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The Gunners head Downunder

Stadium rock is looking to make its return to Australia in 2021, with music legends Guns N' Roses today announcing a huge tour Down Under.

After last being in the country in 2017 for their Not In This Lifetime tour, the iconic US outfit, boasting a line-up that features Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, will return next November for shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and on the Gold Coast.

"Announcing an international tour of this magnitude as we come out of the most challenging year in the history of live entertainment is truly gratifying. We're all eager to return to business as usual and who better to lead the charge into international stadium touring than the mighty Guns N' Roses," promoter Paul Dainty said.

"Witnessing the classic line-up of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan, reunited, on Australian stages during this historic band's previous Not In This Lifetime tour was an unforgettable experience for fans and the reviews were unanimously glowing.


"Now that COVID-related restrictions are easing, Australians can look forward to the return of large-scale stadium events such as this and, let’s face it, Guns N' Roses deliver every single time."

Tickets go on sale on Thursday 26 November. For more details, head to the Dainty website.

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Saturday 6 November - Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast

Tuesday 9 November - Adelaide Oval

Thursday 11 November - Melbourne Cricket Ground

Sunday 14 November - ANZ Stadium, Sydney

Tuesday 16 November - Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Wednesday 24 November - Optus Stadium, Perth 

*Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Foo Fighters Release New Single (and their new album won't be far behind)

Dave Grohl has said the upcoming new Foo Fighters album ‘Medicine At Midnight’ won’t all sound like new single ‘Shame Shame’.


The new single showcases an eccentric, funk-driven side of the band, but Grohl insists that it’s not a representation of the album’s sound as a whole.


“We wrote a lot of these songs to be played in stadiums — these big grooves, big choruses, big guitars,” Grohl said in a recent interview.


“It was really sort of designed to be this big party album.


“We had looked back on all the stuff we’d done over the last 25 years like, ‘We’ve done this noisy, punk rock stuff. We’ve done gentle, acoustic stuff. We’ve done three-and-a-half, four-minute long radio-rock, singalong singles.


“But we’ve never done like that groove-oriented, sort of — ‘Let’s Dance'[by] David Bowie, Power Station, the Cars, [Rolling Stones‘] Tattoo You — those rock albums that would make you get up and move and dance. We haven’t done that yet, so we went into the studio with that in mind… I don’t even wanna say it’s like our ‘dance record,’ but it’s got grooves that we’ve never had before, so they kind of make you bounce around.”


Grohl said that some of the tracks the band recorded together were “instantly recognisable” as being Foo Fighters records. He then added that although ‘Shame Shame’ stood out it was more a starting point for ‘Medicine At Midnight’ as opposed to the overall direction of its sound.


“But because it’s unlike anything we’ve ever done, I thought, ‘Okay well this is a good place to start.’ This should be the first thing people hear because it’s indicative of this, sort of left turn that we’ve taken a little bit,” Grohl explained of the decision to make the song their first single from the album, which is set to be released on February 5, 2021.


Listen to Foo Fighters – ‘Shame Shame’ now playing on ROQ FM.


*Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Silverchair Song Added to Iconic Australian Sound Library

Silverchair’s breakout hit, ‘Tomorrow’, has been added to the National Film & Sound Archive’s ‘Sounds of Australia’ library.

The collection, established in 2007, collates Australia’s most culturally, historically and aesthetically significant sound recordings.


Recorded in 1994, the track featured on The Newcastle trio’s debut EP, before reaching a wider audience on the band’s debut full-length, ‘Frogstomp’, the following year.


Still in high school at the time of the album’s release, the Daniel Johns’ & Ben Gillies penned ‘Tomorrow’ spent six weeks at Number One on the ARIA singles chart in 1995. It later won Single of the Year, Highest Selling Single and Breakthrough Artist – Single at the 1995 ARIA Awards.


The track also introduced Silverchair to an international audience after it hit Number One on the US Billboard modern rock and was the most-played song on American modern rock radio throughout 1995.

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AC/DC Power Up With New Rock

Angus Young thought AC/DC were done and busted as a touring and recording band after their 2016 ‘Rock or Bust World Tour’.


Frontman Brian Johnson, 73, was forced to take time out from performing live on doctor’s orders due to progressive hearing loss, with Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose stepping in for him at their remaining shows. Drummer Phil Rudd, had been replaced the year before after pleading guilty to a threat to kill charge and for possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.


Bassist Cliff Williams announced his retirement retired, and just a year later Angus’ brother and founding member, Malcolm Young, sadly lost his lengthy fight with dementia.


Following the band’s final live show at the Wells Fargo Centre in Philadelphia four-years ago the band’s legendary lead guitarist admitted he just couldn’t see them ever reuniting to record.


Now AC/DC are back.


‘Power Up’ is their first new studio album since 2014’s Rock or Bust


Brian Johnson admitted he went through a period of extreme loneliness and drowned his sorrows with copious amounts of whiskey for months.


“It was a pretty lonely place to be,” Johnson said in a recent BBC interview.


“Suddenly, your family of workmates you’ve been with for 37 years is just gone and there’s nothing to do.

“I buried my head in a bottle of whisky for a couple of months. It worked quite well.”


The rock legends – complete with Angus and Malcolm’s nephew – Stevie Young – joining the band, kept their reunion largely a secret, but rumours they were working on a new album began to circulate after they were spotted arriving at Vancouver’s Warehouse studio in the summer of 2018.


Angus insisted when it came to writing new material, they didn’t want to “stray” too far from their signature riff-heavy sound.


“This is how we’ve always played and we don’t stray from that,” Angus said.


“Maybe it’s because we were stubborn but it’s like, when I want to hear The Stones, I don’t need The Stones trying to be a jazz band. We stuck to what we do best. We always found that our strength not our weakness.”

*Photo courtesy Josh Cheuse

Brian May Named Greatest Rock Guitarist in New Poll

Brian May is the champion of rock guitarists, my friends.

The Queen guitarist came out on top of a new reader poll from Total Guitar magazine edging out Jimi Hendrix, who came in at number two in the reader poll. 

Of the honor, May said, “I’m absolutely speechless. I’m blown away. I have to say it’s completely unexpected. Obviously I’m deeply touched that people feel that way about me. I’m not under any illusions that, technically, I’m even on the tree of great guitarists. I guess this tells me that what I’ve done has affected people, and that means a great deal to me.”

As for beating Hendrix in the poll, May said, “Jimi is, of course, my number one. And I’ve always said that. To me, he’s still something superhuman. It’s like he really did come from an alien planet, and I will never know quite how he did what he did.”

The U.K. guitar magazine went all out in paying tribute to May in their new issue including highlighting his 20 greatest guitar moments and doing a feature on his iconic and beloved “Red Special” guitar. 

The complete Top 100 readers poll can be found in Total Guitar magazine. 

*Photo courtesy Getty Images

 

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