Posted: 28 January, 2015

Oils To Reform?

Some big news with reports Midnight Oil may reform for a one-off show

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Midnight Oil reformed for Sound Relief in 2009 Photo: Getty Images

Some big news with reports Midnight Oil may reform for a one-off show.

Triple M music reporter Nui Te Koha said the Aussie rock legends might get back together to perform at the Live Earth concerts happening in Sydney next June.

"For Live Earth in June… It certainly feels like the Oils are ramping up… Peter Garrett was at the Beat The Drum concert in Sydney about a week ago," Nui told Triple M.

"[There are] definitely plans, definitely talk for some sort of Midnight Oil action this year."

100 artists are due to perform at the Live Earth concerts, which will take place over seven continents - China, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, the US and even Antarctica!

Midnight Oil formed in 1976 and split up in 2002. In 2010, their album Diesel and Dust was ranked No. 1 in The 100 Best Australian Albums.

They reformed in 2009 performing two headline shows in Canberra before doing the Sound Relief concert in Melbourne. This event was held to raise money for victims of Victoria's bushfire disaster.

The event was held simultaneously with a concert at the Sydney Cricket Ground. See the video below.

Midnight Oil Live At Sound Relief

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning - Live 2009 Video: YouTube

Midnight Oil - Live At Goat Island

Midnight Oil - Read About It - Live 1985 Video: YouTube

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Posted: 27 January, 2015

Muse Leak New Album Name 'Drones'

And they've also released a bizarre new snippet of a song.

(Muse will be releasing album number seven this year: Getty Images)

The new Muse album drip-feed of clips continues and it looks like we've now got the name of the new album, "Drones".

It's pretty quick in the clip below but there's a frame in their that clearly says "Artist: Muse. Album: Drones".

A video posted by @muse on

The clip itself is also a pretty bizarre sample of some army-sounding drill sergeant which also goes along with the title of the album.

The album which will be Muses's 7th studio LP will be their first since 2012's The 2nd Law and is being produced by AC/DC producer Matt Lange.

According to lead singer Matt Belamy the album is going to touch on some pretty heavy topics such as, "Deep ecology, the empathy gap and World War 3".

Another New Muse Clip

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Tags: Muse, Drones, New Album

Posted: 27 January, 2015

'Wee Kris' Scottish Youngster Busks AC/DC

Kris McDowall has a bit future ahead of him.

Pint-sized rock star aged 12 could be supporting AC/DC after busking video goes viral

As you can see from the video above Scottish 12 year-old Kris McDowall (or 'Wee Kris') is one talented little musician.

He's been busking on the streets of Glasgow since he was 9 years old and his favourite band is... you guessed it... AC/DC.

Video surfaced recently of the mini-rocker smashing out "You Shook Me All Night Long" in his best Angus Young impersonation which has lead to the video going viral.

But the story doesn't finish there, after being interviewed, Wee Kris explained how he had a massive dream, to support AC/DC on stage in Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow later in the year.

“It would mean the world to me to open for AC/DC because I have always been their biggest fan," he told UK paper The Mirror.

The campaign to have him support them in Glasgow on the 28th of June has now reached the president of the AC/DC fan club who has thrown his support behind the little feller.

Well, we reckon he can do it, good luck Wee Kris!

To follow the campaign 'Wee Kris To Open For AC/DC at Hampden Glasgow In June 2015' head to the facebook page here.

Kris McDowall performing "TNT"

AC/DC - TNT - Wee Kris - Ted Rock Radio


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Posted: 27 January, 2015

Blink-182 Split

Tom DeLonge denies bandmates claims he's left the band

Tom Delonge has gone on a massive rant on his Facebook page, talking about the supposed split from Blink-182. It's long but very honest... We've put up the whole thing below.

Tom Delonge's Massive Blink-182 Rant


Where to begin?

The truth is always a good place. Let’s go there.

I love Blink and am incredibly grateful for having it in my life. It has given me everything. EVERYTHING. I started this band, it was in my garage where I dreamed up the mischief.

