Category: Rock

Sir Elton John, recently crowned by Billboard as the most successful performing male solo artist of all time, today reveals details of the epic 15-date Australian and 3-date New Zealand leg of his global Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.

Between December 2019 and February 2020, Elton John will traverse Australia and New Zealand, in what will be the legendary music icon’s most extensive tour of the region to date. The tour will kick off with record breaking back-to-back appearances at Perth’s HBF Park (formerly nib Stadium) on Saturday 30th November and Sunday 1st December 2019, a huge 48 years on from his first ever Australian show, which took place at Perth’s Subiaco Oval on 17th October, 1971.

Elton will deliver his famed songbook to spellbound audiences, on his very last tour, playing across a mammoth run that includes Capital City concerts, along with stops at some of Australia’s finest outdoor venues from the Hunter Valley’s Hope Estate to Rutherglen’s All Saints EstateRochford Wines in the Yarra Valley,Queensland’s Sirromet WinesVictoria’s Hanging Rock and Bathurst’s Carrington Park, with additional dates, including North QLD, to be announced later in 2019.

“Elton’s continuing love affair with Australia knows no bounds, proven by this farewell tour, and the breadth and depth of the itinerary, showing his commitment to his many Australian fans”, said promoter Michael Chugg“On his very last tour, he wanted to return to some of his favourite cities, while also playing for fans in a couple of never-before-visited locations.”

Beginning in Pennsylvania, USA in September 2018, Elton John’s three-year Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour has already been hailed as one of his most“energetic, dazzlingly-original and joyful celebrations”. Elton’s legendary catalogue, including beloved songs ‘Bennie and the Jets’, ‘Rocket Man’, ‘Tiny Dancer’, ‘Crocodile Rock’, ‘Philadelphia Freedom’ and more, are showcased in a musical masterpiece that is a “reflective and stunning tribute to a great artist’s career” (NME), also celebrating his 50-plus year collaboration with lyricist Bernie Taupin – one of the great song-writing partnerships of all time.

The milestone itinerary comprises more than 300 shows across five continents, spanning three years, with stops in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand, and marks the last tour of its kind by the celebrated songwriter and iconic showman.

“Playing live to other human beings is the greatest gift any artist could ever have”, said Sir Elton at his Chicago show.

Audiences will experience a rare glimpse into Elton’s life, and the deeply personal meaning behind some of his greatest hits, via mesmerising, never-before-seen images and videos displayed throughout the show from his incredible 50-year career. Complete with brand new stage production, and tour wardrobe designed by Italian fashion house Gucci, Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road global tour is intimate and personal, while also spectacular and daring.

He will be joined by longstanding band members Nigel Olsson on drums (part of Elton’s original three-piece band in 1970), esteemed musical director DaveyJohnstone (who first recorded with Elton in 1971 and joined the band a year later) on guitar, virtuoso Ray Cooper on percussion, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, and Kim Bullard on keyboards.

Sir Elton John said, “I always love coming back to Australia. Ever since my first visit in 1971 it has held a very special place in my heart.” Elton’s enduring history with Australia is evident across the years, notably in 2012, when he opened the Perth Arena, and most recently delivering the final performance at the Sydney Entertainment Centre [since demolished], in December 2015.

He bids farewell to the road almost fifty years on from his debut Australian show, having played 196 concerts and performing to more than 1.5 million people across the country in that time. Since his career began in 1969, he has performed a staggering 4000-plus shows in more than 80 countries.

The performer said that after the tour finishes he looks forward to “coming off the road and dedicating more time to raising my children”.

“I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play for audiences across the globe. I plan to bring to my final tour the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades…It’s the most produced and fantastic show I’ve ever done. I want to go out with a bang…” – Elton John

Garnering rave reviews at sell-out shows across North America, Elton John’s curtain call will be the last chance to catch this legendary performer touring in Australia.

More than a concert; an unforgettable memory!

Tickets will go fast, don’t miss out on your spot at Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.

