ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED JOSE SANCHEZ
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED JOSE SANCHEZ
When I told my Scottish husband that I was reviewing Big Country, his reaction – “Bloody tartan knicker wearers.” Translated from grumpy Glaswegian, this means that they are so Scottish, they have become a caricature of being Scottish. Think Bay City Rollers and Rod Stewart (who is in fact English, but this is another rant altogether and we won’t get him started on that).
I think once you get into your 30’s, 40’s and beyond, you can fall in love with nostalgia. Bruce Springsteen sang about “Glory Days”. A time when you were thin, wrinkle free and worry free. That time before work, kids and responsibilities rubbed a bit of the shine off life. So now when I want to feel my “Glory Days”, I turn to music, and the packed house at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne last night, tells me I’m not alone. The joy was clear from the smiles on the faces of fans spending a night feeling 16 again, which is about how old I was when Big Country burst on the scene with their debut album, The Crossing in 1983. From humble beginnings in Dunfermline, sitting on the north side of the Firth of Forth from Edinburgh (Firth is a River estuary), they had phenomenal worldwide success.
The first sign that you’re at a “senior’s” gig, is all the people sitting down. Everywhere. And there are no chairs in the Corner. First of the 2 opening acts was Nathan Seeckts and his band. Nathan is clearly a little bit country and a (very) little bit rock and roll (if you don’t get this reference, ask your parents) with an accent somewhere between Austin and Ashburton. And one of his band members is purely there to play the harmonica! I might struggle with this. But as they get going, I can see the passion they put into it and I can’t help but admire people who live to play as he clearly does. And although country music grates on my soul and makes me compulsively grind my teeth, I kinda liked Nathan and his band. And the harmonica player was pretty good. Well done guys.
Megan Sidwell was up next. Clearly a Kiwi, she had a lovely “easy listening” voice with a great vocal range and decent guitar skills. Go Girl! I definitely felt the flavour of many great female singer/songwriters who have gone before her. It was clear that she wrote the lyrics and they meant something to her. Appreciative friends and family were in attendance. Including embarrassing (I’m going to call her) Auntie “Jackie” (who’s in fine shape but does not need another glass of chardonnay) and her enthusiastic screaming.
I was very surprised to learn that Big Country were not coming on until 10.40. Surely at their age, they should be tucked up in bed with their Horlicks by that time, as should most of their fans, myself included. But the inbetween songs were friggin’ awesome! Oooh, Flock of Seagulls, Heaven 17, I used to dance to these at The Underground. The curtains across the stage are closed and the Human League are pumping the crowd up. Auntie Jackie is loving it and so am I. I almost don’t want Big Country to come on. I’m wondering if there will be that surge for the front that you get at other gigs or will that just be a collective stumble as 2 pints is normally the limit? The crowd is a mixed bunch, from people who must have got Big Country from their parents, to people who are Nana and Pop to the younger members of their families. And predominantly men. I have a think about that for a moment. I think Big Country were perceived as a macho band that guys related to and aspired to be like. Not too pretty (in a time where pretty ruled the charts) and who portrayed a manly, outdoorsy kind of man. Like Jamie from Outlander (swoon!).
The curtains part and before me is a bunch of middle aged men, and one young one (ginger with glasses). The crowd are ecstatic. They open with Porrohman from The Crossing. At nearly 8 minutes long, it’s a big one to start with, but it showcases that guitar sound that became synonymous with Big Country. Apparently it takes 4 guitars to sound like bagpipes, and the sound is full and fills the room. Bruce Watson, the only original member left in the band, tells us that on this tour, they are playing The Crossing in full, mixed in with tracks from other albums. The good natured banter between Bruce and the young ginger bloke, reveals that this is in fact his son, Jamie. Jamie has great guitar skills and adds soaring backing vocals to the already amazing skills of Simon Hough, who took over the unenviable task of filling the void left by the death of Stuart Adamson. Adamson died in 2001 and I was living in Glasgow at the time and felt the nation grieve as one for the voice of one of Scotland’s most successful bands. Back to the present, Bruce pulls a brown pouch out of his shirt pocket and tells us that this is a gift from a fan at that afternoon’s meet and greet and it is a kangaroo scrotum pouch, or “Baw bag” to use the Scottish vernacular. He’s going to keep his plectrums in it. They continue with the anthemic 1000 Stars and Look Away. How is it that listening to these songs makes me feel like I’m standing on a mountain top, breathing in pure oxygen and I can see those 1000 stars in the sky unpolluted by light and civilisation. Is this why they were so successful?
