This week we caught one of classic rock’s all time greatest (and I’m quite surprised at how well he’s still kicking on!) who brought a George Clinton sized band ensemble complete with horn section, piano and Tom Morello kicked off their Australian tour in Brisbane at the entertainment center.
Extensive review and mini gallery over at The Music.
Bloc Party backed up their Future Music Festival show with a special side show at the Riverstage… minus the rain… well for the most of it anyway!
Check out the full gallery over at new our new feathered friends’ scene and gig guide The Good Guide.
It had been a little while since one of our favourite bands of all time, Reel Big Fish ventured out our way but even with the departure of their second guitarist (replaced with a new saxophonist) the energy was still there (even if Aaron already had a bit of a work out playing lead guitarist for Goldfinger) and a great show none the less.
Goldfinger were there.. well, minus everyone except the lead singer who apparently gave the band a screw you guys mere weeks before the tour! Kudos to be had for continuing on with the RBF brass section and lead singer and a familiar MXPX member on bass. Clearly this didnt stop them for rocking out even if the dude looks more like Leslie Nelson nowadays!
Cherry Popping Daddies brought their hats and chains and swinging hands for a zoot suit riot at Tempo. We even got to have a good chat to Steve (lead singer) and Bill (lead guitarist) before their show about touring and bad American weather
To top it off, the surprise find of the night went to His Merry Men on support with a veritable batch of ska, funk and groove.
Death to all but metal!! Steel Panther bring their headlining show full of quips, tits and vulgarity to the Eatons Hill Hotel
Even with the Bluesfest juggernaut rolling through our part of the world, the line up of Taking Back Sunday and New Found Glory were enough to sell out this night as well as prompt a second all ages show – perfectly planned on the driest day of the year, Good Friday.
For a band like TBS to have been around for more than a decade it seemed they were the reason a lot of the younger crowd were there as quite a few departed as NFG took to the stage, leaving plenty of standing room at the back for us oldies
TBS’s set rather obviously lacked visual energy thanks to frontman, Adam Lazzara losing out to a tree (supposedly) leaving him in a cast and confined to a chair island. Compensation was in the form of awkward crowd banter and open mic night styled audience singling out, so it was with a bundle of anxious anticipation to see the roadies giving the stage a wide berth for NFG to go nuts on, and go nuts they did. Straight out of the gate it was a 1 2 3 combo of “Understatement”, “All down hill” and “Radiosurgery”, three big hits off three different albums. Gone were their matching basketball uniforms of Soundwave 2011 and Ian’s shirt (but that’s a given, does he even own one?) but their energy was as high as ever. Being the first stop of the tour always helps as well.
The next hour and a bit they powered through the crowd pleasers from each album with a welcome leaning towards there earlier “Sticks and Stones” but nothing from “Coming Home”, which was rather hit and miss in itself. Exclusions of obvious tracks like “Head on collision” hinted at what they were saving in store for the following night’s gig, well that and the “We’ll be playing different stuff tomorrow night” comment The encore was kicked off with a cover of Green Day’s “Basketcase”, not too far removed from the original but it was well received and could also mean they were saving the “Kiss me” cover for the kids show. They closed out with “My friends over you” or as I would call it “I’d still choose my NFG over Blues(fest)” …wow.. that was terrible… check out some photos instead then.
Hit me again Ike and this time put some STANK on it!
I don’t think Tina was talking about the same thing Mr. Boi was when he released Stankonia with fellow OutKast-er Andre 3000 but no doubt there was still plenty of booty slapping in mind!
Big Boi brought his energetic live band set up for a show at the Tivoli. Support from the very entertaining Theophilus London.
The UNKLE full live production rolls into town
The boys are definitely getting on a bit but they’re still full of piss and vinegar and can still pack a heavy metal punch.
We were too busy banging heads and losing shoes in the audience to be on official duties but here are a few photos from the outer bounds of the sweat drenched circle pit.
One of our fave bands of all time, The ‘Fish have been going at it for longer than some of their followers have had birthdays, ok, maybe not that long but they’re the forefathers of the ska revival and always put on a great show.
They covered all the usual tracks plus a few we’ve haven’t heard in the last 6 times we’ve seen them.
First time seeing the Aquabats, their show is just a riot! From their one piece lycra body suits to their, at times questionable banter, wacky visuals and dolphin kicking, its one giant piss take worthy of some kind of Guttermouth recognition award.
Too busy skanking it up to be on official duties, I still managed a few shots from in the overly energetic and sweaty crowd.