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




After many months of planning, producers Phil Bathols and Tim Woods announced today the Sydney Opera House would host the world premiere of a very special concert celebration – NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE – a celebration of the music of Prince performed by the musicians and singers that performed alongside Prince at various times of his career.

NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE will premiere in at the Sydney Opera House on the 27th April and then play in Melbourne at Hamer Hall on the 29th April, 2018.

“I am so excited to be coming back to Australia this April, heading up an All Star line up of singers and musicians to honour the incredible life and music of Prince. The entire band were fortunate to work with him, and we are honoured to keep his memory and music alive at the world premiere of NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE,” said St Paul Peterson (the show’s musical director) who knew Prince since he was 17, appeared in Purple Rain (the movie) and was the original vocalist on Nothing Compares 2 U released by The Family in 1985.

NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE features performers from Prince and The Revolution, The Time, The Family, (fDeluxe), Purple Rain, Mint Condition, NPG (the New Power Generation) and The Revolution – musicians, singers, producers and composers who were at Prince’s right hand throughout his incredible, trail-blazing journey – all co-conspirators in the creation of the music that changed the world, blending funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop into something much bigger than the sum of its parts.

Co-producer Phil Bathols said, “We’re very excited about this brand new show. We’ve worked extremely hard to create a concert that we feel would have enjoyed Prince’s blessing, including people that he would have welcomed and endorsed. We feel confident we’ve achieved that with this line up.”

A hugely ambitious project, the concert features over 12 extraordinary musicians and singers from around the world performing music from the entire catalogue of PRINCE.

“To say that I am excited to return to Australia to honor my friend, Prince, is an understatement. I was there with him for his Piano and a Microphone tour in 2016 and the memories are enormous. For me, this will be an emotional occasion and one of the hardest performances I will have done. I am HONORED and HUMBLED to work with these wonderful artists and musicians for this world premiere of NOTHING COMPARES 2 PRINCE,” said Nik West.


Shelby J by Jason Rosewarne

St Paul Peterson: Prince discovered Paul Peterson, aka “St Paul,” at the age of 17 and enlisted him as a keyboard player in The Time for the movie Purple Rain. Paul took the lead vocalist spot in the Prince produced group The Family whose 1985 self-titled debut album featured ‘The Screams Of Passion’ (#9 R&B), ‘High Fashion’, (#34 R&B) and the original version of ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ (later popularised by Sinead O’Connor) before becoming a solo artist. Paul has recorded, toured or written with Steve Miller, Peter Frampton, George Benson, Oleta Adams, The Corrs, Kenny Loggins, D’Angelo, Questlove (The Roots) and Morris Day and The Time to name a few.

Shelby J:
Shelby was a member of Prince’s New Power Generation for 10 years. Shelby performed beside Prince at the historic 2007 Super Bowl Half-time show and the sold-out 21 nights in London concert series. In 2012 Prince and Shelby collaborated on an ode to her home State ‘North Carolina’ which topped the New-Soul/R&B Amazon charts.

Andy Allo: Cameroon born Andy Allo joined The New Power Generation in 2011 as singer/guitarist. Prince and Andy worked on the album Superconductor which he co-produced and Andy arranged. Prince and Andy also wrote 2 songs together at that time. “You’re in presence of someone who has so much experience and so much knowledge,” Allo said of working with Prince. “At the same time he gave me that space to blossom and grow.”

Jellybean Johnson: Jellybean Johnson was friends with Prince since high school and was a member of The Time. The group would go on to score four gold and/or platinum selling albums: The Time (1981), What Time Is It (1982), Ice Cream Castle (1984) and Pandemonium (1990). The band was featured prominently in Prince’s Grammy & Oscar winning film ‘Purple Rain’. Jellybean was recruited to play drums for The Family, before joining Jam & Lewis’ Flyte Tyme where he produced hits for Janet Jackson, New Edition, Alexander O’Neal and Mint Condition.

