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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 18, 2019

Tipped as one of NPR’s must see acts, Angie McMahon thrilled crowds at SXSW last week and has been awarded the prestigious SXSW Grulke Prize for Developing Non-U.S. Act.

Angie is the second Melbourne artist to win in recent years following Courtney Barnett in 2015. Past winners of the Grulke Prize have also included Leon Bridges, Haim, Chvrches, Jade Bird, Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals, Iggy Pop and The Flaming Lips.

“I’m so honoured to be the recipient of the Grulke Prize. I’m so grateful to the lovely team we work with, we heard the news together and got to celebrate. It was a special moment.” says Angie.

An annual tradition since 2013, South by Southwest’s Grulke Prize is awarded to three acts every year, in honour of the event’s late Creative Director, Brent Grulke. Out of the thousands of acts around the world who showcased at the event, Angie was selected as this year’s recipient for Non-U.S. Developing Act. Voted by a pool of select music critics, industry professionals, and SXSW staff, the award, paired with a $10,000 USD cash prize, is given to an artist who is breaking new ground with their creativity and shows the most promise in achieving their career goals.

Austin360 freelancer Kayleigh Hughes wrote Angie “balanced deep, melancholy vocals and fiercely confessional lyrics. … McMahon’s mesmerizing 40-minute performance left the crowd certain she was poised to become a big star.”

Angie will follow her SXSW performances with a solo show in Los Angeles, a national Australian festival tour with Groovin the Moo, followed by UK/Europe dates and the release of her highly anticipated debut album Salt later this year

Angie McMahon is set to make her US debut with headline dates, showcases at SXSW and a performance as special guest for the Pixies. Today Angie unveils her new single ‘Pasta’ accompanied by the singer-songwriter’s first official video and the announcement of her forthcoming debut album Salt, due for release this year.

A song about feeling really tired, trying anyway and wanting to rock out like Springsteen,  ‘Pasta’ sees Angie liken eating too much gluten to feelings of loss and hope. Directed by Ben McNamara the video is an adaptation based on the beauty of doing nothing. “I struggle with time management and I can be really mean to myself about it. I got to the tipping point where I let go of the pressure and just did whatever felt good. The gold star reminds me of being a kid and having encouragement, but the adult version that I’m learning is that you just have to encourage yourself and not wait for other people to do it,” says Angie of the clip.

Angie first drew the attention of the Australian music scene with her first single ‘Slow Mover’ which quickly connected to enthusiastic audiences.  The track landed at  #33 in triple j’s Hottest 100 in 2017 and secured an honourable mention in the Vanda and Young Songwriting Competition.  Second single ‘Missing Me’ landed at #49 in this year’s triple j Hottest 100 and delivered a nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year (AIR) and third single ‘Keeping Time’ topped the most played list at triple j.

All singles have garnered support in the online world both locally and internationally, receiving over 16 million plays on Spotify and Apple Music and Angie recently embarked on her first headline tour of Australia selling out 1500 – 2000 capacity venues.

In the last 18 months Angie has toured with the likes of Father John Misty, The Shins, Alanis Morissette, Angus & Julia Stone, Leon Bridges and Mumford & Sons. Angie entered the Australian festival circuit playing Splendour in the Grass, Laneway Festival, Secret Garden and NYE on the Hill and will perform around Australia at this year’s Groovin the Moo in 2019.

Friday, 26th April – Adelaide Showground, Wayville, ADE
Saturday, 27th April – Maitland Showground, Maitland, NSW
Sunday, 28th April – Exhibition Park, Canberra, ACT
Saturday, 4th May – Prince of Wales Showground, Bendigo, VIC
Sunday, 5th May – Murray Sports Complex, Townsville, QLD
Saturday, 11th May – Hay Park, Bunbury, WA

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 18, 2019

Sammy Hagar & The Circle, Sammy Hagar’s supergroup featuring Sammy, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham & Vic Johnson announce their debut album ‘Space Between’ Out May 10 via BMG

The album, written by Hagar, unfolds like a novel with each song exploring a different chapter in a saga about money, greed, enlightenment and truth.

