Category: Rock

Switchfoot - Where The Light Shines Through

With Switchfoot’s ‘Where The Light Shines Through’ album set for release on July 8th Dave G sat down and had a chat with Chad Butler from the band. Chad talks about the personal meanings behind the lyrics on this album, what it’s like being able to release album number 10 and also drops in a little bit of news for all the Aussie Switchfoot fans out there.

You can listen to or download our Switchfoot interview right here.

Black Stone Cherry

With Kentucky hard rockers Black Stone Cherry just announcing that they are heading to Australia for a tour on the back of the release of their fantastic new album (titled Kentucky) Dave G decided to catch up with John Fred Young  from BSC.

In our chat with John Fred he talks about what it has been like for the band recording their first album away from Roadrunner Records and what its like being in a hard rock band in Kentucky.

You can listen to or download our Black Stone Cherry interview right here.

FeatureCherie Currie

Artist: Cherie Currie

Date: 28/05.2016

Venue: Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Review

It has taken over 30 years for the orginal cherry bomb to finally reach Australian shores but man did she pack a payload when she finally did. Last night Melbourne witnessed an absolute masterclass in how to do a live show. Yes there was a hiccup during the night (a funny one at that) but we also got to see a show that we will all be talking about for a long time to come.

Cherie Currie, the former lead-singer of the notorious femme fatale rock group The Runaways, made no secret in interviews leading that she was looking forward to delivering Melbourne the show that they had been waiting decades for and she didn’t disappoint. Currie showed clearly that years of experience on the stage has made her one performer that all music fans must see at least once in their lifetime.

While so many artists like to just promote their new music and not perform the tracks from the past that the fans really want to hear… Currie was the opposite. She did throw in the odd new track (especially from her album Reverie) including the brilliant brand new track that she has written for a Suzie Quatro documentary that is currently being made here in Australia, but also revelled in the past. Currie was electric delivering pumped up, energetic renditions of Runaway classics including California Paradise, Queens Of Noise and of course the track everybody wanted to hear her sing… Cherry Bomb. While those three tracks were easily the highlights of the night they were easily matched by her brilliant covers of Nick Gilder’s Roxy Roller and David Bowie’s Rebel Rebel (which was part of her Bowie tribute).

Aside from thrilling the audience with her powerhouse show that made you forget that Currie is now 56 years old she also kept every entertained with some great antidotes between tracks and often had the audience laughing out loud… especially when she forget the lyrics to Listen To My Heartbeat and had to ask an audience member what they were. Was it staged or was it as she put it ‘something we all do when we are older… and you were all here to witness my f**k up’? We’ll probably never know but at least it added to the ‘human’ feel that Currie delivered throughout the show.

The one thing that we left the Corner knowing last night was that she might be 56 but Currie is certainly still the Queen of Noise.

Stars(5)

Kadavar

With German band Kadavar about to release their new album, titled Berlin, Subculture Entertainment’s Dave Griffiths decided to catch up with Tiger from Kadavar. The interview of course sees them talk about Berlin, but also about the band’s friendship with Wolfmother and the classic car they watched go up in flames.

You can listen to or download our Kadavar interview right here.

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)

Ace Frehley

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee ACE FREHLEY has announced his first Australian shows since 2010 his First Ever New Zealand Solo Shows!

“I can’t wait to get down to New Zealand and Australia with this new lineup. I’ll be performing ACE classics as well as songs off my new CD ‘Space Invader‘ for the enjoyment of the fans. Let There Be Rock!”

Joining ACE on stage will be Richie Scarlet, who rode shotgun performing rhythm guitar and vocal duties on ACE’sTrouble Walking’ platter and has toured with Sebastian Bach; bass guitarist Chris Wyse (Ozzy Osbourne & The Cult); and Scot Coogan (Lita Ford & Nikki Sixx).

The 2-hour set features everything an ACE or KISS fan could hope for. Included are all his Solo Anthems – ‘New York Groove’ (a bona-fide Top 20 Hit in Australia and NZ), ‘Snowblind’, ‘Rock Soldiers’ and highlights from his latest Top 10 Billboard album ‘Space Invader’. Plus KISS diamonds such as ‘Strutter’, ‘Cold Gin’, ‘Love Gun’, ‘Deuce’, ‘Shock Me’ & ‘Detroit Rock City’. Plus as a special treat for KISS fans, some rare KISS gems that you simply won’t hear anywhere else – ‘Talk to Me’, ‘Rocket Ride’, ‘Strange Ways’, ‘Parasite’ & ‘King of the Night Time World’.

ACE FREHLEY Live is absolute must for “concert goers looking for a night of fun, no holds barred Rock-n-Roll with excellent guitar work, and wall to wall energy and excitement, look no further than ACE FREHLEY live on stage.

View the tour trailer ”HERE”

Tickets on sale 9:00am Wednesday 28th January from: http://bit.ly/AceTix1

Ace Frehley Australian Tour Dates:

Friday 24th April WELLINGTON James Cabaret

Saturday 25th April AUCKLAND The Studio

Wednesday 29th April BRISBANE Tivoli Theatre

Thursday 30th April SYDNEY Metro Theatre

Friday 1st May HOBART Wrestpoint Showroom

Saturday 2nd May MELBOURNE Forum Theatre

Wednesday 6th May ADELAIDE The Gov

Thursday 7th May PERTH Astor Theatre