WITH SPECIAL GUESTS AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS + THE MEANIES
GROHL, HAWKINS, MENDEL, SHIFLETT, SMEAR & JAFFEE BRING ROCK & ROLL BACK DOWN UNDER WITH THE FIRST FULL CAPACITY STADIUM SHOW BY ANY INTERNATIONAL ARTIST IN AUSTRALIA SINCE 2020
An Always Live Event
Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers Foo Fighters will return to Australia next month, with a history-making performance at Geelong’s (VIC) GMHBA Stadium on Friday 4 March.
Tickets go on sale Friday 25 February (12pm AEDT) via frontiertouring.com/foofighters.
The 12-time GRAMMY winning band will arrive in Australia next week, with this exclusive, one-off concert – Foo Fighters’ first performance down under since 2018. This will be the first time a full-capacity stadium show by any international music artist has taken place in Australia since the COVID pandemic first hit back in March 2020.
After two years of live music virtually being on hold, and with our international borders now re-open for business, Foo Fighters will arrive in Victoria next week to celebrate the State’s extraordinary reputation as the live music capital of Australia. Foo Fighters’ record sales in Australia stand in excess of 1.8 million, with eight #1 albums – the most #1 debuts in any territory for the band, who’ve visited our shores 12 times so far throughout their 27-year career.
News of Foo Fighters' upcoming Geelong concert is announced today in partnership with the Victorian Government’s contemporary live music major event ALWAYS LIVE – a brand new, State-wide celebration of contemporary live music taking place later this year. Bringing together icons of Australia’s music scene with emerging local talent and some of the best global acts on the planet, the ALWAYS LIVE program will feature shows of all scales and styles, created and curated for Victoria’s special venues, places and stages. Supported by the Victorian Government, the impetus for ALWAYS LIVE was initially conceived by legendary former Mushroom Group Chairman Michael Gudinski.
Foo Fighter’s latest and tenth studio album, Medicine At Midnight, was released in February 2021 on Roswell Records/RCA Records/Sony Music, debuting at #1 in Australia and featuring fan-favourite tracks that have already become staples of the FF live set such as ‘Shame Shame’, ‘No Son Of Mine’, and the album’s title track.
This week the band celebrate the theatrical release of their cinematic horror comedy film STUDIO 666, which sees Dave Grohl grappling with supernatural forces as the band attempt to record their much-anticipated 10th album – head HERE to buy tix, with the film in cinemas for one week only! Back in October 2021, Grohl also hit book bestseller lists across the globe with The Storyteller – a fascinating collection of his life memories and stories.
Foo Fighters will be joined in Geelong by very special guests Amyl and The Sniffers – whose 2021 album Comfort to Me debuted at #2 in Australia, #21 in the UK, and #18 in the US, and was BBC6’s Album of the Day – as well as Melbourne punk royalty The Meanies, who’ve been kicking out the jams for three decades now, most recently heard on 2020’s Desperate Measures.
Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of history when the Foo Fighters bring their incredible rock’n’roll marathon live experience back to Victoria at long last. Tickets are on sale this Friday 12pm, and are expected to sell out quickly… act fast!
Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.
With special guests Amyl and The Sniffers + The Meanies
Presented by ALWAYS LIVE, Frontier Touring, Triple M and K rock 95.5
GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Friday 25 February (12pm AEDT)
Details at frontiertouring.com/foofighters
Friday 4 March
GMHBA Stadium | Geelong, VIC
Licensed All Ages
Ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100
A RETURN TO THE GURUS' RAW GARAGE-ROCK ROOTS, “I COME FROM YOUR FUTURE” IS BEING SERVICED TO COMMUNITY RADIO AND INDEPENDENT MEDIA ONLY, AS A THANK YOU TO THOSE OUTLETS THAT SUPPORTED THE GROUP BEFORE ANYONE ELSE, AND AS A REMINDER OF THE GROUP'S DAYS PLAYING THE TRADE UNION CLUB AND THE TOTE AND TOURING IN A TARAGO.
