Oz Rock Busselton, Australia Day weekend Concert, Saturday January 24, 2015.
With the backdrop of the stunning pristine Geographe Bay area and the new Busselton Foreshore development, this powerhouse rock event will impress with a stellar line-up of Australia’s elite bands and musicians.
After the sun has set and as part of their Platinum Concert Series, ICEHOUSE, one of Australia’s most respected bands of all time, will headline Oz Rock Busselton. With an uncompromising approach to music production, ICEHOUSE frontman Iva Davies created songs that ranged from pop escapism to edgy lavish synthesised pieces. Their album, ‘Man of Colours’, was still the highest selling album by an Australian artist in Australia in 2006, almost 20 years after it was originally released. Massive hits like ‘We Can Get Together,’ ‘Great Southern Land,’ ‘Hey Little Girl’, ‘Can’t Help Myself’ and ‘Electric Blue’ are branded into our music psyche and saw the band being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006.
To open the event with total class will be Wendy Matthews. There are very few artists in Australia who come close to Wendy Matthews and her stunning credentials: seven Arias, a massive 19 hit singles, and seven gold or multi platinum selling albums. Her career defining album ‘Lily’ sold over 500,000 albums and over 300,000 singles of her mid 90′s now signature song ‘The Day You Went Away’. Her albums can be found in over one and a half million Australian homes.
Early evening Ross Wilson will take to the stage. From Daddy Cool to Mondo Rock, as a solo artist, or as songwriter of A-grade classics such as Eagle Rock, Cool World and A Touch of Paradise, or producer of the legendary Skyhooks, Jo Jo Zep, The Johnnys, & more recently The Screaming Jets, Ross’s involvement with success has continued unabated. He fronted Daddy Cool & exploded out of the 70s playing rootsy 50s sounds. Then formed Mondo Rock who surfed the contemporary scene with chart topping singles & albums from the mid 70s to the late 80s. As a solo performer and major songwriter he continued to achieve success & make his mark during the 90s & beyond with his songs being recorded by artists as diverse as Jimmy Barnes, John Farnham.
To rev the crowd up will be supergroup, Absolutely 80′s, with Brian Mannix (Uncanny Xmen), Scott Carne (Kids In The Kitchen), David Sterry (Real Life) and the incomparable Dale Ryder (Boom Crash Opera). When the guys start pumping out hits like ‘Onion Skin’, ‘Send Me An Angel,’ ‘Change in Mood 50 Years’, ‘Great Wall’, ‘Everybody Wants to Work’, ‘Bitter Desire’, ‘Catch Me I’m Falling’, ‘Party’… you won’t be able to resist having a dance.
To continue the rockin night, singer-guitarist extraordinaire Diesel, will lift the crowd to another level. Diesel left Perth some 25 years ago, and hit the road. Within a matter of months he made his way across the Nullarbor, blitzing it live and heading for a national top 3 album chart debut. Five ARIA Awards later, with three for ‘Best Male Artist’ in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and massive hit singles, ‘Don’t Need Love’, ‘Soul Revival’, ‘Cry In Shame’, ‘Lookin For Love’ and ‘Tip Of My Tongue’ and the name ‘Diesel’ was on all the charts. These songs take you to a place and time of great memories and fun in the sun.
Iconic frontman, James Reyne will bring his songs that have provided the soundtrack to endless Australian summers. Recognised for his extensive charitable undertakings, Reyne received an Order Of Australia in January. His massive hit song ‘Reckless’ recently featured heavily in the promotion for the new series of TV show ‘Puberty Blues’, and the recent re-release of the Australian Crawl catalogue on iTunes resulted in a #4 ARIA Album Chart position for ‘The Greatest Hits’.
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What are you up to this long weekend ?
Get down to Serafino’s in Adelaide …
This summer, it’s on … Sounds @ Serafino, Australia Day Concert, Monday January 26, 2015.
With the backdrop of the stunning Serafino Winery, this annual afternoon event, will impress with a stellar lineup of Australia’s elite bands and musicians.
