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LOCAL METAL COMMUNITY SHOWS HEART

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 23, 2017

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Australian metal community comes together to assist Kai Goddard

One of the finest attributes of the Australian spirit is Mateship. Helping your mates without question and without expectation. The Australian heavy metal scene is no exception with mateship deeply entrenched within. It’s this mateship and support that has lead to many of the country’s leading heavy bands to rally around young Kai Goddard, the son of Sydney rock photographer Mick Goddard.

Kai was born on May 27, 2008 with the odds stacked against him. It was discovered during a difficult pregnancy that he had ‘tetralogy of fallot’ essentially, a hole in his heart. His liver was also outside of his body. Kai’s condition was so high risk that his parents Mick and Lisa were advised to terminate him. He had a 1 in 4 chance of making it.

Immediately after Kai was born, several surgeries were performed to put his liver back and repair his heart. Complications were inevitable and Kai suffered a collapsed lung, his liver dislodged and moved into his chest cavity, and the doctors found his appendix in his scrotum. Kai had 4 surgeries in his first 4 months of life and spent his first 80 days in the hospital.

During operation number 5, Kai suffered a major heart attack which required him to go on an ECMO machine which pumped his blood for him.  He stayed on it for 11 days. Usually after 2 days, you don’t come off it alive and the Doctors told Mick and Lisa to be prepared to say goodbye. Ultimately Kai’s spirit and will to survive got him (and his parents) through one of the toughest ordeals possible.

For a very in depth article of Kai’s earliest days on this planet please read Mick’s story at
Miracle Babies

While surviving his first year with more battle scars than most people collect over a lifetime, Kai still requires constant medical care and attention. As he approaches his 9th birthday, Kai continues to undergo operations and suffers from myriad health problems.

This is where the metal community steps in. Mick along with one of the nation’s greatest ever guitar players, Stu Marshall (ex Dungeon, Death Dealer, Empires Of Eden)  have assembled a fundraiser CD to assist in covering the immense medical costs facing Kai and his family. All tracks have been graciously donated by the bands and the artwork & layout has been donated by All Things Rotten

page 1 front coverThe CD is called Kingdom Of Kai and features top Australian metal acts including
Lord
Taberah
Vanishing Point
Silent Knight
Mason
and many more

A devoted metal fan and keen drummer, Kai is an ambassador for Aussie metal and his Dad takes a mean gig photo too!

Kingdom Of Kai is $15 plus postage and ALL profits will go straight to the Goddard family.
You can pick up a copy from www.kingdomofkai.bigcartel.com

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SIX QUIX WITH MARGARET GLASPY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 22, 2017

Margaret Glaspy was recently in Australia, impressing audiences while playing tracks from her fab debut album ‘Emotions and Math‘.  Australian Musician ran 6 Quix by the talented New York based singer songwriter.

Here’s a link to the full interview we did with Margaret

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STEVE HACKETT ‘GENESIS REVISITED’ OZ TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2017

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Steve Hackett
, as the powerhouse guitarist for Genesis, inarguably one of the most important progressive rock bands ever, has been a guiding influence for musicians and guitarists for over 40 years and finally he comes to Australia, playing classic Genesis tunes from that band’s golden era.

Steve has released more than 30 solo albums as well as the seven albums he recorded with Genesis.  In 2010, Steve was inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame.  As lead guitarist with Genesis he was part of the classic Peter Gabriel era line up which produced acclaimed albums such as The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway, Foxtrot and Selling England by the Pound (a favourite of John Lennon). Steve’s compositional prowess and extraordinary versatility in both his electric & acoustic guitar playing, is influenced by Rock, Jazz, World Music and Blues. With Genesis, Steve’s guitar playing produced some of their most memorable moments, from the sensitivity of his acoustic sound on Horizons and Blood on the Rooftops to the dramatic rock guitar solos of Firth of Fifth and Fountain of Salmacis.

Genesis, only ever made it to Australia once, in 1986 – years after Steve and singer Peter Gabriel left the band, so Steve is making it up to fans by bringing some Genesis magic to our shores. Genesis classics ‘’Dance On A Volcano’’ and ‘’Eleventh Earl Of Mar’’ have never been performed here, and Steve’ s incendiary guitar work on a magnum opus such as ‘’Dancing With The Moonlit Knight’’ will have jaws dropping.

In this special Australian only show, Steve will also perform a couple of songs from his forthcoming album, The Night Siren before whetting the appetite for a grand finale that will leave fans ecstatic.