A rare single from the pen and throat of guitarist Brad Shepherd (the last one was “You Open My Eyes” back in '94), the new Hoodoo Gurus single “I Come From Your Future” is a raw high energy garage-rocker that calls to mind the early days of the Gurus, when their primal rockers like “Leilani” and “The Echo Chamber” would light up their favourite venues like the Trade Union Club in Sydney and the Tote in Melbourne, and when they and kindred spirits like The Screaming Tribesmen, The Scientists and The Died Pretty would traverse the interstate highways in rented Tarago's and stay in fleapits.
As the last single to appear before the release of their new album Chariot of the Gods in the 40th year of their existence, it's appropriate the track also serves as a thank you of sorts to the grass-roots media which was the first to support the Gurus back in the early '80s. The Gurus released their first single on an indie label, and it was thanks primarily to airplay on community radio stations like Melbourne's 3RRR and 3PBS, Sydney's 2SER, Brisbane's 4ZZZ, Perth's 6RTR and Adelaide's 5UV (now Radio Adelaide) and 5DDD (now Three D Radio) – and of course Triple J (formerly Double J), which still only served Sydney – that they were able to pull people to their shows as they started to venture out of their inner-city Sydney base. The Gurus have decided to acknowledge their debt of gratitude by making “I Come From Your Future” available to independent radio ahead of anyone else.
Raw it may be, but “I Come From Your Future” is not atypical of the new album, which is as stripped back and powerful as anything the Gurus have ever recorded. Indeed, the first singles from the album saw Dave Faulkner expressing righteous anger that fuelled the group to find hitherto untapped savagery, while more recent singles “Get Out Of Dodge” and “Carry On” re-tapped the Gurus' classic power-pop roots, as previously heard in the likes of “Come Any Time” and “What's My Scene”. The album contains an array of other melodic Faulkner finery – great songs like “Settle Down” and “My Imaginary Friend” – and a bit more Shephard swankery – “Equinox” could easily have given Brad two singles on the album. And then there's the psychedelic sprawl of the title track. Fans who pick up the double vinyl edition of the album will get a few extra tracks, including a fuzzed-out and thumping cover of “I Wanna Be Your Man” – the classic Lennon & McCartney tune that the Rolling Stones made their own in '64 – and a Nuggets-worthy, guitar'n'harp wailing version of Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde R&B workout “Obviously 5 Believers”.
Gurus fans will get to hear the new album in its entirety – plus more – ahead of its release when eMusic Live streams a special event recorded at Damien Gerard Studios on the NSW Central Coast. Going out internationally at 8:00pm AEDT / WST / PST / EST / GMT on Thursday, 10 March, the evening before Chariot Of The Gods’ official release, the stream is designed both as a special album preview and a thank you to the Gurus' loyal fans around the world who have put up with canceled tours by the band over the past two years. The stream will include an opportunity for fans to chat with the band live.
Chariot Of The Gods is out March 11, and, as previously announced, the band will follow the album's release with a national run of dates with special guests from the USA The Dandy Warhols – a band who share many of the same underground influences as the Gurus – with hand-picked local supports in each city, including all-female indie pop up and comers The Buoys in Sydney, indie guitar pop legends Even in Melbourne and Adelaide and new power-pop prodigies Rinehearts in Perth
Tickets for Hoodoo Gurus on eMusic Live on Thursday, 10 March 2022 are available from www.emusiclive.com NOW.
Chariot of the Gods is released on Friday, 11 March 2022 on Big Time Records through EMI Music and is available for pre-order here.
CHARIOT OF THE GODS
DIGITAL / CD TRACKLIST
World Of Pain
Get Out Of Dodge
Was I Supposed To Care?
Hang With The Girls
My Imaginary Friend
Chariot Of The Gods
I Come From The Future
Don't Try To Save My Soul
Got To Get You Out Of My Life
World Of Pain
Get Out Of Dodge
Was I Supposed To Care?
