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SHELBY J: INTERVIEW, GIG REVIEW & PHOTOS

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - May 18, 2017

Shelby J first came to our attention as the powerhouse vocalist in Prince’s New Power Generation. The soul and funk queen is currently in Melbourne playing a residency at Birds Basement, where AM’s Greg Phillips got to sit down with her for a great chat. We also report on the…

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GERRY BECKLEY: AMERICA 2017 AUSTRALIAN TOUR INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - May 18, 2017

Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek were three young American guys in a foreign country in the 60s, who made a name for themselves taking their perfectly constructed breezy, west coast acoustic-based songs to the London pubs. With a career spanning 47 years and achieving albums sales in the…

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AUSTRALIAN JAZZ BELL AWARD WINNERS 2017

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - May 16, 2017

Australia’s jazz music community gathered last night at Melbourne’s premier jazz club Birds Basement to celebrate the 2017 Australian Jazz Bell Awards.  Those in attendance witnessed some wonderful performances by award winning artists such as Michelle Nicolle, Joe Chindamo (a beautiful after-dinner Bach piece) and Stu Hunter, who played a…

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ROLAND V-DRUMS

Posted in SDS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - May 15, 2017

20th Anniversary of Roland V-Drums development. In 1997, Roland revolutionised the drumming world with the introduction of the TD-10K: the world’s first electronic drum kit to feature mesh head pads. Over the last 20 years, we’ve continued to develop technology that enables drummers to fulfil their creative potential. V-Drums are…

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HOT APPLE DISTRIBUTION

Posted in SDS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - May 15, 2017

Hot Apple Distribution Australasian distribution arm for premium international brands including:  Sakae Drums, Murat Diril Cymbals, Craviotto Drums, Humes & Berg Cases, Protec Cases & Accessories. Winner of the 2016 Business Excellence Award for Best Import/Export Company.” Sakae Drums: Handcrafted in Osaka, Japan since 1925. Sakae has produced some of…

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JUSTIN HAYWARD (MOODY BLUES) SOLO TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 14, 2017

