Posted: 28 July, 2015

Could Blink-182 Ever Reunite?

"The love is still there" says ex-bandmate Mark Hoppus

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“Probably just a few phone calls” would be all it’d take to get the original Blink-182 together again, according to Tom DeLonge.

After all of the fights and the recent finality of Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba replacing DeLonge after the band went through a longwinded “divorce”, DeLonge has expressed his eagerness to reunite with his old bandmates.

DeLonge was attending the San Diego Comic-Con to promote his new graphic novel when a fan asked him what it would take for the band to reunite and record again.

He simply replied: “Probably just a few phone calls”.

Which leads us to believe, why on earth all of the dramatic fuss and fury?

On top of that, Mark Hoppus recently stated that “the love is still there” between the group and DeLonge, though nevertheless they have “drifted apart”.

Meanwhile, DeLonge has announced his plans to release four separate albums and publish a whopping 15 novels this year.

Seems like even without Blink, the boys got it on lock down. 

Watch Tom DeLonge's full Comic-Con interview below

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Posted: 28 July, 2015

Whitesnake's Bassist Stops Show To Propose

Boys and girls better step up their game

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Boys better step up their proposal game after Whitesnake’s bassist Michael Devin proposed to his long time girlfriend during a gig the other day.

“I fell in love with a very beautiful woman a few years ago and I want to embarrass her as much as I can,” Devin said to the audience after frontman David Coverdale stopped the show to help with the surprise proposal.

“Will you make sweet passionate love to me for the rest of my life?” he asked actress girlfriend Drea de Matteo (Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy).

“Forevermore,” she said.

Short and sweet.

Now that’s a rock’n’rollin' romance right there. 

Watch the 'Whitesnake' proposal here:

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Posted: 28 July, 2015

Inside Scoop Into The Darkness Cancellations

The pieces to the mystery are coming together

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FRANKIE Poullain, the frizzy-haired bass player for The Darkness, says there was more to the British pomp-rockers' 2013 Australian tour cancellation than the band said at the time.

The flamboyant foursome was to hit Oz with Rock'n'Roll Hall Of Famers Joan Jett and the Blackhearts but pulled out because of "complications" regarding drummer Ed Graham's troublesome hip.

Graham has since parted ways with the Darkness with "health problems" again given as the reason. But speaking to Triple M's Steve Mascord on his podcast, White Line Fever, Paullain says: "Unfortunately Ed kept falling off the wagon.

"Ed Graham, he had health issues and attitude problems. Sadly we gave him many chances and we just couldn't continue in the same way. We needed a new drummer."

The Darkness perform

(The Darkness playing Aussie Music Awards in 2006 Photo: Getty)

Graham was replace for the recording of current LP Last Of Our Kind by Emily Dolan Davies, who in turn has been replaced by Rufus Taylor, son of Queen's Roger Taylor - who flew back from Australia to meet the band and play with them for the first time that very night.

But hip or not, Graham wasn't the sole reason for the 2013 cancellation anyway, according to Poullain. Dates are not yet announced but the "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" stars will be back Down Under this November.

"It was nightmare, actually," said Poullain. "It wasn't just because of Ed, there was a rogue promoter as well. The whole thing was a clusterf***. It had really bad energy to it. Every part of it, stuff went wrong - on the band front and logistics as well.

"It was a bad time for us and we felt so bad about doing it to our fans, them suffering like that, leaving them in the lurch. It was awful.

"Here we are, a year and a half - maybe two years later - and it's crazy. We've only been to Australia once since the comeback in 2011. We're so pleased (to be coming back) because this time it includes Perth as well. We've never been to Perth."

On the same episode of WLF, The Angels' David Gleeson reveals the giant French Festival the legendary Oz Rockers have been invited to next year.

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Posted: 28 July, 2015

Dave Grohl: "I Cried Like A Fucking Baby"

Dave prayed Florence and the Machine would replace them at Glastonbury

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It’s not often you’d expect tough-as-guts rocker Dave Grohl to shed a tear, but the man “cried like a fucking baby” when Florence and the Machine covered The Foo’s at their replacement headlining set at Glastonbury.

“Dave, if you’re listening, we love you. We all love you,” declared Welch before covering the Foo Fighters ‘Times Like These’.

Dave wasn’t able to attend the festival due to the leg break that caused the cancellation of their headlining set to begin with.

But “the day after the gig, someone sent me a link to the performance and I cried like a fucking baby. I am forever indebted to them,” said Grohl.

“It meant so much, you have no idea.”

The Foo’s will be returning to the UK later this year to play a series of dates to make up for the cancellations earlier this year, and reportedly have a whole line up of dates in the works once Dave's 100% again.

