Category: Live Shows

Homebake – The Domain, Sydney – December 8, 2012

Homebake – The Domain, Sydney – December 8, 2012

So, this is my first Homebake, and in its inception since 1996 I stand here and I’m somewhat disappointed in myself that I’ve taken so long to come out and support this event which over its years has featuring some of Australia’s best acts. This year though is slightly different in the first International edition featuring US legends Blondie. So […]

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The Living End – Retrospective Tour – The Hi Fi Sydney – November 26 & 27 2012

The Living End – Retrospective Tour – The Hi Fi Sydney – November 26 & 27 2012

“Where many bands are ashamed of their old work and back catalogue, I commend The Living End for having the balls to come out and do what they’ve done and are doing on this Retrospective tour.” The packed crowd in the Hi Fi tonight are here for one reason as they have been for the last five nights to see […]

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Queenscliff Music Festival – 23 to 25 November

Queenscliff Music Festival – 23 to 25 November

  Photos: You can check out more photos of the live action right here….. http://lensofrock.photomerchant.net/galleries/queenscliff-music-festival For 16 years now, the tranquil 1850’s seaside settlement of Queenscliff in Victoria, Australia has been home to one of our premiere music festivals, the Queenscliff Music Festival.  Consistently assembling an amazing array of some of Australia’s biggest acts as well as the finest up and coming […]

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Nickelback – Allphones Arena, Sydney Australia – November 24 2012

Nickelback – Allphones Arena, Sydney Australia – November 24 2012

Here at MTRBWY, we are a Nickelback friendly zone and I personally do not understand the hatred towards the band. If they were so hated why would they be back playing arenas and here at the first of two nights in Sydney?  Oh yeah, they must be so awful, surely the 13,000 people here tonight feel that way too…  you […]

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Reckless Love – The Barfly, Camden, UK – 11 October 2012

Reckless Love – The Barfly, Camden, UK – 11 October 2012

Review and photos by Peter Coates.   Check out more rockin’ stuff from Peter right here… http://www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography There is nothing terribly original in what Finnish glam rockers Reckless Love offer up, but in a world of “Nobody’s Got Talent” and the “XXXX Factor”, and too many bland alt-folk bands filling up the airwaves, in a tight cramped sweaty venue like the […]

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The Trews – Notes at Newtown, Sydney – 25 October 2012

The Trews – Notes at Newtown, Sydney – 25 October 2012

In Summary: “If you’ve never seen The Trews before I implore you to do so at your earliest convenience as this is one of the best rock bands I’ve seen play in a long, long time.” The small crowd on a Thursday night in Newtown have gathered to see Canadian rockers The Trews on this their fourth visit to Australia […]

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Matchbox Twenty, INXS – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia

Matchbox Twenty, INXS – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Australia

After 5 years away from Australian shores, Matchbox Twenty are currently making their way around the country on what is surprisingly their sixth Australian tour.  Well it’s surprising to me, as I’m well and truly a Matchbox Twenty fan, but this was to be the first time I had seem the perform live.  Supporting them throughout these Aussie shows are […]

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Everclear – The Hi Fi, Sydney – 12 October 2012

Everclear – The Hi Fi, Sydney – 12 October 2012

“So as much as it’s been fourteen years away from Australia for the band, it’s been fourteen years of waiting by a lot of this eager crowd who loved every second of tonight’s show and I can tell you one thing it won’t be another fourteen before they’re back.” Sydney band ‘Ashes’ who won their place opening the night tonight […]

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Steel Panther – The Big Top at Luna Park, Sydney – 5 October 2012

Steel Panther – The Big Top at Luna Park, Sydney – 5 October 2012

“Tonight sums up what this band is all about, they’re metal, they’re bringing it back and if this crowd and those around the world have their way, it won’t be going away again in a hurry.” So, I’m pretty sure that the wigs outnumbered the real long haired males tonight but regardless, the fact that people have come in droves […]

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The Script – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – 24 September 2012

The Script – The Metro Theatre, Sydney – 24 September 2012

I remember seeing The Script back in 2008 when they came to Sydney on a promo tour in support of their debut album, playing in a small club to an attentive yet small crowd, just seeing them then you knew these guys had it. Now four years on and two albums and a couple of visits back since the debut […]

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Hanson – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia – September 16 2012

Hanson – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia – September 16 2012