‘’I’ll be playing there for the first time and I’m hugely looking forward to it! It’ll be great to meet fans and friends, and I know it’s an incredibly beautiful country. I’m bringing a special set, including big favourites like ‘’Supper’s Ready’’, ‘’The Musical Box’’ and ‘’Firth of Fifth’’ amongst many other stellar Genesis numbers and some solo. I can’t wait!’’
— Steve Hackett

Steve Hackett: Tour Dates:

Friday 28th July – AUCKLAND, Town Hall (Genesis Revisited extended show)
Wednesday 2nd August – BRISBANE, Tivoli (Genesis Revisited extended show)
Friday 4th August – SYDNEY, Enmore (Genesis Revisited extended show)
Saturday 5th August – MELBOURNE, Palais (Genesis Revisited extended show)

Tickets:
Pre-sale: Wednesday 28th March, 10am – 6pm Local Time
General Public On sale: Thursday 29th March 10am Local Time
Ticket info here

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ROLLING STONES MEMBERS IN TOWN!

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 20, 2017

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It’s always a good week when members of The Rolling Stones band are in town. Long time Stones’ backing vocalist Bernard Fowler and horn guy (since 1999) Tim Ries, are in Australia under the moniker of The Rolling Stones Project for a 4 state tour beginning with a four night residency at Melbourne jazz club Bird’s Basement.

The Rolling Stones Project is a concept Tim created a decade ago, in which a 6 piece ensemble play jazz-tinged versions of classic Rolling Stones songs. Tim and Bernard have  performed Ries’ multi-genre arrangements of Stones material all over the world and the project has been officially endorsed by Jagger, Richards, Watts and Woods, with all four having made appearances on Tim’s recordings.

Ries’ Rolling Stones Project has released two albums of Stones material, The Rolling Stones Project in 2005 and Stones World in 2008, which featured Latin and African flavoured treatments of Stones songs such as Brown Sugar, Fool To Cry, Miss You and Hey Negrita to name a few.

Standby for an Australian Musician interview with Bernard and Tim later this week

The Rolling Stones Project kick off their Australian tour at Birds Basement this Wednesday night:
22-25 March, Bird’s Basement, Melbourne
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28 March, Lizottes, Newcastle
29 March, The Basement, Sydney (2 shows)
2 April, Ellington Jazz Club, Perth
8 April, Brisbane River Jazz Festival

www.timries.com

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RIP CHUCK BERRY. HAIL HAIL ROCK N ROLL

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 18, 2017

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One of the true pioneers of rock n roll Chuck Berry has died at the age of  90 in the US state of Missouri on Saturday March 18.  Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr wrote the book on rock n roll guitar. Elvis may have been dubbed the king but he never had the iconic guitar licks that Berry invented. In a career spanning seven decades Berry boasted a string of hits, including classics like Roll Over Beethoven, Maybellene, Johnny B. Goode, rock n Roll Music, No Particular Place To Go and many others. Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive, with lyrics successfully aimed to appeal to the early teenage market. Even at the age of 90 he was still recording with a new album titled Chuck due for release this year. RIP Chuck Berry. Hail hail rock n roll.

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MEL FEST: CONCERT FOR MEL

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 17, 2017

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MEL FEST – Croxton Bandroom – Friday 7th April 2017

Friends of Mel (Melissa) McNamara have arranged a special show at the Croxton Bandroom on Friday 7th April to show their support as she battles a third round with cancer, called Mel Fest. Lending their talents on the night will be Paul Dempsey performing solo and acoustic, the Glenn Richards Five Piece, Dan Kelly on his own-some, cancer survivor Dan Brodie and Krista Polvere, as well as some special surprise guests to be revealed on the night.

Mel McNamara moved to Melbourne from Adelaide almost 20 years ago and quickly became friends with many musicians working as a photographer before moving in to magazine production. Mel’s husband Andrew “Skipper” Skim is also actively involved in live music as a lighting technician for Augie March as well as the Meredith and Golden Plains festivals, even whilst the couple relocated to New York for ten years, their visits coincided with the events. They are now back in Melbourne with their young family and the return of breast cancer has been even tougher than before.

One of the friends behind Mel Fest is singer songwriter Krista Polvere, who also relocated to Melbourne from Adelaide and spent time in the USA in between. Krista felt helpless when Mel was diagnosed with cancer again but wanted to do something to show support and give her friend a special night to look forward to. “Having her closest mates by her side is helping Mel a great deal. She’s the kindest soul I’ve ever met and has been there for me consistently in so many ways. Our friendship is unique and there are some people who you know your lives are meant to be shared with forever. Thanks for being my rock Mel I hope I’m being yours,” said Krista Polvere.

