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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.

 

This Friday at 4pm (AEST) sees Sam Smith & Normani release their joint single “Dancing With A Stranger”, via Capitol Records & EMI Music Australia. Pre-save the single HERE.

“Dancing With A Stranger” is a smooth slice of sultry, R’n’B influenced pop where Sam and Normani’s vocals effortlessly glide over the production. The collaboration between the two came about through a chance encounter at the studio in LA as Sam was writing with pop legends Stargate and Jimmy Napes, Normani was in the studio next door and with both artists being long-term fans of each other it was a no-brainer for her to team up with Sam to create the new track.

Sam Smith has spent the past year travelling around the world on tour following the release of his sophomore, ARIA Platinum Certified album “The Thrill of It All”. After 94 shows and selling over 1 million tickets, late last year Sam finished his critically-acclaimed “The Thrill of It All World Tour”, with sold out arenas across Australia. Sam has currently sold over half a million albums in Australia.

On the new single Sam Smith says, “I’m so excited for everyone to hear “Dancing With a Stranger,” which I wrote on The Thrill Of It All tour last year. For me it bottles everything I was feeling whilst juggling my personal life and touring.  It is also such a beautiful moment for me as I’m a huge, huge fan of Normani and everything she is. I’m so excited to watch her light shine. I hope everyone enjoys hearing this song as much as I do.”

“Dancing With A Stranger” is the first new music from Sam Smith in 2019 and follows on from his global hit with Calvin Harris “Promises” which currently stands as the #1 national airplay song and his sixth Top 5 single on the ARIA Charts. Smith will be flying out to South America this spring for Lollapalooza before heading over to South Africa for a string of five shows in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Normani launched her solo career last year with her debut solo single “Love Lies” with Khalid. “Love Lies” soared to #1 at Top 40 Radio in the US and was the first single Normani released following her global success with multi-platinum group Fifth Harmony. Since then, she has gone on to release a number of new tracks including two tracks with Calvin Harris and her recent single, “Waves” feat. 6LACK. In addition to working with Calvin Harris, Khalid, and 6LACK, Normani has also recently collaborated with Quavo and Kehlani. Normani is currently working on her debut solo album and this March will see her join Ariana Grande on the North American leg of The Sweetener World tour.

Normani continues “I’m truly blessed having the opportunity to create with one of the greatest vocalists of this decade. I think about the artists that I frequently listen to daily and Sam Smith has definitely been one of them for some time now. I never thought in a trillion years that I would be able to state that I have a record with this extremely gifted being. I’m super proud to share this song with Sam and cannot wait for the rest of the world to experience it – from the first moment that I heard the song I knew how special it was. I’m deeply in love with this body of work and I hope that you all will be too. I’m so thankful that Sam put his trust in me to help him bring this song to life. To my fans, thank you for all of your continued support. I love y’all!!! I pray you guys enjoy this.”

 

 

Orange County’s own WANK returns with founding members Bobby Amodeo, Spider, Danny Walker, and new addition of Higgins X-13 (formerly of The Offspring). The band plans to release their new album ‘White Knuckle Ride’ later this year.

On WANK’s return and new record, frontman Bobby Amodeo comments, “WANK is stoked to be back making music. It’s been 20 years since our Maverick Records release, and we’ve spent the last year producing our new album, ‘White Knuckle Ride.’ Song by song, our record stands up – You’ll hear PRD, reggae skank, melodic hooks, and pop harmonies. WANK is rock-ready, and we look forward to destroying a stage near you very soon. Check us out!”

Watch for album release details, a new single and accompanying music video to debut shortly.

In the meantime check out their latest track “Shut You Down” here: https://soundcloud.com/wankusa/shut-you-down.

WANK guitarist Danny Walker comments about writing the song, “Shut You Down is about an experience I had working in a toxic environment, hitting a boiling point, and responding. When you spend every moment of your day dumping on people, you get what you get. Bad things will happen to bad people.”

WANK formed in 1995 in Huntington Beach, CA. Mixing pop sensibility, rock chops, and punk energy, WANK (influenced by the Beatles and the Clash, among others) quickly gained momentum and garnered a reputation for themselves with melodic songs and highly entertaining live shows. In 1996, WANK self-released their debut, Get a Grip on Yourself. Their continuing success as a live act brought them to the attention of producer Mike Ness of Social Distortion, who oversaw the recording of “Larry Brown” for a split 7″ on Time Bomb Records (1997.) Ness also produced WANK on their version of “Auld Lang Syne,” their contribution to the comp, Christmas Gone Wrong (1997.)

