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BLUESFEST 2019: DAY 2 – GOOD FRIDAY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 20, 2019

Words: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne.

Good Friday, day two of Bluesfest generated a larger crowd and also a significant downpour of rain. What may have been problematic for the punters became a bonus for the artists as every undercover performance space was packed.

Bundjalung country’s own Indigenous Arts & Culture Festival, Boomerang Festival is back at Bluesfest for 2019 and offered up the Bunyarra Dance Group as a stellar way to begin your day two. Also presented in the morning were the Saltwater Dubai Weaers Group’s Dandi Weaving workshop and Rako dance workshop for those seeking some cultural activity.

Early birds to the event also got to experience the funky Electrik Lemonade, winners of this year’s 2019 Busking competition. The band has just released their debut album. You can check them out at www.electriklemonade.com.

Australian Musician was keen to experience Mama Mihirangi & The Mareikura. Having seen Mihirangi more than decade ago at a music trade show playing solo with just a loop pedal, today’s extravaganza was a revelation. Gorgeous harmonies and a visually stunning performance.

Chicago’s Melody Angel was back on the Bluesfest stage, enjoying one of her favourite festivals and participating in signings and a community radio live to air interview sessions. Melody’s sound packs more and more punch with every performance.

Soon after an interview with Australian Musician, Hussy Hicks played the Juke Joint stage, their 6th time on the bill for Bluesfest. As usual Leesa and Julz put in a fabulous set full of passion and fun, playing material from their current album On The Boundaries and the new single Get Ready. Even Julz’ dad Greg got the chance to get up for a little harmonica blown’.

Direct from an impromptu private performance in the Byron Music tent for the Fender guitar folks, Bluesfest regular Ruthie Foster took to the Juke Joint stage to feed us some of her enticing roots music.

Anderson East might look like he belongs in a cool indie alt rock band but the Alabama-native presents a potent brand of southern style blues rock and soul.

The Marcus King Band’s variety of blues is fierce, an Allman Brothers vibe on steroids. Clearly the South Carolina blues act was delighted with their Bluesfest welcome.

When we spoke to St Paul and the Broken Bones frontman Paul Janeway in a phone interview prior to this year’s event, the amiable vocalist told us how taken aback the band was with their reception the first time they played this festival. It seems today they were simply continuing on from where they left us as a deafening roar greeted their arrival to the stage. Janeway is the ultimate showman, passionate and intense yet cheeky and entertaining too. Concentrating on material from their new album Young Sick Camellia, the band has added a dance edge to their heart-melting brassy soul sound, making their music even more infectious.

Bluesfest attendees are always spoiled for choices and tonight you could witness Imelda May, Norah Jones, Hozier and Gary Clark JR, all offering exceptional and memorable performances but there was one artist that was on everyone’s mind tonight … the godfather of punk Iggy Pop.

Iggy and The Stooges took to the stage and opened with the classic I Wanna Be Your Dog and the crowd went nuts! Gimme Danger, The Passenger and Lust for Life followed, taking us to punk rock heaven. The larger than life, leather-bodied Iggy Pop gave us the classic dances and stances, cursed often and smiled, he was having as much fun as everyone else. Search and Destroy, TV Eye, the iconic punk anthems kept rolling off the stage and into our hearts. The Jean Genie, a tribute to his lost buddy was punchy and dynamic. No Fun, Real Wild Child, the ‘hits’ didn’t stop. The audience was diverse, made up of those who have worshipped at the church of Iggy Pop punk forever and those who just wanted to be there to tell their friends and family that they saw one of the most iconic performers in rock history. They can now all proudly tell their grandkids they saw Iggy Pop.

 

 

 

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BLUESFEST 2019: DAY 1 – THURSDAY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 19, 2019

Samantha Fish

Words: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne

The 30th anniversary of Peter Noble’s Bluesfest was cause to bring old friends together with festival debutantes to celebrate one of the world’s most loved and respected music events. Weather predictions suggested rain throughout the five days yet day one proved that the forecasts can’t be trusted. Conditions for the opening day were near perfect.

