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RSO: RICHIE SAMBORA + ORIANTHI SEPTEMBER TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 24, 2016

RSO Photo © Tim Tronckoe
RSO is RICHIE SAMBORA and ORIANTHI, two extraordinary musicians and songwriters who’ve combined their passion for guitars and their magnetic stage presence to form one hot, rock duo. These two Multi-Platinum selling artists have toured the world, written #1 singles, collaborated with mega-stars and released breakthrough solo projects – now they are joining forces as classic rock powerhouse RSO: RICHIE SAMBORA + ORIANTHI.

As part of this tour, fans can expect to hear songs from both Richie and Orianthi’s catalogues, Bon Jovi classics, plus songs from other artists they have performed with including, Michael Jackson’s Black or White and Alice Cooper’s School’s Out. The tour will feature world-class guitar mastery, with the charismatic duo creating an extraordinary show.

Grammy Award Winner Sambora brings to the table his Songwriters Hall of Fame skills conjuring addictive hooks and poetic lyrics. Richie has expressed his excitement about the upcoming tour, stating “I can’t wait to perform the classic songs fans know and love, as well as share a preview of what you can expect to hear on our upcoming debut album.”

Richie Sambora was a founding member and lead guitarist for Bon Jovi for almost 30 years, co-writing some of the band’s most successful songs such as Livin’ On A Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive, Lay Your Hands On Me, Keep The Faith, I’ll Be There For You and These Days. He has collaborated with artists like Cher, Les Paul, Desmond Child, Pink and even our own Shannon Noll! Having sold over 100 million records with Bon Jovi, Sambora has released three solo albums, his most recent, The Aftermath of the Lowdown in 2012 after which he toured Australia with Orianthi as special guest, as part of the 2014 Soundwave Festival.

Australia’s own rock goddess, Adelaide born Orianthi, is a renowned guitar talent and exceptional, sensitive songwriter. She is one of only three female guitarists ever to grace the cover of US Guitar magazine, the first female guitarist to play in Alice Cooper’s band and was enlisted by the late Michael Jackson for his ‘This Is It’ concert tour (and featured heavily in the film of the same name).

“I’m ecstatic to be bringing this tour home to Australia”, said Orianthi. “Aussies really know how to rock out at concerts. It’s going to be an incredible experience.”

Orianthi is one of the most sought after musicians and vocalists in the world.  She has been recruited by a host of music legends to add her fiery and melodic lead to their albums and live shows, playing at Eric Clapton’s Crossroad Festival, and with greats such as Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson, Santana, Steve Vai, Dave Stewart, Steven Tyler, Adam Lambert and Michael Bolton.  After first appearing as lead guitarist for Carrie Underwood on the 2009 Grammy Awards, Orianthi scored her breakthrough top ten worldwide hit with According To You later that year. Orianthi’s songs have featured in Guitar Hero games and most recently she recorded an all-star version of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love featuring AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Joe Walsh, Johnny Depp and Zac Starkey, on the Hollywood Vampires debut album.  Richie Sambora inducted Orianthi into the South Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2015.

RSO: RICHIE SAMBORA + ORIANTHI have completed work on a soon to be released but yet to be titled album.

RSO: RICHIE SAMBORA & ORIANTHI SEPTEMBER TOUR
Friday 23 September                       Metro City, Perth
Monday 26 September                    Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide
Tuesday 27 September                   Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Thursday 29 September                  Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday 30 September                       Eaton Hills, Brisbane

TICKETING INFORMATION:
My Ticketek members will receive exclusive pre-sale access from 1pm Monday 29th August 2016.
Tickets will be available to the general public at www.ticketek.com.au from 9am Tuesday 30th August 2016.
Tickets available through  www.ticketek.com.au

Please note: Metro City Perth is licensed venue, 18+ only. Tickets also available through www.metroconcertclub.com

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BLUESFEST 2017 FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 24, 2016

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Today, the 28th Annual Bluesfest to be held over the Easter long weekend in Byron Bay, Thursday 13th to Monday 17th April 2017, is officially ringing in its new season with the first release of awe-inspiring artists. The first artist announcement features Bluesfest debuts from iconic artists that have been many years in the making, Bluesfest exclusive performances, and the return of some of the festivals most requested artists.