 

Melbourne’s legendary hard rockers, Electric Mary, will release their new album, Mother, on February 15!

The band have a hand full of shows lined up to celebrate the release with more dates to come soon!

Saturday, February 23: Memo Music Hall, Melbourne 
Official Listening Party
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Sunday, February 24: Fort Glanville, Semaphore SA
As Part Of The Adelaide Fringe Festival
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Wednesday, February 27: The Publican, Mornington

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While on writing trip to New York, vocalist & songwriter, Rusty Brown, visited the Jimi Hendrix founded Electric Lady Recording Studios. 

It was there that the infamous studio manager “Electric Mary Campbell” entered his life .. story after story of the rock history that wandered through the studio’s had Rusty’s head spinning, his direction was clear, and it now had a name “ELECTRIC MARY”.

Since then, Electric Mary have become globally renowned for their explosive brain-bending live performances and at home in Australia are regarded as one of, if not the best live bands in the country.

This Melbourne band have held their own while sharing the world’s stages with some of the most revered names in hard rock. Whitesnake took them on the road, Judas Priest asked them to support, Deep Purple had them in stadiums, England, France, Spain and Japan came calling…KissAlice Cooper, MotorheadDef Leppard all followed and even after 10 years on the road Electric Mary continue to impress rock music fans and media across the planet.

2008’s album, Down To The Bone received rave reviews around the world, including Rock Album Of The Year ahead of releases by Metallica and Queen by the UK’s
Birmingham Mail.

The band ’s third album simply entitled ’III’ became a milestone in the genre as Rocktopia reviewed:  ” Already one of the more promising bands to have hit the scene in the last few years, ‘III’ keeps up Electric Mary’s high standards and is an album that deserves to see them make the next step into the big boys’ playground. “.

Classic Rock Magazine (UK) enthusiastically concluded ” ‘III’ is exactly the kind of album it should be mandatory for every CR reader to own“.

in 2014 , The band released the infamous ‘ The Last Great Hope’ mini album featuring live hits like ‘Sweet Mary C’ and the astoundingly moody ‘ Already Gone’. Next came their live album ‘Alive in HELLDorado’ which was recorded over 2 Sold Out nights in The Basque Country in Spain. Mixed in Texas by American Producer The Machine (White Zombie, Clutch and King Crimson).

The album is a testament to the bands killer live shows and it’s no wonder they already number Iron Maiden, Whitesnake, Judas Priest and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt among their growing number of admirers.

10 years, three studio Albums… a live album … three E.P’s… dozens of American and European tours… broken teeth, broken bones & broken records 2019 will see “The Mary’s” release their 4th studio long player ‘Mother’ and once again head across the globe to tour their unique Australian brand of take no prisoners Rock N Roll.

 

Catfish and The Bottlemen’s third album will be titled The Balance, set for release on Friday 26th April via Island Records / Caroline Australia. In a rush of confirmations following the successful release of new single, ‘Longshot’, earlier this month, it’s now known that the new album release will be closely followed by a run of live shows across UK and Europe. See album tracklist and cover art below.

The guarded four-piece remained tight-lipped during the recording sessions for their new album, but now offer further insights into the new material set to soundtrack their journey onto yet bigger stages.

In the breaks between electrifying outdoor and festival shows in 2018, including Australia’s own Falls Festival over the New Year, Van McCann (vocals, guitars), Johnny Bond (guitars), Robert ‘Bob’ Hall (drums) and Benji Blakeway (bass) retreated with Irish producer, Jacknife Lee, to carefully craft The Balance over a 12-month period. Recorded in seclusion at two locations:Grouse Lodge, in Moate, Republic of Ireland, and The Chapel in the countryside of East Lincolnshire, the band lived and breathed the album while residing together in rural isolation. The album was mixed by Craig Silvey.

“We loved living in the same place,” says McCann. “We were staying there the whole time, so we were waking up around each other and working until we needed to go to bed. Jacknife was always up. He was the first up and the last awake. It’s good when you’re completely engulfed in recording in a place like that, living together, because every day and all day it was about the songs. We had fun too; they were the funniest album sessions we’ve done.”

