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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 24, 2018

The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is back in 2019 and the Series One announcement is nothing short of massive! Featuring Australia’s favourite son Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton and Chocolate Starfish, the run of eight dates takes in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. With such a stellar line-up, it isn’t hard to see why the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR has earned the reputation as one of the best regional festivals on the touring circuit.

Promoter Duane McDonald, who established the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR over a 9 years ago, had a strong vision from the start about bringing world-class rock acts to regional areas. “Our ethos starting out was to take the type of artists you would see performing at festivals in metro centres, and bring them to the regions,” he says. “Music fans are everywhere, and just because they don’t live in a capital city doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have access to some of the best live acts. We are so proud to have grown the festival to encompass dozens of shows – across three different series annually – with bills that include some of the world’s most iconic artists. We are excited about 2019 and Series One is going to rock the socks off of music fans!”


Jimmy Barnes is synonymous with Australian rock’n’roll. He is also no stranger to the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR.  As the legendary frontman of Cold Chisel, and though his own chart-topping solo career, his incendiary live show now includes classics like Khe Sanh, Flame Trees, Working Class Man and No Second Prize. Jimmy recently enjoyed his 15th #1 album in his homeland – surpassing the Beatles’ record. Over the last two years his two volumes of memoirs – Working Class Boy and Working Class Man have both been bestselling books and they have also both won ABIA Awards as Australia’s Best Biography. The associated Stories & Songs tours have attracted some of the best reviews of Jimmy’s already stellar career so he is literally in ‘Red Hot’ form right now. Any time in the company of Jimmy Barnes is the epitome of a rock experience, and his performances on the 2019 RED HOT SUMMER TOUR promise to deliver all that and more!

There is no doubt about it, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are responsible for some of the most anthemic punk and rock music of all time. Cherry Bomb is a track embraced by girls all over the world, young and old.  Bad Reputation, was recently certified as a digital Gold Record. Joan Jett’s songs are all over TV and Film. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is one of the most respected performers of all time. Her music is pure Rock and Roll, and she likes her Rock and Roll serious. Joan Jett is as relevant today, as when she started out. Audiences at the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR will be treated to timeless rock anthems such as I Love Rock N Roll, I Hate Myself for Loving You, Crimson and Clover, Do You Wanna Touch, Cherry Bomb, Bad Reputation, and Little Liar, to name a few. Joan’s legacy has grown as a result of decades of hard work and unwavering dedication to her principles. Her live show has always been legendary. If you miss this – give up!

The Living End are considered Australian rock royalty, and for good reason. Their blistering live performances have seen them perform far and wide, and their reputation precedes them, they rock from the first note to the last. When The Living End first smashed onto the scene in 1997 with their double-A single Prisoner of Society and Second Solution, they embraced a new Australian sound and fans and critics sat up and listened. Since then they have released seven studio albums, two of which have debuted at #1 on the ARIA Chart – four of those are Platinum and two are Gold. They have been nominated for an incredible 27 ARIA Awards. They are close to releasing their eighth studio album and audiences at the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR will get to see the band in full flight!

As one of the country’s most revered guitarists, Diesel first burst onto the music scene as Johnny Diesel and The Injectors and instantly turned heads. When he went solo, he earned even more fans, both across the blues and rock scene and with hits like Tip of My Tongue, Cry in Shame, Come to Me and Never Miss Your Water, plus many more. He is the musician’s musician – his performances are multifaceted, audiences are treated to great vocals while being mesmerised by his guitar solos. RED HOT SUMMER TOUR audiences are certainly in for a treat.

Richard Clapton is an artist of legendary status. With songs such as Deep Water, Capricorn Dancer and Girls On The Avenue in his arsenal, Richard has captivated audiences for decades. He released his debut Prussian Blue in 1973 and has never looked back. Still making music and still performing to packed houses, he is a true pioneer of the rock scene. With a career spanning four decades, he has a wealth of experiences, all of which are channelled into every performance. His inclusion on the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is an exciting one for music fans.

For music lovers looking for a special bit of concert showmanship, then look no further than Chocolate Starfish. Fronted by the enigmatic Adam Thompson, the band is known for their high energy live performances. With songs like Four Letter Word, Mountain and You’re So Vain, Chocolate Starfish powered onto the Australian music scene in the 1990s and quickly cemented themselves as an influential force. They produced two Top 10 albums and six Top 50 singles, and their inclusion on the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR again in 2019 is by popular demand.

The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is always a sell-out series. The 2018 run saw many of the shows sell-out several months before and tickets are always coveted. Don’t miss out on tickets to the 2019 tour – these shows are what music memories are made of!