Mike Scott: Mike Scott worked alongside Prince for 9 years – touring with Prince and playing as a member for the New Power Generation. He’s also toured on Justin Timberlake’s Future Sex Love Sounds and Timbaland’s Shock Value II. He’s performed shows with Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Maroon 5, Jermaine Jackson and Alicia Keys just to name a few.

Nik West: Nik is a accomplished bass player. She sports a colorful mohawk shaped like a bass clef. Explosive stage presence isn’t enough to describe the way Nik West moves, wows, and shocks crowds everywhere. Nik first jammed with Prince at Paisley in 2012 and then famously turned down the opportunity to play in his band as she wanted to continue as an artist in her own right but remained a good friend and collaborator with Prince. Nik completed 4 studio recordings with Prince at Paisley Park late in his career.

Stokley Williams (Mint Condition): Stokley William’s band Mint Condition toured with Prince during the 2010 Welcome 2 America tour. Being from Minneapolis, both bands crossed paths several times in their history. Since 2017 he has been performing with The Revolution alongside other long time Prince collaborators – Wendy Melvoin, Lisa Coleman, Bobby Z, Matt Fink and Mark Brown.

Ricky Peterson: A life long Minnesotan whose sound has always focused on a characteristically “Minneapolis” sound, Ricky Peterson is known for having produced, written and played keyboards for Prince on and off in studio while a staff producer at Paisley Park since his early days on the Twin Cities scene, perhaps most notably producing and arranging the song “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” and working on “Gold”, “Emancipation”, and “Crystal Ball”. Ricky has also played with some of the biggest names in music including Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, Anita Baker, James Taylor, Sting, Rodger Waters, Rick Braun, Jimmy Buffet and more.


Adrian Crutchfield (sax): Adrian Crutchfield has taken the world by storm in recent years, not only as the last sax player to perform and record with Prince, touring the world and being featured on Prince’s last three albums, but also touring domestically and internationally with acts such as Lionel Ritchie, Bette Midler, and Cee Lo Green — all the while writing and building his 2017 release titled ‘Leap’.
BK Jackson (sax): Bernard “BK” Jackson is an international-performing saxophonist, electrifying audiences across the globe with his unique playing style, energetic stage presence and unparalleled passion for music that touches the soul. A native of Tampa, Florida, he goes by the stage name “BK Jackson” and has crossed musical paths with industry giants such as B.B King, Bruno Mars, Brian McKnight, Hunter Hayes, Chaka Khan, Fantasia, Zac Brown Band and more. Most notably, BK spent three years touring domestically and abroad with musical icon Prince, performing timeless hits for sold out arenas night after night as a member of his 11-piece horn section, known as New Power Generation (NPG) Hornz.

Lynn Grissett: A formally educated professional musician, Lynn J. Grissett Jr. is a truly dedicated artist. A member of the NPG Hornz, the horn section of the band New Power Generation (NPG) once led by the late great musical genius Prince, Lynn has performed around the world as both a solo artist and as part of elite level ensembles. His trumpet can be heard on the following recordings: Prince: Hit N Run Phase One & Two (2015) Liv Warfield: The Unexpected (2014) Judith Hill: Back In Time (2015) Grammy Nominated: (Mint Condition: Healing Season (2015).


Pre-sale tickets on sale from 27th November. General on-sale from 30th November

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 19, 2017

The Sepulnation is alive and well! Following their crushingly successful 2014 Australian Tour, Brazilian Metal Icons SEPULTURA unleash a heavy metal hurricane upon the Sepulnation in May 2018.

Armed with their finest album in decades ‘Machine Messiah’, SEPULTURA emerge into a troubled world with extraordinary songs guaranteed to lift the spirits of any loyal metalhead. SEPULTURA are legends and are responsible for the existence of several of your favourite thrash metal bands today!

The band’s total command of the stage is cemented in place by blistering live performances that have remained a constant threat to all contemporaries. It’s a forgone conclusion that audiences will to erupt to Roots Bloody Roots, Territory, Refuse/Resist, Arise, Attitude, Ratamahatta and so many more! Just reading those song titles paint a picture of you losing your shit in a circle pit – this is the power of SEPULTURA!

