Posted: 28 June, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: The Living End’s Chris Cheney Working On Solo Record

A new ’shift’ in the band after latest album

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On Triple M’s Home Grown, The Living End singer Chris Cheney told Jane Gazzo he’s got a solo record in the works, that he had to put on the back burner to focus on the latest album from the band ‘Shift’; “there’s always songs being written that don’t really feel what the band (The Living End) does, so you either give them to other people or record them”.

With the physical distance between Cheney and the other band members, will Cheney follow in the foot steps of fellow Aussie icon and idol Jimmy Barnes to forge a solo career?

On the sound of his solo efforts; “it’s striped back, completely different to what The Living End does”.

The now L.A based singer has been working with various musicians in Hollywood, including members of Guns ’N Roses, The Stray Cats and The Aggrolites and recorded the Crowded House classic ‘Distant Sun’ solo.



When going way back to the beginnings listening to the band 1998 debut single ‘Prisoner Of Society’ Cheney asks Gazzo for a bucket saying “great record but I’ll never listen to it again”, where as bass player Scott Owen adds; “I use to have the same attitude as Chris, but I’ve grown to accept our youth and energy we put into records back in those days”.

Listen to the full interview:

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Tags: Home Grown, Triple M Rock News, The Living End

Posted: 28 June, 2016

Top 10 Rock Stars On Screen

Stars On Film


The film that gave children nightmares and had them dancing at the same time, that even watching drunk doesn’t make much sense The Labyrinth is still a cult classic and this year marks 30 years since the release of the film, this anniversary more touching as it’s the first since the loss of the lead actor, David Bowie.


To celebrate the 30th anniversary we’re counting down the top 10 movie’s that feature rock stars.

  • 10. Ian Brown- Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban
    The Stone Roses
    singer and Oasis’ idol Ian Brown appears in Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban in a blink and you’ll miss it moment.


  • 9. Pearl Jam- Singles
    Set in the 90s grunge capital Seattle the then new band play a new band on the scene.


  • 8. Vince Neil- The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
    The Motley Crue singer opens the 90s hit rock’n’roll crime comedy, playing,... well an over the top blonde rock singer.

  • 7. Blink 182- American Pie
    In the most awkward scene in the teen film of the 90s American Pie it was only suitable the pop punk kings were to make a cameo.

  • 6. Iggy Pop- Cry Baby
    The grandfather of punk Iggy Pop plays the grandfather of Johnny Depp and Ricky Lake in the John Waters rockabilly film Cry Baby.
    (Warning: naked Iggy Pop in the clip)


  • 5. Billy Idol- The Wedding Singer
    In the rock’n’roll romance of the decade, rock god Billy Idol saves the day in the most romantic scene in history.


  • 4. Keith Richards- Pirates Of The Carribbean; At World's End
    Johnny Depp
    made it no secret his inspiration fot the character Captain Jack Sparrow was taken from Rolling Stone's guitarist Keith Richards so it was only fitting the rocker made an appearance in the film series.

  • 3.  ZZ Top- Back To The Future 3
    In the final instalment of the Back To The Future films, rock’n’rollers ZZ Top needed no hair or make up team for their role in the western scene.


  • 2. Dave Grohl- The MuppetsPlaying the drummer of The Muppets tribute band ‘The Moophets’, the Nirvana drummer was a key cameo in the Muppets come back film.

    The cameo inspired one of the most famous drum-offs in history;


  • 1. Alice Cooper- Wayne’s World
    They say don’t meet your idols! When lead characters Wayne and Garth meet rock’n’roll legend Alice Cooper they’re surprised by the un-rock’n’roll converstaion of Cooper, which is a common shock when meeting the glam shock rocker. AWKWARD!!

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Tags: Triple M Rock News, Top Ten, Cameos

Posted: 28 June, 2016

Pop Icons Big Feud

Turns out, the rumours were true...

Images: Getty Images

It turns out that the long rumoured "feud" between the late greats, Prince and Michael Jackson, were completely true, if reports from The Mirror are anything to go by.

The English tabloid has released a story claiming to have secretly recorded audio in which Michael Jackson vents against Prince,  calling him " of the rudest people I have ever met". Jackson also said that "...he has been very mean and nasty to my family".

