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[Review] The Hu @ 170 Russell, Melbourne 03/08/2022

2 years ago, in the before times, The Hu were here, and were ready to play on the Download line up, then tragedy strikes, the plague times begin, and they get locked in Sydney for a couple of weeks. Now, they are back and hungry as ever to play for Australia and starting off their tour with 2 sold out Melbourne shows!

Rocking up to the line about 45mins early, a little later than normal for me, the line was already around the block and in the alley way behind the venue, people are keen as hell for this show! Doors open and the line moves reasonably quick for people heading straight to merch or the front of the venue for prime viewing, I manage to get my regular spot at 170 Russell, you’ve always got a regular spot for these types of things.

The Blackwater Fever take the stage right on time and straight from the opening chords, I’m hooked. This 3-piece Brisbane rock band sound like Sabbath if they were playing in the deep south instead of London. Think big sounding bluesy style riffs with a ton of reverb, a bassist that also plays keys and then add double that amount of reverb on the drums! Producing a massive sound and holding their own in the thick atmosphere they created, they entranced all watching and the rhythm took over to bring the people in and headbang. The Blackwater Fever prove the point that less is sometimes more, you don’t always need crazy intricate riffs to get people interested, these guys write a damn good tune and a killer opening band.

As The Hu crew set the stage with a drum kit, a percussion kit and then a totem raised in the middle of the stage as well for good measure, the crowd’s anticipation skyrockets. There are cheers, people start pushing to the front and all eyes are on the stage. The lights darken, music starts and The Hu storm the stage in their full leather gear and instruments in hand. What surprised me tonight was how close the music translates from recording to live, with the number of instruments changing on stage with one of the singers wearing a belt of flutes and the percussionist also had things changing every couple of songs as well, everything was audible. One of the main draws to The Hu is the traditional throat singing and vocal harmonies created, they did not disappoint. All members on stage have a microphone and the vocal mix is well done with only one of the main vocals being lower in the mix at some points but watching them sing together is nothing short of amazing.

The sheer happiness and excitement of the band is an energy that is room filling, they didn’t stop smiling or laughing to each other from start to finish. They are incredibly passionate about their music and culture and having that energy come back at them from the crowd, they couldn’t stop jumping and screaming “Thank you” and “Rock On” which were pretty much the only English sentences spoken by them. One of the main vocalists would occasionally have a quick little speech in their native tongue to be met with cheers or people looking around not knowing what was said but there was one girl who made the crowd laugh each time because each time he spoke in Mongolian, we would here “I farkin luv ya” in such a thick Aussie accent. The complete opposites in languages but I’m sure the sentiment was the same.

The crowd involvement for songs like Shoog Shoog, Yuve Yuve Yu and Wolf Totem was electric. The rhythms of this band just sent people dancing and singing. Ending the set on the latest singles Black Thunder and This is Mongo, the crowd and band are relentless, thriving off each other’s energy and getting a circle pit going. They come back for a sweet little encore with a cover of Metallica’s Sad But True and what a cover! What a great way to end the night!

For my first international band in about 18 months, what better way than to get back into it than with The Hu? I had high expectations for these guys, and they blew them out of the park! I hope the rest of the tour is as great as this was.

THE HU
Black Thunder Australia & NZ Tour 2022

Saturday, August 6: Bridgeway Hotel, Adelaide
(Previously Hindley Street Music Hall)
Sunday, August 7: The Roundhouse, Sydney Sold Out
Thursday, August 11: Powerstation, Auckland NZ Sold Out

For complete tour and ticket and information, visit: 
livenation.com.au, livenation.co.nzthehuofficial.com

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Interview with THE HU!

Critically celebrated Mongolian rock band THE HU kicked off their Black Thunder tour of Australia and New Zealand in Melbourne for the last 2 nights!

STMs Mitch and Kynan got to hang with THE HU this week ahead of their Australian Tour across Australia! 

On all Australian showsThe Blackwater Fever will rattle audiences down to their bone marrow via some thunderous, tortured electric guitar, mesmerising organ swirls, and the unrelenting rhythmic stomp of their atmospheric, blues-heavy rock.