The boys (aka, the crowd) are loving every song and can sing them word for word. There is much male bonding going on. Arms around each other, jumping up and down, shouting back the refrain from Chance…………..”Oh Lord, where did the feeling go, 2,3,4. Oh Lord, I never felt so low”. Followed by Wonderland which segued into Thin Lizzy, Whiskey in the Jar (although I prefer Metallica’s version of this). They left the stage with In a Big Country unplayed so an encore was assured.
After enough time for a towel down and a quick cuppa, the band returned for a 2 song encore. First was the folky Broken Heart (Thirteen Valleys) and naturally, they finished with a rousing version of In a Big Country, the song that undoubtedly set them on a course to fame and fortune, and allows them to make their bi-annual pilgrimage to Australia. “If you keep coming to see us, we’ll keep coming to see you” says Bruce. And from the passion and enjoyment of the assembled, I have no doubt that they will keep coming. The night finished with a tribute from drummer Mark Brzezicki who has been with them from almost the beginning, with a few breaks on the way. “Thanks to Bruce Watson for keeping the spirit going and to Stuart Adamson, we miss you brother”.
This was an awesome show and reaffirmed my love for nostalgia. The music was tight, Simon Hough’s vocals were just amazing and he had a yodely quality to his voice that took what Stuart brought to these songs and built on that, without being a sound-alike. Jamie Watson was brilliant and I could feel the ownership he must feel for these songs, having grown up with them and for his Dad’s involvement in their creation. It is lovely to see the next generation carrying on a legacy. Scott Whitley on bass was happy to be the brunt of Bruce’s jokes while still keeping the beat with his partner time, Mark Brzezicki. I was slightly perturbed at one point that 3 out of 5 were English, and wondered if I’d skipped a question at the Scottish Devolution referendum in 1997 that asked if this was OK. It was an entertaining and passionate show and when they come back in November 2019 (which they have promised to do), I will go again and drag the grumpy Glaswegian along with me.
Review Contributed by Wendy Smith
It was battle jackets and pony tails as far as the eye could see as I hit 170 Russell for a night of madness and mayhem with the mighty Overkill. It has been a few years between drinks since Overkill last toured and the punters were keen to get their thrash on, many turning out early to get prime position on the barrier. The large Overkill backdrop behind the stage teased us of what was to come as we took our spots for the warm ups.
Melbourne was represented well with the two opening supports both hailing from our wonderful city. Direblaze opened proceedings with a short but sharp thirty minute powerhouse of thrash to get the expanding crowd pumped. With riffs being spat out at a blistering pace their set was not for the faint hearted and they certainly packed as much into their slot as possible. With support gigs for Kreator and now Overkill I think we will be seeing a lot more of them in the future.
The line at the merch stand was relentless and I was glad I got in early as most shirts sold out quickly, it really was a case of you snooze you lose. We know it’s not easy for bands to travel to Australia so we always show our support by buying a shirt of two just to let them know how much we appreciate their efforts to come and play for us.
Harlott filled slot 2, listening to them taking five minutes to do a quick soundcheck I knew immediately it was going to be killer. Their opening song blew me away, the sound was fast and furious and lacked nothing, it was balanced perfectly and the singer Andrew Hudson was a terrific front man. While their thirty minute set may have been short in duration it was huge on talent and they had the floor packed and headbanging in quick succession. Melbourne never disappoints with its live music scene and if you haven’t seen Harlott get out there and find them you will not be disappointed.
The last of the hoards piled in ready for the veteran thrash metal kings Overkill, and the age of the punters really did determine that they were long term fans from way back when it all began. The green lights that radiated the stage set the tone for the opener, Mean, Green Killing Machine, the mosh was immediate and it was fierce as Bobby Blitz’s trademark vocals rang out. Performing as four piece Overkill lacked nothing in sound, it was classic thrash at its finest and the fans absolutely lost their minds. The drum riser was large and we got to see the newest recruit to the band drummer Jason Bittner in full flight. What a demon Jason is on the kit, double bassing and skin hitting that had to be heard to be believed, he is the perfect fit for Overkill and left nothing in the tank all night.