Tickets are on sale at 9am AEST on Thursday 28th June 2018. Tickets are only available through authorised ticket outlets listed. Patrons are advised not to purchase tickets from Viagogo or other Third Party Sellers, as fraudulent tickets will not be honoured. Please only use the authorised sellers listed below.

Saturday 12th January 2019
Mary Ann Reserve, MANNUM SA
Sounds By The River
Ticketmaster 136 100 |
Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton & Chocolate Starfish

Sunday 13th January 2019
Sandalford Wines, SWAN VALLEY WA
Ticketek 13 28 49 |
Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 19th January 2019
Mornington Racecourse, MORNINGTON VIC
Ticketmaster 136 100 |
Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 26th January 2019
Country Club Lawns, LAUNCESTON TAS
Ticketmaster 136 100 |
Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton & Chocolate Starfish

Sunday 27th January 2019
North Gardens, BALLARAT VIC
Ticketmaster 136 100 |
Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 2nd February 2019
 Ticketmaster 136 100 |
Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton & Chocolate Starfish

Sunday 3rd February 2019
Ticketmaster 136 100 |
Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton & Chocolate Starfish

Saturday 9th February 2019
Sandstone Point Hotel, BRIBIE ISLAND QLD
 Ticketmaster 136 100 |
Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton & Chocolate Starfish

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 24, 2018

You’ve all seen or heard about the hit comedy film Wayne’s World, in which Wayne and his friend Garth broadcast a public-access TV show from Wayne’s parents’ basement. You may also know Marc Maron, the American comedian who famously did a podcast called WTF with Marc Maron, from his garage in Highland Park, Los Angeles and featured all kinds of guests including Robin Williams, Lorne Michaels, and President Barack Obama. Here too in Australia there’s a little garage broadcasting going on, more specifically The Muso Channel which operates out of a garage in Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs.

The Muso Channel is the brainchild of drummer Pino Bertolini, who started out broadcasting a show called Drum Talk. After a chat with his friend, instrument repairer and musician, Will Musig, they decided to expand the telecasts and include Guitar Talk, which Will hosts every Wednesday night at 8.30pm. Primarily the Muso Channel is a public radio station but also broadcasts live via Facebook. The recorded shows are then uploaded to YouTube.

“Pino contacted me and asked if I wanted to do a radio show,” explains Will of Guitar Talk’s origins. “Pino said, you have the contacts etc, you know everyone in the industry. So I started Guitar Talk and we’ve done over a dozen or so shows now. On the Muso Channel there’s Drum Talk, Guitar Talk, On The Mic, which is a vocal arts music school teacher promoting her students and introducing other singers. We also have Can-Do Radio, a podcast from Sydney that Pino puts on. The guy that runs it is disabled and he puts disabled musicians on the show. So If we can help out musicians with disabilities, we’ll do it as much as we can.”

Will Musig has been a working musician and instrument repairer for many years and currently has a repair shop set up at GH Music in Flemington. For Will, the Guitar Talk show is a labour of love and something he’s really serious about, even going to the extent of getting some media training from legendary broadcaster John Deeks. Will wants to give a voice to all facets of the industry from stalwart musicians like Joey Amenta, Rob Little and Jeremy Alsop, “who helped set up our industry”, to multi-cultural artists such as Turkish musician Erkan. “I had Erkan come on because I had someone blow out,” said Will. “It was great because I wanted to bring a little Turkish culture to the show. I will bring on Italian musicians, Sudanese anyone, from wherever. They’re all part of our industry and need to be heard.”

So far, Will has hosted shows with local musician identities such as Marcel And Joe Yammouni, Joey Amenta, Marcello Grassi, Tom Baepler, Michael DeLorenzis and Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips. There have also been online gear demos and reviews. Will hope to include some international guests at some point too. And Will’s favourite musician interview so far? “The show that I was most nervous about but the most prepared, was having bass player Jeremy Alsop on because he has done so much and he’s so humble.”
Muso Channel Facebook page
Muso Channel on YouTube

With an international network and global listening platform worldwide, The Muso Channel features regular shows in 2018 including:
Monday nights: Drum Talk radio hosted by Pino Bertolini at 8pm
Tuesday nights: On the Mic hosted by Vocal Art Studios at 8pm
Wednesday nights: Can do radio hosted by Andrew Hewitt at 7pm
Wednesday nights: Guitar Talk hosted by Will Musig at 8pm
AND more special shows and features coming soon including LIVE Jamm at Musicland!

