Posted: 3 May, 2015

Cold Chisel's 'Last Stand'

Cold Chisel will be taking to the stage for 'The Last Stand of QANTAS Credit Union Arena'

COLD CHISEL ARE BACK! 

Last month Barnesy hit the studios, giving us the exclusive on the new Cold Chisel tunes that are in the works.

Expecting an album sometime later this year, we all thought we'd have to wait until then before we could bask in the Cold Chisel glory once more. 

But today Chisel have announced that they're already set to roll! 

In 1983, the year the Sydney Entertainment Centre opened – Cold Chisel farewelled their fans at the Last Stand.

Now in 2015, before the Ent Cent closes its doors, the boys will return for one gig. One final salute… a farewell.  The last Stand of Sydney’s Entertainment Centre.

Barnes, Moss, Walker, Small, Drayton will bring the house down at the Qantas Credit Union Arena... And Triple M 104.9 can get you there!

We're giving away VIP tickets with exclusive access to the soundcheck before the show!

For your chance to win, listen in on Monday morning from 9am and keep your fingers by the dial. 

Concert Info

Friday, 18 December, 2015 - QANTAS Credit Union Arena
Tickets on sale 10am, Friday via www.ticketek.com.au 

Dedicated fans that are members of Cold Chisel's mailing list will get exclusive first access to the best tickets and will be able to nab up to six tickets per person using a special password which will be emailed to them on Tuesday the 5th of May.  

And if you're a member of the My Ticketek team, you'll get another opportunity to score a seat from 10am on Thursday the 7th of May. 

Some classic Cold Chisel to fire you up:

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Tags: Cold Chisel, Jimmy Barnes

Posted: 1 May, 2015

Blur 'The Magic Whip'

After 12 years of silence, Blur are back and outselling them all

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After 12 years of silence, epic Brit-Pop band Blur have released their 8th studio album 'The Magic Whip'...and it's taking the world by storm!

Released on April 27th, 'The Magic Whip' is set to be their 6th number 1 album. It's already outselling the top 5 tracks in the charts over the past few weeks combined, and is quickly becoming the perpetual bug in 2015's ears. 

Already receiving critical and artistic acclaim, the boys have clearly spent their time wisely by polishing their talents and coming together once again to produce something truly special.

Triple M's Dangerous Dave gave the album a spin...and a spin...and another spin...and has us all on the downlow for these dangerous new digs:

"They survived the Brit pop battle of the 90’s, they reinvented themselves and after a 12 year break the lads have returned with a new album ‘The Magic Whip’ and it’s a keeper

"A short stint in Hong Kong with some down time allowed Blur to jump into a studio and lay down a bunch of tracks.  If you are a fan of the Bill Murray movie ‘Lost in Translation’ you’ll dig this album. It’s quirky, rocky, solemn and interesting, all the hallmarks fans love about this band.

"The opening track ‘Lonesome Street’ reassures fans that they haven’t lost the plot. It’s upbeat, full of riffs with Damon Albarn’s familiar stuttering.

"Damon Albarn said in an interview with Mojo magazine, “The album has got a lot to do with our relationship.  As you get older, as your families grow up, you realise we were too young and stupid to understand or value what we had or how lucky we were. We don’t feel like that anymore. We realise that to throw away relationships is madness,”

"Bring on Splendour!" - Dangerous Dave

Grab Blur's epic 'The Magic Whip' now: 

'The Magic Whip' iTunes

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Posted: 1 May, 2015

10 Tame Impala Gems

Kevin Parker lets loose some Tame Impala treasures & here are the highlights...

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Kevin Parker from Tame Impala did an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit yesterday that has BLOWN UP the Interwebz.

Tame Impala’s new album Currents is looking to drop later this year. We’ve already heard the singles ‘Cause I’m A Man’ and ‘Let It Happen’, and up until now the boys have kept quiet about what’s to come.

But yesterday Parker hit us with all the juicy details in the fan-directed online thread. And here are the gems:

  1. Tame Impala only recently started making money from International record sales.

 

“You want to know a story? Up until recently, from all of Tame Impala’s record sales outside of Australia I had received…. zero dollars. Someone high up spent the money before it got to me. I may never get that money.”

You read correctly. Apparently some mongrel business-suits ripped the boys off and left them high and dry. And it’s more common than you think. The music industry, like any business, is run on money after all.

“Blackberry and some tequila brand or something put my song in an ad. Then [with that money] I bought a house and set up a studio. I know what you’re thinking…”Wait so…when I bought an album I was helping some businessman pay for his mansion on an island somewhere, and when some dude bought a mobile phone he was helping to pay an artist? WHYYY?”,” wrote Parker.