With 5 stages of quality entertainment to choose from, the dilemma is always who to see. Thankfully many of the acts play multiple days, so it’s important for punters to do a little pre-festival planning. Australian musician’s first port of call was the Crossroads stage to catch the global music collective Playing For Change who are no strangers to Bluesfest. Making their Byron Bay debut was The War and Treaty featuring the inspirational voices of Michael and Tanya Trotter, performing tunes from their latest album Healing Tide.

Famed for his appearance at Woodstock, pioneering singer songwriter Arlo Guthrie enthralled the Jambalaya stage crowd with his quirky life tales and tunes.

Following Arlo, Mavis Staples always commands attention and she effortlessly won the crowd over with her legendary songs and material from her soon to be released album We Get By, which was produced by Fellow Bluesfest regular Ben Harper.

Dallas Woods won lot of hearts with his passionate performance. Representing The Kimberleys, Dallas gave the audience as much to think about as he did to dance to. Nahko and Medicine For The People have developed their sound over the years and now output a much fatter sound than I recall the first time I witnessed them many moons ago. With their strong social messages and vibrant and uplifting rhythms, it’s no wonder they continue to build their tribal following.

Snarky Puppy always enjoy playing to the Bluesfest crowd, an audience which still appreciates a fine extended drum and percussion solo and are willing to participate and indulge the band with complex clapping patterns.

Kansas City’s Samantha Fish told crowd she was excited to be here and the feeling was mutual. Featuring a two piece brass section and accomplished band, the powerful soul, blues and rock sounds coming off stage, made this performance something special. Playing tracks from her two most recent albums, Chills & Fever and Belle of the West, Fish has been concentrating more and more on her song craft of late and it’s paying off. However it hasn’t stopped Samantha from breaking out in dynamic licks and hazy shreds often and to great effect. I can see Samantha’s audience growing with each show over the duration of the festival.

As we got into headliner territory, the crowd headed to the Crossroads stage to experience the huge sounds of Little Steven’s Disciples of Soul. Opening with Sam and Dave’s Sweet Soul Music, there was never any turning back, a party was to be had. The iconic E Street Band member learned much from The Boss and held this congregation in the palm of his hand. Steven suggested that he used to be much more political on stage but there is now so much of that in your face, that music is everyone’s salvation. The band was made all the more exciting due to the frantic dancing and extraordinary backing vocals of Jessie Wagner (Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Chic), Sara Devine (Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige) and Tania Jones. The Disciples of Soul play again on Saturday and you don’t want to miss them.

Over on the Jambalaya stage Richard Clapton was putting in a particularly powerful, hit-laden show in front of a packed tent. Mention must be made of the sound personnel on all stages too, the PA systems are pumping out gorgeously low bottom ends and sweet, sweet mids. Returning to Bluesfest, Elephant Sessions create a moody blend of neo-trad, folk rock with appeal on so many levels, another act you need to make time for over the next few days of the festival. It’s Bluesiest’s 30th birthday and the party has well and truly begun.

 

 

 

 

 

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ANNA CALVI AUSTRALIAN TOUR ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 16, 2019

Globally adored for her commanding voice, virtuosic guitar work and uncompromising bravery, English singer-songwriter Anna Calvi will be showcasing her latest masterpiece Hunter for Australian audiences this June as she pairs a performance at Tasmania’s beguiling Dark Mofo festival along with intimate shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Exploring freedom, identity and gender with an approach that has become uniquely her own, Hunter arrived in mid-2018 to rapturous critical acclaim.

Pitchfork fawned over it’s “remarkable evolution” which “pushes her artistry to another level” while the Guardian could only sit back and pronounce it as “glorious and triumphant”.

Calvi’s signature vocals, so bold and striking, permeate the record as they dart and weave around her dazzling guitar playing and synchronize perfectly with world class accompaniment supplied by Portishead’s Adrian Utley (keys) and The Bad Seeds’ Martyn Casey (bass).

The third chapter of Calvi’s sparkling career to date, Hunter, joins 2011’s Anna Calvi and 2013’s One Breath as evidence of a generational talent.

A student of the guitar and violin, Calvi first came to prominence after catching the attention of legendary UK label Domino Records at an early gig. Her debut album followed, with the arresting first single Desire providing the perfect bedrock for an ascending career.

Legends like Brian Eno and David Byrne started taking note and it wasn’t long before she could start calling herself a multiple Mercury Prize nominated artist.

