The Black Keys
Blues rock duo The Black Keys will be touring Australia this October after months of rumours and anticipation. There have been glimpses of them possibly returning to our shores after they pulled out of the 2011 Big Day Out lineup, and then postponed another unannounced Australian tour, to ensure they could deal with the success of their most recent release El Camino.
The Black Keys Australian Tour October 2012
Sunday 21st October
Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Monday 22nd October
Sydney Entertainment Centre
Friday 26th October
Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Sunday 28th October
Rock It Festival, Perth
Tuesday 30th October
Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Wednesday 31st October
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne
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Rock icon Slash will be heading to Australia in August for five Australian shows. Touring on the back of his new solo album Apocalyptic Love , he'll be joined by current backing band Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. Here are the tour details...
23 - The Riverstage, Brisbane - www.ticketmaster.com.au
25 - Sydney Entertainment Centre - www.ticketmaster.com.au
26 - Hisense Arena – www.ticketek.com.au
28 - Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide – www.venuetix.com.au
30 - Metro City, Perth – www.oztix.com.au
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For these headline performances, The Smashing Pumpkins will be debuting a unique stage design in Australia created to reflect the visual themes to go along with the full presentation of their new album, Oceania – which is set for release on June 22, 2012, through Create/Control – as well as playing plenty of classic Pumpkins catalogue.
Said Billy Corgan of the new show: "Australia is the perfect place to usher in a new era of The Smashing Pumpkins, where we look to combine an epic rock show with the latest in visual mapping technology to create a one-of-a-kind experience for our fans.”
Alt rock’n’rollers Wolfmother will join The Smashing Pumpkins as special guests in Sydney and Melbourne. Wolfmother’s self-titled debut album catapulted them onto the national and international music scene when it picked up the J Award for Album of the Year, multiple ARIAs and a Grammy Award, going on to sell more than a million albums worldwide.
VenuesWest Challenge Stadium, Mount Claremont - Thursday 26th July
Sydney Entertainment Centre, Darling Harbour - Tuesday 31st July
Hisense Arena, Melbourne CBD - Thursday 2nd August
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Admirers of seminal alternative rock and genre-bending music take notice; Chugg Entertainment today announces the landmark return of Radiohead to Australia. It has been nearly a decade since the Oxford bred five-piece last graced Australian shores in 2004, it is safe to say that their welcome return is certain to be the live music milestone of the year.
Joining Radiohead on this very special run of shows is New Zealand-born and London-based musician, Connan Mockasin. Mockasin makes beautiful, off-kilter music that subverts as it compels, challenges as it mesmerises and startles as it seduces. Named by The Guardian UK as the “new prince of psychedelic whimsy,” Mockasin is a true pop auteur and certain to set the scene perfectly for Radiohead.
Radiohead will perform five shows only this November, starting at Brisbane's Entertainment Centre on Friday 9 November, two shows at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 November, and two shows in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 November.
Courtesy of Chugg Entertainment
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Rob Potts Entertainment Edge, Chugg Entertainment and XYZ Networks are thrilled to announce that international superstars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will be headlining CMC Rocks the Hunter 2012 festival at Hope Estate.
This will be Faith Hill's first concert in Australia, and the first time the power couple has performed together outside of North America. Their US tours have broken box office records in 2000 and again in 2006-7, when it grossed $141 million. Over 1.6 million people attended shows in the US and Canada and Pollstar Magazine chose it as 'Major Tour of 2006'over tours by The Rolling Stones and Madonna.
McGraw first visited Oz in 2010 with his Southern Voice tour, one of the biggest country tours in Australian history. His sold-out arena shows and headline performance at CMC Rocks North Queensland received rave reviews. Sydney fans were treated to a surprise appearance by Hill, who celebrated her birthday by joining her husband for a stunning performance of their duet 'I Need You'.
Michael Chugg said, "We have been sitting on this news for a while and I'm thrilled that we can now announce it. This festival is growing bigger and stronger every year and what better way to see CMC rocking the Hunter in 2012 than with this awesome pair! Tim's show in 2010 was an absolute knockout and we can only expect another killer show when he takes the stage with his better half."
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have been topping the charts since the early 90s, and have 70 million record sales, 8 Grammys and 46 number one singles between them. The couple will be performing their own massive hits as well as duets such as 'Let's Make Love' and 'I Need You'.
"This is as big as it gets", said festival co-promoter Rob Potts. "McGraw has been talking about coming back since the end of his last tour and we couldn't think of a better gift to the fans than delivering two of the biggest stars in music at one festival".
Rock luminary Jack White will be performing two headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney this July to showcase material from his much anticipated solo debut Blunderbuss (out 20 April through Sony).
Undoubtedly one of the most prolific artists to emerge in the past fifteen years, Jack White has helmed some of the world’s most venerable musical outfits including The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather.
The multitalented musician, eminent producer and successful label owner has taken home nine Grammys in seven different categories, proving his versatility and prowess within all endeavours. Blunderbuss is no exception.
The first single ‘Love Interruption’ from his most recent endeavour was quickly devoured and doted upon, as was follow-up track ‘Sixteen Saltines’, leaving critics and fans hungry for more:
“Reminiscent of deeper cuts on the last few White Stripes albums, 'Love Interruption' is an unusual but tantalizing lead track... Like the recent material from his other bands - and its title -- 'Love Interruption' leaves you lusting for more.” – Billboard
“...This project is designed to be bigger than anything he's done since the Stripes. Even more importantly than this, I've heard it three times and I can't get a second of it out of my head.” – NME
Jack White’s live show only adds to the sense of awe and reverence felt toward the Nashville resident. Those who made it into the showcase of White’s label Third Man Records during SXSW were treated to revamped hits as well as new material, all of which Australian fans can look forward to:
“What could have been White simply showcasing his new songs turned into a two-part, two-hour party featuring several White Stripes classics as well as tunes from his other projects the Raconteurs and his cinematic Danger Mouse/Daneile Luppi collaboration, Rome....proving yet again that he's an able, commanding helmsman no matter what ship he's steering.” – Variety
“A 90-minute set, which was easily the best live performance this writer has ever seen him play (White Stripes, Raconteurs, and Dead Weather all included)...Each song exploded to form a dazzling wall of sound, a level of intensity and vigor and perfection obtained by only the greats.” – Consequence of Sound
Australia’s favourite rockabilly darling Lanie Lane will be joining Jack White on tour, having received his endorsement in the early stages of her career when she took him up on his offer to produce and release the single ‘Ain't Hungry’ for Third Man Records.
Lanie Lane has since performed sold out shows of her own across the country and her debut album To The Horses (out now through Ivy League) has gained her devoted fans of her own upon its release late last year.