Author: Troy Culpan

Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue

Lorraine McIntosh of Deacon Blue

“…it has to be the best night of their life and that is what we strive for, whether we achieve that or not is not for us to say but we really strive, these gigs are important…” From Release: DEACON BLUE are one of Scotland’s most famous and successful bands, from their million selling debut album ‘Raintown’ (with classic singles ‘Dignity’ & ‘Chocolate Girl’), […]

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One Electric Day – Cockatoo Island, Sydney – November 9, 2019

One Electric Day – Cockatoo Island, Sydney – November 9, 2019

The day couldn’t be more perfect weather wise, and the ferry on the way over to Cockatoo Island was a great start to what I’m sure will be a great day, an electric one if you pardon the pun. Today we are set for some Aussie Rock greatness, with Southern Sons reforming after 25 years apart, Vanessa Amorosi, Jon Stevens, […]

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Jack Jones of Southern Sons

Jack Jones of Southern Sons

“The idea actually does have an appeal and it’s not just celebrating the music but it’s kind of getting to celebrate it together.” From Release: It has been more than two decades since iconic 1990s four-piece Southern Sons performed together. Now, in a special coup for music fans, the beloved band are coming back together for a 2019 Reunion tour, […]

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Suze DeMarchi of Baby Animals

Suze DeMarchi of Baby Animals

“I’m so grateful really that we’ve got such loyal fans, and if it wasn’t for them we’d have no one to play to.” From Release: Baby Animals emerged on the Australian music scene in 1991 and delivered four massive hits off their debut album. They also picked up three ARIA Awards in 1992, for Album Of The Year, Breakthrough Artist […]

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Zach Lind of Jimmy Eat World

Zach Lind of Jimmy Eat World

“…there’s always something that comes across that’s a way of testing yourself or a way of challenging yourself…” From Release: Jimmy Eat World announce the details of their 10th studio album, Surviving, to be released on October 18 via RCA Records. Surviving is the band’s most personal, ambitious album to date and front man Jim Adkins once again proves himself […]

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Dale Ryder of Boom Crash Opera

Dale Ryder of Boom Crash Opera

“I’m back, I didn’t think I was going to come back but I’m back.” From Release: Much loved 80’s Australian band BOOM CRASH OPERA is set to make a stunning comeback with charismatic lead singer, Dale Ryder.  Ryder will join Peter ‘Maz’ Maslen, Peter Farnan and John Favaro for the November tour which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the band’s […]

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Michael Sweet of Stryper

Michael Sweet of Stryper

“…I’m gonna really try to make it unique and one of a kind for Australia because I’ve been out doing these solo acoustic shows but I want to make this very special.” From Release: With a successful 2018 tour with STRYPER under his belt, MICHAEL SWEET is heading back to Australia, thanks to Silverback Touring for his first ever solo […]

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Frankie Poullain of The Darkness

Frankie Poullain of The Darkness

“…we don’t want the wishy washy stuff, we just want the stuff that has the visceral impact and that doesn’t make you over think and just makes you feel good or feel bad, it’s stuff that makes you feel.” From Release: The Darkness will be spreading their Easter Is Cancelled message across the land with an Australian and New Zealand […]

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Chad Gray of HELLYEAH

Chad Gray of HELLYEAH

“…doing this for Vinnie is our way to give back to all of our fallen heroes and stuff and to help embrace the metal community and be like come on you lean on me I’ll lean back on you and we’ll get through this shit together.” From Release: HELLYEAH was formed in 2006 by Pantera founder/drummer Vinnie Paul, singer Chad Gray (Mudvayne), and guitarist Tom Maxwell […]

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Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth

Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth

“…we really put a lot of time in testing different sounds because every song has a frame of frequencies you can put in it and it works differently in each song…” From Release: Sweden’s OPETH are preparing to release their most important record to date with »In Cauda Venenum«. Certainly, fans and critics will have their opinion, but few records […]

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Michael Schenker of Michael Schenker Fest

Michael Schenker of Michael Schenker Fest

 “…my number one priority and passion is pure self-expression and that does not come from a robot, pure self-expression comes from spirit and that is Michael Schenker.” From Release: Michael Schenker is a legendary figure in rock, one of the most gifted and influential guitarists of all time. His work with Scorpions, UFO and the Michael Schenker Group made him […]

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Lexxi Foxx of Steel Panther

Lexxi Foxx of Steel Panther

“We’re gonna do what we’re gonna do record after record and if people say ah fuck you’re the same one trick pony or whatever and that’s all, fine because that’s all we’ve got.” From Release: California’s greatest export and renowned feminist supporters Steel Panther recently took a break from working with NASA scientists on a multiple orgasm-inducing guitar pedal to […]

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Nicke Borg of Backyard Babies

Nicke Borg of Backyard Babies

“We’ve been doing it basically as you said for our whole lives at the moment and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is what I’m gonna do for the rest of my life.” From Release: For 30 years, BACKYARD BABIES has delivered top of the line dirty rock ‘n’ roll, both live and recorded. The fact that the original four […]

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Danko Jones – Crowbar, Sydney – September 7, 2019

Danko Jones – Crowbar, Sydney – September 7, 2019

It’s been far too long since Danko Jones has graced Australian shores, and finally after six years they return and are ready to melt some faces! Intro plays as the band take to the stage and within seconds this three piece band get things rockin’. ‘I Gotta Rock’ starts things off and if this is what sets the scene for […]