MEL FEST
FRIDAY 7TH APRIL 2017
CROXTON BANDROOM
Doors 8pm

PAUL DEMPSEY – solo and acoustic
GLENN RICHARDS FIVE-PIECE
DAN KELLY – solo
DAN BRODIE
KRISTA POLVERE

Tickets $35 on sale now from thecroxton.oztix.com.au
(or $40 at the door if still available)

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ARCHER’S SWEETHEART TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 17, 2017

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Melbourne-based crooner ARCHER brings the past to the present with his ye-olden-day ballads from a time when basic manners mattered and true style was … well, in style. Archer’s new single, My Little Sweet Aussie Sweetheart is a beautiful rediscovery of Mike O’Malley’s little known original ballad from the 1950’s. It’s a sunburnt rambler and is as refreshingly humble as the man behind the voice that croons it.  It’s a deceptively simple tune, but therein lies the charm, a timeless little lovesong that catches in your bones, sung in Archer’s matchless and haunting voice.  The track was lovingly engineered by Alex Bennett (CW Stoneking) and recorded straight to tape, resulting in that perfect lo-fi feel.  Archer was honoured to put his spin on the classic, saying with his unreal Aussie charm, “It feels damn good to bring an old fair dinkum forgotten Australian love song out again.  It’s a huggin’ your Grandma kind of a song – livin’ and dyin’ music, somethin’ or nothin’ music.”

The enigmatic performer will embark on a massive tour that will hit capital cities and picturesque regional venues across the country throughout March, April and May, kicking off in Bendigo at Old Church On The Hill on March 17, and wrapping up with a headline show at The Gasometer in Melbourne on May 27.

In true Archer style, and in honour of all the sweet Aussie sweethearts out there, he is also offering free admission to any of his shows to all women over 65.  He will also be stopping off at nursing homes and retirement villages for free shows along the way, saying, “The nursing homes are the goldmines…the old people have much to teach us, and they can do a helluva lot more than just catch flies!”

ARCHER ‘MY LITTLE SWEET AUSSIE SWEETHEART’ SHOWS

FRI 17 MAR | OLD CHURCH ON THE HILL, BENDIGO VIC | ALL AGES
SAT 18 MAR | MAJOR TOM’S, KYNETON VIC | 18+ |
FRI 24 MAR | SMITH’S ALTERNATIVE, CANBERRA ACT | ALL AGES
SAT 25 MAR | TOOSES, BOWRAL NSW | 18+
WED 29 MAR | JANE’S, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+ | DOOR SALES ONLY
THU 30 MAR | THE GRAND JUNCTION, MAITLAND NSW | 18+ | FREE
FRI 31 MAR | THE STAG & HUNTER, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+ | FREE
SAT 1 APR | DJANGO BAR, SYDNEY NSW | 18+ |
SAT 8 APR | WEBB & CO, BATHURST NSW | 18+ | FREE
WED 19 APR | THE CAMBUS WALLACE, GOLD COAST QLD | 18+ | FREE
THU 20 APR | CAFE LE MONDE, NOOSA QLD | 18+ | FREE
FRI 21 APR | THE MILK FACTORY, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
SAT 22 APR | BISON BAR, NAMBOUR QLD | 18+ | DOOR SALES ONLY
SUN 23 APR | PAPER MOON CAFE, BRISBANE QLD | ALL AGES | DOOR SALES ONLY
MON 24 APR | NO.5 CHURCH ST, BELLINGEN NSW | 18+ | DOOR SALES ONLY
WED 26 APR | ELEMENT BAR, COFFS HARBOUR NSW | 18+ | FREE
THU 27 APR | TAPP BAR – PORT PANTHERS, PORT MAQUARIE NSW | 18+ | FREE
FRI 28 APR | HASTINGS HOTEL, WAUCHOPE NSW | 18+ | FREE
SAT 29 APR | FOX DEN CAFE, GLOUCESTER NSW | 18+ | FREE
SUN 30 APR | FLOW  BAR, OLD BAR NSW | 18+ | FREE
FRI 5, SAT 6, SUN 7 MAY | LOST HIGHWAY FESTIVAL, KARUAH NSW |
TUE 9 MAY | OLD BANK BAR, DUBBO NSW | 18+ | FREE
FRI 12 MAY | BELLS MILKBAR, BROKEN HILL NSW | 18+ | DOOR SALES ONLY
THU 18 MAY | THE GRACE EMILY, ADELAIDE SA | 18+
FRI 19, SAT 20, SUN 21 | PENOLA ARTS FESTIVAL, COONAWARRA SA | ALL AGES | FREE
WED 24 MAY | THE LOFT, WARRNAMBOOL VIC | 18+ | DOOR SALES ONLY
FRI 26 MAY | SOUND RECORDINGS, CASTLEMAINE VIC | 18+
SAT 27 MAY | THE GASOMETER, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+

