Author: Troy Culpan

Art Alexakis of Everclear

Art Alexakis of Everclear

“…we’ll be doing all our hits but we’ll be going deep into a lot of our earlier records and songs we haven’t played for a while so I think it’s gonna be fun.” From Release: Veterans of alternative rock, Everclear almost walked away with a Grammy award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance for their track ‘El Distorto De Melodica’ in 1998 as well as […]

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Good Things Festival – Centennial Park, Sydney – December 7, 2019

Good Things Festival – Centennial Park, Sydney – December 7, 2019

It’s back for its second year, Good Things festival has found a new home in Sydney in that of Centennial park, so in this smoked out city let’s hope that everything is all ok today for the bands and the festival goers. Making my way in effortlessly, The Bennies are the first band up today and those who were eagerly […]

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Halestorm – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – December 6, 2019

Halestorm – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – December 6, 2019

Halestorm were here earlier in the year at Download Festival but they’re back now for a headline run to promote their newest album ‘Vicious’. Can’t wait to see what they do tonight! Villainy who stepped in for Black Stone Cherry are opening the night and ‘Wannabe’ opened their set with some big riffs and sets the scene for their set. […]

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Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

Lzzy Hale of Halestorm

“…it’s been a beautiful thing, just this feeling of family and unity and not that we didn’t feel that before but it’s just been elevated this time around.” From Release: Halestorm have toured extensively with a diverse variety of artists, including Eric Church, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, ZZ Top and Evanescence – and were here last earlier in […]

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U2 – SCG, Sydney – November 22, 2019

U2 – SCG, Sydney – November 22, 2019

It’s been almost a decade since U2 have been in Australia and tonight hopefully not in the rain, they’re back and here celebrating thirty years of The Joshua Tree. They’re two years into this celebration tour and I know I and the thousands of others here tonight are looking forward to seeing it and hearing the album in full. Running […]

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Adam Gontier of Saint Asonia

Adam Gontier of Saint Asonia

“We wanted it to be a step up from the last one and each record we make the plan is to make it better than the last so yeah I could say in a few different ways we tried to do that this time around.” From Release: Since their emergence in 2015, Saint Asonia quietly positioned themselves to progress and […]

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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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