So what have I been doing behind the scenes? Well, I’ve tried to make things work. I’ve tried to help move this band down 50 different paths using my people, or other people, and people we don’t even know. I tried to put forth ideas about how we can grow and challenge ourselves to become a better band. I’m not sitting around waiting for someone else to do the work. I’m not wired that way.

The big reset was when I tried to put together a band summit in Utah where we’d talk and work things out. It quickly was narrowed down to three hours in someone’s dressing room in a shitty casino. What I hoped would be a positive get-together away from everything turned into an awkward meeting in a smelly convention hall dressing room. But it was there that I told Mark and Travis that as long as we talked, and things were good between us as real friends, that I would be engaged and work passionately. I'd mirror our personal relationship. Exact words.

Then, the EP was the test. Months later, we’re recording those songs. I was in the studio for two months and they came in for around 11 days. I didn’t mind leading the charge, but we had all agreed to give it 100%. And this time- no baggage.

Despite that, we still somehow managed to self-sabotage.

At one point, squabbling and politics forced me to pull the EP down at a time when 60,000 fans were trying to purchase it. And that blew my mind. I’d been trying so hard but that moment ultimately broke my spirit. I then realized that this band couldn't lose the years of ill will.

It was after that episode that I promised myself I would never be in that position again – to rely on the words we said to each other.

I remember asking one of them on the phone, “did you try your best? Like we all agreed to?” He was silent.

Are they at fault?

Am I? Of course. I'm nuts.

But there’s three of us – we’re all accountable. At the end of the day, we’ve always been dysfunctional, which is why we haven’t talked in months. But we never did. In the 8 years we have been together it has always been that way.

Over the past two and a half years, while a recording partner was being sought for a new Blink record, I launched a media company. I just put out a new Angels & Airwaves record and as some of you know, there’s a lot more coming – comics, books, a film, etc. The books will all come with music. This is a wheel that’s already in motion. So you can imagine my frustration when I was handed a 60-page Blink contract saying I couldn’t release an Angels album for 9 months and that the Blink album had to be recorded in 6 months, which was impossible for me. Doing so would force me to breach several artist contracts. Authors, Concept Artists, Animators... Many people.

They did eventually drop the Angels provision, but the part about having to finish a Blink album in 6 months remained. All of these other projects are being worked, exist in contract form– I can’t just slam the brakes and drop years of development, partnerships and commitments at the snap of a finger.

I told my manager that I will do Blink 182 as long as it was fun and worked with the other commitments in my life, including my family.

But Mark and Travis know all of this.

I wrote this same letter to them a year ago. But it created a massive argument, the biggest one yet actually. I just wanted us to do things we all agreed on. But that was their moment to dig in. From their view I was controlling everything. In reality, I was scared to put myself out there again. To repeat the EP experience.

I also wrote all of this to their managers this past December (who told me my bandmates weren’t angry and agreed with some of my ideas of how to grow the band).

So you can imagine my surprise when a press release went out yesterday—without my knowledge—about the band’s future. This is new to me. It’s not in my nature to fuel negativity about the legacy of the band on something as trashy as the Internet world.

But I guess that’s another example of how I differ from most. I follow the light... I follow passion and I make art. I hang with my son, my daughter and my wife.

At the end of the day, all of this makes me really sad.

Sad for us.

Sad for you- that you’re witnessing this immaturity.

I know them very well, and their current actions are defensive and divisive.

I suppose they’re doing this as a way to protect themselves from being hurt.

Like we all do.

And even as I watch them act so different to what I know of them to be, I still care deeply for them. Like brothers, and like old friends. But our relationship got poisoned yesterday.

Never planned on quitting, just find it hard as hell to commit.


Earlier On Triple M

This story has taken a twist with Tom Delonge denying claims from his Blink-182 bandmates that he's quit the band.

“I never quit the band,” he said, in an official statement.

“Actually, I was on the phone discussing a possible Blink-182 event in New York City when I heard the ‘news.’”

