Author: Troy Culpan

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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John Corabi (Video Interview)

John Corabi (Video Interview)

“It’s literally me sitting on a barstool with a microphone. I am literally going to play songs from all the different bands throughout my career, tell some stories, jokes, I actually play a few old cover songs that I grew up listening to. Really stripped down, naked.” From Release: Journeyman, stalwart or just The Mayor of Rock ‘n’ Roll, John […]

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Under The Southern Stars – The Big Top, Sydney – March 23, 2022

Under The Southern Stars – The Big Top, Sydney – March 23, 2022

Hi my name is Troy and it’s been 782 days since my last concert review… wow, what a crazy run. I hope I still remember how to do this. What a ride it’s been for Under The Southern Stars, postponements, line up changes, more postponements, venue changes, yet here we are, FINALLY! The first full international tour to hit Australia […]

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Skenie of The Poor

Skenie of The Poor

“We have 12 tracks being mastered as we speak. We are very proud of these songs and haven’t felt this way since ‘Who Cares’.” From release: Revered rockers The Poor have unleashed brand new single, “Payback’s A Bitch”. It’s their first new music in over a decade (12 years to be precise), on new Australian record label Reckless Records. Time has not […]

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Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots (Video Interview)

Eric Kretz of Stone Temple Pilots (Video Interview)

“We’re primed and ready… it’s always fun to do international shows… I’m looking forward to it a lot…” From Release: With over 70 million albums sold, Stone Temple Pilots roared into our lives in 1992 with their monstrous debut album, Core. The album peaked at #3 in the US and was a Top 30 album here at home, dominating radio […]

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Gavin Rossdale of Bush (Video Interview)

Gavin Rossdale of Bush (Video Interview)

“I think there’s something about just getting the chance to play again after everything everyone has been through, it’s been terrible for everyone, and just the emotions will be so high…” From Release: BUSH have been a mainstay on Australian radios since the release of their debut album Sixteen Stone in 1994. The album was an instant smash spending 43 weeks in the Australian […]

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Todd Kerns of Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators (Video Interview)

Todd Kerns of Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators (Video Interview)

“Well this one the mandate was 100% to do it as live as possible…” A decade and four albums into their career, Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators haven’t been deterred by any obstacles in their path–including a global pandemic. Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have recently released their new album titled 4, via Gibson Records, in partnership […]

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Kee Marcello of Out Of This World (Video Interview)

Kee Marcello of Out Of This World (Video Interview)

“Out Of This World… It actually sums it up pretty much perfectly…” From Release: What makes a song a good song? Craft? Passion? Production? Chemistry? On their soaring, self-titled debut, melodic hard rock supergroup OUT OF THIS WORLD skillfully underlines that it’s a combination of all of these things: a perfect and rare constellation when the stars are aligned correctly. […]

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Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society (Video Interview)

Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society (Video Interview)

“I love the fact that it’s bigger than a band and it’s bigger than me…” Black Label Society have recently released their 11th studio album ‘Doom Crew Inc.’ The 12-track album is both a tribute to the band’s “first to bleed, last to leave” road crew and a salute to the legion whose support, stretching back to 1998, rivals that […]

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Jerry Cantrell

Jerry Cantrell

“…I always think of it you know I always have, you have to remain in touch with the fan inside yourself and I always use as a benchmark if I wasn’t in this band would I buy this record? Would I play this record? Would I love this record? And the answer so far has been yes.” From Bio: Beyond […]

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James Michael of Sixx:A.M. (Video Interview)

James Michael of Sixx:A.M. (Video Interview)

“I think for all three of us it gave us the opportunity to stop, and look back and appreciate everything that we’ve been through and we’ve done and we’ve accomplished.” From Release: Sixx:A.M. will release Hits on October 22 via Better Noise Music. The album is a retrospective celebration of the iconic band’s biggest hits and fan-favourite songs, that will also include […]

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Phil Knight of Shihad

Phil Knight of Shihad

“Even though we’ve always been a political band wanting to sing about equality and against injustice and everything from the beginning, and still do.” If anger is an energy, then ‘Old Gods’ – Shihad’s 10th studio album – could singlehandedly power our capital city for a year. ‘Old Gods’ is a step into fury for frontman Jon Toogood whose lyrics […]

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Josh Todd of Buckcherry (Video Interview)

Josh Todd of Buckcherry (Video Interview)

“Whenever this band is faced with a lot adversity we always make our best records…” Buckcherry will release their 9th studio album Hellbound on June 25th.  The 10-track record was produced by Marti Frederiksen, who previously produced the band’s 4th album, Black Butterfly, and co-wrote one of their biggest hits ‘Sorry.’ Frederiksen co-wrote the majority of the album along with […]

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Rock Sugar – ‘Reinventinator’

Rock Sugar – ‘Reinventinator’

Oh hey everyone, it’s been far too long since I’ve done an album review (sorry!) But when something like this album comes along, I feel it’s my duty to get the word out. Now… If you’re not familiar with Rock Sugar, well how can I explain it? They take songs from different genres and put them together to make magic. […]

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Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick (Video Interview)

Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick (Video Interview)

“I tell people we haven’t progressed, it’s like I like what we were doing early on, we’re not trying to go out of our way…” From Release: Founded in 1974, Cheap Trick are an indisputable American institution, beloved around the globe for their instantly identifiable, hugely influential, brand of pop rock ‘n’ roll. The band – Robin Zander (vocals, rhythm […]

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