To open the event with total class will be Wendy Matthews. There are very few artists in Australia who come close to to Wendy Matthews and her stunning credentials: seven Arias, a massive 19 hit singles, and seven gold or multi platinum selling albums. Her career defining album ‘Lily’ sold over 500,000 albums and over 300,000 singles of her mid 90′s now signature song ‘The Day You Went Away’. Her albums can be found in over one and a half million Australian homes.
Mid afternoon, 1927 will take to the stage. In the summer of 1989 ‘ish’ was released with ARIA charting singles, ‘That’s When I Think Of You’, ‘You’ll Never Know’ and ‘Compulsory Hero.’ This saw 1927 break the the Australian and U.K. Markets. Smash hits ‘Tell Me A Story’ and ‘Scars’ promptly followed. In 2009, 1927 reformed supporting Simple Minds and Roxette on their national tours.
Following 1927, singer-guitarist extraordinaire Diesel will lift the crowd to a another level. Diesel left Perth some 25 years ago, and hit the road. Within a matter of months he made his way across the Nullarbor, blitzing it live and heading for a national top 3 album chart debut. Five ARIA Awards later, with three for ‘Best Male Artist’ in 1993, 1994 and 1995 and massive hit singles, ‘Don’t Need Love’, ‘Soul Revival’, ‘Cry In Shame’, ‘Lookin For Love’ and ‘Tip Of My Tongue’ and the name ‘Diesel’ was on all the charts. These songs take you to a place and time of great memories and fun in the sun.
Iconic frontman, James Reyne will bring his songs that have provided the soundtrack to endless Australian summers. Recognised for his extensive charitable undertakings, Reyne received an Order Of Australia in January. His massive hit song ‘Reckless’ featured heavily in the promotion of the new series of TV show ‘Puberty Blues’, and the recent re-release of the Australian Crawl catalogue on iTunes resulted in a #4 ARIA Album Chart position for ‘The Greatest Hits’.
As part of their Platinum Concert Series, ICEHOUSE, one of Australia’s most respected bands of all time, will headline Sounds @ Serafino. With an uncompromising approach to music production, ICEHOUSE frontman Iva Davies created songs that ranged from pop escapism to edgy lavish synthesised pieces. Their album, ‘Man of Colours’, was still the highest selling album by an Australian artist in Australia in 2006, almost 20 years after it was originally released. Massive hits like ‘We Can Get Together’, ‘Great Southern Land’, ‘Hey Little Girl’, ‘Can’t Help Myself’ and ‘Electric Blue’ are branded into our music psyche and saw the band being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2006.
Serafino wines, exquisite food and the best in Australian Music on Australia Day.
On our second day at Thredbo for this year’s Blues Festival, we again made sure that we were by the poolside, well in the pool actually .. a full set of photos can be found here in the Get Shot Galleries …
.. to see and listen to Russell Morris and his great band … great stuff indeed for this long-timer …
Great to see Rick Price again, this time in the Lounge of the Alpine Lodge Hotel …
… this is a crap venue and totally unfair to all the artists who have to perform here; the problem is that the room is in two parts, the lounge room itself which is nice and intimate and at right angles to the bar which lends itself to chatter and loud conversation by the holidaymakers who have no interest in what is going on from the performers.
In fact some of them were so rude and perhaps bladdered (including the women) they should have been thrown out.
This is totally unfair to the audience who have come to see great artists like Rick Price and Charlie A’Court. I have to say that both artists handled this situation professionally – whereas the yobs at the bar behaved disgracefully.
Above, Charlie A’Court performing an acoustic set … what a fine artist he is, perhaps the best individual performance of the weekend …
Later in the arfternoon, we had Ray Beadle again. I dunno, he is undoubtedly a great guitarist but the show just lacks some pizzaz and quite frankly borders on the ho-hum. I think the band needs a frontline bluesy singer with some personality.
However, one of the last sessions of the Festival for us was yet to come, the fantastic outfit from Melbourne, Andrea Marr and the Funky Hitmen !