The video for “Trust Fund Baby,” directed by ZZ Satriani (son of Hagar’s longtime collaborator and friend Joe Satriani) is an extreme glimpse into the eighth track “nailing what happens when kids are given too much money – to early in life – and it becomes an affliction,”

Hagar explains. “All the money in the world isn’t a guarantee for a good life.  I’m a believer in working hard and finding purposeful work – but that comes in a later chapter.”  ZZ Satriani, said of the process, “We were lucky because Sammy’s writing style let us create the story quite literally from the lyrics.”

“Trust Fund Baby” has received wide acclaim, including featured placement on several influential playlists — among them — the cover and lead track of Spotify’s Hard Rock playlist as well as Spotify’s Just Rock!, Rock Nation (Topsify US), New This Week (Topsify US), Rock Now(Topsify Canada) and Apple Music’s Breaking Hard Rock (US) playlists.

“Trust Fund Baby” kicks off a big year for Sammy Hagar & The Circle who will launch their North American tour in support of the album on April 19.

Hagar has also just wrapped production on season four of his hit TV series, Rock and Roll Road Trip with Sammy Hagar, premiering later this year.

Formed in 2014, the acclaimed supergroup featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, quickly established themselves as one of the most emphatic and exciting live acts on tour today, seamlessly ripping through career-spanning hits from Montrose, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar and The Waboritas and Led Zeppelin. Lyrically and musically, the collection of songs on Space Between build from intimate and introspective eye-openers to heart-pumping anthems. The music draws on the bands’ substantial careers independently and collaboratively; presenting a veteran band still at the peak of their game.

Sammy Hagar & The Circle will release Space Between on May 10 via BMG.


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 18, 2019

Melbourne’s own roots/rock aficionado Hamish Anderson is gearing up for a massive 2019, with the release of his latest single Breaking Down, a gritty, threatening rock track that must be listened to with the volume knob fully cranked, out now.  Breaking Down is an early taste of the upcoming album from Hamish, entitled Out Of My Head; an eclectic and exciting collection of songs from this young artist who has already blown the world away with his talent, out May 2019.  Hamish will play his first Australian shows since 2017 alongside the one and only Gary Clark Jr. as main support, kicking off in Sydney at the Enmore Theatre on April 18, then moving through Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, and wrapping up at the Perth Concert Hall on April 27.

On Breaking Down, it’s pretty easy to see why Total Guitar named Hamish Anderson one of their Top 10 Best New Guitarists in 2018 – like a bull at a gate, chugging guitars provide an irresistibly catchy bed for some ripper riffs the track progresses.  This track is overflowing with pent-up frustration and undeniable passion, and it’s a mouth-watering concoction for some killer classic Americana-rock, as Hamish explains, “Breaking Down definitely explores the more rock and roll side of my music.  I was sitting around one day playing guitar and suddenly just started playing the riff, all the lyrics came basically at once so it was written very quickly.  I’d had an argument earlier that week with someone I know so I think some of that definitely crept into its inspiration.  I  just wanted to turn the volume all the way up and get out everything that was on my mind.”

While Breaking Down is a superb example of rollicking rock, it is just one of many genres that Hamish dips his toes into on the new album Out Of My Head.  Americana, soul, pop, roots, blues, rock; that’s a lot of ground to cover, but Hamish does it with a natural ease that’s far beyond his years.  The mellow (What You Do To Me, Damaged Goods) and the upbeat (No Good, You Give Me Something) tracks on this record sit comfortably next to each other; all buoyed by a knack for clever, hook-driven songwriting and a clear, burning passion that drives the music from the first strum to the last.  Hamish enthuses, “I really wanted to take my time and write as many songs as I could for this album.  I wasn’t writing to a specific genre or sound, rather I let the songs reveal what they wanted to be… The album explore themes of alienation and defiance, mixed with unabashed love songs and even observations on what’s happening in the world around us.  Certain songs had themes that I hadn’t explored in my writing previously.  I feel I really went a lot deeper in the writing of these songs then I had ever done before.  Most are universal feelings that I feel people can relate to.  Once again, I got very lucky to work with a really great, talented group of people on Out Of My Head including producer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Tedeschi Trucks, Wilco) who I had worked with on my debut album Trouble.  Jim is an incredible producer/engineer and we work in a very similar way — it’s always an amazing experience working with him.”

