Sublime with Rome
Mar
3
Mar 10

Sublime with Rome

SUBLIME WITH ROME
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND 2017

Sublime with Rome are heading back to Australia after a sold out 2012 tour - this time also stopping off in Auckland & Wellington to treat their NZ fan-base!

**NEW SHOWS ADDED IN AUCKLAND & WELLINGTON DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND**

Featuring founding members of Sublime along with new frontman, singer/guitarist Rome – Sublime with Rom will reaffirm their affinity with Aussie fans, and reintroduce themselves and Sublime’s classic hits to a New Zealand audience in March 2017.

One of the most notable and successful ska-punk bands of all time, Sublime has sold over 17 million albums worldwide with songs like What I Got, Doin’ Time and Date Rape all in constant radio rotation across the globe. To this day, the group’s multi-platinum landmark debut album ‘40oz. to Freedom’, lo-fi follow up ‘Robbin’ the Hood’, and multi-platinum self-titled major label debut (a virtual greatest hits set in itself) are all widely regarded as music collection staples.

Formed in Long Beach in 1988, Sublime’s final performance was in the spring of 1996 after the death of original singer Bradley Nowell. In 2008 Rome, a 20-year-old northern California native, was introduced to Gaugh and Wilson. In 2011, a handful of jam sessions led to an impromptu show at a small club in Nevada flooring a packed-house crowd. The trio later performed a one-off at the Smokeout Festival and was a surprise special guest at the infamous KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show, before officially dubbing themselves Sublime with Rome.

In 2015, Sublime with Rome resurfaced with ‘Sirens’, the effervescent follow up to the band’s 2011 debut ‘Yours Truly’.  "We had more time, we know each other better now, and we're even better musicians," said Rome Ramirez last year, who was just 20-years-old when he embarked on this journey. Now 28, the singer, guitarist, and songwriter is truly flourishing.

With bassist and co-founder Eric Wilson anchoring the group, Sublime With Rome are armed with a sound that makes a real statement... their statement.

And while Ramirez pays the utmost respect to the original Sublime entity, since, as he admitted in the past, they were the first band that made him want to make, as opposed to just listen to, music, he knows Sublime With Rome are worthy of fans’ undivided attention. “I want fans to say, 'I went to see Sublime With Rome and the new album is sick as fuck.' We can do that by continuing to make better and better records," he said.

“Sublime has so many fans and attracts new fans every year who were never able to see Sublime perform live after Bradley passed away,” said Troy Nowell-Holmes, Bradley Nowell’s widow. “One of the inspirations for forming ‘Sublime with Rome’ was to bring Brad’s spirit in his music back to the fans and to give the new fans a glimpse of what it was like to see Sublime live.”

Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious
Dec
11
Dec 19

Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious

Craig Robinson is best known to Australian audiences through his numerous and highly regarded comedy appearances and comedic acting roles in film and television over several years. This is his eagerly awaited first Australian tour.

Best known for his role as Darryl Philbin in the Emmy Award winning USA version of The Office (now in its 9th season), Craig has also appeared in hilarious films such as Hot Tub Machine produced by and co-starring John Cusack, Pineapple Express alongside Seth Rogen and James Franco and Zack and Miri Make a Porno with Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks.

As a stand up comedian, Chicago born Craig first made his mark in the comedy circuit at the 1998 Montreal Just For Laughs festival. He soon went on to perform his act on The Jimmy Kimmel Show and Real Time with Bill Maher. Now headlining venues and festivals across the US, he does both solo acts we well as full band sets tying together his lyrical comedy with his accomplished skills at the keyboard.

This first Australian tour will showcase Craig Robinson’s unique comedy and musical talents with his band The Nasty Delicious. This is not just a comedy show – it's the perfect combination of stand up and music comedy….and not to be missed.

Unwritten Law
Dec
1
Dec 14

Unwritten Law

San Diego melodic punk rock stalwarts, Unwritten Law, are coming back to Australia for their ‘Elva’ 15th Anniversary tour this December.


Thursday 1st December | Max Watts, Brisbane

Friday 2nd December | Wharf Tavern, Sunshine Coast

Saturday 3rd December | Miami Tavern, Gold Coast

Tuesday 6th December | Fowlers Live, Adelaide 

Thursday 8th December | Entrance Leagues Club, Central Coast

Friday 9th December | The Small Ballroom, Newcastle

Saturday 10th December | Manning Bar, Sydney **Venue relocation - all previous tickets purchased remain valid upon entry to this show** 

Sunday 11th December | Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Wednesday 14th December | Capitol Theatre, Perth


Formed in Poway, California, Unwritten Law were a major part of the power pop-punk movement that swept through America in the early 90’s.  With ferocious punk energy and rock solid quality song craft, Unwritten Law broke through a crowd of contemporaries to gouge out their own unique furrow on the still forming melodic punk rock landscape.  It was this groove that drew fans across the globe to the band - no more so than in Australia, where they have fostered a long-lasting love affair through frequent successful tours. Returning again this December, following a memorable 2015 run, Unwritten Law will reaffirm this affinity with the local punk rock fraternity! 

With Elva, the band moved away from their previously established punk-rock formula and towards a more accessible hard rock sound - finding success with the song ‘Seein’ Red’ which reached #1 on US modern rock charts.

Elva hits the audience with all sorts of styles - formulating a winning combination of rhythm, gentle vocals, hard guitar and compelling lyrics. Don’t miss UL in all their glory this December, playing Elva in full.

Joining Unwritten Law on the tour will be Southern California punk/hardcore band Runaway Kids, and local boys Mixtape for the Drive.

Just as punk rock from the 80’s & 90’s inspired listeners to fight for a brighter tomorrow, Runaway Kids look to imbue that same sense of urgency within their listeners. Formed in the summer of 2014, the band immediately went to work with writing and recording their debut EP ‘Better Days’, which they recorded with producer Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Alkaline Trio, Sum 41). They received a very large co-sign in Pennywise’s Randy Bradbury, who lent his expertise by tracking bass on the entire EP. “With their debut EP, Runaway Kids have established themselves as a band to look out for in 2015. It’s reckless and wild, reminding listeners why they fell in love with alternative music in the first place” – said Jake Denning, writer for http://absolutepunk.net.

Mixtape For The Drive is a pizza-loving pop-punk band hailing from Wollongong NSW who has had a successful run since its inception in 2014. The boys have landed tours alongside international heavyweights such as Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Lagwagon, Hawthorne Heights, Flatliners and Mest. Their 2014 EP ‘Stories’ was recorded at Electronic Sun studios in Sydney and was produced by Whak Taahi (Tonight Alive). This will be the second time that Mixtape has played with Unwritten Law in Australia, after joining them on their 2015 tour.

 

Songs & Stories with Art Alexakis of Everclear
Oct
13
Oct 15

Songs & Stories with Art Alexakis of Everclear

Art Alexakis will combine songs with stories in an intimate acoustic performance, covering Everclear’s iconic hits when he tours Australia this October.

Joining him will be Sydney local Taj Ralph. He has become a common site on the streets of the inner west and northern beaches of Sydney and takes influence from Gary Clarke Jr., Anderson Paak and Stciky Fingers. Recent performances include the 2016 Australian Open of Surf, an east coast Australia support tour and a SOLD OUT solo headline show at the Newsagency in Marrickville.

A combination of the same classic 70’s rock that drives Foo Fighters or Queens Of The Stone Age and the melodic punk that inspired Nirvana, Everclear emerged on the pop-culture landscape as part of the wave The Pixies and Hüsker Dü ushered in, a time when abrasive guitars aligned with naked emotional expression to beat back the scourge of vapidity. Everclear shifted the culture alongside bands like Smashing Pumpkins, The Toadies and Weezer; all diverse acts who shared a forceful authenticity.