Andrea Marr is a pocket battleship, great stage presence, top singer with personality … backed by some great musicians and a 3 piece brass section. Excellent … well, it was so good I had a little dance myself, tried a few of the old moves and you know, I think I’ve still got it (|;-)}
Andrea Marr & The Funky Hitmen … giving fave rave band JHD Revival a run for the money .. now that would be a great show, to see these two bands on the same bill !
Come on you entrepreneurs, do it. Will somebody please bring Andrea Marr & The Funky Hitmen to Sydney ! They are far too good to hide down there in Melbourne.
Hard to pick the best of Saturday’s performances at Thredbo Blues Festival – it would be a toss-up between the exciting performances of Canada’s Charlie A’Court .. who possibly just stole the day …
… and our own superstar Russell Morris .. hey Russell, yer blues light is on …
Russell put on a very tight performance with his great band in his typical laconic style before a packed house ..well, the Alpine Lodge big room was chockers for Russell, they were hanging out the doors and falling out the windows …
Earlier in the day, the big bass man Harry Brus Band fronted by Mitch Anderson on keys entertained the mobwith a set of funky blues …
Also on stage was the enigmatic Johnny Wishbone and The Snowdroppers …
Kicking off the night with Swamphouse …
Story and Photos by Malcolm Katon
This was a gig that I had been very keen to attend and I wasn’t disappointed by what I heard on the night. Based on the reaction of the crowd no one else at The Basement that night was disappointed either.
For those that don’t know, both Diana Rouvas and Carlos ‘C Major’ Velazquez were contestants on the voice with Diana Rouvas reaching the top 8 in 2012 and C Major competing up to the top 16 in 2014 under the tutelage of fellow Latin performer Ricky Martin.
Diana Rouvas and C Major have teamed up to perform the Summer Acoustic Sessions with shows in Sydney, Newcastle and the Central Coast.
C Major opened the night with his blend of R & B/Latin and R & B/Soul. His music has an infectious style which complements his outgoing personality that shines through his music. His set included a mixture of original songs including “I Am Major”, ”Is This What you Call Love”, ”After Party” and “Brand New” from his debut album I Am Major and also a new song “You Are”.
The set also included a few legendary songs which C Major covered flawlessly including John Legend’s “Ordinary People” and “Used to Love You”, Stevie Wonder’s tribute to Bob Marley, “Master Blaster” and “Knocks Me Off My Feet” along with David Paich’s “Georgy Porgy”, Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love” and the final song of the set, Black Street’s “No Diggitty”.
With this set list C Major was able to demonstrate why he so respected for his voice and keyboard wizardry.
As a performer C Major besides being very talented is quite a professional and interacted easily with the crowd.
Diana Rouvas performed the second set of the night and every time I hear her voice I am amazed at how powerful it is. With a very impressive range that I doubt many singers can cover she wowed the audience right from the opening song “My Morning” and mesmerised them for the balance of her set with her vocal talent. Diana was assisted on stage by the very talented Eric Aranda on guitar who also shone during a few guitar solos.
Diana Rouvas’s songs included her originals “Never Said Hello” which was recorded by Diana in the USA with Rufus, “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, “Stevie”, “Heads or Tails” which Diana wrote when she was only 17, “Overcome”, “Be A Man About It” and her debut single “Heart of Goodbye” from her forthcoming EP.
The covers that Diana Rouvas performed where quite special and included Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, Jessie J’s “Bang Bang”, Beyonce’s “Love on Top” and T Bone Walker’s “Stormy Monday”.
Diana was joined on stage for a few songs with her younger sisters Leah Rouvas & Amanda Rouvas singing harmonies for her. Both of Diana’s parents have been involved in the music industry and listening to the three sisters it’s obvious that they were all blessed with the same genes responsible for vocal ability.
The price of the admission to the show at The Basement was worth it for just for either one of Diana or C Major and excellent value for the two of them.
