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DON FERNANDO RETURN
This Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend the party heads indoors to Yah Yah’s. Don Fernando are back from their run of shows through Europe and the UK and want to give you a taste of high octane riff-tastic fury. Don Fernando's new album Haunted By Humans has been turning many heads through the UK, Europe, USA and Australia. The massive line up has Cicadastone, Low Fly Incline, Dr Colossus and Battle Axe Howlers. It’s the final ever show for Battle Axe Howlers, so dust off your boots, get in the double denim, and head over to Yah Yah’s to catch the Sunday Stoner Session on June 7. Doors are at 8pm, $10 entry.
 
HEAVEN MEETS HELL @ MUSICLAND
Saturday June 6 will see the first Heaven Meets Hell show at Musicland in Fawkner, with one of Australia's best metal bands Black Majesty and new melodic heavy rockers The Radio Sun. Both bands will release new albums in the coming months – Black Majesty’s sixth album Cross Of Thorns comes out in July via Pride & Joy Music and The Radio Sun’s second album Heaven Or Heartbreak lands in September on Melodic Rock Records. Fans of classic heavy metal and heavy rock should come together for what promises to be a great night of Australian music. Doors open at 8pm.
 
PALE HEADS ALBUM, TOUR
Drawn together from the darkest burrows of Melbourne’s underground music scene, Pale Heads have disregarded all formalities, launching straight into their debut album after only a handful of rabid performances. Featuring Tom Lyngcoln (Harmony/ The Nation Blue), Thom Sloane (Batpiss), Rui Periera (ex The Drones, Right!) and Xiao Zhong (Pairs, Bang! Bang! Aids!), Pale Heads blast unhinged, dark Australian punk-rock. Their debut album Headless is out on May 29 through Poison City Records. To celebrate, they’re launching it with a few shows in June. Catch them at the Gasometer on Saturday June 6 with The Spinning Rooms, Steve Miller Band and Slab Knackers, then at the Corner Hotel with Against Me! on June 7.
 
DEF LEPPARD AUSTRALIAN TOUR
The mighty Def Leppard return to Australia in November for shows in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth with support from Live (featuring new vocalist Chris Shinn) and Electric Mary. Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen says the band’s new album is in the final stages; recording is finished and all the post-recording stuff is being done over the next few months. There’s no solid release date yet but Collen says the band doesn’t plan to play any of the new material live until the album is out. We’ll be among the first in the world to hear it when the band plays at Rod Laver Arena on November 18. Tickets go on sale on Thursday June 11 from Ticketek. VIP packages including opportunities to meet the band will be available.
 
SHE WHO ROCKS TOUR
The Baby Animals play two shows at Max Watt’s this weekend, joined by The Superjesus and local supports on the She Who Rocks Tour. The callout for supports was made earlier in the year with bands from across the country encouraged to apply for a support slot using the GiggedIn platform. It culminated in 250 bands joining and generating in excess of 22,000 votes from fans. Catch them with Tequila Mockingbyrd on Friday May 29 and Aimee Francis on Saturday May 30.
 
CHRIS CORNELL ANNOUNCES 2015 SOLO ACOUSTIC TOUR DATES
Multi-Grammy award winner, Golden Globe-nominated, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell has announced solo acoustic dates for November-December 2015. The tour will give fans the chance to see Cornell in an unplugged, up close and personal setting, performing songs drawn from throughout his entire career, as well as new songs from his highly anticipated forthcoming studio album, Higher Truth (scheduled for a September release). Tickets go on sale at 10am, Monday June 1, but My Live Nation members can secure tickets first during the exclusive pre-sale, which begins Thursday May 28 at midday. Cornell plays the Palais Theatre on Friday December 4.