Alexakis formed and spearheaded the Everclear name, finding huge success, particularly with their first three records: ‘Sparkle and Fade’ (1995), ‘So Much For the Afterglow’ (1997), and ‘Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile’ (2000).  Most recently, the band released a ninth studio album entitled ‘Black is the New Black’ (2015) - hard-driving, generation-spanning rock ‘n’ roll with a diverse and timeless sound. Described as “pretty dark, lyrically and musically”, Alexakis explained that it pushed him towards a darker place. 

He has been candid about his past - losing those closest to him to drugs and suicide and nearly losing himself in both, as well. Through his music he has well & truly explored these dark places, learning to balance and respect them and ultimately gaining a perspective earned through experience. This journey is evident through hits such as “Heroin Girl”, from the band’s commercial breakthrough Sparkle and Fade and ‘I Will Buy You a New Life’ and ‘Father of Mine’ from So Much for the Afterglow - songs as ubiquitous on the radio now, as they were then.

Two decades into a storied career with zero signs of slowing down, Alexakis reckons he will always draw upon the same mojo that first inspired him to play. “I will be 98 years old and pissing off my grandkids” he predicts, with a hearty laugh. “‘Grandpa is playing that horrible, loud music again!’ I’ll probably be deaf as a doornail by then, too, so I’ll be playing it really loud. It’s a rock ‘n’ roll thing.”

“I think you’re born with it, and I think you die with it too”

Join Art for an intimate acoustic set when he tours Australia this October.

Brian Posehn Australian Tour 2016
Apr
12
Apr 19

Brian Posehn Australian Tour 2016

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With an extensive (and eclectic) career spanning 20 years, American comedian/actor/writer Brian Posehn is set to head down under in April 2016 for his first Australia tour – following a constant string of shows in the best comedy clubs and rock venues in the US.

Buckcherry
Mar
13
Mar 19

Buckcherry

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One of rock's great bands, Buckcherry will return to Australia and New Zealand this March.

Led by Josh Todd, a man who personifies rock n roll and anchored by anchored by guitarists Keith Nelson and Stevie D, drummer Xavier Muriel and bassist Kelly Lemieux, Buckcherry ....

Unwritten Law: 'Love is the Law' Australian tour. With special guests: Grenadiers
Dec
3
Dec 14

Unwritten Law: 'Love is the Law' Australian tour. With special guests: Grenadiers

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Formed in Poway, California, Unwritten Law were a major part of the power pop-punk movement that swept through America in the early 90’s. With ferocious punk energy and rock solid quality song craft, Unwritten Law broke through a crowd of contemporaries to gouge out their own unique furrow on the still forming melodic punk rock landscape.

(HED)pe & SNOT! Australian tour
Oct
14
Oct 22

(HED)pe & SNOT! Australian tour

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Ahead of their October tour playing their classic “Get Some” album in full, reformed Funk Metal legends "Snot" have just announced they will now be joined by Californian rasta-punk legends (Hed)p.e. for their double headline national assault!

The Adelaide show scheduled for the 18th of October has been moved to the 13th and the Sydney show on the16th of October will move to The Factory.

Pharmacy [Ride the Lightning] - 15TH BIRTHDAY BLACK MASS !!!
Jul
17
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Pharmacy [Ride the Lightning] - 15TH BIRTHDAY BLACK MASS !!!

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Attention all parents! Report to your local therapists, report to your local church, report to your local police department- its goin’ down!

Through deathless crimson eyes, and a thousand watt Cthulhu stare, wolves now encircle the throne room as the petulant corpse of the once mighty lizard kings rise like a crippled phoenix to momentarily sniff the crown!

Everclear ‘Sparkle And Fade’ 20th Anniversary Australian Tour
May
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May 13

Everclear ‘Sparkle And Fade’ 20th Anniversary Australian Tour

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American power-pop outfit Everclear have announced their triumphant return to Australia, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their pivotal 1995 album Sparkle And Fade.

Everclear’s 2015 Sparkle And Fade anniversary tour of Australia will not only celebrate the band’s extensive back catalogue, but also Sparkle And Fade‘s big singles, including Heroin Girl and Santa Monica. The band played headline shows in Australia back in 2012, following the release of their eighth album, Invisible Stars.

Everclear’s ninth studio album, Black Is The New Black, is due for release sometime in 2015. “It’s an unapologetic rock record that I feel combines the best of classic Everclear with contemporary production and what I feel is some of my best songwriting in years!” says Alexakis.

Tour Dates:

Thursday, 7th May 2015
Fowlers, Adelaide

Friday, 8th May 2015
Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Saturday, 9th May 2015
Eatons Hill FMX Festival, Brisbane

Sunday, 10th May 2015
Metro Theatre, Sydney

Tuesday, 12th May 2015
Small Ballroom, Newcastle

Wednesday, 15th May 2015
Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale

Thursday, 14th May 2015
Rosemount, Perth

Biography:

Art Alexakis – Lead Vocals, Guitar

Davey French – Guitar, Vocals

Freddy Herrera – Bass, Vocals

Josh Crawley – Keyboards, Vocals

Sean Winchester – Drums, Percussion, Vocals

As familiar as the sound of a jet engine and as visceral as a ride on a speeding motorcycle, Everclear is heavier, darker and more balls-to-the-wall than ever before.

And frontman Art Alexakis has never been happier.

Bombastic, hard-driving, generation-spanning rock n’ roll with instantly memorable, sharp-as-hell hooks propel Everclear’s new studio album, Black Is The New Black. Muscular but melodic, this is the sound of a band driven and united by singular, intense purpose. At an average of three-minutes each, the songs rip forward with palpable swagger, supercharged by a mix of autobiographical exorcism and narrative storytelling, from the gut and throat of Everclear’s singer, guitarist, cofounder and songwriter.

“Hard rock, punk rock, big guitars that swallow me whole – I will never get over that,” says Alexakis, without apology or equivocation. “And this is a very honest recording.

No gimmicks. Not many bells and whistles. All the riffs on this record are things that really just resonated with me and the band, musically and lyrically – from the get-go.”

Black Is The New Black is a diverse and timeless sounding collection, without ballads and without nostalgia. This is a heavy guitar record. It’s a throwback to the potent passion and urgent delivery of Everclear’s heralded indie debut (recorded for just $400 back in the day!) and subsequent major label classics, delivered through a modern lens.  Across the album, the insistent kick of drummer Sean Winchester, athletic groove of bassist Freddy Herrera, and ridiculously skilled guitar shred of Davey French join forces behind the storm of giant guitar riffs swinging mightily from song to song. A bit of tasteful keyboards from Josh Crawley add atmospheric punch to songs that could crush a tiny dive bar or destroy the cheap seats in the world’s biggest arena with equal force.

Everclear’s ninth studio album pummels from the get-go, with “Sugar Noise.” It’s an album opener with the same immediacy, and the same immersive feeling, of Rolling Stones “Rocks Off” or Pixies’ “Debaser.” Anchored by a single-note riff, akin to ZZ Top or Jimi Hendrix on meth, it’s a tale of a guy who gets lost in the wilderness of substances. “It’s about someone who ends up in the backseat of a dead guy’s car. It’s not something that’s happened to me,” the singer points out. “But I could see it happening, if I ever chose to walk back over that line.”

If a probe went to space, full of data on human history intended for a distant civilization, the Everclear section of the rock n’ roll music volume would surely kickoff with “The Man Who Broke His Own Heart,” a song that manages to encapsulate the spirited essence of everything that makes this band great. Confidence, self-deprecation, recrimination, and redemption all collide in the barnstorming rock radio anthem. The brutal kiss-off called “This Is Your Death Song” sugarcoats its confrontational vibe in soaring melodies, delivered with Alexakis’ steady and immediately identifiable voice.

“I like the way that trouble rises to the top,” he sings in “American Monster.” “It makes my bitter life a little more sweet.” This album swings. But it also bites.