Anyone who presses play on Breaking Down will no doubt understand that this is the kind of music that is made to be played live to a pulsing, enthusiastic crowd.  Hamish is thrilled to be hitting the road with the legendary Gary Clark Jr., as he gives fans a taste of what to expect, “I’ve been working so much in the US for the past four years that to be coming home to play – and especially these particular shows supporting Gary Clark Jr (who i’m a massive fan of) — is truly huge for me.  Regarding the live shows, people can expect a mixture of blues, rock and roll and soul. I’m playing as a trio at the moment so it allows us to get down to the meat and potatoes of the songs, rock and roll with no frills.  I’ve played so many different type of gigs over the past four years that as a performer I think I’ve become more confident, focused and I’m just having a lot of fun with it.”


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 15, 2019

Following last night’s broadcast of MTV Unplugged Melbourne on MTV, The Rubens have announced the release of the performance digitally (audio only) and a limited edition CD/DVD bundle. Both formats will be out on Friday 10 May and are available to pre-order now!

Filmed in February in front of a live audience at The Esplanade Hotel – or The Espy as it’s commonly known – in St Kilda, The Rubens were accompanied by a stunning string quartet (Louise May, Amy You, Paul Zabrowarny and Ceridwen Davis)  and harpist (Emily Rosner) as they performed a 14-song set. The stripped-back session included hits such as ‘Hoops’, ‘Never Ever’, ‘My Gun’, ‘Lay It Down’ and ‘Million Man’. Soulful pop vocalist Lauren Azar also joined the band on stage for ‘Never Ever’, as well as surprising audiences with a cover of Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus’ recent duet, ‘Nothing Breaks Like a Heart’.

Lead singer, Sam Margin said of their cover, “It’s such a great song and because we have the added strings section, coupled with our friend Lauren singing with us, there are some very special moments happening”.

He continued about their MTV Unplugged Melbourne performance, “We’re really happy with how it turned out. Strings in our set is a first for us and it definitely got some goosebumps going”.

In further exciting news, ‘Million Man’ – the first single from the band’s current album LO LA RU – has now reached Gold certification status. ‘Million Man’ is the second track from the record to be certified by ARIA, joining their follow-up hit ‘Never Ever (feat. Sarah)’, which is now Platinum.

2019 is already shaping up to be a big year for the band, who have also confirmed a headline North America tour, where they’ll play to fans across LA, San Fran, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto and Brooklyn.

Last year proved to be huge for The Rubens with the release of LO LA RU in June and debuting at number 3 on the ARIA charts. The band have undertaken a mammoth headline tour across Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Europe and most recently supported P!NK on her massive 42-date sell out arena tour of Australia and New Zealand.

MTV Unplugged Melbourne presented by Vodka O is a series of special televised events showcasing the best local talent on a world stage. MTV Unplugged Melbourne is filmed in venues around Australia’s home of live music, Melbourne, hosted by Visit Victoria.