Joining Sepultura in this headlong rush into mayhem are one of the most influential Thrash Metal bands ever – DEATH ANGEL. A peek through a time portal to the Bay Area Scene in the 80s would reveal Metallica’s Cliff Burton at the front of the stage at Ruthie’s Inn banging his head to Death Angel’s inventive style, and speedy, complex arrangements. But who needs HG Wells when you can see the real thing here and now at a venue half an hour from home? Buzzsaw speed riffs, double kick drum bedlam, and scorching vocals are just a few of the elements which define the uncompromising urgency that is DEATH ANGEL. Three decades into their celebrated career, DEATH ANGEL remain as hungry as ever.

SEPULTURA (With specials guests Death Angel) Tour Dates
Tuesday 15th May – MELBOURNE, 170 Russell
Wednesday 16th May – ADELAIDE, The Gov
Friday 18th May – BRISBANE, Eatons Hill Hotel
Saturday 19th May – SYDNEY, The Metro Theatre
Sunday 20th May – PERTH, Capitol

 Presale – Wednesday 22nd Nov 9am (local time through to onsale)
On Sale – Friday 24th Nov 9am (local time)

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 15, 2017

Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen
Bird’s Basement. November 14, 2017
Report: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne

Everyone needs to see Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen perform at least once in their life. If their brand of New Orleans funk don’t get you then the pure emotion and joy of this soulful music will.

Playing to a packed house at the first gig of a 3 night stand at Melbourne’s Bird’s Basement last night, The Absolute Monster Gentlemen took to the stage with nothing but a good time in mind. Cleary, who usually has to suffice with a digital piano on the road, took full advantage of Bird’s Basement gorgeous sounding Yamaha grand and immediately showcased his dexterous piano skills. Material was mostly drawn from Cleary’s current album Go Go Juice with tracks like Beg Steal and Borrow, 9-5 and Boneyard creating a party vibe. However it was the slow burning Frenchmen Street Blues (utilised on the TV show Treme to great effect), displaying Cleary’s deft sense of timing and space which tugged at the heart strings and provided an early evening highlight.

For the night’s set, Cleary looked back and to the future with a taste of his upcoming new album, as well as songs from the past. Cheatin On You, written for and recorded by Taj Mahal was a crowd fave as was Agent 00 Funk from Cleary’s 2004 album Pin Your Spin. The Absolute Monster Gentlemen were smooth as silk in their delivery, playing complex rhythms with ease and adding their own inventive musical ingredients to the rich musical feast. Stop for a moment and concentrate on each member as they weave their magic. AJ Hall on drums adds intricate textures and quirky beats. Cornell Williams’ choice of bass notes is sublime and Nigel Hall’s funky synth notions and warm Hammond sounds, combine to produce music of the finest calibre. They all sing like Mutha Fathas too. Pump It Up from Go Go Juice gets the audience to their feet as the band by now has kicked into an unlockable groove. The Grammy-winning Cleary and band love us and leave us, inviting us to join him at a gig in New Orleans anytime we’re in the neighbourhood. Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen perform at Bird’s Basement again tonight and tomorrow night before moving on to Brisbane and the Mullum Music Festival.

Cornell Williams

Nigel Hall


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 13, 2017

Britain’s rocking roots trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are bringing their infectious energy and nostalgia-soaked fusion of rockabilly, vintage country and first-generation rhythm and blues to Sydney and Melbourne in February 2018.
Delivering their 4th studio album Superscope to Australian audiences for the very first time, featuring Black Van & Down on My Knees, the siblings from North London have been inspiring audiences and gathering an impressive fan base since conception, including Eagles Of Death Metal, the late Amy Winehouse and David Lynch.

Having sold over a quarter million albums, playing to sold out crowds worldwide, including support slots alongside Coldplay, Mark Ronson and Stereophonics, plus performing at some of the world’s biggest festivals (British Summer Time Festival, T in the Park, Bestival, Fuji Rock and Splendour in the Grass) their live set highlights their extraordinary musicianship, a tightly packed multi-instrumental jam session with each sibling playing any instrument they lay their hands on.

