FOUR OF AUSTRALIA’S BEST MALE VOCALISTS COME TO TOGETHER IN JULY 2018 TO CELEBRATE ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIMETHE WHITE ALBUM – THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT WITH CHRIS CHENEY, PHIL JAMIESON, JOSH PYKE & TIM ROGERS
It’s one of the most successful Beatles events ever staged in Australia. Following two sold-out tours, in 2009 and 2014, Chris Cheney (The Living End), Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon), Tim Rogers (You Am I), and ARIA Award-winning solo artist Josh Pyke are reuniting for a special 2018 tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ White Album.
13th and 14th July Melbourne Hamer Hall
19 & 20th July Brisbane QPAC
21st July Canberra Canberra Theatre
24th July Adelaide Festival Theatre
26th July Perth Riverside Theatre
28 & 29th July Sydney Sydney Opera House
Chris, Phil, Josh and Tim will perform the White Album from start to finish – with a few surprises along the way – playing at some of Australia’s finest venues. They are backed by a 17-piece rock orchestra, led by musical director Rex Goh, with guitars, strings, horns and two drummers.
“I come from a three-piece band, that’s what I’ve done since high school, so it’s such a thrill to be on stage with so many people,” says Chris, The Living End’s singer and guitarist. “The great thing about The White Album Concert is it’s a big, powerful rock show. Even though it’s at venues like the Opera House, it’s not tame. The band really belts it out. It’s incredible to be standing in front of that force.”
Released on November 22, 1968, The Beatles’ self-titled ninth studio album became known as the White Album due to its distinctive plain white cover. It spent 16 weeks at number one in Australia.
Opening with Paul’s ‘Back In The U.S.S.R’ and concluding with ‘Good Night’, sung by Ringo, the 30-song White Album features classics such as ‘Helter Skelter’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Blackbird’, ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?’, ‘Glass Onion’, ‘Birthday’ and ‘Revolution 1’.
Chris, Phil, Josh and Tim stress that they’re not imitating John, Paul, George and Ringo. This is a celebration, not a tribute band.
“We’rebringing what we do in our own bands and our own careers to the show,” Chris explains. “This is not us pretending to be The Beatles.”
“We’re aware there are people who covet The Beatles’ records and their legacy so dearly,” Tim continues. “And we want to pay respect to that, but almost tickle it a little bit, or prick it a little bit, because we’re not a tribute act and we have no desire to do that. So we want to reinterpret it but not be disrespectful. But then also thinking that rock ’n’ roll is about being disrespectful.”
“In a respectful way,” Josh adds. “None of us does the songs exactly the way The Beatles did them, because then it would be like a pastiche rather than a homage. It’s a completely different mindset to get into someone else’s songs and, like Tim said, show the songs the respect they deserve; not just cover a song but really put yourself into it.”
The White Album – which followed The Beatles’ venture to India and the death of their manager, Brian Epstein – is one of the 10 greatest albums of all time, according to Rolling Stone. The magazine’s founder and publisher, Jann Wenner, called it “the history and synthesis of Western music”.
“Whatever else it is or isn’t, it is the best album they have ever released … You are either hip to it, or you ain’t” – Jann S. Wenner, Rolling Stone, December 21, 1968
“It’s such a diverse record,” Josh says. “And it was kind of an experimental record for them at the time. It’s hard to sum it up and I think that’s the beauty of the record and why so many people love it. It is hard to put it in a box.”
“Musically and lyrically it’s iconoclastic,” Tim says, while Phil dismisses any suggestions that it would have been better as a single record instead of a double album. “Far out, I love the body of work, it’s incredible! I don’t know how you could change it.”
Chris, Phil, Josh and Tim are doing something The Beatles never did – the Fab Four never performed the White Album live. “That’s the other cool thing about this project,” Chris says. “You can’t go on YouTube and look up The Beatles playing anything off the White Album because they just didn’t.”
“When we first did it, we didn’t know what it would be, or how it would work,” Phil says. “It was an incredibly nerve-racking experience, because it’s a mammoth record and the material is so diverse. But we made it work. People really enjoyed it, and we got such a kick out of it.
“We’re excited to be doing it again.”
Tickets on presale 9th April and general on sale 13th April.
CHRIS CHENEY is the lead singer and guitarist in The Living End, who have had eight Top 10 albums (including two number ones), 12 Top 40 singles, and won six ARIA Awards. Fun fact: Chris has met a Beatle – he met Ringo at a party in LA.