There are a few more Summer Acoustic Sessions that you can catch Diana and C Major at over the next few months.
15th January @ Brass Monkey in Cronulla
16th January @ Lizottes Sydney DeeWhy
22nd January @ Lizottes Newcastle
Story & Photos by John Snelson
There’s a full fleet of photos here
Out on the Sydney Harbour on Boxing Day for Tony Cini’s Blues on the Water Cruise.
Behind every successful man stands a very surprised woman – and Tony Cini is no exception, as he has his fiance Leah to “assist” in getting the gigs, merchandise and logistics together. In fact we all know, it’s the very gracious Leah who does all the work.
Nevertheless, congrats to Tony Cini for his vision, enthusiasm and commitment to promoting blues music so well around Sydney and environs.
Story & Photos by John Snelson
That Red Head is the collaboration of Sydney drummer and vocalist Lozz Benson and guitarist Campbell McLennon Umbers.
Regular readers of Get Shot Magazine will recognise Lozz as the drummer with the JHD Revival Band and The Sirens Big Band, Pat Capocci, Big Blind Ray and supporting Paul Kelly on his National Tour of Australia with Urthboy.
They may also know Campbell McLennon Umbers on the guitar, and tambura – plus Joseph Eisinger on cello – is he the Sydney Youth Orchestra cellist, or am I mistaken ? Somebody will tell me !
This single is about “Wondering” – you can hear big slabs of Jack White here and maybe some swamp stuff and older, crude blues influences but then fused with some heavy metal Jimmy Page style riffs. The vocals start off so sweetly – Lozz sounds a bit like Suze DeMarchi at her most reflective, perhaps even a trace of dark softness – with idyllic visions of sitting on the verandah with a loved one, of birds and sipping tea, all very romantic.
After the setup prelude, in comes that White Stripes sound, like it’s been recorded in an empty aircraft hangar. Plenty of Led metal sound, heavy relentless and somewhat spartan and forlorn riffs, aches and emptiness. Great sound. I loved it. Love the bass too – who was playing that ? At the end of the song it twiddles out, so intriguingly, the question remains : where does it all end ?
You can hear it right here … https://soundcloud.com/thatredheadlozz/wondering-that-red-head … “Wondering” by That Red Head.
Loved this track and looking forward to seeing That Red Head soon – even tonight ..
Gigs coming up
18/12/2014 The Annandale Hotel, Parramatta Road, Annandale
11/1/2015 The Townie, 326 King Street, Newtown
22/1/2015 Spring Street Social – 110 Spring Street Bondi Junction
Story and Photos :: Craig Wilson
We made the trip into The Vanguard last Thursday for Rhythm Section Managements’ annual Chrissie shindig. With an artist pool to draw from the most talented Blues/Roots Artist doing the rounds at the moment, you just know your in for one hell of a night of damn fine live music and that it was.
Nick Saxon kicked the night off with a beautiful solo set.
We’ve caught Nick a number of times playing as a member of popular Indie Folk/Rock band Benjalu, but this was the first time we have had the opportunity to catch him doing solo. Nick is most definitely a talent in his own right.
Up next powerhouse Sydney rock outfit A Girls A Gun, who had the crowd up and dancing to a killer set.
Next and obvious crowd favourites, 2014 Bluesfest Busking Comp winners Eddie Boyd and The Phatapillers
This trio of party loving rockers packed an energy plus set that got the whole venue up and pumping. Keep an eye out for these guys there is definitely big things to come.
Then personal favourite , Lloyd Spiegel !
What a truly talented artist. He had me spell bound with a brilliant set.
The night closed with big sets from the very talented Cass Eager and The Velvet Rope …
… and Simon Meli and The Widow Birds who had the party in full swing.
All up – a top night at a cool intimate venue, with good company and
a showcase of some of the best Aussie live music on offer.
Bring on next year !!