Hunter, with it’s singles ‘Don’t Beat the Girl Out of My Boy’, ‘Hunter’ and’ ‘As A Man’ truly allows Calvi the opportunity to explore her myriad gifts. Working with famed producer Nick Launay (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Midnight Oil), Calvi lets loose something wild and passionate that brings the listener closer to her renowned on-stage energy than ever before.

“Being on stage is the one time I feel permitted to be the person I can’t be in my everyday life”, she says. “Onstage I want to test how far I can take the extremes of strength and vulnerability.”

ANNA CALVI AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2019

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PETER HOOK – JOY DIVISION ORCHESTRATED AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 11, 2019

Photo: Peter Kaminski © Copyright 2017 All rights protected.

Joy Division’s legendary bass player Peter Hook is set to tour Australia with The Metropolitan Orchestra this August for a string of five concerts which will see him, special guests and a full orchestra perform the band’s seminal post punk repertoire with classical elements.

Having sold out the debut concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall in July 2019, the Australian dates are the first outside England to be announced and follow on from Hooky’s many successful tours of Australia with both The Light and New Order.

“Peter Hook & The Metropolitan Orchestra present Joy Division Orchestrated” celebrates one of the most influential bands ever and put that group’s most famous works in an immersive show that recognises their role in shaping popular culture and the influence they continue to hold.

The show is curated by Peter Hook acting as Executive Producer with Musical Director Tim Crooks taking care of the orchestration. The concerts are the first time that an original member of the group has taken part in such a project to remember its decisive back catalogue.

One of Australia’s most versatile and independent orchestras, well established for over a decade now, The Metropolitan Orchestra is joining the tour for all dates, having previously worked with the cream of the world’s vocalists and musicians and concert tours with Basement Jaxx and the BBC (Dr Who / Blue Planet).

“Orchestrated” pairs up musically the elements of post punk that characterised Joy Division’s ground-breaking sound with the orchestra, paying homage to the spirit which defines their heritage.

Given the band’s iconic legacy, the arrangements of classic Joy Division are to be presented in a state-of-the-art concert setting with the highest standards of production.

As the band tragically ended on the eve of their first American tour in May 1980, Joy Division’s influence round the world has grown remarkably since and remains now ever present, with fans of all generations complimented by the many contemporary groups who have taken on the template of the band’s sound in the modern era.

Across their two LPs and singles, all produced by Martin Hannett for Factory Records, the band’s landmark tracks are to be featured in “Orchestrated”, including from the band’s debut album considered by many the finest debut release by any group.  Meanwhile the follow up, is described as a “start to finish masterpiece” (Pitchfork). Their singles are regularly lauded as some of the greatest ever to hit vinyl.

About bringing the Orchestrated concert to Australia, Peter Hook commented;
“When we began to celebrate Joy Division with The Light in 2010, Australia was one of our first international visits. Our seventh gig came in Melbourne and as always down under, the reactions were amazing. Over the years I’ve come to love visiting Australia more and more, the people are wonderfully hospitable and to be able to bring the show here, straight from the Royal Albert Hall, is a tremendous honour.

“In my recent work with orchestras, I realised that my first group could also lend itself to this treatment. Post punk is already dramatic, this will accentuate and take it to another performing and emotional level. “

“I’ve been very impressed with how our arranger Tim Crooks works and I know the band’s canon will be treated with great reverence and care, enthusiasm and passion as the originals were. I know everyone involved will be adding something very special.”

Tim Crooks added “To be given the opportunity to present the music of Joy Division with Hooky is a great privilege. The process for me involves peering through the veil of history to create an immersive experience that retains the anarchic, raw spirit of the originals. Modern life is rubbish. This is analogue, unfettered and live.”

Ticket Details

Friday 2nd August 2019        Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Saturday 3rd August 2019    AEC Theatre, Adelaide
Tuesday 6th August 2019      BCEC, Brisbane
Friday 9th August 2019         Perth Concert Hall, Perth
Sunday 11th August 2019      Plenary Theatre, Melbourne

Tickets On Sale Thursday 18th April, 10am local time.

General public tickets on-sale date:
10am local time on Thursday 18 April from www.wearenice.com.au

Do not buy from unauthorised resale scalper websites. You risk buying invalid or fraudulent tickets.

