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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - December 20, 2018

  “The coolest dad there is” – the Steve Kilbey interview By Barrie Bardoe There are only two bands in the world which have 19 albums which have achieved a 4.5 star rating or higher in the All American music guide. One of these bands is the Rolling Stones. The…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 20, 2018

When you think of Hollywood’s infamous ‘80s rock ‘n’ roll scene, it won’t take long before you turn your mind to Faster Pussycat. Led by the incomparable Taime Downe, Faster Pussycat was formed in Hollywood during its ‘80s glam metal boom.

As a mainstay of the live L.A scene and featured on the Decline of Western Civilisation 2 – The Metal Years, the band was more in line with the rawness of Guns ‘N’ Roses and Motley Crue rather than the polished pop finish of Poison and Warrant.
Their 1987 self-titled debut featured the hits, “Don’t Change That Song”, “Bathroom Wall” and “Cathouse”. Their follow up in 1989, Wake Me When It’s Over saw the band experience their greatest success driven by the worldwide hit single, “House of Pain”. That album also featured fan faves, “Where There’s a Whip There’s A Way”, “Poison Ivy” and “Pulling Weeds”. In 1992, the band would release the final album with their classic line up, Whipped. The consistency of solid songwriting and catchy hooks continued with ‘’Whipped’’ and included live staple “Jack The Bastard”.

The band toured Australia for their first time ever in 2008. Now, eleven years later, Faster Pussycat return to Australia, in February 2019, for a series of shows which will please long-time fans of the band. With the exception of Ace Von Johnson on guitar, who joined the band in 2010, the band features long time stalwarts Xristian Simon (guitar), Danny Nordahl (bass) and Chad Stewart (drums), who have been with the band since 2001.

Together with a consistent line up and boasting approximately 200 live shows a year, both Taime and Faster Pussycat are sounding better than ever. The band has promised their long-time fans a live show full of classic hits across the first three albums of the bands career. This is a show not to be missed.

FASTER PUSSYCAT February 2019 Australian Tour Dates
Thu 14 February – Adelaide, Enigma Bar
Fri 15 February – Melbourne, The Prince
Sat 16 February – Sydney, Crowbar
Sun 17 February – Brisbane, Crowbar

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 19, 2018

Just when you thought we had forgotten you – and Christmas was going to be bleak and lean – BLUESFEST brings you a World Premiere Announcement. Bluesfest is the first date in the world to be announced for the re-united SABOTEURS.
AND … This will be the first time ever that THE SABOTEURS have played in Australia.

THE SABOTEURS (known outside of Australia as THE RACONTEURS) is made up of four friends who got together in Detroit way back in 2005.  Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, hailed from other influential bands of the time – and together released two albums, ‘Broken Boy Soldiers’ (2006) and the Grammy-Award winning ‘Consolers Of The Lonely’ (2008), spawning the singles: ‘Steady As She Goes’, ‘Salute Your Solution’, ‘Many Shades Of Black’  and ‘Consoler Of The Lonely’ .
 THE SABOTEURS have graced the prestigious stages of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Coachella, Glastonbury, Austin City Limits and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Now they come to Australia for the very first time and we are delighted they have chosen to help  celebrate the festival’s 30th Anniversary by closing Bluesfest on Easter Monday.

THE SABOTEURS – Jack White, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence & Patrick Keeler – are back with the release of their first new music in more than 10 years. The two new songs released by Third Man Records, ‘Now That You’re Gone’ featuring Brendan Benson on lead vocals and ‘Sunday Driver’ with Jack White singing lead, are available digitally worldwide today. This release coincides with the delivery of the only physical version of the tracks available on 7” vinyl as part of Third Man’s Vault Package #38 celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the bands’ acclaimed second album, CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY.
Unique companion videos accompany both tracks and, in true Raconteurs fashion, were shot only one week ago and are available for your enjoyment now.

