THEATRE REVIEW: GLASS ONION @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

The walrus was Paul, Clapton was God and Lennon is Legend. John Waters knows this because he’s had a lot of practice. Playing the tribute show, Lennon: Glass Onion since 1992, he sure knows how to live and breathe John Lennon. Oh, and that’s along with a little help from a friend called, Stewart D’Arrietta. The late John Lennon wrote hundreds of…

BOOK REVIEW: PAMELA DES BARRES – I’M WITH THE BAND

  Did you know Pamela Des Barres inspired the Penny Lane character in Almost Famous? Rock’s original groupie, Des Barres released her first-kiss-and-tell memoir I’m With the Band back in 1987. Earlier this year the book was re-released with additional chapters, and a new introduction by music journalist Roisin O’Connor. The result is one warm and rollicking read, and is as much fun…

BOOK REVIEW: JOHNNY MARR – SET THE BOY FREE

  Here’s Johnny! For years Johnny Marr has created great music and influenced multiple generations of guitarists by wearing various musical hats. Set The Boy Free is the first time the former guitarist of The Smiths has committed the story of his life to paper. This book is a cracking read and it proves that…

LIVE REVIEW: THE BEATLE BOYS @ STATE THEATRE (21.06.2014)

  It was fifty years ago today that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Not quite, but it has been that long since The Beatles did their first and only tour of Australia. The tribute band, The Beatle Boys would recreate their 1964 set as well as play another full set of classics, favourites and some…

FILM REVIEWS: PAUL MCCARTNEY: LIVE KISSES & BBC ELECTRIC PROMS: PAUL MCCARTNEY

  Paul McCartney: Lives Kisses and BBC Electric Proms: Paul McCartney see the former Beatle performing songs, having fun and getting nostalgic. They also show two very different sides of Macca. The former sees him taking a leaf out of his parents’ songbook and doing covers of the easy-listening tunes that featured on his Kisses On The Bottom album. The…

FILM REVIEW: GOOD OL’ FREDA

  When people think of John, Paul, George and Ringo, a name that doesn’t immediately spring to mind is Freda Kelly. But this humble, Liverpudlian woman was the group’s secretary; manager, Brian Epstein’s assistant; and the head of their fan club for 11 years. Good Ol’ Freda is a quaint little documentary about an inspiring woman who had one of the…

NEWS: A LOOK AHEAD AT STUDIO LOVES: THE BEATLES ON FOXTEL’S STUDIO 132

  It was 50 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play. Not quite. This year marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles only visit to Australia and the year that Beatlemania hit. In 1964 the band performed to 73 million viewers on The Ed Sullivan Show, played multiple overseas concerts, met Bob Dylan, recorded Beatles For Sale,released A…

LIVE REVIEW: THE BEATLES BACK2BACK TRIBUTE @ SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE (02.01.2014)

The Beatles wrote the soundtrack to many people’s lives and it’s no surprise that the band continue to be loved and revered. Some Australian artists have previously tackled the Fab Four’s work with the Let It Be and White Album tours, which now leads us to Back2Back. It’s a concert that made its debut in Queensland in 2011 and whose latest instalment…

DVD REVIEW: JIMI HENDRIX – HEAR MY TRAIN A COMIN’

Jimi Hendrix enjoyed just a few years in the limelight and yet to this day we still continue to talk about him and his legacy. He has been considered one of the most important American musicians of the twentieth century and it’s a well-deserved title. No other guitarist has been as unique- in a musical sense…