Author: Troy Culpan

City and Colour – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – February 1, 2023

City and Colour – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – February 1, 2023

Sometimes I want to just write a review that simply says “that was magic” and leave it at that. This is one of those shows I’d happily do that for, but that wouldn’t do it the justice it deserves of me rambling on about it for a bit. So I now give you my review of the magical City and […]

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Glam Fest – The Factory Theatre, Sydney – January 28, 2023

Glam Fest – The Factory Theatre, Sydney – January 28, 2023

OK so normally I write my reviews at the gig, take in everything that happened as you know but for this one I needed the day, I needed to watch and enjoy and live it and I’m so glad I did because what a day it was… Silverback Touring, who put this on need to be commended as this was […]

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Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger of Halestorm (Video Interview)

Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger of Halestorm (Video Interview)

“I feel that we’ve lived several different lifetimes since this whole thing began and the fact that we’re still doing it and that people still care and they come out to the show and we get to do it together, it’s really beautiful.” From Release: Halestorm will make their highly anticipated return Down Under for the first time since 2019. […]

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Erik Mårtensson of Eclipse (Video Interview)

Erik Mårtensson of Eclipse (Video Interview)

“It’s so far away and it’s so hard to relate to that people can actually listen to our music on the other side of the world, it’s amazing…” GLAM FEST BIO: Catering to fans of throwback glam metal (think ‘80s era Sunset strip), sleaze, shock rock, hard rock and everything in between, GLAM FEST offers fans of the genre a […]

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Stevie Rachelle of TUFF (Video Interview)

Stevie Rachelle of TUFF (Video Interview)

“2023… I’m embracing it and what a better way to kick it off than to come to Australia and play Glam Fest…” GLAM FEST BIO: Catering to fans of throwback glam metal (think ‘80s era Sunset strip), sleaze, shock rock, hard rock and everything in between, GLAM FEST offers fans of the genre a platter of sleazy goodness. The first […]

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The Offspring with Sum 41 – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – December 11, 2022

The Offspring with Sum 41 – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – December 11, 2022

A big sold out crowd on a Sunday night in Sydney, well done! This is going to be a fun night with an awesome pairing of two great bands, The Offspring and Sum 41. A tour a long time coming and tonight it’s finally here. The lights go down and as ‘TNT’ by AC/DC blares through the speakers the crowd […]

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Buckcherry / Fozzy – The Manning Bar, Sydney – December 3, 2022

Buckcherry / Fozzy – The Manning Bar, Sydney – December 3, 2022

Who’s ready for a night of rock and roll? Me, that’s the answer, I am… oh and a whole lot of other people that are filling The Manning Bar tonight. See tonight we have an amazing double bill of Buckcherry and Fozzy, the first time their back on the same stage in Australia since 2013. This is going to be […]

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PJ Farley of Fozzy (Video Interview)

PJ Farley of Fozzy (Video Interview)

“We’re travelling a long way so we’re not gonna leave anything out there. We’re coming out for a good time.” From release: After touring the world with the likes of Metallica, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Avenged Sevenfold, Shinedown and building a loyal fanbase for the better part of twenty years, FOZZY is the epitome of what a great rock n roll band should be: catchy, […]

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D-A-D – The Manning Bar, Sydney – November 18, 2022

D-A-D – The Manning Bar, Sydney – November 18, 2022

Thirty two years is a long time. It’s also the amount of time it’s been since D-A-D have been in Australia, but they have most certainly not been sleeping their days away (that was terrible and I’m not sorry), they’ve been out there releasing music and playing that whole time. So tonight Sydney gets to see what they have for […]

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Jesper Binzer of D-A-D

Jesper Binzer of D-A-D

“…this riff kept playing in our heads so it’s been just as big as a hit in our heads as it’s been in the hearts of our fans ever since.” From Release: D-A-D began playing together in the early 1980s in Copenhagen, Denmark, under their original band name Disneyland After Dark. D-A-D released their first EP in 1985 and has […]