The 39-year-old is doing stuff with his side-project Angels & Airwaves, which he admitted has limited his time this year.

“The only truth here is that I have commitments that limit my availability this year," he said.

“I love Blink-182 and I’m not leaving.”

More to come.

Earlier On Triple M

READING, ENGLAND - AUGUST 29:  Tom Delonge of Blink 182 performs live on the Main stage during the third and final day of Reading Festival on August 29, 2010 in Reading, England.  (Photo by Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

Tom Delonge of Blink 182 performs live on the Main stage during the third and final day of Reading Festival on August 29, 2010 in Reading, England Photo: Getty Images

Tom DeLonge has left Blink-182, according to a statement from the band.

Bandmates have revealed the vocalist and guitarist has left the band "indefinitely, and will not be joining the trio when they headline drummer Travis Barker's annual Musink Festival in California next March.

Alkaline Trio guitarist/singer Matt Skiba will take over but it's not sure for how long because Alkaline Trio are still touring and recording.

"We were all set to play this festival and record a new album and Tom kept putting it off without reason," said Hoppus and Barker, accrding to a report in Rolling Stone.

"A week before we were scheduled to go in to the studio, we got an email from his manager explaining that he didn’t want to participate in any Blink-182 projects indefinitely, but would rather work on his other non-musical endeavors.

"No hard feelings, but the show must go on for our fans."

Delonge has commented on the split with his own version of events (see the pic below).

He is also currently working on his other project Angels & Airwaves.

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Photo: Tom Delonge instagram

Blink-182 On Triple M

Interestingly, last time we talked to Blink-182 they told us how happy they were and about the new 'album' they were supposed to be making.

Blink-182 To Play Musink Festival

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Posted: 23 January, 2015

8 Classic Aussie Songs To Listen To On Australia Day

It's Australia Day and you've got pretty much everything sorted except the music!

Well, don't worry because our mates over at sister site Triple M Classic Rock have compiled this list of the "8 Best Classic Aussie Songs To Listen To On Australia Day".

1. AC/DC

"Thunderstruck" Fun Fact: "According to The Story of AC/DC: Let There Be Rock, Angus Young created the distinctive opening guitar part by playing with all the strings taped up, except the B. It was a studio trick he learned from his older brother George Young, who produced some of AC/DC's albums and was in a band called The Easybeats."

AC/DC - Thunderstruck

2. Midnight Oil

"Beds Are Burning" Fun Fact: "Regarding the line, "From Kintore East to Yuendemu," Yuendemu is an aboriginal community in Central Australia, 250 Kilometers northwest of Alice Springs."

Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning


3. Hunters & Collectors

"Holy Grail" Fun Fact: "This song is about Napoleon's march to Russia in 1812. The "Holy Grail" is the ultimate goal - the phrase comes from an item Jesus used at the last supper that is said to produce magical powers."

Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail

4. Cold Chisel

"Flame Trees" Fun Fact: "According to the band's official website, Don Walker's inspiration for the song was a combination of his memories of Grafton where he had lived as a youth, and of his romantic dreams."

Cold Chisel - Flame Trees (1984)



"Devil Inside" Fun Fact: "The video to this song was filmed in Balboa, California, a ritzy part of Newport Beach. Viewers of the video will express no surprise at the fact that it was directed by Joel Schumacher, better known as The Man Who Ruined The Batman Franchise Forever with 1997's Batman & Robin. You can draw a straight line from this video to that film, right down to the Froot-Loops-colored lighting and loads of male nipples."

INXS - Devil inside


6. The Angels

"Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?" Fun Fact: "The Angels released this shortly after changing their name from "The Moonshine Jug And String Band."

The Angels - Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again - Live 1988


7. The Saints

"(I'm) Stranded" Fun Fact: "This howl of rage against boredom and oppression was the first song released by the pioneering Australian punk rock band The Saints. Issued in September 1976, it predated debut singles by better-known punk acts such as the Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash."