Known to many festival fans for presenting its audience with multiple spectacular artist releases over several months, the five day Easter extravaganza will be held once again at its lush 120 hectare home, just outside Byron Bay. Bluesfest delivers up to 12 hours of music daily across multiple undercover stages, as well as offering an abundance of food and market stalls, several bars, parking and camping on site.

The multiple award-winning Bluesfest has already reported record pre-sales for 2017 and now with only one artist announcement down, is already shaping up to be another extraordinary festival and the only place to be on the 2017 Easter long weekend.

The first 2017 Bluesfest artist announcement includes:
ZAC BROWN BAND
PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND PERFORM HORSES
THE LUMINEERS
BUDDY GUY (EXCLUSIVE)
BONNIE RAITT
MAVIS STAPLES (EXCLUSIVE)
BILLY BRAGG
JETHRO TULL
TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE
GREGORY PORTER
SNARKY PUPPY
ST. PAUL & THE BROKEN BONES
BETH HART (EXCLUSIVE)
LAURA MVULA
ROY AYERS
BOOKER T PRESENTS THE STAX RECORDS REVUE
ANDREW BIRD
RICKIE LEE JONES
JOAN OSBORNE
TURIN BRAKES
THE STRUMBELLAS
JAKE SHIMABUKURO
DUMPSTAPHUNK
NIKKI HILL
IRISH MYTHEN
….with many more to be announced!

All 5, 3 & 1 day festival and camping tickets are now on sale through www.bluesfest.com.au or by phoning the Bluesfest office on 02 6685 8310

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EP OR ALBUM? WHAT THE HELL IS IT?

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 22, 2016

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For all its positive and negative connotations, the digital age of music is here to stay. But how is everyone … the industry, artists and punters coping with it? Are we feeling comfortable with it yet and are we any closer to working out how to make a buck out of it? Putting copyright, piracy and financial issues aside, do we even know what to call it? I’m talking about the actual product, the songs, the music.

‘Back in the day’, it was easy.  A single was a round piece of vinyl with the ‘hit’ on one side and another track on the B side. However, some mega-talented artist would then complicate things by gracing us with two hits at once and the disc could then be referred to as a double A. Occasionally the punters themselves dictated proceedings and found that they preferred the B side to the ‘hit’ and the B side by default, would become the A side.

Savvy record companies seeking to make more of a buck than they had been (and in those days, they did make a buck) then offered us the EP, aka the Extended Play, which usually consisted of 2 tracks per side of the 7″ piece of vinyl. Four tracks for not much more than the cost of a single was good value and it would normally come with cover art, as opposed to the way singles were generally presented; plain paper packaging with a hole in it to reveal a label with song details.

Of course there has always been the LP, the Long Player, a 12″ platter of vinyl more commonly called the album and featuring (usually) up to 5, 6 or 7 tracks per side. Applying the EP theory of business to the LP, labels also released double albums, two discs of vinyl, sometimes in elaborately adorned gate-fold sleeves. Occasionally we’d see triple albums, such a Mushroom Records’ first ever release, highlights of the 1973 Sunbury Pop Festival. And yes there were even releases of 4 or more albums packaged together.

I provide the aforementioned music history lesson in response to a situation I have been witnessing a lot of lately, i.e., artists presenting a release of 5 or 6 tracks as an album. In fact one artist in particular recently informed me that she was releasing 5 new songs as an EP. I noticed that soon after, she was describing the release on social media as an album. I checked in with her to confirm the status of the recording and she told me that, yes it was a 5 track EP but more and more she is finding that people do not know what an EP is. Calling it an album was something they could relate to and at least an indication that it consisted of multiple tracks. Which brings me to the conclusion that the terminology has not kept up with the technology. After all, who am I or anyone else to dictate how many tracks constitute an album or an EP. Isn’t an album just an extended play anyway? It’s more confusing than a Victorian trying order a pot of beer or a potato cake in Sydney or vice versa. What about a prog rock band that digitally releases just  a couple of tracks but the duration of each is half an hour or more? Is it an EP, an album or even double album? It’s neither, unless it’s released as a physical product first and we can measure how much vinyl or CD space it has taken up.