Breaking your heart one minute with a harrowing growl, only to pick you up with an irresistible rocker the next, this Brisbane-based blues-rock trio is a live experience not to be missed. 

The Blackwater Fever has shared stages with The Black Keys (US), Clutch (US), Truckfighters (SWE), Violent Soho, Tame Impala, Birds Of Tokyo, and many more.

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Setting the scene in Auckland, the mighty Shepherd’s Reign are the perfect openers for a night of primal music.  Combining the traditional and ancient music of their forefathers with modern rock and metal influences including bands like Gojira, Avenged Sevenfold, and Dream Theater, Shepherds Reign have found their own unique sound in a cluttered and overblown musical environment.
 
Shepherds Reign brings a captivating and enthralling sound with the use of the Samoan language, instruments, and culture, making it an integral part of their evocative and primal live show. A show that displays a fierce pride for their music and wins the audience every time with its blood-pumping ritualistic beats, thick melodic textures, and an undeniable power that hooks the audience into the band’s dark and heavy realm completely.
 
You can catch them on the below dates!!! But be quick Tickets are selling out fast


THE HU
Black Thunder Australia & NZ Tour 2022

Friday, August 5: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Saturday, August 6: Bridgeway Hotel, Adelaide
(Previously Hindley Street Music Hall)
Sunday, August 7: The Roundhouse, Sydney Sold Out
Thursday, August 11: Powerstation, Auckland NZ Sold Out

For complete tour and ticket and information, visit: 
livenation.com.au, livenation.co.nzthehuofficial.com

Proving their global appeal, The HU have sold out venues across the world in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, with scheduled festival appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Download Festival, and more, creating a community of fans from all walks of life. They quickly grabbed the attention of the industry, leading to collaborations with Jacoby Shaddix of Papa Roach and Lzzy Hale of Halestorm.

Their debut album, 2019 ‘s The Gereg, debuted at #1 on the World Album and Top New Artist Charts. With it, the band have accumulated over 250 million combined streams and video views to date and have received critical acclaim from the likes of Billboard, NPR, GQ, The Guardian, The Independent, Revolver, and even Sir Elton John himself. 

Readying their next chapter as a global force, The HU will release their new album,
Rumble Of Thunder on September 2, Better Noise Music.


Pre orders are available now!
thehu.ffm.to/rumbleofthunder

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Halestorm announce Theory as Australia & New Zealand tour support.

Due to high demand, Grammy-winning hard rock band HALESTORM will perform a second show at Auckland’s Powerstation on January 30. The band is also excited to announce Canadian rockers THEORY (Theory of a Deadman) will be supporting them on all Australia & New Zealand dates next January. 

Tickets for the new show go on sale at 12pm (local), Thursday July 28.

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au and livenation.co.nz

Halestorm will make their highly-anticipated return Down Under for the first time since 2019. “After years of keepin’ the faith, we are finally returning to Australia and New Zealand to bring the Rock!” says frontwoman extraordinaire Lzzy Hale. “Thank you so much to all of our die-hard fans for keepin’ the torch lit for us!!”

Halestorm has grown from a childhood dream of siblings Lzzy and Arejay Hale into one of the most celebrated rock bands of the last two decades. Called a “muscular, adventurous, and especially relevant rock record” by Rolling Stone, Vicious earned the band their second Grammy nomination, for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song ‘Uncomfortable’, the band’s fourth #1 on rock radio, and led Loudwire to name Halestorm “Rock Artist of the Decade” in 2019.

TICKETS ON SALE 12PM THURSDAY, JULY 28
 
 
HALESTORM AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2023

HALESTORM
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2023

POWERSTATION, AUCKLAND
MONDAY, JANUARY 30
NEW SHOW

POWERSTATION, AUCKLAND
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
SOLD OUT

THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2

THE FORUM, MELBOURNE
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

 

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STEEL PANTHER Announce New 2022 Australian Tour Dates with Airbourne

After two long years of on-again, off-again, more on-again, more off-again announcements, the world's most beloved big haired heavy metal outfit Steel Panther have officially confirmed new dates for what is set to be the wildest, wettest, dirtiest, hardest, heaviest most rocking heavy metal tour to land in Australia.

