Thursday, 2 February 2012

Roxette - Live Tour Sydney

Roxette fans all over Australia can now join the joyride! Due to surging demand from fans across the nation, legendary pop duo Roxette will now extend their Australian visit and play shows across Australia.
Roxette have topped the charts three times in Australia with singles It Must Have Been Love, Joyride and The Look. Look Sharp went to number two on the Australian album charts in 1988. Joyride followed in 1991 also reaching number two. Roxette's next albums, Tourism and Crash! Boom! Bang!, both reached number 3 on the Australian album charts while their first greatest hits album Don't Bore Us, Get To The Chorus landed in the Australian top ten in 1995.

Roxette are one of the most successful bands to come out of Sweden, have had more number ones and top 10 hits in America than ABBA and have even featured on their very own Swedish postage stamp!

Marie Fredriksson and Per Gessle who make up Roxette, came out of Sweden in the late '80s. Their game was pop and their mission was to conquer the world. With 33 chart-busting singles and total record sales of 75 million, it seems safe to say, "mission accomplished". Except for one thing - it ain't over yet! Biding their time during Marie Fredriksson's recovery from her brain tumour in 2002, the band has gradually staged a comeback that has climaxed with the release of their new album Charm School and their current world tour.

After an extremely successful start in Russia, Roxette went on to sell out concerts throughout Europe, South America and South Africa over the last year with more than one million tickets sold at 70 concerts. After such an overwhelming response in the rest of the world, Roxette have decided to extend the tour to include some very special shows in Australia and New Zealand.

Joining Roxette for these special Australian shows are 1927. Their 1989 album ...Ish is one of the highest selling debut albums by an Australian band. 1927's hit singles If I Could, That's When I Think of You, You'll Never Know and Compulsory Hero still remain radio favourites more than 20 years after their release.

Tue 14 Feb - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Sat 18 Feb - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Mon 20 Feb - Adelaide Entertainment Centre
*Ticketek is selling for the above venues only.

Big Day Out To Hit Adelaide and Perth; Follow's Sydney And Melbourne Concerts

Music and entertainment fans. No doubt you have been hearing and readying all sorts of news about Australia's Big Day Out festival.

It's a tough gig to put on a huge concert festival such as this, and in 2012 Australia's festival scene has endured lots of competition, and we all know about the global economic recession.

Do your best to support live music and be prepared for some pleasant surprises at the upcoming Big Day Out festivals in Adelaide and Perth. And, kudos to Motorola and other sponsors for getting behind the gigs, for without them, the shows of this magnitude wouldn't be possible.

Big Day Out Hits Adelaide, SA This Friday...

South Australia the 2012 Big Day Out is heading your way! They have managed to squeeze into their suitcases the finest acts from across the globe and local legends too, a non-stop list of the world’s top skaters, performers and artists are all along for the ride. BDO are excited and honoured to be bringing them to you this Friday, 3 February at the Adelaide Showground.

It’s been fifteen long years since SOUNDGARDEN last graced our shores and Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd – the Seattle foursome – close the Big Day Out Stage with a vengeance. Rusty Cage, Outshined, Spoonman, Black Hole Sun – you’ll hear them all and you’ll love every minute of it!

Headlining the Boiler Room from North West London are NERO. Epic noise, thunderous dubstep bass, whirlwind drum ’n’ bass and hail of house rhythms, lightning flashes of rave synths, squall of orchestra, and occasional showers of guitar. “The bass-heavy, dubstep, anthemic trio blew the crowd away … they managed to get the whole crowd jumping.” (SydneyGigGuide). You’ll never forgive yourself if you miss it – the perfect way to end your epic Big Day Out adventure!

As the driving force behind Oasis, Noel Gallagher did everything you can do in music, but never before has he played BIG DAY OUT Adelaide! That all changes in a few days when NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS make their Adelaide debut bringing a host of new songs to the stage, as well as classic Oasis tunes. There’s plenty of beautiful, loud and proud crowd sing-alongs here so grab you friends and get along to this one.