ARIA, Australia’s official chart body has a singles and album chart (among many others) but nothing for EPs. By and large it’s the record labels who decree  if a release will be deemed a single, EP or album. Such is the dilemma for the young independent artist who wants to release his or her music. WTF do you call it? A pot of tunes or a schooner of songs? Do we need to put an official figure on the number of songs which constitute an album or EP? Is it more about the duration of the recording? It would seem that the most sensible thing to do would be to create new terminology to describe modern day releases. Perhaps we could learn from the takeaway food fraternity … a large, medium or small? A standard or a whopper? A bunch or a big’n? There’s an endless supply of possibilities but maybe the traditional titles, EP and album should no longer be on the menu. What do you reckon?

By Greg Phillips

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MGS 2016 FINALE JAM – SAME OLD BLUES

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 18, 2016

Over the next weeks, we’ll be bringing you footage from the main stage at the 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show. On the final day of the show, we were treated to an unforgettable finale jam featuring James Ryan, Simon Hosford, Phil Ceberano, Brett Kingman, Shannon Bourne and Bob Spencer. Rod Bustos played bass and Marcus Ryan on drums. Here’s the band playing Eric Clapton’s Same Old Blues. Recorded by Peter Rickman and the team from Advanced Audio. Presented by Triple M and Australian Musician. Stay tuned for more from the jam and other guitar show action from the main stage.

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NAT ALLISON TO LAUNCH EP

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 18, 2016

At the 2015 Melbourne Guitar Show Nat Allison debuted a new song In Your Honour, dedicated to the late great Australian guitarist singer songwriter Josie Jason. The song will appear on Nat’s new EP This One’s For You. The first single off the EP however, is Walked Through The Fire, which also has a great video, which can be viewed on Nat’s Facebook page. The new EP is being launched on September 2 at the Elephant & Wheelbarrow 169 Fitzroy St, St. Kilda. Doors open 8.30 and Nat is on at 10.45, support band is Mother. For more info, visit: www.natallison.com and check out the event page for the EP launch.
Melbourne Guitar Show video courtesy of Advanced Audio

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GUNS N’ ROSES OZ TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 16, 2016

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GUNS N’ ROSES
Not In This Lifetime
AUSTRALIAN DATES ANNOUNCED!
Founder Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan regroup for the highly anticipated ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Tour

Following months of speculation, a surprise billboard above an iconic  Melbourne pub and then a leaked tour announcement video, Paul Dainty President CEO of TEG DAINTY today officially announced dates for the Australian leg of Guns N’ Roses Not in this Lifetime mammoth stadium tour.

Founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan have regrouped for one of the century’s most anticipated tours.  Currently touring the US and South America before heading to Australia in February 2017, Rolling Stone said: “This was the real thing, the thing we’d all been waiting for: the triumphant return of one of the most important bands to cross rock music history. And it happened in our lifetime.”

Kicking off in Brisbane on Tuesday 7 February at QSAC Stadium the Not in this Lifetime tour will then travel to Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on Friday 10 February before heading to Melbourne on Tuesday 14 February where the band will ignite the iconic MCG in the first major concert there since 2009’s Sound Relief.   The band will play Adelaide Oval on Saturday 18 February and Perth’s Domain Stadium on Tuesday 21 February.

Tickets for Guns N’ Roses Not in this Lifetime tour will go on sale to the general public on Friday 26 August.  Telstra Thanks pre-sale just for Telstra customers starts at 10am in Sydney and Perth, 11am in Melbourne, 12 noon in Brisbane and 1pm in Adelaide (local time) on Tuesday 23 August.  Go to telstra.com/music for details.