 

In addition to the album name and familiar, one-word song titling, the creative bridge between 2014’s platinum-certified debut, The Balcony and it’s gold follow up, The Ride, has been reinforced by Catfish returning to San Francisco-based, graphic artist, Tim Lahan to provide cover artwork for a third time. The playful, monochromatic line drawing of a drinking toucan provides observers with no shortage of mystery to unravel as to the artwork’s inspirations and significance.

‘Longshot’ is warmly welcomed in Australia, where the track sits at #5 Most Played on triple j, following a first play on Breakfast with Ben and Liam. Watch the dramatic, one-take birds-eye video, filmed by long-term collaborator, Jim Canty (‘Hourglass’ and ‘Twice’) below…

New album The Balance follows 2014’s platinum-certified debut, The Balcony and Top 10 ARIA Chart successor The Ride (2016), including lead single ‘7’, which hit Gold status in Australia last April.

Two of Australia’s most iconic bands are back again for one last time with their double-barrelled catalogue of hits and classic songs!

 

After two years of National touring as one of the best double bills 1927 & Pseudo Echo are teaming up for one final series of shows!

No Australian music fan can ignore or deny the impact of these two bands on our music psyche. Between them they share a catalogue of songs that are still heard on Australian radio and have accumulated awards and accolades along the way.

1927 formed in 1987 and went on dominate charts with songs such as That’s When I Think Of You, If I Could, Compulsory Hero and Tell Me A Story – all of which were on the multi-platinum selling debut album ISH.  ISH went on to become the highest selling debut release by an Australian artist and won two ARIA Awards – Best Breakthrough Artist – Album and Best Breakthrough Artist – single for That’s When I Think of You. The video for Compulsory Hero took the Aria for Best Video at the 1990 awards.   They continued to release music into the early 1990s before disbanding in 1993.

PSEUDO ECHO were one of the biggest Aussie bands of the 1980s and influenced a generation of Australian musicians with their synthesised rhythms and dance beats.  Their debut album AUTUMNAL PARK (released in 1984) featured hit singles Listening and A Beat For You, followed in 1985 with LOVE AN ADVENTURE and the singles Don’t Go, Love An Adventure, Living in a Dream and the massive #1 single FUNKTY TOWN.  Funky Town was also an international success – peaking at #6 on the US Billboard Singles chat and #8 on the UK Singles chart.

TICKETS FOR THE 1927 & PSEUDO ECHO CELEBRATION TOUR AVAILABLE FROM THE VENUES

 

1927 & Pseudo Echo Celebration Tour Dates

Fri 11 Jan – Club Sapphire, Merimbula NSW

Sat 12 Jan – Mittagong RSL NSW

Wed 16 Jan – Kingscliff Beach Hotel NSW

Thu 17 Jan – Panthers Port Macquarie NSW

Fri 18 Jan – Club Forster NSW

Sat 19 Jan – Rooty Hill RSL NSW

Wed 23 Jan – West Tamworth Leagues Club NSW

Thu 24 Jan – Dubbo RSL NSW

Fri 25 Jan – Bathurst Memorial Theatre NSW

Southern California based Them Evils are heading back out on tour to kick off the New Year in direct support for Pop Evil.  Along the way they will be setting sail on the Shiprocked Cruise, where two live performances are slated.  The band continues to promote their “Rollin’ Stoned and Livin’ Free” EP as they add the track “Practice What You Preach to their live shows and put the finishing touches on a new song to be released in the late 1st quarter of 2019. The band played more than 100 dates in 2018, including a national tour with stops at Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion, and main stage @ Rock On The Range.