“I’ll tell you why, IT’S MONEY. It doesn’t always go where you want it to go.”

 

2. Kevin <3’s Kanye.

 

Out of allllllll of the contemporary artists out there for Kevin “Prince of Psychedelic” Parker to admire…he chooses Kanye West. He does give his reasons! But the jury’s still firmly out on this one…

“I have to say I am very inspired by Kanye West. There’s something about his overt confidence in the face of judgement and doubt, that for someone as self-questioning as me to break off a bit of that and ingest it, it only propels you forward as an artist… Second-guessing and hesitation and doubt are such inhibitors for artists, especially these days. I can’t help but think that Kanye has found the antidote.” 

 

3. The new album Currents is more 'Pop' than 'Psychedelic'.

 

Now 'Pop' music (short for Popular Music) is a bloody vast genre of music, and pretty much anything in the music charts today can be umbrella'd under the guise. But it's pretty rare to find a rocker that's totally fine with the label...

“I’ve always thought all Tame Impala was total pop (whatever pop is these days). I guess because I don’t hear the oceans of reverb and distortion… which can influence ones perception of the “genre” of a song no doubt. Like I heard this full on piano ballad R&B cover of ‘Backwards ‘once, and I was like “Whoa! Is that my song??” There’s a lot of different stuff on the new album, it definitely has the most variation of any album I’ve done in the past.”

 

4. Who does he turn to when the mood gets a little sexy?

 

"...Frank Ocean comes to mind." Hell yeah he does! But so do these sweet baby-makin' jams...

 

5. He waved a gigantic dildo at fans from a moving van with Mac Demarco. 

 

The life of a rockstar is...unique.

“Mac is a great guy. He and his croneys are loose units. I left Coachella in their van and they were waving a HUGE dildo out the window at passersby. Then we ended up in his Jacuzzi somehow.”

 

6. Even Sean Lennon thinks he sounds like John Lennon.

 

“Funny story though: we were playing a show with Sean Lennon’s band and we decided it’d be fun for him to come and sing backups for ‘Desire Be’. I said it’d work because we have the similar voices. He smiled and said “Yeah. You sound like my dad!” Honestly, I NEVER heard it myself. For a long time I assumed it was just something someone said and then people ran with it. Then I was travelling in the car with my brother who I hadn’t seen in a long time, and he was playing me one of his recordings. And I went “dude you sound like John Lennon!” and he said “yeah didn’t you ever hear dad sing? He totally sounded like him” suddenly it made more sense.”

What an honour! 

And you can definitely hear it in The Beatles trip-out "Tomorrow Never Knows":

 

7. His music taste is supreme.

 

“I have no number 1 [favourite album]. Any of Air – Talkie Walkie. Supertramp – Breakfast in America. Michael Jackson – Thriller. QOTSA – Rated R.”

 

8. He might rock a Splendour Sideshow with Mac Demarco!

 

“OOOOHHH I DON’T KNOWWW MAYBEEE. Srlsy though… maybe.” 

ARGH! Can you be anymore vague?!

Hit the Triple M Super Splendour Sideshow Guide for updates!

 

9. His Rap alter ego is worth it...

 

 "[My Rap name would be] Defs Worthit"

 

10. HE DROPPED A NEW TRACK ON US!

 

New Tame Impala - 'Disciples' 

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Tags: Tame Impala, Reddit, AMA

Posted: 1 May, 2015

Julian Lennon Supports Aboriginal Australians

Julian Lennon - "I think history is going to be made tomorrow."

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Following in the footsteps of his humanitarian father John Lennon, Julian Lennon has taken to Facebook to show solidarity against the forced closures of remote Aboriginal communities in Australia.

Protests have been planned all across the country today, May 1st, and Julian has urged his followers and beyond to support the movement against the closures.

Lennon has over one million followers and said on Thursday night; “Okay folks, I think history is going to be made tomorrow. And I wonder if mainstream media can ignore this massive event?”

He then listed cities and towns in the world and added, “Communities, towns and cities, in Australia and around the world, standing in solidarity with the First Peoples of this country to stop the forced closure of Aboriginal communities.”

More than 11,000 people are expected at the protest against the forced closure of remote Aboriginal communities, which follows a similar Friday-afternoon demonstration in April that brought parts of the CBD to a standstill.

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Posted: 30 April, 2015

Joni Mitchell Hospitalized

Joni Mitchell has been hospitalized again and is in a "serious condition"

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Yesterday news broke that legendary folk singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell was once again in hospital – this time reportedly unresponsive and in a coma.

TMZ reported that Mitchell was “unconscious in a hospital, unable to respond to anyone, with no immediate prospects for getting better,” and published legal documents that they said confirmed their claims.