The tour will mark the first time that founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan have played together for Australian fans since their infamous 1993 Use Your Illusion tour.

GUNS N’ ROSES NOT IN THIS LIFETIME 2017 AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
Tickets from $91.65* are on sale to the general public on Friday 26 August

BRISBANE – Tuesday 7 February at QSAC Stadium, ticketek.com.au or 132 849
SYDNEY – Friday 10 February at ANZ Stadium, ticketek.com.au or 132 849
MELBOURNE – Tuesday 14 February at the MCG, ticketek.com.au or 132 849
ADELAIDE – Saturday 18 February at Adelaide Oval, ticketek.com.au or 132 849
PERTH – Tuesday 21 February at Perth Domain Stadium, ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100
* transaction fees, processing fees, transport levies and other charges may apply.

For more, please visit: http://www.gunsnroses.com/ or http://www.tegdainty.com.au/

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2016: THE EXHIBITORS LOVED IT

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 15, 2016

Here’s a little overview video of the 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show, in which some exhibitors offer their thoughts on the event. Thanks to the sponsors, exhibitors, artists and the Melbourne music community who made it yet another very special weekend. See you in 2017

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CHRIS BEKKER & SIMON HOSFORD – MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2016

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 11, 2016

Another impromptu jam we captured at the Melbourne Guitar Show occurred on the Wayne Jones Audio Stand. We just happened to be strolling by when bass great Chris Bekker and guitar show fave Simon Hosford got together for a jam.

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ROBBIE LITTLE – MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2016

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 11, 2016

One of the most exciting things about the Melbourne Guitar Show is the surprise performances that you get to experience on exhibitors’ stands. At any given time during the show, a world class brand-endorsee might pick up a guitar or bass and jam to a backing track or with another player. At the 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show, Australian bass legend Robbie Little was on hand at the CMC Music stand, distributors of Markbass, Ernie Ball MusicMan, Sterling and DV Mark. Here’s Robbie performing one of his originals. As he told the audience before he played, this was the first time this tune had been played anywhere. Check out this exclusive debut performance of the track by Robbie Little.
www.cmcmusic.com.au

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MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2016: IT’S A WRAP!

Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - August 11, 2016
Pic by Mark Moray www.wickedrockphotography.com.au/

The shot of the show! Pic by Mark Moray www.wickedrockphotography.com.au/

MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW 2016 AUG 6&7 CAULFIELD RACECOURSE
Report by Greg Phillips. Photos by Jason Rosewarne, Mark Moray and Greg Phillips

This time last year, we (the Australian Music Association through its online magazine Australian Musician) asked the question … was Melbourne up for a guitar show? The town’s musician community and music fans in general responded with a resounding yes, as almost 5,000 fans flocked to the Caulfield Racecourse to get their axe on. Would it work two years in a row? Damn straight it would and it did in a major way as even more people attended the 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show, presented by Triple M and Australian Musician.

SATURDAY AUGUST 6TH
The barriers at Caulfield Racecourse were open at 10am on Saturday August 6th and guitar enthusiasts continued to flow through for the entire day. With around 80 exhibitors displaying all kinds of guitar related gear from entry level acoustics to a $49,000 vintage Stratocaster (which may have actually sold. We’ll come back to you on that), there was something for everyone. On a morning when the Rio Olympics were just beginning, Shannon Bourne provided an opening ceremony of his own, when he debuted his new improvisational guitar act Whirlybird, featuring Luke Hodgson on bass and Leigh Fisher on drums. Nothing like a bit of face-melting distortion just after breakfast to get your day going!

