When a new live album from one of rock n roll's greatest songwriters hits the stores, it's something to savour and 'Live At Red Rocks' is a recording overflowing with musical riches. Whilst some of Fogerty's contemporaries are often content to 'phone it in', not so John Fogerty. His passion and genuine love of his … Continue reading Album Review: John Fogerty – 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks (2019)
Stars have been back for a couple of years now, yet unlike other Australian bands from the 1970s that have reformed, to call Stars a ‘heritage act’, would miss the point completely. What separates Stars from their peers is that although they honour their past, they continue to release new music that is both first-rate … Continue reading STARS Live Review – Canberra, November 28, 2019. In one word – compelling.
A look back at the 1979 time reel has Mad Max at the flicks, St George and Carlton claiming the footy silverware and kids hitting pinnie parlours to fight off Space Invaders. It was also the time that a young garage outfit from western Sydney called The Lime Spiders made their live debut. Throughout the … Continue reading A revved-up Lime Spiders set to inject the rock this December !
Grunge rock legends, L7 are set to unleash their live force when they return to Australia and New Zealand in May 2020! Unmistakable in their own unique sound, L7 pioneered the grunge movement with their furious music and feminist ideals. Following their breakthrough 1992 album Bricks Are Heavy, L7 became one of the most highly-regarded grunge acts … Continue reading L7 set to jet Downunder in 2020
https://youtu.be/_sOgxGhNeT8 As a founding member of Status Quo, the iconic Alan Lancaster needs no introduction. His place in rock ‘n’ roll history is assured, yet far too few people are aware of his time in late 80’s Australian bands The Party Boys and also The Bombers, who have just released a killer live album recorded … Continue reading Alan Lancaster Interview – 2019 – Status Quo/Bombers/Party Boys
The kings of mighty rock STARS are out and about and back on the road with a few shows in November and into December. Stars will be in Canberra at the Harmonie German Club on November 28, The Brass Monkey in Cronulla (Sydney) on the 29th, Marrickville's Camelot Lounge on Saturday the 29th (also in … Continue reading STARS on tour November/December 2019
The quantity of female singer/songwriters doing the rounds nationally is profuse. The quality however, is sometimes negligible. That’s not a criticism, merely an observation. Plenty out there sure, yet how many are at the pointy end, with a talent and an originality worthy of your attention? One such artist who does merit more listener traction … Continue reading CD Review: KIM YANG – OCEAN OF MIND (2019)
Adelaide outfit Repo have come up with an album I rate as the Australian release of 1999. Repo rock ‘n’ roll is an amalgam of Blue Cheer, the MC5, the Murder Junkies, Neil Young's Crazy Horse and the Stooges. The sound is vital, it’s live, and it’s refreshingly untamed. Repo are giving new definition to … Continue reading From The Archives: Repo – Fistful Of Redbacks – Album Review (1999)
Swedish hybrid HC action. From the word go, the action raw and fast, yet still real tuneful, just fairly non-descript is all. In other words, there's a zillions and one bands out there churning out this formulae. Set to an ever so original theme of birds 'n booze, the punk on display is top notch, … Continue reading From The Archives: Mantaray-K.D. Red Light District – Album Review (2000)
Well Hi Ho Silver Lining, a robust new album from Jeff Dahl and just in time for Christmas too. For fans accustomed to Dahl's penchant for glitter punk, you are well and truly catered for. 'The Sad Ballad of Dagmar Tranquilizer' had me thinking classic Mott or early Roxy. 'Last Of The Red Hot Cocksuckers' … Continue reading From The Archives: Jeff Dahl: Pancake 31 – Album Review (2000)
Who: Rose Tattoo
When: Labor Club, Canberra – August 11, 1998
It had been some years since Rose Tattoo last graced a Canberra stage, so their return to the national capital was indeed an event to cherish. Witnessing the musical muscle that is Rose Tattoo is pretty much like watching a retired heavyweight champ climb back into the ring. The glint is in the eye, the mind is focused, and boy, do they pack a punch ! A lot of challengers and inferior imitators have had a shot at their title, but only failed miserably. No one, but no one, can touch the original bad boys of rock n roll when it comes to blooze based bad-ass raunch, and tonight, they fired with all the precision of a finely tuned muscle car. My eye cast a glance upon the assembled masses of flannel shirts and mullet cuts, who all clung…
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Over the past few years, Dave Evans (original frontman and founding member of AC/DC) has built up a large fan base across South America and when he tours, rock n roll mayhem ensues. One way to capture that chaos and energy is via a live album, a project which Argentine label Chrystal Records have recently … Continue reading Former AC/DC frontman Dave Evans set to release live album !