Jackson also went on to suggest that Prince was "very competitive" and believed that the Purple One's desperation to outdo him was dangerous.

"He feels like I'm his opponent," Jackson said.

"I hope he changes because boy, he's gonna get hurt. He's the type that might commit suicide or something."

Jackson goes on further, to mock Prince after an infamous stage mishap when performing with both Jackson and James Brown on stage in 1983. In the incident, Prince falls into the crowd after leaning on a prop lamp post. Check it out below, it happens around the 4.40 mark.

Just to add more fuel to this fire, appeared on the Graham Norton Show recently to discuss the time he had to play nice between the two icons. It makes for a hilarious story.

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Tags: Michael Jackson, Prince, Pop

Posted: 28 June, 2016

Not Another Super Group

Lethal new line up


It’s seems the heavy bands of the 90s has got too much time on their hands, there’s super groups being formed quicker than we can keep up with, this week we see members of Limp Bizkit and Slipknot team up for a mysterious new project known as Lethal Wilson.

The duo made up of DJ Starscream (Sid Wilson) of Slipknot and DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit have released minimal details except a cartoon image and logo on Facebook, the website simply saying ‘Coming soon’.

The two bands were the two biggest bands of the nu-metal scene in the early 90s and had a rivalry as captured on the Australian TV show Channel V.

Watch here;

Be sure to keep an eye on the website for updates:

With Slipknot touring Australia later this year wondering if Lethal Wilson will fit in some shows when in town?

Slipknot touring Australia:

  • Friday, 28th October, Entertainment Centre, Brisbane
  • Saturday, 29th October, Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
  • Monday, 31st October, Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
  • Tuesday, 1st November, HQ Complex, Adelaide
  • Thursday, November 3, Metropolis, Fremantle

More info:

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Tags: Triple M Music News, Triple M Rock News, Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, new music

Posted: 28 June, 2016

Higgo’s Corner 8

Triple M's Higgo throws up three Aussie bands he's loving right now

I wanna lay some home grown thrash on you. If you’re like me, someone who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s and you were into heavy music, the thrash genre was pivotal in getting metal to the masses. The Big 4, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax did just that. There’s purists that will argue that the Big 4 should really be the Big 6 or 7, with bands like Exodus, Overkill and Testament paving the way as well, however you shape it, thrash was king back then and influenced so many the world over.

Desecrator is a band I was introduced to in 2011 when I received their Live Til Death album (recorded at The Arthouse) and I played the hell out of it. Their tight live show and ferocious sound hooked me in pretty damn quickly. Now, having seen them live countless times due to their relentless gigging and touring, they’ve established and earned themselves a title as one of Australia’s premiere thrash metal bands. They’ve toured internationally through Europe and Russia (supporting Hirax) and Mexico (supporting Pirana) and are just about to head back to Europe to hit the road with another thrash juggernaut Overkill and sludge doom metal legends Crowbar. They play loud, fast, and faster, leaving nothing on the stage but sweat, blood, and great times. Get on board, follow their youtube channel for updates on the road.
Here’s Red Steel Nation 

Harlott from Melbourne absolutely shred. Plain and simple. I bloody love this band. After first seeing them supporting Desecrator, I couldn’t believe that they weren’t already headlining their own gigs. This is the brainchild of Andrew Hudson, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, but take nothing away from this band, they are the real deal, who have been signed to Metal Blade Records for about a year now, toured through Europe with metal legends Annihilator, have a couple of albums under their belt (Origin, Proliferation), and are currently writing their third. Taking cues from the Bay Area scene, this is delicious thrash at it’s very best.
Check out Systematic Reduction 

Mason are another thrash metal powerhouse I have a lot of time for. I remember being sent their album Warhead in 2013, and when you get sent a shit load of cd’s, they all kind of morph into one, but one thing I learnt is to listen to them all, regardless of artwork or packaging. Sometimes the flashy looking ones were crap, and sometimes the crappy looking ones were outstanding. Mason’s Warhead album cover let you know exactly what you were getting. It looked evil, it looked furious, and it was. “How had I not heard of these guys? Why isn’t everyone talking about them?” is what I thought. They’re raw, and brilliant. If you see their name on any gig poster, see them, fast. Unmerciful is Mason’s latest EP, here’s one from it called Eradicated.  