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Cory Marks (Video Interview)

Cory Marks (Video Interview)

“It’s definitely more of the rock roots with me but it’s still very exciting…” From Release: A new rock-infused EP, titled I Rise, is released from next-generation country-rocker Cory Marks, along with the official single and music video for his new track “Flying”.  The new EP is being released as Marks’ US Top 10 active rock hit “Outlaws & Outsiders” […]

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Hanson – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – November 9, 2022

Hanson – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – November 9, 2022

It’s been only a few years since Hanson graced Australian shores on their String Theory tour, but after the last couple of years it feels like forever since we’ve seen them. So tonight it’s a pleasure to be stepping back into The Enmore Theatre to see Hanson, a place they have played before, and a place they own when they […]

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Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman (Video Interview)

Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman (Video Interview)

“Not aggressive, but just I think a return to something more of an amalgamation of new stuff and the old Theory kind of ‘Scars and Souvenirs’ sound…” From Release: Award-winning multiplatinum Los Angeles-based Canadian band Theory of a Deadman (abbreviated as Theory) consistently deliver undeniable anthems rooted in scorching songcraft, experimental vision, rock ‘n’ roll attitude, and clever pop ambition. After nearly two decades, […]

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Alessandro ‘VMan’ Venturella of Slipknot (Video Interview)

Alessandro ‘VMan’ Venturella of Slipknot (Video Interview)

“There’s always just that thing about Slipknot that keeps the band relevant .” From release: There was never a band like @Slipknot, and there will never be another. Like a spore out of the Midwest, they’ve quietly bloomed into the most uncompromising, undeniable, and unique presence on the planet whose influence transcends genres and generations. Since sowing the seeds for […]

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Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari (Video Interview)

Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari (Video Interview)

“Just being able to come together again and feel that sense of community because you don’t really get to experience what you experience at a live concert like anywhere else in life…” Since forming back in 2003, ENTER SHIKARI have gone on to release six full-length albums while garnering ongoing industry acclaim, and multiple awards for good measure. And armed […]

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Erik Grönwall of Skid Row (Video Interview)

Erik Grönwall of Skid Row (Video Interview)

“Turning haters into believers that’s probably the ultimate compliment that you can get.” From Release: It’s a new era for SKID ROW. With a new album, a new single and a world tour, the band has added a new voice as they welcome powerhouse vocalist Erik Grönwall, formerly from the band H.E.A.T out of Sweden. Fans received their first glimpse […]

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Eva Marie of Eva Under Fire (Video Interview)

Eva Marie of Eva Under Fire (Video Interview)

“It was really fun, I think it was also my first introduction to a lot of people on the label because of us just coming on board shortly before the film had started filming.” From Release: Detroit-based rock band Eva Under Fire officially announced the new release date for their long-awaited debut album Love, Drugs & Misery today. The album, recorded via Better Noise Music, […]

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Michael Amott of Arch Enemy

Michael Amott of Arch Enemy

“I wouldn’t say that I had a “great time” during the pandemic, I hate when people say that.  I mean it fucking sucked for everybody.  But, at the same time, there was this other thing that we could do.  You know, we were actually at home and we could work on music, so why not do that?” From Release: Increasingly […]

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H.E.A.T – The Manning Bar, Sydney – September 8, 2022

H.E.A.T – The Manning Bar, Sydney – September 8, 2022

H.E.A.T are in Australia… that’s so awesome to say. Wow, thinking about it, the most exciting thing for not only us here at The Manning Bar, but also and maybe especially for the band as it is their first time in Australia but further to that, this is their first show so you just know they are ready, maybe even […]

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Clint Boge of The Butterfly Effect (Video Interview)

Clint Boge of The Butterfly Effect (Video Interview)

“With this one we made sure with the… as odd as it sounds with the luxury of having sort of rolling lockdowns and with Covid, we had the luxury to really take our time with it and relly go over everything with a fine tooth comb…” From Release: Fusing smouldering intensity with existential exploration, the latest track Visiting Hours from […]