Peter Hook – Joy Division Orchestrated Links
facebook.com/orchestrated

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ROLAND HP700 DIGITAL PIANO SERIES

Posted in Blog, Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - April 11, 2019

Playing the piano is one of life’s most rewarding experiences, whether teaching yourself or watching your family discover a passion for music. Roland’s all-new HP700 series supports your ambitions with gorgeous piano sound, sophisticated styling, and helpful features that’ll keep you coming back for more. And with the flexibility and expression to suit any genre or playing standard, you’ll have an instrument that grows with you for years to come.

An HP700 piano can be the centerpiece of a room—or so discreet you hardly know it’s there. For silent practice day or night, connect headphones and enjoy immersive sound that won’t disturb your family or neighbours. For interactive study, wirelessly connect the piano with your smartphone via Bluetooth® and play along with your favourite tunes or sharpen your skills with online tutorials. For performance, adjust the volume-controllable internal speakers to fill the room with music. And when you’re not playing, you can use the HP700 piano as your home entertainment system, streaming music with clear, detailed highs and rich, powerful lows.

HP704
The HP704 has a tall, elegant cabinet, a powerful four-speaker audio system and the highly-expressive PHA-50 keyboard. Available in polished ebony, charcoal, dark rosewood, light oak, and white finishes.

HP702
Compact, simple and stylish, the HP702 delivers a superior piano experience—for less than you’d think. Available in charcoal, dark rosewood, light oak, and white finishes.

Check out an overview of the series HERE

And also check out Piano Every Day, a free iOS/Android smartphone app that encourages you to play more often. Browse and purchase from Sheet Music Direct’s online library of over 70,000 music scores. Try the One Week Master option to track and display your progress as you learn a new piece, complete with exercises if required. If you love the piano, learn something new and play more often with Piano Every Day.

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VAI, MALMSTEEN, WYLDE, BETTENCOURT & ABASI SUPERGROUP LIVE ALBUM

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 11, 2019

It was one of those tours for guitar fans where you just wish you could have been there. Thankfully a live recording has been made of 5 of the greatest guitarists on the planet together on stage at the same time

Roaring sounds, cutting-edge solos, colossal power – Generation Axe is THE American rock guitarist supergroup formed by Steve Vai guitar wunderkind and three-time Grammy winner ex Frank Zappa Whitesnake, David Lee Roth.

For this superb project, the exceptional musician assembled the collective epitome of world-class rock guitarists by his side. Part of this group are, besides Vai himself, legendary guitar heroes Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society/ Ozzy Osbourne), Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) and Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders).

After joining forces in 2016, Generation Axe toured North America in April and May 2016, and Asia in April 2017. Following the vast support, in  November and December of 2018 they performed an additional 32 city tour of North American tour.

The Generation Axe experience goes way beyond simply gathering five guitar greats on one stage to jam. According to Steve Vai, “The idea was to create a seamless show with one backing band and 5 completely accomplished and astonishing guitarists that take to the stage in various configurations, performing some of their solo music and merging together as cohesive co-creators of lushly orchestrated guitar extravaganzas.”

“Generation Axe: The Guitars that Destroyed the World (Live in China)” record was culled from various performances on their last and very successful tour of Asia and marks a historical moment in music history!

TRACKLIST:
1. Generation Axe – Foreplay
2. Tosin Abasi -Tempting Time
3. Tosin Abasi and Nuno Bettencourt – Physical Education
4. Nuno Bettencourt – A Side of Mash
5. Nuno Bettencourt and Zakk Wylde – Sideways
6. Zakk Wylde – Whipping Post
7. Steve Vai – Bad Horsie
8. Yngwie Malmsteen – Valhalla / Baroque n Roll / Overture / From a Thousand Cuts / Arpeggios from Hell / Far Beyond the Sun
9. Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai – Black Star
10. Steve Vai / Zakk Wylde / Nuno Bettencourt / Tosin Abasi – Frankenstein
11. Generation Axe – Highway Star

The first single “Frankenstein” can be streamed here:
GenerationAxe.lnk.to/Frankenstein

