Author: Troy Culpan

Theory of a Deadman – The Manning Bar, Sydney – June 22, 2018

Theory of a Deadman – The Manning Bar, Sydney – June 22, 2018

It feels like a lot of band’s are finding their way to Australia for the first time in 2018, we’ve had some rippers come through and tonight we get to add to that list with the Canadian rockers, Theory of a Deadman, aka Theory for those playing at home. So as a fan from the beginning of their career I […]

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Rachel Bolan of Skid Row

Rachel Bolan of Skid Row

“It’s not self-serving to anyone in the band, any time we’re in a room together it’s always about Skid Row and what can we do for Skid Row there’s never anyone with personal agendas and it’s a really good feeling and what a band should be you know.” From Release: Skid Row started in 1986 when a group of New […]

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Suze DeMarchi of Baby Animals

Suze DeMarchi of Baby Animals

“…music is very powerful and you see it every time you do a show how people are affected by music, it’s just like an invisible thread that goes through every person in the crowd and connects everybody you know? That’s the best thing about it.” From Release: Hot on the heels of the scorching new single ‘Tonight’, their first new […]

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Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman

Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman

“So now we finally get to come, so yeah it actually is a dream come true, it’s a place that a lot of people just want to visit but we get to play music too.” From Release: With their sixth studio album, Wake Up Call, Theory hit the reset button, diving into a new sound, a new approach, even a […]

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Extreme / Mr Big – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – June 3, 2018

Extreme / Mr Big – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – June 3, 2018

Tonight is set to be a musical masterclass of the greatest proportions, two bands that amazingly have never toured together, one in Australia for the first time and one for the first time in twenty five years, both absolute masters of their craft, so take a deep breath, strap in, and get ready for this ride. Here we go! For […]

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Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme

Nuno Bettencourt of Extreme

“We’ve always done our live shows very big and we take a lot of pride in how much energy and how much performance and passion we have there, so I think that’s the best way to describe it is you won’t be disappointed whether you hate the band or love the band either way.” From Release: Extreme have sold over […]

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Jocke Berg of Hardcore Superstar

Jocke Berg of Hardcore Superstar

“…now I’m forty four and we were like young kids who wanted to conquer the world and world domination and we still have that in a weird way at the age of forty four still have that I want to conquer the world thing, we take that with us when we record new albums and we think about that…” From […]

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Europe – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – May 22, 2018

Europe – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – May 22, 2018

It kind of feels hard to believe that Europe have never toured Australia, but here we are in 2018 and they’re finally here to give us an evening with Europe, all Europe, all night and the crowd here are pumped and ready (even if a lot of them are here for one song.) Let’s see how converted they are after […]

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Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

Dave Gleeson of The Screaming Jets

“We were very lucky to come along when there was loyalty for bands and it was also the end of the pub rock era and yeah our live shows were probably second to none and we always put a lot into our live shows, the songs obviously play a huge part in that…” From Release: 2017 was a huge year […]

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Steel Panther – The Big Top, Sydney – May 18, 2018

Steel Panther – The Big Top, Sydney – May 18, 2018

They’re back! The band that can’t seem to stay away, and why should they when sold out signs keep appearing whenever they hit our shores. Tonight Steel Panther are doing something a little different and they’re bringing the Sunset Strip to us, I’ll explain more about that later. Tribal drums fill the venue and some Van Halen get us ready […]

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Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch

Chris Kael of Five Finger Death Punch

“We are blessed and very fortunate to have the opportunity to do exactly what it is that we love, that’s writing music, playing live, meeting with the fans, doing the various charity works that we do, we’re very fortunate and we’ve done it for ten years now and I’m hoping for at least another ten.” From Release: Confidently leading heavy […]

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Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns

Tracii Guns of L.A. Guns

“So it’s just blending that kick in the teeth with a better musical outfit now and kind of combining the two and with very little competition in the sleaze rock world we’re not competing against anybody so I don’t listen to anybody else either.” From Release: L.A. GUNS was formed in 1982 by guitar player Tracii Guns and, then unknown […]

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Sevendust – All I See Is War

Sevendust – All I See Is War

I’ve always been a Sevendust fan, there’s just something about the way they make music that works, the melodies, the tone, the whole damn package. So when it’s new Sevendust album time there’s always a bit of an internal fist pump as I know what I hear is going to be good! Here we have ‘All I see Is War’ […]

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Biffy Clyro – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – April 30, 2018

Biffy Clyro – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – April 30, 2018

It’s been about four years since we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Biffy Clyro live in Australia and tonight at The Enmore this place is full and you’ve gotta love that, and gotta love that people are well on board with Biffy!! Seeing these guys a few times before I can tell you that tonight will be nothing short of […]

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Shaun Morgan of Seether

Shaun Morgan of Seether

“It’s a double edged sword because all the pressure is on your shoulders and you have to perform and put out an album that can live up to all the expectations but can also stand up to the others, and I mean I think the songs on this record are personally my favourites in a long time just because they […]

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Simple Plan – The Big Top, Sydney – April 27, 2018