The metal scene in Australia is thriving. It’s passionate, dedicated, and powerful. Invest a bit of time in discovering new Australian bands and you’ll never look back.

Until next time, keep it loud.

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Tags: Higgos Corner, New music, metal, thrash

Posted: 27 June, 2016

Aerosmith To Call It Quits

Aerosmith Photo: Getty Images

On a recent interview with Howard Stern, Steven Tyler has confirmed that after 46 years together Aerosmith will be packing it in after a world tour in 2017.

Singer Steven Tyler confirmed the news to Howard Stern stating "We’re doing a farewell tour, but only because it’s time."

Tyler added: “I love this band, I really do, and I want to squash every thought that anybody might have about this … Look, there’s two bands that still have the original members, us and the Stones,” Tyler added. “I’m grateful for that.”

A stunned Stern followed by asking Tyler if the farewell tour was planned soon:

"I think so, next year", confirmed Tyler.

Aerosmith last toured Australia in 2013. 

Listen to the fun Howard Stern interview here:

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Tags: Aerosmith

Posted: 23 June, 2016

Donuts, Coffee And Trump Ingredients For Bernard Fanning New Record

Triple M’s Ugly Phil’s interview with the Aussie icon Bernard Fanning

Image: Bernard Fanning

Triple M’s Ugly Phil had Record Of The Week artist Bernard Fanning in the Rubber Room off the back of the release of his brand new single ‘Wasting Time’.

The legendary musician who has an incredible 10 year solo career and is well known as the frontman of Powderfinger since the late ‘80s.

‘Wasting Time’ is the new single of Fanning’s double album, ‘Civil Dusk’, that was originally intended on being 1 acoustic and piano based album, talking about the rock sound Fanning told Phil “there ended up being a few more rock songs than I intended to be honest, but they kind of just fall out”.

The album was intended to only be 10 songs, but when he came up with two albums filled with great songs he decided to relaxed a double album and it was to hard to decide what songs to leave off.

On working on piano, Phil asked; “is there more emphasis on the lyrics?”, Fanning replied; “I think so, the last record I stepped away from that so I wanted to move back to songs that their genesis was with timber, with wood, I wanted to make a really natural sounding record”.

Talking about the record ‘Civil Dusk’ Fanning said; “It’s nothing like I’ve ever made before, we didn’t have time limits. We’d get into the studio in the morning, have tea or coffee and a donut and talk about Trump, then we’d move onto an Earth, Wind and Fire video on Youtube for about an hour before doing any work”. This casual approach and the casual location of a ‘make do’ studio in a pool house, rather than an actually music studio gives the new record a fresh and alive sound.

A veteran in the Australian music industry Bernard Fanning reported on the current music industry; “it’s all about singles, I’ve done the opposite and released 20 songs”.

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Tags: Bernard Fanning, Triple M Rock News, Ugly Phil, Rubber Room

Posted: 23 June, 2016

Home Grown Band Of The Week

This week: The Bennies

Here at Triple M, we’re proud of our commitment to Australian music, and it is our desire, nay, pledge to you that we’ll scour the length and breadth of this girt by sea big brown land to bring the latest and best Australian music we can find.

Tune into Home Grown Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne On Air Sunday 6-8pm local times.

Hand picked by Triple M’s Jane Gazzo, this week’s Home Grown Band Of The Week is The Bennies

Location: Melbourne


  • Anty - vocals, korg
  • Jules - guitar
  • Bowie - drums
  • Craig - bass

Formed: 2011 Fitzroy.


You have a to love a good time rock party band who started out calling themselves Madonna. (And even put out an album under that name). The jig was up however when the band tried to get onto festival bills and kept being rejected.
Since changing their name to the more appropriate THE BENNIES, (it’s a 60s drug reference) the lads have played in China to 15,000 people (thanks to a mate who was booking groups over there), four tours of Japan, and released some cracking stuff including their recent album WISDOM MACHINE which incorporates every genre from doof, rock and some crazy energy. (See singles Party Machine and Detroit Rock Ciggies). They cite their influences as bands who ‘mash shit up’ – The Clash, Rancid and Sublime.
As one of the local buzz live bands of 2016, THE BENNIES are aiming for world domination. “That’s the plan,” confirms bassist Craig Selak, “Anything less than that would be shooting a bit low!”