In summary: Say what you will about Hanson, but if you’re prepared to dismiss them simply for being Hanson then that’s fine, but you have just missed out on an amazing night of great songs, musicianship and harmonies. Standing outside The Enmore Theatre in Sydney tonight and watching the crowd enter was fun for me, as the predominantly female audience […]

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Photo courtesy of Lens Of Rock (www.lensofrock.com)

1927 – The Palms @ Crown, Melbourne, Australia – 24 August 2012

It’s been over 23 ”ish” years since 1927 stormed the charts here in Australia in late 1988 with their 500,000 plus selling debut album …iSh.  Featuring smash hit singles That’s When I Think Of You, If I Could, You’ll Never Know and Compulsory Hero, ..iSH, remains one of the highest selling debut albums ever by an Australian band….and that’s a […]

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The Tea Party – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – July 21

The Tea Party – The Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – July 21

As the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney turned dark, and the stage immersed in purple lighting, the roar of the crowd was nothing short of deafening as the reformed Tea Party took the stage. Plain and simple, I’m pretty sure we’re in for something special tonight and as front man Jeff Martin opened his mouth for the first time the crowd […]

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Carrie Underwood – The Sydney Opera House – July 2

Carrie Underwood – The Sydney Opera House – July 2

Tonight I’m once again at the Sydney Opera House, an iconic venue I’ve been lucky enough to attend a number of concerts now, and every time the artists are more than ‘blown away’ (pun intended) by being able to have the opportunity to do play here. None more than tonight’s performer the gorgeous and extremely talented Carrie Underwood. With artists […]

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Train & Matt Nathanson – Sydney Opera House – June 7

Train & Matt Nathanson – Sydney Opera House – June 7

Sydney couldn’t have been more beautiful tonight, with the Vivid festival lighting up Circular Quay and people flocking to watch the lights covering the buildings, there were even more people in the area this evening to head in to the iconic Sydney Opera House to catch Train and Matt Nathanson in probably my favourite pairing of the year so far. […]

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Buckcherry – Paramount, Huntington, NY, USA – 18 May 2012

Buckcherry – Paramount, Huntington, NY, USA – 18 May 2012

Buckcherry – Paramount, Huntington, NY, USA 18 May 2012, by Paul Miles Photo Gallery:  http://rockshots.paul-miles.com/Music/Buckcherry-Long-Island-NY/23117936_PHWQFm As the train from Manhattan pulled out and headed towards the leafy town of Huntington on the north shore of Long Island, I cast my mind back to the previous times I had seen Buckcherry play: a few shows around Japan back in 2008, then the […]

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Calling All Cars, Strangers and Arts Martial – Hi Fi Bar, Melbourne – 11 May 2012

Calling All Cars, Strangers and Arts Martial – Hi Fi Bar, Melbourne – 11 May 2012

Being a hometown show for Calling All Cars, I rocked up to the Hi-Fi Bar on a wintery Melbourne, Friday night, expecting to be greeted by a reasonably packed house, so was somewhat amazed upon entry to find the Hi-Fi Bar pretty damn empty.  For those who turned up later on, shame on you for missing Perth band Arts Martial […]

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The Dirty Pearls – Gramercy Theatre, New York City – 5 May 2012

The Dirty Pearls – Gramercy Theatre, New York City – 5 May 2012

The Dirty Pearls – Gramercy Theatre, New York City 5 May 2012, by Paul Miles Photo Gallery: http://rockshots.paul-miles.com/Music/Dirty-Pearls-Gramercy-Release/22860566_nhs5DF Rarely do I get pumped for an album release gig these days, but I’ve seen The Dirty Pearls a few times now and I feel hooked. Having paid their local dues, with a good tip, these kings of the New York City rock […]

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Spread Eagle – The Bowery Electric, New York City – 22 April 2012

Spread Eagle – The Bowery Electric, New York City – 22 April 2012

Reviewed by: Paul Miles Date: 22 April 2012 Venue: The Bowery Electric, New York City, USA Website: Spread Eagle Facebook Full Photo Gallery (click link): http://rockshots.paul-miles.com/ As heavy rain and gusty winds buffeted New York City all day, a crowd of rockers ignored a flood watch warning and ventured down to The Bowery Electric in Manhattan’s East Village to see […]

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Cold Chisel – Hordern Pavilion Sydney – April 18

Cold Chisel – Hordern Pavilion Sydney – April 18

Welcome to the wettest night in possibly the last 100 years in Sydney which sees an entirely drenched crowd filling the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney with definite plans to see the legendary Cold Chisel tonight. Trust me, not even the flame trees can dry these dripping punters… (I know, bad pun, but they get better.) Lanie Lane was our support […]

