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Nick Cave at Sydney International Convention Centre

Story & Photo by John Snelson

8000 people packed into the Sydney ICC Theatre on Saturday night to see the enigmatic, sometimes dark and often beautiful Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

Nick Cave and Grinderman at Homebake :: Photo John Snelson, Editor Get Shot Magazine

Nick Cave and Grinderman at Homebake :: Photo John Snelson, Editor Get Shot Magazine

What a great show ! He came on 9-15pm and went to 11-00pm and then did a 30 minute encore. Tops.

A compelling and deeply immersive experience wuth little verbal interruption or diversion, focussing on the music and presentation.

It was a great night out – apart from some crowdsters who thought they were at The Metro or the Enmore. This spoils it a bit for me. Seats mean “Sit Down and Shut the F*** UP !”).

Here’s part of the setlist … Ship Song, Into My Arms, Stagger Lee, Anthrocene, Magneto, Higgs Boson Blues, Tupelo, From Her to Eternity, Red Right Hand, Jack The Ripper, Nobody’s Baby Now and ended with the very gentle Push the Sky Away. Of those, of course The Ship Song is so lovely and is countered by the rather creepy, industrially violent, smokey, symbolic and sinister Red Right Hand that was featured as a theme track for the TV show “Peaky Blinders”.

Nick Cave is a great narrative writer who paints with a huge canvas in a dramatic musical form. Behind the Bad Seeds, the screen visuals are sensitive without distracting from the subject matter.

The choreography, lighting and sound synchronisation were superb.  What a great show, with plenty of touchy connection with the mosh pit of heaving, fist-punching general admissions.

Nick Cave is the younger man’s Mick Jagger, well, he’s only just short of 60, but he still has all those thin-man moves –  and the inevitable suit !  Still the cool dood.

He brings a bucket load of acquired influences, including blues, violence, harrowing loss and anguish, spritual love, a brush with drugs, life on the streets of Berlin, death and despair.

Well worth a look if you can … here are the remaining Tour Dates

  • Sun Jan 22 Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • Wed 25 Jan Brisbane Riverstage
  • Fri 27 Jan Melbourne Myer Music Bowl
  • Sat 28 Jan Melbourne Myer Music Bowl
  • Sun 29 Jan Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • Tue 31 Jan Perth Arena

Bluesfest 2017 – A Great Lineup

by John Snelson

Coming up soooooooon …. BLUESFEST 2017 … don’t miss it ..

Some great artists again in 2017, including Carlos Santana, Patti Smith, The Doobies … and our favourites here at Get Shot Magazine, Beth Hart and Glenn Cardier with his fantastic band The Sideshow.

Hey, you wouldn’t want to miss this. We’ll be there, wee we have been at the the last 6 Bluesfest events, writing live reviews and taking the best action photos, so say “Hello”.



Glenn Cardier @ The Northern Beaches Festival

Story & Photos by John Snelson

On a wet, cold, windy afternoon a handful of enthusiasts, surfers and folkies and hippies (ret’d) turned up at Collaroy Beach for The Northern Beaches Music Festival.  Following recent storms, there wasn’t much of the beach left yet there was a handful of good music on offer for those who wanted to rug up and grab a seat.

glenn-cardier-northern-beaches-l1000445Topping the bill, a Get Shot favourite, accomplished songwriter, musician and entertainer Glenn Cardier.

Onstage too, his harmonica player, the talented Christian Marsh. I am not much of a fan generally of the harmonica as, like photography and the ukelele these days, it’s a very low entry point. However, Marsh is something else, he makes that harmonica sing and gives his music real life. Further, he knows how to play in support of Glenn and interprets the moods so very well. I’m a convert !

Glenn always gets a tick for apart from his music and lyrics, he takes time to have a bit of a chat between songs, thus providing a bit of background and repartee to complement his music.

glenn-cardier-nothern-beaches-l1000426In Saturday’s repertoire were embedded a few gems from his latest album “Cool Under Fire” which is currently 2nd on the Australian Blues & Roots Airplay Charts, including “Impersonation of the King” a fun song about Elvis impersonation and a sensitive and perhaps personal “The Day I Fell in Love With You“.

Excellent. Just the job for a cold and windy Saturday afternoon in the Spring ar the beach.



Cliff Richard and The Drifters – A Screamer from 1959

Album Review by John Snelson

You know, never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined that one day I would write a positive review about a Cliff Richard album.

cliffMy good friend Chris Turner just sent me Cliff Richard‘s first album Cliff .  It was released in April 1959 and reached No. 4 in the UK album chart, recorded live at Abbey Road Studios in February 1959 with The Shadows, then known as The Drifters, in front of an invited audience of 200 to 300 fans. It features live recordings of Cliff’s hit single “Move It” and both sides of the yet to be released Drifters’ instrumental single “Jet Black”/”Driftin’” as well as a number of rock ‘n’ roll standards.