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MAYA’S STRIKING NEW SINGLE AND VIDEO

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 10, 2017

Compelling future-soul vocalist, MAYA has today announced her thought-provoking new single, What After Now (out March 24), an earnest pledge to live in each passing moment.  Accompanying the track is an empowering, triumphant video that commands attention with its effortless cool, thanks to director Dayne Edward.  To celebrate the chic release, MAYA will be performing a string of shows across Melbourne at Paris Cat on March 24, The Rising Sun on April 1 and The Toff In Town on April 25.

What After Now is the result of an already-accomplished artist willing to test, track and expand their own creative process, and explore the complex array of motives that stir and propel society in every which way.  MAYA comments on her generation’s obsession with what is to follow the now from a position of youth, yet with a maturity and reason well beyond her years.  The track itself is a powerful, driving, irresistible jam, overflowing with attitude and evoking influences such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Solange and Alicia Keys.  “What After Now is about living in the moment, loving who you are and being who you love,” MAYA warmly enthuses, “It was inspired by all the times I have been challenged by my future, but have just tried to enjoy the present.  I wanted people to remember that our future may be unknown and daunting, but if you can just get through each second in the now you don’t have to worry about what’s to come.  It is inspired by everyone around me and the way the new generations are always trying to be somewhere else.”

The clip for What After Now can only be described as celebratory; rejoicing in the undeniable strength that women possess.  It is simple and compelling, boasting an international feel with its glamorous chic, yet balanced perfectly with MAYA’s radiance, inner beauty and charm.  The video sees MAYA and her sisters lounge luxuriously, projecting infinite wisdom and owning the message the song portrays with courage and pride.  “The video clip was inspired by my childhood love of dressing up.  When I was a kid I was never happy in my own skin, so I would dress up to make myself feel like a different person,” explains Maya. “ I asked my beautiful sisters to join me as I want to create imagery that entrances people.  I want people to hear the lyrics and understand the meaning while also having fun with it.  Dayne found a way to capture us all looking so alike yet so different at the same time, which I thought was a beautiful metaphor for humanity.”

MAYA ‘WHAT AFTER NOW’ LAUNCH SHOWS

FRI, 24 MARCH | PARIS CAT | 18+
SAT, 1 APRIL | THE RISING SUN HOTEL | 18+
TUE, 25 APRIL | THE TOFF IN TOWN, MELBOURNE VIC | 18+

https://www.mayaofficialmusic.com.au/

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REVIEW: DON HENLEY. ROD LAVER ARENA MELBOURNE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 9, 2017

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Jewel / Don Henley. Rod Laver Arena. 8th March 2017
Report and photos by Jason Rosewarne

With the death of Glenn Frey last year, it was thought that individual Eagles members touring was probably as close as you’d ever get to experiencing those classic songs  played live and authentically again. However recent reports have claimed that the remaining Eagles will perform gigs in the US with Fleetwood Mac later in the year. Still, with Glenn’s death fresh in our hearts, this Don Henley show was always going to be one for the fans to savour.

jewel1The stage set was simple, with 40 or so vintage radios hanging from the rigging above, which were used to introduce the Don Henley set later in the evening. Support act Jewel walked on stage to appreciative applause and began singing an a cappella version of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’. With just a single stationery light shining down from above, she hit every note perfectly, setting a quality tone for the remainder of her set.

Jewel invited the crowd to request tunes and consequently, one of her biggest hits ‘Hands’ followed. Next up ‘A Boy Needs A Bike’ from her latest album ‘Picking Up The Pieces’, joined half way through the performance by her five year old son Kase to sing a duet with his Mum. Jewel delivered a selection of new and old songs, finishing her night with another hit, ‘Who Will Save Your Soul’.

The stage was set for Don and the vintage radios hanging above came to life one at a time, each playing a 20 or so second grab of a classic American tune. Out of the darkness came a line of singers around various microphones to open Henley’s set with ‘Seven Bridges’ sung a cappella with Don standing front and centre.