MTV Unplugged (Live in Melbourne)
The Rubens
Out Friday 10 May through Ivy League Records
Available for pre-order here

MTV Unplugged (Live in Melbourne) tracklist:
1. Go On
2. My Gun
3. Casper
4. Elvis
5. The Best We Got
6. Mary
7. Freakout
8. Nothing Breaks Like A Heart (feat. Lauren Azar)
9. Teeth
10. Lay It Down
11. Never Ever (feat. Lauren Azar)
12. Hoops
13. Million Man
14. God Forgot

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 15, 2019

Gallery: Tash Sultana, Myer Music Bowl March 14, 2019
Photos: Wicked Rock Photography

It seems like only yesterday that Tash Sultana was busking in Melbourne’s Bourke St Mall and just beginning to make some noise with her self-produced YouTube clips, created in her bedroom. It’s mind blowing that in a few short years, having played some of the world’s most prestigious festivals (including Coachella and Lollapalooza), that she returned last night to a triumphant hometown celebration headlining the Myer Music Bowl in front of a sold out audience, which not just included close family and friends, but also both her grandparents.
Her inspiring performance though proved exactly why she has gained such an enormous following worldwide. Tash is the digital age version of the one-person band but rather than having cymbals strapped to her knees and bells tied to her ankles, her magic is generated by what she creates with her loop box, ably supported by the several guitars, keyboards, drum pads, flute and trumpet that she plays so effortlessly. However, it’s not that Tash needs such an arsenal of gear to impress, she is equally outstanding with just an acoustic guitar and voice.

Kudos also to the evening’s openers. The night began with a huge Melbourne welcome to the Sydney based band and Triple J darlings Ocean Alley, who have also had a massive 2018 with no sign of their star fading anytime soon either.

Mark Moray of Wicked Rock photography captured some the action for us last night.

Here’s the video of the gig which was live streamed to Tash’s YouTube channel

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 15, 2019

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The Rolling Stones today announced the release of a brand-new Best Of compilation album, Honk. Featuring the biggest hits and classic cuts from every Rolling Stones studio album from 1971 to 2016’s Blue & Lonesome, Honk is out on 19 April 2019. Pre-order here.

Released via Polydor on 2xCD, 3xLP vinyl and digital, Honk collects 36 essential Stones’ tracks – including eight Top 10 singles, “Brown Sugar”, “Tumbling Dice”, “Angie”, “It’s Only Rock And Roll (But I Like It)”, “Fool To Cry”, “Miss You”, “Emotional Rescue” and “Start Me Up”. Bringing the band’s story up to date, Honk also contains hit single “Doom & Gloom” – recorded in 2012 – as well as “Just Your Fool”, “Ride ‘Em Down” and “Hate To See You Go” from the band’s 2016’s Grammy Award-winning, No 1 album, Blue & Lonesome.

The bonus disc of the deluxe 3xCD edition includes 10 live tracks recorded at packed-out stadiums around the world during the band’s more recent sold-out tours. These include “Dead Flowers”, with Americana star Brad Paisley, recorded in Philadelphia in June 2013 and “Bitch” with Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, both during the 50 And Counting tour as well as an electrifying version of “Wild Horses”, featuring Florence Welch, from the band’s show in London in May 2018 during last year’s leg of the No Filter tour.

A deluxe 4xLP coloured vinyl will also be released as a special fan edition, featuring the 36 studio tracks and the bonus 10 live tracks. This handsome heavyweight vinyl set will come housed in a special slip box.

Two digital editions will also be available: one featuring the Standard (36 track) tracklisting and the second comprising of the Deluxe tracklisting (36 tracks + 10 bonus live tracks).

Honk showcases the band’s remarkable run of hits. Taken from the band’s imperial phase, Honk features “Happy” (Exile On Main Street, 1972), “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” (Goat’s Head Soup, 1973) and “Beast Of Burden” (Some Girls, 1978) alongside later singles like “Waiting On A Friend” (Tattoo You, 1981), “Undercover (Of The Night” (Undercover, 1983), “Harlem Shuffle” (Dirty Work, 1986), “Rock And A Hard Place” (Steel Wheels, 1989), “Love Is Strong” (Voodoo Lounge, 1994), “Out Of Control” (Bridges To Babylon, 1997), “Rough Justice” (A Bigger Bang, 2005) and “Just Your Fool” (Blue & Lonesome, 2016).