PHIL JAMIESON is the frontman of Grinspoon, who have released seven studio albums – all of which have made the Top 10 – and won two ARIA Awards. He also starred as St Jimmy in the Australian production of the Broadway musical American Idiot. Fun fact: Phil’s wife, Julie, walked down the aisle to the White Album’s ‘I Will’.
JOSH PYKE is a Sydney singer-songwriter, who has won four ARIA Awards and had five Top 10 albums. He has also had his own beer, “The Summer”, with Sydney brewery Young Henrys. Fun fact: Josh’s favourite line on the White Album is “In a couple of years” from ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’. “I just think that’s great.”
TIM ROGERS is the frontman of You Am I, who have released 10 studio albums, won 10 ARIA Awards, and had three number one albums. He has also released six solo albums and an acclaimed memoir, Detours, in which he is described as a flamboyant flâneur, a raconteur, a romantic, and a raffish ne’er-do-well. Fun fact: Tim had a babysitter who would play ‘Revolution 9’ when young Tim was trying to go to sleep. “That song has always haunted me.”
Australian guitar icon Ian Moss has announced today an extensive regional tour through New South Wales and Victoria commencing August 2018, after completing his national Metro Tour which will cover Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hobart, Launceston, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane.
On Saturday ‘Mossy‘ appeared on the cover of The Sydney Morning Herald’s much sort after Spectrum Magazine in which he talked about the release of his new self-titled album to be released on 9 March 2018, his first solo album in nine years and his first of all original material in 22 years – and was described by Cold Chisel bandmate Don Walker as “the most gifted musician I’ve ever seen” and by You Am I frontman, Tim Rogers, as “a quiet gentleman who explodes with passion and vigour on stage [with] finesse and fire that mesmerises me”.
The new album will be available on CD, limited edition green Vinyl and Digitally and can be pre-ordered on all formats now from here.
“It’s a little overdue,” Ian Moss says of his new album, in his typical understated way.
The new album is also Mossy’s finest collection of songs since his multi-platinum, ARIA Award-winning solo debut, 1989’s Matchbook. And it’s his most personal record yet. Mossy co-wrote every song on the album, aside from My Suffering, a beautiful song which was written by his Cold Chisel bandmate and dear friend Steve Prestwich, who died in 2011.
“It means a lot to me that there’s a little bit of Steve on this album,” Mossy says.
There are other little nods to Cold Chisel: Charley Drayton – who joined Chisel after Steve’s passing – plays on ten tracks. Don Walker’s piano punctuates A Girl Like You, which name-checks one of Chisel’s favourite haunts when they moved to Sydney in the ’70s, the Manzil Room.
Put simply, Ian Moss – known as Mossy to his legion of fans – is part of Australian music’s soul. Originally from Alice Springs, he became one of the voices of Cold Chisel and a revered guitar hero. In 2014, Mossy’s fellow musicians ranked him Australia’s greatest guitarist in a News Corp poll.
A highlight of the album is the stunning soul ballad, Broadway, which Mossy wrote about missing his son, Julian, when he’s on the road.
“I can’t wait for people to hear this record,” Mossy says. “I’m really proud of it.”
It’s no accident that the album is self-titled. This is the pure stuff. Classic Mossy.
In 2007 he told the Sydney Morning Herald, “I haven’t made my definitive album yet.” Ten years later with the self-titled Ian Moss, he might have just done that.
