Posted: 27 February, 2015

'Masterclass In Rock': Foo Fighters Play Sydney 2015

The Foo Fighters played ANZ stadium last night showing why they're one of the biggest bands ever.


(The Foo Fighters blowing the crowd away at ANZ Stadium: Triple M)

The Foo Fighters have blown through on their Sonic Highways Tour providing us with a 'masterclass in rock' as they wowed 52,000 punters from across New South Wales.

It will go down as the biggest and one of the best gigs in the last few years, the Fooies are an incredible live band and last night, once again, showed us why they're one of our favourites, providing a spectacle that we'll be talking about until they come around next time.

ANZ Stadium was the chosen venue and it's a testament to their popularity the amount of people that made the trip out to Homebush from all corners of NSW.

With Sydney locals the Delta Riggs and our favourite Chicago hardcore outfit Rise Against warming up the crowd to the point of desperate anticipation the stage was set for the Fooies to take the stage.


(The light / backdrops for the Fooies were awesome : Triple M)

As the sun went down, and the lights went up, a massive cheer came across ANZ as Dave Grohl (lead vocals, guitar, drums), Chris Shiflett (lead guitar, backing vocals), Pat Smear (rhythm guitar lead guitar, backing vocals), Nate Mendel (bass), Taylor Hawkins (drums, backing vocals), Rami Jaffee (keyboard, piano, organ) all too to the stage.

With an all too distinctive (Dave) 'growl' from backstage, Dave came running out with his famous blue Gisbon Trini Lopez guitar, running straight into the crowd along the gang-plank while they kicked it off with "Something From Nothing". From that point on with Dave leading the charge with his hilarious dialogues to the crowd, he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.

He yelled out to the crowd, "Are you ready to have a good time?" and the response was an overwhelming "Yes!", then went straight into track number two, "The Pretender".

After smashing through some of the band's most popular tracks ("Learn to Fly", "My Hero", "Big Me", "Congregation")  it was time for Dave to slow it down a bit, heading down the end of the massive runway that split the front crowd he made his way to a intimate stage behind the sound desk, addressing the second half of ANZ for an acoustic interlude.


(Dave and co kept us entertained for three solid hours : Triple M)

He started off with some acoustic Fooies classics with "Skin and Bones" and "Wheels". We were then treated to a brilliant set of acoustic tracks mixed together from Times Like These to Kiss' Detroit Rock City -Van Halen's Ain't Talkin' Bout Love  - AC/DC's Let There Be Rock ending on Queen’s Under Pressure.

Then it was back to the main stage and back to the full specatacle of the lights, the screens and the Fooies doing what they do best.

They finished up on a trio of their best, "Generator" into "Best Of You" into "Everlong".

At the beginning of the show Dave warned us that it was going to be "A long fucking night" but after three hours of seeing the Foo Fighters do their thing, we could've gone for another three.

Until next time... 

Setlist

1. Something From Nothing 
2. The Pretender 
3. Learn to Fly 
4. Breakout 
5. My Hero 
6. Big Me 
7. Congregation 
8. Walk 
9. Cold Day in the Sun (Taylor on vocals)
10. This Is a Call 
11. Arlandria 
12. Monkey Wrench 
13. Skin and Bones (Dave acoustic on catwalk)
14. Wheels (Dave acoustic on catwalk)

15. Times Like These 
16. Detroit Rock City (KISS cover)
17. Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love (Van Halen cover) (with Brad Wilk)
18. Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)
19. Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover)

20. All My Life 
21. Outside 
22. These Days 
23. Generator 
24. Best of You 
25. Everlong 
 

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Posted: 27 February, 2015

Declassified CIA Songs Used In Torture

This is an absolutely bizarre list of songs that the CIA have supposedly used for sensory torture.

A CIA torture report has outlined songs that the American intelligence service used as a form of 'torture' over the years.

Ok that might sound a little depressing but the list they've got is bloody hilarious with some terrible tracks from Eminem to The Bee Gees.

In an article in the New York Times the list was outlined alongside with another bunch of facts from the CIA Torture Report.

The weird thing is that some of these tracks don't seem like they would be used for torture, we were expecting some hardcore death metal but I suppose some people have different tastes right?

For your viewing pleasure (note, we obviously do not condone torture) here's the list below.