‘Now That You’re Gone’ and ‘Sunday Driver’ both stem from recent sessions for the long-awaited new Saboteurs LP, due for release sometime in 2019. “We’re knee deep in the trenches of our first new album in a decade,” White said to Mojo Magazine recently. “We have a vast amount of genre-pushing songs that bridge the gap between Detroit and Nashville rock and roll. The album sounds like a World War. It’s great to be co-writing songs with Brendan Benson again, the man is a song craftsman.”

Recorded and released in March 2008, the unannounced arrival of The Saboteurs’ CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY shocked the world at a time when coordinating a worldwide physical and digital surprise release was even less easily accomplished than it is today. The album – which takes its title from an inscription on the frieze of a Washington D.C. post office – proved a phenomenon, making a top 5 debut on the Billboard 200 on its way to earning the GRAMMY® Award for “Best Engineered Non-Classical Album,” as well as a nomination as “Best Rock Album.” Indeed, CONSOLERS OF THE LONELY finds the Saboteurs at their mightiest, exploring what it means to be a rock band in the classic sense. Full-on bombastic horn arrangements and gut-wrenching murder ballads sit side by side as the swaggering riffs and confident licks firmly establish the LP as one of the pre-eminent releases of the aughts.

This is a special announcement for Bluesfest Festival Director, Peter Noble OAM, who says:
“It’s not every day you get to have a simultaneous worldwide announcement of one of the world’s great bands, The Raconteurs, known in Australia as The Saboteurs. The members include Jack White, who is someone I have wanted to present at Bluesfest for a very long time. In fact, this began as a Jack White headline performance, but literally morphed into The Saboteurs when the guys decided to get back together again after 10 years, and Bluesfest has the ONLY announced show in the world currently. 
There is a lot to be said about this, however, I’m sure the media will be on fire about this announcement, so please let me say this……Bluesfest has had many great artistic bills over the years…. I now believe we are up there for our 30th Anniversary Festival in 2019 with our best festival bills…. it is a testament to the tireless work of our team, and the belief of artists and their representatives all over the world that allows us to do this, and our Bluesfesters, who support us in coming to revel in our spectacle…
To all of you I wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
By the way … our next artist announcement is in January…. and it’s a beauty !“ – Peter Noble Festival Director

With only 118 days to go until they swing open the gates to the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm just outside Byron Bay, this very special artist announcement really puts icing on the cake for our 30th Anniversary Celebration, taking place over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 18th April to Monday 22nd April 2019). Bluesfest has captured the hearts of music lovers at home and abroad and, as you can see from the line-up, this is a celebration not to miss – it will definitely be a Bluesfest to remember!

The 2019 playing schedule so far is available here  – with more artists still to be announced.
Tickets are now on sale through

Previously announced artists for 2019:  

Jack Johnson – Iggy Pop – Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Paul Kelly
Hozier – David Gray
Ray LaMontagne
Norah Jones – Julia Stone – Kasey Chambers
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Mavis Staples - Gary Clark Jr.
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Tommy Emmanuel – Snarky Puppy
Meshell Ndegeocello – Colin Hay - Imelda May
Kurt Vile and the Violators – Keb’ Mo’
Allen Stone - St. Paul and The Broken Bones
Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Archie Roach – Shakey Graves – Arlo Guthrie
Nahko and Medicine for the People – Tex Perkins
I’m With Her – Ruthie Foster - Richard Clapton
Russell Morris - Flogging Molly - Backsliders
The Marcus King Band – Fantastic Negrito – Samantha Fish
The War and Treaty - Deva Mahal - Larkin Poe
The Black Sorrows - Vintage Trouble - Pierce Brothers
Mojo Juju - Trevor Hall - Irish Mythen - Anderson East
Melody Angel – Hussy Hicks – Thando
The California Honeydrops - Elephant Sessions
Caiti Baker - Little Georgia
Benny Walker – Dallas Woods
RockWiz Live

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 17, 2018

Mark Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of God, has announced a new project that sees him further explore his creative drive for writing and collaboration. Joining forces with WPP Records and Spinefarm Records on a worldwide basis distributed via Caroline Australia, Morton will release a 10-track album under his own name and titled ANESTHETIC. It arrives on March 1, 2019 but CD and vinyl pre-order and merch bundles are available now at

Listen to the lead track “The Truth Is Dead,” featuring his Lamb of God bandmate Randy Blythe and Alissa White-Gluz, here.