Honk also highlights classic Stones’ album cuts – “Bitch” (Sticky Fingers, 1971), “Rocks Off” (Exile On Main Street, 1972) “Dancing With Mr. D”, (Goat’s Head Soup, 1973) and “Respectable” (Some Girls, 1978) – as well as stand-alone tracks such as “Don’t Stop” (Forty Licks, 2002) and “One More Shot” (GRRR!).

The 10 live tracks are similarly wide-ranging, drawn from three of the band’s most recent tours, the 50 And Counting Tour, the Zip Code Tour and the No Filter Tour. These tours were powerful reminders of the Stones’ formidable gifts for performance and song-writing, as the band treated audiences to hits and deep cuts drawn from the full span of their illustrious career.

On Honk, “Get Off My Cloud”, “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and “Under My Thumb” (recorded in Cardiff, Manchester and London, respectively, during the 2018 No Filter tour) ably represent the band’s ground-breaking early-mid ‘60s years; while the version of “She’s A Rainbow” from Paris, 2017, provides a relatively rare outing of this classic piece of psychedelic Stones. The appearance of “Dancing With Mr. D” meanwhile, recorded in Arnheim, 2017, marks the song’s acclaimed return to the band’s set lists for the first time in 44 years.

The Rolling Stones – ‘Honk’ Track Listing
Disc 1
1.    Start Me Up
2.    Brown Sugar
3.    Rocks Off
4.    Miss You
5.    Tumbling Dice
6.    Just Your Fool
7.    Wild Horses
8.    Fool To Cry
9.    Angie
10.  Beast Of Burden
11.  Hot Stuff
12.  It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (But I Like It)
13.  Rock And A Hard Place
14.  Doom And Gloom
15.  Love Is Strong
16.  Mixed Emotions
17.  Don’t Stop
18.  Ride ‘Em On Down

Disc 2
1.    Bitch
2.    Harlem Shuffle
3.    Hate To See You Go
4.    Rough Justice
5.    Happy
6.    Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)
7.    One More Shot
8.    Respectable
9.    You Got Me Rocking
10.  Rain Fall Down
11.  Dancing With Mr D
12.  Undercover (Of The Night)
13.  Emotional Rescue
14.  Waiting On A Friend
15.  Saint Of Me
16.  Out Of Control
17.  Streets Of Love
18.  Out Of Tears

Disc 3 – Live Tracks
1.    Get off My Cloud
2.    Dancing With Mr D
3.    Beast Of Burden (with Ed Sheeran)
4.    She’s A Rainbow
5.    Wild Horses (with Florence Welch)
6.    Let’s Spend The Night Together
7.    Dead Flowers (with Brad Paisley)
8.    Shine A Light
9.    Under My Thumb
10.  Bitch (with Dave Grohl)


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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 13, 2019

ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO with Tim Rogers. Thornbury Theatre March 12, 2019.

Review: Greg Phillips. Photos: Jason Rosewarne

After an illustrious recording and performing career spanning five decades, Texas-based alt-country rock legend Alejandro Escovedo has finally made it to Australia for the first time. Coming off a celebrated weekend at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, ably assisted by You Am I’s Tim Rogers, last night it was Melbourne’s turn to have our hearts melted by Alejandro’s wonderful life stories and compelling songs.

Escovedo is a master storyteller. His tales stem from true events and are delivered with authority, poignancy and quite often with a cheeky grin. Opening tonight’s set at The Thornbury Theatre with a five minute long monologue leading into the song San Antonio Rain, Alejandro told of his family’s move from San Antonio Texas to California. Presented to the kids as a vacation, the young Alejandro wasn’t to know until much later that they’d never return to their home to collect their belongings. He hilariously recounted the “13 kids in a sedan, with some in the trunk, some on the hood and some running behind the car, trying to keep up … and a few we lost outside of Phoenix, Arizona.” It’s no surprise that many other heavyweight songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen and Townes Van Zandt have been known to be major Escovedo fans.