Described as a “gift to those of us who still believe in magic,” Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are sibling revelry on stage, captivating audiences worldwide and delivering a set so dynamic they will have you up and dancing by the first beat of the drum.

Australian tour dates

WED 14 FEB             THE FACTORY                                  SYDNEY                                 NSW
THU 15 FEB              CORNER HOTEL                              MELBOURNE                       VIC

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 5, 2017

Rose Carleo and band have been added to an already grand line up for this year’s Sydney Blues and Roots Festival. Carleo, whose current album is the impressive Time Is Now has been winning fans for sometime up and down the coast with her energetic, rockin’ live shows. Rose and band (featuring Mick Adkins, Mick O’Shea & Steve King) have just finished recording a new 5 track EP scheduled for release in March.
The Sydney Blues & Roots Festival December 1,2,3, 2017, is set to please all blues enthusiasts featuring legendary blues singer/songwriter, guitarist Kevin Borich, The Foreday Riders (who will celebrate 50 years of the ‘University of the Blues’), Mason Rack Band, Dai Pritchard Band, Psycho Zydeco, Hussy Hicks, Simply Bushed, Minnie Marks, The Swamp Stompers, Cornstalk, Johnny Devilseed & Old Man Rubes and many more.

As Sydney Blues & Roots Festival heads into it’s 9th year, this year it promises to be a blues infused weekend in the historic town of Windsor and will be set over five stages. The Friday night kicks off with a special VIP event at Hawkesbury Hotel and continues into the night at the Fitzroy Hotel. Venues include the WICKED INK Hawkesbury Hotel, Triple R Motorcycles & Macquarie 4 x 4 Centre Rockin Blues Stage, The Fitzroy Hotel, Windsor Public School Presents Stage, Hawkesbury Paddle- Wheeler and George Street Loft Restaurant, for that special ‘blues breakfast’ music delight.

The Southern Comfort Blues Cruises continue on the Hawkesbury Paddle-Wheeler this year. Just a delightful way to relax, have a great BBQ lunch and listen to the best in the blues business, whilst cruising the stunning river.

The VIP Card is available again this year for just $99.00. This years’ event is ticketed, with loads of different options to choose from.

The ‘Up and Coming’ new acts will debut some special new Australian blues talent throughout the festival, the degustational delights from Jarrod’s Shakes & Snags, El Taco Loco, and Trang’s Kitchen will keep you sustained throughout the festival. A pop up Record Fair with Vinyl albums to scour through and find that historic gem or find that special guitar you have always wanted at the Birdswood Guitar stall. Our resident local artist the amazing Bob Gammage will create ‘Live Performance Artscapes’ where you can be ‘part of the art’ again in 2017 and, will be auctioned throughout the festival.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 3, 2017

LA-based songwriter Shelley Segal has recently released her latest single Somebody Like You, a rock-infused, in-your-face song about a relationship interrupted. She’s also coming home for a run of dates.

Somebody Like You is a heavy track, and not just in sound; it details the trauma of being told by family that your relationship must end for the sake of religion – in short, it’s the perfect song to release in the midst of the polarizing and supremely topical same sex marriage debate. Electric guitars wail and drums propel the song forward with a strength that Shelley has harnessed herself, as the chorus soars to the heights of her vocal range. Somebody Like You soundtracks a confusing, difficult time in Shelley’s life, as she explains, “When I was 18 years old my family told me I needed to break up with my partner because he wasn’t Jewish – in line with our religious traditions. I chose to fight for the relationship with my then-partner, leaving home and moving in with him and his family. This was an extremely painful experience for me. I am no longer religious but I know that many people still experience this tension between their families, traditions and the person they love for various reasons, religion, race, gender, orientation. The truth is, you cannot help or control who you love. You cannot love someone or stop loving someone, just because that is expected of you.” Shelley continues, weighing in on the same sex marriage debate, “I know how it feels to be told who you should love and how you should love and it’s absolutely heartbreaking…having this kind of debate publicly has brought up a lot of pain and abuse for LGBTQI+ Australians; for our families and friends, and it should never have been allowed.”

