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DJ JAZZY JEFF is about to hit our shores for his tour starting in mere days in Melbourne. Casper had a chat with him about what to expect and what it was like in the early days of Hip Hop.
Sure, THE MAGNIFICENT DJ JAZZY JEFF is known for being a star in Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but he is also a hip-hop pioneer and icon who has won three Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, two NAACP Awards, two Soul Train Music Awards and an MTV Music Award. He has recorded with Fresh Prince star Will Smith and continues to turn out truly majestic albums including ‘The Return of the Magnificent.’ Jeff has also lent his hand to other notable acts including Kenny Lattimore, Tatyana Ali and soul goddess Jill Scott, also from Philadelphia, he is also a Grammy winner for his incredible full-length albums. As a DJ, JAZZY JEFF has to be one of the most accomplished in the world, with turntable skills honed to perfection over the decades.
Jeff’s success as a producer pre-empted his brilliant insight as founder and CEO of A Touch of Jazz Inc, which was a full-scale, musical production facility housing four complete digital and analog rooms. The studio had a hand in numerous notable musical projects including the theme to The Fresh Prince of Bel Air television show, a song on The Simpsons compilation album and the theme to the UPN Networks Between Brothers. Nowadays JAZZY JEFF continues to represent with his solo projects, collaborations, mixtapes and live shows. His love of music shines through in everything he does, in his time picking up awards such as a DMC Championship and multiple GRAMMY and American Music Awards and a number of nominations, yet to this day he states he does what he does simply for the love of the game.
Now JAZZY JEFF is headed back to Australia for the first time since 2014. Special Guest on all shows is Australian Red Bull Champion – BEAST MODE
JAZZY JEFF Australian Tour Dates:
Thursday 8th November MELBOURNE The Prince Bandroom
Friday 9th November SYDNEY Max Watts
Saturday 10th November BRISBANE The Valley Drive-In
Tickets On Sale:
Tickets on-sale Friday 17 August, 9am from
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With Satyricon announcing that their latest American Tour would be their last and that they would shortly after be coming down to Australia, rumors were flying around saying that it would be their last time here as well. Then the announcement of postponing the show from April till September didn’t help the doubts either, I mean, Australia is already limited in what international bands come here. We have only just got Download for a second year and most bands that come to Australia only now do an East Coast Tour to a lot of Aussie dismay. It costs bands a lot of money and time to come down to Australia and I know we try our hardest to support those bands that come out because we don’t want to lose a good thing.
Satyricon is one of my all-time favourite bands, so this won’t be a review of someone trying to convince you to go and see this band, this is someone telling you to go and see this band and if you miss out, you will regret it.
Deadspace from Perth is opening up tonight’s show with their blend of Atmospheric soundscapes and Stomping riffs. They have a very diverse sound and I would recommend these guys for fans of MGLA from Poland or Harakiri for the Sky from Austria. Starting off rough with an issue from the kick drum mic but once that had been fixed Deadspace was firing on all cylinders. It’s not often you see bands donning the corpse paint these days but these guys can pull it off, all band members in black band t-shirts or patch vests and the corpse paint made for a great effect. The frontman played his part well with keeping the crowd entertained whilst jumping down on to the bar and getting the everyone riled up, ready for Satyricon to come on.
The lights darken and the album cover for Satyricon’s latest opus, Deep Calleth Upon Deep brightens the backdrop. Frost walks out first and the crowd goes wild, straight to the drum kit, the rest of the band walk out and take their place on stage to open with Midnight Serpent and then the frontman takes the stage. Satyr, such a commanding presence and one of the best frontmen in the game, He holds the crowd’s attention as soon as he steps up until the closing of the show.
Their sound tonight is impeccable, between the massive TAMA kit that Frost uses and the crunching guitars that supply the catchy riffs are to be heard clear as day. (For anyone that hasn’t read one of my live reviews before, I always try to get a spot right in front of the sound desk.) The openness of the tracks from Deep Calleth… is there for the void to follow and devour us all, the stomping riffs from the likes of Black Crow on a Tombstone and also Now Diabolical, as well as those blinding kicks underneath. All while this is going on Satyrs vocals are at the front of it all and he’s on fire, nothing but strength and confidence coming from him. He also jumps on guitar for a few songs throughout the set to change it up and still nails it.
Tonight’s set is mostly newer material except for Walk the Path of Sorrow and Mother North, consisting of songs from Volcano, Now Diabolical, Age of Nero, the self-titled and Deep Calleth… Their Black n’ Roll sound has the place moving from start to finish and I’m guessing there will be some sore necks and no voices tomorrow. Everyone is singing each chorus back to Satyr as he stands over the crowd embracing the chaos he has created in the venue. The encore tonight has one of my all-time favourite tracks, Fuel for Hatred, I have been waiting to hear that live for a long time and it did not disappoint.
Just before playing the closer for tonight K.I.N.G, Satyr announces to the crowd that although there have been rumors going around saying that this would be their last Australian Tour, IT IS NOT! This had to be the greatest news of the night and definitely ended on a high. The energy for K.I.N.G went through the roof. Satyricon will be back!
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Hold on to your bibles, the yellow and black attack are back, and they mean business. It has been a very long eight years since we have seen them grace our shores, but they have made their return and the fans couldn’t be happier. It was a sold out show last night at Max Watts Melbourne, the fans were hungry for it, the unending line on Swanston Walk a testament to the numbers waiting to get in. Add to this the merch being almost sold out by 8.30 with only small and medium shirts on offer really tells the tale of how keen the punters were.