Having now listened with a more mature attitude and having seen Hank B Marvin in concert in 2014 at The Basement in Sydney with his gypsy jazz/Django outfit, I can perhaps be more objective than dismissive.

Lots of Elvis-like impressions and covers here … Willie Dixon’s “My Babe“, Roy Orbison’s “Down The Line“, Elvis’ (well, Leiber & Stoller) “Baby I Don’t Care“, Richie Valen’s “Donna”, Buddy Holly’s “That’ll be the Day“, Gene Vincent’s “Be-Bop-A-Lula” and The Killer’s “Whole Lotta Shakin Going On“.   Hard for me to be objective here as I liked the originals so much.

Yet the best, the very best is this live rendition of Cliff’s original hit “Move It” written by Ian Samwell.

There are moments though of er, less than inspiring offerings like Jet Harris’ “Jet Black“.  Oh dear. Average, knowworra meanlike ?

Nevertheless, I really enjoyed listening to this screamer in a new frame of mind.


Score 2/5


Glenn Cardier – Cool Under Fire

CD Album Review and Photo by John Snelson

Excellent new album out from Glenn Cardier – with all of the expected artisan musicianship, individuality, quirkiness and quality expected from one of Australia’s grand musical artists.

glenn-cardierajs_0632In this work, Glenn again employs his squad of great musicians including Rex Goh (one of our favourites here at Get Shot Magazine) who was the Musical Director at the recent Beatles Concert special at The Sydney Opera House (playing all of the tracks from Abbey Road and Sgt. Peppers) … plus Dave Fester on drums, Phil Grove on keys and Tony Gibson on the brassy bits. Mick Malouf is on the big bass on some tracks as is Christian Marsh on the moucheiron with Niksta making an appearance singing on 4 tracks I think.

As to be expected on any songs written by Glenn Cardier, there are some well thought-out, rich ideas to which we can all relate plus associated colourful images on most tracks, but absolutely outstanding is the whimsical “Impersonation of the King” … great stuff, loved it, it’s the best track on this album … “Love me tender, love me true, can’t help falling in love with you, got the hair just right, got the shades and everything … ” you get the idea … and … “Get yourself a sweet Priscilla …”.

Also on the memorable list and worthy of note in this review after only a few plays are :- “A Case of Mistaken Identity“, “Loretta” with its echoes of His Everlasting Bobship and I also got “The Last Jukebox” which would work well on stage I think if Rex could play those sweeping chords into a rising crescendo – driven no doubt by Glenn Cardier himself on the CD.

“Dance” indeed !  Dance on.


Score 4/5

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Chris Turner @ Ruby’s

Popped out last night for an hour or so to see Chris Turner & The Cavemen at Ruby’s Hotel in Rozelle.

chris-turner-at-rubys-ajs_1835Great performance by the seasoned team … Christ Turner on lead guitar and vocals, Mick O’Shea on the Japanese Sakae skins and tins, Robin Jackson (who was in the original ’71-’72 lineup of HUSH) on what appeared to be a rather nice pink Telecaster, not-to-mention the slimline, so slinky, groovy, charismatic and rather eponymously nick-named “Slinky” Pete Silinsky on the slinky, matt-black, ever-so slinky fretless bass.  I wasn’t going to mention that, but now I have.  Slinky.

For those unaware, Chris Turner has a pedigree that includes being in the lineup with Buffalo, The Wolf Tones, The Party Boys, recording with members of Rose Tattoo, FJ Holden and his own revolving band presence and ego-wrangling with The Cave Men, The Blues Pirates and Turner & Simmons … plus a cast of thousands after that.  Chris has been a profession muso for more than 40 years.

Get down to see Chris Turner and The Cavemen at Ruby’s ‘Otel on Victoria Road, Rozelle first Sunday of the month about 6-30pm.   Check the website http://www.rubylotel.com.au/livemusic.html first.

BackBeat at The Cavern

I5SSBackBeat3Great authtic stuff at The Cavern by this Melbourne band … Backbeat … give this a wh1rl.

They finally made it !

What a great thrill for the band … to be invited to play at The Beatles 2016 Festival at The Cavern.

Gottle-a-gear !

BackBeat Goes Scouse

Story & Photos by John Snelson

There are so many Beatles Tribute Bands … perhaps the Beatnix are pretty good hey ?

Yet, sometimes, if you want to appreciate how The Beatles became famous, you need to understand what they were like back in 1962, before they ever made a record.

One band stands out in this regard … the Australian band BackBeat.