D.D. Verni and Dave Linsk covered the loss of the rhythm guitar perfectly with some superb shredding, both sensational all night. With such complex music they make it look so easy which is no easy feat for any musician let alone thrash masters. Bobby left the stage frequently when his vocals weren’t required, keeping hydrated side of stage then literally launching back out to rip out the lyrics. Hello From The Gutter, Goddamn Trouble and Wrecking Crew to name a few as they worked their way through the impressive set list.
The mosh never faltered, the punters revelling in the craziness, all being smashed from pillar to post. The worst offenders were a few crazy chicks who had a death wish, constantly throwing themselves into the madness only to be spat out to ride the wave again and again. The crowd surfers were plentiful but with a few hard landings many may be in need of a chiropractor come tomorrow.
Bobby’s hands almost puppeteer like as he called to the fans via his expressive digits, he looked extremely fit with guns to rival a man half his age. On several occasions he grabbed guitars picks and handed them to fans, a terrific gesture that is always appreciated. I Hate, Horrorscope and Coma blew the roof of 170 Russell, add to that Infectious and Hammerhead and I am sure they band are ready for a well deserved rest. But not quite yet! After a very brief moment off stage they are back to finish out the night, and Bobby screams ‘Grandpa is gonna kick your arse’ as they launch into Elimination and Fuck You. This last song saw middle fingers held high as the hoards screamed ‘we don’t care what you say, FUCK YOU!’ a very fitting finish to a night of metal thrashing madness. With a show of this stamina I have no doubt Overkill will come visit us again, as age definitely isn’t playing a factor in slowing them down any. I speak for all when i say we will be more than happy to get our arses kicked one more time!
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
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
Sunday 18th March – Melbourne – Memo Music Hall
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)
After a completely SOLD OUT Australian Tour of epic proportions in 2015, Heavy Metal Icons MACHINE HEAD are set to make their triumphant return in 2018 and this time around they will be armed with their new album ‘Catharsis’ which entered the Australian ARIA Charts at Number 10.
“How the fuck are Machine Head getting better this far into their career?” – metalsucks.net
MACHINE HEAD have flown the flag for truth, integrity and creative desire in metal, starting with the earth-shattering prescience of 1994’s classic ‘Burn My Eyes’ and continuing through to 2014’s ‘Bloodstone & Diamonds, producinga series of albums that consistently redefined the very notion of heaviness and music while upholding an invigorating lyrical narrative that has turned the band into one of the few in modern times that can boast an unbreakable connection with the hearts and minds of the metal faithful.
“Machine Head totally blew the roof off, the doors open, and the windows out, blasting through selections spanning the entirety of their 20+ year career.” – metalsucks.net
With 7 Top 30 ARIA charting Albums and monstrous heavy weight songs like “Locust”, “Imperium”, “Now We Die’’, “Halo”, ‘’Aesthetics of Hate’’, ‘’Ten Ton Hammer’’ plus many more, it’s no wonder their Australian fan-base are chanting for their return. Machine Head shows are the next level of live experience. Front-man Robb Flynn is one of the most charismatic front-men in the world and they have towered above the competition with a ruthless determination and dedication to the cause.
“The crowd stomped their feet hard & chanted “Machine Fucking Head” until they reappeared creating an over whelming electric atmosphere so thick in density it was possible to see it.” – louderthanwar.com
A MACHINE HEAD live show is as much about the crowd as it is about the band. MACHINE HEAD do not just perform and leave – you’re in for highly energetic show, with bodies flying everywhere! Prepare yourselves to be bludgeoned by a wall of sound and leave the venue with ears ringing, voice boxes shredded and bodies crushed. MACHINE HEAD obliterates any notion that veteran bands can’t sustain their passion and intensity while also setting a new standard for sonic destruction and virility along the way.
“Unadulterated metal at its best and what better band to deliver such pummeling music than MACHINE HEAD.” – TheRockpit.net
Don’t miss the return of the mighty Machine Head to Australia.
