KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD
Gallery By Jose Sanchez
Gallery By Jose Sanchez
On the heels of a massive debut that saw Avril Lavigne’s newest song “Head Above Water” reaching #1 on iTunes in 18 countries, the singer has unveiled the song’s official music video. The stunning video shot between Iceland and Los Angeles was filmed by renowned music video, film and television director Elliott Lester. “Head Above Water” marks the first new music from Avril in five years and details the personal side of her journey through a life-changing battle with Lyme Disease. “Head Above Water” was written by Avril Lavigne, Travis Clark, and Stephan Moccio and produced by Stephan Moccio. The song also received its world broadcast premiere performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live – view HERE.
Accompanying the release of “Head Above Water” is a charitable campaign from The Avril Lavigne Foundation, raising funds to provide direct treatment for individuals impacted by Lyme who otherwise couldn’t afford it. To join the fight against Lyme, get your #HeadAboveWater charitable t-shirt HERE.
You can see Head Above Water below:
With more than 40 million albums sold and eight Grammy nominations, global recording superstar Avril Lavigne released her first new music in five years today. Preceded by a heartfelt letter to her fans on social media last week, “Head Above Water” details the personal side of Avril’s journey through her widely reported on, battle with Lyme Disease. The singer co-wrote the song, which hinges on stark piano chords and her powerhouse vocals, to share the most intimate look at her experience and how she has emerged stronger than ever. Released by BMG, the song is available to stream and download now.
“One night, I thought I was dying, and I had accepted that I was going to die. My mom laid with me in bed and held me. I felt like I was drowning. Under my breath, I prayed ‘God, please help to keep my head above the water.’ At that moment, the songwriting of this album began. It was like I tapped into something. It was a very spiritual experience. Lyrics flooded through me from that point on,” said Avril.
Coinciding with the music release, Avril is continuing to bring the strong messaging of “Head Above Water” through The Avril Lavigne Foundation. The Foundation has launched a charitable t-shirt campaign that will raise funds to directly impact individuals affected by Lyme that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford treatment. Feeling the need to bring awareness to the severity of Lyme Disease, Avril and her Foundation have made the EXCLUSIVE #HeadAboveWater charitable t-shirt available below or by visiting http://www.TheAvrilLavigneFoundation.org.
The Avril Lavigne Foundation supports people with Lyme Disease, serious illness or disabilities. Through programs and grants, it provides funding, education and encouragement for its beneficiaries.
It’s the lineup of all Aussie 90’s pub-rock nostalgics dreams at the Hamilton Hotel tonight. The Screaming Jets, who have just released Gotcha Covered, a collection of covers of their personal favorite Australian Rock Anthems – supported by Boom Crash Opera. Both of these iconic Aussie groups make daily appearances in our workplaces and homes through the airwaves – So pumped to see them both on the one night! The Jets themselves are an institution!
Totally recommend seeing live music shows at “The Hamo”, but take this as fair warning, “Sold Out” equals super squishy – so if you were hoping to get close to the bands, you had best be getting to the venue early and be one of the first few punters in that massive line that has been building outside the doors! Failing that you are still in for a treat as the sound is fantastic wherever you plant your feet.
For some gigs it’s slim pickings up the front for only the main act – for this show though, we are packing in like sardines right from doors opening. The first few rows, of course, are occupied by the absolute die-hard members of The Screaming Jets Fan Club, proudly downing their lanyards from the VIP meet and greet from earlier on in the day.
Survival tactics have already been employed – Friends are sending booze through the crowd to the barrier-huggers … maybe they’re not friends, maybe just allies, because I find myself trusted with tins and bottles and passing them on in very general pointed directions.
Boom Crash Opera drummer, Peter Maslen takes his place at the kit and the other band members follow his lead. Smiles on faces, they look itching to get started, and with a bang, they get stuck into Hands Up In The Air. Guitarist Peter Farnan is bursting out with laughs mid-riff – he is loving every second of this – thrilled to be in front of this capacity crowd tonight. With that much effort in his performance, excitement, and character, it’s hard to take your eyes away from him and his beaten up Fender Stratocaster from the get-go.
I gathered from audience mutterings on the way into the venue that it was a widely known fact the Boom Crash Opera’s vocalist is not the original… well, you wouldn’t know it! Andrew De Silva owns that stage just as he owns every word he sings. De Silva owns that crowd too, playing up to them, giving them what they want, and summoning them to sing along.
They end their set on Onion Skin and I can’t help but think – Man! That was over way to quick!! Those guys are an impressive live act!
We’re waiting now for The Screaming Jets. The stage is being prepped – everything in its place, fresh towels, checking of the mics – and then a few of us hear the sound guy over the monitors – “Have you got plenty of water up there? It’s fucking hot!” He’s not wrong! About a dozen extra bottles were added to the arsenal on stage.