Shelley has been living and working in Los Angeles for over a year now, and is currently Stateside touring Somebody Like You. Since making the move overseas Shelley has achieved a lot; spending her time writing with different artists, performing non-stop, and opening her own publishing company which saw her score a sync with the Emmy-award winning webseries Venice. Shelley loves her new city, but is looking forward to her brief visit home to celebrate Somebody Like You with a few shows. She enthuses, “These new songs have a rockier edge than I’ve had before and I’m excited to share that energy onstage. Coming home will be bittersweet as it makes me a bit homesick but it will be special to be at home and play these new songs to my fans and friends. As usual audiences can expect lots of stories. Maybe even a bit of the shiny sheen of shameless LA pop will make it back over the pacific with me, we’ll see…!”

And Shelley would like to remind that the Australian same sex marriage vote closes soon. Don’t delay, mail it back today. Forms must be received by 6pm (local time) 7 November to be included in the count.


RI 29 DEC | YARD BIRD, BENDIGO, VIC | 18+ | Free Entry 8-11pm
THU 4 JAN | CALLY HOTEL, WARRNAMBOOL, VIC | 18+ | Free Entry 8-11pm
FRI 12 JAN | PAYNESVILLE WINE BAR, PAYNESVILLE, VIC | 18+ | Tix at the door 7-10pm

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - November 2, 2017

Two years on from their last Australian tour, celebrated Mexican instrumental virtuosos RODRIGO Y GABRIELA return to Australia to play national theatre shows in March 2018. Making their debut appearance at WOMADelaide on Friday 9th March, the duo will take in Melbourne’s Forum on Saturday 10th March, Perth’s Astor Theatre on Tuesday 13th March, Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Thursday 15th March and Brisbane’s The Tivoli on Friday 16th March.


Courtesy of Gaynor Crawford & Chugg Entertainment , Australian Musician followers not only have the opportunity to WIN a DOUBLE PASS to either their Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane concerts but ALSO MEET RODRIGO Y GABRIELA IN PERSON AT THE SHOW!

TO ENTER: simply tell us the brand of guitars that the duo currently use (Hint: the answer can be found on this page), include a phone contact and specify if you want tickets to either Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane concerts (This competition does not apply to Perth or Adelaide gigs). Email your answer to with ‘Rodrigo Y Gabriela meet & greet’ in the subject field. Entries close Monday Feb 26th, 2018.

To recap: We need the answer to the question, your phone contact, the city where you want to see the duo and enter before 26th Feb, 2018!


One of the most critically acclaimed acoustic instrumental bands in the world, Rodrigo y Gabriela have sold in excess of 1.5 million albums globally, and have packed out iconic venues around the world, from the Hollywood Bowl and Royal Albert Hall to the Sydney Opera House, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Paris’ Le Zenith.

2014’s 9 Dead Alive was praised by music critics and fans the world over. Unmistakably Spanish in sound, the duo also showcases influences as diverse as metal to rock to world music. “… they fuse it together to create energetic, lively and often unpredictable acoustic guitar music”, said The Line Of Best Fit. While NPR wrote, “Rodrigo y Gabriela return to their roots, reminding listeners why they fell in love with the Mexican duo in the first place. The album finds them at the peak of their musical flexibility.”

In January of this year, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their self-titled breakthrough release, Rodrigo y Gabriela reissued a newly remastered version of the album, together with a never-before-released 2006 live record. Originally released in Ireland, the album is affectionately known to fans as the Crocodile Album, and topped the charts ahead of Johnny Cash and the Arctic Monkeys on release in 2006.

Known for their dynamic live performances, and with roots busking in Dublin before extensive touring and a great word of mouth buzz carried them forward, the Yamaha guitars endorsees Rodrigo y Gabriela are without doubt one of the most captivating live acts in the world.

