Author: Troy Culpan

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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Bruce Dickinson

Bruce Dickinson

“I don’t take myself terribly seriously and I think some people find that they imagine that I probably do because I’m in a big heavy metal band and everything and I do all these things, but I do see the absurd side of life and most of life is kind of absurd when you actually get down to it.” From […]

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Andrew Fisher of Basement

Andrew Fisher of Basement

“The main thing really was just to take our time and really focus on any kind of aspect we could make sense of and try our best to do that…” Formed in Ipswich, England, Basement ­is comprised of brothers Andrew Fisher (vocals) and James Fisher (drums), Alex Henery (guitar/vocals), Ronan Crix (guitar) and Duncan Stewart (bass). Together they have earned global acclaim for their deeply personal and earnest compositions. Beside […]

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Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard

Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard

“So we all feel like we kind of deserve this and we’ve earned it to get back to where we are now and we really feel like we’re one of the more competent bands on the circuit you know, and we still have for all intents and purposes an originality to the band…” From Release: Rock icons, DEF LEPPARD, have […]

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Mike Kroeger of Nickelback

Mike Kroeger of Nickelback

“Well it’s really, really important to us to be impactful and leave people feeling like they saw a great rock show, if you’ve seen them all you know that the band can play, you know that the band can sing and the show is going to be something that’ll leave a mark on you…” From Release: Nickelback return to Australia […]

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Dave ‘Snake’ Sabo of Skid Row

Dave ‘Snake’ Sabo of Skid Row

“Well I think we’re at a stage of our careers where we’re humbled by the fact that we get to do this for a living, and not that we were never thankful for that before but I think that as time goes on and as you get older you start seeing things in maybe in a slightly different light.” From […]

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Jon Toogood of Shihad

Jon Toogood of Shihad

“There’s something to be said for playing with the same four guys for thirty years, there’s a sort of element of tightness that you can only get from that familiarity between those four characters…” From Release: Picture this… 1988, Bob Hawke is Prime Minister, Australia dumps $600 million bucks of tax payer cash on Expo 88, Home and Away hits […]

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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – October 4, 2018

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – October 4, 2018

Lights go down and it’s all about the blues, baby. Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band return to Australia after many years away and as take the stage they’re straight into it with ‘Somehow, Somewhere, Someway’, and with a solo that just looked effortless this band are on fire and some quality tambourine bashing make this the start you’d want […]

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Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria

Claudio Sanchez of Coheed and Cambria

“…I think a lot of Coheed fans that are in for the long haul and what is all the facets of The Amory Wars are gonna be really excited about what this is.” From Release: The Unheavenly Creatures is Coheed and Cambria’s eighth studio album. Their furious return to concept albums (15 songs over 78 minutes) is the ‘First Act’ in […]

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Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six

Josh Franceschi of You Me At Six

“…we needed to do something fresh for ourselves and we needed to reinvent ourselves a little bit, six records in can’t keep doing stuff that feels the same, because as I said then you just become a band that just sort of bit by bit blows into obscurity…” From Release: The band have notched up a list of considerable achievements […]

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Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions

Rudolf Schenker of Scorpions

“Now we got the offer to play with Def Leppard, YES, very special guests because Def Leppard when I remember the 80’s they were often our support band and special guests and stuff and we have a very good feel with those guys.” From Release: In 1988, Scorpions were the first Western rock band to play ten consecutive sold-out shows […]

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Rick Brewster of The Angels

Rick Brewster of The Angels

“Well we used to say to our mother when she asked how long can you keep doing this? We always just said five years we reckon and then we’ll do something else, forty years later *laughs* what else are we gonna do?” From Release: It has been a huge start to 2018 for The Angels. They kicked off the year […]

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William Ryan Key – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – September 26, 2018

William Ryan Key – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney – September 26, 2018

Last time William then known as Ryan Key was in Australia was on the Yellowcard farewell tour in 2017, now he’s back and after stepping away from his band he’s here to show us what he can do as a solo artist. Alex Moses opened the night, you may or may not know him from his band Columbus. He’s up […]

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