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)
Iconic dream-pop/post-punk outfit THE CHAMELEONS (UK) have announced their First Ever Australian headline dates. Fronted by founding member, vocalist and bassist Mark Burgess, the tour will showcase the band’s genre-defining body of work, instigated with their 1983 debut Script of the Bridge.
“There will only ever be one band like The Chameleons, because for those of us who love the Chameleons it is not just a simple fancy, it is a religion” – Louder Than War
Script Of The Bridgefeatured key singles “Up The Down Escalator” and “Second Skin”, with follow up releases containing gems such as “Perfume Garden” and ‘’The Fan And The Bellows”, star performer from 1985’s “What Does Anything Mean? Basically”, “Swamp Thing”, found on 1986’s Strange Times, and many more.
For close to 20 years, THE CHAMELEONS would maintain an almost unattainable standard for all those who followed in their footsteps. The group’s influence would go on to penetrate the highest levels of the music industry, with LIAM GALLAGHER famously recanting their lyrics “Is It Any Wonder?” as he accepted a Brit award. THE VERVE would also go on to name check the band as one of their main influences.
To see just how far their unique brand of melancholy rock spread, you needn’t look any further than INTERPOL and THE EDITORS
“What became the archetypal post-punk sound didn’t exist at the time. Indeed its questionable that without The Chameleons it ever would have done” – Drowned In Sound
Live performances from THE CHAMELEONS are a rare treat, even rarer down under where they have never been… miss THE CHAMELEONS at your own peril!
Thursday 11th January – Brisbane – Woolly Mammoth
Friday 12th January – Melbourne – Corner Hotel
Saturday 13th January – Sydney – Factory Theatre
Tickets on sale Thursday 9th November at 9am (Local Time)
Tickets From – https://metropolistouring.com/the-chameleons/
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/
Lock up your record collections, Sebastian Bach is here and he has come for our vinyl! With that warning in place and my records safely under lock and key I headed off for a night of metal mayhem that only Melbourne can deliver at the iconic Forum Theatre.
To get the night rolling was Sydney trio Gypsy, with many punters turning out early, they had a huge crowd welcoming them and they didn’t disappoint.
Giving us an action packed 45 minute set full of some kick arse tunes, together with a few covers that really got the rowdy crowd pumped. Love Gun and You Got Another Thing Coming, perfect warm up fodder, mix that with some of their own, Leaving Home, Solstice and White Spirit to name a few. These boys were energetic from start to finish with singer Tom Adams nailing every high note with ease. Bass player James Squier and drummer Billy Gillette, fantastic. If you are looking for a new band to listen to, check these guys out, they are sure to get your party started.
With an illustrious career spanning decades Sebastian Bach is always welcomed with open arms in Australia. Tonight was no exception with the Forum floor packed so tight you would have needed a shoehorn to get another person into the capacity filled venue. The penultimate frontman Bach launched into his extensive catalogue, the fans going crazy when the opening notes of 18 and Life rang out, quickly taking over the vocals and leaving Bach speechless. Followed by I Remember You, a song for all the lovers out there with Bach asking ‘how many of you listened to this in the back seat of your car!’ While it may have been 27 year since Skid Row played at Calder Park, it seems as if no time has passed with Bach’s voice sounding sensational, perhaps even better than it did way back when.
Bach’s fan interaction was awesome, he was frequently holding aloft peoples treasures that they had brought along with promises to autograph them after the show, ‘it will cost you $600’ he joked. Bras that were thrown on stage were hung on mic stands a classic metal concert at its best. He was even the mediator when a troublesome punter tried his luck with security down the front.
Big Guns and Sweet Little Sister both absolute crackers and followed closely by Piece of Me it was a killer trifecta that would keep any fan happy with just those three alone. But they just kept firing out the hits with American Metalhead, Monkey Business and Slave to the Grind whipping the loud crowd into a frenzy. Bach’s trademark microphone swinging in full flight, band members well aware as they ducked for cover to avoid losing an eye.
What a band Bach brought along with him on this tour, Brent Woods (Vince Neil Band) on guitar, on bass Rob DeLuca (UFO) and the kick arse drummer Bobby Jarzombek (Rob Halford Band), it was like being in the presence of rock royalty with them alone, it was a killer line up and they were faultless all night.
Bach’s adoration for Australian music ever present, with a few lines of Rose Tattoo ringing out and much talk of AC/DC and Bon Scott. A tribute to Dimebag Darrell was a perfect opening to sing In A Darkened Room which was one of Dimebag’s favourites, telling Bach ‘you gotta make more songs like this!’
We knew Youth Gone Wild was coming and wow was it good, it was worth the admittance for that song alone, Bach’s trademark vocals still on point right until the very end. With fists pumping and the chants of one more song, we were treated to a balls and all cover of TNT, an amazing way to finish up what was a brilliant night with this Australian music anthem.
As the hordes filed out, the floor looked like a wasteland of plastic cups and spilt drinks, while many will be nursing the mother of all hangovers tomorrow I am sure they would be lining up to do it all again. Happy vinyl hunting to Sebastian who is hitting up our best record stores tomorrow on his day off, but please leave some for us!
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
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)
Canadian Metal Legend Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow Of Anvil To Host FREE Online Music Industry Lecture Next Monday.
Ahead of their Australian tour in November, Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow, the founder, lead guitarist/vocalist & songwriter for legendary Canadian metal band ‘ANVIL’ will host a FREE Online Music Industry Lecture on Monday 23rd October!
If you’ve never heard of Anvil they are credited as influencing some of greatest metal bands of all time including Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth & Guns N Roses.
Anvil’s epic struggle to find sustained fame and fortune is well documented in the incredible 2008 documentary “The Story Of Anvil”- A film that all musicians, managers and agents should watch to witness the trials and tribulations of success, failure, hard work and dedication to music and art. You can watch the film for free at http://www.documentarytube.com/videos/the-story-of-anvil
In 2017 Anvil are a successful music business, making good money from their music, forty-five years after their inception.
On Monday October 23 “Lips” from Anvil will present a 100% FREE online lecture titled “The Top Five Music Business Success Strategies Learnt From A Forty-Five Year Veteran Of The Music Industry. You can Register for free at www.musicbusinessfacts.com/lips
This will be a live, educational and interactive presentation delivered by one of the most passionate and experienced songwriters and performers in the heavy music scene. An online informative experience not to be missed.
Please send any questions regarding the lecture to: rodney
For tour related enquiries, please contact info
For all interview requests: john
ANVIL AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Presented by Metropolis Touring
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