In late 1997, “Forgiven” was added to rotation at the World Famous KROQ 106.7 in Los Angeles, and WANK was still unsigned. An industry bidding war ensued, and WANK signed an historic record deal with Maverick Records. In 1998, following an expedited major label re-release of Get a Grip on Yourself, WANK took their show on the road, touring with The Specials, Goldfinger, Social Distortion, and Warped Tour ’98. The band parted ways with Maverick Records in 1999 and focused on other projects.

In 2000, Amodeo was diagnosed with cancer, and after years of treatment, he’s back and rock ready. Walker formed and fronted Handsome Devil and was signed to RCA in 2001. Handsome Devil released three albums – Love and Kisses (2001), Knock Yourself Out (2004), and Fully Automatic (2007), and toured with The Used, Lit, Zebrahead, and Warped. In 2007, Walker and friends (from Lit, Adolescents, and Cadillac Tramps) formed Rockers in the Round – an acoustic showcase series. Walker released two singer-songwriter albums – Mumble & Strum (2011) and Salvation (2012). Spider focused on session work and artist management, and he’s still the hardest hitting drummer around.

WANK reunited in 2016, self-releasing their 5 song EP – On with the Show and, in 2017, added guitarist Higgins X-13, formerly of the Offspring. In 2018, WANK is in the studio finishing a new full length album for release. Enjoy – WANK is back.

 

After selling out their first ever trip to Australia in 2016, James are preparing for a triumphant return in 2018, this time sporting a brand-new album ‘Living in Extraordinary Times” as well as all their swag of British classics.

James’ 1993 hit ‘Laid’ became the soundtrack to early 90s alternative radio before finding a second life through its use in teen hit American Pie films. James had already had a decade of hits by the time Laidarrived, having risen from Manchester’s legendary Factory Records scene into one of the biggest UK bands in the world by the dawn of the 90s. With alternative hits in Australia including Laid, Sit Down, Sound, Getting Away With It (All Messed Up), She’s a Star and Just Like Fred Astaire, and selling over 25 million records worldwide, the band were triple j staples for over fifteen years, yet took nearly three decades to hit Australian shores.

With sell out shows, great reviews and mad fans, some travelling across Australia to ensure they didn’t miss a single show, a return visit was inevitable.

“We had such a great time in Australia we couldn’t believe it took us so long to get there,” said Tim Booth. “The vibe in every room was just electric and every night was different to the last. We can’t wait to get back there and do it all again, this time with our ‘Living in Extraordinary Times’ record.”

The album seems to touch upon contemporary fissures in society, with Tim Booth commenting: “We knew something was up when Leicester city won the league then Brexit, then Trump. It is as if we’d slipped into an alternate reality, a Philip K Dick reality. We are living in extraordinary times.”

The tour will visit Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as well as taking James to Adelaide for the very first time.

TICKETS ON SALE 10:00 AM, FRIDAY 22 JUNE 
Via MJRPresents.com

 

JAMES AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2018

Wednesday 14 November – 170 Russell – Melbourne, VIC
Friday 16 November – The Metro – Sydney, NSW
Saturday 17 November – The Tivoli – Brisbane, QLD
Monday 19 November – The Gov – Adelaide, SA*
Tuesday 20 November – Astor Theatre – Perth, WA

*James’ first live performance in Adelaide

Sheppard’s second album ‘Watching the Sky’ has stormed home this week, landing at #1 on the ARIA Albums chart as the band trekked across the country to meet fans. With their single ‘Hometown’ riding high at radio and on Seven’s ‘House Rules’ promos, the band have gone one better than their #2 debut ‘Bombs Away’, proving not only that the Australian public still love pop rock, but also that you don’t need a major label to hit the top.

Sheppard have silenced the nay-sayers, cementing their place in Australian music history with both an ARIA #1 single and now album under their belts. The Brisbane act have created an Australian music legacy which now includes FOUR gold and platinum accredited hits, including the recent radio smashes ‘Keep Me Crazy’ and ‘Coming Home’ and are well on their way to number five with the new single ‘Hometown’.