Check out their new single; Party Machine


Check out our Home Grown playlist:

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Tags: Home Grown, New Music, The Bennies

Posted: 23 June, 2016

WATCH: World First, Band Play In Volcano

Bubbling hot ticket price for world first event

Image: Deftones (Getty)

Triple M’s Jane Gazzo reported on The Rubber Room that this weekend American rock band Deftones made history being the first band to perform inside a volcano.

The set was part of Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival, that charged fans as much as $1 million for the event which includes a helicopter ride.

Listen to the full report:


In additional to a full band set, Deftones singer Chino Moreno performed 3 acoustic songs for the intimate audience.

Watch the acoustic performance of the band’s song 'Change':

are touring Australia with Karnivool and Voyager:

  • 8th November, Perth
  • 10th November, Adelaide
  • 11th November, Melbourne
  • 12th November, Sydney
  • 13th November, Brisbane

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Tags: Triple M Rock News, Deftones

Posted: 23 June, 2016

WATCH: Play School Go Rock’N’Roll

Aussie celebs childhood dreams come true

Image: Bernard Fanning

To celebrate 50 years of the longest running Australian children’s program Play School they’ve invited a variety of celebrities as special guests to the show.

Rock musicians, Triple M Record Of The Week Artist Bernard Fanning, You Am I and Dan Sultan are amongst a big list of Australian celebrities who have taken the lead on the iconic children’s show performing iconic children’s songs and the infamous music guru Molly Meldrum even makes an appearance.

Watch the clip:

Many of the celebrities have only dreamt of being part of the show that we all grew up watching as children, Dan Sultan even posted on his personal instagram; “Best Day Ever. I was star stuck by Big Ted”.



The special 50th Anniversary programming begins 4th July.

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Tags: Play school, Triple M Rock News

Posted: 23 June, 2016

A Jar Of Air From The Stone Roses’ Gig Up For Stupid Amount On Ebay

Some people have more cents than sense


In today’s WTF of the week, a jar of air from last Saturday’s The Stone Roses gig at Etihad Stadium, Manchester is being sold on eBay.
The air was captured from one of the hottest gigs of the year, the second formation of the cult brit-pop band at the show that saw over 60,000 fans get together for the “once in a lifetime” gig.

Bidding for the world’s most expensive jar of Co2 is up to 90 bids and 65,990 pounds and still has 3 days to go.

The eBay description of the illustrious jar of rock’n’roll goodness according to eBay user ‘frogmas1969’:
"You are bidding on a Jar of air taken at the Stone Roses concert at Manchester Etihad Stadium, Saturday 18th June 2016.
All the atmosphere, anticipation and ecstasy of 60,000 people singing their hearts out – captured forever in this glass jar."

The jar is decorated with the bands logo, venue and date.

See the listing here

The air was captured during a guitar solo, fans believe the air will allow them to re-live the natural high produced when listening to the band.

See the band live:

Now this madness raises an important question, how much would a jar of Axl’s farts be worth?

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Tags: Triple M Rock News, Stone Roses, eBay, WTF

Posted: 23 June, 2016

LISTEN: Never Before Heard Nirvana Songs Leaked By Fan

The first hints of Foo Fighters

Image: Nirvana

One lucky fan, who purchased a sound reel of Nirvana recording sessions on eBay has leaked two previously unreleased tracks that were on the reel.

The recording session on 15th February 1993, the same session that produced the final Nirvana album ‘In Utero’a year before the death of Kurt Cobain.

The two tracks are extremely different but both are obviously works of Dave Grohl and Kurt Cobain.

One track titles ‘Dave Solo’ is a heavy metal, riff heavy rock’n’roll track that mirrors the sounds of Foo Fighters, where as ‘Lullaby’ is an obscure, trippy track that is more Nirvana-esque.

Have a listen:


The reel also included alternate versions of tracks from the studio album ‘In Utero’.
The obvious similiarity of 'Dave Solo' to the Foo Fighters sound makes us wonder if Dave would have always started Foo Fighters regardless of Kurt's death or not?

Either way it's a rockin' sound!

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Tags: Triple M Rock News, Nirvana, New Music, Foo Fighters