Friday, 3 August 2018 | Newcastle City Hall, Newcastle NSW
Saturday, 4 August 2018 | Dubbo Regional Theatre, Dubbo NSW
Friday, 10 August 2018 | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre, Bathurst NSW
Saturday, 11 August 2018 | Blue Mountains Theatre, Springwood NSW
Friday, 17 August 2018 | Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith NSW
Saturday, 18 August 2018 | Albury Entertainment Centre, Albury NSW
Friday, 31 August 2018 | Saraton Theatre, Grafton NSW
Saturday, 1 September 2018 | Park Lane Theatre, Ballina NSW
Friday, 7 September 2018 | The Art House, Wyong NSW
Saturday, 8 September 2018 | Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul NSW
Friday, 14 September 2018 | Drum Theatre, Dandenong VIC
Saturday, 15 September 2018 | Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre, Wonthaggi VIC
Friday, 21 September 2018 | Glasshouse Theatre, Port Macquarie NSW
Saturday, 22 September 2018 | Manning Entertainment Centre, Taree NSW
Friday, 26 October 2018 | The Wedge – Performing Arts Centre, Sale VIC
Saturday, 27 October 2018 | La Trobe Town Hall, Traralgon VIC
Friday, 2 November 2018 | Horsham Town Hall, Horsham VIC
Saturday, 3 November 2018 | Eastbank Performing Arts Centre, Shepparton VIC
Friday, 9 September 2018 | Crossing Theatre, Narrabri NSW
Saturday, 10 November 2018 | Orange Civic Theatre, Orange NSW
Friday, 16 September 2018 | Lighthouse Theatre, Warrnambool VIC
Saturday, 17 November 2018 | Wendouree Performing Arts Centre, Ballarat VIC
Friday, 23 September 2018 | Lismore City Hall Lismore NSW
Saturday, 24 November 2018 | Capitol Theatre, Tamworth NSW
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED SHOWS
Friday, 22 June 2018 | Wrest Point Showroom, Hobart
Saturday, 23 June 2018 | Country Club Showroom, Launceston
Friday, 29 June 2018 | The Tivoli, Brisbane
Saturday, 30 June 2018 | The Tivoli, Brisbane
Friday, 6 July 2018 | The Palms At Crown, Melbourne
Saturday, 7 July 2018 | The Palms At Crown, Melbourne
Friday, 13 July 2018 | Canberra Theatre, Playhouse, Canberra
Saturday, 14 July 2018 | The Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday, 20 July 2018 | Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Saturday, 21 July 2018 | Astor Theatre, Perth
UK\Ireland\Germany Tour May 2018 Solo, Intimate & Acoustic
Wednesday, 9 May 2018 | Urban Spree – Berlin, DE
Thursday, 10 May 2018 |Astra Stube – Hamburg, DE
Saturday, 12 May 2018 | The Lounge, The Classic Grand – Glasgow, UK
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 | The Robin 2 – Wolverhampton, UK
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 | Night & Day Cafe – Manchester, UK
Friday, 18 May 2018 | Bush Hall – London, UK
Saturday, 19 May 2018 | The Loft, The Grand Social – Dublin, IR
NEW SINGLE, HONEY SLIDE, OUT NOW
NEW ALBUM, LAST OF THE BUFFALO, OUT SEPTEMBER 1
Melbourne band, The Heartache State, fronted by Nick Barker, are set to release their brand new album, Last of the Buffalo on September 1 via independent rock label, Golden Robot Records, available to pre-order now, with the first single, Honey Slide, out today.
In a 70s-centric approach to recording, The Heartache State, made up of band members Nick Barker, Justin Garner, Venom, and Michael Hubbard, swapped ideas back and forth, went into the studio without any arrangements or real format for the songs they arrived with, jammed them into shape and, bang, a new LP! Produced by Shane O’Mara at Yikesville Studios, Last of the Buffalo, was a bucket list project for the band – to record an album without a net. The results are brilliant. The majority of the songs were written by Nick Barker, with Justin Garner also contributing, and Tim Rogers penning the title track.
“This is the second Heartache State album. It really feels like a band now, loose but with a lot of spirit. Making it was easy and fun, and that’s what playing music was always supposed to be…we love the bloody thing!!!” – The Heartache State, July 2017
01 Honey Slide
02 Swallow Your Pride
03 Give Me Back My Aerosmith 33’s
04 Last of the Buffalo
05 Running for So Long
08 I Ain’t Complaining
10 Calm Me Down
The first single to be lifted from the album, Honey Slide, was written by Nick Barker in a Perth hotel. With the guitar riff stuck in his head, he recorded it onto his phone and then promptly forgot about it. That was, until he sat down with the rest of the band to have a think about songs for their new album. The first track recorded, it went down so naturally, it was basically complete on first take. It’s a song about fame gained quickly by a young band (maybe siblings) and the effect on their relationship, ego, and the trappings and pitfalls of sudden popularity.
With the new single out and album around the corner, The Heartache State have also announced their album launch will be in Brisbane on September 2 with shows to follow in Adelaide, Sydney, and their hometown of Melbourne in October.
SEP 2 | Brisbane | Stones Corner Hotel
OCT 7 | Adelaide | Grace Emily Hotel
OCT 13 | Sydney | The Hideaway Bar (Enmore)
OCT 22 | Melbourne | The Caravan Club
Last of the Buffalo is available to pre-order via all digital & streaming platforms,
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