Such was the impact of Alejandro’s spellbinding storytelling, that it was 20 minutes into the show before a second song was performed, yet at all times holding the audience in the palm of his hand. With “Five Hearts Breaking”, he recalled romantic notions of what America used to be, when musicians played for beer and food only but were grateful all the same. With songs from his current album The Crossing, he explored themes of immigration and the barriers facing migrants in a harsh political landscape globally.

An Alejandro Escovdeo concert is not only a journey through the troubadour’s own colourful career but also a history in contemporary music itself. Brought up on a mix of Mexican, country and big band music that his parents enjoyed, Alejandro’s influences grew to take in punk, garage and glam rock, all of which have infiltrated his own music at various stages of his work. One of his earlier bands, Rank & File tried to merge George Jones with The Clash, he tells us. His song Chelsea Hotel ’78 which was performed late in the set described life at New York’s notorious Chelsea Hotel, where Sid and Nancy were neighbours to Alejandro and The New York Dolls were regulars too.

Normally performing with a band, the economic hurdles of an Australian tour decreed that Alejandro would perform this time in duo mode. Sideman Tim Rogers provided much vocal character to Escovedo’s sensitive songs and was also responsible for the electric guitar atmospherics, which are an integral part of this music. Although the set was plagued by many on stage gremlins including wrong capo tuning, broken guitar strings and at one point, loss of Tim’s guitar sound altogether, it seemed to matter little to the audience who were caught up in the amiable, community spirit of the night.

As they have done each night throughout this Australian tour, Alejandro and Tim stepped into the middle of the audience to perform a few songs unplugged to great effect. A powerful acoustic version of the Mott The Hoople song I Wish I Was Your Mother held the audience in complete silence. A rendition of the beautiful Rosalie, a song about a couple who were separated for seven years, yet stayed in touch by writing letters to each other daily, left many in the crowd wiping back tears.

Swallows of San Juan, a song about Alejandro’s days as a young surfer in Huntington Beach pretending to be Hawaiian rather than Mexican to prevent him from being beaten up by jocks, took the concert into overtime. Leaving us in the same manner he welcomed us, it ended with a tale attached to a song. He recalled a friend phoning him up one day and asking if he had read the New York Times that morning. Featured in the paper that day was President George W Bush’s top ten iPod playlist, which happened to include Escovedo’s song ‘Castanets (I like it better when she walks away)’. “That wasn’t cool,” Alejandro told us. “I didn’t know what to do, so I retired the song until he was out of office.” Kicking into the rollicking party-piece with gusto, Escovedo and Rogers brought the audience to their feet in celebration of one of the most engaging and enjoyable shows seen at The Thornbury Theatre. Judging by the audience reaction and Alejandro’s smile, I doubt that it will be long before we see him back in Australia.


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Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - March 11, 2019

It’s been a couple of months since the huge Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim and we’re still catching up on some of the wonderful releases. Ibanez had a great show this year and included in their new offerings were some significant signature anniversary model instruments for Andy Timmons, Paul Gilbert and Gary Willis. Let’s check ‘em out!

Andy Timmons ATZ100
This year Ibanez introduced a signature model from their AZ line of one of Ibanez guitars’ legends, Andy Timmons. The ATZ100 is based on the Ibanez AZ Prestige model and includes all of that model’s advantages, as well as adding new features favoured by Andy and not yet offered in the AZ format.

Features include:
• S-TECH WOOD Roasted Maple fretboard w/Black dot inlay
• S-TECH special roasted treatment provides a superior attack and a well-balanced tone and a rich sustain. In order to achieve supreme neck grip comfort, the fretboard edge is finished with a smooth curve.

• Oil-impregnated Bone nut /Stainless Steel Frets
The Oil-impregnated bone nut provides superior tuning stability and warm rich resonance. Stainless steel frets boast excellent corrosion resistance. The wide and tall fret-type offers a quick response, good articulation when playing chords and clear tone when playing single notes.

• Gotoh® Magnum Lock machine heads w/H.A.P.(Height Adjustable Post)
The AZ comes with GOTOH® MAGNUM LOCK® machine heads, which have an established reputation for tuning stability. Its H. A. P® (Height Adjustable Post). system allows for the adjustment of string posts for the appropriate tension of each string.

