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.

Also See

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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Tags: The Temper Tap, Dougy Mandagi

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

Posted: 19 January, 2015

Chile Fooies Fans Get Impromptu Song From Dave Grohl

While at a recent Foo Fighters concert, Dave Grohl took crowd participation to another level.

(Foo Fighters perform made-up song to 'Ole, ole, ole' in Chile: YouTube/Rodrigo Baeza)

At a recent Foo Fighters concert in Chile, Dave Grohl took crowd participation to the next level.

During some banter and some friendly compliments from Dave the Chilean fans broke out into a chorus of "Ole, ole ole" and Grohl's response was priceless.

He started off with a riff, and then some drums came in, and then some bass and after a while they had made a new song.

Let's hope we can get something like this happening at their Aussie shows coming up.

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Tags: Foo Fighters, Chile

Posted: 16 January, 2015

Chris Cornell Is Recording 4th Solo LP

Great news for Cornell and Soundgarden fans.

(Chris Cornell is working on his fourth solo LP: Getty Images)

The Soundgarden and Audiosalve front man has revealed on twitter that he is about to start recording his 4th solo album, the follow up to 2009's Scream.

Cornell has reportedly been working on the album since last year in Florida.

With the reunited Soundgarden coming out to Australia soon for Soundwave as well as a Triple M presented sideshows, we're going to see a lot of Mr. Cornell in the next few months.

In an interview with 'The Pulse Of Radio' Cornell talked about how getting Soundgarden back together has helped his solo work.

"One thing about a solo artist is you can just be in a room way too long with yourself and your own thoughts and your own songs, and it feels really good to be working with Ben [Shepherd, bassist] and Matt [Cameron, drummer] and Kim [Thayil, guitarist] again, and it's actually a really nice reprieve also from just being alone, doing what I do. It's helping with the balance, I think, too."

Lets hope that he will be coming back shortly to tour his new solo album once it's done.

More news as it develops.

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Tags: Chris Cornell, Solo album, Soundgarden

Posted: 16 January, 2015

Slash Soundwave Sideshows

We're pumped to announce the Gunners legend is doing two huge sideshows

Slash doing his thing on the 'World On Fire' Tour Photo: Getty Images

We are very excited to announce that Slash is doing a couple of huge Soundwave sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Gunners legend is in the country playing Soundwave next February and he's decided to add a couple of sideshows in Sydney and Melbourne - supported by shock rockers Steel Panther.

Tour Dates

Tickets On Sale: Wednesday January 21st - 9am local

Tuesday 24th February - Horden Pavillion, Sydney (All ages)

Thursday 26th February - Melbourne Festival, Melbourne

Slash On Triple M

Earlier On Triple M

Slash was in Oz recently playing the NRL Grand Final halftime show and Triple M Sydney's The Grill Team were able to snag him for an interview. Listen to the audio below.


Slash ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators - Ghost | Live in Sydney


Soundwave Tour Dates

SAT 21st & SUN 22nd FEB, 2015 - Bonythong Park, ADELAIDE

SAT 21st  & SUN 22nd FEB, 2015 - Ras Melbourne Showgrounds, MELBOURNE (Location moved from Flemington)

SAT 28th FEB & SUN 1st MAR, 2015 - Olympic Park, SYDNEY

SAT 28th FEB & SUN 1st MAR, 2015 - Brisbane Showgrounds, BRISBANE

Tickets On Sale

2 Day Festival Ticket = $188.00 + Booking Fees. Buy Your Tickets Here.

Triple M's Classic Slash Interview


Also See

Soundwave 2015 Line-Up

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

Slash's Top 12 Guitarists

One of the best guitarists of our time votes for his favourite 12.

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Tags: Slash, Triple M Tours, Soundwave 2011, Soundwave Sideshows 2015

Posted: 15 January, 2015

Congratulations To APRA Song Of The Year Nominees

AC/DC and some of Triple M's favourite bands have been nominated for SOTY.

AC/DC's Angus Young & Malcom Young have been nominated for APRA's Song Of The Year Award: Getty Images

APRA's Song Of The Year Award is one of the biggest awards in Australian music, highlighting the one song above all others that absolutely killed it that year.

For year of 2014 awards, as always the competition is fierce featuring songwriters of all different genres from pop to electronic and of course, rock!

24 songs are chosen by APRA (Australian Performing Right Association) and artistic mechanical rights organisation AMCOS members make up the latest shortlist of songs from 2014 that can be voted for.

Just by looking at the list we see some our favourite groups here, we know who we would vote for, but who would you vote for if you have the chance?

Unfortunately only elected APRA members living in Australia can vote with the winner being announced at the 2015 APRA Music Awards which will take place on 24th of March at Carriageworks in Sydney.

The top 24 contenders for APRA’s Song of the Year Award are:

Play Ball – AC/DC
Written by Angus Young and Malcolm Young

Rock Or Bust – AC/DC
Written by Angus Young and Malcolm Young

Saramona Said – Violent Soho
Written by Luke Boerdam, Luke Henery, Michael Richards & James Tidswell

Geronimo – Sheppard
Written by Jason Bovino, Amy Sheppard & George Sheppard

Bittersweet – Kasey Chambers & Bernard Fanning

Written by Kasey Chambers & Bernard Fanning

Kimberley Calling – Dan Sultan
Written by Dan Sultan

1998 – Chet Faker
Written by Chet Faker

A Dog Starved – Augie March
Written by Glenn Richards

All Nations – Blue King Brown
Written by Natalie Pa’apa’a & Carlo Santone

Anonymous Club – Courtney Barnett
Written by Courtney Barnett

Carol – The Peep Tempel
Written by Steven Carter, Stewart Rayner & Blake Scott

Cellophane – King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Written by Stuart MacKenzie

Chandelier – Sia
Written by Sia and Jesse Shatkin (ASCAP)

Cosby Sweater – Hilltop Hoods
Written by Barry Francis, Matthew Lambert, Daniel Smith, Demitris Christopoulos (PRS) & John Kelman (PRS)

Gold – Chet Faker
Written by Chet Faker

Heart Beats Slow – Angus & Julia Stone
Written by Angus & Julia Stone

High – Peking Duk feat. Nicole Millar
Written by Adam Hyde, Samuel Littlemore, Nicole Millar & Reuben Styles-Richard

Livin In The City – John Butler Trio
Written by John Butler

Pickles From The Jar – Courtney Barnett
Written by Courtney Barnett

Somebody’s Talking – The Preatures
Written by Isabella Manfredi, Jack Moffitt, Gideon Bensen, Thomas Champion and Luke Davison

Talk Is Cheap – Chet Faker
Written by Chet Faker

Van Diemens Land – Russell Morris
Written by Shannon Bourne & Russell Morris

When We’re Older – Mia Dyson
Written by Mia Dyson, Lee Pardini (ASCAP) & Erin Sidney (ASCAP)

You Ruin Me – The Veronicas
Written by Anthony Egizii, David Musumeci, Jessica Origliasso & Lisa Origliasso

AC/DC - "Rock or Bust": YouTube: acdcVEVO

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Tags: APRA, AMCOS, Song Of The Year