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Foo Fighters Sonic Highways PosterWho: Foo Fighters

Where: Etihad Stadium, Melbourne, Australia

When: Saturady 28th February (Sonic Highways World Tour)

Review:

Dave Grohl knows a thing or two about music! That is the understatement of the year. His rise to fame with Nirvana, he subsequent twenty year success with Foo Fighters, plus the raft of other projects he has worked on over the years means that he is one of the most experienced musos going around… not to mention one of the most gifted. So when he promised Melbourne that they were about to get the best damn Foo Fighters show ever perhaps we should have listened.

Melbourne itself did all it could do to make the Fooies decision to deliver a two and a half hours marathon and a real workout by turning out a hot, muggy and humid night with just enough rain to make sure that the Etihad Stadium was closed. To say that Grohl, Hawkins and co were sweating after a couple of songs was an understatement. That alone may have made a lesser band want to pull back a little, but not the Grohl led Foo Fighters who decided that Melbourne was going to get one of the GREATEST rock shows they have ever had.

So often these days bands bore their audience senseless by being so proud of their brand new album that they decide to flood their live shows with tracks off it. Now you can understand why bands are so proud of their new work and of course they want to show it off, but it is rarely those new tracks that get a crowd pumping and normally they are times a show loses energy. Obviously this is something that Grohl is aware of  because during this 2.5 hour epic he chose to focus mainly on this being a ‘Greatest Hits’ with just a smattering of tracks (like ‘Something For Nothing’ and ‘Congregation’) appearing off their latest offering Sonic Highways.

The result was electric, with the strong crowd joining in on energized classics like ‘The Pretender,’ ‘Best Of You’ and ‘Arlandria’. Just to really appease the masses the Fooies dipped right back into their back catalog delivering older tracks like ‘This Is A Call,’ ‘Monkey Wrench,’ ‘Generator’ and ‘My Hero’… tracks that even after twenty years still hold their own. The concert didn’t even lose its energy when it turned acoustic for tracks like ‘Skin And Bone’ and to Grohl’s credit he had done his research and discovered that despite what the rest of the world thinks Aussies love ‘Wheels’ so delivered a special version into the mix as well.

One thing you quickly learn about Foo Fighters is that they are all about the music. So there were no ‘stage spectaculars’ to woo the audience. The lightning and visuals were still top notch though and the smaller stage idea that saw the band come closer to the audience for acoustic tracks and covers (which included ACDC’s ‘Let There Be Rock’ and Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’) worked exceptional well on the night.

The Foo Fighters showed last night that you don’t a million dollars worth of pyrotechnics or a stage that towers of Etihad Stadium to woo an audience. You simply need to step up on the stage and deliver (take note of that young musicians). As a band the Fooies delivered what their fans wanted, a high energy show chockers with their classics, they delivered that and as a result have left Melbourne with one of the greatest rock shows it has ever experienced.

 

Rating: Stars(5)

Manborg

The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show’‘s Dave Griffiths chats to Cult Cinema King, Zak Hepburn about Cultrastrophe and his exciting new project Celluloid Apocalypse which has seen Manborg hit the shelves… on VHS.

You can listen to or download our Zak Hepburn interview here.

Ruth Moody

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chats to singer/songwriter Ruth Moody about her brand new album These Wilder Things and her forthcoming Australian shows including her performance at the Port Fairy Folk Festival.

You can listen to or download our Ruth Moody interview here.

Love & mercy Still

Icon Film Distribution is proud to announce the June 25 release of LOVE & MERCY starring both Paul Dano and John Cusack as The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.

We all know the music, but few know the true story of musical genius, Brian Wilson and his struggles with brilliance and balance.

The film paints an unconventional portrait of the artist by interweaving seminal moments from his youth and later life, as it explores how Brian came to be who he is today.