Hang With The Girls
My Imaginary Friend
Chariot Of The Gods
Hung Out To Dry
Obviously Five Believers
I Wanna Be Your Man
I Come From The Future
Don't Try To Save My Soul
Got To Get You Out Of My Life
WITH VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
THE DANDY WARHOLS
Presented by Frontier Touring and Triple M
Tickets on sale now from frontiertouring.com/hoodoogurus
Saturday, 2 April – Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth WA
Tuesday, 5 April – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide SA
Wednesday, 6 April – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne VIC
Saturday, 9 April – Hobart City Hall, Hobart TAS
Tuesday, 12 April – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW
Wednesday, 13 April – Hordern Pavilion, Sydney NSW
Thursday, 14 April – Riverstage, Brisbane QLD
Saturday, 7 May – Sounds of Rock Festival
Bundaberg Recreational Precinct, Bundaberg QLD
A wealth of musical experience, a writhing powerhouse of talented individuals, a collective passion for metal and heavy rock, all culminate into this brutally brilliant debut release that is certain to bring a wicked smile to your dial.
Wait for the Night has been a long time in the making and one can only imagine the volume of songs that were left in the wake of this debut album that did not make it to the final cut, because it is immediately evident that Wicked Smile has been thoroughly ruthless in getting this collection just right.
With the opener sporting a mighty metal title like Date with the Devil, my malevolent mosh monster within expects big things from the first track.This band realises that we purists are sure to play the collection in sequence and there is only one chance for first impressions, but then the album cover makes clear that there is an OG aspect to this mighty debut album.The whole package harks back to the days of exploring a record in the sequenced order presented, just as the band intended whilst the listener stares at the cover, enjoying every aspect of the experience.As the muffled bass intro rises from the depths and surfaces through to our mortal dimension, a devil indeed rises to the fore. The accompanied by a blistering guitar salute, a malign and maniacal dance ensues, doubtless marking that our date with the demon has begun.With Stevie, Glen, Dave, and Jason in full flight within seconds, the vocal might of Danny Cecati puts vocal perfection to this track and a thoroughly sensational journey begins in earnest.Slashed and ripped by the skilfully delivery of riffage from Stevie and neck sore already from the mosh, my inner metal monster is exhilarated with pain-ridden glee, begging for the band to deliver more.
The now well-known and widely enjoyed Wait For The Night flows forth from the speakers to perfection as the delights of a well-celebrated hard rock heritage ooze from this album, but again the sequencing is a joy to experience as the list of suspected influences swirl through your mind.But there is a welcome realisation that despite there being a familiarity with sound, note, style, and delivery, Wicked Smile has achieved a rock elegance in their music that is all their own. But entwined within that sound is a regular homage to styles that have helped craft the band's own brand.I challenge you to enjoy the beginning of We Fall and not be ripped straight back to 1982 in hearing Goanna usher in Solid Rock with the didgeridoo.But just as Shane Howard explains that out here nothing changes, not in a hurry anyway, the I am reminded of the lads from Like A Storm who have melded metal and didgeridoo in more recent years, and whilst pondering this thought the opening seconds, Wicked Smile have snuck in a soaring, stadium shaking behemoth of a rock anthem into the line-up.Chills accompany the chorus as you realise that one day we will be screaming this song back at them in the likes of Rod Laver Arena, thinking I knew this song when the debut album was first released. Wow.
While you are still in the throes of the former, the pace eases with Sign Of Times but the sheer magnificence of the music journey does not let up one solitary ounce. This ballad of somber reflection is especially fitting after the last two years here on earth, but before long this emotive masterwork takes you in its rock embrace and serenades you into a state of momentary and blissful amnesia. Then, snap…just like that…we are back. This brilliant song is a timely reminder of how musicians the world over, help sooth our journey and mark the moments with their creations. With Wicked Smile as no exception, a song like this can whisk you away and guide you to momentary distraction or provide the timely reminded that we are all in this together. Music is indeed the great unifier.
