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[Review] Ice Cube @ Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane 28/03/23

Review By Elizabeth Sharpe

With this legendary line up of unmistakable hip hop superstars, this was always going to be a night to remember!  Not going to lie; I parked, got out of my car, and already had an unmistakable scent wafting my way – this only got more intense as I approached the gates of the venue.  One thing was for sure – despite the heavy security presence and the venue staff’s obvious concerns, this event was deemed 420-friendly by the punters.  DJ Total Eclipse of New York's The X-Ecutioners was on stage warming up the eager crowd as I entered the auditorium.  He’s a legend and definitely the perfect hype-man for such a night!

The Game’s inclusion on this line up was cancelled sadly due to visa issues, however a perfect replacement Australian support was announced soon after – A.B. Original!  As the first support act of the evening, A.B. Original, comprised of rapper, Briggs and his emcee counterpart, Trials – in my opinion, are THE indigenous force to be reckoned with!  I’ve always held a strong belief that those who think music and politics shouldn’t mix are kidding themselves and I love and respect that A.B. Original are often at the forefront of some of the nation’s most critical cultural discourse, emulated throughout the bangers performed during this set. Much to the crowd's delight we heard the likes of Bad Apples, January 26, 2 Black 2 Strong, and the latest catchy track, King Billy Cokebottle.  Refreshingly and unapologetically forward with both their lyrical content and their hard hitting bass-enforced stage presence. I’ve seen them rock a few stages now and will never grow tired of watching their high energy sets.

This is the first time ever that I’m seeing Cypress Hill live and I can’t tell you how excited I am for them to step out on stage.  I have high (pun not intended) hopes and the nostalgic feels have got me buzzin’ (pun also not intended!) Eric Bobo gets up of stage first and takes his place behind the drums which are laden with appropriate greenery. Sen Dog and B-Real burst out and they get straight into it with a medley of favourites including the iconic I Wanna Get High and Hits From the BongB-Real is very fittingly smoking one of the fattest joints I’ve seen since my late teens, a time when uncoincidentally Cypress Hill were often the soundtrack for some crazy fun times.

Seemingly from out of nowhere, a giant inflatable spliff begins bouncing throughout the crowd. The light-heartedness and comedic value of this is more than appreciated by the crowd as to is the fact that the set list chock full of quintessential stoner hip hop jam.  They bring out all our favourites like When the Shit Goes Down and Rock Superstar and then close out their dynamic set with the 1993 hit, Insane In The Brain.

While Cypress Hill could have easily been the headliner tonight, that pleasure is afforded to the one and only Ice Cube.  Imagery begins to roll up on the big screen and the spoken word lyrics of What Is A Pyroclastic Flow? begin to play…

“What's the definition of a pyroclastic flow
That's what happens when a volcano blow
That's what happens when Ice Cube starts to flow
Red hot lava mixed with saliva
Pulverising everything in its wake
Nothing can survive a pyroclastic flow
And no one will survive this one.”

Way to set the scene!! Ice Cube explodes into the arena with Natural Born Killaz with exactly the level of attitude you would expect from one of hip hop’s ultimate supremes. After Hello, he takes a moment to acknowledge the audience – “I really appreciate you all coming out tonight. Some people might say that Ice Cube hasn’t “got it” any more. To those that say that…YOU BETTER CHECK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU WRECK YOURSELF!” Classic segue into Check Yo Self!

Ice Cube proclaims (many times throughout the set) that this is the “loudest mother fucken crowd in Australia” – while this could be a crowd-appeasing statement for them, I’d easily say that it’s the loudest crowd I’ve ever experienced at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre for sure! And when they say this show is sold out, they mean it – not a single seat is spared!  They’ve even opened up sections I sometimes see blocked off and unused.  It’s nuts!

There’s a decent amount of Ice Cube taking the time out for acknowledgement of the crowd throughout his set and audience engagement is at 110%.  At a few points every single person is throwing up their “W’s”, especially for Gangsta Nation, and the comradery is palpable.

After Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It, “We’re gonna start hitting the serious stuff so if you got a bad heart or gangsta shit makes you nervous – you better hit the exits right now.” By this, Ice Cube means the likes of Straight Outta Compton, after which he recalls fond memories of working alongside Dr Dre and Easy E (RIP) “sets the record straight” about his split from N.W.A. To throw a bit of humour in he transitions into No Vaseline – the original diss track! 

He closes out the epic set with the suitable It Was A Good Day.  You’re damn right it was!  Ice Cube is ageless and his name is unquestionably synonymous with the hip hop genre itself.  This live show, indeed the entire line up, was entertainment plus and gave more than the face value of tickets.  I wouldn’t hesitate to see this legend again… and again.

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Ice Cube Sells Out Melbourne Show and Announces Second Date with Cypress Hill & The Game

In a holy union of Hip-Hop, legendary rap banners Ice Cube, Cypress Hill and The Game have announced an additional show in Melbourne on Wednesday 22 March, after the first date has sold out.

The tour will now kick off on Wednesday 22 March at Rod Laver Arena for two nights before the iconic lineup hits the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney and Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Event-goers will see large scale, next level production from those among the greatest names in Hip-Hop. The acts have graced the world’s largest stages, from Coachella to Rock The Bells and Once Upon a Time in L.A, and are bringing that energy down under.

