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.
Full Gallery Up Soon
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED ROGER BROOKS
TYLER HILTON (USA) and KATE VOEGELE (USA) perform together live in concert for the first time ever in Australia. After meeting on the set of US hit TV show ‘ONE TREE HILL’ where they played characters Chris Keller and Mia Catalano, both based on their real lives as musicians, the two have been touring around the world together performing to sell-out crowds. This duo is the perfect throw back to your teenage youth to relive the soundtrack to all your past loves.
‘The folk-pop sound of Tyler Hilton is reminiscent of John Mayer’ – The State Hornet
TYLER HILTON signed his first record contract at 18, and released his debut self-titled EP May 2004. His debut Album ‘The Tracks Of Tyler Hilton’ was released September that same year which saw him tour with Gavin Degraw and Hilary Duff. TYLER HILTON has gone on to release 4 albums, 2 EP’s and was featured on the Grammy Award winning Soundtrack to ‘Walk The Line’. His latest album ‘Indian Summer’ he describes as a ‘hand-crafted coming of age exploration into early manhood, family, and home life’ and has been well received as a fan favourite.
‘He’s always entertaining, and not just because he’s a great songwriter with a phenomenal voice’ – Spinning Platers (Tyler Hilton review)
KATE VOEGELE began her music career at only 16 years old, landing support slots with Counting Crows and John Mayer off the back of her first EP ‘The Other Side’. Shortly after she was discovered and signed to MySpace Records by MySpace founder himself Tom Anderson. After landing what she thought was a 2-episode role, it turned into a 4-season stint on One Tree Hill where she performed her songs to millions of viewers each week. Life after One Tree Hill has been nonstop touring and writing. KATE VOEGELE’s fourth Album ‘Canyonlands’ was released in October last year.
‘A wonderful alternative to the over-produced, over-processed music that dominates the pop charts today’ – MusicNewsNashville.com (Kate Voegele review)
This amazing singer songwriter duo will perform all their fan favourites including Tyler’s Missing You, Glad, You’ll Ask For Me plus Kate’s rendition of Hallelujah, You Can’t Break A Broken Heart, Wish You Were as well as songs from the ‘One Tree Hill’ soundtrack. A night set to take you back to those nostalgic One Tree Hill feelings of youth, falling in and out of love, don’t miss the unique opportunity to see TYLER HILTON and KATE VOEGELE up close and personal performing all your favourite songs!
A METROPOLIS TOURING PRESENTATION
TYLER HLTON and KATE VOEGELE AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Saturday 2nd December – Perth – Fly By Night
Wednesday 6th December – Adelaide – The Gov
Thursday 7th December – Sydney – The Basement
Friday 8th December – Brisbane – New Globe Theatre
Saturday 9th December – Melbourne – Thornbury Theatre
Pre-Sale – Wednesday 23rd August 9am (local time) through to on-sale
On Sale – Friday 25th August 9am (local time)
80’s Celtic rockers BIG COUNTRY bring their energy infused, foot tapping vibes back to Australia & New Zealand in March 2018. As an extra treat for their fans down under they will perform their classic debut ‘The Crossing’ in full, plus a Special Encore of Greatest Hits.
“The audience were singing their hearts out, jumping around and living every moment to its fullest” – The Music
‘The Crossing’ was a Top 20 album in Australia and Top 10 in New Zealand spawning the chart hits – In A Big Country, Fields of Fire and Chance. To quote Rolling Stone – ‘The Crossing’ is “a must-own item for rock die-hards”. When Big Country step out in front of a packed audience, the excitement around the room needs to be seen to be believed. They will also perform a special encore of greatest hits including Wonderland, Harvest Home, Look Away plus more!
“There was an absolute infectious perfection to their delivery throughout the night, and the crowd responded by singing along with every word” – Amnplify
Having been described by Mick Jagger as “one of the best opening bands we ever had,” the band continues to wow audiences around the world night in, night out with their iconically unique sound, which escalated them to the peak of greatness in the 80’s. Where other artists may have fallen to the wayside, the band’s musical credibility still stacks up and remains as fresh as it did decades ago, largely due to their critically acclaimed live performances.
“the crowd went apeshit” – Live and Die in Music
With “fans of a certain age possibly bouncing along a little more furiously than is good for them.” – Get Ready to Rock, their slick playing, pumping rhythms and soaring melodies searing out of the bands instruments will leave you “drenched in sweat due to plenty of mad pogo action.” – Louder Than War. Big Country give it their all and provide a feel-good live show that will be talked about for years to come.
“a concert full of passion, warmth and love for the music“ – Scenestr
Big Country’s return has been inevitable! This is your chance to witness what will be an absolute live spectacle of nostalgic fan favourites that will get the whole room jumping! Remarkable, spectacular, phenomenal and mind-blowingly astounding – you don’t want to miss this!
“Big Country are still undeniably Big Country” – Musicomh
‘still playing with the energy they did in the eighties’ – Nottingham Post
BIG COUNTRY AUSTRALIAN & NZ TOUR DATES
Friday 9th March – Perth – Newport Hotel
Saturday 10th March – Perth – Rosemount Hotel
Sunday 11th March – Adelaide – The Gov
Wednesday 14th March – Brisbane – New Globe Theatre
Thursday 15th March – Sydney – The Basement
Friday 16th March – Sydney – Factory Theatre
Saturday 17th March – Melbourne – Corner Hotel
Wednesday 21st March – Christchurch – The Foundry
Thursday 22nd March – Napier – Cabana
Friday 23rd March – Wellington – San Fran
Saturday 24th March – Auckland – The Studio
Pre-Sale Wednesday 26th July at 9am through to on sale (local time)
On-Sale Friday 28th July 9am (local time)
A Metropolis Touring & David Roy Williams Presentation
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/
METROPOLIS TOURING PROUDLY PRESENTS
FIRST EVER Australian Tour
‘Headstrong’, ‘Bring It’, ‘Who’s Going Home With You tonight?’, ‘Echo’s’, ‘These Walls’, ’Still Frame’ plus More!