Just like every track before, Daze Of Delirium is perfectly sequenced to provide the bridge back to riff ridden excitement. The rhythmic powerhouse behind this mammoth sound in Glen Cave and Jason Tyro is utterly relentless and keeps the sound alive, pumping and pulsating the energy through each track. Ostensibly, Killer At Large levels the sound and creates some mid album consistency, but this track is lulling you into a sense of stability before Last Goodbye takes you by surprise. Spoiler alert, and with all due respect, this isn’t Jeff Buckley. As the rhythm and lead attest while pounded to pace by Jason at the kit in intro, this song is straight out of the emotive high energy playbook, and before long Danny has your heart soaring in sensational style. I tried my best at 1 minute 20 but going to have to squeeze a lot harder to get anywhere near those lofty vocal heights. Musically and spiritually. So red faced and hoarse of throat, I feel calmed as a serenading siren beckons me forth into Loves Got A Hold On You. I have no idea if the band intended me to picture the likes of a beautiful mermaid as bait to loves malicious intent, luring me forward but the lyrics and power of this tracks soon confirm that we are indeed on the same track. Well…sort of, but regardless, it’s all bound to end in tears. What a track.
Don’t Wait For Me. I have no words and neither I should. This I leave to the listener to experience for themselves. With one caveat. I beg of you to listen to the song in album sequence and enjoy the experience.
Stronger. Could the finale title be more apt? Could the collection be completed any better? Again, I leave this to you the listener, but it is rare indeed that vocally, lyrically, and musically and song compels you to start the entire album all over again.
The Wicked Smile protagonists have all the experience necessary to know that a debut has encapsulated the spirit of the band and their belief while knocking the socks right off the first-time listener, but they have taken this a little further with Wait For The Night by taking the listener by the throat, shaking them from their shoes and demanding the attention this mighty first album so richly deserves. Bravura Wicked Smile. A thoroughly brilliant work that deserves a place of prominence in every music collection.
There were two live music festivals given the go-ahead for April in NSW. One was Yours and Owls, slated for April 17th and 18th and the other was Bluesfest, which was due to take place from the 1st to the 5th of April. Unfortunately due to a COVID-19 infection being recorded in Byron Bay right before Bluesfest was set to open, the whole event was canceled, breaking the hearts of artists and music lovers all over Australia’s east coast.
Enter Yours and Owls Festival, which would now be the first live music festival to take place since COVID-19. Under such immense pressure to deliver a fun, yet COVID safe event, organisers seemed to have taken the task in stride, and did not disappoint.
This was to be the first major event in NSW whereby attendees would not be restricted to a tiny section of the event or told off by COVID marshals for taking a sip of their drink on their way back to their friends from the bar.
Right from the moment you have your 2-day wristband secured to your arm as you enter, you can feel the daring anticipation in Wollongong’s crisp April air. The aura of excitement was palpable.
Amid a major worldwide pandemic, the majority of Australians wanted to do right by each other and stay home. Even though it meant missing out on those things like live music – things that we all once took for granted. Yet finally, over a year after the world went into lockdown, Yours and Owls were here to deliver what seemed near impossible.
From spotting huge breakout Instagram comedians The Inspired Unemployed enjoying the revelries, to basking in the feeling of bass thumping through your body again, those who were in attendance of NSW’s first big live music event of 2021 finally got to see the first glimpse of a new reality and the live entertainment industry post-COVID.
In order for the festival to go ahead, the organisers had to get creative.
The festival was split into 4 zones– blue, peach, yellow and purple, each of which was fully self-contained. There were entry and exit points, bars, food trucks, merch stores, toilets and VIP areas. Each zone also had its own ‘Rad Stage’, a separate enclosed stage for those wanting to hang out with more of a more intimate gig vibe.
While it is a new concept, separating festival-goers into sections, it did make for much shorter lines, most noticeably at the bar. Even at the festivals busiest times, there was never more than a few people in line at a time.
The notably delicious variety of food trucks sat lined up along the outside perimeter of each section, ranging from Indonesian cuisine, loaded hot dogs, nachos and the much-loved chip on a stick.
