Author: Troy Culpan

Fuel – The Manning Bar, Sydney – December 8, 2017

Fuel – The Manning Bar, Sydney – December 8, 2017

Reviewing one of your favourite bands is tough, even more so when you have their logo tattooed on your wrist but tonight I have accepted the mission to review the return of Fuel to Sydney after a very, very long time away while they’re here to celebrate 20 years since ‘Sunburn’. Hurst open up the show with a good selection […]

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Simon Delaney of Don Broco

Simon Delaney of Don Broco

“…when we see some other bands we kind of take for granted that we all grew up together and we were kids just playing our songs and that’s kind of still what we are, we’re the same dudes we’re just lucky to be able to do it on a bigger scale now, and I think that’s the best thing for […]

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Ugly Kid Joe – The Manning Bar, Sydney – December 3, 2017

Ugly Kid Joe – The Manning Bar, Sydney – December 3, 2017

I dig these album anniversary tours, especially when it’s an album I grew up with and this one was a part of that and twenty five years on we’re all here to celebrate ‘America’s Least Wanted’ hitting a quarter of a century, and this show even more special as it’s the first of this run. So how it’ll play out, […]

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Neil Hilborn

Neil Hilborn

“…in my health I deal with it so much and what I’m dealing with on a day to day basis is my personal mental health so I think for me I think it’s always been so important to be as genuine and as honest as I possibly can about my mental health and hope that it inspires people to be […]

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Gilby Clarke

Gilby Clarke

“I try to be honest with my music it’s the only way I know how to do it, I’ve never as they say chased the tail I don’t go ‘I do it for my fans’ I do it for me, I think it’s important as an artist to be true to yourself, write the music that turns you on.” From […]

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Mike Portnoy of Sons of Apollo (Video Interview)

“I’ve kind of strayed away from the progressive metal genre for the last seven years since I left Dream Theater. So I guess for me this line up is a chance to dip my toes back into that world.” From Release: The new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses, and Journey. For the past few […]

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The Temper Trap – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – November 22, 2017

The Temper Trap – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – November 22, 2017

It’s been a while since The Temper Trap have graced home shores and tonight on the opening night of their tour the sold out Metro tells me we’re in for a good night. “It’s good to be back home, thanks for coming out, guys” is the greeting that leads into ‘Fader’ and as the crowd joins in for the chorus […]

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Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe

Whitfield Crane of Ugly Kid Joe

“Imagine if you dreamed you want to be in a band but you’re not quite sure what it would be, it was that times a thousand because it was on fire, like the way it took us and took us around the world but we didn’t know that, we didn’t know what it was, we didn’t how to react and […]

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Alex Band of The Calling

Alex Band of The Calling

“…so for me I’m still here and I’m still writing and creating the music that everybody fell in love with from the beginning. It might sound more up to date, it might sound different a little bit but for the most part they’re big songs you would hear in stadiums, they’re anthemic, lots of big songs and just a lot […]

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Derek Sherinian of Sons of Apollo

Derek Sherinian of Sons of Apollo

“We knew once the record came out that people would really hear that we’re a rock band, that this record is primarily based in hard rock and classic rock but we have these progressive rock moments and you can hear the virtuosity throughout…” From Release: The new supergroup featuring members of Dream Theater, Mr. Big, Guns ‘N Roses, and Journey. […]

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Bryce Soderberg of Lifehouse

Bryce Soderberg of Lifehouse

“…we don’t try and recreate the first record over and over again, we try and grow but we definitely feel fortunate that if you hear a Lifehouse song you’ll know that it’s Lifehouse, and that’s a good thing for us.” From release: Los Angeles-based Lifehouse broke through in a big way when “Hanging by a Moment,” from their debut album […]

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Stevie Nicks with special guests The Pretenders – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney – November 7, 2017

Stevie Nicks with special guests The Pretenders – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney – November 7, 2017

Two legends join forces tonight, so many years of experience and so many songs that the world knows and love. Tonight Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders grace the stage of the ICC for what is sure to be a night of classics and just a damn good time. The Pretenders take to the stage and Chrissie Hinde looks fabulous in […]

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Tonight Alive – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – November 2, 2017

Tonight Alive – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – November 2, 2017

Let’s get back to beginnings, sound like a good idea? Great, because tonight in Sydney we will see the long awaited return of Tonight Alive to the stage. This sold out room is filling up early as Yours Truly start things off and a very receptive crowd start clapping along to the opener, you know when you can tell that […]

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Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow of Anvil

Steve ‘Lips’ Kudlow of Anvil

“I mean you always want more, you just don’t want it to end, I just want continuance, ultimately to me I’m happy with continuance as long as I can continue it’s all good, man. That’s all you can ask for is more of being able to.” With 16 albums under their belt and their 17th one on the way, ANVIL […]

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Sebastian Bach – The Manning Bar, Sydney – October 27, 2017

Sebastian Bach – The Manning Bar, Sydney – October 27, 2017

It’s been a couple of years but he’s Bach in Sydney and tonight a sold out Manning Bar is ready to Bach and Roll all Nite. OK no more Bach puns. Let’s get to the show! Oh wow this is different. Wait. Where’s the kaboom?! This is ‘Little Wing’ holy shit, but as the arms start waving and with a […]

