David Byrne, former Talking Heads lead singer, to tour Australia in November 2018

Frontier Touring has announced that David Byrne, formerly Talking Heads lead singer will bring his American Utopia World Tour to Australia in November 2018.

David Byrne will perform songs from his acclaimed new album American Utopia along with much of his back catalogue from his solo career and time with Talking Heads. A 12-piece band will support David Byrne on stage for an Annie-B Parson choreographed concert that he has called “the most ambitious show I’ve done since the shows that were filmed for Stop Making Sense.”

David Byrne, one of the great innovators in music going back to his Talking Heads day has announced four Australian dates to take place this November, in Sydney, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Adelaide. He was last in Australia for shows with St. Vincent five years ago, but he hasn’t come out for his own tour since his 2009, when he was on his David Byrne and Brian Eno tour.

When announcing that he would be gigging in 2018, David Byrne said that the tour he had pulled together was his most ambitious since making the Stop Making Sense film. David Byrne plays the following shows:

 

Tuesday 20 November – ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Wednesday 21 November – Convention Centre, Gold Coast
Saturday 24 November – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
Sunday 25 November – AEC Arena, Adelaide

Tickets are on sale from Monday 18 June.

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An evening at Selina’s at the Coogee Bay Hotel was always a legendary night out in Sydney

It was a blue January day indeed, just over 3 years ago, when Selina’s  closed her doors. The owner of the Coogee Bay Hotel (CBH) cited  tighter licensing laws in New South Wales and tougher Health and  Safety regulations. Both, apparently, contributed to the fact that it  was much more challenging to make the place successful, than had been  the case in the past.

Any band who’s anyone in Australia will have performed at Selina’s at  some point; INXS even scribed the wall of the loading dock in 1993,  and they were probably just a smidgeon past the very peak of their  fame back then. They even returned to the venue in 1998, just 4 months  after  Michael Hutchence’s death. Then again as late as 2006, some 9  years after the former lead singer’s demise.

It wasn’t just Australian artists who rocked Selina’s. In 1992,  Nirvana graced the stage. Belinda Carlisle performed just days after  Primal Scream, in 2011. Later the same year, Good Charlotte played.  There were The Pogues in 1990; The Beastie Boys in 1992; Iggy Pop in  1993;  Soundgarden, The Smashing Pumpkins and Radiohead in 1994; Blink  182 and The Offspring in 1995; Anthrax in 1996; The Prodigy and the  Foo Fighters in early 1998, through Deep Purple in 1999 to the Fun  Lovin’ Criminals in 2004. I could go on… and on.

For me, it’s the fact that the Sex Pistols played in October 1996 that  is surprising, because I was actually living in Coogee right then,  just a hundred or so metres away, in fact. I didn’t even realise what  a legendary place I was living right by; for me, it was just somewhere  to get drunk every weekend. (Every weeknight too, if I’m honest; I was  22 and having the time of my life.)

Crowded House had played there too, long before they performed their  final, farewell gig at Sydney Opera House in late 1996, also during my  year Down Under.

As for Midnight Oil, they deserve a paragraph of their very own, as  they have played the venue so many times that the band themselves have  more than likely lost count. Suffice to say they’ve graced the  hallowed venue on many occasions, and are regulars once more, since  Selina’s flung open her doors again in September 2016. Cue a  collective sigh of relief from Sydneysiders and music fans the world  over. Plus, of course, backpackers like me, with the warmest, fuzziest  recollections of the place. The memories may be somewhat hazy, but  they are certainly very fond.

As I mentioned, I didn’t really go to Selina’s specifically for the  music – although I do have some idea that I might have ruined a pair  of heels in the mosh pit – I went more for the atmosphere, and,  admittedly, the alcohol. The place buzzed with life, from dusk until  dawn when were kicked out for the place to be mopped, swept and made presentable once more, before it all began again that very night.

I spent my first evening in Australia at the Coogee Bay Hotel, and very many more.  Stars from Aussie soap ‘Home and Away’ – which was almost as big as  ‘Neighbours’ at the time – were often spotted knocking back a schooner  or few. All the backpackers in Coogee (of which there was some number,  there being at least 3 hostels nearby) when I was there in 1996, spent  the vast majority of their nights out – and their hard-earned cash –  at the Coogee Bay Hotel aka CBH.