Machine Head: Catharsis Australian Tour Dates
Tuesday 17th July: Adelaide, HQ
Wednesday 18th July: Brisbane, Eatons Hill Hotel
Friday 20th July: Sydney, Enmore Theatre
Saturday 21st July: Melbourne, Forum Theatre
Tuesday 24th July: Perth, Astor Theatre
Pre-Sale: Wednesday February 21st, 9am (Local time) – Friday February 23rd, 9am (Local time)
On Sale: Friday February 23rd, 9am (Local time)
New Album ‘’Catharsis’’ out now on Nuclear Blast Entertainment:
It was a mixed crowd queueing outside Max Watt’s on Swanston Street on a balmy Melbourne evening. A mix of grey hair, black band t-shirts, denim jackets with patches and a few skimpy tops and kinky boots. Inside, the crowd was pretty thin 15 minutes before the show started but the faithful had already fully occupied the tiny rail at this venue, one of my favourite smaller venues in Melbourne.
The opening act were Melbourne locals Chasing Lana. As they launched into the first song, Down Again, it was clear that they had brought the support and there was a good smattering of friends and family in the audience. The beat was laid down enthusiastically by drummer, Chris Coote and bassist Keith Harland and I could feel it coming through my feet. We were off to a good start. Lead guitarist Robbie Cutting with his brother Dave on guitar and vocals kept the energy going as they went onto their second song, From the Inside. Suffocate /Medicate brought some of said fans/friends & family bounding to the floor to show their appreciation for this better known track. I noticed the Foo Fighters tattoo on the back of Dave’s neck and thought I could hear the influence of the other more famous Dave in the melodic chords of the chorus. They closed off a solid 7 song set with Pain with their fans, old and new, showing their appreciation. Triple J list their “sounds likes” as Seether, Alter Bridge, Puddle of Mud and, Stone Sour – which is certainly some lofty comparisons for these young guys to aspire to but they won a fan in me tonight.
The scene was set for the second act up with blood red lighting for the arrival on stage of Witchgrinder. I must admit to feeling some trepidation as black metal, industrial metal, dark metal, all labels that have been attached to this band, are not my thang. So I was pleasantly surprised when the opening track featured power chords, a great lead break and a thumping bass. Not so confronting after all. Vocalist and guitarist, Travis Everett alternated between tuneful singing and a demonic growl that made my throat hurt just listening to it. Half way through the set, lead guitarist Rick Grimm changed from his classic black, jaggy metal guitar, to a snow white beauty that immediately made me think of Prince in Purple Rain. It looked somewhat out of place against black leather and denim and played by tattooed hands, but those hands could definitely play! I was reminded of a Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield kind of guitar duo (only I think James wears less eyeliner ). Although their style of music seemed slightly off genre compared to the rest of the line up, they did a great job engaging a mostly uninitiated crowd.
The audience had swelled by the time for the main act came on and it was clear that the fans were out to see Saliva’s first ever show in Melbourne. Clearly dreadlocks are the style in Memphis, Tennessee as 3 out of the 4 band members were sporting them ranging from shoulder to knee length. They opened with the thumping Ladies and Gentlemen and I was slightly perturbed by the obviously recorded backing vocals with bassist Brad Stewart only helping out on the “Booms”. But thankfully this was the only song with this and the rest of the set was a good old fashioned live rock show. Vocalist Bobby Amaru, the “new boy” in the line up having taken over from the original singer in 2012, has a fantastic voice for live rock. It has a rough edge to it and seems to be pushed out by sheer effort and force of will from the depths of his guts. By the second song, an enthusiastic mosh pit had formed and I hope the band were feeling the good vibes coming from them.
Separated Self saw a bit of change of pace. Here Bobby showed his vocal diversity and delivered a softer, heartfelt verse followed by a killer rock chorus. Survival of the Sickest was a request from a fan who held his phone up with a list of songs on it for Bobby to choose from. Nothing like a bit of audience participation. Saliva have done some interesting covers on their albums, such as Eminem and Michael Jackson and this is obviously also a feature of their live sets as at this point, they broke down into a version of Phil Collins’ In the Air Tonight, followed by Pink Floyd Another Brick in the Wall, both of which elicited a great singalong from the crowd.
The stage cleared and Bobby reappeared sporting a beanie and an acoustic guitar and proceeded to give us some of thegreat rock songs and voices of our time, further demonstrating his considerable vocal prowess. He began with a stunning version of Bother by Stone Sour that would have made Corey Taylor proud. Next followed a personal favorite of mine which made me very very happy/sad. Layne Staley has (had, sob), one of the best rock voices of the 90’s and Bobby’s version of Nutshell was beautiful. Thank you for that. He followed this with Daniel Johns of Silverchair. Hmmmm, maybe not in the same league but his rendition of Tomorrow was appreciated for the Aussie connection.