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Matt Caughthran of The Bronx

Matt Caughthran of The Bronx

“We’ve been reborn, we’re playing really, really well right now and everyone’s hyped on the new record, the new songs sound just so mean live, everything is focused and really fuckin’ good right now if I can say that without sounding like an idiot.” From Release: Famous for leaving a trail of exhausted, boozy, sweaty and supremely satisfied bodies in […]

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Stuart Chatwood of The Tea Party

Stuart Chatwood of The Tea Party

“I think the way we frame things is perhaps different from other bands, there’s always been this desire to be timeless and have melodies and songs that strike as songs of quality and not caught up in the moment.” From Release: 1997 was an epic year. Steve Jobs returned to Apple, J.K Rowling published her first Harry Potter book and […]

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Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

Paolo Gregoletto of Trivium

“…it’s kind of gotten stronger over time, that Matt, Corey and I always really had each other’s backs and always been able to work out differences, and always working towards the same goal and we always know what we want and we’re working towards that together.” From release: Trivium catapulted into the first ranks of modern metal with 2004’s Roadrunner […]

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Chris Jericho of Fozzy

Chris Jericho of Fozzy

“…we wanted to do a record that’s almost like ‘Hysteria’ or ‘Appetite For Destruction’ or ‘Kick’ from INXS your countrymen, or ‘Back In Black’ you know, albums that just had songs that every single one on the record could be a single.” From Release: Fozzy has always been about a heavy groove and a good time. And when you have two […]

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Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach

“You know if your purpose or your goal is just to pretend you’re a teenager the rest of your career then your career is not going to be interesting, it’s going to be boring.” From release: The Original Voice of SKID ROW, Musical Royalty SEBASTIAN BACH returns to Australia this October! Hailed as one of the finest front men to […]

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Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake

Vinnie Fiorello of Less Than Jake

“…considering that Less Than Jake has surpassed my first marriage, Less Than Jake has survived rap metal, Less Than Jake has survived like three versions of pop punk being popular, I mean we’re cool, twenty five years in, man, it feels great.” From release: Twenty five years and over three hundred releases since their original formation in small town Florida, […]

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Everclear – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – October 3, 2017 

Everclear – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – October 3, 2017 

The last time Everclear were in Australia was in celebration of ‘Sparkle and Fade’ and here we are tonight celebrating ‘So Much For The Afterglow’. Man it is packed in here so as we all get ready to go back twenty years to revisit an album that cemented Everclear’s place in music let’s sit back, relax and enjoy what is […]

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Francis Rossi of Status Quo

Francis Rossi of Status Quo

“I don’t really know what it is about any audience and why they connect with Status Quo because I’m aware of all the criticisms of it all being the same, but we’ve always said that you have to commit physically to playing stuff that we play otherwise it really is boring…” From Release: Revered as one of the best classic […]

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You Me At Six – The Big Top, Sydney – September 23, 2017

You Me At Six – The Big Top, Sydney – September 23, 2017

Now I’ve seen You Me At Six a few times now and I had to make sure I was here tonight as they certainly are a band that you don’t want to miss live and with their newest album ‘Night People’ out and with them here in support of it I can’t wait to see how the band has and […]

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Max & Iggor Cavalera Return to Roots – The Big Top, Sydney – September 22, 2017

Max & Iggor Cavalera Return to Roots – The Big Top, Sydney – September 22, 2017

I do love an album celebration tour, this one though is a little different as Max and Iggor Cavalera return to Australia and to their ‘Roots’ for a special night where they’ll play the classic Sepultura album ‘Roots’ in full. This is going to be insane! Skindred make their way to the stage to the Imperial March and we’re ‘Under […]

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Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens

Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens

“I try to keep all my music as positive as possible, I feel like the world we live in is very negative so I try to make music that kind of helps you get through the hard parts in your life, and it definitely shows when fans come up and say that our music has helped them get through things […]

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Max Cavalera

Max Cavalera

“…it’s like nostalgia a little bit and kind of takes us back in time a little bit but kind of cool also, a lot of bands make an album and go out on tour but this is a bit different, it’s an album that’s twenty years old so it’s had a chance to be heard by a lot of people […]

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Dashboard Confessional – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – September 16, 2017

Dashboard Confessional – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – September 16, 2017

It’s been five years since Dashboard have been in Australia and judging by the sold out show tonight it seems that they have been missed. So as I take my position at the back of the venue with the best vantage point to watch it all I know I’m ready! Far Away Stables open the night and do their best to warm […]

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Chris ‘Motionless’ Cerulli of Motionless In White

Chris ‘Motionless’ Cerulli of Motionless In White

“I think that we continue to write songs that still fit what we think are the vision of Motionless but are definitely trying to push more musical boundaries and bring things together to create new sounds and new just new looks that have been seen before but never together.” From Release: Motionless In White are one of the most exhilarating […]

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Andy Leo of Crown The Empire

Andy Leo of Crown The Empire

“Obviously we want to keep evolving as people and as a band and really telling yourself to stay in your own lane, keep the blinders on to at least focus on what you’re doing and what you’re creating with your guys rather than constantly looking at what everyone else is doing…” From Release: Texas metalcore quartet, CROWN THE EMPIRE. The […]

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