“This album has been over three years in the making and for it to reach the top is both satisfying and humbling,” said George Sheppard. “From years of recording, travelling the world, doing live shows and finally promoting the record across four states in the last week, it has been a long process and we’re just so glad that people are enjoying the album finally.”

“When you craft an album like this, you hope that it will connect, but to have real people turn up to the record store or jump online and support us by buying the record is what really matters,” saidAmy Sheppard. “Thank you to all our fans and those that have helped us on our journey. Our first number one album is such a special milestone for us…… we’ll be celebrating tonight!”

Refusing to be defined by either their success or their detractors, Sheppard have steered their own ship as an independent band, making their own decisions and building a dedicated team that has proven a strong alternative to the majors. ‘Watching the Sky’ is the fifth Australian album to top the ARIA albums chart this year, with all five coming from indie labels, highlighting a shift in the Australian music landscape.

“Sheppard have well and truly shown that even in the world of pop rock, independent is the way to go and it’s a sign that where Aussie music is concerned, the majors are well off the pace,” saidSheppard manager Michael Chugg. “This year’s albums chart is proof positive that Australian fans want Australian music and if the corporate record and media industries can’t or won’t meet the demand, the indie scene is ready, willing and able to step up and carry the torch for our culture.”

“When Sheppard had their first hit with ‘Let Me Down Easy’ they said it couldn’t be repeated,” said Chugg. “Then we had ‘Geronimo’ and they said it was a fluke. Now they’re up to hit number five and have proven today that they are a solid album band as well. These kids work damn hard and it’s time to step back to celebrate and respect what they have achieved both for themselves and for Australian independent music.”

‘Watching The Sky’ features 14 brand new Sheppard tracks including the Australian hits‘Hometown’, ‘Keep Me Crazy’ and ‘Coming Home’ and Latin American top 10 ‘Edge Of The Night’.

Australian pop/rock band 5SOS (5 SECONDS OF SUMMER) dominates Australian Charts with new single ‘Youngblood’, claiming No. 1 position on the ARIA Singles Chart, as announced this afternoon.  It is ARIA’s first Australian chart-topping single of 2018.  This success follows a No. 1 on the Apple Music Song Chart, the only local act to achieve this feat.  ‘Youngblood’ is the band’s second ARIA Number One single following ‘She Looks So Perfect’ in 2014. 

5SOS is in Australia for a high-profile promotional tour ahead of the release of third studio album, YOUNGBLOOD on June 22.  This week they announced their Meet You There national tour for August of this year, with tickets on sale now.  These all ages live dates will give fans the opportunity to hear new tracks ‘Want You Back’ and ‘Youngblood’, alongside old favourites like ‘She Looks So Perfect’, ‘Amnesia’ and more!

The Meet You There tour will kick off at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on August 9, followed by Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre on August 11, Festival Hall in Melbourne on August 13, Adelaide’s Thebarton Theatre on August 16 and concluding at HBF Stadium in Perth on August 18.

New single ‘Youngblood’ is dominating Australian charts – No. 1 on the ARIA Singles Chart, iTunes, Shazam and Apple Music, No. 2 on Spotify, and is a GLOBAL top 30 record. ‘Want You Back,’ the first single from the “Youngblood” album, debuted at No. 1 on iTunes in over 18 countries and has amassed more than 93 million streams worldwide.

Hailed as the “biggest new rock act in the world” by Rolling Stone, 5SOS is the only band (not vocal group) in history to see its first two full-length studio albums enter the Billboard200 at No. 1.  5SOS’s self-titled debut album has sold more than three million units worldwide, with 1.5 million albums and more than 4.5 million single tracks sold in the U.S. alone.  2015’s “Sounds Good Feels Good” charted at No. 1 in 12 countries, including Australia, the U.S. and the U.K. ‘She’s Kinda Hot,’ the album’s first single, topped the iTunes charts in 44 countries.

5SOS – comprising Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/ bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) – has won an American Music Award, a People’s Choice Award, an iHeartRadio Music Award, five MTV European Music Awards, two ARIA Awards and an MTV Video Music Award.

YOUNGBLOOD, the third studio album from 5SOS, is released on June 22 on EMI Music Australia – pre-order HERE.

