Thursday, 7 July 2011

Interview - Alan Day Four Year Strong, by Music News Australia

Alan Day & Dan O'Connor

Interviewed by: Music News Australia | 7th July 2011

Hi Alan,

How are you all today? Excellent, every thing’s going good.

When and how did you get your start playing music? When I could pick up a guitar, I can remember as far back  I grew up in a house always with music and a loving family, dad played the piano and the guitar, there was always music playing in the house.

What motivates you?
Everything motivates me, waking up in the morning and music.

When might Australians expect a live performance from you? Soundwave revolutions festival, I can’t wait for that, I love Australia and everything about Australia  I can’t wait to get there.

Who are your biggest influences?  Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Bon Iver they are a Folk Indie Band anything from the 1990's pop culture.

How did the band come about? When I was  freshman in high school I met Dan through my sister and then we all started to  Jam together including Jake our drummer.

I love your Father’s day song can you tell me a little bit about that? Me and Dan were stuck in a rut in our writing and we said lets write a fucken song,  the song and lyrics just spewed out of us it’s not like our heavy songs it’s a beautiful song it’s a pretty song not so heavy Rock that we normally play, we just had to release to the World,

What is your star sign, and do you and others think that it is the real you? I don’t know (lol)  I think I’m a Virgo and a messy one not organized at all.

What messages do you like to try to convey to your fans? Be yourself – everything could end tomorrow just fucken try to do whatever you want to do that makes you happy and enjoy your own company.

What do you do to relax, other that music? Movies, I love comedy and chick flicks, tones of music doco’s,  I’ve been watching long 8 hours of the Beatles doco’s and Queen,  the Beatles success had a lot of highs and lows a lot of things I can relate to.

What do you think is the strangest or most unique thing about you? I’m a big dreamer and big ideas I have huge goals almost impossible high expectations I believe everything if fucken possible.

What is the strangest or most unique thing about Dan? Omg he is a one of a kind a weird guy a positive outlook on life he is a unique songwriter a really great guy you will ever meet.

It was a pleasure to talk to you today Alan, look forward to seeing you guys play at the Soundwave Revolutions festival.

Thank you for the chat,  I look forward to it.

                  Band Members
Dan O'Connor - vocals, guitars (since 2001)
Alan Day - vocals, guitars (since 2001)
Joe Weiss - bass guitar, backing vocals (since 2004)
Jackson "Jake" Massucco - drums (since 2001)
MONDAY 3 OCTOBER                                    PERTH, SOUNDWAVE REVOLUTION

Sounwave Revolutions:

Bringing a unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses, FOUR YEAR STRONG have cut their teeth into the Worcester hardcore scene and thirst for more. Their music incites a riot, leaving crowds blown away, and fired up.
One of music's premier pop punk bands, FYS were formed in Massachusetts in 2001 after O'Conner, Day, and Massucco met through mutual friends. With influences like Lifetime, Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits, and New Found Glory, FOUR YEAR STRONG has always strived to create music that they themselves would enjoy as listeners. Their motivation has manifested itself in a fluid mix of everything from punk pop to hardcore to indie rock.
Their distinct sound and incredibly energetic live shows has led to their inclusion on countless national tours and also caught the attention of Fallout Boy's Pete Wentz, who signed FYS to his label Decaydance Records in February 2008. The band's heightened profile hasn't stopped them from working diligently as they continued a hectic touring schedule and with this do-it-yourself determination, FOUR YEAR STRONG do not pretend to be anyone but themselves and have clearly risen above the hype.

Foo Fighters with special guest Tenacious D set to Rock Stadiums across Australia and NZ

The Frontier Touring Company are not just delighted, they’re damn well besides themselves with giddy excitement, to announce what is arguably THE biggest rock concerts of the summer.

#1 chart-toppers the Foo Fighters are returning to Australia and New Zealand for stadium shows and they’re bringing some pretty awesome friends in tow: none other than Tenacious D!

With over 15 years of experience, as documented in the band’s recently released DVD Back And Forth (Sony) and as headliners of the world’s most prestigious venues and festivals, Foo Fighters have become arguably the premiere live American rock act the world over. Their upcoming stadium tour will surely remind their Australian and New Zealand fans just how the band has achieved its mastery of the live element as Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear lead these colossal crowds in singalongs of such classics from their multi-platinum, 6 time Grammy Award winning catalogue as ‘Everlong’, ‘The Pretender’, ‘Learn To Fly’, ‘All My Life’, ‘Best Of You’, new staples ‘Rope’ and ‘Walk’ and more.

For their recently released seventh album, Wasting Light (Roswell Records through Sony), Foo Fighters returned to basics, recording in frontman Grohl’s garage with producer Butch Vig and churning out 11 prime examples of the trademark mix of melody and brawn that has made them one of the most beloved bands on the planet. The press were quick to stamp their approval, including a 4 star lead review from Rolling Stone who praised the albums 'fuzz-box brawn, mosh-pit hurrah choruses and iron-horse momentum' and hailed it as 'the best Foos album since the first two’. The sentiment was echoed by the public as Wasting Light debuted at #1 in 12 countries, including the RIANZ and ARIA album charts, where it occupied a place in the Australian Top 10 for over 2 months.