‘CBH?’ someone would say, adopting the typical Aussie inflection at  the end to make the three letters into a question. The answer was very  rarely no and the time had was invariably good, yet oddly forgettable.  Too many of the old schooners again, tut tut. We never learned, but  would we have wanted to?

My next trip to Australia simply has to include a night at the Coogee Bay Hotel / CBH. I  think I’ll stay there too; noise or no, I doubt it’ll bother me too  much after the sort of evening – and early morning, no doubt – that I  plan to have there. For old times’ sake. The next day, the best walk  in the world awaits, to blow away the inevitable cobwebs – the Coogee  to Bondi coast path. Sydney sure is a city of legends.

 

This article was written by our guest blogger Polly Taylor @ BloggerByTheSea.com ( and you can’t get much closer to the sea at the Coogee Bay Hotel!!

Check out Polly’s blog……There are some very entertaining and informative articles on a diverse range of subjects & topics. For instance her home made recipes are mouth watering and delicious!!

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( This article also struck a real chord with the Record Press editor, who has fond memories of great nights out spent at the Coogee Bay Hotel / CBH in 1989, whilst backpacking in Oz. One particular night I was introduced to a “Blonde Bombshell” by the name of Wendy James and her band Transvision Vamp. Happy days!! )

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Jessica Mauboy to represent Australia at Eurovision 2018

After finishing ninth at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Australia is bringing its “A Game” to proceedings for 2018.

Pop star Jessica Mauboy will represent Australia in Lisbon, Portugal next May, broadcaster SBS announced on Monday. The 28-year-old who is the first indigenous artist to reach No1 on the Australian album charts, said she would “sing my heart out for Australia. I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous – mainly about the dress!”

Jessica Mauboy shot to fame on the second series of Australian Idol in 2006. After the show, she released a live album, The Journey, which reached the Top 5 courtesy of the popularity of her cover of Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful. Her official debut single, Running Back, followed a year later, featuring a guest appearance by US superstar Flo Rida. It was certified double platinum and saw Jessica Mauboy win her first Aria award.

Jessica Mauboy has sold in excess of 3.4m albums globally, while her songs have been streamed more than 158m times. She also starred in the 2012 film The Sapphires, playing the role of Julie McCrae, one of four indigenous Australian women who travel to Vietnam to sing for troops during the war. The film won Jessica Mauboy an Australian Film Critics Association Award for best supporting actress and led to her being cast in the lead role of the hit TV series The Secret Daughter.

Jessica Mauboy, whose mother is from the Indigenous KuKu Yalanji tribe and whose father is from Timor, said she had wanted to represent Australia at the contest ever since her half-time performance in 2014. Australia has been part of the Eurovision Song Contest since 2015, when it was given a “wild card” entry for the show’s 60th anniversary. 

Jessica Mauboy explained: “I am a deeply a competitive person when it comes to music. I almost feel like I was the permission for Australia to become properly involved. A year after that, the gate was opened for Australia [and] I almost feel like I’ve been waiting for this, like it’s unfinished business.”

“I want my culture, background and history to definitely affect and be part of the song that I want to write,” she told SBS , adding: “I think as someone who represents Australia as a whole, within the song I really want to go deep and be able to tell a story, but also have something that sounds like it’s just been taken from the radio or a music video. I want to keep the vibe of it being music and that being the heart of it.”

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be held on 12th May 2018.

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Peter Garrett of Midnight Oil attacks former Prime Minister Paul Keating

Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett attacked former Labor Prime Minister Paul Keating who suggested the Australian band should not be playing gigs at the Domain park in Sydney’s CBD.

Paul Keating on Saturday asked how Peter Garrett could “feel in any way comfortable squatting and profiting from Sydney’s central piece of public land” which has been fenced off for about a fortnight for two Midnight Oil gigs.

Peter Garrett, a former Labor minister in the Rudd and Gillard government, bit back on Saturday night at the first Sydney show, saying: “Welcome to the Domain – the place where the people listen to real music.”