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KISS – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – August 26, 2022

KISS – Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – August 26, 2022

It has been a long time since KISS have been to Australia as this tour was scheduled to happen back in 2019 (feels like twenty years ago) but finally these larger than life characters have returned to Sydney one last time… yes, believe that, this is The End of The Road… The Poor had the honour of supporting tonight and […]

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Neal Schon of Journey (Video Interview)

Neal Schon of Journey (Video Interview)

“It’s a love that I have for the band but it’s a duty I also have to our audience to keep things moving forward…” From Release: Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, Journey have 25 gold and platinum albums, including the fifteen-million selling Greatest Hits collection, with total sales adding up to 80 million records […]

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Adalita of The Rolling Stones Revue / Magic Dirt (Video Interview)

Adalita of The Rolling Stones Revue / Magic Dirt (Video Interview)

“Who doesn’t love The Rolling Stones? I’ve always been a fan since I was a kid and it’s just and honour to be asked to do these kinds of tribute shows, and you can’t say no, it’s such a great time and the songs kind of sing themselves really *laughs* it’s just too much fun really” From Release: Hot off […]

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Jona Tee of H.E.A.T

Jona Tee of H.E.A.T

“I mean going to a H.E.A.T show should always be a party, so we’ll have a good time. High energy, rock and roll, grab a few beers, have a good time that’s what it’s all about.” From Release: Over the last several years H.E.A.T have established themselves as one of the leading bands in the melodic rock scene, both in […]

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Dan Donegan of Disturbed (Video Interview)

Dan Donegan of Disturbed (Video Interview)

“It seemed kind of undeniable to put that out as the first single to kind of lead the way for this new album and the kind of introduction where the overall vibe and direction of the material is headed on this album” From Release: Disturbed, have recently released their new single ‘Hey You’ via Reprise Records alongside the official video, […]

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Tommy Thayer of KISS (Video Interview)

Tommy Thayer of KISS (Video Interview)

“Australia is always a very special place for us to go, it’s always been a huge market for KISS going way back to 1980 when they first came down. It’s special and we always really look forward to it.” From Release: The ‘End Of The Road’ tour, which began in January 2019, is undoubtedly the biggest and best KISS show […]

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Short Stack – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – July 16, 2022

Short Stack – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – July 16, 2022

Well… It’s been just over three years since I’ve been to The Metro. That is just beyond comprehension to me… so as I step foot back into my favourite venue in Sydney I’m ready for a stack attack as Short Stack return to Sydney after a while away. Those Who Dream open the show tonight and this two piece of […]

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Joshua O’Donnell of Banks Arcade (Video Interview)

Joshua O’Donnell of Banks Arcade (Video Interview)

“I think this album feels like a band that’s trying to find its identity and there’s awesome things in that…” From Release: Coming together over a shared love of music with a razor-sharp avant-garde aesthetic, Banks Arcade have always teetered on modernity, their gaze ever-fixed just beyond the horizon via their flourishing sonic wiles. From their 2018 debut EP Endnote […]

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Mikaila Delgado of Yours Truly (Video Interview)

Mikaila Delgado of Yours Truly (Video Interview)

“I think this is the most transparent I’ve ever been in terms of lyrics…” From release: With their ARIA Award-nominated 2020 debut full length album Self Care in their wake, 2022 is the year that the Melbourne band kickstart a new and firmly evolved chapter. While Self Care was, as Mikaila Delgado puts it “the pop punk record we needed […]

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Bon But Not Forgotten

Bon But Not Forgotten

“One of the pre requisites of performing in Bon But Not Forgotten is to have a passion and great understanding of what AC/DC deliver.” From release: It will definitely be a High Voltage event when BON BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, the ultimate AC/DC Tribute Act head out on a Nation-Wide run of shows, commemorating the 76th birthday of the legendary Bon […]

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