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Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - June 23, 2018

During the week, Fender Musical Instrument company gathered dealers into Sydney for a look at their new releases for second half of the year and also presented a Custom Shop event. Among those on hand from Fender headquarters to greet the dealers and outline the proceedings for the next six months were Justin Norvell, Snr Vice President Product and Mike Lewis, VP Product Development – Fender Custom Shop.

The most significant release of the week was the presentation of the new Player Series, a tremendous progression on the Standard series of guitars. The Player Series features new Alnico pickups, replacing the ceramics, improved body radii, upgraded bridges, 22 fret necks, new colours, classic spaghetti logo and ‘F’ stamped neck plate. Check out our interview about the Player Series with Justin Norvell below.

In the Fender Artist series, we were honoured to have a first look at the new Corona-made USA Flea Jazz Bass Active, featuring 2 piece Alder body, Quartsawn maple neck, ‘C’ shape neck, 22 medium frets, Fender Custom humbucking bridge pickup, 12”-16” compound radius, Hi-Mass bridge, and Aguilar OBP-1 18 volt preamp.

Also on its way is the Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster with alder body, period-accurate glass polyester finish, 3 custom ceramic single-coil Strat pickups, Modern ‘C’ shape neck, bullet truss rod nut, rosewood fingerboard, unique pickup switching, 70s era headstock and logo.

The Johnny Marr Jaguar we already knew about, featuring Lake Placid Blue limited run, maple neck based on Marr’s 1965 Jaguar, vintage style heel truss rod adjustment, custom-wound bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coil pickups, 4 position plade switch mounted in lower-horn chrome plate, dual upper-horn switches, jaguar bridge with Mustang saddles and vintage style floating tremolo tailpiece and ‘taller’ trem arm with nylon sleeve insert to prevent arm swing. A couple more Artist models, which we saw but were sworn to secrecy about, are currently at prototype stage and due for release later in the year.

Also on view were the Limited Edition 60th anniversary Triple Jazzmaster and Classic Jazzmaster. Several models in the Classic Series are new too including a ‘50s Strat Lacquer , 60s Strat Lacquer , 50s Tele Lacquer, ‘50s P Bass Lacquer, 60s Jazz Bass Lacquer and classic series ‘60s Jaguar Lacquer.

Amp-wise, new models to the Mustang GT Amp toolbox are Mesa Boogie Mark iiC+, Bassbreaker 15, Studio Tube Pre Amp, Dual Showman and Acoustasonic Simulator. New effects include; Metal Gate, Modulated Small Hall Reverb, Modulated Large hall Reverb, Boutique Drive, Sustain, Modulated Analog Delay and Fender Blender.

In their ukulele line, Fender continue to buck convention with their unique Fender headstock models including two new Signature ukes dedicated to Grace Vanderwaal, their youngest signature artist ever.

The grander, official release on all of this gear occurs at Summer NAMM in Nashville next week.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 20, 2018

Over 100 music making activities in 80 locations around Australia is a great start for Make Music Day Australia.

 On Thursday, Australians will join the global celebration of music making, where in 800 places in over 125 countries, people will be making music on June 21.

Thank you to all the organisations, councils and schools that have participated in 2018 Make Music Australia. 

Follow this link to see details of all the performances.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra leads Australia’s first international Make Music Day event with global livestream of Verdi’s Requiem concert

Live from the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra will mark Australia’s first flagship event in the international Make Music Day celebrations with a global broadcast of its performance of Verdi’s Requiem on 21 June.

The livestream will be available free of charge for 24 hours from 6.30pm on Thursday, 21 June AEST.

 Check out the landing page that will show you how to access the live stream.

 Support all the wonderful music makers taking part in Make Music Day Australia – check out the program for an event near you.

You can also check out livestreams from around the world by clicking this link.

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Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - June 20, 2018

New Electric Guitars, Basses Provide Official Entry Point for Artists, Players Ready To Commit With Often Imitated But Never Duplicated Fender Gear

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released a new line of electric guitars and basses for aspiring players and artists who represent the future of guitar. Dubbed the “Player Series,” the line will establish a new level of excellence for players ready to take that next step in their musical journey with Fender’s iconic models–whether their dreams lie on a big stage or in a garage band and beyond.

Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips was at the Sydney Fender event today and spoke to Senior Vice President-product, Justin Norvell about the new Player Series

The Player Series replaces the Standard Series and is the new foundational offering and first official step into Fender’s electric guitar product lines. Built for players who dream of taking their art to the next level, these guitars have a signature sound and classic look that only Fender’s iconic models can provide. The ultimate creative partner, Fender Player Series guitars and basses are the respected and legitimate choice, unlocking infinite creative opportunities for players who choose to pair their individual style with Fender’s often imitated, but never duplicated gear; and with every detail considered in the design process, these models are the best builds ever offered in the $1149 – $1349 price range.