The role of Brian Wilson is masterfully shared between Dano (12 Years a Slave, Little Miss Sunshine) and Cusack (Maps to the Stars, High Fidelity) as the film explores the many challenges Brian has faced, both from his point of view in his younger years; and from the perspective of his now wife, Melinda (Elizabeth Banks) when she meets Brian in his 40s and under the questionable medical care of Dr. Eugene Landy (Paul Giamatti).

The Beach Boys were already experiencing chart topping success with Surfin’ Safari, I Get Around, Help Me Rhonda, California Girls and Good Vibrations when Brian found himself driven to move in a new musical direction.  Whilst this would ultimately lead to the creation of what is widely ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time – Pet Sounds – and songs like Wouldn’t It Be Nice, Sloop John B and God Only Knows; it also lead to the band breaking up and Brian breaking down.

The film was met with a standing ovation at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival and critical acclaim continues to build:

“…emotionally exhilarating… The film does an exquisite job of detailing the way an artist can get lost in the act of creation.” – HitFix

“…an engrossing portrait of Wilson’s specific artistic inclinations…” - Indiewire

“A deeply satisfying pop biopic whose subject’s bifurcated creative life lends itself to an unconventional structure.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“A wonderfully innervating cure for the common musical biopic, Bill Pohlad’s Love & Mercy vibrantly illuminates two major breakthroughs — one artistic, one personal — in the life of the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson.” – Variety

Musicians, critics and fans alike have consistently hailed Wilson as one of the most innovative and influential creative forces in music.  His songs remain as relevant and resonant today as they were over 50 years ago; continually finding new audiences as evidenced by the 2014 BBC Music All-Star cover of God Only Knows that became an internet sensation.

The teaser trailer has just debuted online and has already gone viral. A proud Brian Wilson has also posted the teaser on his own Facebook and website.

The film release will follow the April 3 launch of Wilson’s 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure.

In addition to featuring an awesome soundtrack,  LOVE & MERCY offers an intimate and unforgettable glimpse into the musical and personal evolution of one of the greatest creative minds of our time.

You can view the Love & Mercy teaser trailer below.

Liam Gerner

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths caught up with folk/country musician Liam Gerner to chat about his forthcoming No Other Tour with Josh Rennie-Hynes and Caitlin Harnett… tour dates below.

You can listen to or download our Liam Gerner interview here.

 

TOUR DATES

WED 11 MAR I BLACK BEAR LODGE I BRISBANE, QLD

Tickets: http://www.blackbearlodge.com.au

FRI 13 MAR I CURRUMBIN CREEK TAVERN I GOLD COAST, QLD

Tickets: http://www.oztix.com.au

WED 18 MAR I THE VANGUARD I SYDNEY, QLD

Tickets: http://www.thevanguard.com.au

THUR 19 MAR I BLEACH FESTIVAL* I GOLD COAST, QLD

Free entry: http://www.bleachfestival.com.au

*Josh Rennie-Hynes + Caitlin Harnett only

FRI 20 MAR I SMITHS ALTERNATIVE I CANBERRA, ACT

Tickets: http://www.smithsalternative.com

WED 25 MAR I ARARAT LIVE I ARARAT, VIC

Tickets: on the door

THUR 26 MAR I YARRA HOTEL I MELBOURNE, VIC

Tickets: http://www.oztix.com.au

FRI 27 MAR I THE JIVE I ADELAIDE, SA

Tickets: http://jivevenue.com

SAT 28 MAR I THE SINGING GALLERY I McLAREN VALE, SA

Tickets: on the door

James Bond - Spectre Poster

Spectre director Sam Mendes has delivered a vlog from the set of the new James Bond film. The vlog focuses on director Sam Mendes, with more behind-the-scenes footage of Daniel Craig as James Bond 007 as well as cast members Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw.

Director Sam Mendes says, “The reasons I’m doing the second Bond movie are the reasons I would do any movie, really, which is all to do with the story.  And in this movie, SPECTRE, what you have is a movie entirely driven by Bond.  He is on a mission from the very beginning.”

Additionally, “It’s about whether or not to pursue the life he’s always pursued, whether he matters and is he going to continue or not.  And you’re going to have to come to see the movie to find out whether he does.”