“This is not an upbeat Everclear record. It’s pretty dark, lyrically and musically,” the band’s singer/guitarist explains. “When I would sit down with the guitar and start coming up with ideas, it was pushing toward a darker place. Which is kind of bizarre because right now things are really good! I feel safe enough to go to the dark places. And trust me, there’s plenty of dark places in me. I’ve never had a shortage of that.”

Alexakis has been candid about his past. His dad split when he was young. He and his mother lived in housing projects. He lost those closest to him to drugs and suicide and nearly lost himself in both, as well. This isn’t the stuff of VH1’s Behind The Music – this is the man’s life pre-music, a life he’s cracked open and explored in his art. It’s there in the “Heroin Girl,” from the band’s platinum commercial breakthrough, Sparkle and Fade. The double platinum So Much for the Afterglow produced enduring radio staples like “I Will Buy You A New Life” and “Father of Mine,” as ubiquitous on the radio now as then.

A combination of the same classic ‘70s rock that drives Foo Fighters or Queens Of The Stone Age and the melodic punk that inspired Nirvana, Everclear emerged on the pop culture landscape as part of the wave The Pixies and Husker Dü ushered in, a time when abrasive guitars aligned with naked emotional expression to beat back the scourge of vapidity. Everclear shifted the culture alongside bands like Smashing Pumpkins, The Toadies and Weezer; all diverse acts who shared a forceful authenticity.

“I’m learning to balance those dark places,” Alexakis says thoughtfully. “I am learning to respect them, but also, to keep them in their place.” Everclear’s frontman is 25 years clean-and-sober, with a wealth of darkness to stare into, but a perspective earned through experience, a healthy home life and a kickass band. Alexakis would write riffs and entire songs alone, then kick them around with fellow California residents Herrera and Crawley. The trio recorded with Carson Slovak and Grant McFarland (who coproduced with Alexakis, who has produced every other Everclear album before) in a studio owned by the band LIVE, with Alexakis tracking the vast majority of the guitars himself for the first time since 2003’s Slow Motion Daydream. French and Crawley came in from the Pacific Northwest to add their flavor to the album, too.

It’s hard to imagine a singer digging deeper or offering up more vulnerability than on “You,” another Black Is The New Black song that’s quintessential Everclear: a juxtaposition of extremely personal sensitivities with massive riffs and a rhythm that hammers away. Two decades into a storied career with zero signs of slowing down, Alexakis reckons he will always draw upon the same mojo that first inspired him to play.

“I will be 98 years old and pissing off my great grandkids,” he predicts, with a hearty laugh. “’Grandpa is playing that horrible, loud music again!’ I’ll probably be deaf as a doornail by then, too, so I’ll be playing it really loud. It’s a rock n’ roll thing.”

“I think you’re born with it,” he concludes. “And I think you die with it, too.”

Aqua ‘Greatest Hits’ Australian Tour Oct / Nov 2014
Oct
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Dec 6

Aqua ‘Greatest Hits’ Australian Tour Oct / Nov 2014

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KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment presents the belated Australian return of dance pop icons AQUA!

Danish pop stars AQUA return with their amazing live band to deliver all the massive hits that have made them a household name across the globe. With rave reviews and a string of 11 sold out shows across the country in 2012, Australian lovers of 90’s pop have another chance to relive some of the biggest moments in pop history!

In 1997 AQUA owned the airwaves and indeed the upper reaches of the charts across the globe with a string of massive pop hits. Songs including the smash hits Barbie Girl, Doctor Jones and Lollypop (Candyman) had the world dancing to some of the most loveable feel good pop music ever recorded. In Australia AQUA both won and left an indelible imprint on the hearts of pop loving fans across the country, as clearly shown by their phenomenal sold out 2012 tour.

Claus Norreen and Søren Rasted started writing together in 1989. The pair then met keyboardist René Dif after hiring the musician to come and work on a soundtrack that the pair had won a competition to produce. After sensing that the trio shared an amazing musical chemistry it was decided they would work together on future projects. On seeing vocalist Lene Nystrøm singing on the Norway–Denmark ferry Dif knew that he had found a vocalist to work with the newly formed trio and AQUA’s first incarnation as Joyspeed was born.

As the band began to develop their trademark bubblegum dance pop sound they renamed themselves AQUA and landed themselves a record deal with Universal Music Denmark, it was this union that lead to the band’s debut release under their new name. The release of their debut album Aquarium signaled that AQUA had arrived and their journey into the pop stratosphere began in earnest on release of their biggest hit Barbie Girl.

Barbie Girl went on to be a super smash hit landing number ones for the band in the UK and Europe, and a top ten on the Billboard Hot 100. In Australia Barbie Girl remained at the very top of the ARIA charts for three solid weeks. More success followed with the singles Doctor Jones, Lollypop (Candyman) and Turn Back Time, cementing AQUA’s place as one of the biggest acts of the 90’s.

Tour Dates

Wednesday 29th October Powerstation, Auckland
Friday 31st October Eatons Hill, Brisbane
Saturday 1st November Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Sunday 2nd November HQ, Adelaide
Monday 3rd November Palais, Melbourne (Cup Eve!)
Wednesday 5th November Metropolis, Fremantle

Dead Kennedys: Bedtime for Democracy (in Australia!) Tour October 2014
Sep
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Oct 11

Dead Kennedys: Bedtime for Democracy (in Australia!) Tour October 2014

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KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment presents the triumphant Australian return of hardcore punk rock legends Dead Kennedys.

Returning to Australia in 2014 Dead Kennedys have unfinished business to attend to after taking in only part of the country on their previous acclaimed visit in 2011. East Bay Ray, Klaus Flouride, D. H. Peligro and Ron “Skip” Greer will be taking Dead Kennedys’ message against political apathy right across Australia this September and October, including a special all-ages show in Adelaide!

For fans of punk rock Dead Kennedys need no introduction. One of the most influential and essential bands of the hardcore punk generation Dead Kennedys along with their trademark breakneck riffs, shattering volume and enlightened political conscience ignited a flame that still burns as brightly in the hearts and minds of punk rock fans today as it did when the band first formed in the late 70’s.

Dead Kennedys formed in San Francisco in 1978 when East Bay Ray placed an ad in a music paper that vocalist Jello Biafra responded to. They were soon joined by bassist Klaus Flouride, drummer Ted and a second guitarist known to posterity simply as 6025. The latter departed in March 1979, while Ted was replaced at the very end of 1980 by D.H. Peligrio. With various line-up changes, controversies and thousands of live shows Dead Kennedys set about writing an indelible chapter in the history of modern music.

Across four studio albums, various EP’s, live albums and compilations, spawning the classic singles California Über Alles, Holiday in Cambodia, Too Drunk to Fuck, Nazi Punks Fuck Off amongst others Dead Kennedys continue to inform the thoughts of a generation and engage an entirely newer younger audience and inspire the ethos of DIY, freedom of thought and the power to rise above political and conservative oppression.

Steve-O: Live On Stage Tour July-Aug 2014
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Aug 4

Steve-O: Live On Stage Tour July-Aug 2014

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Comedian, stuntman, daredevil or just plain crazy, Steve – O has been called all of these things and more in his time and with good reason. Star of the global hit TV and movie franchise Jackass, and later WILDBOYZ, the extreme comedian has inserted, lit up, stapled shut, and puked his guts out for audiences all over the world. But it turns out he’s incredibly funny with his words too!

This July, KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment and MTV Australia present Steve – O, live and dangerous in Australia for a run of special shows in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Performing his outrageous stand up show acclaimed as a hilarious exercise in over-sharing, the phrase “too much information” barely covers it. With all the intense over-the-top physical comedy he is famous for, Steve- O will show complete disregard for his own health, safety and modesty – all in the name of comedy!

After finishing high school in London, and completing a year at the University of Miami, Steve-O (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) realised that college wasn’t for him. He enrolled in Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Clown College to help further his goal of becoming a professional stuntman. After graduating Clown College, and determined to make it in Hollywood, he began to pitch his home videos to producers.

