In May the mighty Maiden are hitting Australia and New Zealand. It’ll be their first Australian tour since 2011, with five arena shows going on sale Thursday September 24 via Ticketek (check ironmaiden.com for fan club presale info). And yes, they’ll be bringing their new Boeing 747-400 jumbo jet (once again named Ed Force One), piloted by vocalist Bruce Dickinson and carrying band, crew and stage production and equipment. Bruce says, “Maiden thrive on touring and getting out to our fans, it’s what we do best, so it will be a great feeling to board our new Jumbo Ed Force One with the crew and the gear and head round the globe and get back on stage for you guys. We haven’t played in Australia and New Zealand for a number of years so it will be a pleasure to play for our Antipodean cousins again, irrespective of who wins the dates with destiny at Twickenham in a few weeks’ time.” Catch them with special guests The Raven Age on May 9 at Rod Laver Arena.
It's time to celebrate the birthdays of Muscle Car’s very own Poodle and The Bear and what better way to celebrate than with the awesomeness that is My Left Boot, Swidgen, Drifter and Terminal Wally. Muscle Car will also be playing a set and showcasing some of their new material from their upcoming record. It all kicks off at 8pm at the Bendigo Hotel and with a door price of just $10, that's a lot of rock for not a lot of bucks.
There’s an epic lineup at the Bendigo Hotel on Saturday September 19 for the first Danger Fest,covering rock, hard rock, rockabilly, punk, psychobilly, burlesque and DJs. Only $10, with doors opening at 6pm. The lineup features The Balls, Organ Donor, Murder Rats, Hypermania (Danger band reunion), Kill Dirty Youth, DOUBLEBLACK, Zia Electric and Black Aces.
Sleeping With Sirens released their new album Madness earlier this year and have now unveiled a new music video for Better Off Dead, a powerful track that touches upon topics very dear to Sleeping With Sirens’ hearts – depression and suicide. “I think this video does an amazing job at capturing the concept of the song,” Kellin Quinn says. “I thought it would be interesting to look at the idea of depression as being trapped and feeling helpless, and I think the video captures that in a unique way. I'm getting more involved in the ideas for our videos and I really enjoy that part.” Catch them at 170 Russell on Tuesday September 22: the early all-ages show is sold out but there are still tickets for the 18+ show.
If you love dogs and you love music, get you and your dogs’ butts to Burnley Park in Richmond on Sunday September 27 for Dogapalooza. Presented by Oscars Law, One Little Indian Enterprises and Artemis Pet Food, the festival will raise awareness and funds for dog rescue. Joining the already confirmed artists Tash Sultana and Harrison Storm will be Melbourne DJ duo Cocoa Noire and folk-pop twins Amistat. All proceeds go to Melbourne’s dog rescue groups: Stafford Rescue Victoria, Paws Of Love, Melbourne Animal Rescue, German Shepherd Rescue, Puppy Tales Rescue and Kayas Mission. Official limited edition merchandise will be available on site, as well as Dogapalooza Awards for various categories. 11.30am - 5.00pm, $28 +BF for Adults, $15 + BF for Concession/Students, $10 + BF for Children (12yo & under).
Don Fernando have been on a whirlwind ride with the release of their third recording Haunted By Humans. European record company HeadSpin Records personally approached Don Fernando on hearing the release, saying they wanted to represent this delectable album throughout Europe. Having received much support from peers and media, this balltearing album is full of hard, edgy, dark, doomy lyricism, demanding guitar riffs and head crunching beats and rhythms. On Thursday October 1, Don Fernando take the stage at The Workers Club to launch the vinyl edition of the album with support from three talented bands out of Melbourne, The Ugly Kings, Drifter and Two Headed Dog. Doors at 8pm, tickets are $12.
Ugly Kid Joe’s first full-length album in nearly two decades, Uglier Than They Used Ta Be, is out now, and the first two singles have hit radio: She’s Already Gone and Hell Ain’t Hard To Find. The album was recorded at JT Studios and Balance Studios in Louisiana by a new seven-member line-up including Whitfield Crane (vocals), Klaus Eichstadt (guitars), Sonny Mayo (guitars), Shannon Larkin (drums), Zac Morris (drums), Cordell Crockett (bass) and Dave Fortman (guitars).