Don acknowledged the fact that he was back at Rod Laver Arena and that yesterday was his Mum and Stepfathers 50th wedding anniversary, both huge Rod Laver tennis fans apparently. The 15 piece band worked through a collection of Don’s solo works and mixed in a good number of Eagles songs that pleased everyone. He stated that he was going to play around a 4 to 1 mix, four songs for the audience to one song that he just loved and wanted to play for himself … fair enough! After a note perfect version of ‘Witchy Woman’ early in his set, Henley announced that tonight was about having fun as the world had gone “Batshit Crazy”, taking a soft swipe at the current state of US politics. Henley’s voice sounded as strong as ever. He was supported by a large band featuring 3 backing vocalists. Erica Swindell sang ‘When I Stop Dreaming’ from ‘Cass County’, playing the part of Dolly Parton (who sang with Don on the album version).

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Henley announced that the next song wasn’t one that they he had written or recorded, just a song that he really liked from a duo from the UK. They proceeded to play a joyous version of ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’, maybe another message from him about the current leader? ‘The Boys of Summer’ followed, one of his biggest hits, signaling the end of the main set.

The band reappeared for an encore and hopped straight into ‘Fastlane’, which fired everyone up a notch. If they weren’t blissed out then, they sure were with ‘Hotel California’, which highlighted some delicate guitar work by the two lead guitarists, blending their tones beautifully.

Don dedicated the final encore to his late mate and Eagles co-founder Glenn Frey by playing two of the songs that they had written together, ‘Wasted Time’ and ‘Desperado’. The night ended on another high with ‘All She Wants To Do Is Dance’.

Set List

Seven Bridges
Dirty Laundry
That Old Flame
Sunset Grill
Witchy Woman
When I Stop Dreaming
One Of These Nights
New York Minute
Shangri-La
It Don’t Matter To The Sun
End Of The Innocence
The Last Resort
Heart Of The Matter
Everybody Wants to Rule The World
Boys Of Summer

Encore 1
Life in the Fastlane
Hotel California

Encore 2
Wasted Time
Desperado
All She Wants To Do Is Dance

More of Jason’s shots from the night:

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SARAH BLASKO’S ‘THE SOLOIST’ NATIONAL TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 7, 2017

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Sarah Blasko today unveiled her ‘The Soloist’ national tour, which will run from May to July. Performing without a band for the first time in her storied career, Sarah will lay bare her extraordinary songwriting and iconic voice in a special nation-wide tour of theatres both intimate and grand, from Darwin to Thirroul, Perth to Meeniyan, Cairns to Hobart, and more.

It’s the first time since 2013 that Sarah has toured so extensively, and the prospect of taking to the stage solo and stripped back, is something that she relishes.

Sarah says of the tour: “It feels like the right time to challenge myself, take the leap & finally do some headline shows on my own. I’ve slowly been gathering the courage after enjoying a few solo support spots overseas a few years ago. I’m hoping to reimagine material from all of my albums & premiere some new songs as well. I want this to be a really unique & transformative experience for both myself & the audience”.

Sarah Blasko writes songs that strike with rare immediacy, clarity and purpose. Melodies beguilingly simple, lyrics ever honest and direct. She has a deserved reputation as one of Australia’s most commanding live performers whether she’s playing in the most intimate theatres, the grandest Opera Houses or our most expansive festival stages.

From her game-changing debut The Overture & The Underscore (2004) through to 2015’s stunning synth-laden paean to love Eternal Return, the multi-platinum selling, three-time ARIA Award winner has continually proven herself an irrepressible artistic force and one of the most compelling live performers in Australian music.

Tickets for Sarah Blasko’s ‘The Soloist’ national tour go on sale this Friday from 10am – fans are encourage to move quickly to avoid disappointment.

Sarah Blasko’s ‘The Soloist’ Tour Dates
Tickets on sale 10am, Friday 10th March
All ticketing information at www.sarahblasko.com

Thursday 25th May             Theatre Royal, Castlemaine, VIC
Friday 26th May                  GPAC Drama Theatre, Geelong, VIC
Saturday 27th May             Meeniyan Town Hall, VIC

Thursday 1st June               Darwin Entertainment Centre Studio Theatre, NT
Wednesday 7th June         City Recital Hall, Sydney, NSW
Thursday 8th June               Canberra Theatre Playhouse, ACT
Friday 9th June                    Anita’s Theatre, Thirroul, NSW
Saturday 10th June             48 Watt St, Newcastle, NSW
Thursday 15th June             Melbourne Recital Centre, VIC
Thursday 22nd June           Powerhouse, Brisbane, QLD
Friday 23rd June                  Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD

Wednesday 5th July           Adelaide Town Hall, SA
Thursday 6th July                 Astor Theatre, Perth, WA
Wednesday 12th July         Festival Of Voices, Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS

Follow Sarah Blasko:
Website: http://www.sarahblasko.com

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