Having previously announced shows for 2020, and then 2021, Steel Panthers forthcoming Australian tour will now take place in October 2022, and will also feature support from legendary Victorian outfit Airbourne, who will be replacing Sevendust.

After blazing through Europe and rocking 100,000 strong soldout crowds together at gargantuan festivals like Hellfest, and Download, we’re finally bringing the mega Hard Rock & Heavy Metal party of the year down to Oz!  If you love POWER CHORDS, POWER DRINKING, and POWER ROCKING then YOU ARE INVITED to the Airbourne and Steel Panther POWER PARTY!!  Rock you HARD in ROCKTOBER!!”Airbourne

In addition to hitting massive venues across the country with the Victorian band, Airbourne Steel Panther will also be turning their Brisbane show into a mini-festival, featuring Dead Letter Circus, Devilskin, Lagerstein, and Bare Bones!

The ‘HEAPS & LOADS’ tour marks the largest venue that Steel Panther will have ever played in Australia. Due to growing demand every time they return down under, mixed with countless rave reviews, the Californian outfit will be landing in Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne for a handful of enormous shows!

For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000 and is comprised of Michael Starr (lead singer), Satchel (guitarist), and Stix Zadinia (drums). Hailing from Los Angeles, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther has established themselves as the world’s premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. Steel Panther is a global phenomenon with five full-length albums, touring across the world, platinum-level YouTube status, and a #13 debut for the latest album Heavy Metal Rules on the ARIA charts.

Rolling Stone avowed, “There’s a reason Steel Panther have transcended their origins as a cover band playing the Sunset Strip,” while Metal Sucks declared, “Steel Panther’s concept is genius…their songwriting is…preposterously snappy – and relatable.”

FINAL TICKETS FOR STEEL PANTHER’S AUSTRALIAN TOUR ARE ON SALE NOW VIA:
https://mjrpresents.com/

STEEL PANTHER
 Heaps & Loads

Australian Tour 2022
with special guests Airbourne

Wednesday 19 October – Newcastle Entertainment Centre – Newcastle, NSW

Friday 21 October – Hordern Pavilion – Sydney, NSW

Saturday 22 October – Eatons Hill – Brisbane, QLD
With –
Dead Letter Circus, Devilskin, Lagerstein and Bare Bones

Sunday 23 October – Margaret Court Arena – Melbourne, VIC

Tickets for previously announced shows are still valid for all new dates.

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CROSSFAITH (JPN) Australian Tour With Special Guests DREGG

Japanese genre-blenders CROSSFAITH are thrilled to announce their return to Australian shores. That’s right, their Atlas Of Faith Would tour will be hitting the east coast in October with special guests DREGG.

“We had so many great memories from festivals such as UNIFY, Soundwave and als supporting ‘The Amity Affliction’ to ‘Bring Me The Horizon’ and ‘In Hearts Wake’, but the only thing that we’ve never done over there is the headline tour. 
 
The time has come to do it! This tour is a part of our 15th anniversary, so you guys can expect that we will play songs from our each record. Make sure you get your tickets and bring the MAYHEM!
 
See you guys in da PIT!” says the band.

After forming in 2006, CROSSFAITH released their debut album The Artificial Theory For The Dramatic Beauty’ in 2009 followed by The Dream, The Space (2011), Apocalyze (2013), ‘Xeno’ (2015) and Ex Machina (2018). Each one saw the band blend their love of punk rock, metal and electronic music in daring new ways.

DREGG make powerfully energetic music, driven by themes of fierce individualism, with a sound that hungrily consumes metal, hardcore, and rap, only to heave it back up in a colorful rainbow of bombastic brutality and iconoclastic absurdity, lovingly fed to the audience like mother birds. The Melbourne, Australia fivesome is thrillingly provocative, occasionally disturbing, and filled with hip-hop swagger.  

Live Nation pre-sale tickets on Sale: Wednesday 20 July, 10am until Thursday 21 July 10am local time.

General tickets on sale Thursday 21 July @ 11am local time.

