Category: Rock

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

Yngwie

Yngwie J. Malmsteen has been blowing minds across the globe with his incredible guitar skills and showmanship for over 35 years and in February 2015, Yngwie and his band will be returning to Australia and New Zealand for the first time in a decade to strike awe into the legions of guitar fans.

The Swedish born, but now US based, guitar legend is venerated as one of the founders of the art of guitar shredding. His neo-classical style and the sheer speed of his playing made him the most notable musician in the genre, and he has influenced a new era of music and guitarists alike.

But Yngwie is not known purely for the speed with which his fingers fly up and down the guitar neck. Yes, Malmsteen‘s playing is fast, but there’s a crystal clarity to each of his notes that few can imitate. From his ground breaking early work with Steeler and Alcatraz, through his time alongside Joe Satriani and Steve Vai as a member of G3, to his more recent forays leading the Guitar Gods there are few that can compare to Yngwie J. Malmsteen.

Over more than 25 astounding albums the Grammy nominated Malmsteen has unleashed countless fretboard blistering solos, with both Fender and Marshall honouring him with his own model guitar and amplifier.

Yngwie J. Malmsteen Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates:

February 5th – Powerstation, Auckland, NZ

February 6th – The Metro, Sydney

February 7th – The Forum, Melbourne

February 8th – The Tivoli, Brisbane

February 10th – Hellenic Hall, Hobart

February 11th – HQ, Adelaide

February 12th – The Astor, Perth

General Public onsale date – Thursday 2nd October 12.00 midday AEST

From: www.tombowler.com.au/yngwiemalmsteen

Don’t miss your chance to see the Master of the Stratocaster live in person, and for those extra dedicated fans there are VIP tickets available granting access to an exclusive Q&A session, and for a few very lucky fans the extremely rare opportunity to meet Yngwie J. Malmsteen in person.

Madden Brothers

The Madden Brothers have taken Australia by storm and have today claimed the top spot on the ARIA album chart with their debut album “Greetings From California” blazing in at #1. This incredible chart result comes on the eve of the band kicking off their Australian promotional visit which will include a performance at the AFL Grand Final Footy Show and a special Today Show outdoor event in Melbourne.

The bands infectious and soulful 60’s inspired first single “We Are Done” hit #1 on the ARIA charts and surpassed 2 x Platinum sales. The second single “Dear Jane” was #1 most added at radio and is quickly gaining momentum as a radio favorite.

Joel and Benji Madden will bring the live experience of their album straight to Australian fans when The Madden Brothers tour nationally in Australia kicking off in Melbourne on October 31, 2014.

THE MADDEN BROTHERS TOUR DATES:
Friday 31 October, Hisense Arena, Melbourne
Saturday 1 November, Qantas Credit Union Arena, Sydney
Sunday 2 November, Gold Coast Convention Centre
Thursday 6 November, Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre
Friday 7 November, Perth Crown Theatre

*Go to http://www.themaddenbrothers.com/ for ticket info

The Matches

THE MATCHES are dusting off the cobwebs and are packing their bags and heading to our shores this January. Fans are invited to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their breakthrough debut album ‘E. Von Dhal Killed The Locals’ playing the album from start to finish whilst including other classics.

Now, the original line up of Justin SanSouci, Jon Devoto, Matthew Whalen and Shawn Harris are in their early thirties are coming together to honour their now adult Australian fans and nostalgiasts with a one off tour, performing the album that kick started it all in their favourite country.

When they started out doing one show to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of ‘E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals’ it  became something they never expected and having  sold out shows all across the USA, now it has led them back to Australia.

 Don’t miss one of the most electrifying live bands you’ll ever see. This is a party you don’t want to miss.

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 26th SEPTEMBER 9am AEST

FRIDAY JANUARY 9TH  – AMPLIFIER BAR, PERTH 18+

Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au

SATURDAY JANUARY 10TH  –FOWLERS LIVE, ADELAIDE 18+
Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | www.moshtix.com.au |

THURSDAY JANUARY 15TH –BRIGHTSIDE, BRISBANE  18+

Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au

FRIDAY JANUARY 16TH –OXFORD ART  FACTORY , SYDNEY  18+

Tickets available at www.oztix.com.au | www.moshtix.com.au |

SATURDAY JANUARY 17th  –THE CORNER HOTEL , MELBOURNE 18+

Tickets available www.cornerhotel.com  |  www.oztix.com.au

PRESENTED BY SELECT TOURING & TAPERJEAN TOURING