The Screaming Jets burst onto the stage looking pumped and ready. Vocalist, Dave Gleeson – a true living legend of Aussie Rock – is bouncing around like a boxer ready to obliterate any opponent. He is so much fun to watch – lively, dramatic, engaging – stage presence plus!
After ripping out the bluesy Shine On, Gleeson introduces Blue Sashes – “This is a song for our armed forces who do such a bang up job – This is a song for our Vietnam Vets!”
Quick switch now to an acoustic guitar and a strumming pattern with a bit of a mariachi feel for Sad Song. Then “This is to all the people that say this song is special to me, and it’s special to us too!” October Grey!! There are so many dedicated fans here tonight – I don’t think I’ve ever been to a concert where EVERY SINGLE SONG is sung out word for word by the majority of the audience. Gleeson makes the most of this and theatrically actions the zipping of his own lips while the audience screams back the lyrics “nothing to say!”
Gleeson stands up on the monitors occasionally giving the punters at the back a chance to catch a glimpse. “Hot as a Frenchman’s fucking breathe it is!” Those extra water bottles are offering little relief and the whole band is glistening with hard-earned sweat!
The cult of The Screaming Jets is wailing out “Won’t someone please understaa..aaa…aand!!” Gleeson yells out “This song goes out to the 30th Prime Minister of Australia!” And there are roars from the crowd in obvious solidarity with that statement as Gleeson sings the last line of the song.
After finishing on Better, the band exits the stage only for mere moments and return with 2 amazing covers – Gimme Head and Rocking In The Free World.
What a night!! I’m buzzing with the rest of the crowd, some of them are calling for a second encore. Admitting that this was my first time seeing both of these bands live has me feeling as un-Australian as a can of Fosters. Fear not! It won’t be my last time. Initiation complete!
Review and Gallery Contributed by Elizabeth Sharpe
On a cold and rainy Friday night, people are out enjoying themselves in the Melbourne CBD. Meanwhile at 170 Russell Mentone based band British India with six albums into their career, are due to play in front of an eager young crowd that slowly files in the venue.
Those that arrived early on, were welcomed by Social on the Veranda, a recently formed band that showcases big talent with a mature and deep melodic sound. A group of their more committed fans grab a spot in the front row and they are ready to listen to the favourite sounds from the band’s debut EP Caught In The Chaos. Opening with Think Too Much and followed by a well-received Momentum, Conor Bermingham thanks the crowd as we listen to the sirens that lead the way into Run Around. The band finishes their set with the muted chords and deep guitar sounds of You Ought to Know.
As the place warms up, Diet takes on the stage and immediately grab the attention of the punters. Images from popular 90’s cartoons embrace the band as they are played in the big screen behind them. We see full episodes of Hey Arnold!, Ren & Stimpy and Johnny Bravo. The animated characters blend really well with the band’s songs. They open their set with Your House as we hear the crowd cheering them up while singer Ben O’Loughlin has his right hand on the keyboard, his left hand on the guitar and his voice placed in the mic. Danny Boy is introduced as the band jokes around about the character that inspires the song. We hear the tunes of Clothes off, VB and Forget About It. The band finishes their set by kindly asking the crowd to get f*cking nuts as they do not hesitate to comply.
Screams erupted as we see British India enter the stage. Some ladies in the crowd display their finest dance moves to the notes of Precious, they continue to be treated with Safari and the recently released I want to go where I Can See The Ocean. The band moved in and out of their newest Forgetting The Future album alternating with a good variety of songs from their previous albums
“We’ll play this one if you cheer for us”, says Declan Melia as they play the first chords of Plastic Souvenirs. So much audience interaction in between songs from the band’s singer as he shares memories to create the perfect band-audience bond.
Midway through the concert the band interprets a cover of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’, The Impression That I Get, the crowd sing along with gusto as the song is carefully blended into the band’s very own Suddenly.
Will Drummond on the bass guitar worked the stage incessantly, guitarist Nic Wilson played emotional solos bending his strings and Matt O’Gorman couldn’t wipe the smile off his face throughout his energetic performance. Hit after hit were played, Spider Chords, My love, Vanilla and Funeral For A Friend just to name a few. The band provides with a flawless sound that is as good as the one they achieve on their records.
The night was coming to an end but they were saving the best for last with I Can Make You Love Me and Summer Forgive Me providing the young audience with exhilaration. British India delivered an exceptional night that left everyone completely satisfied. Declan said goodbye by thanking the audience one last time as he said, “We’ve been playing for many years and you guys keep coming back!”. What a testament to live music being alive and well in Melbourne, there is no better place to be, come rain, hail or shine.
Review Contributed by Jose Sanchez
Gallery By JOSE SANCHEZ