Author: Troy Culpan

Jason Aalon Butler of Fever 333

Jason Aalon Butler of Fever 333

“I think that all of us involved really wanted to see what it is we’re doing now so we were all ready for it and we were all waiting, and us all together and having like minds and having energy that we share the way we do…” From Release: In the midst of America’s 2017 socio-political upheaval a self-described “bi-racial […]

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Erik Weideman of 1927

Erik Weideman of 1927

“The best you can do is make new music, release it and tour and see what happens, I mean no one really knows what’s going to happen, ‘…ish’ proved that to me.” From Release: 1927 formed in 1987 and went on dominate charts with songs such as That’s When I Think Of You, If I Could and Compulsory Hero – all of which […]

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Taking Back Sunday – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – January 14, 2019

Taking Back Sunday – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – January 14, 2019

Tonight is my first gig of the year, let’s do this! I haven’t seen Taking Back Sunday for many years, so tonight as they prepare for the first of two nights at The Metro I’m thinking we’re in for a fun, nostalgic night and I think TBS are going to make damn sure that happens. Young Lions from Brisbane are […]

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Tommy Thayer of KISS

Tommy Thayer of KISS

“…there are a lot of artists that go out and do these kinds of things but this is legitimately going to be the last tour for KISS.” From Release: Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll.  The Rock & Roll Hall […]

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Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday

Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday

“…we’ve all been a little like looking back retrospectively and we’ve been reminded a lot recently just how lucky we are and how fortunate we are to be and just kind of that we’ve been able to do what we do…” From Release: If you can’t believe that Taking Back Sunday have been around for 20 years, you’re not alone, […]

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Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

“…the industry has always confused me I feel like I’ve always been in the opposite corner of the business, I’ve always just done what I felt was right and what I felt was good even when I came over here…” From Release: 50 years after their formation, Australian supergroup Zoot is proud to unveil career retrospective ‘Archaeology’ including new song ‘Life In A Northern […]

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Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation

Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation

“…the fire that we have when we started is still there and that I think is the main reason to go on with making music…” From Release: WITHIN TEMPTATION – the legendary leaders of dark anthems, with a career spanning two decades – have announced their 7th album titled Resist, scheduled for release on 14 December 2018 via Vertigo/Caroline Australia. […]

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Good Things – Parramatta Park – December 8, 2018

Good Things – Parramatta Park – December 8, 2018

Let the good times, I mean things roll… welcome to the first ever Good Things Festival show in Sydney! This takes me back to the first Soundwave I went to in Technology Park back in 2007 but in the eleven years since then festivals almost run like a dream and after a pretty seamless entry and the usual wristband put […]

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Rackett

Rackett

“This is a squad with fierce ambition, unlimited compassion and moves that will make you break your vows.” From Bio: RACKETT are a loud experimental punk-pop band based in Sydney, Australia. The band is fronted by Rebecca Callander on rhythm guitar and vocals, Ally Gaven on bass, Astrid Holz on drums and Kat Ayala on lead guitar. The members have […]

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Jon Stevens

Jon Stevens

“I think it’s out duty as artists to help where we can, obviously you can’t be everywhere all the time but when the planets line up you can get involved then you do.” From Release: Coinciding with the Hay Mate: Buy A Bale – A Concert For The Farmers concert, Jon Stevens is releasing a charity single, Rain Down On Me, with all […]

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Richard Marx – State Theatre, Sydney – December 4, 2018

Richard Marx – State Theatre, Sydney – December 4, 2018

Australia has been (right here) waiting for two and a half years for the dulcet tones of Richard Marx to return to Australia. Tonight at the iconic State Theatre he’s back and we’re getting ready for hopefully an endless summer night of amazing tunes. OK, enough Marx puns, as they could be considered a Hazard. Oops, sorry! Australian artist Matt […]

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Jordan Rudess

Jordan Rudess

“…the piano is kind of like a home base for me, it all started with the piano and that’s like the instrument I feel so comfortable with so it’s a great way for me to express myself and as a musician take people on this journey.” From Bio: Jordan Rudess is best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy- […]

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Skillet – The Big Top, Sydney – November 15, 2018

Skillet – The Big Top, Sydney – November 15, 2018

It’s been seven long years since Skillet graced Australian shores and tonight with a growing catalogue in tow, they’re here for their faithful and seeing how long the line was for people waiting to get in, those faithful are ready to rock. RedHook are bang on time and first up tonight and for a newish band on the scene it’s […]

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Jamie Mathias of Bullet For My Valentine

Jamie Mathias of Bullet For My Valentine

“…I do think Bullet is as strong as ever now live and I think that’s very important because that’s where it is in my eyes, playing live where as a band we enjoy it and it’s where the fans enjoy it and we connect with the fans. It’s all about the live performance.” From Release: Bullet For My Valentine are […]

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Def Leppard – ICC, Sydney – November 10, 2018

Def Leppard – ICC, Sydney – November 10, 2018

Def Leppard‘s ‘Hysteria’ is an album that means a lot to me, in 1987 when I was eleven years old my dad brought home a cassette for me and said “I hear these guys are sort of like that Bon Jovi band you like so I thought you might like this” and handed me the cassette. It was a life […]