It’s no secret that Australia and New Zealand love the Foo Fighters and the sentiment is 100% reciprocated. Upon hearing of the natural disasters that affected Queensland and Christchurch earlier this year, the Foos were quick to donate their time and raise over $1 million for the relief funds:

“The Foo Fighters blitzed Brisbane’s Riverstage last night and no one at the venue will ever forget it…when 10,000 people punch the air and sing along with a song like ‘Generator’ that’s a lot of joy in the air when 10 weeks ago there was misery.”  Courier Mail

“Gigs like this don’t come around very often…This was one of those heart-pumping special shows that you know you’re lucky to be at.” NZ Herald

If the Foo Fighters tour wasn’t already exciting enough, no event can legitimately lay claim to the biggest rock concert of the year without including the band behind the “best song in the world”.  Oh yes, we’re talking about the one and only Tenacious D aka. Jack Black and Kyle Gass who last blew fans away with their 2007 tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Jack Black’s theatrical vocals and lyrical narrative coupled with Kyle Gass’ manic guitar skills will shred stadium crowds to pieces and take them on a sonic voyage to rock heaven and back, delivering an audience primed for the Foo Fighters to take the stage.

Though it seems this line-up could not possibly get any better, Frontier Touring are not done yet. Stay tuned for further announcements to hear who else will be rounding out this spectacular bill!

Australia and New Zealand make yourself word perfect for every Foos and D tune out there and you just may be worthy of what is set to be one of the biggest – and best – rock concerts of the year!

with special guest TENACIOUS D

Pre-sale tickets available via from Thursday 14 July to Friday 15 July (24hrs commencing from times below)
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MEDIA RELEASE                                                                                                                                    7 July 2011

McManus Entertainment is thrilled to announce Def Leppard’s return to Australia in October. They will be joined by American rock band Heart, who will be touring Australia for the very first time.

With more than 65 million albums sold worldwide, Def Leppard - Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick "Sav" Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) - continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. 

Over the course of their career, the band has produced a series of classic groundbreaking albums (including Pyromania and Hysteria) that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows, filled with powerful rock anthems, continue to sell out venues worldwide. Their epic live show and huge arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as an institution in both the music and touring industry. The bands live shows clearly demonstrate why Def Leppard remain one of the most highly praised live rock bands of all time!

Def Leppard are one of the few rock bands to join the exclusive “diamond” club, receiving two diamond accreditations (for sales in excess of ten million units) for Pyromania and Hysteria. Pyromania (1983) was recently named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “500 Greatest Albums” of all time. The UK’s Kerrang! Magazine chose Def Leppard’s show as one of their “greatest gigs of all time!”

With hits such as Pour Some Sugar On Me, Photograph, Let’s Get Rocked, Animal, Rock of Ages, When Love & Hate Collide and Love Bites, Def Leppard have become a staple on rock radio and music television worldwide.

Def Leppard’s new live album (2CD and DVD) Mirror Ball Live & More is available now through Riot! Entertainment.

Heart will be joining Def Leppard on their first ever tour of Australia. Their debut album Dreamboat Annie sailed into the Australian Top 10 in 1976. Heart showed the world that women can rock! Not only did the Wilson sisters (Ann and younger sister Nancy) lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Some of Heart’s biggest hits include Magic Man, All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You, These Dreams, Barracuda and they have even recorded a cover of John Farnham’s You’re The Voice. Throughout their 35 year career, Heart has sold more than 30 million records, had 22 Top 40 hits, sold out arenas worldwide and had a profound influence on rock music. In 2010 they returned to the Top 10 again with the critically acclaimed album Red Velvet Car.

“We are enormously excited to be bringing our show down under,” says lead singer Ann Wilson. “This is the fulfillment of a long-time dream.”

Joining them will be legendary Australian rock band Choirboys. With a career spanning 30 years, Choirboys will transport the audience back in time with hits including Run To Paradise, Boys Will Be Boys, Struggle Town and Never Gonna Die.

Def Leppard, Heart and Choirboys is a line up not to be missed!

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Tickets go on sale from 9am on Monday 18 July via the below outlets


Saturday 15 October              Perth, NIB Stadium,                                   136 100
Tuesday 18 October               Adelaide, Adelaide Entertainment Centre             132 849
Thursday 20 October              Sydney, Sydney Entertainment Centre      136 100
Saturday 22 October              Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena                           132 849
Tuesday 25 October               Canberra, AIS Arena                                        132 849
Thursday 27 October              Brisbane, Brisbane Entertainment Centre             132 849
Saturday 29 October              Newcastle, Newcastle Entertainment Centre           132 849

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