Peter Garrett pointed out the Domain was the “Australian people’s place”, continuing “This is where you want to be,” he told the crowd while acknowledging the traditional Indigenous owners of the land. Paul Keating had earlier told Fairfax Media the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust “prostitutes its remit by alienating central public recreational lands to commercial purposes”.

The concert on Saturday, which comes at the end of the band’s Great Circle world tour, saw guitarist and keyboard player Jim Moginie return to the stage just days after he tripped and tore a hamstring tendon from the bone at a show in Melbourne. Jim Moginie played seated with Garrett telling fans if he’d been a sportsman it would have been “a season-ending injury”. After the show he was taken off stage in a wheelchair.

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George Young, pioneering Easybeats songwriter, has died

George Young, the pioneering Australian songwriter and AC/DC producer, has died at the age of 70.

George Young, the brother of Angus and Malcolm Young of AC/DC, was a member of 1960s band the Easybeats and co-wrote their classic hit Friday on My Mind.

With his fellow Easybeats member Harry Vanda he became one of Australian pop’s best-known songwriters, creating Yesterday’s Hero and Love Is in the Air for John Paul Young, Evie for Stevie Wright and Hey, St Peter, which he and Vanda recorded as Flash and the Pan, among many others.

It concluded with a tribute from Harry Vanda: “Rest in Peace my dear friend.” Aussie legend Jimmy Barnes on Twitter described George Young as “a great songwriter, producer and a great human being”.

George Young was born in Scotland in 1946 and emigrated to Australia with his family as a teenager. The Easybeats formed after Young met the Dutch-born Vanda at the Villawood migrant hostel in Sydney, where both families stayed after arriving in Australia. After the band broke up in 1969 Vanda and Young embarked on a songwriting career that produced dozens of hits. The pair were inducted into the inaugural Aria hall of fame in 1988, and the Easybeats followed in 2005.

 

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Daryl Braithwaite to be inducted into Aria Hall of Fame

Daryl Braithwaite, singer of perennial karaoke favourite The Horses, is the latest Australian musician and performer to be inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame.

The Aria Hall of Fame honour comes 45 years into Daryl Braithwaite’s career, which began in the 1970s with the band Sherbet, who had an international hit with “Howzat” in 1976.

The 68-year-old has since found success as a solo artist, including two multi-platinum albums, Edge and Rise.

It was Daryl Braithwaite’s version of the Rickie Lee Jones song “The Horses”, which appeared on Rise in 1991, that became his signature song. In 2015, a short-lived Change.org petition circulated to make the song Australia’s official national anthem and, at the Beyond the Valley festival in January 2016, 1980s revivalists Client Liaison brought Daryl Braithwaite on to the stage to perform the classic, in celebration of its 25th anniversary.

Daryl Braithwaite later said; “That was a thrill. I honestly didn’t know, will people know the song? Will people be accepting of me? I was coming into their domain, it wasn’t my area. That was most definitely a moment.”

Since then, Daryl Braithwaite has been added to this year’s Falls festival line-up, alongside artists such as Flume and Liam Gallagher.

Daryl Braithwaite performed the song with Jones herself during her Australian tour in April. He also recently sung it at Perth’s Beer Fest, where he discovered young fans who weren’t even born when his albums were released: “It was about 3,000 people and they were mainly in their 20s … It was quite staggering and it’s strange because I’ve been doing it for 40-odd years and it’s still as enjoyable now, if not more, than when I started out,” he said. “I can’t figure it out. All I know is that I love it. I love performing, I love people, doesn’t matter what age.”

Sherbet were inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame in 1990 and Daryl Braithwaite will now be rewarded again when he is acknowledged as a solo artist at next month’s Aria awards: “I feel very honoured to be inducted into the Aria hall Of fame, in an industry that I started out in because I was so passionate about it. It’s been a great journey and life through music.”

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Elton John champions same-sex marriage in Australia

Elton John has publicly backed the movement for gay marriage to be legalised in Australia, as the country votes in a postal survey to determine the level of support for a change in the law.