• Luminlay side dot inlay
The Luminlay side dot position marks make it easy for players to see fretboard position marks when performing on dark stages.

Paul Gilbert PGM333 30th anniversary model
Ibanez also announcing the Paul Gilbert PGM333 30th Anniversary model, celebrating the guitarist’s three decades as an Ibanez endorser.
The instrument features an African mahogany body, five-piece PGM maple/walnut neck and a Macassar ebony fretboard with medium frets and acrylic and abalone block inlays. Also included are three DiMarzio PG-13 humbuckers, a Gotoh GTC101 bridge, reverse headstock with gold hardware, Graph Tech black Tusq XL nut and Gotoh MG-T locking tuners.

Ibanez GWB 20th Anniversary – Gary Willis Signature Bass
With a career spanning more than 40 years, Gary Willis has released 5 solo CD’s, 10 as co-leader of Tribal Tech and has been a part of a multitude of other projects including playing alongside Wayne Shorter, Allan Holdsworth, Hubert Laws and many others. His own works include legends Dennis Chambers, Steve Tavaglione, Bob Berg, Gergo Borlai, Kirk Covington and Scott Kinsey.

Also at NAMM 2019, Ibanez announced the release of the 20th Anniversary Gary Willis signature model fretless bass
The GWB20TH has a basswood body paired with an ash top, a three-piece maple neck, and a 12-inch-radius ebony fretboard. Tone is derived from a single Aguilar DCB bridge pup, and can be adjusted via an Aguilar OBP-2 two-band EQ.

Ibanez Guitars distributed in Australia by Australis Music Group

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 8, 2019

METALLICA has confirmed its long-awaited return to Australia and New Zealand. The band’s first dates in Australia since 2013, and first show in New Zealand since 2010, will be:

October 17      Perth AUS                    Optus Stadium
October 20      Adelaide AUS              Adelaide Oval
October 22      Melbourne AUS           Marvel Stadium
October 26      Sydney AUS                ANZ Stadium
October 29      Brisbane AUS              QSAC
October 31      Auckland NZ                Mt. Smart Stadium

The newly announced shows are Metallica’s first ever headline stadium plays in Australia and New Zealand. They continue the WorldWired Tour that has played 130+ shows across the world since its 2016 kick-off.

Special guests Slipknot will provide support on all dates.

Fan Club Presales begin Tuesday, March 12 from 1pm.

American Express Card Members are also among the first with access to tickets, with a presale beginning Wednesday, March 13 at 3pm in Sydney and 2pm (local time) in all other cities. Visit for details.

Tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, March 18 at 3pm in Sydney and 2pm (local time) in all other cities.

The Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket will be traveling to Australia and New Zealand as well: one ticket allowing floor access to any Metallica show on this run. Black Ticket holders need only choose the show(s) and make an online reservation no less than 48 hours before the gig. A limited number of these Black Tickets* will be available for $598, more info here: CID Entertainment.

As with most of Metallica’s WorldWired shows, every ticket purchased includes a choice of standard physical or standard digital copy of the band’s 10th and current album, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct.

And once again, all tickets will include a free MP3 download of the show(s) attended, mixed and mastered by the team behind Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. The free full-show downloads can be obtained by scanning or entering the barcode from that show’s ticket stub at

Enhanced experience options will also be returning in partnership with the team at CID Entertainment: three options of special enhanced experiences, including premium tickets and amenities ranging from early access to the venue and the “Memory Remains” traveling museum to meeting members of the band. Visit CID Entertainment for full package details.

*Wherever I May Roam Black Tickets are non-transferable and if re-sold will be revoked. Each ticket is good for entry to Metallica specific shows and may not be used for festivals, promotional shows, benefit concerts or any other dates not included in the seven-date tour announced on March 8, 2019. Use of a Black Ticket will require an online reservation for each show you plan to attend no less than 48 hours in advance. More details about how to use your Black Ticket will be sent to purchasers via e-mail.