Watch the set that bought Dave Grohl to tears below.

Florence and the Machine cover The Foo Fighters 'Times Like These' 

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Tags: Florence + the Machine, Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Glastonbury

Posted: 28 July, 2015

Roger Waters New Song

"For the first time ever in public, I'm going to play the piano and sing a song." - Roger Waters

Roger Waters treated fans to many a first at Newport Folk Festival over the weekend by performing one of his new solo tracks live, on the piano, and joined by My Morning Jacket. 

"For the first time ever in public, I'm going to play the piano and sing a song. And this is the only new song we'll be doing tonight," said Waters. 

And for a seasoned musician such as Waters, that's one big statement. 

Waters didn't specify the song 'Crystal Clear's origins or future, but we do know he's working on a new solo album (his first since 1992's Amused to Death), and comes off the back of his mega 'The Wall' concert film due to drop September 29th. 

Check out Roger Waters w/ My Morning Jacket - 'Crystal Clear' Live

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WATCH Roger Waters Epic 'The Wall' Trailer

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Posted: 28 July, 2015

DJ Ashba Quits Gunners

With the future of The Gunners already in question, where does Ashba's quitting leave them?

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After 6 massive years with the band, DJ Ashba has finally announced it’s quits with Guns N’ Roses.

As we reported earlier in the week, the future of The Gunners is already apparently up in the air. 

But now the Gunners guitarist, who also has various side projects including favored project SIXX: A.M. with Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx, posted a hand written letter to his official Facebook page detailing the events.

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Posted: 28 July, 2015

Billy Corgan Awkwardly Shuts Fan Down

"Are you SERIOUSLY asking me that right now?" - Billy Corgan

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Talk about awkward.

In a recent Smashing Pumpkins VIP fan-question event, a fan asked the singer if he straight up thought Courtney Love killed Kurt Cobain. And it didn’t go down well.

It’s not even Corgan that makes it particularly awkward (aside from his characteristic and upfront coldness), but the utter desperation and floundering from the fan in question is…uncomfortable.

The awkward starts at 2:00 in. 

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Tags: Billy Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins, Courtney Love, Kurt Cobain

Posted: 27 July, 2015

Blur Bring House Down, While Mud Stars

Becko was there to report on all the highlights of the mega festival

Damon Albarn of Blur rocks Splendour in Byron Bay Photo: Getty Images

Splendour in the Grass: One of the world’s bucket list festivals. You need to do Coachella, Glastonbury, Reading, Lollapalooza and Splendour at least once.

Triple M Sydney's Becko was there to report on all the highlights from the mega festival: 

Sam from The Rubens riding a blow up boat in the mosh on Friday night. 
Getting drenched at Of Monsters as Men
Mike from Royal Blood telling the crowd he used to live on the Gold Coast and then Ben (the drummer) crowd surfing.
And of course the headliner, Blur bringing the house down.

rubens. splendour in the grass

Sam Margin of the band The Rubens performs Photo: Getty Images

royal blood, splendour

 

Royal Blood rocking Splendour Photo: Twitter

But the big star of the weekend was the mud. Yep! If you logged on Facebook at least once over the weekend you saw mud. Day 1, Mud. Day 2, more mud. Day 3, nothing but.. yep, Mud!

In fact, if you saw the photos from Sunday afternoon, making it up the amphitheatre was an achievement… Not a blade of grass left.

splendour in the grass, mud

Reports clean-up at Splendour is expected to take weeks Photo: Twitter

If you were lucky enough to be camping, you were wishing to be in the public general campsite – which was dry!! The VIPs all had the bog-hole to talk about in the “guest campsite” !

So the Monday morning conversations at work: “how about that mud, hey!” …. Even if you didn’t go!

 

Festival goers embrace 2015 Video: YouTube

Blur Setlist

Go Out
There's No Other Way
Lonesome Street
Coffee & TV
Out of Time
Beetlebum
Trimm Trabb
Tender
Trouble in the Message Centre
Parklife
Ong Ong
Song 2
To the End
This Is a Low

Encore:
Stereotypes
Girls & Boys
The Universal

Triple M's Jane Gazzo Live From Splendour

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Posted: 24 July, 2015

Mumford & Sons 'Ditmas'

'Ditmas' sees Mumford & Sons in a whole new light

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Mumford & Sons have pulled off a feat many bands have previously tried and failed to do – completely changed genres and bloody nailed it.

The British neo-folk musicians decided to separate themselves from their signature banjo-driven tunes and move into a more rock-pop sound with new album Wilder Mind.

