adelaide – The Gov
Wednesday 6th December – Gold Coast – Coolangatta Hotel
Thursday 7th December – Brisbane – Eatons Hill Hotel
Friday 8th December – Sydney – Manning Bar
Saturday 9th December – Melbourne – Prince Bandroom
Wednesday 13th December – Auckland – The Studio
Tickets: Pre-Sale Wednesday 2nd August 9am to on sale (local time)
On-Sale Friday 4th August 9am (local time)
John Fred Young and Casper had a great chat about everything from Kentucky Headhunters, Home Life but more importantly BLACK STONE CHERRY new EP BLACK TO BLUES.
On the heels of their well-received 2016 album ‘Kentucky, US rockers Black Stone Cherry issue their long awaited 6-song EP, Black To Blues – a collection of blues classics and obscurities reimagined with the meaty moxie of classic BSC.
“I know it’s crazy for four rock n’ roll dudes to make a blues EP, but it’s us sharing with everyone the music that’s been our DNA from day one,” vocalist and guitarist Chris Robertson says.
‘Black To Blues’ pays homage to the fertile 1960s era of electric blues where the masters pushed boundaries with both experimentation and volume. The EP includes legendary songs made famous by some of the finest names in the history of the blues – Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, and Albert King.
Before their five critically acclaimed albums, the 12,000-cap arena shows, topping the UK charts, and sharing the stage with superstars like Def Leppard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bad Company, Alter Bridge and Shinedown, the guys in the Kentucky-based active rock powerhouse were just teenagers finding their way jamming on the blues.
“A defining moment for me was realizing all the rock n’ roll that I loved came from the blues,” Chris says.
With Mascot Label Group home to some of the finest blues icons of their generation such as Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Walter Trout, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Eric Gales, Jonny Lang, Robben Ford, Bernie Marsden, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Sonny Landreth and more, it seemed the perfect time for Black Stone Cherry to release ‘Black to Blues’.
As a lead vocalist, Chris honed his burly pipes studying the power of the Texas Tornado himself, Freddie King, who they cover on ‘Black to Blues’ and, throughout their career, the group has always sprinkled in a few blues evergreens in their live set.
“The blues is such honest music. When you hear it, it’s like ‘I’m down on my luck, and, damn, that guy gets just how I feel.’” Chris shares. “I hope by sharing this music we have the beautiful opportunity to expose a new generation to the blues.”
The EP was recorded this past spring (US) at David Barrick’s Barrick Recording, the same studio where BSC recorded its recent album ‘Kentucky.’ Self-produced and tracked in two days, the band favoured a raw, in-the-moment production aesthetic to capture the inspired sessions.
Chris adds: “Our approach was to do these songs as if we had written them, with attitude and heavy guitar.”
Black To Blues opens with the Howlin’ Wolf classic ‘Built For Comfort.’ Here, they harness the song’s dark energy with foot-stomping burly riffage, impassioned whiskey and honey vocals, and a peaks and valleys arrangement that features virtuosic bursts of bluesy guitar brilliance, smoky quiet passages, and mountains crashing down climaxes. Throughout the EP, the imaginative arrangements, soulful vocals, and subtle band interplay evoke the halcyon days of heavy blues acts such as Free and Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.
On ‘Champagne & Reefer’ they mesmerise with deft slide guitar playing and powerful contrasting haunting and hefty dynamics. Other standouts include a raucous take of Muddy Waters version of ’ ‘I Want To Be Loved,’ complete with jaw-dropping blues-rock guitar solos, and a clever rendition of Freddie King’s ‘Palace Of King”, there they “moved one note to make it more dark,” Chris reveals.
The blues is always a sage teacher, and making the ‘Black To Blues’ EP was a transformative experience for Black Stone Cherry.
Chris says: “It was humbling and freeing at the same time. It reignited our passion for this music, and it will definitely have an effect on our next album.”
Black To Blues was released September 29.
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