In a post on Instagram, Elton John wrote that for him and his husband David Furnish, who he married in 2014, “being able to openly love and commit to one another, and for that to be recognised and celebrated is what makes life truly worth living”.

Elton John referenced his first marriage in 1984, to German recording engineer Renate Bluel, which took place in St Mark’s church in Sydney. “I wanted more than anything to be a good husband, but I denied who I really was, which caused my wife sadness, and caused me huge guilt and regret,” he said. “To be worthy of someone’s love, you have to be brave enough and clear eyed enough to be honest with yourself and your partner.”

Elton John joins a growing group of public figures who have called for Australians to show their support for gay marriage, including TV host Ellen DeGeneres and Apple boss Tim Cook. Margot Robbie wrote “love is love” on Instagram this week, while her fellow Australian actor Liam Hemsworth wrote: “I believe it’s a human right to be able to marry the person you love regardless of gender.”

Australians have until 7th November to demonstrate their support or dissent for the legalisation of gay marriage via the survey. If a majority show support, the Australian parliament will debate and vote on the issue.

New Michael Hutchence documentary contains unreleased songs

Australian TV network Channel 7 is broadcasting a new documentary about the final days of INXS frontman Michael Hutchence.

The documentary features clips from unreleased songs and the final lyrics Michael Hutchence wrote before he committed suicide  at the age of 37.

Michael Hutchence – The Last Rockstar is set for broadcast ahead of the 20th anniversary of the death of Australian music legend on the 22nd November.

Executive producer Mark Llewellyn explained: “This is not Michael Hutchence defined by how he died but by how he lived: a brilliant musician, a brilliant man, a loving father, a true rockstar. Michael left more questions than answers when he left us, and this documentary will provide those answers and much, much more.”

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James Blunt announces Australia tour

James Blunt has announced he will tour Australia and New Zealand in 2018 and has indicated Ed Sheeran might join him on stage.

James Blunt is currently supporting Ed Sheeran on tour in the US ( playing second fiddle as “Sheeran’s bitch” ) and the pair will both be in Australia in March, with the strong possibility of an onstage collaboration.

James Blunt, who came to fame in 2005 with his pervasive hit You’re Beautiful, recently released his fifth album The Afterlove which includes a song co-written with Ed Sheeran called Make Me Better.

James Blunt will be headlining his own tour across Australia and New Zealand, including some A Day On The Green shows in wineries and gardens. However he has no qualms being on his present tour as Ed Sheeran’s support, stating: “I think my ambition has always been to be Ed Sheeran’s bitch and it’s a job I really love,” he said. “I can’t tell you how awesome this gig is. I play for 40 minutes before him, that means I’m off stage two hours before him, that means I’ve two hours extra drinking time ahead of him and he’s playing catch-up.”

James Blunt, who is known as much for his sarcastic humour (which he displays regularly via his Twitter account – if you are not a follower, become one as his tweets are hilarious!! ) as he is for his love songs, has enjoyed testing out his recent album on Ed Sheeran’s fans.

Blunt commented: “I have no pressure, I’m playing to his audience and they don’t know what to expect and I’ve got nothing to lose except win them over and it’s been such fun. It’s also been a great place to try out new songs and practise new songs so that by the time I get down to the important place of Australia I know what I’m doing.”

James Blunt will perform in New Zealand from 6th March 2018 and in Australia from 10th March 2018.

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Alanis Morissette to tour Australia for first time since 1999

Alanis Morissette, the Canadian singer, has announced that she will be touring Sydney and Melbourne for the first time since 1999.

An Evening with Alanis Morissette will be an intimate journey through the hits of the singer’s career, performed in an acoustic trio. The tour will comprise two all-ages shows only: at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne on 23rd January and at the ICC Sydney Theatre the following night.

Alanis Morissette’s third album Jagged Little Pill stayed at No 1 on the Australian charts for 10 weeks in 1995, selling nearly a million copies. In total Jagged Little Pill sold more than 33 million copies worldwide and won five Grammy awards. It remains one of the biggest-selling albums of all time.

The two Australian shows will be her first since the Junkie tour in 1999, off the back of her fourth studio album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie. Tickets go on sale on Monday 7th August at 9am.

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