However today a representative close to Mitchell has come out and refuted the comments. An official statement on her website, which was approved by her close friend Leslie Morris, says “contrary to rumours circulating on the Internet today, Joni is not in a coma. Joni is still in the hospital – but she comprehends, she’s alert, and she has her full senses. A full recovery is expected.”

Joni has had many health concerns of late, having been admitted to hospital 2 times in the past few months, the most recent of which has been the most troubling.

The message on Mitchell’s website continues to state that “the document obtained by a certain media outlet [TMZ] simply gives her long time friend Leslie Morris the authority – in the absence of 24-hour doctor care – to make care decisions for Joni once she leaves the hospital. As we all know, Joni is a strong-willed woman and is nowhere near giving up the fight. Please continue to keep Joni in your thoughts.”

Still, multiple media sources including Billboard report that “multiple sources” close to Joni claim that her health is “far worse than the public was led to believe”; one even claims that her current condition is “very serious”. 

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Posted: 30 April, 2015

Rolling Stones New Release

Waiting for the 'Sticky Fingers' rerelease to drop? Here's a teaser to quench the thirst...

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April was filled with announcements that The Stones are releasing an alternative reissue of their iconic ‘Sticky Fingers’ album, and that they may even be heading to the studios again soon to bring us some brand new tunes!

In anticipation for the Sticky Fingers rerelease the boys have already hit us with a previously unheard acoustic version of ‘Wild Horses’, but have now decided to treat us with an “alternate version” of ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’.

While we wait for the taste of The Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ to grace our lips once again, Sir Mick Jagger has confirmed that he’s ready to make a new record – with or without The Stones.

The iconic 1971 album ‘Sticky Fingers’ will be re-released on June 8 in both deluxe and super-deluxe versions. And will include both reimagined versions of tracks on the album, as well as previously unreleased bonus tracks. 

'Can't You Hear Me Knocking'? Here you can!

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Posted: 30 April, 2015

The Massive 'Best 35 Albums' Quiz

Test your knowledge of the best 35 albums from the past 35 years (1980 - 1987)

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Posted: 30 April, 2015

No BDO 2016

Another loss to the local music scene as BDO is cancelled for another year

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It’s been like a music festival mass exodus in the Australian music scene over the past few years, with more and more events caving to the pressures of a lax economy, stricter live music venue laws, and diminishing ticket sales.

And the biggest and most notorious festivals aren’t exempt from feeling the wrath of the axe.

Festival promoter AJ Maddah (Soundwave, Harvest Music Festival, Warped Tour) let leak on Twitter that Big Day Out is unlikely to return until “2017” at the earliest.

“With the pissweak state of the AUD$ and general availability of bankable headliners I would guess 2017 at earliest,” said Maddah.

In February, Maddah said that if the festival were to return in 2016 at all it would be strictly “East Coast and Auckland only.” Blaming a recent history of poor sales and the high cost of touring the multi-stage event, organisers have been forced to consider pulling the plug on the festival (even Soundwave at one stage) all together.

But now the focus is on keeping the event alive, however restrictive future locations shall be.

Still, further battles lie in wait as familiar complaints of a lacking pool of “bankable talent” continue to burden the organisers (and consequently, the fans), and echoes of financial insecurity reign supreme.

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Tags: big day out, BDO

Posted: 30 April, 2015

Sabbath Lives On!

Black Sabbath to live a little longer!

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In yet another twist to Black Sabbath: The Final Chapter, Ozzy Osbourne has cancelled the gig that was touted to be their epic final show ever.

The gig was set to take place at the Tokyo leg of Ozzfest in November. But at a conference at Monsters Of Rock in Brazil, Osbourne now says, “the plan is that next year we’ll do the final Black Sabbath tour and album. I’m not stopping…my wife spends all my money so I can’t.” – oh Sharon. Sharon?...SHARONNN!!!

But there have been so many changes to the Sabbath schedule lately; can we really believe this latest news? 

I wouldn’t hold my breath. 

Ozzy still reckons things “could change”.

“We all live in different countries and some of them want to work and some of them don’t want to, I believe. But we are going to do another tour together,” he said.

Not to mention that the war still rages between Ozzy and original Sabbath drummer Bill Ward. In the latest of which, Ward went on a social media rampage, finally ending with Ward telling Ozzy “I can’t love you back”.  

But even when all is said and done, our man Ozzy isn’t ready to roll into the rock’n’roll grave just yet, saying “[this will be] our last hurrah…Then it’s no more Sabbath at all. We’re disbanding the name and everything. They don’t want to tour anymore. I get it. But I love it. I’m gonna continue my solo thing.”

Ozzy also revealed that he is “in the process of collecting stuff that I’m writing” for his next solo project. So it won’t be long between musical drinks for the rocker.

