Category: Features

Tobias Sammet of Avantasia

Tobias Sammet of Avantasia

“The whole album is pretty much a celebration of the love for the abnormal *laughs* I can say, and I can relate to that and it’s a very heartfelt and honest album.” From Release: AVANTASIA, the all-star rock opera spaceship piloted by EDGUY singer, songwriter and producer Tobias Sammet, have released their eighth full-length album, ‘Moonglow’, via Nuclear Blast Records. […]

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Mark Morton

Mark Morton

“For the most part I wasn’t chasing people around in fact honestly I was flattered and kind of humbled at the same time to find in most instances the people I reached out to were willing to listen and once they listened they wanted to be a part of it.” From Release: Mark Morton, the prolific guitarist of Lamb of […]

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Kin Etik of Twelve Foot Ninja

Kin Etik of Twelve Foot Ninja

“… there’s no difference in preparation whether or not we’re playing to a small room of 100 or a festival with 10,000 people it’s all the same… ” From Release: Get ready. Twelve Foot Ninja are coming for their first headline tour of Australia in two years. The hard rock outfit have cemented a cult following off the back of their brand […]

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Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain

“…this time around I mean personally I just enjoy it more now because we’re still here, whatever it was we were doing we’re doing it right because we’re still here and you just chill out more now.” From Release: Brothers William and Jim Reid led THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN to become pioneers of the post-punk notion. Like mad scientists, the brothers would concoct formulas of […]

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James LaBrie of Dream Theater

James LaBrie of Dream Theater

“We knew we wanted to go in and write a heavier album, more hard rock but at the same time keeping the progressive elements that have been a strong signature for Dream Theater…” From Release: Chemistry triggers action. The bonds of disparate elements yield friction, energy, and ultimately incite creation. It happens throughout all of existence—especially in music. The music […]

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Isaac Hanson of Hanson

Isaac Hanson of Hanson

“…we’ve been doing this for a long time and we love making pop rock music or whatever it is we make and to have the chance to present the music we’ve been working on both new and old in one show in a different way than ever before…” From Release: During the past quarter-century, Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have […]

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Chris Taylor Brown of TRAPT

Chris Taylor Brown of TRAPT

“I think that’s the main thing that makes me want to keep doing Trapt is the fans and how they react to it.” From Release: Formed in 1997 TRAPT and have sold over 2.5 million records worldwide. It was their eponymous major-label debut, the self-titled ‘Trapt’ album that really got things going for them. The album was a perfect mix […]

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The Struts (Video Interview)

The Struts (Video Interview)

“To be honest all of our biggest opportunities to date have been as a result of people seeing us. It’s one of those funny things where I look on it and I’ve kind of like created a monster.” From Release: Having opened for The Rolling Stones, The Who, Guns’n’Roses and Motley Crue, The Struts are a band you don’t want […]

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Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat

Taime Downe of Faster Pussycat

“I’ve always been in the aspect that I just try and keep the family together always, shit that happened before in the old days we just kinda fell apart…” From Release: When you think of Hollywood’s infamous ‘80’s rock ‘n’ roll scene, it won’t take long before you turn your mind to Faster Pussycat. Led by the incomparable Taime Downe, […]

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Jennie Skulander of Devilskin

Jennie Skulander of Devilskin

“I guess we have a lot of energy on stage, I like to run around the stage, jump around, sometimes throw a cartwheel or whatever and we just play hard and just look like we’re having a lot of fun…” From Release: DEVILSKIN have earned a formidable reputation by earnestly demonstrating commitment to unpretentious musical values, writing songs that have depth […]

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Jason Aalon Butler of Fever 333

Jason Aalon Butler of Fever 333

“I think that all of us involved really wanted to see what it is we’re doing now so we were all ready for it and we were all waiting, and us all together and having like minds and having energy that we share the way we do…” From Release: In the midst of America’s 2017 socio-political upheaval a self-described “bi-racial […]

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Erik Weideman of 1927

Erik Weideman of 1927

“The best you can do is make new music, release it and tour and see what happens, I mean no one really knows what’s going to happen, ‘…ish’ proved that to me.” From Release: 1927 formed in 1987 and went on dominate charts with songs such as That’s When I Think Of You, If I Could and Compulsory Hero – all of which […]

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Tommy Thayer of KISS

Tommy Thayer of KISS

“…there are a lot of artists that go out and do these kinds of things but this is legitimately going to be the last tour for KISS.” From Release: Known for their trademark larger-than-life blistering performances, KISS has proven for decades why they are hands down the most iconic live show in rock n roll.  The Rock & Roll Hall […]

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Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday

Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday

“…we’ve all been a little like looking back retrospectively and we’ve been reminded a lot recently just how lucky we are and how fortunate we are to be and just kind of that we’ve been able to do what we do…” From Release: If you can’t believe that Taking Back Sunday have been around for 20 years, you’re not alone, […]

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Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

“…the industry has always confused me I feel like I’ve always been in the opposite corner of the business, I’ve always just done what I felt was right and what I felt was good even when I came over here…” From Release: 50 years after their formation, Australian supergroup Zoot is proud to unveil career retrospective ‘Archaeology’ including new song ‘Life In A Northern […]

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Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation

Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation

“…the fire that we have when we started is still there and that I think is the main reason to go on with making music…” From Release: WITHIN TEMPTATION – the legendary leaders of dark anthems, with a career spanning two decades – have announced their 7th album titled Resist, scheduled for release on 14 December 2018 via Vertigo/Caroline Australia. […]

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Jon Stevens

Jon Stevens

“I think it’s out duty as artists to help where we can, obviously you can’t be everywhere all the time but when the planets line up you can get involved then you do.” From Release: Coinciding with the Hay Mate: Buy A Bale – A Concert For The Farmers concert, Jon Stevens is releasing a charity single, Rain Down On Me, with all […]

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Jordan Rudess

Jordan Rudess

“…the piano is kind of like a home base for me, it all started with the piano and that’s like the instrument I feel so comfortable with so it’s a great way for me to express myself and as a musician take people on this journey.” From Bio: Jordan Rudess is best known as the keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire for platinum-selling Grammy- […]

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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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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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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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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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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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