Simple Plan – The Big Top, Sydney – April 27, 2018

Tonight is a celebration of Simple Plan’s album ‘No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls’. A celebration you say? Why yes I did, but what blows me away is that it’s the 15th anniversary of it. Are you kidding? Way to make everyone feel old! In saying that though and in seeing Simple Plan a number of times before I can’t […]

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Stereophonics – Sydney Opera House – April 26, 2018

Stereophonics – Sydney Opera House – April 26, 2018

I love the Opera House as a venue, there’s just something about bands playing in such an iconic venue that makes the show feel even more special and tonight I get to pop my Stereophonics cherry at this very place. From everything I’ve heard and I suppose from the two sold out nights something tells me I’m in for a […]

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Sister Switchblade

Sister Switchblade

“We all generally know if it’s going to work or not after running through it so we either move forward with an idea or put it in the basket for later.” Sister Switchblade is a rock band out of Perth, Australia. Their latest release ‘Best Served Cold’ is as described by singer, Andy “Aussie rock groove meets 80’s sunset strip […]

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Michael Sweet of Stryper

Michael Sweet of Stryper

“As I was writing the album I was really trying to make sure that each song made its own statement, musically, lyrically, in terms of energy it was very important to me that every song stood on its own yet at the same time that we retain the continuity and it had a great flow from beginning to end that’s […]

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Sébastien Lefebvre of Simple Plan

Sébastien Lefebvre of Simple Plan

“…I think that hopefully the fact that the songs are good has something to do with it, aside from that I think something that we’ve noticed over the years is whenever we’re very, very personal with a song that’s when people can relate to it the most.” From Release: Multi-platinum Canadian pop-punk legends SIMPLE PLAN will bring their ‘No Pads, […]

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Ross Knight of The Cosmic Psychos

Ross Knight of The Cosmic Psychos

“I’m not quite your Axl Rose who sits down for six months to just find two words, mine just falls out of my ass really quickly and if I don’t write it down quick I’ll forget about it, so I think for every eleven albums I’ve written songs for I’ve probably forgotten fifty albums.” From Release: The Psychos are back, […]

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Joey Tempest of Europe

Joey Tempest of Europe

“…we do stuff together but we also try to dig deeper with each record and find the expression rather than copy ourselves from the past or anything, we think there’s room for nostalgia in the live concert but in the studio we don’t find any room for nostalgia like that.” From Release: Sweden’s legendary hard rock band EUROPE, best known […]

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Stix Zadinia of Steel Panther

Stix Zadinia of Steel Panther

“…we want Steel Panther to be a place where people can come and be a freak for ninety minutes, that’s always been the message. We have fun and we figure if it starts with us and it goes out to the crowd then they’re gonna have fun and we’re gonna have even more fun.” From Release: The Sunset Strip’s favourite […]

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Tim Alexander of Primus

Tim Alexander of Primus

“When we’re in the studio we’re kind of writing as well, we don’t sit and record everyone’s parts together, then one person might know what he’s doing and the other ones won’t and it wouldn’t make sense.” From Release: Primus is responsible for some of the most cutting edge and original rock music of the 1990’s. They were strictly an […]

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JD Cronise of The Sword

JD Cronise of The Sword

“…I think these days I think I’ve observed a lot more just because time has passed and I’ve had time to do so and I’ve just taken in and studied a lot more music and just the craft of song writing.” From Release: Even at this point in their career, there can often be difficulty when it comes to describing […]

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Jahred Gomes of (hed) p.e.

Jahred Gomes of (hed) p.e.

“I can’t just say whatever pops into my head these days because I have a ten year old son and it really does affect me. When there probably was a time I would write or sing anything just to shock people now I would not take that path artistically.” From Release: Fusing rock, punk, rasta, gansta rap and soul into […]

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Ben Johnston of Biffy Clyro

Ben Johnston of Biffy Clyro

“I think as you watch us there are some bands you can tell they’re putting it on, but we very much mean it and we demand a lot of ourselves and I think people see that and then put that kind of pressure on themselves and boost themselves to get into it and keep us going…” From Release: Biffy Clyro […]

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Andrew Strong

Andrew Strong

“…it’s a great thing and it’s not that often that you can be a part of something where you can talk about, actually it’s been more than twenty five years, it’s been twenty seven years since the movie so yeah it’s great, great that it stood the test of time.” From Release: In 1991, Strong was introduced to the world […]

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Fall Out Boy – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – March 2, 2018

Fall Out Boy – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – March 2, 2018

They’re back! It’s been a few years since we’ve seen Fall Out Boy in Australia and I’ll tell you what hasn’t gone by the wayside, their fan base! This place is pretty damn full besides a couple of curtains upstairs and it looks great in here. I’ve perched myself at the back of the venue near what looks like a […]

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Andrew W.K.

Andrew W.K.

“I feel very much like I did back in 1998 / 1999 I’m still climbing the same mountain, maybe I have some new tools I certainly think that through practise and continued effort you develop additional skills and refine your approach to get into that peak but I still haven’t gotten to that climax and in way I’m thankful because […]

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