Generation Axe: The Guitars That Destroyed The World (Live In China)
will be released on June 28 via earMUSIC
CD Digipak
Limited coloured 2LP+Download
Digital

Pre-order now
smarturl.it/GenAxeLive_au

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CANNED HEAT: FITO DE LA PARRA AUSTRALIAN TOUR INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - April 10, 2019

After more than fifty years on the road and thirty-eight albums to their credit, the unsung band of 60’s rock and blues, Canned Heat is still going strong and coming to Australia in May. Canned Heat have been a global phenomenon for 40 years, when they first gained international attention…

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NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS JOIN MSO TO PLAY THEIR FILM MUSIC

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 10, 2019

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis join the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra this August to perform a selection of suites from their highly distinctive film scores as part of the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Conducted by Benjamin Northey, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis collaborate with the full symphonic sound of the MSO to bring music from The Proposition, The Road, Hell or High Water, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, West of Memphis and Wind River to Hamer Hall. 

Cave and Ellis’ film scores are instantly recognisable for their minimal and hauntingly beautiful tones. Full of light and shade, creeping dread and inconsolable yearning, the heavily instrumental sounds inject humanity into the ghostly frontier towns, parched desert landscapes, post-apocalyptic war zones and extra-terrestrial vistas of their renowned films.

The past 15 years has seen the duo compose both indie films and Hollywood features. Their first commissioned soundtrack, the brutal outback western The Proposition (2005) directed by John Hillcoat and scripted by Cave himself, introduced the widescreen compositions that would become their signature for future films.

Big studio work beckoned in the shape of Andrew Dominik’s anti-western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007). The eerie score underwrote the movie’s sombre mood and the lead character’s impending doom.

Cave and Ellis reunited with Hillcoat for the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s highly successful novel The Road (2009). The artfully minimal score combined with mournful piano and clanging industrial percussion, enhanced the lurking malice.

In 2012 Cave and Ellis composed a moving score for Amy Berg’s documentary West of Memphis about a controversial murder case in Arkansas. Returning to the American West, Cave and Ellis collaborated with David McKenzie for his masterful heist thriller Hell or High Water (2016), the score’s melancholy strains sounded as parched as the Texan visuals on screen.

Wind River (2017) was a chilling murder set on a Native American reservation in Wyoming, delivering more orchestration and vocals into their usually spartan instrumental palette. Cave and Ellis delivered drama to the film’s wintry landscapes with rousing string arrangements, haunting choral chants and softly whispered cries.

‘’Very often a tension can happen between music and picture that is about chance and a kind of unknowingness that can be really amazing,” Cave says. “Just by putting together two things that were created in isolation, music and film, suddenly something quite magical can happen.”

MSO Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey said: “This is a unique opportunity to celebrate the work and creativity of two outstanding composers who have made a significant and lasting contribution to Australian music.  I know everybody at the MSO is deeply committed to this project and I see it as one of our most exciting and artistically meaningful collaborations to date.”

Melbourne International Film Festival Artistic Director Al Cossar said: “Cave and Ellis’ indelible, deeply felt compositions layer and breathe both beauty and unease through the stories of singular filmmakers such as John Hillcoat, Amy Berg and Andrew Dominik. This is a rare and special opportunity for Australian audiences to experience their work that has been created specifically for film — we’re delighted to be partnering with the MSO in a celebration of the cinematic imaginations of these two incredible artists.”

The Film Music of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis is proudly presented as part of the 68th Melbourne International Film Festival.
Tickets on sale at 10am Thursday 11 April.

The Film Music of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August at 7.30pm
Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne
mso.com.au | 03 9929 9600

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ALL-NEW BALL FAMILY RESERVE INSTRUMENTS 

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - April 9, 2019

The Ernie Ball Music Man Ball Family Reserve series is a celebration of our heritage in instrument craftsmanship. These rare pieces are offered in limited production runs and allow us to present instruments to the public that were previously reserved for family and our loyal artists. This month features the StingRay Special 4H in Hades Black, the St. Vincent HHH in Turquoise Crush, and the StingRay 5HH in Giants Orange Quilt.

STINGRAY SPECIAL 4H IN HADES BLACK
This StingRay Special bass features a Rosewood fingerboard with ornate pearloid block inlays. Offering a beautifully roasted maple neck with black Ernie Ball Music Man tuning machines and a 22 fret neck with hand-fitted white binding. Limited to 81 pieces worldwide.