As impressive as the set up and organisation of the festival had been so far, it was nothing compared to the remarkable caliber of Australian talent we were about to witness over the next two days.
The importance of showcasing Australian talent cannot be understated, and Yours And Owls did an impressive job of exhibiting the expansive and diverse musical talent this country has produced.
One of the highlights from earlier on in the first day was Indigenous Australian rapper and musician, JK-47. Having only emerged in 2020, his stage presence is that of a seasoned professional. At two separate times of his 40-minute set, he shared the stage with Nerve, a Brisbane rapper and the soulful Adrian Eagle, a singer-songwriter from Adelaide.
Clean, crisp vocals, allowing the substance of his lyrics to pour out through the delivery of his performance, making for a truly noteworthy performance.
Another Saturday highlight was the high-energy performance from punk rock band hailing from the bayside suburbs of Melbourne, CLOWNS. As the day grew later and the colour of the sky started to change, the crowds grew bigger and the grungy, underground sound of the band brought the vitality of the crowd way up. And in true punk rock fashion, lead singer Stevie Williams stopped through the performance to highlight his t-shirt, available for purchase, showing an illustration of Gladys Berejiklian with ‘a Pinger on her tongue’. Williams insisting that by denying pill testing at music festivals, our government is needlessly putting thousands of young people in danger.
As the second day turned into night, Melbourne’s Running Touch created a fantastic sonic environment with smoke machines and his unique electronic sounds, commanding the huge space he was given on stage by moving around effortlessly from keyboard to guitar and back again.
Haiku Hands, another stellar stand out from the 2-day event, are an all-girl 3 piece alt dance indie-pop band from Sydney and Melbourne who were more than happy to remind the audience what crowd surfing was. It would be a disservice to not mention the powerful energy that flooded from these artists.
While Smith Street Band and The Vanns came through with such amazing performances, they were an unfortunate example of the downside to a COVID safe festival. Hosts Lucy Smith and Declan Byrne were given the unfortunate duty of stopping the show on more than one occasion throughout multiple acts and talking to the crowds in each four sections about moving back from the front where people were naturally gravitating towards. It was a huge disruption to the otherwise smooth flow of the lineup. Most notably, Winston Surfshirt was stopped so often that he lost 20 minutes of his 40 minute set to the cause.
However, as NSW’s first major live music event of 2021 drew to a close with PNAU taking the stage, as the crowd danced along with them in the cold, pre-winter air, you couldn’t help but feel that despite the issues posed by putting on a festival post-COVID, Yours and Owls was just the beginning.
It was a case of déjà vu as I made my way to the iconic Bendigo Hotel on April Fool’s Day, the last gig I reviewed pre Covid was Among The Restless and here I was the first gig back checking out these local Melbourne lads again. Launching their new single Wastecase. I was certainly looking forward to some live music and seeing how the boys have grown in the past 12 months. Releasing music during the lockdown was no easy feat but Among The Restless have done this twice with two killer singles that have been extremely well received. Someone Else and Without You will have you instantly singing along, just good honest rock music with a twist of young musical blood pulsing though them. You can find them on all good streaming services, I recommend you give them a listen.
Cosa Nostra got the night started off right, another Melbourne outfit that is no bullshit rock and roll that will have your head banging from the first note. Headed up with Tony on vocals, he set the tone as he laid back and found his groove, his gravelly voice ripping out the tunes as Juz on lead and Ads on bass fill all the gaps. Rounding out this foursome is Rick on the drums, a hard hitter that complements the heaviness of their music. Josh from Among The Restless even made an appearance during Locked Forever belting it out on guitar while Tony sang through a megaphone which added a great depth to the song. They pumped out a 45-minute set as the crowd started filing in, drawn by the rawness of their sound. Pub rock at its finest, Cosa Nostra always put on a great show and are a worthy addition to any lineup.
Red Peril filled the next slot as they opened their set with Do You Feel Like A Man,