It was an awesome night for supports acts, with Melbourne based Catalano breaking the ice. They had a huge crowd to get warmed up, the early turn out was incredible. The vibe was Cinderella/L.A. Guns/G ‘n’ R’s all wrapped into one, singer Roxxi Catalano channelling his inner hair metal with ease. They gave us a thirty minute set, that I wish was longer, its not often support acts grab me so strongly, but these guys were bloody fantastic. Extremely engaging with the crowd, heads nodding in approvals as they played out their set. I believe it is only their fourth live gig in Australia, which leaves me gobsmacked, they were a well-polished, cohesive unit on stage seemingly with many years under their belts. Definitely one to hunt down live, you will not be disappointed.
It seems Melbourne can do no wrong with music as White Widdow took to the stage. We really were spoilt with the level of support for this show, another stellar band for our enjoyment. Opening with Cry Wolf, White Widdow were off and running, giving us 30 minutes packed with energy and really punchy music. Singer Jules Millis was a brilliant front man, working the stage and the crowd with ease. If I had to describe him, think of Jani Lane with black hair, he even took a trip to sing from the pit and high five the punters. They definitely had some fans in their own right, many singing along knowing all the words. They have a fabulous hard rock sound and gave an awesome performance with the crowd clapping along soaking up all the goodness of the Melbourne music scene. White Widdow are UK bound in October to play at Rockingham 2018 so make sure you get out and see them before then!
The heavy metal tunes were pumping from the speakers, the fans were singing along getting their voices warmed up, could any compete with Michael Sweet? definitely not, but we all like to think we could. As the lights dimmed with only Robert Sweet’s drum kit lit up the tension as palpable, we have been waiting for what seems a lifetime to have Stryper back in Australia, and we were more than ready for them to hit the stage. With a very unfortunate turn of events, lead guitarist Oz Fox was struck down with a serious illness that prevented him from making the tour. We are all keeping him in our thoughts and prayers wishing for a speedy recovery, but with his blessing the boys still made the long trek to perform as a trio. A first for the band so we should feel extremely privileged to have witnessed this. Michael took to the stage to explain the situation with Oz, not a normal start to a show but we were all grateful for the update. Now on with the show, touring off the back of the insane new album God Damn Evil, Stryper took to the stage opening with the sensational Yahweh, the fans erupted, it was clear they had brought their singing voices and weren’t afraid to use them. The Valley from the new album literally ripped the venue a new one, it was loud, it was heavy, and it was pretty bloody awesome. Calling on You and Free were up next, the boys smashing out the songs with gusto, and while we all felt a missing link with Oz not on stage the music suffered no loss, Michael picking up slack with ease. His shredding skills exemplary, I knew he was a great guitarist, but he literally blew me away with his solos, absolutely amazing from start to finish. He did mention they were all pretty jet lagged but from where I was standing it didn’t seem to be an issue. First class all the way, the complete professionals as they moved into All For One, Robert’s kit sounding sensational, he played like a halo wearing demon, smashing the skins with unabandoned joy, clearly loving every minute. Styper bibles were at the ready, randomly thrown out to the crowd over the course of the evening. While one grazed my hand, sadly I didn’t get the coveted keepsake, maybe next time, as Michael promised they would bring Oz back on his return to health.
Revelation and then In God We Trust saw the crowd taking over the vocals, not that it was necessary, Michael has the voice of any angel, still as fresh as back in 1983 at the bands inception. We were all so invested in this show, it drew you in from the get go, almost hypnotic in its delivery. It was an extremely well-behaved crowd, everyone had their own space, all content to watch from their spot. No pushing and shoving, just how a gig should be, and while it was a mature based crowd there were some younger folk, my son included, and when Michael pointed at him and said ‘you weren’t even born when we made this song’ we all had a laugh, then it made me realise just how old I am! Honestly saw a great sing-a-long then backed up by Sorry which blew us all away, what a killer song, I’m so glad it made it on the hit filled setlist. Loving You and the title track from the latest release God Damn Evil put us in a spin, could this night really get any better. Lady saw Michael take it down a notch, just a guy and his guitar, a lovely serenade which gave us all a breather before we hit the home stretch.
Perry Richardson was magnificent, dazzling us all night, his smile as wide as the stage, loving every minute. The fans loved right back as Always There For You and the show stealer Soldiers Under Command rang out, the punters losing their minds as this epic song played out. Michael so very grateful to the fans, constantly thanking us, his appreciation overwhelming. As the night drew to its conclusion, we were hopeful for just one more song and through the higher powers our prayers were answered with not one but two, To Hell With The Devil and Sing-Along Song. This took the crowd to celestial heights, we were drained nothing left in the tank but we screamed out hearts out as they boys came to the forefront giving them the applause they so deserved. Robert threw not drumsticks but his stack of bibles to the hungry crowd, and still they remained elusive to me. Next time I will have my bible catching hand on point! With the night being filmed, we then took the time to record a message for Oz, ‘Hi Oz, we love you’ we hope it brightens his day and we see him back on the stage again soon. Final waves and thanks were given, and we were left to recover from a night of hot sweaty, godly rock, that can only be described as angelic.
Stryper were the preachers and we were their congregation, spellbound by their words, captivated by their songs, we were disciples schooled in the church of heavy metal, and didn’t we love it!
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