Eventually, Steve-O’s videos made it into the hands of Jeff Tremaine (Jackass Creator/Director/Producer) who was working with Johnny Knoxville to create a stunt based reality show. The rest is history. MTV aired the first season of JACKASS in 2000. In 2001, Steve-O launched his own “Steve-O Don’t Try This At Home Tour”, establishing himself as an accomplished stage performer, at venues throughout the U.S. and in a dozen countries.

When the JACKASS TV series ended in 2002, the team moved on to JACKASS: THE MOVIE, released by Paramount in October of that year. Shortly thereafter, Steve-O and fellow JACKASS alum, Chris Pontius, were given a spin-off show entitled WILDBOYZ, which aired on MTV and MTV2 and lasted four seasons. In 2006, Paramount released JACKASS: NUMBER 2 in theatres and Steve-O continued to thrill audiences with his outrageous stunts.

In 2009 he competed on ABC’s hit show, DANCING WITH THE STARS, and lasted six weeks, despite an injury and having virtually no dancing ability whatsoever. Next up, Steve-O was seen in Paramount’s JACKASS: 3D in 2010. Thus far (and still counting), his career as a performer has brought him to a total of 38 countries.

Most importantly, however, Steve-O has been clean and sober since March of 2008 and lives a healthy, vegan lifestyle in the Los Angeles area…but he still has no problem stapling his balls to his leg.

2CELLOS: IN2ITION Australian Tour May 2014
May
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May 19

2CELLOS: IN2ITION Australian Tour May 2014

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Soundworks Touring & KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment present the genre-breaking instrumental pyrotechnics of the incredible 2CELLOS live in Australia.

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, have achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level. Their playing style has broken down the boundaries between different genres of music, from classical and film music to pop and rock. 2CELLOS have no limits when it comes to performing live and are equally as impressive when playing Bach and Vivaldi as they are when rocking out, as evidenced in the recent mind-blowing clip of their version of the AC/DC track Thunderstruck.

2CELLOS rose to fame in 2011 when their version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm. The YouTube video became a massive viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Sir Elton John on his worldwide tour. Aside from their huge online following where they continue to amaze with new YouTube hits, 2CELLOS main focus has always been playing live. Together with the Chinese classical superstar pianist Lang Lang, they appeared at the CCTV New Year’s Gala for more than 1 billion viewers.

Performing with Sir Elton John on his tour, they have travelled around the globe several times playing with him and opening the shows in massive stadiums and appearing at prestigious venues and events such as Madison Square Garden, Paris Olympia, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Emmys in L.A. In addition to touring with Sir Elton, 2CELLOS collaborated with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age and George Michael. They have also collaborated on various projects with winning producers T-Bone Burnett and Humberto Gatica and with the legendary film composer James Newton Howard.

Sulic and Hauser have played the cello since childhood; Sulic graduated from the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, and Hauser from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, both in 2011. Sulic has won a series of top prizes at numerous prestigious international music competitions including First and Special Prize at the VII Lutoslawski International Cello Competition in Warsaw (2009), First Prize at the European Broadcasting Union “New Talent” Competition (2006) and First Prize at the Royal Academy of Music Patron’s Award in Wigmore Hall (2011) among others. Hauser has worked with acclaimed classical artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Bernard Greenhouse, Mennahem Pressler and Ivry Gitlis, to mention a few. He has collected no less than twenty-one first prizes at national and international music competitions.

2CELLOS released their second album IN2ITION in January 2013. The album was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Deep Purple) and features an eclectic group of vocal and instrumental guests including Elton John, Steve Vai, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera and Zucherro.

2CELLOS IN2ITION is out now through Sony Masterworks, 2CELLOS Thunderstruck Now Available via All Digital Service Providers

Ugly Kid Joe & Skid Row – Australian Tour April 2014
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Apr 28

Ugly Kid Joe & Skid Row – Australian Tour April 2014

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SKID ROW and UGLY KID JOE bring their co-headline tour to Australia in April 2014. The bands are currently touring Europe together having completed a hugely successful run of dates across the UK. With combined sales of millions of albums, each band will play a full set of the songs fans want to hear. The current tour is boasting sold out shows across twelve countries, Australia will be prove to be lucky thirteen!

Lead by founding members Rachel Bolan, Snake Sabo, Scotti Hill, new drummer Rob Hammersmith along with powerhouse vocalist & fourteen year veteran of the band Johnny Solinger, SKID ROW will deliver the best from their catalogue of gold and platinum selling albums and anthemic singles like “Youth Gone Wild”, “Monkey Business”, “I Remember You”, “18 & Life” , “Slave To The Grind” and many more. They will also showcase tracks from their new mini-album United World Rebellion Chapter 1 which features songs such as “Kings Of Demolition” and “This Is Killing Me”, tracks which easily stand up along with the band’s classics.

UGLY KID JOE’s Whit, Klaus and Cordell, along with Snot/ Sevendust guitarist Sonny Mayo and Zac Morris are back for their first Australian tour since 1994! Stairway To Hell, their first new music since 1996, will be released in Australia to coincide with the tour. The album features six brand new songs along with three acoustic versions of songs from their past. A special added bonus is a dvd of the band’s triumphant performance at England’s Download Festival from Summer 2012. Tracks like “Everything About You”, “Cats In The Cradle”, “Neighbor” and “Milkman’s Son” continue to receive airplay around the world, while new singles “Devil’s Paradise” and “I’m Alright” show where the band are headed.

Opening the shows are Melbourne’s own DEAD CITY RUINS who are also serving as the support for the European tour. Get there early as they are killing it every night.

Monster Magnet Australian Tour 2014
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Apr 6

Monster Magnet Australian Tour 2014

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KillRockStar Entertainment presents the 2014 Australian return of New Jersey stoner lords Monster Magnet!

Administered by high priest and founder Dave Wyndorf, Monster Magnet have spent the last quarter of a century free-pouring a righteous mix of mind-bending 60’s sound, heavy drug ‘n’ fuzz 70’s riffage and lashings of infinite psychedelic space rock. Across nine albums including the classics Superjudge, Spine of God, Dopes To Infinity, and their most recent release Last Patrol, Monster Magnet have turned on a legion of fans across the globe. In 2014 Monster Magnet will return to blow minds across Australia, bringing their biggest hits – and for the first time, live cuts from their latest album, Last Patrol!

Monster Magnet formed in 1989; fusing a template born of metal, punk, space rock and psychedelic influences. The band soon developed a sludgy, feedback-heavy hard rock sound that helped them stand out from the era’s burgeoning retro-rock movement. After signing with independent label Caroline Records in 1992, the band recorded its first full-length album: the very impressive, uniquely dark, psychedelic masterpiece “Spine of God”. A support tour with the then fast-rising Soundgarden helped attract the attention of A&M Records, who would issue MONSTER MAGNET’s stellar major-label debut “Superjudge” in 1993.

With 1995’s “Dopes to Infinity”, Monster Magnet would achieve interstellar overdrive, becoming international superstars. Recorded at The Magic Shop and Electric Lady Studios in New York, the album yielded the top-ten rock single “Negasonic Teenage Warhead”, still a staple of the band’s live set. The record’s massively successful follow up — 1998’s “Powertrip” — unleashed the singles “Powertrip”, “Temple of Your Dreams”, “See You In Hell”, and the hugely successful “Space Lord”, all of which received substantial rock radio airplay. Two years worth of world tours with the likes of Aerosmith, Metallica, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson made Monster Magnet a household name.

Of the band’s latest release Wyndorf relates: “Last Patrol is a return to our roots in terms of vibe and recording style. It’s full-on psychedelic space-rock with a 60’s garage feel, recorded almost exclusively with vintage guitars, amps and effects in our hometown of Red Bank, NJ. The songs are a kind of Space-Noir, tales of cosmic revenge, peaking libidos, alienation and epic strangeness. It’s a weird trip through the back alleys of a dark, retro-future, which not by coincidence very much resembles my own life.

