Orlando, Florida-based rock legends Alter Bridge returned to New Zealand last night and put on an incredible show at Auckland’s Powerstation. Now I wasn’t intending on writing a review at all, so please forgive me this small overview with not so much detail as I usually would add.
So how was it? ….well… The walls shook gloriously with Myles Kennedy’s incredibly strong pipes, man his voice impresses me (and of course a fair bit of brilliant guitar action on his behalf also), Mark Tremonti out with all the guitar riffs…. STUNNING Actually! Brian Marshall on bass and Scott Phillipson on drums driving the backline and sounding so so good. The band was well and truly out in full force last night!
The band had the Audience’s attention from inception, it didn’t wane throughout the night, a bloody great rock gig was what it was! The pace, driving on and upwards remained all night bar a beautiful acoustic solo by Myles, what a gorgeous guitar he held in his arms ringing out beautifully, an aural pleasure, however; the audience mood and attention with this small acoustic injection did not wither away. Song after glorious rock song was dished up for us. Beautiful. Alter Bridge; a line-up of talented and very skilled musicians who were also having fun onstage…. I do like that. I was Impressed by the whole bands connection with the crowd, you can tell they are grateful to and love their fans. A mighty show Alter Bridge…top marks!
The sound had a couple patchy moments at the beginning where Myles vocals were a little drowned out but that could’ve been that I was upstairs balcony at the time and it was sorted pretty quickly….no biggie. Lighting was great.
There was even a beautiful surprise to end the night; A man from the audience was invited to the stage by Myles…. stating he had some ‘BIG BUSINESS’ to attend to…. what is happening here? Well the man then proceeded to also get his sweet lady up onstage to propose to her in front of the raucous crowd cheering him on as he got down on bended knee and proposed to his lovely lady…. who said yes to the delight of a couple thousand people and the band….. all the mushy love stuff happened!
All in all, Alter Bridge are a gigantic and memorable band to see live onstage. If you like a great rock show with opportunity to go, then do so! Thank you Alter Bridge, please come back to New Zealand soon!
Coridian are ready to unveil their 2nd release Caldera this November. With the help of Zorran Mendonsa this packet of sound includes two released singles Blind Faith (2016) & Reflections (2017) as well as four new tracks that have been road tested on stage.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
Due to significant weekend rainfall, and the forecast of more rain over the next 72 hours, Coffs Harbour City Council, Frontier Touring, John Logan Entertainment and Midnight Oil management have met and reviewed the site for Midnight Oil’s show on Thursday 19 October.