Died Pretty’s Ron Peno diagnosed with oesophageal cancer

Died Pretty have had to cancel their upcoming A Day On The Green dates with Bryan Ferry after singer Ron Reno was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer this week. Roundhouse Entertainment Director Michael Newton added: “Every member of the a day on the green team was very sorry to hear this news. We all love Ronnie. … Continue reading Died Pretty’s Ron Peno diagnosed with oesophageal cancer

The benefit of hindsight – Many of Australia’s 1980s metal bands may have had more success had they relocated overseas

Hindsight, reflection, retrospect. It’s very easy, and all too human, to look back at certain points in one’s life and to consider, ‘if I had that time again, I may have done things differently’. This certainly applies to rock n roll, and I’ve said on many occasions, in the mid to late 80s, there were … Continue reading The benefit of hindsight – Many of Australia’s 1980s metal bands may have had more success had they relocated overseas

With a new album and Australian Tour – The Beasts are well and truly back, and sounding better than ever.

With a new album ‘Still Here’ out February 15, the mighty Beasts (without the Bourbon), are back in a big way, with an album that is on par with the band’s rich musical legacy, and a tour of Australia late this month and into March. Few bands have the rock ‘n’ roll legitimacy to match … Continue reading With a new album and Australian Tour – The Beasts are well and truly back, and sounding better than ever.

Neil Young’s ex wife Pegi Young passes away at 66 years of age

Pegi Young, the former wife of Neil Young, musician and founder of the Bridge School, has died at age 66 after battling cancer for a year. Pegi is the mother of Neil’s children Ben and Amber and step-mother to Zeke. Her music career began by accident when she toured as a backing singer for Neil’s … Continue reading Neil Young’s ex wife Pegi Young passes away at 66 years of age

Clive Palmer says he’ll counter sue Twisted Sister

Clive Palmer has hit back at US metal band Twisted Sister after accusations the Australian politician ripped off one of their hit songs, threatening legal action unless he stopped. New York's finest outfit took to twitter on Monday to declare the controversial Australian business magnate-turn-politician had ripped off their 1980s hit ‘We're not gonna take … Continue reading Clive Palmer says he’ll counter sue Twisted Sister

20 years ago – the Kevin K Band in Japan on the ‘Scene Of The Crime’ Tour

20 years ago, December 1998, the Kevin K Band toured Japan. It was a great tour. Lots of cool people, lot of fun times, and a lot of great music. Attached are some memories from that tour, including a tour report which was originally published in Vicious Kitten Fanzine. There’s a video clip below from … Continue reading 20 years ago – the Kevin K Band in Japan on the ‘Scene Of The Crime’ Tour

Kevin K and the Krazy Kats – In Too Much Too Sun (Rankoutsider Records)

In mid-2018, Kevin K released a new studio album with his Florida based band The Krazy Kats called ‘Too Much Too Sun’, and let me tell you, overall, this is one solid outing of melodic power pop/punk infused with equal parts NYC grime and glam. Kevin K is the one cat (or kat if you … Continue reading Kevin K and the Krazy Kats – In Too Much Too Sun (Rankoutsider Records)

Kevin K – and the CBGB Years CD – (Circumstantial Records)

The sun may be setting on 2018, but there’s still time to sneak in a couple of reviews of new titles for Kevin K, records that were issued in recent months and are worthy of your attention. The year started out with me listening to Kevin K - and ending with Kevin K – so … Continue reading Kevin K – and the CBGB Years CD – (Circumstantial Records)

Kevin K – Dry Drunk 7” Review (Red Hawk Records) 2018

Not many kids can claim to have their own record label – yet eight year old Charles Ziarnik can. Significantly, Florida’s Red Hawk Records also has the principled MO of releasing records only by Tampa Bay artists. The first release on Red Hawk is by US punk great Kevin K and his Florida based band … Continue reading Kevin K – Dry Drunk 7” Review (Red Hawk Records) 2018

Broderick Smith – Man Out of Time – new album and memoir out now

After decades on the Australian music stage Broderick Smith has a long list of credits to his name most notably as chief dog for Australian legends, “The Dingoes”.  He is considered to be a legend by his legion of fans, a consummate performer by many of his contemporaries and an elder statesman by the new guard … Continue reading Broderick Smith – Man Out of Time – new album and memoir out now

More Bluefest sideshows for April 2019 – Larkin Poe, Ray LaMontagne and I’m With Her

April 2019 is shaping up as a big month for Australian fans of blues, roots, Americana and all genres in between. The sideshows from the Bluesfest are always much anticipated and next years is no exception, and here's another three acts worthy of your attention. All with sideshows in April. These include I'm With Her, … Continue reading More Bluefest sideshows for April 2019 – Larkin Poe, Ray LaMontagne and I’m With Her

2019 Bluesfest Sideshows announced for Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real

Five more Bluesfest 2019 acts have announced sideshows for next year to coincide with the Byron Bay Festival in March, 2019. This includes Lukas Nelson and his band Promise Of The Real who have announced three headline shows. Nelson recently worked on the soundtrack for Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga’s new movie A Star Is … Continue reading 2019 Bluesfest Sideshows announced for Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real