Sons of Anarchy – An Evening with The Cast
Mar
25
Mar 31

Sons of Anarchy – An Evening with The Cast

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KillRockStar BigDog Touring presents a rare opportunity for Australian Sons of Anarchy fans to interact with the hit TV series’ biggest stars in Australia this March as they make their way around the country for the first time. A must for any self respecting Sons fan!

Since its premiere in 2008, the hit TV series Sons of Anarchy has enthralled a worldwide, loyal audience with its gritty, real-life depiction of outlaw motorcycle gang life. The masterfully written drama features complex characters, involved and deeply engaging storylines and a stellar cast that bring the writing of series creator Kurt Suttor to life in often brutally violent, yet always human and emotive ways.

It is this grippng portrayal of outlaw life that has resonated loudly in Australia with bikie and outlaw culture a constant part of the country’s cultural make up since the 60’s and 70’s and still features heavily in news headlines today. In March three of Sons Of Anarchy’s main character actors, Kim Coates (Tig), Theo Rossi (Juice) and Mark Boone (Bobby) will hold moderated panel conversations with audience Q&A’s right across the country – giving fans a rare chance to get inside the minds of those so closely connected to the show, with special packages also available to meet their heroes one on one!.

Kim Coates
Kim Coates is Tig Trager, the motorcycle club’s sergeant at arms. Tig fears nothing, much like Kim throughout his career.
Kim’s film career began in 1991 with The Last Boy Scout. Two Warner Bros.’ hits followed: Innocent Blood and The Client. Since that time he has starred in over forty films, including Academy Award winners Black Hawk Down directed by Ridley Scott, and Pearl Harbor directed by Michael Bay. Other film credits include Waterworld and Open Range with Kevin Costner, The Island opposite Ewan McGregor, Grilled with Ray Romano, Silent Hill opposite Sean Bean, Hostage with Bruce Willis, Assault on Precinct 13, Unforgettable, Skinwalkers, and Hero Wanted.

Mark Boone Junior
Mark Boone Junior is Robert “Bobby” Munson the club secretary when the series begins, he is Clay Morrow’s right hand and conscience. Mark Boone Junior has had a successful acting career spanning three decades, appearing in a plethora of films across all genres. He has appeared in blockbuster hits such as Batman Begins opposite Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Liam Neeson, and Gary Oldman, directed by Christopher Nolan. Nolan also directed Boone in the Sundance hit indie Memento, where Boone played the motel clerk opposite Guy Pierce. Memento, one of the early films from Summit Entertainment, went on to be nominated for two Oscars® and won four Independent Spirit Awards.

Theo Rossi
Theo Rossi is Juan Carlos “Juice Ortiz” is the club’s hacker and intelligence officer, and also its unofficial gopher, driver, and soldier. Whatever Clay needs done, Juice does. Theo Rossi – born John Theodore Rossi in Staten Island, New York – studied acting at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York where he appeared in numerous theatre productions in his short time there. Since coming to Los Angeles, Theo has showcased his acting versatility, starring in a multitude of hit television shows such as Hawaii Five-O, Lost, Las Vegas, The Unit, Jericho, Bones, Without a Trace, Veronica Mars, NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami, Lie to Me and has recurred on Alcatraz, Heist, American Dreams, Grey’s Anatomy and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

DJ Pauly D – MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Pauly D Project” – Australian Concert Tour – January 2013
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Jan 28

DJ Pauly D – MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Pauly D Project” – Australian Concert Tour – January 2013

“Yeahhh buddy !!!” here is the summer tour that you have all been waiting for. Reality star DJ Pauly D from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Pauly D Project”, hits Australia fist pumping and DJing his way around the country.

“I am so excited to be going to Australia for the first time, I can’t wait to DJ there and get the party started! Yeahhh buddy!” – DJ PaulyD

You would have to be living under a rock not to have heard of Pauly D.

Born in Providence, R.I., Paul “DJ Pauly” DelVecchio is recognized for his musical talent as well as his reality star status on MTV’s highest rated show, “Jersey Shore” which premiered in December 2009. Quickly a fan favorite, MTV announced Pauly as the first cast member to receive his own spinoff “The Pauly D Project”, which chronicles his life as a celebrity DJ.

Its been a meteoritic raise to fame, in 2010, he released his first single with Universal Republic Records entitled, “Beat Dat Beat”, which quickly climbed the charts, further establishing his place in pop culture. On August 7, 2011 Pauly won “Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star” at the Teen Choice Awards after being nominated for the second year in a row. This powerhouse DJ has been honored as one of US Weekly’s hottest bodies and came in close second to Vin Diesel in People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive On Facebook” contest. Cosmopolitan Magazine chose him to launch their first iPad application.

In December 2011, rapper and mogul 50 Cent signed Pauly to his record label, G-Note records, to release new material showcasing Pauly’s true craft. It was also announced in January 2012, Pauly will be working together with 50 Cent and SMS Audio to develop a full line of headphones. Pauly has also spent the past year working on a Miracle Whip commercial, his own mobile application with MEDL Mobile, an exclusive line of Tanning Lotions and Sunless Products with Devoted Creations and a partnership in the Dirty Couture clothing line. However beyond the reality shows, GTL’s and Fist Pumps, its music and Djing that have taken first place in Pauly’s life. Having spent years honing his skills to fine art, his eclectic track selection, unique style and infectious personality captivate crowds around the globe.

Pauly is now one of the most sought after DJs in the world – having been voted the #8 Best DJ in America in 2010 and was nominated again in 2011. Pauly was also named one of VIBE Magazine’s “Top 6 DJs Who Rocked 2011”. But his notoriety did not come overnight. At the age of 16, long before his “Jersey Shore” fame, Pauly started as a DJ and that is where his passion remains. His music library spans nearly every genre of club music and he has the exceptional ability to mix in and out of top 40 and house music, introducing an entirely new demographic to quality dance music. In Summer 2011, Pauly joined the iconic Britney Spears on select dates of her Femme Fatale Tour, alongside Britney and Nicki Minaj. While in September 2011 he DJ’ed for the iHeartRadio Music Festival alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry. Acts included: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, and Alicia Keys, to name a few. It was only a matter of time till Pauly migrated to the new dance music meca that is Las Vegas, with The Palms Casino Resort announcing that he will be an exclusive resident DJ for Moon, Rain, and the Palms Pool solidifying his spot amongst the elite group of artists that have had residencies with the Palms. His reputation as a major force in dance music and EDM was further boasted when in August 2012, Pauly ranked No. 7 spot on FORBES’ first-ever top- earning DJs list pulling in cool $11 Million. But music will always be Pauly’s first love, last year alone he rocked 132 shows world wide – and an impressive feat which equals a show every 3 days.

A firm believer in paying it forward, Pauly also supports many charitable causes, working closely with The Rhode Island Chapter of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and has worked with many great organizations such as The Boomer Esiason Foundation, Make-A- Wish Foundation, GLAAD, GLSEN, an DoSomething.org.

Insane Clown Posse ‘Psychopathic Records’ Australian Tour 2013 with Boondox & Big Hoodoo
Dec
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Dec 9

Insane Clown Posse ‘Psychopathic Records’ Australian Tour 2013 with Boondox & Big Hoodoo

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Send in the clowns! KillRockStar BigDog Entertainment call out for Australian Juggalos to gather en mass for the one and only Insane Clown Posse on their first Australian tour in over a decade!! The lords of the Dark Carnival bring their psychotic live show, a butt-load of Faygo and a cast of very special international and local guests downunder for the Psychopathic Records 2013 Australian tour!

ICP have sold over 11 million albums worldwide and in the process exposed millions to the way of the Dark Carnival. Without commercial radio or the support of video play Violent J and and Shaggy 2 Dope have connected deeply with a passionate global fan base that hangs on their every word. Juggalos (ICP’s loyal fan base) are a worldwide movement, gathering each year for the infamous Gathering of The Juggalos in the United States.