The Saints - (I'm) Stranded [HQ]


8. Crowded House

"Weather With You" Fun Fact: "When questioned about the existence of 57 Mount Pleasant Street, Crowded House lead singer Neil Finn responded: "There's actually lots of them. My sister used to live in Mount Pleasant Road in Auckland, but it wasn't Number 57. The number she was at didn't sound very musical.""

Crowded House - Weather With You

All song 'Fun Facts' from

This weekend our sister station Triple M Classic Rock Digital is going all Aussie, all long weekend.

Listen out for nothing but classic Aussie rock from the 70s and 80s, with loads of stories from the artists behind the music.

Get it on DAB+ Digital Radio or the Triple M Classic Rock Digital App.

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Tags: Australia Day, Classic Rock, Triple M Rock, Aussie Bands

Posted: 23 January, 2015

Chad Smith Drums At The Home Of Led Zeppelin 'The Grange'

Headley Grange is the spiritual home of Zeppelin where they recorded some amazing music.

Chad Smith playing at Headley Grange feature: YouTube / Spitfire Audio

What an absolute honour for any drummer, to record in the same place as the one and only John Bonham.

In fact, RHCP's Chad Smith is the first drummer to record at the English countryside mansion 'Headley Grange', where Bonham laid down some of Zeppelin's most famous drum lines, since Bonham recorded there 40 years ago.

'The Grange' was the setting for Zeppelin to record parts from their iconic albums Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti.

"This place is really hallowed ground for music and for drumming," Smith says in the clip above.

"To be able to play drums where John Bonham played those beats and that music is beyond my wildest dreams...I'll never forget it as long as I live," Smith says.

(Robert Plant recording audio at Headley Grange)

In 1970 or '71, Bonham recorded the iconic drum line for their track "When The Levee Breaks", producer Andy Johns did this by placing the kit at the bottom of a staircase and hanging the mics from the top of the stairs, giving the drums a distinctive sound.

The video was produced by sample company Spitfire Audio who produced an exclusive 'drum pack' for people to download, they also had, Queen's Roger Taylor, and electronic drummer Andy Gangadeen provide some samples.

Some History of 'Headley Grange'

  • They recorded parts of Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin IV, Houses of the Holy and Physical Graffiti there.
  • Robert Plant wrote most of "Stairway To Heaven" there in one day.
  • The song "Black Dog" was named after the black Labrador which hung around the grounds.

(The original grounds)

Home Footage - Led Zeppelin At Headley Grange

Led Zeppelin home footage from Headley Grange: YouTube / LepZepfilm

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Tags: Led Zeppelin, Headley Grange, Chad Smith, John Bonham, drummers

Posted: 22 January, 2015

Mötley Crüe's Nikki Sixxx Flips Justin Bieber Off

On an American news show, Nikki Sixxx shows what he think of Bieber.

Nikki Sixxx shows the world what he thinks of Justin Bieber: YouTube / WGN News

On WGN Morning News, Mötley Crüe's bassist and founder Nikki Sixxx showed the world just what he thought about Justin Bieber.

Well, we could have guessed what the reaction would have been when he was asked 'how he would react if Justin Bieber came and asked to join them on their farewell tour.

He doesn't need to say anything, the gesture says it all.... you're a legend Nikki Sixxx.

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Mötley Crüe 'The Final Tour' Coming To Aus Soon

It's their final world tour and we can't wait until they hit our shores.

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Posted: 22 January, 2015

The Rolling Stones Say Thanks To Australia

'Amazing memories of a fantastic tour'


The Rolling Stones have uploaded a new video to thank Australia and New Zealand for their recent 14 ON FIRE Tour.

"What a way to end the tour in Australia and New Zealand," Mick Jagger says in the video.

"We've been coming to Australia and New Zealand for almost 50 years. It is fantastic to come back."

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Tags: The Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Rolling Stones

Posted: 21 January, 2015

Mötley Crüe 'The Final Tour' Coming To Aus Soon

It's their final world tour and we can't wait until they hit our shores.

Mötley Crüe's final world tour, dubbed 'The Final Tour' is about to start in Japan in February.