The full track listing, complete with the list of guest artists is below. The album was made alongside a dream team of highly respected musicians from a multitude of musical worlds; some friends, and some who would never be expected to collaborate with metal genre leaders Lamb of God.

Starting as an idea between Jake (leader of heavy rock band Oni and founder of WPP Records), producer Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Trivium, Oni, Gojira) and Morton, the project quickly gathered steam – with Mark at the creative center, Josh Wilbur co-writing, recording, mixing, and producing, and Jake Oni also co-writing and performing.
Morton had been writing some of this debut for years. “This album wasn’t a concerted effort to start something outside Lamb of God,” he explains. “Music is always in my head, and until I write and record it, it’s stuck there. But once I record it, it’s out. It’s a catharsis, more for my own sanity.”

Singers on the album include Chester Bennington, Randy Blythe, Jacoby Shaddix, Myles Kennedy, Alissa White-Gluz, Mark Lanegan, Chuck Billy, Jake Oni, Josh Todd, Mark Morales and Naeemah Maddox. Musically, Morton performs all guitars, with Roy Mayorga, David Ellefson, Ray Luzier, Paulo Gregoletto and Alex Bent, Mike Inez, Jean-Paul Gaster, Steve Gorman and Marc Paul rounding out the band.

1. “Cross Off” (feat. Chester Bennington)
2. “Sworn Apart” (feat. Jacoby Shaddix)
3. “Axis” (feat. Mark Lanegan)
4. “The Never” (feat. Chuck Billy + Jake Oni)
5. “Save Defiance” (feat. Myles Kennedy)
6. “Blur” (feat. Mark Morales)
7. “Back From The Dead” (feat. Josh Todd)
8. “Reveal” (feat. Naeemah Maddox)
9. “Imaginary Days”
10. “Truth Is Dead” (feat. Randy Blythe + Alissa White-Gluz)

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 17, 2018

Luca Brasi by Kane Hibberd

Luca Brasi are excited to announce some very special guests for their massive regional tour kicking off next month in Bateau Bay, on January 18.

The band will make their way through venues across regional Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Northern Territory, and the ACT before concluding in Tasmania. The tour will also include performances at Download Festival in Sydney and Melbourne, and Party In The Paddock, Launceston.

18-Jan-19 Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay NSW
19-Jan-19 UniBar , Wollongong NSW
24-Jan-19 Tattersalls Hotel Penrith, Penrith NSW
25-Jan-19 ANU Bar, Canberra ACT

21-Feb-19 Panthers, Port Macquarie NSW
22-Feb-19 Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour NSW
23-Feb-19 Byron Bay Brewery, Byron Bay NSW

31-Jan-19 Tap House, Bendigo VIC
01-Feb-19 Pelly Bar, Frankston VIC
02-Feb-19 The Workers Club, Geelong VIC

28-Mar-19 Sol Bar, Maroochydore QLD
29-Mar-19 Miami Tavern, Gold Coast QLD
30-Mar-19 Spotted Cow, Toowoomba QLD

Tickets on sale now at

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 15, 2018

Gaby Moreno is coming to Australia for a string of dates to sing her heart out for you!
A superb vocalist and uniquely gifted songwriter originally hailing from Guatemala, Gaby is an Emmy nominee and Latin Grammy winner who has released 4 solo records internationally. Her latest album Ilusión received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Latin Pop Album. She has toured with Tracy Chapman, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Ani DiFranco, Punch Brothers, Milk Carton Kids and Calexico, and has shared stages with Bono, Andrea Bocelli and Van Dyke Parks.

