Category: Alternative

Legendary vocalist GEOFF TATE is coming back to Australia after his highly successful shows performing OPERATION MINDCRIME in its entirety back in pre-Covid 2020.

This time, Aussie fans are in for a real treat, GEOFF TATE and band will perform two classic QUEENSRŸCHE albums in their entirety, RAGE FOR ORDER and EMPIRE!

RAGE FOR ORDER:

RAGE FOR ORDER was more progressive than the band’s previous releases, with a layered and complex musical structure that employed a two-guitar approach, but also brought keyboards forward in the mix. Lyrically, the album explored social/personal, political and technological themes, among others highlighting the dangers of artificial intelligence and government intrusion.

You will get to hear, live, classics like Walk In The Shadows, I Dream In Infrared, Killing Words, Surgical Strike, every song from the album… ALL classics!!!!

Then after a short break, you will hear QUEENSRŸCHE‘s most commercially successful release to date, the multi-platinum worldwide smash, EMPIRE.

EMPIRE:

EMPIRE is the fourth full-length studio album by QUEENSRŸCHE, released on August 20, 1990. The album stands as QUEENSRŸCHE‘s most commercially successful release, reaching triple-platinum status and the primary single, the power ballad Silent Lucidity, which reached number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Silent Lucidity was also nominated for the Grammy Awards of 1992 in the categories Best Rock Song and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group.

Also hear other timeless tracks live such as Jet City Woman, Empire, Anybody Listening… the whole album, start to finish.

This will be a once in a lifetime experience for Australian fans… this won’t happen again. This will sell fast!

GEOFF TATE February 2023 Australian Tour Dates

Wednesday 8 February – MELBOURNE – Croxton

Thursday 9 February – SYDNEY – Manning

Friday 10 February – ADELAIDE – The Gov

PRE-SALE, EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE: MON 26 SEPTEMBER @ 10AM AEST – These are strictly limited, and there is no booking fee… so save some dollars, get in early. Early bird tickets via www.hardlinemedia.net

GENERAL PUBLIC TICKETS ON SALE: WED 28 SEP @ 10AM AEST.

LIMITED VIP MEET & GREET WITH GEOFF TATE, includes:

– Early access to the show and merch stand

– Get a photo on your phone/device with Geoff Tate

– Australian tour poster to get signed by Geoff Tate

– Exclusive VIP lanyard/laminate

– Bring along 2 personal items to get signed

– VIP TICKET INCLUDES ENTRY TO THE SHOW

Don’t miss seeing one of the most iconic voices of our Metal/Rock generation – Mr Geoff Tate.

TICKETS AND INFO:

WWW.HARDLINEMEDIA.NET

Dinosaur City Records, the Naarm/Melbourne-based independent label headed by Jordanne Chant, have announced a duo of shows in Sydney and Melbourne across October 2022.

The events will act as a label showcase, and as album launch shows for Workhorse’s debut albumNo Photographs and e4444e’s third full-length recordI Spend All Day Drawing a Circle, with the Melbourne show also serving as a single launch for industrial-pop artist REBEL YELL who will release new single ‘Protect’ via Dinosaur City Records on Wednesday October 5.

The first show will take place on Saturday October 15 at Colour Club, Melbourne, with Workhorse, e4444e, REBEL YELL and FBi Radio SMAC nominee Elmo Aoyama, while the second show will take place on Thursday October 20 at The Lansdowne, Sydney, with Workhorse, e4444e, Solo Career and Daily Toll.

Launched in 2017, Dinosaur City Records’ dedication to championing work from the Australian underground has seen them release artists such as Workhorse, Punko, Solo Career, Pillow Pro, Skydeck and e4444e to acclaim from Guardian, NME, Music Feeds, Pitchfork, Paper, Fader and Beat among others, with regular support from community radio across the country and multiple nominations for the AMP (Australian Music Prize) and FBi Radio SMAC Awards.

Just as England recently announced a new King, California rock legends Steel Panther have crowned Spyder as the new R.O.L.E…Ruler Of Low End.

The story of Spyder and Steel Panther is like one pulled from any great American love story. If you have seen The Notebook or Jaws, then you know exactly what we mean. Spyder and the guys have known each other for decades. But it was in 2018 that Spyder did his first live show with the band. Little did they know that those shows would be a foreshadowing of what destiny had in store for their collective futures. In 2021, the band found themselves in a pickle, they needed a bass player.