BLUESFEST TOURING PRESENTS DAVID GRAY:
SECOND SYDNEY DATE ANNOUNCED
State Theatre – Thursday 2nd April 2015
Tickets on sale Thursday 18th December 2014
Due to demand, master songwriter and performer David Gray has added a second Sydney date to his Australian Mutineers tour next April. In addition to his almost sold out performance on Wednesday 1st April 2015, David Gray will return to the State Theatre on Thursday 2nd April 2015 for his second Sydney show. Tickets for his Melbourne show at the Palais on Sunday 5th April have also been highly sought after.
David Gray captured the world’s attention in 1998 with his breakout multi-platinum album White Ladder, over the years he has continued to build on his success and remains one of the UK’s most admired singer- songwriters. On stage Gray lives every word and every note, immersing himself into the whole experience. His songs ‘This Year’s Love’, ‘Babylon’, ‘Please Forgive Me’, ‘Sail Away’ from his 1998 album White Ladder have become eternal & unforgettable hits. David was described in his early career as ‘a young Bob Dylan’ by Joan Baez in 1992 – (Bob’s muse when he was in his early career) and now 10,000,000 album sales later, David STILL has the record for Ireland’s biggest selling album with White Ladder .
The Mutineers tour is David Gray’s first Australian tour in six years, and will be a celebration of his famous favourites, as well as new tracks from his tenth and latest release, Mutineers (2014); “Timeless – As the likes of Cat Stevens, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen’’ – Peter Vincent (Sydney Morning Herald) on Mutineers
In addition to his Sydney and Melbourne shows, David Gray will be stopping by Bluesfest in Byron Bay next Easter, West Coast Blues and Roots and has three dates in New Zealand.
Tickets for the second Sydney show will be available from 10am AEDT Thursday 18th December 2014
BLUESFEST TOURING PRESENTS DAVID GRAY:
State Theatre, Sydney NSW – WED 1 APR 2015 www.ticketmaster.com.au already announced & on sale
State Theatre, Sydney NSW – THU 2 APR 2015 www.ticketmaster.com.au Announce: DEC 16th 2014 10am AEDT on sale: DEC 18th2014 10am AEDT
Palais, Melbourne VIC – SUN 5 APR 2015 www.ticketmaster.com.au already announced & on sale
Also appearing at Byron Bay Bluesfest 2015, West Coast Blues & Roots, & New Zealand shows
Words & Photos: Matt Young
Brisbane’s newest live music venue, The Triffid, played host to the The Dead Daisies last night with Tracer as support. With this venue having only opened a matter of weeks ago, we were keen to check out what it had to offer and sample an evening of Rock n Roll.
First on stage were Adelaide boys Tracer. Why these guys aren’t more popular in this country astounds me. Having toured Europe regularly in recent years, trying to crack that more lucrative market, they have a bigger following over there. With a bit more of a push locally I reckon they’ll blow up here. They kick ass live & last night was no exception. If you haven’t already, check them out.
The term “Supergroup” is a bit of a cliché. But, when it comes to the The Dead Daisies, the term is certainly justified. The pedigree of this band is quite impressive. Jon Stevens (Noiseworks, INXS), David Lowy (Mink, Red Phoenix), Richard Fortus (Guns n Roses, Thin Lizzy), Dizzy Reed (Guns n Roses), Marco Mendoza (Whitesnake, Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders) and Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Billy Idol) make up the current line-up.
The Dead Daisies are coming off the back of a couple of months touring across the USA and performing to massive crowds in excess of half a million people over the American summer, with KISS, Def Leppard, Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd. To say the band are road hardened is an understatement, and accordingly they played a tight, punchy set playing cuts from their debut self titled album and forthcoming EP Face I Love, plus a few little surprises thrown in too.
With live music venues struggling to stay afloat in this country due to a variety of reasons, it’s great to see a built from the ground up, brand spanking new venue open it’s doors. The Triffid is an impressive venue and a welcome addition to Brisbane’s music scene. If only they had a photo pit…. Not to worry though, two great rock bands in a new venue = happy days. The Dead Daisies are touring now, get out and see them.
More info: facebook/TheDeadDaisies