Tickets from https://www.livenation.com.au/artist-crossfaith-284416

CROSSFAITH (JPN)
AUSTRALIAN TOUR
 
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
DREGG


FRIDAY 21 OCTOBER – THE TRIFFID, BRISBANE
SATURDAY 22 OCTOBER – THE METRO, SYDNEY
SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER – 170 RUSSELL, MELBOURNE
 
TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 21 JULY @ 11AM LOCAL TIME
Tickets from https://www.livenation.com.au/artist-crossfaith-284416

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MOTHER MOTHER: Inside Tour, Australia & New Zealand 2023

After a mammoth decade, Vancouver’s MOTHER MOTHER has today announced they’re finally heading to Australia and New Zealand for a headline tour in February 2023.

The five-piece – comprised of Ryan Guldemond, Molly Guldemond, Jasmin Parkin, Ali Siadat and Mike Young – will kick off the tour in Auckland (February 15) followed by Sydney (February 17), Melbourne (February 18), Brisbane (February 20) and Perth (February 22).

Of the tour, frontman Ryan Guldemond says: 
 
“We feel so very lucky to be able to tour the world doing what we love. We haven’t been to Australia and New Zealand yet as a band, so we are beyond excited to play for our fans there, who have been incredibly supportive and patient. We can’t wait!”

Tickets go on sale to the public Friday 15 July at 1pm local.  My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the My Live Nation presale beginning 1pm, Wednesday 13 July until 12pm Friday 15 July .  For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au , livenation.co.nz or mothermothersite.com

MOTHER MOTHER has had a whirlwind decade; over 2 billion streams and views, more than 16 million monthly listeners on digital platforms, 4.1 million Shazam searches and sold out tour dates across the globe. “Hayloft II”, the hugely anticipated sequel to viral track “Hayloft” debuted within the Top 10 on Spotify’s Global Top Songs Debut chart and has already been streamed more than 35 million times across all DSPS, with over 6.2M video views. 
 
The band also had a feature in Rolling Stone, a performance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, and made several appearances of late in Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart, as well as topping Lyric Find’s global and US lyric search charts. In their native Canada, MOTHER MOTHER has had many top 10 singles on the alternative radio charts, including #1’s for weeks on end and the crown of most airplay for any alternative act on radio for multiple years running. 
 
Globally, the band’s avid fanbase continues to grow exponentially, as their presence on TikTok organically exploded during the fall of 2020 during lockdown. A variety of songs from O My Heart and Touch Up were used virally on the platform over 330 million times, resulting in millions of streams and new followers on streaming platforms and socials.
 
With their skyrocket to fame and one-of-a-kind sound, this is one tour that’s not to be missed! 

MOTHER MOTHER
INSIDE TOUR
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND 2023

 
THE TUNING FORK, AUCKLAND
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15
 
FACTORY THEATRE, SYDNEY
FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17
 
CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE
SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18
 
THE ZOO, BRISBANE
MONDAY FEBRUARY 20

AMPLIFIER, PERTH
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 22

 
TICKETS ON SALE 1PM, FRIDAY 15 JULY
My Live Nation presale 1pm Wednesday 13 July – 12pm Friday 15 July
For complete tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au , livenation.co.nz or mothermothersite.com
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Red Hot Chili Peppers announce Australian tour dates 2023

Legendary rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers have today announced their return to Australia for 4 massive stadium shows in early 2023. The tour will commence in Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium on January 29 before heading to Accor Stadium, Sydney on February 2, followed by Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium on February 7and concluding in Perth at Optus Stadium on February 12.
 
Red Hot Chili Peppers commenced their global stadium tour last month in Spain following the release of acclaimed new album Unlimited Love, with stops in London, Paris, Dublin, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, and many more.  The tour marks the return of guitarist and all-round cosmic musician John Frusciante to the group, as they perform their career-spanning hits alongside tracks from their new album.