You can view the Spectre vlog below.

Z-Star

Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths chatted to the legendary Zee Gachette about her passion for music and how it feels to sit down and listen to your own music being used in Californication as she prepares for her upcoming show at The Bridge Hotel, Castlemaine.

You can listen to or download our Z-Star interview right here.

Captain Jack Sparrow

Production has commenced on location in Australia on Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ epic comedy adventure “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” directed by Espen Sandberg & Joachim Rønning (“Kon-Tiki”), the fifth entry in the blockbuster franchise inspired by the classic Disney Theme Parks attraction, which has reaped $3.7 billion in worldwide box office. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” will film entirely at Village Roadshow Studios and on locations within Queensland, Australia.

Johnny Depp returns to his iconic, Academy Award®-nominated role of Captain Jack Sparrow, one of the most beloved characters in motion picture history, newly joined by Oscar® winner Javier Bardem (“No Country for Old Men,” “Skyfall”), rising young stars Kaya Scodelario (“The Maze Runner,” British television’s “Skins”) and Brenton Thwaites (“Maleficent,” “The Giver”) and Golshifteh Farahani (“The Patience Stone,” “Exodus: Gods and Kings”). Rejoining the action are Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, Kevin R. McNally as Joshamee Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum.

Thrust into an all-new adventure, a down-on-his-luck Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar (Bardem), escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him.  Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Jeff Nathanson (“Catch Me If You Can,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”). The executive producers are Chad Oman, Joe Caracciolo, Jr. and Brigham Taylor.

Joining Bruckheimer, Sandberg & Rønning for the swashbuckling new voyage is a first-tier group of award-winning behind-the-scenes artists—many of them new to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” family—including director of photography Paul Cameron (“Gone in Sixty Seconds,” “Déjà Vu,” “Collateral”), production designer Nigel Phelps (“Pearl Harbor,” “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “World War Z”), costume designer Penny Rose (all four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films), visual effects supervisor Gary Brozenich (“The Lone Ranger,” “Edge of Tomorrow”), Oscar®-winning special effects production consultant John Frazier (nine Jerry Bruckheimer films and dozens of others) and special effects supervisor Dan Oliver (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), supervising stunt coordinator R.A. Rondell (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”) and stunt coordinators Thomas Robinson Harper (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) and Kyle Gardiner (“San Andreas,” “Kingsman: The Secret Service”), Academy Award®-winning makeup and hair designer Peter Swords King (“The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, “Into the Woods”) and film editors Joel Cox ( “Unforgiven,” “Million Dollar Baby,” “American Sniper”) and Gary D. Roach (“American Sniper”).

The exciting filmmaking team of Sandberg & Rønning directed “Kon-Tiki,” the critically acclaimed story of famed explorer Thor Heyerdahl, which was nominated for both an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award® for Best Foreign Language Film from their native Norway. Following their work as award-winning commercial and music video directors, Rønning and Sandberg directed the World War II action drama “Max Manus: Man of War” before taking on “Kon-Tiki.” Most recently Rønning and Sandberg served as executive producers and directed the first two episodes of Netflix’s big-scale mini-series “Marco Polo,” which they filmed on exotic locations in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Venice. A second season was recently announced for “Marco Polo,” with Rønning and Sandberg continuing on as executive producers.

First in partnership with Don Simpson, and then as the chief of Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Bruckheimer has produced an unprecedented string of worldwide smashes, impacting not only the motion picture and television industries, but mass culture as well. His film and television productions have been honored with numerous awards and nominations, including six Academy Awards®. In addition to his prolific television credits, Bruckheimer’s films include “Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop,” “American Gigolo,” “Flashdance,” “Bad Boys,” “The Rock,” “Armageddon,” “Remember the Titans,” “Pearl Harbor,” “Black Hawk Down,” “National Treasure,” “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” “The Lone Ranger” and “Deliver Us From Evil.” He is the producer of all four previous “Pirates of the Caribbean” films.