The band’s latest album, ‘The Mighty Death Pop!’ is the 12th studio album to be released by the wicked clowns. Deputing at #4 on the US Billboard charts it is the groups second album since the conclusion of the group’s original “Joker’s Cards” series. The titular character The Mighty Death Pop!, is the second in a set of six new Joker’s Cards.

Australian Juggalos this is your rare opportunity to see the world’s most hated band live on soda pop drenched stages across the country. Peace and MMFWCL!

5ive – The Big Reunion – Australian Tour 2013
Oct
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Dec 4

5ive – The Big Reunion – Australian Tour 2013

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KillPOPstar Entertainment in conjunction with Tombowler & Hayjack present in Australia for the first time since 2001, recently reformed UK pop superstars FIVE.

FIVE enjoyed incredible worldwide success in the late 90s with their keen pop sensibility and polished hip-hop inspired sound. Members Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson, Richard ‘Abs’ Breen, Jason ‘J’ Brown and Sean Conlon were hand-picked from 3, 000 hopefuls at an audition set up by the creators of the Spice Girls. In a career that saw them sell 20 Million records FIVE enjoyed incredible success in Australia scoring three Top10 albums and eight Top10 singles over the course of their career. The band were recently the feature artists on the universally successful UK reality TV show ‘The Big Reunion’ and headlining a SOLD OUT UK wide arena tour that included a guestspot on this years’ V FEST. 2014 is coming up FIVE!

The band’s debut album FIVE debuted at number 1 on the UK chart in 1998. A string of hit singles flowed on from its release including Slam Dunk (Da Funk)”, “When The Lights Go Out” and “It’s The Things You Do.” Their second album, Invincible which included the hits “Everybody Get Up”, “Got The Feelin'” and “Until The Time Is Through” were all released throughout 1998, reaching the top 5 in different countries around the world, reinforcing that FIVE had well and truly made their mark in the world of Boy Band mania. The following July they topped the UK singles chart with an inspired cover version of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’. Five’s third album was premiered by August 2001’s chart-topping single, ‘Let’s Dance’, but shortly afterwards the quintet announced they were splitting up.

After a shortlived reunion in 2006 the band announced they would be reforming minus Jason Brown in 2012 and continuing as a four-piece with plans for a new tour and new material. Later that year it was announced that FIVE would be taking part in an ITV2 documentary series called The Big Reunion. The show featured six bands including FIVE, Atomic Kitten, 911, B*Witched, Liberty X and Honeyz all reuniting for the first time in a decade and undergoing two weeks of intense rehearsals before stepping out on stage for a comeback performance at the Hammersmith Apollo. The show was a breakout success drawing a huge UK TV audience.

With interest in the group reignited, a new FIVE Greatest Hits album released and a renewed sense of excitement for touring the band are bringing their string of international hits live downunder to perform what is sure to be one of the pop tours of 2013.

Mickey Avalon “I Get Even” Australian Tour 2013
Oct
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Oct 26

Mickey Avalon “I Get Even” Australian Tour 2013

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KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment presents the return of infamous hip hop party boy Mickey Avalon back in Australia in 2013 playing tracks from his brand new EP I Get Even along with all his favourites along with a killer cast of local acts.

Filled with excess and exploding with sexual energy, Mickey Avalon’s music embraces decadence and celebrates hedonistic glory. The rapper’s legendary live shows are are more party than any typical rock show leaving crowds in a heaving, sweaty, drunken mess by the time the man has left the stage. It was this party that Australian audiences were treated to on Mickey’s last visit and this time he is amping up the good-time vibes with a fantastic line-up of local guests including Kid Mac and Evil Eddie joining the depraved celebration.

Mickey Avalon is back with another sordid tale of rock ‘n’ roll debauchery in the form of a brand new EP entitled “I Get Even”. The EP will be released digitally on August 6th via Mickey Avalon’s own label Rag Top Records and feature five previously unreleased tracks. The EP captures the energy of Avalon’s legendary live show and mixes it with the raw honesty and intense rhymes that have become a trademark of his unique sound. Avalon will head out onto the road in support of the effort with a full tour across the country, as well as headlining tours of Australia and Canada before the end of the year.

“My new EP is some of the best work I’ve ever done. We’re about to shoot a video for the song ‘Hollywood’ with a sick director, who came up with an amazing treatment for the visuals,” said Avalon. “It’s nice being home and recording, but I’m definitely ready to hit the road again. I’ll be touring all around the States, Canada, and then head to Australia. I hope everyone digs the tunes because there will be more coming very soon. Keep on rocking in the free world, and Avalonians unite!”

 Cradle of Filth – Australian Tour 2013
May
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May 13

Cradle of Filth – Australian Tour 2013

With special guests:

– The Amenta (Bris, Melb, Syd)
– Claim the Throne (Frem)

KillRockStar BigDog Entertainment present UK gothic black metal legends Cradle Of Filth live in Australia in 2013.

Cradle of Filth formed in Suffolk in 1991 and after a string of demo recordings released their debut album, ‘The Principle of Evil Made Flesh’ in 1994. The band have gone on to become one of the UK’s most successful metal acts, known for their dynamic symphonic style of gothic black metal, along with the dark poetic lyrics from the hand of enigmatic front-man Dani Filth.

The Manticore & Other Horrors, Cradle of Filth’s tenth studio full-length, can be likened to a bestiary, a collection of stories on Monsters; personal demons, Chimeras, literary fiends and world-enslaving entities to blame but a few, Manticore being the ravening title track. It is a song about a beautiful mythological horror that comes to be feared as the disfigurehead of foreign occupation in the Indian provinces.

The songs ‘Illicitus’ and ‘Pallid Reflection’ bare the sweet ingredients of vampirism and lycanthropy; the wicked ‘For Your Vulgar Delectation’ and ‘Frost On her Pillow’ are woven perversely into grim fairytales, whilst classic, monumental tracks like ‘The Abhorrent’ and ‘Siding With The Titans’ both extol tentacular Lovecraftian values.

The album itself possesses an altogether new atmosphere for the band, incorporating a heavier, faster NWOBBM (New Wave of British Black Metal) punk vibe that is both current and cruel, blended with ornate orchestration and the quirky immediateness of 2000’s Midian opus.

Recorded in eight weeks at both Springvale and Grindstone studios (where it was also mixed by Scott Atkins), Suffolk, the album is testament to the longevity of The ‘Filth, as not only does it reek of Cradle’s (feared or revered) brand of delicious metal vamperotica, but this thoroughly modern album places the band firmly in fresh killing fields anew.

Singer Dani Filth had this to say on the new album:
‘This is our tenth commandment in metal. We have diversified and kept alive the spirit of this band and breathed it into something that I can proudly say, slays like an absolute motherf**ker. The Manticore is coming… Long live the filth!’

Cradle of Filth is set to spread their darkness upon the Great Southern land this May.

Buckcherry, Richie Ramone and The Art – Melbourne Show 2013
Apr
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Apr 20

Buckcherry, Richie Ramone and The Art – Melbourne Show 2013

KillRockStar BigDog Entertainment present for one night only in Melbourne: Buckcherry, Richie Ramone & The Art.

In a one-off show that offers salvation for all Melbourne disciples of rock, Buckcherry, Richie Ramone and The Art team up for a triple bill that will collectively blow the roof of the legendary Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda. Coming together from the streets of Los Angeles, California in 1995 Buckcherry distilled their love for the riffs of heavy hitters like AC/DC with the glam and sleaze of Hollywood Bouleveard to come up with a classic amalgum of power and style that has won favour with rock fans around the planet thanks to the hit singles Crazy Bitch, Lit Up and Sorry along with a slew of fantastic albums. This is adreneline fuelled rock at it’s finest, with guitars set to full stun Buckcherry deliver unforgetable anthemic choruses and a live show guranteed to satisfy even the most ravenous hard rock fan.