In 2017, Gaby sold out a week of shows in Melbourne and toured Australia as part of the Celebrating David Bowie extravaganza (to much critical acclaim), as a featured member of Hugh Laurie’s Copper Bottom Band and as co-lead singer of celebrated vocal group The SongBirds.

Australian Tour Dates for March 2019:
7,8 March – The Fyrefly, St Kilda VIC
9.10,11 March – Port Fairy Folk Festival
12 March – Garden of Unearthly Delights Spiegletent, Adelaide SA
14 March – Camelot Lounge, Sydney NSW
15 March – Dust Temple, Gold Coast QLD
16 March – Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane QLD

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 14, 2018

The Production Company is thrilled to announce they are bringing the David Bowie and Enda Walsh musical Lazarus to Melbourne in May 2019.
Lazarus was David Bowie’s final project, first staged in New York in late 2015. This will be the Australian premiere of this ground-breaking musical. Lazarus features 18 David Bowie songs including Changes, Heroes and Absolute Beginners. Inspired by the novel The Man Who Fell to Earth by Walter Tevis – the movie also starred David Bowie – it focuses on Newton as he remains on earth, unable to die. We follow him during the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul might finally set him free.

Public are now invited to join the wait-list to be one of the first in line for ticket information at

Executive Producer Rachel D Taylor said “Lazarus was a dream come true for David Bowie, for decades he had spoken about writing a show, and when it was announced off-Broadway in 2015 the entire season sold out in a few hours. When I read the script I found it incredibly moving, especially knowing that it was one of his final projects. And seeing songs like Heroes and Changes come out of the story was just spine tingling. It’s rare to find a musical like Lazarus.” Chairman Jeanne Pratt said “I am so excited that The Production Company will bring this ground breaking show to Melbourne. I think it’s going to be a great event for Melbourne and a must see for lovers of David Bowie and musicals alike.”

Lazarus will be staged for a strictly limited season in the Playhouse at Arts Centre Melbourne in May / June 2019.
Lazarus is proudly presented by arrangement with Robert Fox and Jones / Tintoretto Entertainment.
The Production Company’s Season 2019 will be launched on February 19, 2019.

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 13, 2018

Australian Musician has an incredibly unique ticket offer for Sydney residents or those who are able to get to Sydney on January 4th. We’ve got a double pass to not one but two amazing shows at the Sydney Opera House on the same day.

Win tickets to All You Need Is Love 4pm show, then stick around for the Led Zeppelin Masters show at 8.30pm. A day at the Opera House indeed!

TO ENTER: Simply email [email protected] and tells us the nick name of Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham. Entries close December 28.

ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE celebrates the songs that captivated a generation and continue to inspire music fans across the world.   A selection of The Beatles’ great songs are brilliantly performed live by Jack Jones, Ciaran Gribbin, Rai Thistlethwayte and Jackson Thomas and accompanied by the 35 piece Strawberry Fields Rock Orchestra.

Included in this stellar performance, will be live renditions of Beatles epics, including I am The Walrus, Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday, A Day in the Life, Across The Universe, Let It Be, Hey Jude and many more.

To celebrate the distinctive contributions made by The Beatles collaborator, arranger, orchestrator and producer, George Martin, there is a super charged rock band playing alongside all virtuoso hand-picked Strawberry Fields Orchestra.

January 1,2 & 4, 2019: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall or 02 9250 7777 or 136 100

February 22 & 23, 2019: Hamer Hall Melbourne or 1300 182 183 or 1300 136 166

Led Zeppelin Masters – the all Australian production featuring Adelaide’s Zep Boys and The Black Dog Orchestra – returns to the Sydney Opera House in January 2019 before heading off to tour UK and Europe.

Now in its 4th year, Led Zeppelin Masters has gone from strength to strength and has become an international touring juggernaut.   Having played across all Australian capital cities over the last 3 years – including multiple shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane – this tour ventured on its first international tour in April 2017, taking the music of Led Zeppelin back to their homeland and playing across the UK, cumulating in the prestigious London Palladium for a sold out show that raised the roof off this iconic building.