On the local front, Adelaide’s very own kings of hip-hop, HILLTOP HOODS, are celebrating their 5th Big Day Out this year so get your hands in the air and witness the guys performing their brand new single I Love It alongside Hard Road and all the songs you know and love.

The Sydney Morning Herald said “rockers KASABIAN offered rabble-raising proof of their place as one of the most exciting live acts” and we couldn’t agree more. And over on the Boiler Room stage are the must-see mash-up mixes of GIRL TALK and the unrestrained energy of OFWGKTA – both of whom have been massive crowd favourites.

THE VACCINES who, according to The Courier Mail “played a sizzling set on the Essential Stage and showed they are ready for bigger stages in days to come”, are a must add to your BDO schedule while over on the Green Stage, FOSTER THE PEOPLE are pulling massive crowds, bouncing and singing along to one of the biggest hits of the year, Pumped Up Kicks.

Returning after a 10 year hiatus is the BDO Skate Ramp featuring the unstoppable legend TONY HAWK’S VERT JAM, KINGS OF VERT and LEGENDS OF VERT. Be prepared to be amazed as the teams keep the crowd enthralled with some high flying and kick-arse skateboarding stunts right throughout the day.

Our 2012 BIG DAY OUT artists are also killing it on the ARIA Charts this week with four entries in the Top 30 of the Album chart (Foster the People at No. 2, Boy & Bear up 7 places to No. 9, Kimbra at No. 16 and Kasabian up 18 places to No. 27) and the No. 10 and 11 songs on the Singles Chart (Foster the People at No. 10 and Hilltop Hoods up 9 places to No 11).

There are a limited number of tickets still on sale – what are you waiting for? We look forward to seeing you Friday!

Big Day Out Getting Ready To Hit Perth, Western Australia...

From school to stage – 44th Sunset revved up for 2012 Big Day Out!

Dubbed as the next big thing to come out of the Australian music scene, Perth’s indie rock band, 44th Sunset - crowned overall winners of Motorola’s online competition MySchoolAct, are getting ready to play The Big Day Out 2012 this Sunday on the Perth foreshore. 

Beating 500 Australian high school bands for the chance to share the stage with Soundgarden, Foster the People and My Chemical Romance, the Helena College quartet clinched the $50,000 recording and marketing contract from Sony Music, complete with Sony / ATV publishing deal and coveted slot in the BDO’s WA line up.

Comprised of 16 year old students Nik Thompson, Forrest King, Emily Matthews and John Yaxley, 44
th Sunset’s music has been described as a raw and diverse soundscape complete with haunting melodies, acclaimed riffs and a myriad of stories and moments rich with connotative meaning. 

Emily Matthews describes the beginning of their MySchoolAct journey from Perth to Sydney as being exhausting but one of the most rewarding and inspiring events of their lives.

“We were determined to do the best we could and prove that as wildcards in the competition, we had the right to be there,” said Emily. “In appreciation, all of the bands were so tight, with such great stage presence and something different in their music.”

The MySchoolAct competition is all about supporting young Aussie talent through utilising the very best tools the online world has to offer – so it comes as no surprise that Motorola, who pride themselves in delivering innovative products to young music lovers everywhere, were proud to support this wonderful initiative. 

What’s more, the Activation at each Australian event will include the biggest waterslide BDO has ever seen, with a 12 metre climb to the Slide’s crows nest and a 55 metre runway! There will also be demonstrations of the new Motorola DEFY+™ handset from qualified Motorola staff. 

Motorola DEFY+™ has been designed for the biggest days out with water resistant, scratch and dust proof qualities.

44th Sunset play at Perth’s BDO this Sunday 5 February at the Victoria Park Foreshore 
(McCallum Park) Victoria Park, at 11.40am on the Guvera Skate Stage

The Music News Australia agency congratulates everyone involved in the success of the Big Day Out concerts. Next year the word is it will be bigger and better.  We hear that the media and marketing machine behind the well known concert festival is getting a bit of an overhaul / revamp, and that sounds like really good news to many Australian media organisations. It's a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll, and Big Day Out promoters know it better than anyone.