ST. VINCENT IN TURQUOISE CRUSH
The Ball Family Reserve St. Vincent HHH features a lightweight African Mahogany body in an exclusive Turquoise Crush sparkle finish. Offering a satin finished, figured maple neck with white pearl Schaller locking tuners. Featuring Rosewood fingerboard with peal block inlays and a headstock painted to match the body. Limited to 87 pieces worldwide.

STINGRAY 5 HH IN GIANTS ORANGE QUILT
This Ball Family Reserve StingRay 5 bass features a stunning figured 5A guilt maple top which is hand-stained with a translucent orange finish. Offering a beautifully figured roasted maple neck with black Schaller tuning machines, 9 volt preamp, and alnico pickups. The Rosewood fingerboard on this bass guitar features pearl block inlays and hand-fitted white binding. Limited to 91 pieces worldwide.

Ernie Ball Music Man products distributed in Australia by CMC Music

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QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN RHAPSODY TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - April 7, 2019

QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT – THE RHAPSODY TOUR
Heading to Australian Stadiums in February 2020!

Off the back of the enormous success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, comes the announcement of another Australian Queen tour featuring vocalist Adam Lambert

Queen original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are teaming up once more with longtime frontman Adam Lambert and returning to Australia in February 2020 for 6 giant stadium shows with a brand-new, spectacular production.

Announcing their Rhapsody Tour of Australia Roger Taylor said: “We are ready for Australia and raring to get back with our new show.”

“This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious,” Brian May added

Produced in Australia by TEG Dainty, the epic 6 date Rhapsody Tour is set to run from February 13 to February 29, 2020 with an all-new stadium concert experience, the tour dates are:

Thursday 13 February – Brisbane – Suncorp Stadium
Saturday 15 February – Sydney –  ANZ Stadium
Wednesday 19 February  – Melbourne –  AAMI Park
Sunday 23 February – Perth –  Optus Stadium
Wednesday 26 February – Adelaide – Adelaide Oval
Saturday 29 February – Gold Coast –  Metricon Stadium

Tickets go on sale from www.ticketek.com.au on Monday 15 April with staggered on sale times from 10.30am AEST. A Telstra Thanks presale starts Wednesday 10 April, with staggered times from 9.30am AEST and is open until Friday 12 April. Go to www.telstra.com/queen for further details including local market times.

The Rhapsody Tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production. Set designer Ric Lipson says: “Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”

Since Adam Lambert first shared the stage with Queen for the 2009 American Idol final, his dynamic performances have reinvigorated the band and delighted fans worldwide. Their first full show thrilled a half-a-million-strong crowd in the Ukraine capital city of Kiev in June 2012. Since then May and Taylor’s musical fireworks have been matched by Lambert’s vocal prowess and stage presence, making for an explosive combination. Over 180 gigs later, the partnership has proven a commercial and critical triumph, playing to enraptured full houses in every corner of the world.

Completing the tour line-up are long-term collaborator Spike Edney on keyboards, Neil Fairclough on bass, and Tyler Warren on percussion.

Then along came 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody. The movie has topped the cinema box office in more than 35 countries around the world since its late October release, drawing worldwide box office receipts approaching $900 million. The excitement the film inspired also saw Queen propelled back on to the music charts, where they hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart, reminding fans why they loved them and dazzling the previously-uninitiated. ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is officially the world’s most-streamed song from the 20th Century.  Indicative of Australia’s enduring passion for Queen – the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack spent four weeks at #1 on the ARIA chart and now enjoys Platinum status.  Queen additionally achieved the rare feat of boasting three separate albums in the ARIA Top 5 – for five weeks this year.

When Freddie sang The Show Must Go On all those years back, even he couldn’t have guessed that Queen music would still be thrilling audiences. Next summer, the stadium stages of Australia will be well and truly rocked again.

The Australia dates are expected to be part of a wider tour of the region taking in also several East Asia dates.

Tickets for the RHAPSODY tour go on sale on Monday 15 April with staggered on sale times from 10.30am AEST.  Check www.queenonline.com and www.tegdainty.com  for more tour information.

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