Prince - Rasberry Beret

Prince - Raspberry Beret (with lyrics)

 

Christina Aguilera - Dirty

Christina Aguilera - Dirrty 2002

 

David Gray - Babylon

David Gray - "Babylon" official video

 

Matchbox 20 - Cold

Matchbox Twenty - Cold

 

Metallica - Enter Sandman

Metallica - Enter Sandman [Official Music Video]

 

Neil Diamond - America

Neil Diamond's America

 

Drowning Pools - Bodies

Drowning Pool - Bodies


The Bee Gees - Night Fever

Bee Gees - Night Fever (1977)

 

Eminem - Real Slim Shady

Eminem - The Real Slim Shady (Uncensored)

 

Sesame Street Theme

This one we can definitely understand. Listening to this on loop for 24 hours is sure to make anyone crazy!

"Sesame Street Theme" 1998-2001

 

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Metallica Clears The Air

Heavy metal legends say they never contacted the military.

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Posted: 26 February, 2015

'Pop Music Is Pretty Much Pornography' Says Billy Corgan On Aussie TV

He also says that he thinks pop music is pretty much prostitution.


Billy Corgan's in the country for the Soundwave Festival as well as some very intimate Sidewave sideshows.

Knowing Billy like we do, we knew it wouldn't be long until he aired some of his sometimes controversial opinions.

On Channel 7's morning show Sunrise, Corgan had some pretty interesting things to say about pop and dance music calling it a "scourge".

"What’s difficult about it from an insider point of view is that it sends out a message to kids that that’s the only way to be successful in the music business, is to sort of package yourself. There’s only one Bob Marley, there’s only one Ossy Osbourne or Madonna. You can try, but you can’t recreate them. So the industry has become about following rather than leading. I think it’s reflected in the sales," explained Corgan.

He also talked about how he think that pop music is basically a form of prostitution.

"I know it’s a bit early, but to me it’s headed towards a form of pornography. You have young women sexualising themselves earlier and earlier in really inappropriate ways to gain attention because it’s really all about getting YouTube hits."

Billy was definitely in a chatty mood because he touched on a lot of the big subjects in music lately putting his two cents into; rock vs pop, Kanye getting on stage at the Grammy's, how Kurt Cobain would see music more and a lot more.

You can watch the full video above.

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Posted: 26 February, 2015

A Spoonful Of Sinister

1960s Hollywood musical Mary Poppins gets a Death Metal makeover!

The super-staid 1960s Hollywood musical Mary Poppins has been given a Death Metal makeover. 

Assembled by You Tube user Andy Rehfeldt with vocals by Sera Hatchet it’s simply Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

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Posted: 26 February, 2015

Pearl Jam Drummer Warrant

Dave Abbruzzese, Pearl Jam’s drummer for albums Vs and Vitalogy is wanted by Denton County police in North Texas

Pearl Jam’s drummer for albums Vs and Vitalogy is wanted by Denton County police in North Texas.

Dave Abbruzzese, who left the band in 1994, has a warrant posted for his arrest with Alternative Nation reporting:

 According to Texas state law, the ‘POSS CS PG 3<28G' charge is 'Possession of a controlled substance from penalty group 3 in an amount under 28 grams.' It is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishment range of up a year in county jail and a $4,000 fine. The second charge is 'POSS CS PG 3<28G,' a 1st Degree Felony in Texas. The punishment range is 5 years - 99 years, or life in prison. The charge is a 'Manufacture Or Delivery of Substance' charge.

After Abbruzzese left he said, “For reasons that I don’t completely understand, the other members decided it was necessary to fire me in order to pursue a philosophy which they perceive as incompatible with mine. I was not involved in their decision, nor do I agree with their decision, but I accept it and am proud to have been a part of what Pearl Jam was.”

Pearl Jam has made no statement on this situation at the time of publishing.

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Posted: 26 February, 2015

Foos Sydney Concert Info

Here's all the info you need to know regarding parking, public transport and more

Welcome to Foo Day! Here's all the info you need to get to tonight's gig, from parking to public transport and what time each band starts See below.

Event Schedule

5:00PM Gates Open
6:20PM The Delta Riggs
7:05PM Rise Against
8:15PM Foo Fighters

Transport Information

Public transport is not included in the cost of the concert ticket, so you'll need to buy a ticket to travel on all public transport.

You are encouraged to use the express rail and Major Event Bus services scheduled for the event to avoid expected heavy congestion and peak hour traffic on roads in and around the Sydney Olympic Park precinct.