Richie Ramone needs no introduction, having filled the drum chair for one of the most influential punk bands of all time, The Ramones, Richie is a living, breathing rock ‘n’ roll legend and one of the few remaining living links to what many consider the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll band of all time. Richie played on the Ramones’ albums, Too Tough to Die, Animal Boy and Halfway To Sanity and appears on Ramones compilation albums, Greatest Hits, Loud, Fast Ramones: Their Toughest Hits, Weird Tales of the Ramones, and the Ramones live DVD It’s Alive 1974-1996. He also penned the Ramones’ hit song Somebody Put Something in My Drink.

Since forming in Sydney in the mid 2000’s The Art have become of Australia’s most travelled hard rock exports. Having toured the globe and shared stages with the likes of The Pixies, Them Crooked Vultures, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Marilyn Manson to name just a few the quartet have honed their skills at the alter of hard rock becoming one of the most thrilling live acts in the country.

Hed PE and Jeffrey Nothing (Mushroomhead) – Hed 2 Head Australia Tour – February 2012
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Feb 5

Hed PE and Jeffrey Nothing (Mushroomhead) – Hed 2 Head Australia Tour – February 2012

HED 2 HEAD AUSTRALIAN TOUR featuring:
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California G-Punk legends (Hed)p.e. announce their upcoming 2012 Australian tour with Suburban Noize label mate, Mushroomhead vocalist and solo artist Jeffrey Nothing.

When it comes to Australia [HED]p.e need no introduction. The band have enjoyed a long running love affair with fans in this country ignited by [HED]p.e.’s genre defying blend of punk, hip hop, hardcore and metal. The band are touring in support of their eighth studio album Truth Rising, which sees (HED)p.e. become the voice for a movement that empowers youth, revealing the seedy underbelly of our current political global climate. On Truth Rising, (Hed)p.e. are the air raid siren waking up youth across the globe.

“We are excited to get back to Australia in early 2012 and play for all the renegades overseas,” enthused founding (Hed)p.e. member Jared Gomes. “We’ve done a couple tours of Australia and the underground down under has always embraced our music. I’m excited this time to be bringing our brother Jeffrey Nothing overseas with us so you can check out his new live show. Australia get ready…”

Fans of industrial metal will know Jeffrey Nothing as the masked vocalist and founding member of Cleveland, Ohio alt metal pioneers Mushroomhead. Along with his work with the renowned outfit Jeffrey is signed to Suburban Noize as a solo artist and will be featuring not only classic Mushroomhead tracks but also the latest music from his brand new album The New Psychodalia. Mixing hypnotic rhythmic grooves and punishing riffs, along with Jeffrey Nothing’s beautifully deranged lyrics, The New Psychodalia is a tormented soundscape that will shake listeners to the core.

“I no longer have to sit and wonder about the glory of Australia, as we head down under with our label mates and brothers in (Hed)p.e,” added Jeffrey Nothing. “These shows will be some of the first live shows we’ve done in support of my new solo album, so we’re extra excited to get out on the road and play these songs live.”

As an added bonus for what are sure to be amazing shows all ticket purchasers will receive a download code to a special digital package featuring exclusive tracks from (HED)p.e. and Jeffrey Nothing. KillRockStar BDE will also be announcing the details of a competition to give four up and coming bands the chance to open for (Hed)p.e. and Jeffrey Nothing in each capital city.

Suicidal Tendencies, Unwritten Law and The Dudesons – SRH Australian Tour – December 2012
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Dec 20

Suicidal Tendencies, Unwritten Law and The Dudesons – SRH Australian Tour – December 2012

KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment, SRH, Channel V and Blunt Magazine Present:

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, UNWRITTEN LAW & THE DUDESONS
Australian Tour 2012

Summer 2012 gets kicked in the face with a massive national tour featuring the legendary Suicidal Tendencies, Unwritten Law and Finnish pranksters The Dudesons. Taking the punk rock party right across Australia the tour will be the perfect way to see off the remains of 2012 in a blazing onslaught of breakneck riffs, memorable anthems and outrageous thrills and spills.

This amazing summer tour will include SRH FEST in Melbourne, an extra special inner city block party at the soon to be minted 1 City Rd right on the grass at the city’s famed Arts Centre Spire. This unique open air summer venue will play host to Suicidal Tendencies, Unwritten Law and The Dudesons and an extended lineup of quality local acts and DJ’s which will be announced shortly.

Suicidal Tendencies were never afraid of a little controversy. Formed in Venice, CA, during the early ’80s, the group’s leader from the beginning was outspoken vocalist Mike Muir. The outfit specialized in vicious hardcore early on – building a huge following among skateboarders, lending a major hand in the creation of skatepunk – before turning their focus eventually to thrash metal. For almost 30 years, featuring a multitude of talented personnel Suicidal Tendencies have remained true to their vision of uncompromising independence and singular musical ferocity.

SoCal punk stalwarts Unwritten Law have built a huge following worldwide since they formed in 1990. Six albums including their latest Swan have showcased the band’s core aesthetic of memorable tunes, crushing pop punk riffs and an infectious energy that has maintained a breakneck momentum and thrilled fans for over two decades. No strangers to Australian fans Unwritten Law have cultivated a loyal following downunder delivering thrilling live shows that capture Unwritten Law’s hallmarks of power, energy and infectious melody.

Featuring Jukka, Jarppi, Jarno, HP and their beloved pet pig Britney Finnish stunt pranksters The Dudesons are renowned for their epic stunts including blindfolded boxing, shooting to the chest with a shotgun, the human dartboard, the tug of war with bicycles, and much more! Known the world over through their movies and hit TV show the Dudesons live by the motto ‘when you’re old, you don’t want to think about the things you didn’t do, instead you want to think of all the things you DID do!’

Everclear – Australian Tour October 2012
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Oct 15

Everclear – Australian Tour October 2012

After a 14 year absence KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment are proud to present power pop sensations Everclear live in Australia in 2012.

Lead by founder and mastermind Art Alexakis and armed with his swag of catchy, guitar driven pop gems, Everclear were an ubiquitous presence on the world’s airwaves and TV feeds from the early part of the 90’s onwards. Alexakis’ clear-eyed willingness to confront life’s darker margins has been a hallmark of Everclear’s output ever since Everclear’s independently released 1993 debut World of Noise.

The band’s relentless touring regimen and D.I.Y. promotional tactics helped to set the stage for the platinum-level breakthrough of 1995’s Sparkle and Fade, which spawned the hits “Santa Monica” and “Heroin Girl,” while establishing Everclear as a popular live attraction and Alexakis as an engaged and articulate media presence. The band’s ascendancy continued with 1997’s So Much for the Afterglow, which produced the radio hits “Everything to Everyone,” “I Will Buy You A New Life,” and “Father of Mine.”

Alexakis continued to explore new creative challenges on such subsequent Everclear releases as 2000’s two-part Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1: Learning How to Smile (which yielded a major hit in “Wonderful”) and Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 2: Good Time for a Bad Attitude, 2003’s Slow Motion Daydream and 2006’s Welcome to the Drama Club. The Vegas Years (2008) was a memorable set of cover tunes, while In A Different Light (2009) and Return to Santa Monica (2011) found Alexakis and company revisiting and reinterpreting items from the Everclear songbook.

The band’s current line-up features the ever present Alexakis, along with David French on guitar, Freddy Herrera on bass, Josh Crawley on keys and Sean Winchester on drums. A brand new Everclear album titled Invisible Stars is planned for release later in 2012. “In some ways, this album’s a lot more aggressive than anything we’ve done in a long time,” Art Alexakis says of Invisible Stars, Everclear’s first collection of new songs in six years as well as the band’s first eOne release. “But in other ways, it’s a lot more melodic. I like having both of those sides covered.”