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Matons

If loud and electric wasn’t your thing, this year you could head upstairs to the two acoustic stages for some finger-pickin’ fun and also test out some cool acoustic instruments free from the force of feedback and shred. The folks at Maton, who are celebrating their 70th anniversary were showcasing some genuine historical instruments, including the oldest Maton guitar and a Maton used by Keith Richards (as shown on the Channel 9 news later in the day). A few stands down, Cole Clark had an impressive array of acoustics including a beautiful guitar featuring a huon pine top, Brazilian rosewood back and sides with ebony board and African mahogany neck. The Musical Merchandisers’ stand featured some gorgeous Barnes and Mullins banjos and mandolins including a display banjo which was more than 100 years old. The upstairs area also provided a great opportunity to experience the work of brilliant independent local luthiers such as Ben Stewart, D Hoban, Melville Guitars, Rizzolo guitars, Rick Falkiner, Shoma Acoustics, and Southern Tonewoods. It’s always nice to  Jacaranda Music’s Greg Cooper and his stock of beautiful Kala Ukes and Sigma guitars. The fine people from the Australian Music Examination Board, more commonly known as AMEB, were also upstairs informing attendees about their brilliant new RockSchool syllabus.

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Megan Bernard and Cat Canteri

The format of some of the entertainment spots was changed this year to include multi-player sessions. The first of these was Fretted Femmes in Song, a session featuring, Leisha Jungalwalla, Cat Canteri, Megan Bernard and Heloise. All four artists delivered their unique perspective on music and the role that the guitar plays in their sound. Leisha exhibited her ample skills on slide guitar. Megan favoured a loop and reverb-laden approach. Heloise proved that she has developed into an accomplished singer songwriter since taking out first prize in the 2014 Melbourne Music Bank. And there’s no argument that The Stillsons’ drummer Cat Canteri is now a multi-instrumental entertainer, armed with an ever-increasing catalogue of quality songs.

 

Pics by Jason Rosewarne

Pics by Jason Rosewarne http://jrosewarne.500px.com/

There’s a core of musicians who have become part of the fabric of the Melbourne Guitar Show. Two of them, Geoff Achison and Jimi Hocking were back again this year to present their superior line of blues rock on the AON Forecourt Stage. Geoff and Jimi wore many hats on the weekend and are always welcome additions to the show. Phil Manning showed why he is so revered by the public and peers alike, when he played an acoustic set at lunchtime on the Saturday. Immediately after he joined Nick Charles for the first of Nick’s two multi-picker sessions, an idea we borrowed from Port Fairy Folk festival. The Saturday session involved Geoff Achison, Jimi Hocking, Shannon Bourne, and Sam See. As far as acoustic finger stylists go, this was rarefied air and the large audience upstairs knew it, appreciated it and enjoyed the show immensely.

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Gorgeous Guilds from Zenith Music

Meanwhile back on the main floor inside, the aisles were crowded with guitar fans checking out the fabulous fare on offer. Around 80 exhibitors on two floors presented a ship load of gear. As soon as you walked in the door, you were hit by rows of gleaming new Gibson Les Pauls on the Allans Billy Hyde stand. As first impressions go, not such a bad way to start your Melbourne Guitar Show day. Further on up the road (as Eric Clapton sings), Cranbourne Music had a stylish array of Duesenbergs and Maton Mastersounds, as well as some awesomely sounding Supro and Laney amps. Just a jump to the left, Roland and Boss were displaying the slick looking, sweet sounding Blues Cube amps and the incredible new range of Waza Craft gear. Also on hand at the Roland/Boss stand was the numero uno himself, Boss Corporation President Yoshihiro Ikegami. It was great to see Yoshi getting amongst it. This is the guy who created the SDE3000 rack delay, made famous by Steve Vai and he also had a major part in the development of the BR series recording gear and the new Waza Craft products. We’ll have an interview with Yoshi online soon. It was great to see Hammond Australia at the show, adding a keyboard element but also promoting the awesome new Leslie H-02 pedal. Studio 19 were there offering very reasonable instrument hire deals. Peavey had some wonderful one-off deals on their combo amps and heads, and punters could chat with Peavey’s Global Product manager Michael Smith. Yamaha Music was visible in many areas of the show including their Line 6 product stand on the electric floor and their range of quality acoustic guitars upstairs, including the vibrant TransAcoustic guitars. D’Addario Australia was hard to miss with their wall of colourful strings and a haul of stunning Schecter guitars. Dynamic Music promoted their Supro amp range, as well as Godin and Seagull guitars. EGM always have the interesting boutique gear and this year was no different, with a great selection from Badcat, Magnatone, Fuchs, Lehle and BluGuitar, to name a just a few.  Australis Music Group had a big presence at the show and displayed an array of Japanese made Ibanez Prestige guitars, as well as some wonderful Ovation acoustics and powerful Bugera amplifiers including products from the acclaimed Infinium range.

