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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 30, 2014

whitealbumconcertThe White Album Concert, a sold-out live rock experience from 2009 is back, featuring 30 of the Beatles’ most breathtaking songs performed with a 17-piece rock orchestra.  Not even the Beatles attempted to perform their classic self-titled double album live on stage. But in the winter of 2009, to celebrate its 40th anniversary, four of our greatest rock’n’roll showmen left a trail of standing ovations and ecstatic reviews when The White Album Concert sold out 11 theatres in five cities across Australia.

The Beatles’ most challenging and stylistically varied collection of songs was taken apart and reassembled track by track by four singers at the peak of their powers — Tim Rogers, Josh Pyke, Chris Cheney and Phil Jamieson. The White Album was the sound of John, Paul, George and Ringo throwing everything they’d learned into their musical blender. This major work bursts with variety, creativity, experimentation, and the genius of The Beatles during one of their most intense, fertile, periods. It is a timeless album, yet very much of its time.  It’s 30 songs veer from the populist stomp of Back in the USSR and the mind-bending Happiness is a Warm Gun to the melodious sorrow of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the ska pop fun of Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da, and the hard rock prototype Helter Skelter.

Tour dates:

BRISBANE Sunday 13 July – 3pm Lyric Theatre, QPAC
BRISBANE Sunday 13 July  Lyric Theatre, QPAC   Bookings: 136 246 |
MELBOURNE  Tuesday 15 July  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
MELBOURNE Wednesday 16 July  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
MELBOURNE Thursday 17 July  Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Bookings: 1300 182 183 | |  1300 136 166 |
SYDNEY Friday  18 July Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
SYDNEY Saturday 19 July  Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
SYDNEY Sat 19 July – 4pm   Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
SYDNEY Sunday 20 July    Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
 Bookings: 02 9250 7777 | | 136 100 |
CANBERRA  Tuesday 22 July Canberra Theatre 
Bookings: |  (02) 6275 2700 | 132 849
WOLLONGONG  Wednesday 23 July  WIN Entertainment Centre – Bookings: |  132 849
ADELAIDE  Friday 25 July Festival Theatre   Bookings: 131 246  |

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WATCH/CASIO XW-P1 Performance Synth

Posted in Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - March 29, 2014

Casio’s XW-P1 Performance Synth features a powerful monophonic lead synth, Hex layer, Drawbar organ, all your gig-ready tones plus hands on real-time control, giving you everything you need to enter the professional synth world. Featuring 61 note, Solo synth, Hex layer, Drawbar organ and PCM sound engines, this is an…

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System 10 Stompbox from Audio Technica

Posted in Gear, Sound (PA, mixer, mics, recording)    //    Post Date - March 28, 2014

Audio Technica’s new System 10 Stompbox is an innovative Digital 2.4 GHz High-fidelity Wireless system. Combining advanced 24-bit, field-proven performance, easy setup and clear, natural sound quality, Audio Technica’s System 10 Stompbox delivers an incredible wireless experience. With the tap of a foot on the rugged, metal Stompbox receiver, guitarists…

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Posted in Computer (Software, plug-ins), Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - March 27, 2014

Yamaha proudly introduces a new version of the free “Song Beats App” designed for drummers and DTX electronic drum players with iPhones or iPod Touch devices, which makes drum practice, rehearsal and learning more fun and productive. On the Song Beats kit screen, the drum beat for the selected song…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 26, 2014

JohnnyWinter2It was on, then off and there was speculation it was never going to be finished, but the documentary ‘Johnny Winter: Down and Dirty” finally premiered at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. The film by Greg Oliver follows Winter around the world, on stage, back stage and beyond.

When Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips spoke to Winter last year, even Johnny wasn’t confident the film would be completed. “I don’t think he has enough money to finish it,” Johnny said. However, Paul Nelson, WInter’s guitarist and tour manager overheard and was quick to put the story straight. “No,” Paul laughed. “He’s on another project, the projects have overlapped. He’s doing a documentary on Lou Albino, the wrestling guy.  We are playing The Olympia in France, in April with Alvin Lee and Robben Ford. He’s going to film there.” As promised the gig was filmed, but sadly Alvin Lee passed away just prior to the show. Australia’s Tommy Emmanuel also played on that bill.

The documentary features cameos by a myriad of rock identities and offers rare archival footage of Winter performing. It is unclear at this stage if the film will get a cinema release, however it will be available on Blue-ray/DVD soon.

Also see Australian Musician’s chat with Johnny from 2013 in our interviews section on this site

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - March 22, 2014

Fronting his own band Tank Dilemma, Richard’s keyboard style borrows from the very best in soul, blues, swing and funk. ‘Tank’ as he’s known is also a highly sought after session guy . Check out Tank Dilemma’s current album ‘Having Said That, Let Me Say This’ for a taste of…

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - March 22, 2014

Composer, mulit-instrumentlaist, vocalist and musical adventurer, Sallie Campbell has achieved so much and is only just beginning. One of Sallie’s most impressive pieces is her composition Nightingale Floor, a 20 minute piece for a string orchestra, which showcases close to 100 string instruments. She currently performs with several original acts The…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 21, 2014

russellmorrisNobody was more surprised than Russell Morris himself, that his album Sharkmouth became a platinum-selling hit. The project was created after Russell had read about a 1920’s Gangster from Sydney, Shark Jaws. This was the driving force behind a want to create an album including some dodgy Australian characters from the 1920/30’s era such as gangsters Squizzy Taylor and Les Darcy.

On April 11 this year, Russell released Van Diemen’s Land, the follow up, a companion piece  to Sharkmouth. Van Diemen’s Land picks up where Sharkmouth left off, this time covering great Australian characters and stories including Breaker Morant, Sandakan, the Eureka Stockade and many more. Morris is joined on Van Diemen’s Land by a host of special guest artists including Joe Camilleri, Rick Springfield, Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Scott Owen (The Living End), Ross Hannaford (Daddy Cool), Vika & Linda Bull, Phil Manning (Chain), Joe Robinson and Shannon Bourne.‎

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Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - March 21, 2014

These days ex-pat Aussie guitarist Gwyn Ashton resides in the UK but rips up stages worldwide. Pic by What was your first guitar? My very first guitar was a $10 Belmont acoustic bought in a second-hand shop in Whyalla back in 1972. My first electric guitar was a Tempo Les…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 20, 2014

Music Publisher Hal Leonard has released a swag of fantastic new music books for March including Lorde’s Pure Heroin album, featuring 10 tracks from the New Zealand pop sensation. Also released is Their Top Hits 2013 book, featuring arranged for easy piano versions of songs by Bruno Mars, Pink and 16 other hit makers. Watch Nathan Rippon’s rundown on releases here or visit for more.

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