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STEVE HACKETT, NICK JOHNSTON, ALEX HUTCHINGS FOR MELBOURNE GUITAR SHOW

Posted in Melbourne guitar Show News    //    Post Date - May 4, 2017

It was a big in 2015, huge in 2016 and now in 2017 the Melbourne Guitar Show will be even greater. Presented again by Triple M and AustralianMusician.com.au, not only does the Melbourne Guitar Show offer an amazing array of local guitar players but this year, we’re excited to announce…

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MIKE PORTNOY’S SHATTERED FORTRESS OZ & NZ TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 4, 2017

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MIKE PORTNOY’S SHATTERED FORTRESS AUSTRALIAN & NEW ZEALAND TOUR 2017
Drum Wizard MIKE PORTNOY (ex-Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs, Flying Colors) brings the SHATTERED FORTRESS to Australia and New Zealand this November! The SHATTERED FORTRESS is MIKE PORTNOY and an all-star Prog lineup (Eric Gillette, Richard Henshall & Charlie Griffiths on Guitar, Connor Green on Bass & Diego Tejeida on Keyboards) performing Mike Portnoy’s 12 Step Suite live in its entirety! This Exclusive Once in a Livetime Event will only happen in a select few countries in the world!

MIKE PORTNOY is a man that really doesn’t need any introduction. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine, and is the second youngest person to be inducted into the Modern Drummer’s Hall of Fame! Primarily known as the co-founder of Dream Theater, he has also been involved in several other projects such as Liquid Tension Experiment, Avenged Sevenfold, Transatlantic, Adrenaline Mob plus many, many more!

The 12 Step Suite was written by Mike Portnoy and documents his battle with alcoholism. It is an ensemble of five songs recorded by Dream Theaterfrom 2002 to 2009, with titles that reflect his struggles: “The Glass Prison”, “This Dying Soul”, “The Root Of All Evil”, “Repentance” and “The Shattered Fortress”. It was originally written with the intention of eventually playing it live as one piece, and now the time has come. The show will also feature a selection of other DREAM THEATER classics!

The SHATTERED FORTRESS Tour will be a once in a livetime experience, from one of the greatest drummers on the planet directly to his legion of fans. Come along and witness a night of amazing progressive metal and be a part of history!

Mike Portnoy comments: “FINALLY!!!! Woohoo! I’ve been waiting almost 8 years to make my return Down Under. Honestly, I’m completely surprised to the response of these exclusive Shattered Fortress shows. Soooo……due to overwhelming demand, Australia and New Zealand you will get to witness this amazing evening of music! A tribute to my time with Dream Theater… performed with some of the best musicians in today’s Prog scene. FINALLY playing my 12 Step-Suite in its entirety as well as other classic DT songs… As I already stated many times: THIS IS IT!! This WILL NOT BE HAPPENING AGAIN! So be sure to catch this ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT while you can!!”

MIKE PORTNOY’S SHATTERED FORTRESS
TOUR DATES
Thursday 16th November – Auckland – The Studio
Saturday 18th November – Brisbane – The Tivoli
Monday 20th November – Perth – Astor Theatre
Wednesday 22nd November – Adelaide – The Gov
Friday 24th November – Sydney – Metro Theatre
Saturday 25th November – Melbourne – The Croxton

Tickets:
Pre-Sale Tuesday 9th May 9am (local)
On-Sale Thursday 11th May 9am (local)
Via: http://metropolistouring.com/mikeportnoy

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BYRON MARK CAJON ENSEMBLE

Posted in SDS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - May 3, 2017

It’s not often you see a group of Cajons being played at the same time…..however the Cajon Cats are here to show you how it’s done! Hailing from different areas all over Sydney, the group meets weekly in Rockdale to jam some funky grooves on their Cajon box drums! Led…

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THOMAS HASSALL ANGLICAN COLLEGE DRUM CIRCLE

Posted in SDS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - May 3, 2017

Senior School students from Thomas Hassall Anglican College in Sydney’s south-west (Middleton Grange) come together once a week to learn modern arrangements of traditional rhythms from North-West Africa. Mr Byron Mark, their teacher, has spent some time in Guinea and brings a fresh edge and authenticity to the drum-circle sound….

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THOMAS HUGH: THE MAKING OF ‘YOU THE CROWD’

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - May 2, 2017

Texas-bred, Melbourne-based singer, songwriter Thomas Hugh has just released his 4th album You The Crowd. If you’re looking for signposts, you could try  desert folk or alt country but essentially it’s an honest journey of man observing life, looking ahead but taking the time to recognise his past and acknowledge…

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SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW 2017 PROGRAM RELEASED

Posted in Sydney Drum Show News    //    Post Date - May 1, 2017

The full performance and session program has been released for the inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show, occurring at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion on May 27 & 28, 2017. There’s something for everyone, from headliners Thomas Lang and Virgil Donati lighting up the stage together with their percussive magic to…

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DYNASTY DRUMLINE

Posted in SDS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - May 1, 2017

The Sydney Stick’s Dynasty Drumline believes in the power of music.
Having the Sydney Sticks at an event brings people together and takes the atmosphere to a new level.
As fully mobile entertainers they can grab an audiences’ undivided attention, blow them away with ferocious grooves and show stopping moves. Not just a…

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JAKE TAYLOR SPROULE

Posted in SDS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - May 1, 2017

Performing at the  SYDNEY DRUM & PERCUSSION SHOW with Guitar accompaniment presented by Los Cabos Drumsticks Jake Taylor Sproule is one of Australia’s most respected hard rock and metal drummers, who has played with numerous bands including Necrospyre, Whoretopsy, and Cyaneye. Don’t miss this energetic session with Los Cabos drumsticks…

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BEN ELLINGWORTH

Posted in SDS Performer Profile    //    Post Date - May 1, 2017

Ben started playing at the age of 12 through and quickly joined the Billy Hyde Academy under Milan Troha, He later became the events co-coordinator for Drumcraft and put together such events and clinics as the Australian Drummers weekends, Mike Mangini, Pat Torpy, Kenny Aronoff, Jimmy DeGrasso, Grant Collins and…

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