Presented by Gaynor Crawford & Chugg Entertainment

Friday 9th March – WOMADelaide

Saturday 10th March – Forum Melbourne (18+)

Tuesday 13th March – Astor Theatre (18+)

Thursday 15th March – Enmore Theatre (All Ages)

Friday 16th March – The Tivoli (18+)

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Posted in Blog, Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - November 1, 2017

Opal Ocean at Melbourne Guitar Show 2017. Photo by Jason Rosewarne

Melbourne-based acoustic guitar duo Opal Ocean know a thing or two about the dynamics of a song. Their new single Mexicana ebbs and flows, while motoring along, building momentum before breaking into a fury of slick licks and rapid-fire flamenco-style beats. It’s hard not to be moved by Alex and Nadav’s infectious rhythms, as anyone who saw them perform at this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show will attest. Mexicana will be released on December 1st with a Melbourne launch party on December 8 at the Ding Dong Lounge.

We can’t wait for the release of Mexicana but in the meantime, check out the video below of Opal Ocean performing another track, Mr. Stoker at this year’s Melbourne Guitar Show. Footage and sound thanks to Advanced Audio

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 30, 2017

Karise Eden is arguably one of Australia’s finest new female blues singers, with a vocal fire and passion suggestive of Melissa Etherdige, Anastacia or Beth Hart. All natural talent with a soulful voice borne of a hard knock life, the depth and feeling she expresses when she sings makes it hard to believe she is still only 25 years old. Karise has broken ARIA chart records and sold platinum and gold albums but it’s her intimate, acoustic shows where her visceral connection is most apparent.

For one weekend in November Karise Eden will perform live and acoustically at select Melbourne venues. Karise Eden will be road testing a few new songs while in Melbourne too, so don’t miss out on these three intimate gigs!

Fri 3 Nov – Bird’s Basement, Melbourne VIC
Sat 4 Nov – Old Hepburn Hotel, Hepburn Springs VIC
Sun 5 Nov – Flying Saucer, Elsternwick VIC

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Ahead of her Melbourne acoustic gigs, we asked Karise to share with us her 5 favourite acoustic-based songs and the reasons why she loves them.

Sometimes I cry – Chris Stapleton
What a fantastic artist he is. His vocals are to die for!
Would love to collaborate with him one day!
I have learnt this one on guitar, play it in my own time. Amazing track!

Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
Of course the one & only Janis comes into the mix.
This is also my mother’s favourite song. Reminds me of good times at home as a kid.

Hear My Train A-Comin’- Jimi Hendrix
What a legend. One of the first Jimi Hendrix songs I heard. One day I’ll learn this one on guitar… one day… haha!!

Send my love (to your new lover) – Adele
Wow what can you say about this track. It’s amazing.
Ultimate empowerment. I’m a huge Adele fan.

Falling – Jessica Mauboy
Love this track! It’s great to hear Jess stripped back.
the vulnerability lyrically in this track is amazing.
I also play this track in my personal time. Great song.


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - October 28, 2017

The Brothers, Angels & Demons with Rose Tattoo show came to The Palms at Crown in Melbourne last night and rocked the house like never before. There was so much oz rock dna on stage that the experience was never going to be innocent!

Rose Tattoo is one of the most influential rock bands to come out of Australia and last night proved that nothing’s changed. Angry Anderson still commands a stage and the music is as threatening as ever. Joining the Tatts’ riffmeister Dai Pritchard on stage were the legendary Bob Spencer on guitar and AC/DC’s original bass player Mark Evans. Add John Watson on drums and you’ve got pub rock in its purest form.

Dave Gleeson out front of The Angels is one of the most enigmatic performers in the country too and does the classic Angels hits proud. Apart from the ever-solid Brewster Brothers, Bob Spencer returned to the stage to lend a hand as well. Even the plush Palms showroom at Crown is not immune to the iconic refrain to Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again. Too much rock n roll is never enough and at Crown last night, the audience witnessed the very best.

Jason Rosewarne was side stage and captured some amazing photos


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