“As artists dig deep to find new sounds and means of expression, the guitar continues to be central to so much of this creativity that’s happening in music and culture,” said Justin Norvell, SVP Fender Products. “We hope to empower the next generation of artists and players by arming them with the best tools to help bring their craft to life. The Players Series guitars embody that coveted Fender sound and form that has made our guitars iconic with so many generations of creators.”

Respecting Fender’s heritage while maintaining an innovative spirit, the Player Series blends authentic Fender tone, sound and style with a modern edge that’s versatile enough to handle any style of music. The series sets a new benchmark for quality and performance, with upgraded features, including Alnico pickups for all models, updated body radii, 22 fret necks, upgraded bridges, fresh, bold colours and a revised classic logo for a more traditional look. With 94 SKUs across 21 models and hero colours including Sage Green, Polar White, Tide Pool, Butter Cream, and Sonic Red, artists and players can express themselves in limitless ways.

The new line is already being used across genres including punk, jazz, country, rock and more by top artists, such as: Turnstile, Mattson 2, Whitey Morgan, Cherry Glazerr, Melanie Faye, Jeff Gilteman and Saya Gray – accompanying each on their musical journey toward exceptional artistry.

The Fender Player Series includes the following models:

•Player Stratocaster® Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Stratocaster® Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Stratocaster® Left-Handed, Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Stratocaster® Left-Handed, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Stratocaster® HSS, Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Stratocaster® HSS, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Stratocaster® HSH, Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Stratocaster® HSH, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Stratocaster® Plus Top, Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Stratocaster® HSS Plus Top, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Stratocaster® Floyd Rose®, Maple Fingerboard $1299

•Player Stratocaster® Floyd Rose®, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1349

•Player Telecaster® Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Telecaster® Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Telecaster® Left-Handed, Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Telecaster® Left-Handed, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Telecaster® HH, Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Telecaster® HH, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Jaguar® Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Jaguar® Bass Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Jaguar® Bass Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Jazzmaster® Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Precision Bass® Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Precision Bass® Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Precision Bass® Left-Handed, Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Precision Bass® Left-Handed, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Jazz Bass® Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Jazz Bass® Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Jazz Bass® Left-Handed, Maple Fingerboard $1149

•Player Jazz Bass® Left-Handed, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Jazz Bass® Fretless, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1199

•Player Jazz Bass® V, Pau Ferro Fingerboard $1349

Fender Australia website

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 19, 2018

Dubbed the Jimi Hendrix of the Hammond Organ, Lachy Doley is one of the most celebrated blues soul and rock organ players in the world today. At the Northcote Social Club on Sunday 17 June, Lachy’s power trio consisting of bass, drums, and Doley on the Hammond plus the incredibly rare 70 stringed Hohner D6 Whammy Clavine, lit up the room with an energetic set. Jason Rosewarne was there to capture the tremendous vibe.

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - June 19, 2018

I caught up with singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and fabulous art rock exponent Annie Clark aka St Vincent on the phone prior to her performance at Dark Mofo in Tasmania last Friday. “Hobart is lovely,” she tells me. Turns out so is Annie. By Greg Phillips Charting the progress of any…

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Posted in MGS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - June 18, 2018

With a blend of pop, soul and rock music, Abbey Stone has spent her time between New York, Nashville, Los Angeles and Australia writing & recording her own music, as well as performing headline sets across America & Australia, playing venues such as the iconic Bluebird Cafe, Antiques Archaeology in…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - June 17, 2018

Just under a decade ago, Ohad Rein aka Old Man River was enjoying a run of hits such as Trousers, La and You’re On My Mind on high rotation with Triple J. Ohad spent the best part of another decade then travelling and concentrating on family, as well as making music but in other parts of the world. On June 15th Old Man River returned with a new album ILOVEYOUSORRYPLEASEFORGIVEMETHANKYOU and a small run of selected live dates. Jason Rosewarne caught all of the action Ohad’s Melbourne gig on the weekend at the fabulous new venue The Fyrefly, which resides in the basement of the Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda. Check out Jason’s fab photos below.

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Posted in MGS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - June 16, 2018

Exhibitor Contact Information: Electric Factory Pty Ltd 188 Plenty Road Preston VIC 3072 03 9474 1000 About the Exhibitor: Electric Factory (ELFA), established in 1972, is a musical instrument and related products importer wholesale distributor. There are hundreds of excellent music retail stores located throughout Australia. All of these retail…

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