“Headstrong they’ll take you on”, American rock band TRAPT are heading down under for their first ever Tour this July. Since forming in 1997 TRAPT have released 7 studio Albums and sold over 2.5 million records worldwide including platinum selling single ‘Headstrong’. With a set list filled with fan favourites like ‘Headstrong’, ‘Bring It’, ‘Who’s Going Home With You tonight?’, ‘Echo’s’, ‘These Walls’ and ’Still Frame’ this tour is a dream to those who have been patiently waiting years for the bands highly anticipated live show to hit Australian shores.
TRAPT have toured the world with some of the biggest names around the globe. Touring with Papa Roach, Halestorm, Nickelback and Motley Crue. They have performed at every major festival including the Download Festival, Rock Am Ring Crüe Fest delivering their ‘signature hard rock sound’.
“The entire place was rocking as the band slammed through their high energy set.” – Rockrevoltmagazine.com
TRAPT will reward all their loyal fans down under with a setlist of TRAPT favourites from almost two decades of material. Make sure you get your tickets now and don’t miss out on seeing TRAPT up close and personal in this intimate and first ever tour.
TRAPT Australian Tour Dates
Tuesday 4th July – Perth – Amplifier
Wednesday 5th July – Adelaide – The Gov
Thursday 6th July – Melbourne – Evelyn Hotel
Friday 7th July – Sydney – The Bald Faced Stag
Saturday 8th July – Brisbane – Crowbar
Pre-Sale – Wednesday 10th May 9am to 5pm (local time)
On-Sale – Thursday 11th May 9am (local time)
Ticket link – http://metropolistouring.com/trapt
Review contributed by Cassandra Hale
The kite surfers were out in force on St Kilda Beach as I drove to the iconic Palais Theatre for a night of eighties inspired music. Being a child of the eighties I hold this time very close to my heart with a lot of happy memories. While there was not a huge amount of eighties inspired clothing the age bracket was very similar to myself with only a few exceptions. I find it hilarious that I can remember every line of any song from the eighties but sometimes I can’t remember what I walked into the next room for!
First up it was Howard Jones starting right on time which is always pleasing. The hits were flowing, No One is to Blame, Like to Get to Know You Well and Life in One Day. I enjoyed Howard’s insight into the lyrics of Life in One Day, it’s always interesting to understand how the mind of a songwriter works. Howard had his trusty Keytar on hand which he popped on and off what can only be described as an ironing board type stand when not in use. I did wonder how he would pull off his set with not a guitarist to be seen, but between his drummer and backup keyboard player they did a great job. I had to keep reminding myself that they were eighties tunes which were saturated with synthesizers, although Howard’s new tracks are heavily electronic, they still work well in 2016. Then it was on to What is Love?, a crowd favorite and you could quickly watch the phones being held up for a quick video. When I say quick, I really mean quick the ‘Fun Police’ were out in force tapping you on the shoulder should you try to grab a snippet of film to watch back later on. While I understand you go to the show not to film, it is always nice to grab a little moment of your favorite song to look back on.
Things Can Only Get Better was a fantastic finisher, it was at this time when everyone was dancing their hearts out that I noticed the lady in front of me was wearing a tulle skirt matched with a denim jacket, the memories flooded back of Blue Light Discos, V05 hairspray, double denim, and no responsibilities. Just when you think Howard had finished he strikes a button on his Apple Mac and you could be mistaken for thinking you were at a Rave Party, the fast paced dance version of Things Can Only Get Better was pumping out much to the crowds delight. A much different alternative from the original version. A huge applause followed and it was time for a short interval.
Then it was time for woman we had all been waiting for, Kim Wilde! Opening with her huge 1981 hit Chequered Love, one of my highlights of the night, the memories of watching the film clip on Countdown and wanting to be Kim looking super cool in the steamed up bathroom made me feel 10 again. Then it was on to View From a Bridge and Water on Glass a killer opening trifecta. Time for a quick chat with her audience then out rang the familiar opening of Cambodia another crowd favourite.
All the hits were there, If I Can’t Have You, You Came and You Keep me Hanging on just to name a few. These mixed nicely with the classic cover of Forever Young and many more Kim Wilde classics.
The fans screamed for more and Kim delivered with a fantastic tribute to the late Pete Burns with You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), her outfit completed with a top hat and red feather boa! This was extremely well received by the audience consisting of a majority of 80’s fans. Then the song we had all been waiting for Kids in America, and it was well worth the wait, Kim belted it out much to the delight of her captivated audience, everyone dancing and singing at the top of their voices. The audience participation was just right with everyone enjoying a sing-a-long over the course of the show. The band were terrific together with the extremely confident backup singer Scarlett whose hair matched her name to a T!.
The fans were on a high and hoping for one more song, although with all the classics covered what could possibly be left? Kim then took the stage with Howard Jones her brother Ricky Wilde and backup singer Scarlett to perform their rendition of God Only Knows originally performed by The Beach Boys. It was a lovely end to the night, although personally I think it would have fitted better at the beginning of the encore and finishing with Kids in America, which really left everyone buzzing. Kim credited a lot of her music and songwriting to her brother Ricky, who played guitar and sang backing vocals in the show, the amazing pipes definitely run in the family.
As the crowd left the Palais Theatre and the first drops of rain started to fall, I can guarantee that everyone took a little slice of the eighties home with them, a step back in time to remember, and maybe, just maybe a picture or two.
PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY ROGER BROOKS PHOTOGRAPHY