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CRUE GOES COUNTRY!? (Motley Monday: Part Two)

Posted 4 May 2015 by Adz Carter/Adzzi Sixx

Do not adjust your computer screens! What you just read is not a mistake, the latest Motley Crue release is a country album... But Mick Mars hasn’t traded his guitar for a fiddle just yet (although his post-Crue solo album is rumoured to be blues and possibly bluegrass based), as ‘Nashville Outlaws’ is a tribute to the band that have done the ‘Bad Boy Boogie’ since 1981. Motley retirement rumours had been running rampant for many years, with all signs pointing towards a final album, followed by a farewell tour. Said tour was announced last year, but still no sign of the elusive album. Since the tour announcement however, Motley bass player, principal songwriter and all round brains behind the whole disorderly operation, Nikki Sixx has stated that there is new Motley material, but there will be no new album. Said Sixx of a new album, and the way new music is looked upon by fans in the download age: “It’s hard to spend six or nine months to write eleven songs- all those lyrics, the vocals, guitars, bass, the sonics, the mixing, the artwork... Then you put it out and nothing happens, because now people cherry-pick songs. So we go: ‘Why don’t we write songs and find vehicles to get one, two or four songs to ten million people rather than eleven songs to a hundred thousand people.’” 

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Week in Review - Sunday 3 May 2015

Posted 3 May 2015 by Adz Carter

This week the music world lost a legendary figure, with the passing of R&B and soul singer Ben E. King. King began his career as a member of doo-wop vocal group The Drifters in 1958, and became a successful solo singer two years later. He is best known for his second single ‘Stand By Me’, co-written by King with the well renowned songwriting team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller. ‘Stand By Me’ was a top ten hit upon its release in 1961, and again upon its re-release in 1986, when it was used in the movie of the same name.

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ACE FREHLEY-Metro Theatre, Sydney, 30/4/15

Posted 1 May 2015 by Adz Carter


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Posted 27 April 2015 by Adz Carter

Hey there hair metal lovers, Adz here (aka Adzzi Sixx) welcoming you to Part One of a four part special on the kings of ‘80s glam: Motley Crue. 
A whole 34 years after forming, the buzz around this band is still red hot. Not only were Motley Crue the first of the new wave of 1980’s glam metal bands, but they were one of the few bands from that era to truly stand the test of time. When their peers, enemies, and managers (the latter of the two sometimes being one in the same) told them they couldn’t do something, they’d merely see that as a challenge. Even within their first year together they proved many doubters from their native Los Angeles wrong, and soon became the toast of the town. But while dreaming of bigger and better things, and continually looking forward, they soon learned that the clichéd road to rock n’ roll fame and fortune could be a rocky one, filled with speed bumps, and sometimes, dead ends. While many bands who experienced half of what Motley did would’ve broken down and hitch-hiked away in different directions, the guys kept travelling down the same road, just opting to take some detours instead. After marking their territory on L.A’s famed Sunset Strip, these dirty rock dogs soon took on the world. Now on the eve of the Australian crooked hind leg of their last ever tour (Oh you didn’t know? Read on...), it seems like a good a time as any to take a look back on how it all started, and why it’s all ending...

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Praise Fit For A King!

Posted 19 April 2015 by Adz Carter

North Queensland five piece King Social have been made to feel like royalty of late. Just recently, tracks off both their first e.p (‘It Goes Around’) and their lastest e.p (‘Big Man’) were nominated for awards in four different categories (Regional, Indigenous, Urban, and Country) at the Queensland Music Awards. Having seen King Social perform at the Airlie Beach Music Festival last year, it wasn’t too surprising to me that their music could be slotted in to a number of different genres. But when I got the chance to have a chat with King Social’s Stevie Mitchell (hip hop feature artist, didgeridoo and backup vocals), I was very keen to find out how this musical melting pot came to be cooked.

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Live Music's Back At The CBD!

Posted 4 April 2015 by Adz Carter

Once upon a time...Newcastle was a magical music filled metropolis, with a band on every corner where the streets were lined with a vast array of pubs and clubs, and the night life (thanks mainly to the live music heard from such hallowed walls) was well and truly alive and kicking.

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'Week in Review' - Sunday 8 March 2015

Posted 8 March 2015 by Adz Carter

This last week has been a great week for beginnings, and ends, with some rather noteworthy musical events taking place.

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SLASH + STEEL PANTHER - Hordern Pavilion 24/2/15

Posted 25 February 2015 by Adz Carter

Upon walking into the Hordern last night I made sure to take note of where all the fire exits were, because with the amount of hair spray utilised by the vast majority of the ticket holders, it looked as if this venue could easily ignite.  Big hair, spandex, more mascara and eyeshadow than the makeup counter at Myers, …and that was just the guys!
Yes, this was a true rock n’ roll crowd, drawing inspiration for their look from the ‘80s hair metal genre. Being that Guns N’ Roses never really fit the glam mould, and never really tried to, it seemed that a large percentage of those in attendance were there for Steel Panther, rather than the former Gunners axe man who was headlining. It’s often odd to think of the large following that this band has, seeing as though songs like ‘Pussy Whipped’, and ‘Glory Hole’, don’t exactly get air play. Most of their song titles can’t even be read out on the radio. This is a shame, because if you take away the amusing lyrics, the songs still stand up on their own. But it doesn't matter how good the riffs are, or how catchy the song, it’s still not going to get spun by your Kyle’s and Jackie O’s.

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Is “Best” Better? The Right Choice Vs the Popular Choice

Posted 23 February 2015 by Adz Carter

As mentioned in yesterdays blog, the man many love to hate, Kanye West was seen having dinner with Taylor Swift at a New York restaurant last week. With Swift accepting West’s dinner invitation, the pair have now finally buried the hatchet, five years after the infamous MTV VMA incident. Better late than never, but nonetheless, witnessing these two sitting together breaking bread was still a surprising sight to behold for staff and fellow diners alike. Also, this peace offering from West was immediately met with skepticism by some. Many insiders have been speculating that this was less of an apology from West, and more of a p.r stunt, in lieu of the fact that West had a similar indiscretion at the Grammy awards less than two weeks ago. This was of course when Beck was receiving the Grammy Award for Best Album, and West looked as if he was about to interrupt him. Many people were shocked with Beck picking up the gong, but West was possibly the one to make it the most obvious that he felt it should’ve gone to someone else.

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'Week in Review' - Sunday 22 February 2015

Posted 22 February 2015 by Adz Carter

They say “A week is a long time in politics”, and it can also be a long time in the world of music, and a lot has happened in the last seven days.
Kanye West had an unlikely dinner guest last Tuesday night, as he was spotted at The Spotted Pig restaurant in New York, dining with Taylor Swift. West extended the olive branch to Swift, who graciously accepted his dinner invitation, thus ending a five year feud of sorts. The pair had been avoiding each other after West’s much publicised faux pas at the 2009 Mtv Video Music Awards, when Swift was presented with the Best Female Video award and West interrupted her acceptance speech. But now it seems the pair are at least on speaking terms, which is certainly a good start. Will this be the birth of a new friendship? Who knows?

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