The rest of the band returned and they launched into Hero, a song that Josey Scott, the original singer, recorded with Chad Kroeger of Nickleback for the soundtrack of Spiderman. This was well received by the crowd and I saw much singing with eyes closed and heads thrown back. Sing it with feeling, people! The laid back start to Always kicked in followed by the anthemic Click, Click, Boom which is seems to be a staple in gyms and rock playlists the world over. And then after one more song of their 2002 Grammy award nominated song Your Disease, it was over. The band disappeared and even an impressively enthusiastic cry for one more song from the audience did not bring them back. The tour manager put an end to that by giving everyone the thumbs down from the side of the stage.
The jury convened in the ladies loos and the consensus was that the set had been really short, at least 15 minutes short of the advertised time. And it was such a bummer. I could have done with another 3 or 4 songs before hitting the road. The lesson here is when you finish too soon, the ladies are really disappointed and you will be talked about in the toilets. I left thinking that Saliva were really, really good and I can’t understand why they had not been snapped up for a Festival appearance before now. Let’s hope this will not be their last time Downunder.
Review Contributed by Wendy Smith
ALL PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED SEBASTIAN MARINO
Singer/songwriter force majeure JOSHUA RADIN will bring his self-proclaimed “whisper rock” to Australia for several evenings of intimate and deeply personal performances. The troubadour has loaded his swag with timeless acoustic stories delivered as only he can. Casper spoke to the man himself before he lands downunder.
‘His stories were often funny, as was his self-deprecating banter, but the stories also gave a lot of those songs context or a little extra glimpse into his songwriting process’ – The AU Review
JOSHUA RADIN has enjoyed a passionate and long-lasting relationship with his Australian fans, having toured our shores routinely for the better part of a decade. Captivated by his endearing and open banter, audiences around the world are left in awe, wholly rising and falling with each strum of the guitar, truly enamoured.
“The crowd held their breath as they watched, not daring to make a sound” – Faster Louder
“He left the audience mesmerised” – Renowned For Sound
Radin found his area with his 2006 album We Were Here. As the famous story goes, the album would prick up the ear of the Indie community darling ZACH BRAFF, who would go on to use the dear diary-esque world of Radin’s music to soundtrack the beloved series Scrubs. His music has since been featured countless TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, American Idol and many more, along with several features in films.
“Joshua Radin’s best quality is still his proficiency as a storyteller… his voice is ethereal, his musicianship is world class and his stage presence lacks nothing” – Outlet Mag
Tracks such as Winter and Only You would prove to be timeless. Through future releases, Radin expanded that list with I’d Rather Be With You, from 2008’s Simple Times, You Got What I Need from 2010’s The Rock And The Tide, In Your Hands from 2015’s Onwards And Sideways and scores more.
“his music transports you. It gently strips away the worries from your weary mind and then gradually builds you up and gives you hope, which is what all good music should do” – Outlet Mag
Ranging from rambunctious explosions of energy to moments so delicate a vibrating phone could break them, Radin’s live performances are all encompassing; not to simply be watched or heard, but embraced and absorbed
“an accomplished performer… a charismatic, soulful and honest presence on stage” – The Au Review
JOSHUA RADIN Australian Tour Dates
Friday 18th May – Perth – Rosemount Hotel
Sunday 20th May – Adelaide – The Gov
Tuesday 22nd May – Brisbane – Woolly Mammoth
Thursday 24th May – Sydney – Factory Theatre
Sunday 27th May – Melbourne – Corner Hotel
Pre-Sale – Wednesday January 24th, 9am (Local times)
On Sale – Monday January 29th, 9am (Local times)
Tickets via: https://metropolistouring.com/tours/joshua-radin/
As you know thrash legends OVERKILL are headed here very soon! Casper spoke to frontman Bobby ”Blitz” Ellsworth about … well… EVERYTHING!!
The self-proclaimed “Wrecking Crew” OVERKILL are set to destroy Australia in 2018. If you thought after 4-decades and 18 studio albums, OVERKILL would be losing steam, you don’t know OVERKILL. Throughout their existence, the New Jersey Thrash Metal forefathers shapeshifted, and evolved, keeping fans on their feet the whole time. Today, the band announced they will be bringing ‘The Grinding Wheel’ tour to our shores, allowing us sufficient time to prepare both our bodies, and minds for this sonic assault.