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Pat Davern of Grinspoon

Pat Davern of Grinspoon

“I’m still thankful that we’ve still got people that believe we are still somewhat relevant and they want to come and see our shows, and want to hear our music, and we don’t have anything new since 2012 but people are still keen and that makes me extremely happy.” From Release: Legendary Aussie rockers Grinspoon have announced their epic Chemical […]

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CJ Ramone

CJ Ramone

“…I was a fan long before I was ever in the band, so it’s not just like I’m playing the songs from my former band, I am playing the songs from a band I grew up idolizing and then was lucky enough to play with for their most successful years *laughs*.” From Release: One of the last few surviving punk […]

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Scott Gorham of Black Star Riders

Scott Gorham of Black Star Riders

“Being in a rock band there’s always going to be roadblocks, there’s always going to be hard times or somethings always going to happen and you’ve gotta be able to rise above it, and keep your head above ground and keep going.” From Release: BLACK STAR RIDERS are back – with a new album, a new line-up, and what frontman […]

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THE STRUTS (Video Interview)

THE STRUTS (Video Interview)

“That’s what makes the perfect show, it’s like a combination of us doing what we normally do but then when we’re mat half way by the audience that’s when real magic kind of starts to happen.” From Release: Hailed as the next Queen, with singer Luke Spiller drawing favourable comparisons to Freddie Mercury, The Struts have opened for The Rolling […]

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The Struts – The Factory Theatre, Sydney – August 24, 2019

The Struts – The Factory Theatre, Sydney – August 24, 2019

Sydney, tonight you are in for a treat. The Struts are back and well, if you saw them last time you know what we’re in for, if it’s your first time this is going to be fun. J3 comes out to warm up the crowd and opens with the Bon Jovi classic ‘Wanted Dead or Alive’ which is a surprise […]

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Deaf Havana – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – August 23, 2019

Deaf Havana – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – August 23, 2019

The last time Deaf Havana were in Sydney they played pretty much my favourite Gig of 2017. Tonight here on their first headlining tour of Australia Deaf Havana are back in support of their newest album ‘Rituals’ and I can’t wait to see these guys back on the stage! Made it in to catch the last few songs from Closure […]

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Wednesday 13

Wednesday 13

“We may have started this fifteen years ago but it’s just now the monster is complete, it’s ready.” From Release: The Duke of Spook has returned once more from beyond the grave to reveal the ‘Necrophaze’! This latest, full length offering from the ghouls of WEDNESDAY 13 will be available on September 27th, 2019 via Nuclear Blast Records. Heavily influenced […]

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Stevie D of Buckcherry

Stevie D of Buckcherry

“…it’s high energy, high octane, maybe low IQ *laughs* but at the end of the day we’re there to have a good time and entertain.” From release: BUCKCHERRY staunchly uphold the commandments of rock music with an arsenal of anthems primed to explode on impact live on stage and teeming with riotous energy, sexy swagger, and primal chops intact.  It’s something […]

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James Veck-Gilodi of Deaf Havana

James Veck-Gilodi of Deaf Havana

“…we used to get wasted before we played and now we don’t do that anymore because you realise that you just suck when you do that so we try and take it a bit seriously…” From Release: Deaf Havana have been an enduring force in the British alt rock scene for almost a decade and a half, releasing five studio […]

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Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth

Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth

“It was a challenge, it was a big mountain to climb because it was a difficult album to play and to sing when we recorded it let alone twenty one years later…” From Release: In 1998 Cruelty and the Beast was released and showcased the band’s hybrid of brutality and macabre romanticism, crafting a concept album based on the life […]

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Peter Hook

Peter Hook

“So I think that people to be honest with you are going to be very surprised, but it isn’t a million miles away from the group, it’s a thousand miles but it’s not a million.” From Release: “Peter Hook & The Metropolitan Orchestra present Joy Division Orchestrated” celebrates one of the most influential bands ever and put that group’s most […]

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Ross Wilson of Mondo Rock

Ross Wilson of Mondo Rock

“…it’s going to be 100% Mondo Rock it’s not going to be any other stuff that I’ve done before…” From Release: In a career spanning five decades, few come close to delivering the catalogue of Australian classics that Mondo Rock boast. From ‘Come Said The Boy’, ‘Cool World’, ‘State Of The Heart’, to ‘Chemistry’, ‘No Time’, ‘The Queen & Me’, […]

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Dez Fafara of DevilDriver

Dez Fafara of DevilDriver

“I don’t know what it is I think there’s something very authentic about DevilDriver and surely myself because I really have a no bullshit attitude you know what I mean? I’m not going to try and pull the wool over anybody’s eyes and I think people see that and it makes them come to DevilDriver in droves…” After what seems […]

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Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party

Jeff Burrows of The Tea Party

“…when you’re a band that’s been around for over twenty five years you don’t kind of really expect that…” From Release: The one constant at a THE TEA PARTY show is how deeply Jeff Martin, Jeff Burrows and Stuart Chatwood connect with their audience, you really feel; not just hear them during their performances. Complex and provocative THE TEA PARTY […]

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Chris Motionless of Motionless In White

Chris Motionless of Motionless In White

“Well sometimes we really try to go for a pretty big curve ball and try for something that we’ve never done before and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.” From Release:  Since 2006, Motionless In White have won over audiences around the globe with their aggressive music and arresting imagery, rapidly rising to the upper echelon of modern rock. […]

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Graham Bonnet

Graham Bonnet

“…everybody thinks I’m this heavy rock singer and there’s more to me than that, I’m a singer, not particularly a heavy metal singer I’m a singer and I like to do other stuff but this has taught me a lot being in this band…” From Release: The James Dean of Heavy Metal is set to grace our shores in June […]

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