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Madeleine Peyroux

Madeleine Peyroux The Frontier Touring Company is delighted to announce the return of American songstress MADELEINE PEYROUX. Peyroux will be embarking on an Australian national tour and New Zealand show in March 2012.

Peyroux’s last trip to Australia was as the special guest of Diana Krall in March 2010. The success of these shows has prompted her to play a string of headline dates much to the excitement of her Australian fan base. Peyroux is touring in support of her fifth solo album Standing On The Rooftop, released in June 2011.

This album showcases a different direction for Peyroux and highlights her ability to successfully reinvent her music; her latest album has elements of American roots sounds as well as her signature jazz inspired tone. Many will recall the unforgettable songs from Peyroux’s highly praised 2004 album Careless Love and 2006’s Half The Perfect World. During her captivating live show fans can expect the songbird to enchant and delight.

Evanescence Australian Tour 2012

Evanescence have confirmed they will tour Australia in 2012 announcing a run of dates throughout March.
Evanescence were first tipped to be on the Soundwave Bill, however in October frontwomen Amy Lee said they would be coming for their own headline tour.
Blaqk Audio, the side project of AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget, have been announced as the support act for the tour. The have just finished their new album Bright Black Heaven, however no official release date has been set, this will be the follow-up album to 2007′s CexCells.
Evanescence + Blaqk Audio 2012 Australian Tour Dates
March 23rd – Royal Theatre, Canberra
March 24th – Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
March 26th – Convention Centre, Brisbane
March 28th – Entertainment Centre, Newcastle
March 29th – Entertainment Centre, Sydney

Three guitar heroes! Three bands! The infamous G3 Jam - Presented by: Michael Coppel Presents

Three guitar heroes! Three bands! The infamous G3 Jam - all packed into ONE hot show!
Prepare to witness some of the most electrifyingly brilliant displays of guitar mastery ever seen when the most anticipated international live guitar event arrives in March 2012!

G3 bring their combined guitar pyrotechnics to Australia in what will be dazzling two-and-a-half-hour-long shows of guitar wizardry and musical daring.

G3 guitar gods Joe Satriani and Steve Vai will be joined on tour by the renowned Steve Lukather. Fans will be treated to individual sets by each guitarist with their own bands before joining Satriani and his band on stage for an all-star jam session.

Since its inception and instant success in 1996, an incarnation of G3 has toured almost annually.

Featuring three selected guitarists of this generation, G3 have performed sold out shows in the US, Europe, South America, Japan and here in Australia. Founded by Joe Satriani, G3 has featured many celebrated guitarists including: Steve Vai, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Yngwie Malmsteen, Robert Fripp, Adrian Legg and Eric Johnson.

This year's line up threatens to over-shadow all of them.

VIP Platinum
- 'The Guitar Secrets Experience'
- Joe and Steve answer questions on all things 6 stringed
- Plus personalised autograph/photo session
- Ticket in 1st 5 rows
- 30 minute Q and A with Joe and Steve
- Autograph signing and photo
- Laminate

VIP Gold
- Ticket in 6 - 10 rows
- Autograph poster
- Photo with all 3 artists
- Laminate

Tue 27 Mar - Royal Theatre, Canberra
Fri 30 Mar - Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
Thu 5 Apr - Brisbane Convention Centre
*Ticketek is selling for the above venues only.

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** Hordern Pavilion patrons please note: We recommend that all children under 16 years of age be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Slipknot Tour - Music News Australia

Slipknot is an American metal band from Des Moines, Iowa.

The current line-up includes Sid Wilson, Joey Jordison, Paul Gray, Chris Fehn, Jim Root, Craig Jones, Shawn Crahan, Mick Thomson, and Corey Taylor. They are recognized as one of the pioneering bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal.

The band formed in late 1995 and underwent several line-up changes following the independent release of their debut album, Mate. Feed. Kill. Repeat. in 1996.
Their first studio-produced album, Slipknot, was released in 1999. followed by two further studio albums, Iowa in 2001 and Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) in 2004. They are expected to release their fourth album, All Hope Is Gone, on August 25, 2008.