**Every ticket purchased through official outlets includes your choice of a standard physical or standard digital copy of Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. Fans will receive an email from their ticketing agent with information on how to redeem their albums. Full details of how you can gift the album, should you have already purchased it, will be given on the redemption page.









Legacy Member Fan Club Presale:
1pm Tuesday, March 12 until 1pm Friday, March 15

Fifth Member Standard Fan Club Presale:
2pm Tuesday, March 12 until 1pm Friday, March 15

American Express Card Members Presale:
All shows ex Sydney: 2pm Wednesday, March 13 until 2pm Friday, March 15
Sydney: 3pm Wednesday, March 13 until 3pm Friday, March 15

All times listed are local –

For complete tour and ticket information, visit:

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - March 6, 2019

There aren’t many bigger names in metal than SLAYER and Australia is extremely lucky they get to experience one last time and to farewell this legendary band as they hit Download Festival and sideshows in Brisbane and Adelaide with fellow Big Four brothers ANTHRAX and the Polish Hammer of BEHEMOTH.

What can be said about SLAYER that already hasn’t been said? So far into their career and the final album ‘Repentless’ scored their highest ever Australian chart entry at #3 on the ARIA Chart. An incredible achievement this far into their career! Don’t miss this last chance to witness part of what has been an incredible history!

In 1981 when SLAYER first formed in Huntington Park, CA, bassist/vocalist Tom Araya was 20 years old and worked as a respiratory therapist, guitarist Jeff Hanneman, a rehearsal studio employee at the time, was 17, drummer Dave Lombardo was 16 and delivered pizza, and 17-year old Kerry King was a full-time guitarist. At that time, there were no blueprints, no set paths, no boundaries or steps to follow; SLAYER’s new hybrid of metal and punk, heavier, faster and darker than the rest, assaulted the world and set a new standard, defining not only a genre, but an attitude.

Tom Araya, Kerry King, Gary Holt and Paul Bostaph sat down and talked about all things SLAYER. Episode 1:

Fast forward 38-years and SLAYER remains the preeminent punk-thrash-metal band that other heavy acts are measured against and aspire to, and up-and-coming metal heads continue to revere and emulate. Slayer is a metal juggernaut, with songs that are dark, aggressive and without mercy, mirroring the turmoil and aberrations of our society.

Their membership in “The Big Four” – Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax – the four bands that defined the thrash/metal genre – secures the band’s place in music history. The five-time nominated, two-time Grammy-winners have also accumulated an abundance of certified Gold Albums along with “Best…” awards from media outlets all over the world, including Kerrang!, SPIN, Metal Hammer, Revolver, and Esquire. SLAYER even has its own exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute. Throughout SLAYER’s history, the band has never faltered in unleashing its extreme and focused sonic assault, and repudiating temptations, SLAYER has chosen to remain crushing and brutal, steadfastly refusing to cater to the mainstream. Jeff Hanneman passed in 2013, and Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for him since. Paul Bostaph, Slayer’s drummer from 1992 – 1996, then 1997 – 2001, rejoined Araya and King in 2013 and remains behind the kit.

SLAYER looks back on 37 years of mayhem. Episode 2

In September 2015, Slayer released Repentless, the band’s 12th studio album, the first without Hanneman, first with Holt on guitar, first with producer Terry Date, and first on Nuclear Blast Records, to widespread rave reviews and the highest chart debut of the band’s career. The band also teamed up with director BJ McDonnell for three high-concept and brutal music videos for the album’s title track, then for “You Against You,” and the most recent, “Pride in Prejudice,” racking up a combined 28+-million views. Dark Horse Comics published a three-issue comic book series in 2016, based on McDonnell’s original story concept for the videos and written by “Metalocalypse” director Jon Schnepp.

After a remarkable three-and-a-half decades, SLAYER announced its decision to do one last world tour and then move on. All Hail SLAYER.

Catch Slayer on their final world tour right here in Australia



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