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.
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
Renovations are finished and St Kilda’s iconic Palais Theatre stands in pristine glory awaiting the hoards of disco tragics ready to shake their booties to seventies sensation Boney M. People watching was fascinating with afro’s a plenty and flares the fashion statement of the evening. My view for the night was from the upstairs lounge, with lovely comfy chairs and plenty of leg room, the perfect podium for a night of disco dazzling.
Australia’s own disco party band Brooklyn’s Finest were the opener for night, they treated us to a forty minute set of disco themed tunes which were well received by the vocal crowd. They had a tight sound with a funky bass line and singers Brooklyn and Stellar harmonised well together. If you are looking for a local night of disco check them out.
As the start time approached fans were getting restless clapping and yelling at the slightest movement on stage, but it wasn’t long to wait before the familiar opening bar of Sunny rang out and Boney M took to the stage. Founding member Maizie Williams looking flamboyant in a huge flowing feather ensemble together with her two female cohorts. The trio de-robed soon after flaunting stunning sequinned dresses launching straight into Daddy Cool with the lead male vocalist strutting his stuff, with his dance moves off the charts. Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday, Brown Girl In The Ring, Ma Baker, No Woman No Cry, the list goes on and on. It was disco inferno of epic proportions, the fans up on their feet, dancing like no one was watching.
While there wasn’t much of a backdrop to the stage the lighting was quite sensational, but I did think it was lacking a disco ball. Band introductions and solos were next up, giving the ladies some time for a costume change. They emerged in sparkly flared pants suits looking very chic. We all love a sing-a-long so it was on to fan based singing competition, which ended in, you guessed it, a draw!
Stepping so easily back into the seventies tunes I was ready for Rasputin and it certainly didn’t disappoint. In case you missed the memo he was Russia’s Greatest Love Machine! The energy from this sizzling outfit contagious, with those not standing shimmying in their seats not wanting it to end. We all knew they still had one in reserve and Rivers Of Babylon was it, what a spectacle it was, amazing from start to finish. Waves and thank-yous to the adoring crowd and they were gone. Could they have one more in the tank? We can only hope so it was time to stomp our feet and cheer for one more song. Our screams were rewarded with the one and only Gotta Go Home. I am sure the younger generation will know this one as is was sampled by Duck Sauce in the chart topper Barbra Streisand.
Boney M’s funky tunes have made them extremely popular and if you didn’t catch the disco fever back in the seventies you would certainly be running a temperature after tonight’s show. I know I speak for all when I say, we came, we saw and we got down on it!
Review Contributed by Cassandra Hale
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