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Tim Wheeler of ASH

Tim Wheeler of ASH

“…the commitment of everyone has been really strong of a three piece, me, Mark and Rick like we started jamming together when we were fifteen and we still get the same buzz whenever we’re working on new stuff…” From release: Inspired by Nirvana, Sonic Youth, Pixies they are known worldwide for their energetic and incredibly fun live shows that continue to delight […]

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Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth

Steve Harwell of Smash Mouth

“2018 for Smash Mouth is really like 1999. Our passion & energy for these songs haven’t changed, they are our babies. We carry them in our back pocket so when we’re playing live we can pull them out whenever we need.” From Release: Smash Mouth were regular chart toppers of the 90’s alternative music scene, selling in excess of 10 […]

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John Cooper of Skillet

John Cooper of Skillet

“…we always have some surprises like a song people didn’t expect us to play and we do something differently live, I don’t know, I like the live experience to be different from just listening to the record if possible.” From Release: SKILLET lets their music speak the loudest. That’s how the quartet has cemented its place as one of the […]

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Amanda Grace

Amanda Grace

“Most of my songs are about real people that I’ve met along my way; they should stop and listen because I may have written a verse about them.” From Bio: Amanda does not claim a particular genre of music, and in doing so enjoys variety in her music and audiences. As a solo artist, a member of a women’s contemporary […]

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Vernon Reid of Living Colour

Vernon Reid of Living Colour

“We’ve had gigs, we’re human beings, the band took a hiatus or broke up for a while and done gigs where we’re sick of each other but we recently felt in the last few years and reconnected as to how special it is to even be alive, how special it is to share these moments…” From Release: The ground-breaking American […]

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Frank Bello of Anthrax

Frank Bello of Anthrax

“I want to be exhausted when I come off that stage, otherwise I feel like I’ve cheated, I don’t want to cheat anybody, I have to be exhausted and I think that’s what the band does and I’m very proud to say that too.” From Release: It’s rare that a career gets a second shot, let alone a whole second […]

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Bert McCracken of The Used

Bert McCracken of The Used

“I think playing the songs is the opportunity to get to hash out the emotion that was originally recorded in the song but it’s incredible how the lyrics and the true deeper, feeling, meaning of a song kind of transcends through time if you let it.” From Release: Over the last 15 years The Used have released a collection of albums that […]

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Skid Row – The Manning Bar, Sydney – October 20, 2018

Skid Row – The Manning Bar, Sydney – October 20, 2018

Tonight I say hey man, there’s something you oughta know and I tell ya live at the Manning Bar, SKID ROW! Warming up the crowd tonight Dept. of Gloom take their place on the stage and in only seeing this band once before I was already hooked. These songs are just straight up catchy rock and roll tunes. I love […]

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Foreigner – Sydney Opera House – October 18, 2018

Foreigner – Sydney Opera House – October 18, 2018

If it feels like the first time tonight it actually is. This is my first time seeing Foreigner, that’s crazy right?! But what better way to start than by being at the Sydney Opera House to see them with an orchestra. The lights dim and the orchestra take their place on the stage as they make that ‘let’s all play […]

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Brent Fitz of Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators

Brent Fitz of Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators

“The new record sounds like a very well-oiled machine of guys that do really understand each other well and I think it is our strongest body of work because of all that experience we’ve had together…” From release: Slash has amassed album sales of over 100 million copies, garnered a GRAMMY Award and seven GRAMMY nominations and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of […]

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Elize Ryd of Amaranthe

Elize Ryd of Amaranthe

“…but we thought if we make it to the fifth album we can kind of explore ourselves and develop our sound in what we believed in the more extreme direction…” From Release: Four albums into their career, Amaranthe have racked up north of 118 million YouTube views and half-a-billion song streams, have landed at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart […]

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Cheap Trick – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – October 17, 2018

Cheap Trick – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – October 17, 2018

The legendary Cheap Trick are back in Sydney and once again here to showcase their melodic brilliance through songs that have stood the test of time and songs that are very much part of people’s musical upbringing. Live they have always been a force so let’s see if tonight is no different! Dallas Crane have pulled the instruments back out […]

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Max Cavalera of Soulfly

Max Cavalera of Soulfly

“…I think we’re all very connected to rituals whether it be inside your own life, or society, or in metal, there’s a lot of rituals in metal I just found it a word I was completely attracted to this word and I thought it would be great.” Two decades into their storied career, SOULFLY continue to engender near cultish zeal with each […]

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Dee Snider

Dee Snider

“So it’s really unique and a chance for people to reconnect with me and like I said, I’m pretty awesome in these speaking engagements that I do and then I get to rock out on the other night and do what I actually do best and that is front a metal band.” From Release: He is one of the most […]

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John Steel of The Animals

John Steel of The Animals

“I’ve got to say this quite honestly, everything we’ve done I’ve thought there’s nothing wrong with that, I still love to do it, I still love playing these songs.” From Release: THE ANIMALS are one of the most influential and admired bands to emerge from the British Invasion. THE ANIMALS will return to Australian stages this November, bringing with them […]

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