Trains

Getting to ANZ Stadium

Direct services will run between Central and Olympic Park every 15 minutes from 5.10pm to 6.10pm, then every 7- 8 minutes until the end of the concert.

Direct services between Lidcombe and Olympic Park will operate every 10 minutes throughout the day.

Getting home from ANZ Stadium

Direct services will run from Olympic Park to:
Central every 5 minutes, stopping at Strathfield and Redfern.
Schofields every 10 minutes, stopping Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta and all stations to Schofields.
Penrith every 10 minutes, stopping Lidcombe, Granville, Parramatta and all stations to Penrith.

Buses

Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Bus services are operating on all major event bus routes across Sydney. Services will commence between approximately 3.45pm and 4.30pm, depending on the route.

Bus services will depart Olympic Park after the concert, with the last service departing 45 minutes after the conclusion of the show.

Sydney Buses will also operate to a normal weekday timetable. Route 525 operates between Parramatta and Burwood via Sydney Olympic Park. Route 526 runs from the Sydney Olympic Park Ferry Wharf to Olympic Park.

Parking

For those who plan to drive, pre-booking your parking space is essential. You can pre-book parking via:

Sydney Olympic Park Authority: Print your ticket at home by clicking here. Please note: pre-booked parking tickets cannot be booked on the day of the event.

Patrons who have pre booked their parking must consider the impacts of peak hour traffic and allow plenty of time to get to the Sydney Olympic Park Precinct, park their car and get to their seat for the show. If you haven't pre-booked your parking, patrons are strongly advised to come up with an alternative travel plan.

Traffic

If you decide to drive, the below routes are advised and can help minimise traffic issues:

From the NORTH: Through Top Ryde, take Victoria Rd and then Silverwater Rd and Holker Street to Sydney Olympic Park;

From the SOUTH: Turn onto Parramatta Road then Hill Road to Sydney Olympic Park;

From the EAST: Take Parramatta Road then Birnie Avenue or Hill Road. If you are driving along Victoria Road, consider taking Silverwater Road then Holker Street.

From the WEST: Turn onto Silverwater Road then Holker Street or turn onto Hill Road, and then to Sydney Olympic Park.

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Triple M and Frontier Touring are thrilled to be bringing rock superstars Foo Fighters to Australia for their biggest shows ever, with very special guests Rise Against.

This will be their first time back in Australia since 2011's epic Wasting Light tour.

"When I think of the absolute peak of this band's success or experience it's that tour 'coz those shows were just so massive… long… they were just f***ing stadium shows," Dave Grohl told Triple M. Listen to the full interview below.

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Posted: 25 February, 2015

Every Musician Ever Ft. Johnny Depp

How many people has Johnny Depp played with over the years?

Johnny Depp was at the Foo Fighters in Brissie last night, just hanging around backstage with rock stars as he usually does.

With Depp out in the country filming the latest Pirates film, he decided to take in some of his second favourite past time, listening to and or playing music.

Depp is a favourite for rock stars as the go-to Hollywood dude to get up on stage for a bit of a jam, it seems like the guy doesn't even leave the house without his guitar... just in case ya'know.

Ok maybe he's trying to live the rock star lifestyle (or is it the pirate lifestyle, or are they the same? Keith Richards anyone?) but after seeing him at the Brisbane Fooies show it got us thinking, just who has Depp played with?

Well, if you look at it, it's pretty bloody impressive.

Depp's Top 5 Guest Appearances

Eddie Vedder ft. Depp

Eddie Vedder Society with Johnny Depp


ZZ Top's Bill Gibbons ft. Depp

Bill Carter, Johnny Depp, Billy Gibbons, [ORIGINAL] '67 Buick


Aerosmith ft. Depp

Aerosmith with Johnny Depp, Close-up, Staples Center 12-03-12


Alice Cooper ft. Depp

Alice Cooper ft. Johnny Depp - "Revolution" (Beatles cover) - Live at Orpheum


...and the most bizarre performance of all Marilyn Manson ft. Depp

Johnny Depp, Marilyn Manson & Ninja - The Beautiful People LIVE HD (2014) Hollywood The Roxy

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Posted: 25 February, 2015

New EP For Incubus

In town for Soundwave, Incubus drop by the Triple M studios

INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13:  (L-R) Musicians Jose Pasillas, Ben Einziger, Brandon Boyd, Chris Kilmore and Ben Kenney of Incubus attend day one of the 25th annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas at The Forum on December 13, 2014 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio)

(L-R) Musicians Jose Pasillas, Ben Einziger, Brandon Boyd, Chris Kilmore and Ben Kenney of Incubus attend KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas December 13, 2014 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for CBS Radio)

In town for Soundwave, Incubus – Brandon, Mike, Jose, Chris and Ben – dropped by the Triple M studios to play their forthcoming Trust Fall (Side A) EP to us and have a chat about getting back to playing live after almost two years hiatus.

