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Stevie Nicks Announces 24 Karat Gold Tour Aussie Dates

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Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde are coming to Australia in Nov. Photo: StevieNicks.com

Fleetwood Mac front-woman Stevie Nicks has announced she’s extending her 24 Karat Gold Tour to include dates in New Zealand and Australia during November this year, and she’s bringing with her, a very special guest.

In a joint tour with The Pretenders, Nicks and Chrissie Hynde will perform a set each from their repertoire with Nicks’s US tour set list showing a back catalog including If Anyone Falls, Gypsy, Bella Donna, Stand Back and Edge of Seventeen along with some Fleetwood Mac classics.  Chrissie Hynde along with The Pretenders bash out classics including the much loved Brass In Pocket, Message Of Love and Hymn to Her along with I’ll Stand By You.

Check out the set-list from Stevie’s Hyde Park, July 9th gig below.

  1. Gold and Braid
  2. If Anyone Falls
  3. Stop Dragging My Heart Around (With Chrissie Hynde)
  4. Gypsy
  5. Outside the Rain
  6. Dreams
  7. Enchanted
  8. Moonlight (A Vampire’s Dream)
  9. Stand Back
  10. Crying in the Night
  11. Gold Dust Woman
  12. Wild Heart
  13. Bella Donna
  14. Edge of Seventeen

    Encore:

  15. Rhiannon
  16. Landslide

General tickets go on sale on August 18. There are three pre-sales, American Express Card Member (August 14), Live Nation (August 17) and A Day On The Green (August 17).

Scalpers Come out on Top in Scramble to nab Alanis Tickets

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Image Credit: Alanis.com

90’s singer/song writer powerhouse Alanis Morissette is coming to Australia for the first time in almost 20 years with two ‘acoustic and intimate’ shows in Sydney and Melbourne booked for mid January 2018.  The Grammy winning singer will perform at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre on Tuesday January 23 and Sydney’s ICC Theatre on Wednesday January 24, performing an acoustic song-list spanning her entire career with songs from her debut album Jagged Little Pill to her most recent release, 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights.

The high demand to see the 90’s favorite return to our shores saw tickets for the two shows (which went on general sale through Ticketmaster.com.au and Ticketek.com.au at 9am this morning (Monday August 7th)) sell out in minutes though judging by the backlash on social media it appears scalpers came out in full force versus the fans with re-seller websites being flooded with tickets listed at two times plus the original price only moments later.

 

 

 

 

 

The tickets which ranged from a respectable $99 or $139 are now flooding ticket reselling sites such as Ticketmaster’s ‘authorized’ reselling page with a minimum $300 price tag while the horribly reviewed Viagogo has tickets from $230 not including the $60+ booking fee.

Did you get tickets to see Alanis or were like me and missed out?  Sound off in the comments section!

 

Sheryl Crow Returns to 90’s Roots with Ninth Studio Album ‘Be Myself’.

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After taking a side step from her pop roots to record the country themed “Feel Like Home”, singer Sheryl Crow is returning to what she knows and what she does best with her ninth studio album titled “Be Myself”.

Joining Jeff Trott and Tchad Blake with whom she collaborated with on hits including “My Favorite Mistake” and “Everyday Is a Winding Road“, Be Myself saw Crow, Trott and Blake fall back effortlessly into a flow that produced some of her biggest hits.

Check out Sheryl’s interview with Rolling Stone all about Be Myself.

Announced today, Be Myself hits April 21st 2017 with pre-orders starting today including through Sheryl’s official website where a limited edition CD and signed lithograph pack can be pre-ordered.

Check out the first single off the album, titled Halfway There below:

Be Myself drops April 21st in digital and CD formats and June 2nd on vinyl.

Concert Review – Belinda Carlisle Live @ The Royal Melbourne Zoo

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Belinda Carlisle live at Melbourne Zoo. Photo (c) tamburidmunch/Instagram

A constant visitor to Australia, Belinda Carlisle closed out her 2016 Down Under tour last night (March 12th) with a spectacular show at The Melbourne Zoo (as part of their annual Summer Twilight Concert Series) in front of a massive crowd of about 3000 people.

With rain clouds threatening to open up at any time (thankfully they held off), the sold out show started off with local 80’s electro-pop-funk group Pseudo Echo taking the stage to a round of applause and pumping up the audience with a range of hits including Ultraviolet from their 2014 album and following it up with a set of their more memorable classics including A Beat For You, Don’t Go, Love An Adventure and an incredible cover of Real Life’s Send Me an Angel but it wasn’t until their final song that the entire crowd got up and moving – an extended version of their number one hit Funky Town.

A brief break to re-set the stage – including a tambourine on the front mic stand – before Belinda Carlisle, dressed in her usual loose black blouse and black pants, took to the stage.