Them Evils had a breakout year in 2018 with 1st single and video “Got Me Rockin‘”, which premiered @ Loudwire. Key playlist adds including Spotify Rock Hard, & Riffsplaylists, Alternative Press Discover, and Loudwire Wired WeeklyApple Music Breaking Hard RockPandora New Rock channelGoogle Play Music Rock Hotlist and Hard Rock Hotlist radio, and Slacker radio New Rock Now helped the band gain momentum.  Press looks have included Kerrang, LoudwireAXS, Rock Revolt, Alternative Addiction and others that added to the bands critical acclaim.

Them Evils’ late-night joyride through Rock N’ Roll’s seedy underbelly was born in the shadows of neon vice and nocturnal living in Las Vegas, when Jordan and Jake met in High School.  They started writing and playing together and knew that they had a chemistry that was undeniable. In 2013 they made the move to Southern California to pursue their music professionally – with nothing to fall back on other than their drive and belief in their music and each other. They connected with David through a friend that worked at a bar with Jordan and who knew they were looking for a permanent drummer. Delaney auditioned for Griffin and Massanari, and all 3 knew it was a good fit immediately. The nasty energy befitting their name grew from there.

Inspired by equal parts of rock giants like Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and Queens of The Stone Age, among others, the band pays tribute to their roots while carving out their own unique sound.  Them Evils music is at times throwback without being too derivative and is thoroughly modern. “We pretty much made our own scene,” Griffin says. “We started out doing straight up rock and roll, and that’s what we’re still doing… That said, we’re always evolving.”

The band has previously released Two EPs: their debut Cold Black Love(2015) and the self-titled Them Evils (2016). They made inroads @ Active Rock Radio in 2017 with “She Got Nothin“, which peaked @ #22 on the BDS Rock Indicator chart.

They were born for the stage and have been road warriors for the past 4 years – the band have caught the ear of no less an icon than Zakk Wylde, who had them open for Zakk Sabbath in 2017.  They regularly does Club tours, as well as toruing with The Pretty Reckless, Alter Bridge, Red Sun Rising, and 10 Years, among others. The band plans to continue touring, with breaks to finish recording additional new music to be released in the latter part of 2019.

Them Evils Upcoming Tour Dates with Pop Evil: 
1/16 – Lincoln, NE – The Bourbon
1/17 – Denver, CO – Summit Denver
1/18 – Wichita, KS – The CotillionDallas
1/19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
1/20 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
1/23 – Houston, TX – House of Blues
1/24 – Austin, TX – The Lost Well
1/26 – 1/31 Shiprocked – Cozumel, Mexico
2/02 – Richmond, VA – Canal Club
2/05 – Lancaster, PA – Chameleon Club
2/07 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
2/08 – Ft. Wayne, IN – Clyde Theatre
2/09 – Peoria, IL – Monarch Music Hall
2/10 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
2/12 – Nashville, TN – The Cowan
2/13 – Fort Smith, AR – Temple Live
2/14 – Springfield, MO – The Complex Springfield
2/15 – Kansas City, MO – The Truman
2/16 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theater
2/17 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
2/20 – Spokane, WA – The Pin!
2/21 – Seattle, WA – The Funhouse
2/22 – Portland, OR – Paris Theatre
2/23 – Boise, ID – The Olympic
2/24 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge

Andy’s Room are an emo indie-rock outfit that effortlessly blend emotionally charged lyricism with heavily layered guitars and urgent percussions. Since their inception, the four-piece have released a debut EP, Yours Forever, tackling the themes of loss, heartbreak, and regret. Follow-up singles to their 2017 debut, “Parchment” and “400 Miles” found the band experimenting with style yet sill harkening back to their thematic roots of relationships and the accompanying growth throughout. These singles are being released to tide fans over until the band’s 2019 debut full-length record. “Always You” is about being in love, and finding a solace, comfort, and deep commitment in that love.

You can check out the new video from Andy’s Room right here.

 

Will Drummond from indie rock outfit British India chats to Subculture about the Under The Southern Stars music festival tour and then drops a bombshell that we weren’t expecting about the future of British India.

To listen to what was said take a listen to the British India interview on our Spreaker player right here.