Fronted by ZEP BOYS powerhouse vocalist Vince Contarino and bolstered by the breathtaking might of the thirty-piece Black Dog Orchestra, Led Zeppelin Masters features twenty Led Zeppelin classics.

From the raw, metallic blues of Whole Lotta Love to the epic Stairway to Heaven and the sheer exhilaration of Kashmir, Led Zeppelin Masters celebrates the timeless musical legacy of Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones,
with a no-holds-barred concert performing the masterpieces of Led Zeppelin.

What makes Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters unique is the addition of the 30-piece Black Dog orchestra, which enhances the anthemic Led Zeppelin guitar riffs with a power wall of strings, woodwind and brass resulting in a truly epic musical experience.

Stairway to Heaven: Led Zeppelin Masters offers an unforgettable live music experience – one of the greatest rock catalogues of all time performed with the depth, scale and grandeur that befits the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall

Thursday, January 3: Sydney Opera House
Friday, January 4: Sydney Opera House

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Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - December 13, 2018

Jackson is honored to welcome incredibly talented guitar genius Jeff Loomis of Nevermore and Arch Enemy to its artist roster.

“I’m very excited to announce that I will be working with Jackson guitars on many upcoming projects,” Loomis said. “We are underway designing a Jeff Loomis signature model that will be unveiled at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif.”

Emulating the brisk fretwork of his guitar idols, Loomis first burst on the music scene in his home state of Wisconsin as a teenager. After being crowned the winner of a Guitar Wars competition and a battle of the bands with his first band, Fear-Tech, Loomis landed an audition with Megadeth. Then only 16 years old, he was deemed too young to join, and instead went on to craft a complex playing style all his own.

Loomis has since seared his mark on multiple subgenres of metal with his distinctive rhythmic style, smooth technique and breakneck speed. His uncommon guitar style and sharp songwriting prowess became central to Seattle-based progressive metal band Nevermore’s sound, as heard on acclaimed albums Dead Heart in a Dead World and This Godless Endeavor.
Loomis said his connection with Jackson dates all the way back to the early ’90s and his earliest days with Nevermore.

“I started playing Jackson guitars early on in my youth and in the early stages of my first band, Nevermore,” Loomis said. “To be able to work with their excellent staff of amazing luthiers and craftsman on a one-to-one basis now is really a dream come true.”

After departing Nevermore, Loomis released two solo albums bursting with intricate fretboard action and soaring solos. Now, as guitarist for world-renowned Swedish melodic death metal act Arch Enemy, he adds brute force to his masterful and complex playing, and he continues to build on his legacy with truly astonishing riffs.

Loomis’s spellbinding playing is heard on the latest Arch Enemy release Will to Power, which the band is now touring behind through mid 2019.

For more information about Jackson, visit

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 11, 2018

HAKEN, one of progressive music’s most exciting bands, recently released their much-anticipated and highly praised fifth studio album titled ‘Vector’.

Following the announcement North American, European & Latin American tour dates, the band are pleased to reveal Australian and New Zealand live dates in support of the new album for 2019.

The band comments:
“We’re thrilled to be bringing our ‘Vector Studies’ to Australia. We had immense fun visiting Australia in 2017 where we received warm receptions and wildly enthusiastic audiences. We are also very much looking forward to performing in New Zealand for the very first time. On this tour we will be focusing on performing tracks from our new album ‘Vector’ along with some live favourites of ours. For your health and wellbeing, the good doctor prescribes you some Live Haken.”

HAKEN June 2019 Australian and NZ Tour Dates:
Wednesday 5th June – AUCKLAND Galatos
Thursday 6th June – BRISBANE The Brightside
Friday 7th June – SYDNEY Factory Theatre
Saturday 8th June – MELBOURNE Max Watts
Sunday 9th June – ADELAIDE The Gov

Pre-sale: Thursday 13th December – 10am – 11:59pm
General release: Friday 14th December – 10am

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