The wall of Ibanez guitars were a show hit

The wall of Ibanez guitars were a show hit

James Ryan sparking a flame on the Fender stand

James Ryan sparking a flame on the Fender stand

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Blues Cubes

Douglas Clarke (Sunburst Music) and Melbourne Guitar Show's 'Best on Ground' Shannon Bourne

Douglas Clarke (Sunburst Music) and Melbourne Guitar Show’s ‘Best on Ground’ Shannon Bourne

Elsewhere on the floor, Sunburst Music was exhibiting some gorgeous vintage guitars including a 1956 Stratocaster, on special at just $49,000! Also presenting a range of quality vintage gear were Just Guitars and Owen Ray’s International Music. At the opposite end of the technological spectrum, Innovative Music had a lot of interest in their revolutionary Kemper amp products, as did Independent Music Products for their similarly spectacular Fractal Audio Systems AX8 system. It was quite apt that Wayne Jones Audio and CMC Music (Ernie Ball Music Man) were in their own little ‘pocket’ in the middle of the room, where they both featured high end bass gear and offered onstage performances from their endorsees. Wayne has been making a name for himself internationally with his bass cabs and pre amps. CMC Music were displaying Markbass, Sterling and Musicman bass products as well as Musicman guitars and DV Mark amps.

Sales were brisk from the outset, and with some of Australia’s top retailers in attendance, crowds were taking advantage of show specials and seeing products that had not been close to yet. KC’s Rock Shop, GH Music, Pony Music, Macron Music, Evolution Music, Guitars Plus, Pat’s Music, Fine Music and The Bass Centre and The Acoustic Centre were all packed with punters checking out the latest gear on offer as well as a lot of collectables and local crafted products.

The Melbourne Guitar Show also gave many independent Australian manufacturers the chance to promote their products. Charles Cilia Guitars and George Evans amps had such a great show last year that they came back again and impressed the pubic even more. It was a similar story for Fican Guitars, DiQuattro, Custom Guitar Works and many others. Joey Amenta from 70’s rock band Taste was having the time of his life demoing for locally made Delm guitars. Aussie made Vase and Sherlock amps were making plenty of noise on their stands too.

Kevin Borich by Jason Rosewarne http://jrosewarne.500px.com/

Kevin Borich by Jason Rosewarne http://jrosewarne.500px.com/

One of the best aspects of the Melbourne Guitar Show is that once the artists have finished their shows, they find time to stalk the stands too, mixing it with the public. One such guitar hero was Kevin Borich, who found time for friends and punters inside after his killer set with his band on the main stage. And it’s not only the guitarists that are booked to play the stages who enjoy the show, many local guitar identities could be seen this year including Universal Music artist Harts, who has an awesome new album, Smoke Fire Hope Desire out on September 16. Harts told Australian Musician he was at the show to explore gear possibilities for his future live shows. Former Redcoats guitarist Neil Wilkinson was also checking out gear for his new band. It was also fantastic to see respected musicians like Chris Bekker and Michael Dolce doing on-stand sessions too.

Dean Ray lovin' the guitar show

Dean Ray lovin’ the guitar show

Rohan Stevenson was another returning artist who performed last year, but this time he brought the full I Built The Sky band. Making his Melbourne Guitar Show debut was Dean Ray, who had told Australian Musician earlier in the year that he’d like to play this event and even if he couldn’t, he’d be here anyway. Dean never disappoints. He and his band delivered a true rock ‘n’ roll show and gave us taste of what’s to come when he finally graces us with that long awaited new album. Once Dean left the stage, he was quick to rush off and check out the stands full of gear. He was also chuffed to run into his guitar hero Kevin Borich in the aisles too. Rounding off day one, prog metal act Teramaze, led by Dean Wells was shredding up a storm, playing tracks from their majestic current album Her Halo.