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New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, The Maine, This Time Next Year – The Big Top – April 7

New Found Glory, Taking Back Sunday, The Maine, This Time Next Year – The Big Top – April 7

It’s always something pretty cool when you get a four band line up that you’re pumped to check out, all the bands tonight complement each other and I can tell we’re in for a good night. This Time Next Year hit the ground running and didn’t slow down. Their energetic pop punk sound had the crowd pumped up in no […]

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Andrew W.K. – Webster Hall, New York City

Andrew W.K. – Webster Hall, New York City

  Reviewed by: Paul Miles Date: 02 April 2012 Venue: Webster Hall, New York City, USA Website: www.andrewwk.com Full Photo Gallery (click link): http://rockshots.paul-miles.com/ People have been partying to the upbeat, high-energy of Andrew W.K. for a decade now. To celebrate this anniversary of his chart-topping debut album I Get Wet, he led tonight’s sold-out crowd through a chaotic rock’n’roll workout that featured all […]

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Blitzen Trapper

Blitzen Trapper – Prince Bandroom, Melbourne

After having the opportunity to interview Marty Marquis from USA alternative country, classic rockers Blitzen Trapper a few weeks ago, I headed off to this show with some mighty high expectations for one thing and pleasingly, that very high expectation was met.  It was simply that tonight would feature cowbell and lot’s of it, but we’ll talk about that more […]

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Photo by Andrew Insyghtphotography

Evanescence – Convention Centre, Brisbane

Reviewed by: Andrew Treadwell Evanescence seemed to almost become the band that time forgot, with an extended break from music and touring, but if the crowds judgement was anything to go by, no one forgot them, but they did certainly miss them, and made sure they showed their appreciation, throughout the set. Supporting on this tour was Blaqk Audio, which […]

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G3 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

G3 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne

G3, for the uninitiated is the essentially the brainchild of Joe Satriani.  Since it’s inception in 1996, the G3 lineup has been bringing to life and stages around the world, a trio of guitar playing combinations many probably only imagined possible in their wildest dreams.  With Satriani and Vai being “G1” and “G2” for the majority of G3 performances over […]

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Marilyn Manson / Coal Chamber / Wednesday 13 / Motionless In White – The Enmore Theatre – Sydney – February 29

Marilyn Manson / Coal Chamber / Wednesday 13 / Motionless In White – The Enmore Theatre – Sydney – February 29

Rain rain go away. Seriously. Go away. It is awful tonight in Sydney yet people have come out in droves for yet another Sidewave. This time it’s Marilyn Manson, Coal Chamber, Wednesday 13 and Motionless In White. I walked in the door three seconds before Motionless In White started to see the crowd at almost three quarters capacity which is […]

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Dashboard Confessional / Jack’s Mannequin / Relient K – Manning Bar, Sydney – February 27

Dashboard Confessional / Jack’s Mannequin / Relient K – Manning Bar, Sydney – February 27

The sold out crowd tonight at Sydney’s Manning Bar are here to see one of the most perfect line ups on a sidewave yet, consisting of Relient K, Jack’s Mannequin and Dashboard Confessional. What to expect?!?! I unfortunately missed Relient K, hey, Soundwave week is busy, don’t yell at me… I was upset too… BUT, Jack’s Mannequin what can I […]

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Soundwave Festival 2012 – Sydney – 26 February

Soundwave Festival 2012 – Sydney – 26 February

After my mistake of not heading to last year’s Soundwave and the bruises from kicking myself, I was in no way missing Soundwave 2012. My biggest problem was how to split myself in to five people to be able to catch all the bands on this unbelievable bill. Seriously, what a line up. The trains were packed early and the […]

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Madison Violet – Notes in Newtown – 23 February

Madison Violet – Notes in Newtown – 23 February

Thursday night and on the bill tonight is something a little different in Canadian folk rock duo Madison Violet. First support act Jordan Miller was as smooth as a single barrel scotch, with songs so easy to listen to and a killer voice to boot he entertained the small crowd that began to grow with each song sang. This cat […]

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Screaming Bikini – The Beresford – February 11th

Screaming Bikini – The Beresford – February 11th

Sydney, never really renowned for coming out and supporting live music, well tonight I sit corrected as I’m here at the Beresford to see Screaming Bikini, the newest band lead by one of Australia’s best rock front women in Sarah McLeod who has formed and been doing the rounds with for a number of months now. In the midst of […]

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