They perform the songs that made The Beatles famous – such as those by Carl Perkins, Chuck Berry, The Miracles, Arthur Alexander, The Cookies, Gene Vincent, The Shirelles, Larry Williams, The Lafayettes, Little Richard, Bruce Chanel, The Coasters, Little Eva, The Marvelettes, Dinah Washington, Ritchie Barrett, Fats Waller, Arthur Crudup and Phil Spector’s first group – The Teddy Bears.

These artists sang the original songs that made The Beatles famous enough in Liverpool for the record companies In London to wake up (with the exception of Decca who never woke up) and actually wonder what all the fuss was about in some slimey cellar that honked of fried onions, rotten fruit, cheap perfume, Woodies, disinfectant and the bogs, “up north” in Scouseland.

BackBeat : Photo by John Snelson

BackBeat – they don’t wear wigs, they don’t have those silly suits. They just wear the black leather and the drummer doesn’t look like Pete Best at all.  Ha !  Oh yes, most of their music is pre Ringo and most of it as discussed above wasn’t written by Lennon, McCartney or Harrison.

BackBeat formed 10 years ago in Melbourne, Australia, after realising that although there were many great Beatles tribute bands Down Under there was no-one covering the pre-fame era of The Beatles (arguably their best live work). As John Lennon once quoted “We were performers in Liverpool, Hamburg & around the dance halls.  What we generated was fantastic … there was nobody to touch us in Britain”.  I know, I was there.

BackBeat don’t have Beatle haircuts nor try to do a phoney Scouse accent – they just play the music with passion, three-part harmonies; they re-create the raw sound with the vintage style guitars, amps and drums (gottle le gear), all dressed in black sweaty leather.

BackBeat’s dream has been to perform at the holy grail of ALL Beatle venues around the world and a dream that is coming true as they have been invited to perform at the iconic Cavern Club in Liverpool (UK) this August 2016 for International Beatleweek where a limit of 70 bands from 20 countries get the opportunity to perform.

Australia hasn’t been represented for over 12 years in Liverpool and so BackBeat is ecstatic to be performing their Early Beatles Music Show (when they was fab) in a few months time.
Mach Schau

N.B To see the full list of The Songs That Made The Beatles Famous click on the link here.

Chase at The Basement

As Ryan Van Gennip says, “This has never happened before, I reckon there’s a full moon or something”.

A Rhythm Section triple threat!

Lloyd Spiegel, Claude Hay AND Chase The Sun all on the same bill. Bargain! You should get at least two tickets. Tomorrow night, Saturday 20th February 2016 at 8-00pm.  You WILL kick yourself if you miss this one.

Jan Rynsaardt - Photo John SnelsonMy fave band Chase The Sun at The Basement !  About time they came right out of that hiatus.

I understand they are putting a new album together – so in the meantime I have been playing this great video of their performance some years ago Live at The Peach Tree.

Here they are, dressed to kill in bare feet and beach shorts, always sartorially elegant but you know, some have just got it; the threesome :- Ryan Van Gennip on bass, Jon Howell on drums and guitarist Jan Rynsaardt (he sings as he chews gum as he strangles the Gibson) on guitar with “Peaches and Cream“, a nice family ditty about asking the girlfriend around for dinner.

Get into it.

Doug Aldrich Ups The Daisies


Doug Aldridge (Source Sleaz Roxx)

The Dead Daisies are proud to announce the addition of Doug Aldrich to the lineup as lead guitarist of the powerful music collective.

Guitarist Richard Fortus and keyboardist Dizzy Reed will be stepping aside to be a part of a momentous project in 2016.

Aldrich is currently in Nashville with the Daisies working with producer Marti Frederiksen (Aerosmith, Gavin Rossdale, Mötley Crüe, Buckcherry) on their follow up to the album Revolución, released last year following the bands trip to Cuba.

The still untitled album will be released globally on SPV Records later this year.

Aldrich joins bassist Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake), guitarist David Lowy (MINK, Red Phoenix), John Corabi (Mötley Crüe, The Scream) on vocals and Brian Tichy (Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol) on drums.

Dead Daisies

“I’m very, very happy to join my friends Marco, Brian, John and David in the next chapter of The Dead Daisies,” proclaims Aldrich. “I love the band and I’m looking forward to getting busy on the new record. This band is bringing back a raw, back to the bones sound that a lot of groups go for but The Dead Daisies are looking to nail. At this point in time, we are looking to have a kick ass Rock ‘n’ Roll album in the can by spring 2016.”

With a killer new album in the works, heavy touring being booked and fueled by their ever-growing fan base, the Daisies band is showing no signs of letting up.

Rock ‘n’ Roll is alive and well!!!


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