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With a new solo album release, All The Way, Justin Hayward will now embark on his first solo tour of Australia – with two special shows in Sydney and Melbourne in October.  Over the past five years Justin has enjoyed a thriving solo career.
He has been touring the UK, Europe and the USA with The Moody Blues, and as a solo artist – accompanied by Mike Dawes, one of a new generation of young exceptional and gifted guitar players who will also be coming to Australia.  Mike has been hailed as one of the world’s finest and most creative modern finger style guitarists.   His solo music has gained over 15 million hits on video sharing sites.
Having chalked up nearly fifty years at the peak of the music and entertainment industry, Justin Hayward’s voice has been heard the world over.  Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer for The Moody Blues, his is an enduring talent that has helped to define the times in which he worked.  Over the last forty-five years the band has sold 55 million albums and received numerous awards.  Commercial success has gone hand in hand with critical acclaim, The Moody Blues are renowned the world over as innovators and trail blazers who have influenced any number of fellow artists.  Justin is honoured with The Moody Blues on the Rock Walk Hall of Fame on Sunset Boulevard.
Born and brought up in Swindon in the UK, Justin’s interest in music started early when he was five years old and his grandfather bequeathed him his large collection of 78 rpm recordings.  “It opened a world of imagination to me,” says Justin.  Having taught himself to play the ukulele, he soon progressed to guitar and by his early teens he was playing in local groups.  Upon leaving school at 17 he answered an advertisement in Melody Maker newspaper and successfully auditioned for UK Rock and Roll hero Marty Wilde.  “I got the job playing guitar for Marty – it was a dream come true for me”.  Justin credits Marty with encouraging him to become a songwriter; he made several recordings with Marty’s Wilde Three and also appeared with them at the London Palladium.  They remain close friends to this day: “Marty is still my hero”.
Having started the ball rolling as a songwriter in his own right with a couple of solo singles, he joined The Moody Blues in the summer of 1966.  Hitting his stride immediately with the single Fly Me High, he followed it up with the classic hit songs Nights in White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon from the seminal album Days of Future Past. This album went on to become a favourite of the NASA astronauts and was taken aboard the Atlantis shuttle space craft by Chief astronaut “Hoot” Gibson on many missions.
This purple patch showed no sign of abating as Justin created other classic, era and genre-defining hits Question, The Voice, I Know You’re Out There Somewhere and Your Wildest Dreams.  These laid the foundation for the incredible success story of The Moody Blues – as well as his solo work – which continues to this day.
When The Moody Blues took a break from touring in 1975, Justin worked on the Blue Jays album, followed by the hit single Blue Guitar (recorded with the members of 10cc). Although the Moodies continued to record and tour at the highest level, Justin also found time to create several solo albums: Songwriter, Night Flight, Moving Mountains and The View From the Hill.
Proving that he could write massive hits outside of The Moody Blues, Justin hit the Top Ten globally in 1978 with Forever Autumn – created for Jeff Wayne’sWar of the Worlds album.  Becoming, even for a writer of his stature, a signature song, this was the spur to him taking to the stage – for five years, from 2005 – 2010, and starring in the spectacular live stadium production.
In 2005, he was presented with The Golden Note award from ASCAP, the top honour for a British writer, and he has appeared in Nashville regularly with other songwriters in showcase events. In 2013, The Performing Rights Society in the UK awarded him his second Ivor Novello statue for Outstanding Achievement.
Whilst releasing solo albums and DVDs and working on many different projects, including new solo recordings, Justin continues to tour with The Moody Blues all across the world.  Justin records in Italy and France of which he says, “Spending time making music in a beautiful place with your friends is every songwriter’s dream”.  “I have spent most of my life, so far, on the road”, says Justin.  “Playing live and creating a small piece of magic in a room is like a drug to me, one that I never want to give up”.  His is a talent that has helped soundtrack more than a generation and created a legacy that remains undimmed.

AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2017
SYDNEY     STATE THEATRE              THURSDAY  19 OCTOBER
Book at Ticketmaster 136 100 www.ticketmaster.com.au

MELBOURNE    ATHENAEUM THEATRE     FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER
Book at Ticketek 132 849 www.ticketek.com.au

TICKETS ON SALE MONDAY 22 MAY 9am

www.justinhayward.com
www.abpresents.com.au

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TEXAS: DANCING LIKE NOBODY’S WATCHING

Posted in Interviews    //    Post Date - May 13, 2017

Formed in 1986 by guitarist Johnny McElhone and singer Sharleen Spiteri, Scottish band Texas have sold somewhere around 40 million records to date. Three of their eight studio albums have reached the number one spot on the UK charts and thirteen of their singles have made it to that country’s…

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LUCIUS BORICH: SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Sydney Drum Show News    //    Post Date - May 12, 2017

Let’s face it, pressed to name the members of any band, most people will tell you who the singer and guitarists are. It’s an unfortunate fact of life but knowing the drummer’s name is a less likely scenario. Sure there are exceptions but in general it’s not the guy sitting…

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GH MUSIC

Posted in SDS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - May 11, 2017

Ground level Stand #59 GH MUSIC 100 Mt.Alexander Road Flemington Victoria 3031 “Melbourne Musicians breathe a sigh of relief when Garry Hyde (son of Billy Hyde) re-opened a musical instrument store GH MUSIC on the original Billy Hyde Music site in Flemington, which was where it all began in 1962…

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KENTVILLE DRUMS

Posted in SDS Exhibitor Profile    //    Post Date - May 11, 2017

Kentville Drums is Australia’s foremost drum repair and restoration workshop. An authorised warranty repair centre for Ludwig, Gretsch, Pearl, Yamaha, DW and Sakae, their meticulous commitment to detail continues to attract some of the biggest names in music from across Australia, and around the world. In addition to their restoration…

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