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Posted: 25 February, 2015

Foos Massive Opening Show!

If you missed the show last night, the Foo Fighters went off.

foo fighters live review, suncorp stadium

40,000 fans say thank you to @foofighters for a great show @suncorpstadium Photo: Suncorp Stadum twitter

If you missed the show last night in Brisbane, the Foo Fighters went off.

It was the opening night of the tour and the boys absolutely rocked 40,000 fans at Suncorp Stadium.

Triple M's Annakin Skyrocker said it was more than just a concert... it was an event!

“The term ‘Rock Show’ is one, I feel, is bandied around too loosely these days. Make no mistake – what I saw last night from the Foo Fighters was a ROCK SHOW," he raved, after the show.

Indeed, it was a pretty special gig and frontman Dave Grohl made us feel right at home. 

He recalled this great yarn about the time he got arrested on a scooter on the Gold Coast, while they were here for the Big Day Out, and how it always stuffs them up when he arrives into Australia because he has to admit it was on a pedal scooter. He then dedicated a song to the police! Watch the video below.

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Foos Rip Through Setlist

"With unrelentless energy and passion, the Fooies ripped through a chunk of their back catalogue (25-songs) in no less than two-and-a-half hours," said Annakin.

"From set opener "Something From Nothing" to closer "Everlong", Dave Grohl had the audience in rapture throughout.

"Taylor Hawkins was a machine at the back! His harmonies pristine and rolls indelible, he shone as he channelled Freddie Mercury during a cover of Queen and Bowie’s "Under Pressure".

"Ten-minute jams of "Breakout" and "The Pretender"; a stripped back version of "Big Me" and a crowd of 40,000 singing every word to every song back. This show had everything. Do not miss it.”

Setlist

Something From Nothing
The Pretender
Learn to Fly
Breakout
My Hero
Big Me
Congregation
Walk
Cold Day in the Sun
(Taylor on vocals)
In the Clear
Arlandria
Monkey Wrench
Skin and Bones (Dave acoustic)
Wheels (Dave acoustic)

Times Like These
Stay With Me (The Faces cover)
Let There Be Rock (AC/DC cover)
Tom Sawyer (Rush cover) (By request)
Under Pressure (Queen & David Bowie cover) (Dave & Taylor both on vocals)
All My Life
Outside
These Days
Generator
This Is a Call
Everlong

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Posted: 25 February, 2015

Slash At The Hordern Pavilion (24/02/15)

With Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, Slash killed it in Sydney last night.

One of the biggest weeks of rock music in Sydney kicked off last night with none other than Guns N' Roses legend Slash at the Hordern Pavilion.

While he's in the country for the Soundwave Festivals (having already played Melbourne & Adelaide), Slash featuring Myles Kennedy on vocals duty are also playing some massive Sidewave sideshows for the diehard fans of the top-hatted rocker.

If you go to a Slash show, you know what you're going to get. There's going to be loud and impressive guitar playing, there's going to Myles Kennedy hitting those high notes, there's going to be lots of tattoos, hot rock chicks and beer..... plenty of beer.

Once again, the boys didn't disapoint and these days are absolutely seasoned performers in working the crowd and keeping them entertained.

Playing to a three-quarters full Hordern (which just made it easier to get to the front), Slash with his Conspirators (Todd Kearns on bass, Brent Fitz on drums and Frank Sidoris on rhythm guitar) opened with "You're a Lie", one of the hits off their 2012's breakout album Apocalyptic Love.

They kicked straight into a cover of Guns N' Roses "Nightrain", showing, as always with Slash concerts that they'll be providing a nice mash of the old and new, from Gunners classics all the way through to tracks off of his latest album World On Fire from 2014.

By this time the crowd was getting very involved with a hefty mosh forming at the front of the stage.

