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MOTLEY CRUE (WITH ALICE COOPER)- ALL PHONES ARENA, SYDNEY (Motley Monday: Part Four)

Posted 18 May 2015 by Adz Carter/Adzzi Sixx

Quite often, when one attends a lot of gigs, it is very easy to have a lot of preconceived notions about how your experience is going to be. You may walk in with the mindset that the curtain pulling act will only be suitable background music at best, the main support will not have adequate time to do their music or their performance justice, and the headliners, who are not as young as they used to be, will not be sounding too crash hot. It’s at times like this though, that it’s very refreshing to be wrong...
Motley Crue’s Sydney show on the Australian leg of “The Final Tour” kicked off with Central Coast band RedHook, who had won a competition held by Triple M to land the support slot. Despite only having an allotted time for around five songs (including a very faithful cover of Tracey Bonham’s cult hit ‘Mother Mother’), this five piece rock band (who were similar in sound and style to Sydney band A Girl’s A Gun) very successfully warmed up an extremely receptive crowd, who sung along when asked to, and gave much more than just polite applause after each song. No easy task either, considering that these rock fans were anticipating a co-headlining show featuring two of the most iconic acts of the last 40 plus years. 

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2015 = YEAR SIXX (Motley Monday: Part Three)

Posted 11 May 2015 by Adz Carter/Adzzi Sixx

Always having his finger on the pulse of the latest and greatest music, Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue mastermind/bass player) has relaunched his new band, and once again they have tapped into the modern day sound. Forming in 2007 and releasing their debut album the same year, Sixx: A.M have found their niche with a rock vibe that’s fresh and new, and whilst slotting in perfectly alongside the new age of rock, still sounds distinctly Sixx. The band came to be when Nikki was jamming with his one time Motley song writing collaborator James Michael. Around this time, Nikki came across some long forgotten journals that chronicled his day to day life when he was addicted to heroin for almost an exact calendar year (Christmas ’86- Christmas ’87). The journal entries became the basis for ‘The Heroin Diaries’ book, and the book in turn inspired an outpouring of song writing. To write the songs that were Motley in nature, yet still not suitable for Crue recordings, the pair were introduced to Guns N’ Roses guitarist DJ Ashba (who is not a DJ as his name may suggest), and the trio wrote ‘The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack’. Released in ’07 at the same time as Nikki’s book, this was to be the debut album of the newly named Sixx: A.M (the title coming from the last names of Sixx, Ashba, and Michael). In ’11, Sixx: A.M would go on to record the follow up album ‘This Is Gonna Hurt’, which tied in with Nikki’s photo journal of the same name.

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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

ALRIGHT SYDNEY!

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