- Wikipedia

JOHN WILLIAMSON Releases 48th album ‘THE BIG RED’

JOHN WILLIAMSON will release The Big Red, a twelve track studio album nationally on Friday 27th January 2012.

The recording comprises material penned by the modern day poet over the past three years and contains quintessential ‘Willo’ sounds, with images that capture the country in song, inspirational songs of mateship and romantic ballads that touch the heart.

Released through his recent signing with Warner Music Australia, The Big Red is reflective of the multi-award winning artist’s passion for his craft. It reminds all as to why he has remained a success for more than forty years, with tracks on the album sure to become favourites for all Australians domestically or a treasured keepsake for those overseas.

The first single Hang My Hat In Queensland is pure poetry; an autobiographical account of Williamson’s life.
Inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 2010 and the recipient of more awards than he cares to mention, including a recent nomination for Oz Artist of the Year at the CMC 2012 Music Awards, there is no question that Williamson is the real deal. He stands by what he represents and is unashamedly proud of the country he loves. For this artist, whilst the awards are a nice recognition, there is no doubt it is the reaction from his audience that is most important.

‘At last ‘The Big Red’ is out of the box. I think those who know my music will think ‘Yes! This is what we’ve been waiting for from Willo.’ For those who don’t know; clear the mind of American influences. This is purely Australian. I hope it makes you as proud as I am of the place,’ said Williamson.

Williamson will embark on The Big Red National Tour from February 2012. For more information please visit


JOHN WILLIAMSON TOUR DATESFor more information please visit

Black Veil Brides Sidewave announced!

With their dark-edged punk attitude and cock-rock swagger BLACK VEIL BRIDES are ready to take their place among the most popular young rock bands in the world today.

The hard rock industry is beyond saturation so anything that steers away from the norm seems like a blessing. Their sophomore album ‘Set the World on Fire’ has alternative press declaring it “Anthemic arena metal that draws equally from 80’s (Iron Maiden) and the present day (Avenged Sevenfold)”

Hot off from being named ‘Band Of The Year’ in 2011 by Rock Sound, BLACK VEIL BRIDES are clearly setting the rock world alight so “wind down your car window, turn up the volume, sing along & flip the finger for good measure” – The Metal Forge  


FRIDAY 2 MARCH                                    MELBOURNE, SHOWGROUNDS – SOLD OUT!
SATURDAY 3 MARCH                             ADELAIDE, BONYTHON PARK
MONDAY 5 MARCH                                PERTH, CLAREMONT SHOWGROUNDS
General Public tickets on sale now through & Oztix outlets & 132 849

Rod Stewart tour - Hunter Valley

World renowned rock legend Rod Stewart will visit some of Australia's largest venues and intimate wineries when he brings his 'The Hits' tour down under this month.
Rod Stewart tour - Hunter Valley
Hope Estate Winery 2213 Broke Road, Pokolbin
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
With 40 years of chart-topping singles and albums under his belt, British icon Rod Stewart will be rocking his incredible 'The Hits' tour on stages in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne as well as two special concerts at Hope Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley and Hanging Rock in the Macedon Ranges this month.

With a phenomenal 62 hit singles in the United Kingdom, 31 of which reached the top 10, concert goers can expect to be treated to the likes of Tonight's The Night, Maggie May, You Wear It Well, Stay With Me, The First Cut is the Deepest, Sailing, Hot Legs and of course, the timeless classic Da Ya Think I'm Sexy? when he visits this February.

Recently, Stewart performed to a crowd of 65,000 at Hyde Park, a concert that the Mirror UK said "stole the show" and now, he will be the second ever artist to perform at Victoria's famous Hanging Rock.

Supported by special guest Diesel, Rod Stewart will perform at nib Stadium in Perth on Saturday, February 4; Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, February 7; the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Thursday, February 9; Hope Estate Winery in the Hunter Valley on Saturday, February 11; Sydney Entertainment Centre on Tuesday, February 14 and Wednesday, February 15; Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on Friday, February 17; Hanging Rock in Macedon on Saturday, February 18 and Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Wednesday, February 22.