O’Shea Jackson Sr., AKA Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, and filmmaker. His lyrics on N.W.A’s 1988 album Straight Outta Compton were instrumental in gangsta rap’s widespread popularity, and his politically-driven solo albums AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Death Certificate, and The Predator gained critical and commercial success. In addition to his perhaps equally iconic career in film, Ice Cube’s musical victories saw him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of N.W.A. in 2016.

This is Ice Cube’s first show in the country since making history in 2018 by being the first ever rap artist to headline at the Sydney Opera House, also aligning with the 30th anniversary of his 1993 album, Lethal Injection.

“I love performing in Australia. It’s been four long years since my last visit and I can’t wait to return for a couple of history-making shows in 2023,” says Mr Cube.

As their music captivated millions of listeners, Cypress Hill earned fans around the world thanks to their riveting stage show. The California rap group ushered in a genre-shifting sonic tapestry, performed thousands of shows at a time when rappers were having a hard time getting booked for live gigs, and helped pave the way for rappers to use Spanish in their rhymes.

Along the way, Cypress Hill earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sold more than 9 million albums, and were nominated for three Grammy Awards. Another anniversary, 2023 will be 30 years since the crew released their album, Black Sunday, which features, ‘Hits from the Bong,’ and ‘I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That.’

Completing the killer lineup is double-platinum artist The Game. Emerging in the early 2000s as one of the rawest voices on the West Coast scene, combining intense autobiographical narratives and a creatively referential approach to hip-hop that has justified his stage name. The international hip-hop heavyweights will be joined by exciting homegrown Australian talent, still to be announced.  

Tickets for Ice Cube’s second Melbourne show go on sale at 11am local time on Monday, February 6. Punters can sign up at MJRPresents.com to get tickets before anyone else, from 9am local time. Limited tickets for all other shows remain, but ticket buyers are advised that this tour will sell out.

MJR and TEG Live Presents
ICE CUBE, CYPRESS HILL & THE GAME
AUSTRALIA 2023 TOUR
All shows 15+Wednesday 22 March – Rover Laver Arena, Melbourne [NEW SHOW]
Thursday 23 March – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne [SOLD OUT]

Saturday 25th March – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Sunday 26th March – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tues 28th March – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
Head to www.mjrpresents.com for more information.

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Ice Cube, Cypress Hill & The Game Announce Australian Arena Tour

In a holy union of 90s Hip-Hop, legendary rap banners Ice Cube, Cypress Hill and The Game have announced their joint tour of Australia. They’ll be teaming up to bring four massive arena shows to Aussie cities in March 2023.

Kicking off on Thursday 23rd at Rod Laver Arena, the iconic lineup will also hit Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney and Brisbane Entertainment Centre in their five-day stint.

Event-goers will see large scale, next level production from those among the greatest names in Hip-Hop. The acts have graced the world’s largest stages, from Coachella to Rock The Bells and Once Upon a Time in L.A, and are bringing that energy down under.

O’Shea Jackson Sr., AKA Ice Cube, is an American rapper, actor, and filmmaker. His lyrics on N.W.A‘s 1988 album Straight Outta Compton were instrumental in gangsta rap’s widespread popularity, and his politically-driven solo albums AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Death Certificate, and The Predator gained critical and commercial success. In addition to his perhaps equally iconic career in film, Ice Cube’s musical victories saw him inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of N.W.A. in 2016.

This is Ice Cube’s first show in the country since making history in 2018 by being the first ever rap artist to headline at the Sydney Opera House, also aligning with the 30th anniversary of his 1993 album, Lethal Injection.

“I love performing in Australia. It’s been four long years since my last visit and I can’t wait to return for a couple of history-making shows in 2023,” says Mr Cube.

As their music captivated millions of listeners, Cypress Hill earned fans around the world thanks to their riveting stage show. The California rap group ushered in a genre-shifting sonic tapestry, performed thousands of shows at a time when rappers were having a hard time getting booked for live gigs, and helped pave the way for rappers to use Spanish in their rhymes.

Along the way, Cypress Hill earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, sold more than 9 million albums, and were nominated for three Grammy Awards. Another anniversary, 2023 will be 30 years since the crew released their album, Black Sunday, which features, ‘Hits from the Bong,’ and ‘I Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That.’

Completing the killer lineup is double-platinum artist The Game. Emerging in the early 2000s as one of the rawest voices on the West Coast scene, combining intense autobiographical narratives and a creatively referential approach to hip-hop that has justified his stage name.

The international hip-hop heavyweights will be joined by exciting homegrown Australian talent, still to be announced.

Presale for the tour starts on Tues Nov 22nd at 2pm local time until Wed 23rd at 1pm, and general sale is from Wed Nov 23rd at 2pm local. All are available at the link HERE. Ticket buyers must sign up to access the exclusive MJR presale HERE

MJR and TEG Live Presents
ICE CUBE, CYPRESS HILL & THE GAME
AUSTRALIA 2023 TOUR
All shows 15+
Thursday 23 March – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

Saturday 25th March – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide
Sunday 26th March – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Tues 28th March – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane

Head to www.mjrpresents.com for more information


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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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