Initially the album and direction drew mixed reviews from critics and fans, but after months of dominating local and international charts the verdict seems to be clear – these boys are on to something.

And today they drop the stirring music video for new single ‘Ditmas’.

The video, which focuses on the touching relationship between a wild horse and his ‘whisperer’ as they go on a journey that sees their relationship grow and strengthen.

And the cinematography is so lush. 

Mumford & Sons - 'Ditmas':

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Posted: 24 July, 2015

U2, Jimmy Fallon, The Roots Perform Onstage

The chorus of legends blew Madison Square Garden away.

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“Was at U2 soundcheck today. And all I can say is, everyone who goes tonight will get a good surprise!!” tweeted the band’s longtime producer Steve Lillywhite just hours before the band was set to hit the stage at Madison Square Gardens.  

And holy balls did they get one!

The first was Bono bringing Jimmy Fallon on stage to a roaring crowd.

“I’m a big fan of Irish people that fall down and hurt themselves,” said Fallon. “So you’re like a mentor to me, brother. Edge, what you did a couple of weeks ago falling off the stage was classic, brother” he added.

“I’m happy to be part of the club.”

Then Jimmy took the mic and nailed a banging Bono impression with ‘Desire’, right down to that signature grunt at the beginning of the track.

Now you could be forgiven for thinking that Jimmy Fallon was the lone surprise,. But then Jimmy announces, “I’ve bought a few friends of mine. I’d like to introduce them… The Roots, ladies and gentlemen!”

The resulting chorus of legends jamming out to ‘Angel of Harlem’ is bloody fantastic.

Watch U2, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots jam:

 

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Posted: 23 July, 2015

Metallica From INSIDE A Guitar!

So simple yet such a great idea.

Metallica From Inside Of A Guitar


We were a bit sceptical when we first started this video, of some guy telling us that this is going to be a "sick idea" but 15 seconds in and, well, we agree.

This is probably the chillest cover of Metallica ever - an acoustic version of "Nothing Else Matters", watching the motion of the strings from inside a guitar and a cloudy sky backdrop!

Sorry but this dude's right, we can't describe this any way other than... SICK!

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Posted: 23 July, 2015

When Sharpies Ruled Release

'When Sharpies Ruled' is the ULTIMATE Aussie rock collection

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Getting all up in the wonderful tradition of the compilation, Festival Records and WMA have revealed When Sharpies Ruled – A Vicious Selection.

The awesome 23-track compilation will showcase all of Aussie rock, youth and gang movements of the 70’s.

Some might be familiar with the term Sharpies, which described a distinctively Australian group of working class people and values that took hold throughout the 60’s-70’s.

The look itself was largely based on razor cut hair styles, and ‘Connies’ – tight Italian cardigans – and outrageous, ridiculous dance moves.

The name Sharpies is directly dervied from the groups constant effort to just look “sharp”.

Melbourne was the proud hub of The Sharpies movement, though it was indisputably a national craze. The group boasted no political, racial or religious motivations, had strict inter-gang rules and ‘ethic’ codes, and though the movement was known for their violence, it was generally confined to inter-gang rivalries.

When Sharpies Rules – A Vicious Selection is a celebration of culture, art, fashion, and their intense reliance upon the music of the time.

Iconic Aussie artists such as Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs, Skyhook, Ted Mulry Gang, and Rose Tattoo are featured on the album, with an incredibly rare Eagles cover by Finch of ‘Out Of Control’.

Warner Music will drop When Sharpies Ruled – A Vicious Selection on August 7th, 2015. 

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Tracklist:

1. Coloured Balls : Time Shapes
2. Finch : Out Of Control
3. La De Das : The Place (single edit.)
4. Coloured Balls : Flash
5. Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs : Let’s Have A Party
(Recorded live at Sunbury 1974)
6. Stevie Wright : Hard Road
7. Buster Brown : Roll Over Beethoven
8. Skyhooks : Horror Movie
9. Coloured Balls : Love You Babe
10. Hush : Riff In My Head
11. Fat Daddy : Roll Daddy Roll
12. Ted Mulry Gang : Jump In My Car
13. Bullet : Rock My Lady
14. Hush : Bony Moronie
15. Fatty Lumpkin : Movin’
16. Kevin Borich Express : I’m Goin’ Somewhere
17. Ted Mulry Gang : Crazy
18. Finch : Hey Spunky
19. Taste : Tickle Your Fancy
20. Rabbit : Wildfire
21. Supernaut : I Like It Both Ways
22. Rose Tattoo : Remedy
23. La Femme : Chelsea Kids (single version)

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