Crunch! - April 18, 2012
The Feckers Cover Maiden
The Feckers have recorded an acoustic version of the Iron Maiden classic Wasted Years, featuring Irene Slade on lead vocals, Mathew Szkup on guitars, Chris Szkup on guitar and bass, and Dennis Leeflang on drums and mix. The track was mastered by Maor Applebaum and the artwork is by Dan Verkys. This is the second in the run of online singles that will be coming out in the the lead up to their debut album It'd Be Rude Not To later in the year. Grab a free download at the official site thefeckers.net/
The Lounge Detectives live recordings of Herding Cats, and Shall We Dance will be featured on Channel C31's music show, Tone Control at 7.30pm on Monday April 30. The Lounge Detectives invite viewers to post any comments to Tone Control via their Facebook (facebook.com/tonecontrol.tv) or Twitter (@ ToneControlTV) accounts.
Scheduled performances by Chocolate Starfish in Melbourne and Geelong this month will go ahead as per the wishes of the band’s guitarist, Zoran Romic, who tragically passed away from cancer on March 31. Surviving members Adam Thompson (vocals), John “Stones” Nixon (bass), Norman Falvo (keyboards) and Darren Danielson (drums) will be joined by former Androids and Superjesus guitarist Tim Henwood. A special edition DVD of Zoran’s final public performance, recorded at Trak Nightclub October 11, 2011, will be sold exclusively at the venues, with all proceeds for sales going to Zoran’s family. All shows are 18+.
Friday April 20 – York on Lilydale
Saturday April 21 – Chelsea Heights Hotel
Friday April 27 – Mac’s Hotel, Melton
Saturday April 28 – Commercial Hotel
Paul Gilbert Clinic Tour
Guitar god Paul Gilbert (Mr. Big, Racer X) will visit Oz for a clinic tour in October courtesy of Thump Music (the same folks who brought Steve Vai down last year). "Paul will be taking it up a level on anything he has ever done in Australia and will be teaching techniques and information he teaches at his exclusive camps in the USA," Thump says. Seats will be limited and there will be massive giveaways and specials, and the chance to jam onstage with Pablo Gilberto himself! Gilbert's a great teacher - Santa very kindly gave me a private lesson with him a few years ago and it was as fun as it was educational. Dates for the October clinics will be announced soon!
Cold Chisel Live From Space!
Cold Chisel recently released No Plans, their first album in 14 years, and are celebrating with an exclusive live concert event screening via satellite to cinema screens right around Australia, from the band's Sydney show on Wednesday April 18. The show will be broadcast in high definition with Dolby 5.1 sound. "We're really proud of this new album and want as many people to hear it as possible," Barnsey says. "The idea of having this gig beamed out to cinemas seemed like a great way of getting people to hear a few of the new songs live as well as all the ones they know. We've played a lot of gigs around Australia over the last 35 years but this will be the first time we've played in over 100 places on the same night!" Tickets from cinemalive.com are $39.50 - including a copy of No Plans. Ticket-only purchases of $34.50 are available at all participating cinemas. By the way, Ian Moss has been given the all-clear after having to postpone a few shows due to a nasty cat bite.
Gig Alert: Jimmy Barnes
Cold Chisel might be in full swing but that doesn't mean Barnsey's taking it easy on the solo front. He's playing two shows at Trak Lounge Bar on Friday June 1 and Sunday June 3. Both shows are 18+.
Gig Alert: Gasoline Inc
Gasoline Inc have booked a few Victorian shows for next month: May 10 at the Bended Elbow in Geelong and May 12 at the Torquay Hotel in Torquay. The band is promoting Shock, the second single taken from their five-track EP The Wanted One. Tickets are available from the venues.
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BY PETER HODGSON