An exhaustive search brought many submissions and fans were treated to a variety of bassists on different tours. The band had even considered a few well-known bassists to fill the void. Throughout the five-week European tour in the summer of 2022, it became quite evident to all four guys that this lineup was unstoppable. A few more months of touring together perfected the new lineup and now anyone that has seen the band recently knows that Spyder is the perfect addition for Steel Panther. In other words, Spyder is the chocolate to Steel Panther’s peanut butter.

We wanted it to be you. We wanted it to be you so badly. So, it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but we want to do that because we want you. We want all of you, forever, you and us, every day. To us, you are perfect. You had us at hello. You complete us. We’re gonna need a bigger boat,” explains Steel Panther.

To coincide with the new bassist announcement, the newly whole Steel Panther are coming Down Under in October alongside Airbourne! More information on tickets and purchase links for all shows can be found at: http://mjrpresents.wpengine.com/steelpanther/.

Steel Panther will be hitting Powerstation in Auckland Monday 17 October, then will be joined for the Australian leg of the tour on Wednesday 19 October at Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Friday 21 October at Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, Saturday 22 October at Eatons Hill Hotel in Brisbane, and will finish in Melbourne on Sunday 23 October at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne!

Steel Panther has been hard at work at new material that will be released throughout 2022. More information for all things Steel Panther can be found at www.steelpantherrocks.com.

For the uninitiated, Steel Panther was formed in 2000.  Hailing from Los Angeles, the epicenter for rock n’ roll in all its debauchery and glamour, Steel Panther has established themselves as the world’s premier party band, melding hard rock virtuosity with parody and criminally good looks. Steel Panther is a global phenomenon with four full-length albums, touring across the world, platinum-level You Tube status and high-profile television appearances such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry King Now, and FOX NFL Sunday.

Rolling Stone avowed, “There’s a reason Steel Panther have transcended their origins as a cover band playing the Sunset Strip,” while Metal Sucks declared, Steel Panther’s concept is genius…their songwriting is…preposterously snappy – and relatable.”

Tickets are on sale now for Steel Panther’s New Zealand date at Powerstation and Steel Panther and Airbourne Australian dates at http://mjrpresents.wpengine.com/steelpanther/.

The band has once again teamed up with Radio Birdman/The New Christs front man Rob Younger to produce the track which finds the Wollongong five piece exploring their lighter, power pop side and in the process creating a perfect anthem for the forthcoming spring and summer.

Vocalist Richie Lewis discusses how the inspiration for the track stems way back to the 90’s, “I was living in Byron Bay in the 90s, the smell of patchouli and marijuana smoke drifted on the summer breeze, I loved the transient nature of the place, the drifters and backpackers, searching for themselves and fresh experience, it was an exciting energy to be around, to have no fixed address, to be a world nomad. I enjoyed talking to travellers here and there at the Rails or wherever and remain distant friends to a couple of the people I met and it has been interesting living vicariously through their travels on facebook, viewing their continuing journey from afar. Patchouli girl is about one of them, searching the world to find herself.”

Recorded at Rancom Studios in Sydney with Brent Clark behind the desk, for ‘Patchouli Girl’ they enlisted Bill Gibson (formerly of the Eastern Dark & Lemonheads) to provide backing vocals and Daniel Barden to play Trumpet. The single is accompanied by a music video made by Melbourne animator Lluis Sanchez.

Tumbleweed celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2021 with the release of a 7” singles box set and tour (which was eventually completed despite some covid related setbacks) before digitally releasing the majority of their back catalogue for the first time in 2022, after they were able to gain ownership of their back catalogue. The band have continued to play live through 2022 at festivals such as Springloaded and Uncaged, as well as a stadium support with Kiss.

To celebrate the single, they have also released a limited edition shirt featuring artwork to replicate Lluis Fuzzhoud’s cover art and video clip.
You can purchase the shirt here.

Perth based rock sensations, SEAWITCH, featuring Fiona Horne of Def FX and Dave (Spiff) Hopkins of Hellmenn, are casting their spell on Victoria with three high profile shows this Halloween/Melbourne Cup Eve long weekend, to launch their debut album, Well Of Spells, out 21st October on Cheersquad Records.

