Author: Troy Culpan

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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Jeff Pilson of Foreigner

Jeff Pilson of Foreigner

“So I’m feeling very confident coming to Australia that the show is going to be really together and that you guys are going to enjoy it way more than you even think.” From Release: Legendary rock band FOREIGNER will return to Australia this October to perform a series of newly envisaged orchestral concerts. Fans will be treated to a string […]

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Josh Rand of Stone Sour

Josh Rand of Stone Sour

“…we truly enjoy doing what we do and I just think that when you come out and play with that energy and then the crowd feeds off of it, and then you feed off the crowd’s energy, and it’s just this cycle.” From Release: Known far and wide as a truly incendiary live act, Stone Sour has built an international […]

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Chris Jericho of Fozzy

Chris Jericho of Fozzy

“I think just when you’re in a band, it’s a team, it’s like a good football team and you’ve got to let everybody play their position and don’t try and do other people’s jobs, if everyone plays up to their strengths you’ll always win…” From Release: Following their most successful US & UK tours EVER, FOZZY is bringing the Judas […]

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Kim Benzie of Dead Letter Circus

Kim Benzie of Dead Letter Circus

“…we have cracked the code on how to really interact with each other and the complete dissolving of any individual egos within the band…” From Release: One of Australia’s most loved bands Dead Letter Circus have released their brand new single ‘The Real You’ into the world today. To coincide with the release, the band has also shared eagerly awaited […]

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Kav Temperley

Kav Temperley

“I’d done a lot of collaborations with a lot of people, I’d done side projects and lots of things but I’d never sat down by myself in a room with an acoustic guitar and just written a record for myself.” From Release: Best known as the frontman of the Australian rock n roll luminaires, Eskimo Joe, acclaimed songwriter Kav Temperley is stepping out […]

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Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Living The Dream

Slash Ft. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators – Living The Dream

They’re back! ‘Living The Dream’ is Slash’s fourth solo album and third with his merry men of Myles and The Conspirators. I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve done here as when a band has worked together for a while they truly get into a groove and I get the feeling this album will be the one that will make […]

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Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

Andrew McMahon of Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness

“…I think there’s an ability to also dig a little bit deeper into the storytelling of these songs and communicate to the audience where I was coming from when I sat down at the piano and put them together.” From Release: Singer-songwriter Andrew McMahon returns to Australia this September performing songs from his critically acclaimed solo releases as well as favourites from Something […]

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James Van Cooper – Coming Home

James Van Cooper – Coming Home

The first time I saw James Van Cooper play was a couple of years ago in his rock outfit called Van Cooper and in the set he played a couple of Butch Walker tracks, now what I love about what James has done is that much like Butch he’s moved away from the big rock arena rock sound and made […]

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Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick

Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick

“…we aren’t the kind of band that can figure out what people really want to hear, like it’s just the luck of the draw and doing something that we would like to hear and that’s all we can do.” From Release: Since exploding onto the music scene in the mid-1970’s, they’ve been blending elements of pop, punk and even metal […]

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Gene Simmons – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – August 31, 2018

Gene Simmons – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney – August 31, 2018

There’s a first for everything with KISS members and tonight is one of those here in Australia, not only is it Gene Simmons’ first solo tour of Australia he has his old friend and original KISS member Ace Frehley supporting him. Bet you never saw that coming! The earlier start meant I made it in just as Ace Frehley took […]

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Scott Ian

Scott Ian

“…I’ve been in a band for four decades I’ve done a lot, I’ve seen a lot, I’ve met a lot of people, I’ve done things, crazy things with a lot of the people I’ve met you know, if you know anything about my life and my time travelling the planet for the last thirty seven years then you know I […]

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Gaz Coombes

Gaz Coombes

“…all the new songs are feeling great and they’re really connecting with the audience and it’s been really exciting, so I haven’t really felt the need to kind of remind people of what I’ve done before, this is what’s happening, this is what I’m doing and I hope you like it.” From Release: Gaz Coombes has announced a series of […]

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The Last Martyr

The Last Martyr

“Imagine the hooks of a pop song, riffage of a metal tune, guitar spins of a 2010 screamo band and singing/screaming by a weird long haired blonde girl.” From Release: Melbourne’s The Last Martyr debut single ‘Into The Black’ was mixed and mastered by Circles’ Ted Furuhashi and video was directed by Dave Hunter of Band Factory Media. The video […]

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Andrew W.K. – The Manning Bar, Sydney – August 26, 2018

Andrew W.K. – The Manning Bar, Sydney – August 26, 2018

It’s been a long time between tours for Andrew W.K. so tonight Sydney is ready to party, and dare I say Party Hard!!! Opening the show tonight, Bare Bones as always delivered a loud, tight, heavy set. These guys get better every time I see them and I look forward to hearing more as they continue to smash these kinds […]

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Stryper – Max Watts, Sydney – August 18, 2018

Stryper – Max Watts, Sydney – August 18, 2018

Tonight after eight years, Stryper return to Sydney! This time though as a three piece minus guitarist Oz Fox who is currently unwell, so tonight Stryper will be knows as Tri-per as they show us what they can do as a trio! Gypsy kick things off with some rock and Roll and a mix of originals and covers, and I […]

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Hideous Sun Demon

Hideous Sun Demon

“We play high energy guitar music that draws on a lot of influences. We try keep our songs immediate and to the point. The guitars are a bit psychy with the effects we use but we write punky songs.” From Release: When music fans were first hit with the impulsive, chaotic notes of ‘Hard Out’ for the first time last […]

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Patty Walters of As It Is

Patty Walters of As It Is

“We wanted it to be in first person so it could still feel as personal as previous other releases, but it demanded a lot more I don’t know, just a different kind of appreciation of the much kind of broader world instead of an immediate world and for that it was really fulfilling and rewarding as an experience.” From Release: […]

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Doro Pesch

Doro Pesch

“Sometimes we are making records and it is so stressful but this one it was just really, really pure joy and it was hard, the work is hard but in feeling it was always very, very positive and that might be a good sign, I’ve only had it one time in my life and that was with the ‘Triumph and […]

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