Without taking too much time to take in the cheers, whistles, screams and claps from the adoring crowd of fans, Carlisle simply went straight into the title track off her 1989 album Runaway Horses before diving into a personal favorite of mine (We Want) The Same Thing.  I Get Weak, In Too Deep, Circle in the Sand, Vision of You and La Luna were belted out with Carlisle moving around the stage with effortless flair.

One of her biggest and more enduring hits Summer Rain pushed the crowd towards the stage, hands up and singing at the top of our voices which was then followed up by another favorite Mad About You before Carlisle took a moment to talk about her time with The Go-Go’s in which she mentioned how she took the spot of lead singer in the newly formed girl group as she didn’t want to play the guitar and mentioned that “popular to contrary belief in Australia, the next song she’ll be singing isn’t actually titled Alex the Seal” 

This of course led Belinda into a Go-Go’s double up of Our Lips are Sealed and the even more upbeat We Got the Beat.  The set was finished on two more massive hits – fan favorite Leave a Light on and the rousing Live Your Life Be Free which was given the extended remix treatment as found on the B-side to the original vinyl release of the single which then saw Carlisle exit the stage.

A brief interlude of mere minutes before returning to sing Valentine from the Runaway Horses album and Big Scary Animal from her Real album but there was still one more song everyone there was waiting to hear.  Heaven is a Place on Earth, the single that solidified Carlisle’s place as a solo artist, began and the crowd sang, danced, cheered and belted out the classic hit.

A quick thank you to the masses and Carlisle once again exited the stage for a quick break before returning for one final song, a rendition of The Carpenters classic Superstar.  A touching finale from an incredible singer.

Carlisle’s voice remained strong and on point throughout the entire show, her vocal quaver that we all know and love, as present as ever.  There was no need for big flashy visuals or expensive set production as Carlisle’s hits paired with her unmatched and distinctive vocals more than stand on their own to provide an incredibly entertaining show.

If I had to find any (and i’m stretching here) negatives, I wish she had added Do You Feel Like I Feel to her set list – but that’s only because it is my all-time favorite track from her – and I would have loved to have seen her, at the conclusion of her final song, take in the roar of cheers and applause from the fans a little longer before exiting.

This was my first ever time getting the opportunity to see Belinda Carlisle, yes I did loose my voice from all the fangirly screaming and singing at the top of my lungs, yes I did get teary when Live Your Life began to play and yes, she did not disappoint.  As a long time fan with numerous Carlisle vinyls that get played weekly, I would more than recommend seeing the superstar singer next time she’s in town.  I know I will be!

Madonna Announces Australian Rebel Heart Tour Dates

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Madonna is *finally* including Australia (and New Zealand) in a world tour.

Let’s put things into perspective – the last time Madonna toured Australia, I was 13 years old.  The next time she’ll visit us, I’ll be almost 36 years old.

Weird to think the last time Madonna was in Australia, I was 13 years old and in the midst of a major Madonna phase.  It was The Girlie Show Tour and when tickets were on sale, I was sick – very sick, and had taken a few days off from school. So much was my Madonna love, the entire year level thought I had taken time off to try and snag tickets.  Thus was not the case, I never got to see the concert – naturally assuming there’d be plenty more visits over the coming years……

ahem.

23 years I’ve been waiting for Madonna to bring a tour down under – Drowned World, Re-Invention, Confessions (Man I would have killed to see this live), Sticky & Sweet, MDNA – 5 world tours and nadda.  Finally though, Madonna has confirmed she’s bringing her Rebel Heart tour to our distant shores.

Part of me is super excited – I mean come on, it’s Madonna.  This is the woman who claims the bragging rights of being the first ever person to grace my bedroom wall in poster format all the way back in 1986 – the other half is a bit eh-eh as (by previous tours) we’ll more than likely be hit with tracks from her latest album Rebel Heart – which (sad to say) is one of my least favorite albums from Madonna to date.

I’m not going to bitch and moan about the album though…Madonna is coming to Australia!

There’s already a bunch of pre-pre-sale specials set and Livenation has listed a slew of platinum and VIP tour packages that will set fans (not me) back a few thousand dollars.

Rebel Heart Australia Tour Dates:

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – March 12th 2016
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne – March 13th 2016
Allphones Arena, Sydney – March 19th 2016
Allphones Arena, Sydney – March 20th 2016
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – March 26th 2016
Entertainment Centre, Brisbane – March 27th 2016

I’ll personally be very happy with the everyday regular side-restricted view $99 tickets – that’s if I manage to grab some tickets!

Excited Madonna is coming to Australia?  Planning on trying for tickets?  Sound off in the comments below!