In addition to appearances at the Do The Pop Festival in Port Campbell down the Great Ocean Road on October 29, and a guest spot with US band Stoner, featuring Brant Bjork  and Nick Oliveri of Kyuss and Queens of the Stoneage, on their sold out Gaso show on October 30Seawitch have announced they will be hosting their own HALLOWEEN ROCK’N’ROLL BALL at the Tote on October 31, which this year falls on the eve of the Melbourne Cup public holiday.

Joining Seawitch at the Rock’n’Roll Halloween Ball will be Melbourne inner city rock’n’roll mainstays HOSS, up & coming gorgeous gang ELECTRIC PURRS, and, fresh from the launch of her new book Sound As EverDJ JANE GAZZO.

With their national run with The Chats kicking off tomorrow in Hobart, Melbourne’s new three-guitar power pop act The Prize have launched an eye-catching new video for the title track of their debut EP Wrong Side Of Town.

The group and their label Anti-Fade have also announced a repress of the EP, which sold out immediately upon release last Friday. New red vinyl and blackvinyl editions can be pre-ordered via Bandcamphere, while a very limited white vinyl run on white vinyl with an alternative sleeve can be pre-ordered from Rough Trade in the UK here

Today the band’s drummer/vocalist Nadine Muller sat down for a chat with Dave Griffiths about the tour.

It is one of the hottest soundtracks of the year and if you are a fan of heavy music you need to have a copy of The Retaliators Soundtrack in your collection – but what does it feel like to not only have a song on the soundtrack but to have also had the opportunity to act in the film.

For Eva Under Fire lead singer Amanda Lyberg that has been become reality. A fan of movie soundtracks herself she could not be more happy about the fact that the band’s song Blow made the final cut of the soundtrack.

Recently in an exclusive interview with Dave Griffiths she talked about her role in the film and how Blow came to be on the soundtrack – you can take a listen to that interview right here.

UK shoegaze pioneers, Ride, will tour Australia and New Zealand this November! 
Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their debut full length album, Nowhere, by playing it in full for their fans!

Originally released in October 1990, Nowhere is been called one of the ‘greatest albums of the shoegaze genre’ by AllMusic and a ‘Masterpiece’ by Rolling Stone. It has also featured in Top Albums of the 90’s and Top Albums Of All Time by Pitchfork and Spin respectively as well as the legendary reference book, ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.’

Featuring the bands biggest song, Vapour Trail, Nowhere is the blueprint for an entire sub-genre.

Ride were dubbed ’shoegazers’ by the British music press for their shy disposition and head down, focused concentration on their guitar pedals when playing live. Little did anyone expect the term to go on and create a new genre that would become one of the most enduring over the coming decades! Combining the trembling distortion laid down by earlier influences like The Smiths, My Bloody Valentine and the Britpop invasion with more direct and simpler melodies and etherial vocals, Ride created a sound that was one of hopeless optimism.

Their early live shows created a buzz not seen in years. With guitars and sound the focus over the late 80’s theatrics that by then were dead and buried, the band achieved a following in six months that other bands too six years to reach. A string of EP’s released in quick succession set the scene for their debut full length, Nowhere, to drop in late 1990 to blanket critical appreciation. It was full of angst but it was ecstatic. It was hypnotic but it was raw and it made them one of the biggest UK bands of the 90’s.

They spent most of ’91 on the road which included their first visit to Australia. Over the next half a decade, Ride were in their element. Each release building on the one before it and growing their global fanbase to exponential levels that put them ahead of their contemporaries by a country mile. Inevitably their non-stop schedule took its toll and in 1996 the band announced their breakup.

Ride reformed in 2014 and released their first album in 21 years called ‘Weather Diaries‘ in 2017, which received critical and commercial acclaim. They followed it up in 2019 with ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ which saw the band embracing their new found creativity and rejuvenated dynamic. The album landed at #7 in the UK, their highest chart position in 25 years!

Ride are currently working on new material but until then make sure you get to one of the shows for a timely reminder of just how brilliant, how different, how influential, and how fundamental Ride were to what has since followed!

TOUR DATES
Tuesday, November 29: The Gov, Adelaide
Wednesday, November 30: The Forum, Melbourne
Thursday, December 1: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday, December 2: Princess Theatre, Brisbane
Sunday, December 4: Freo Social, Perth
Tuesday, December 6: The Studio, Auckland
 

Early Bird Pre-sales: Wednesday, August 31 @ 9.00am local 
General On Sale: Friday, September 2 @ 9.00am local
AU: https://bit.ly/RIDE-EB
NZ: https://bit.ly/RIDE-EBNZ