Following "Nightrain" came a couple of Slash solo's including new one "Dirty Girl" and then back into a couple of Gunners tracks such as "Doctor Alibi" and "You're Crazy" with bassist Todd Kerns on lead vocals.

The middle of the set came with a bit of a surprise in "Starlight" the slower jam track that was Slash's first solo work with Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators.

All throughout the show Myles took control of the crowd interaction, letting Slash do his thing with various intense and incredible extended solo guitar jams that fed off of the crowds energy.

The tracks seemed to roll through with Kennedy pumping up the crowd when their attention fell off, bringing them back with a "come on Sydney" or signalling a hand clap.

The end of the show (like any Gunners or Slash fans wet dream) was what was to be expected, Slash's biggest hits followed by the Gunners classics "Sweet Child O' Mine" and "Paradise City" which left the crowd going absolutely nuts.

All in all, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators are absolute professionals and masters of their game, they played the crowd, they worked their instruments (especially Slash with his masterful riffing) and they blew the roof off the Hordern.


Setlist

You're a Lie
Nightrain (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Halo
Ghost
Back from Cali
Dirty Girl
Automatic Overdrive
Double Talkin' Jive (Guns N’ Roses cover)
You Could Be Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Doctor Alibi (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
You're Crazy (Guns N’ Roses cover) (Todd Kerns on lead vocals)
The Dissident
Starlight
Rocket Queen (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Bent to Fly
World on Fire
Anastasia
Sweet Child O' Mine (Guns N’ Roses cover)
Slither (Velvet Revolver cover)

Encore:
Paradise City

 

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Posted: 25 February, 2015

Morrissey Wants To Ban Meat From His Sydney Opera House Gigs

The staunch vegetarian has put out this ridiculous demand for his 2015 performance.


(Morrissey performing in 2013: Getty Images)

He's known as the outspoken leader of British alternative rock group The Smiths, Morrissey will be heading to Australia this year for Sydney's Vivid festival.

The controversial lead singer has already started to make waves before he arrives in the country in May, the singer has announced that he wants a ban on all meat product from his catering and any beverage bars in the concert hall on the nights of his performances.

Morrissey is well known as a staunch supporter of vegetarianism and has been campaigning for the meat-free lifestyle almost his whole life, with one of The Smiths best known albums title Meat Is Murder.

In the past the singer has cancelled gigs in venues that have refused to comply, such as a recent show in Iceland.

"I love Iceland and I have waited a long time to return, but I shall leave the Harpa Concert Hall to their cannibalistic flesh-eating bloodlust," Morrissey said about the gig.

However demand for the gig is going to be high with a national ballot opening on Monday 1st of March to score tickets.

On Triple M Sydney's The Grill Team, Matty Johns, Mark Geyer and Gus Worland were pretty outraged by Morrissey's demands.

"I can understand his stance and I appreciate where he's coming from as a vegan but that's his choice," said Mark Geyer.

"People come to see you because they like your music, not your stance on meat," he continued.

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Posted: 24 February, 2015

Soundwave Bans The Selfie

Soundwave has banned selfie sticks from the Sydney and Brisbane shows

selfie sticks

Soundwave has banned selfie sticks from the Sydney and Brisbane shows. Anyone who attempts to bring one in will have it confiscated.

And, of course, SW promoter AJ Maddah proudly announced it on twitter with one of his trademark rants.

"People with those f***ing camera sticks… have some consideration for people behind you trying to enjoy the show."

slefie sticks, soundwave

Maddah said anyone caught with a selfie stick will have it taken off them and placed in the cloak room.

“It is just the ultimate expression of narcissism,” Maddah told Fairfax.

“Most of them are pointed at the stage with kids taking photos. But I think the one that kind of put it in perspective for me was there was a band set going and a young girl pointed it at herself. It took every fibre of resistance I had not to just grab the stick off her and kick her out.

“But then I figured she may have possibly paid for her ticket and so I resisted,” he added.

Maddah pointed out he saw about 40-50 people using selfie sticks last weekend at Soundwave in Melbourne… and he'd just had enough.

“It’s absolutely not going to happen. We’re just not going to tolerate one person using them.”

“It is insane that people don’t have enough courtesy to care about the people around them,” he said. “Just don’t bring them.” Maddah has since also noted that tablet computers, such as iPads, will not be allowed at the festival."

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