Joining the Australian tour is multiplatinum selling superstar Post Malone. Among the best-selling music artists globally with over 80 million records sold across four career albums, Stoney (2016), Beerbongs & Bentleys (2018), Hollywood’s Bleeding (2019) and Twelve Carat Toothache (2022), Malone has won 10 Billboard Music Awards, three American Music Awards, one MTV Video Music Award, and has received six Grammy Award nominations. He holds several Billboard chart records: he is the first solo artist to top the Rap Airplay and Adult Contemporary charts, while Circles set the record for longest climb to number one (41 weeks) on the Adult Contemporary chart by a solo artist. His current single I Like You (A Happier Song) featuring Doja Cat is tearing up the Australian airplay and ARIA singles chart.
 
A Telstra Plus member pre-sale commences Wednesday July 6 at 10am in Brisbane, 11am in Melbourne and Perth, and 12pm in Sydney, running for 48 hours. Head to telstra.com/tickets for further details.
 
General public tickets go on sale on Monday July 11 at 12pm in Brisbane, 1pm in Melbourne and Perth, and 2pm in Sydney. For complete VIP, tour and ticket information, visit: livenation.com.au.
 

Red Hot Chili Peppers have soundtracked successive generations as not only one of the bestselling acts in music history, but also one of the biggest streaming rock bands in the world today. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® in 2012, the award-winning Los Angeles quartet—Anthony Kiedis [vocals], Flea [bass], Chad Smith [drums], and John Frusciante [guitar]—have collected 6 GRAMMY® Awards, sold 80 million albums, generated 5 billion YouTube views, and gathered 22 billion Spotify streams, averaging 21 million monthly listeners on the platform. 
 
Rolling Stone cited Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Californication, and By The Way on its coveted “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” while “Under the Bridge” landed on the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in 2021. In addition to claiming a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 8 MTV VMAs, 5 EMAs, 4 American Music Awards, and 3 BRIT Awards, they’ve notably notched the most #1 singles of all time at Alternative Radio with 13 #1 hits. They’ve also performed to tens of millions worldwide, headlined Coachella and became the only band ever to sell out three nights at Hyde Park in London—moving over 200,000 tickets. Adorned by anthems such as “Give It Away,” “Under the Bridge,” and “Breaking the Girl,” the diamond-certified Blood Sugar Sex Magik celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021. 

In April Red Hot Chili Peppers unveiled their new album and twelfth full-length offering, Unlimited Love [Warner Records], their first recording with guitarist John Frusciante since 2006 and first with producer and longtime collaborator Rick Rubin since 2011.  Their creative collaboration with Rubin spans legendary albums, including Blood Sugar Sex Magik [1991], Californication [1999], By The Way [2002], and Stadium Arcadium [2006].

Now the band’s seminal lineup returns with their new studio album, Unlimited Love and a record-breaking Global Stadium Tour, kicking-off a brand new generation of fans for the legendary group.

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
WITH POST MALONE
AUSTRALIA 2023

 
BRISBANE, SUNCORP STADIUM
SUNDAY, JANUARY 29

SYDNEY, ACCOR STADIUM
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2

MELBOURNE, MARVEL STADIUM
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

PERTH, OPTUS STADIUM
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12

 

PRE-SALE AND ON SALE TICKETING INFORMATION:
 

BRISBANE
A Telstra Plus member pre-sale commences Wednesday July 6 at 10am until Friday July 8 at 10am – Head to telstra.com/tickets for further details.
 
Live Nation pre-sale commences Friday July 8 at 11am until Monday July 11 at 11am

General public tickets on sale Monday July 11 at 12pm
 
MELBOURNE AND PERTH
A Telstra Plus member pre-sale commences Wednesday July 6 at 11am until Friday July 8 at 11am – Head to telstra.com/tickets for further details.
 
Live Nation pre-sale commences Friday July 8 at 12pm until Monday July 11 at 12pm
 
General public tickets on sale Monday July 11 at 1pm
 
SYDNEY
A Telstra Plus member pre-sale commences Wednesday July 6 at 12pm until Friday July 8 at 12pm – Head to telstra.com/tickets for further details.
 
Live Nation pre-sale commences Friday July 8 at 1pm until Monday July 11 at 1pm
 
General public tickets on sale Monday July 11 at 2pm 
 

For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit: livenation.com.au

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