“When I look back at what Everclear has done,” Alexakis concludes, “I see a lot of things that have changed and a lot of things that have stayed consistent. But at the end of the day, I’m still doing the same thing I’ve always done. It’s still guitar-based rock ‘n’ roll, and I’m still just telling stories, which is all I’ve ever wanted to do. I’m proud of what we’ve done, and I still enjoy it. And I feel blessed that other people like it too.”

Joining Everclear as special guests on all shows will be Perth outfit and WAMI award winners Emperors, whose acclaimed debut album Stay Frosty is out now on Gun Fever via MGM.

Hanson ‘Shout It Out’ Australian Tour – September 2012
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Sep 23

Hanson ‘Shout It Out’ Australian Tour – September 2012

San Dimas Social Club are thrilled to present pop rock band HANSON in Australia on their Shout It Out World Tour 2012.

Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson are household names in Australia and it’s no surprise – in 1997 one in ten Australian households owned a copy of the band’s smash album Middle Of Nowhere and the nation’s airwaves, hearts and minds resonated to the infectious sound of the band’s smash hit MMMBop. Now, after a 7-year absence, HANSON are back with a brand new album and tour that is sure to capture the attention and imagination of a nation that has always embraced the band as their own.

HANSON have been making music together for two decades. Fifteen years ago, their out-of-the-blue, soul-inspired brand of American pop-rock‘n’roll was introduced to the world. Unaffected by charts or fads, they’ve spent more than a decade building a community of fans connected to one another and fuelled by the energy and craftsmanship of three brothers and their music, earning praise for their songwriting, musicianship and dynamic live performances, with New York‘s Village Voice calling them the “Finest Straight-Up Rock Band In America.”

On their fifth studio album, Shout It Out, to be released in Australia later this summer, they deliver a powerful group of soulful, melodic tunes that will leave you with a contagious sense of optimism for the future and welcomed reminiscence for American rock ‘n’ roll. Shout It Out is a collection of finely crafted, R&B-flavored pop-rock, a homage to the music that inspired HANSON when they started out. The album produced and written exclusively by the band is augmented with special guests: Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt, who played on some of Motown’s greatest hits, and horn arranger Jerry Hey, who worked with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more.

HANSON emotes such fresh energy on the new album that it’s easy to forget that this band has been around the block a few times. Multiple Grammy nominations (drummer Zac is the youngest nominated songwriter in history), years of headline shows everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl and world-records for the loudest concert audience in history.

The Shout It Out World Tour will feature tracks from their acclaimed 5th studio album, as well as highlights from their previous four albums which includes many hit singles around the world, and featuring the infectious soul-inspired debut single Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’. The current tour builds on the band’s reputation as a dynamic live act, with acclaim around the world. New York’s The Village Voice called them “The finest straight up rock band in America”, whilst the UK’s Sunday Times described their sound as “As perfect a slice of summer pop as you could hope to hear”.

 East 17 ‘House of Love’ Australian Tour – June 2012
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Jun 15

East 17 ‘House of Love’ Australian Tour – June 2012

San Dimas Social Club and Tone Deaf are thrilled to present the return of EAST 17 live in Australia in 2012.

20 million albums, eighteen top 20 singles, four top ten albums, no 90’s pop revival could ever be complete without the inclusion of EAST 17. From the release of their monster 1992 smash debut single House Of Love, EAST 17 instantly won a million hearts. What followed was a string of impressive hits including Deep, It’s Alright and Stay Another Day which showcased a grittier streetwise edge to the group’s songwriting proving the antithesis to the pop music of the day and cementing the Walthamstow quintet at the forefront of popular music for the decade.

EAST 17 are Tony Mortimer, John Hendy and Terry Coldwell but it hasn’t always been this way. Back in 1991 Mortimer’s school-friend Hendy had been hired to provide backing vocals whilst Coldwell and Brian Harvey were originally commandeered as dancers. Tellingly, however, Mortimer heard Harvey singing along in a recording session, noted that his own songwriting skills and rap sensibilities absolutely suited Harvey’s fluid R & B vocal overtones and the latter was elevated to lead singer. The ploy worked and soon East 17 were ubiquitous not just in the UK but throughout the world; It’s Alright made them the biggest band in Mongolia, stayed at No.1 in the Australian charts for seven weeks and when the band visited the country the airport was so mobbed with fans they had to sneak out through the back doors.

In 1994 the band’s second album Steam reached No.1 and spawned the epic ballad Stay Another Day which earned Mortimer an Ivor Novello Award; in 1995 the band played to 100,000 in Moscow’s Red Square then watched boggle eyed as the usually stony faced security services danced and sang along with the crowd (some of whom – the band found out later – had sold their shoes in order to be able to attend the show); and in 1996 even a duet with Gabrielle called If You Ever reached No.2.

In 1997 with little serendipity EAST 17’s world came crashing down around them. Harvey did a radio interview in which he suggested drugs were cool and “ecstasy can make you a better person” and whatever one thinks of his comments now it’s plain to see that they were ill-timed: the country’s media had barely recovered from the ecstasy-related death of Leah Betts and the subsequent tabloid furore was part-fuelled by the singer’s apparent moral abandonment; Harvey was sacked, then Mortimer left and the band imploded. A year later Harvey rejoined but it was never going to work without Mortimer, it was time to call time. When EAST 17 finally split in 1997 it was heralded (and still remains) one of the greatest break-ups in pop history.

Fast forward to June 2011, EAST 17 sign to FOD Records, songwriter and main-man Tony Mortimer takes over vocal duties and if the new single Can’t Get You Out Of My Mind (Crazy) is anything to go by then this move proves to be a revelation. The single marks a sea change in EAST 17 repertoire that sees them sound like a cross between Summer Of ‘69/Boys Of Summer Americana. Mortimer explains the change in direction. “I think everyone is subconsciously inspired by American music and rock ‘n’ roll. And this time around I just wanted to do something more live and when you start out with drum machines you always have to compromise with that music when you play live anyway. So why not try and be as live as you can in the studio? I love dance music and that is the core of what we do but we now just take the energy from that.”

 Sublime with Rome – Australian Tour April 2012
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Sublime with Rome – Australian Tour April 2012

KillRockStar Big Dog Entertainment & Rolling Stone presents:
SUBLIME with ROME- AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2012
Featuring special guest Mat McHugh (The Beautiful Girls)

Featuring founding members of Sublime along with new frontman, singer/guitarist Rome – Sublime with Rome will reintroduce themselves and Sublime’s classic hits to fans across Australia on their 2012 Australian tour.

One of the most notable and successful ska-punk bands of all time, Sublime has sold over 17 million albums worldwide with songs like What I Got, Doin’ Time and Date Rape all in constant radio rotation across the globe. To this day, the group’s multi-platinum landmark debut album “40oz. to Freedom,” lo-fi follow up “Robbin’ the Hood,” and multi-platinum self-titled major label debut (a virtual greatest hits set in itself) are all widely regarded as music collection staples.

Formed in Long Beach in 1988, Sublime’s final performance was in the spring of 1996 after the death of original singer Bradley Nowell. In 2008 Rome, a 21-year-old northern California native, was introduced to Gaugh and Wilson. Last year, a handful of jam sessions led to an impromptu show at a small club in Nevada flooring a packed-house crowd. The trio later performed a one-off at the Smokeout Festival last fall and was a surprise special guest at the infamous KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show, before officially dubbing themselves Sublime with Rome.

“Sublime has so many fans and attracts new fans every year who were never able to see Sublime perform live after Bradley passed away,” said Troy Nowell-Holmes, Bradley Nowells’ widow. “One of the inspirations for forming ‘Sublime with Rome’ was to bring Brad’s spirit in his music back to the fans and to give the new fans a glimpse of what it was like to see Sublime live.”

As a special treat for Australian Sublime fans the band will be joined nationally by very special guest Mat McHugh from The Beautiful Girls.

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