 

 

5SOS MEET YOU THERE TOUR DATES – ALL AGES

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: 5sos.com & livenation.com.au

HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY                                                  THURSDAY AUGUST 9

CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE, BRISBANE     SATURDAY AUGUST 11

FESTIVAL HALL, MELBOURNE                                                    MONDAY AUGUST 13

THEBARTON THEATRE, ADELAIDE                                         THURSDAY AUGUST 16

HBF STADIUM, PERTH                                                                      SATURDAY AUGUST 18

 

Perth-based, electro-pop duo Leopard Lake have returned with their sophomore offeringFurther; an up-beat, off-kilter jam about love that exists in other worlds.

Further brings the warm vocals of Storm Wyness to the center, shedding the synthetic touches of last single Thinking Of You to create a more organic sound.

Dripping with nostalgia Further leans into influence from contemporary classics likeStranger Things creating a soft concept-track.

“We were really into creating this sort of science-fiction-romance pop song. Lyrically, it’s quite over the top and dramatic in theme,” said Wyness.

“But, at the bones of it, its about having your head stuck in the past and trying to get back to a feeling or some perfect moment in time.” 

Further is based on the idea of parallel universes, particularly around a relationshipthat is neither real or imagined but hidden in another reality,” said producerSam Ford.

“The instrumentation follows that idea with a looped out beat tripping over itself like fireworks. The song has relentless flow in a way that has no beginning or end.”

 

Elton John today announces ‘Revamp’, released on April 6th on EMI Music Australia. Bringing together a carefully curated selection of the world’s biggest and best artists, ‘Revamp’ sees Elton John and co-writer Bernie Taupin’s best loved songs reinterpreted by some of contemporary music’s most vital talents. The album spans a breathtaking array of styles, shining a light on Elton’s unparalleled influence across popular music of all genres, ranging from Hip-hop / Soul  (Q-Tip, Mary J Blige) to Rock (The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age) to Pop (Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, P!nk & Logic).

Elton John says: “‘It’s always a huge compliment when an artist loves your song enough to take the time and effort to rework it. As songwriters, Bernie and myself are thrilled when singers we admire and respect as much as those on Revamp choose to add their own unique twist in the process. It means that our music is still relevant and ultimately that our songs continue to reach new audiences. We’re humbled and thank them all for their generosity.”

‘Revamp’ Tracklisting:

  1. Bennie And The Jets  / Elton John, P!nk and Logic
  2. We All Fall In Love Sometimes / Coldplay
  3. I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues / Alessia Cara
  4. Candle In The Wind (2018 Version) / Ed Sheeran
  5. Tiny Dancer / Florence +The Machine
  6. Someone Saved My Life Tonight / Mumford & Sons
  7. Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word / Mary J. Blige
  8. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart / Q-Tip featuring Demi Lovato
  9. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters / The Killers
  10. Daniel / Sam Smith
  11. Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me / Miley Cyrus
  12. Your Song / Lady Gaga
  13. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road / Queens of the Stone Age

The calibre of names contributing to ‘Revamp’ is another reminder of Elton’s enduring popularity at a typically busy and prolific time for the superstar. Last month Elton announced his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour. Comprising of over 300 dates across five continents over three years, the tour kicks off in the US in September and marks the finale of 50 years on the road. The first 60 dates sold out immediately after going on general sale, confirming that the farewell tour will be some of, if not the, hottest gig tickets of the next three years.

Elton’s influence on the worlds of fashion and film also continues to burn as brightly as ever. Last year Gucci unveiled their Spring Summer 2018 collection designed by Alessandro Michele and inspired by Elton’s inimitable style, referencing original items taken from the style icon’s archives. Elton also appeared as himself in a critically lauded, hilariously tongue-in-cheek role in Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and his songs soundtrack the forthcoming ‘Sherlock Gnomes’. Last year also saw Elton and Bernie launch ‘The Cut’, a project allowing undiscovered creative talent from all over the world the chance to create the official music videos for some of their most iconic songs: ‘Rocket Man’‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘Bennie And The Jets’, each winning video attracting millions upon millions of Youtube views.

‘Revamp’ stands as yet another timely reminder of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s influence on the next generation of global stars at a time when their music continues to fill stadiums, sell albums and influence fashion. Elton stands alone as a true great, whose music still garners such admiration from a truly broad range of global stars. The release of ‘Revamp’ will also be accompanied by a Nashville influenced album ‘Restoration’, also released on April 6th on UMA, featuring Elton’s songs reinterpreted by the biggest in Country music, including Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Miley Cyrus and Willie Nelson.

‘Revamp’ released April 6th on EMI Music Australia, pre-order HERE