“Overkill are here to destroy” – The Metalist
An ode to the quality of life one can expect when devoted to the trenches, their latest album ‘The Grinding Wheel’ is equal parts head-banging, and thought provoking. To get the job done, OVERKILL looked to fellow greats of the culture, including BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN. However, it’s the punk influences that tie up the loose ends.
“You’re not going to hear any GREEN DAY or RAMONES in us” says Founding Member D.D Verni, “But the energy and the attitude of punk mixed with the New York vibe… that’s what OVERKILL is, compared to other bands. You don’t hear any of that in MEGADETH; you don’t hear any of that in SLAYER. It’s more specific to what we brought to the thrash world.”
“eminently capable of ripping our heads off” – Team Rock
Since 1985, OVERKILL have been a constant, and unrelenting benchmark in the world of Thrash metal. Their 1987 album ‘Taking Over’ was their major label debut, released through Atlantic Records which would be their home for another 7 years, an age in the world of heavy music, and testament to the band’s staying power.
It wasn’t until 2010, that OVERKILL would finally make their way to Australia, putting fans in a frenzy with their first ever run of shows. The integrity and authenticity in the shows then would leave blogger Long Gone Loser beaming, “It was like 1986 all over again.”
To say ‘’Come and witness a band’s return to glory’’ would be incorrect. Come and witness New Jersey Thrash Legends OVERKILL once again remind the world why they’re still on top, as thrash’s ultimate team of five machined parts shows up and executes to perfection
Wednesday 28th February – Adelaide – Fowlers Live
Thursday 1st March – Brisbane – The Zoo
Friday 2nd March – Melbourne – 170 Russell
Saturday 3rd March – Sydney – Factory Theatre
Sunday 4th March – Perth – Rosemount Hotel
Presale – Wednesday 8th November 9am (Local Time)
On Sale – Friday 10th November 9am (Local Time)
With multiple sellout shows and rave reviews from their last outing, Disco Superstars BONEY M (Feat. Maizie Williams) are back performing all of their Greatest Hits across Australia. Their amazing run of chart-topping singles and relentless touring schedule established BONEY M as a genuine pop super group in the 70s and 80s. Their high energy, sing along shows feature outrageous costumes and a wicked live disco-funk backing band, for an out of this world experience.
BONEY M’s insanely catchy songs gave them an amazing run of chart success in Australia. Their first single “Daddy Cool” went to Number 5 and the follow up “Sunny” made the Top 40. “Ma Baker” gave them another Top 10 in 1977. The following year they went on to achieve a remarkable feat – 2 Number 1’s! The double A-side “Rivers of Babylon” with “Brown Girl In The Ring”, and the disco stomper “Rasputin” (aka Russia’s Greatest Love Machine). BONEY M became massive in the clubs, at parties and all over the airwaves. They were bigger than KC and the Sunshine Band, Earth Wind and Fire and Chic! Their Australian chart domination continued with 3 more Top 40 singles –“Gotta Go Home, the huge worldwide Xmas #1 “Mary’s Boy Child”, and sing along anthem “Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday”.
Boney M’s music has never been more popular in recent years, with Lady Gaga sampling “Ma Baker” for her international number 1 hit “Poker Face”, and dance duo Duck Sauce sampling “Gotta Go Home” in their dance floor smash “Barbra Streisand”.
After selling millions of records to an adoring fan base and a mind blowing collection of disco and pop super hits, the BONEY M phenomenon has been growing by the decade. Always fun and perfect for the dance floor, BONEY M are one of the most beloved bands to emerge from that iconic era. So strap on your dancing shoes Australia, BONEY M are back bigger, better and more outrageous than ever. This will truly be a fun night to remember.
Sunday 7th October ADELAIDE, The Gov
Wednesday 10th October PERTH, Astor Theatre
Friday 12th October BRISBANE, Eatons Hill Hotel (Seated)
Saturday 13th October TWEED HEADS, Twin Towns
Tuesday 16th October NEWCASTLE, Wests New Lambton
Thursday 18th October CANBERRA, Southern Cross Club
Friday 19th October SYDNEY Enmore Theatre
Saturday 20th October MELBOURNE, Palais Theatre
Pre Sale From – Wednesday February 7th, 9am (Local time)
On Sale – Friday February 9th, 9am (Local time)