 

SUNDAY AUGUST 7TH

Pic by Jason Rosewarne http://jrosewarne.500px.com/

James Ryan pic by Jason Rosewarne http://jrosewarne.500px.com/

Sunday at the racetrack got off to another flying start, with the James Ryan Trio playing classic tunes from David Lee Roth’s Eat Em and Smile album. Joined by vocalist extraordinaire Chris Stark, who was here last year fronting Racer Axe, the trio became a quartet and pumped out some rockin’ fun. Just before she heads off on world tour, Dallas Frasca followed and was as mischievous as ever, taking her microphone into the crowd to get up close and personal with the people. Thanks to Ernie Ball Musicman, prog metal shredders The Delusion presented their acclaimed well-drilled, technical rhythms which they deliver in a very musical and melodic way.

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Dallas Frasca pic by Jason Rosewarne http://jrosewarne.500px.com/

Meanwhile on the AON Mezzanine stage the instant ukulele orchestra was happening, a session in which punters could grab a uke and learn to play in just 20 minutes. Also on hand to entertain uke-style were Sarah Carroll, Matthew Fagan, Mike Jackson, Dan MacEoin, AJ Leonard and the NCAT Ukes.

Daniel Champagne was booked to follow the uke extravaganza, however his flight from Canada had been cancelled. Filling in at the last minute was Nick Charles, along with the laptop slide brilliance of Pete Fidler. Pete then joined Nick’s second multi-player extravaganza, along with Matthew Fagan, Sergio Ercole, Lucas Michailidis, and Jon Delaney.

Next door in the Winners Circle, product sessions included Fractal’s AX8 with Brett Kingman, Maton’s Custom Shop seminar with Andy Allen, Roland and Boss Showcase, Wireless Audio systems by PRA Audio with Wayne Jones and Jack Pantazis, and to finish up, a Line 6 demo with Jon Beckx

 

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Pics by Jason Rosewarne http://jrosewarne.500px.com/

Back outside, buzz band of the moment Tequila Mockingbyrd were all smiles, stopping for a quick all-in selfie before the all-female trio hit the main stage to play tracks from their thumpin’ new album Fight and Flight. It’s only a matter of weeks before the girls take off on their first tour of the UK and Europe.

Chris Strak & phil Ceberano Triple M Finale Jam. Pic by http://jrosewarne.500px.com/

Chris Stark & Phil Ceberano Triple M Finale Jam. Pic by http://jrosewarne.500px.com/

Ending the weekend’s festivities, the Triple M Finale Jam celebrated everything that is great about the Melbourne Guitar Show. Six respected guitar players, James Ryan, Simon Hosford, Phil Ceberano, Brett Kingman, Bob Spencer and Shannon Bourne, each with much admiration for each other, came together to jam out some licks but mostly to have as much fun as possible. Shannon began the jam with a solo spot and his tune Bailing Dry. From then on, there was no turning back, it was lick after shred after riff in a tonefest to bring a tear to the eye of any half-arsed guitarist who has ever strapped on a guitar for a strum. The licks at times were sublime, the spaces perfectly timed. The joy was contagious. Unlike the athletes in Rio who will have to wait another 4 years for the next Olympian get together, you can rest assured that we’ll all be back for more guitar gymnastics at the same time next year. In our minds, we’re already there!

Here are a few more fabulous shots from Jason Rosewarne http://jrosewarne.500px.com/

Phil Manning by Jason Rosewarne

Phil Manning by Jason Rosewarne

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Bob Spencer in the Finale Jam. Pic by Jason Rosewarne

 

Shannon Bourne in the jam. Pic Jason Rosewarne

Shannon Bourne in the jam. Pic Jason Rosewarne

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Brett Kingman jams. Pic by Jason Rosewarne

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Phil Ceberano in Finale Jam. Pic by Jason Rosewarne

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