We knew that eventually the Crüe had to come to and end and it looks like they've laid out their plans to come to Australia/New Zealand in spring.

Well considering they're in Japan in February, we can safely assume that this is American spring, so it looks like they'll be here sometime between March - June.

The tour caps off 34 years of the band who are one of the highest selling rock acts of all time, amassing over $100 million in record sales.

Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars and Vince Neil will all be back on deck supported by Alice Cooper throughout the whole tour.

They also have released a new compilation album, The Greatest Hits which Google Play are giving away for free.

Mötley Crüe New Track "All Bad Things"

Motley Crue - "All Bad Things": YouTube/Motley Crue

For all the details on the tour head to their website.

More details on the Australian dates when they arrive.

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Tags: Motley Crue, The Final Tour, World Tour 2015

Posted: 20 January, 2015

New Smashing Pumpkins Video For 'Being Beige'

Their first official video from new album 'Monuments of an Elegy'

The Smashing Pumpkins official video for 'Being Beige': YouTube/SmashingPumpkinsVEVO

The Smashing Pumpkins are having a massive resurgence of late, with a wealth of new material released in the last couple of years.

The band's 2/3 through a 3-part album Teargarden by Kaleidyscope with the second album Monuments to an Elegy released late last year.

"Being Beige" was the first single we heard off of Monuments and now it's got the a pretty slick video to go along with it.

The clip is full of trippy nature shots of the moon, stars, sun, earth and sea and gives us the impression Corgan is getting in touch with his softer side.

The Smashing Pumpkins will be out in Australia later on in February for Soundwave.

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Soundwave 2015 Line-Up

We're very happy to announce the Smashing Pumpkins will be on Soundwave!

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Tags: The Smashing Pumpkins, Being Beige

Posted: 19 January, 2015

The Temper Trap Frontman Puts Support Behind Bali 9 Smuggler

Dougy Mandagi from The Temper Trap has put his support behind 'new friend' Andrew Chan.

(The Temper Trap with frontman Dougy Mandagi play for Triple M in Melbourne: Triple M)

In a pretty controversial move, lead singer and guitarist for The Temper Trap, Dougy Mandagi has thrown his support behind Bali 9 heroin smuggler Andrew Chan who is currently facing the death sentence.

Mandagi's plea for fans of the band to sign the 'Mercy Campaign' in the hopes that Chan will avoid the death penalty in Bali has been met with varying degrees of opinion, with some agreeing and some disagreeing with the plea.

Chan's sentence is due to be undertaken this year alongside fellow Australian smuggler Myuran Sukumaran.

This does highlight the question as to whether bands should use their influence in political situations such as these?

Meanwhile, the band has been back in Australia touring recently for the Falls Festival as well as a headline tour.

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Posted: 19 January, 2015

Who's Ready For A New Metallica Album?

The band have previously announced a new album and now we see them in the studio.

Rockin along . . .

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Hey, are you excited for a new Metallica album? Well if you haven't already heard, they're working on one right now.

While talking to Rock Cellar recently bassist Robert Trujillo explained that they were in the early stages saying, "we're just blueprinting everything right now."

"There are a lot of ideas, a lot of song bodies; you gotta go through the process. For me personally, I'm really excited about what we've been able to jam out."

Their last (solo Metallica) album and their ninth studio LP 'Death Magnetic' was out back in 2008, so it's definitely a long time between drinks for the guys.

Trujillo mentioned that he was happy with the direction everything was going so far.

"I don't like to make predictions, but I'd like to think — at least for me — that I'm really happy with what's happening instrumentally. So let's see how that journey continues."

"Writing a Metallica song is a journey and a process, and it takes time. But that's what's special about it. Metallica likes to nurture a song, nurture an arrangement," he explained to Rock Cellar.

Triple M's Ugly Phil also spoke to Trujillo late last year, about their upcoming plans where he talked about the "multitude of riffs" that they have worked on and the power of Lars Ulrich's "best riffs", listen below.

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Tags: Metallica, new album