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Tags: Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath

Posted: 30 April, 2015

Ryan Adams Covers Bryan Adams 'Summer Of '69'

After years of taunts, puns, and drunken requests...it's finally happened

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Like a ghost it stalks him; like an echo, he forever hears its’ call. To singer/songwriter Ryan Adams (from Whiskeytown), the name Bryan Adams (of ‘Summer of ‘69’ fame) is a haunting synonym that has stalked him throughout his music career.

The constant puns, the incessant requests - “PLAY SUMMER OF ’69! YEAH! DO IT! WOOO!” – they’re enough to drive a man to the brink!

So scarring has it been that at a Nashville gig in 2002, Adams (Ryan that is) cracked it and had a member of the audience removed for yelling out a request for ‘Summer of ‘69’, refusing to play another note more until he was gone.  

But last night the singer finally caved to the Summer lovin’, performing a beautiful cover of the iconic 80’s track.

And all those years of pent up tension and denial pay off.

It’s absolutely brilliant. 

Check out Ryan covering Bryan - 'Summer Of '69'

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Posted: 29 April, 2015

Gunners Duff McKagan On Stage As Faith No More's Gimp

What's with the gimp?

Matador with a Gimp - Faith No More - Wiltern 4/23/15


Faith No More have always been a band to push the boundaries of music and style and their latest album is nothing different.

The original promo images for their latest album Sol Invictus featured a fairly brazen gimp in full leather on a leash handled by Mike Patton.

Well, now we've seen some footage of 'The Gimp' in action at a recent show in Wiltern, California and we've also heard that it was none other than ex-Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan.

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Posted: 28 April, 2015

6 Anthony Kiedis Facts

Get the inside scoop from Kiedis' nephew on what it's REALLY like living with the rockstar

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Anthony Kiedis’ memoir Scar Tissue is the epitome of celebrity bios, with the whole book being filled to the brim with mayhem, mischief and utter, utter rock’n’roll chaos. But in a recent Reddit AMA, his nephew reveals that even though everyday life with the rocker isn’t quite as insane as the life of rockstar-dom, there’s still some pretty bloody awesome moments when your uncle is a legend.

Here’s 6 things we’ve learnt about living with Anthony Kiedis:

 

  • He can't play guitar!

Though being a world renowned frontman to one of the most critically acclaimed rock bands in the world, Kiedis doesn’t know how to play the guitar.

“He doesn’t know much more than a few chords on guitar, so I haven’t gotten any lessons from him, but I do see him as a huge inspiration for my own musical endeavors.”

You’re not the only one, mate.

  • Kiedis and Flea are still best mates.

After all these years and all those crazy times, Anthony and Flea are still BFF’s. Awwwww! (Also, Flea is the voice of Donnie from The Wild Thornberry’s! WHAT?!)

“Flea [is] still my uncles best friend. They are all amazing people. When I was a kid, I loved The Wild Thornberry’s and would always ask Flea to do the Donnie voice once I found out it was him. He obliged every time but did it more half-heartedly every time. Haha.”

  • He likes dressing up as Santa Claus.

Apparently the legendary RHCP frontman likes dressing up for the holidays!

“Although it has been a few years since we’ve celebrated Xmas together, they would always be great. He would take on the role of Santa and pass around presents to people. He also always had the best gifts ever…He got me drums and a bass once for Christmas.”

Can you imaging a tatted up, ripped as Santa Claus cruising around Christmas morning passing out all the pimpest presents?

I can.

And personally, that’s all I want on my Christmas list this year.

YEOW.

  • His dad (Blackie) is one crazy mother-fu****.

Well they don’t say “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree” for no reason. Apparently the Kiedis crazy is inherited.

“Blackie…I haven’t seen him since RHCP got inducted into the hall of fame. I used to see him every couple of months, his house in Michigan was crazy. He had a giant skull collection lining the walls of every room and an unlicensed wolf named Shiva. Everyone in my small hometown knew someone that knew Blackie. He got around quite a bit.”

  • He’s stinky.

 “[He smells like] years worth of BO. It’s kind of charming in a weird musky way though.”

 This one we could have predicted – charm and all.

  • He loves performing with buskers on the street.

The music love is strong within this one! When music is your lifeblood yet you still take every opportunity to partake in it, you know the love is real.

“Any time we pass buskers on the street and he’s feeling the music, he will ship out his crazy spin moves. He sometimes runs into passersy too. Actually, this one time last Summer in a tiny Michigan beach town there was this old school country singing busker. My uncle asked if he knew ‘Why Don’t You Love Me Like You used To Do’ by Hank Williams (which RHCP covered). The busker knew it and my uncle sang harmonies with him. Too cool.”

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