CRAZY COSMIC JAZZ
The David Bowie Is exhibition at ACMI is wrapping up very soon (and if you haven’t seen it yet, go, go, go), but if you still need your Bowie fix, Melbourne-based Adam Rudegeair is performing The Electric Bowie Project at Shadow Electric on Friday November 6. It’s a jazz fusion-influenced reinterpretation of Bowie classics. Earlier this year Rudegeair and his jazz quintet launched The Bowie Project album with a sold-out performance at Stonnington Jazz Festival. After then playing at the opening of the exhibition, Adam came back to ACMI with his quintet to perform The Bowie Project as part of the weekend Bowie symposium. Since then the project has continued to grow selling out nights at The Paris Cat and performing last month as part of Kew Courthouse’s latest season. Now, The Bowie Project is going electric for one very special night at Shadow Electric. Swapping the horn section for guitar and percussion, The Electric Bowie Project filters the compositions of David Bowie through the lens of ‘70s jazz-fusion, such as Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, Chick Corea Elektric Band, and Miles Davis’ tribute to Jack Johnson.
SEE GREAT BANDS, HELP LEIGH GET BACK ON HIS FEET
From The Bendigo Hotel in Collingwood: “Our mate Leigh had a terrible head-on car accident with a Metro bus and busted his whole body. Now he needs a bit of cash to get him back on his feet. Come along, have a snag, watch some killer bands, and buy some awesome stuff at our cray-cray charity auction.” Not to mention the following awesome bands: The Kill, Destruktor, Hordes Of The Black Cross, Maniaxe, Agonhymn, The Ruiner and Contaminated. Saturday October 24 from 5pm onwards.
UK Metal legends Saxon released their 21st studio album on Friday October 16, Battering Ram. With a clinically heavy echo of their glorious NWOBHM sound, Saxon have never dealt in half-truths or incomplete missions and Battering Ram is no exception. Check out the video for the track Queen of Hearts on YouTube.
TWO FROM SKINPIN
SKINPIN are a reminder that Sydney used to be home to a lot of noisy three-piece punk bands. Formed out of the loveless and tiresome advertising and culling of musicians in the back of the free street press, they have been at it since 2011. They play fast, really fast. With their new album So Turn It Back On available on vinyl, CD and download, they've been touring around and trying to play as many shows as possible. Catch them at the Public Bar on Friday December 4 and the Brunswick Hotel on Saturday December 5.
GRAHAM BONNET TO TOUR
The most powerful voice in rock is coming to Australia and New Zealand next April. English vocalist Graham Bonnet is synonymous with classic hard rock and heavy metal. Best known for fronting Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group and Alcatrazz (the first place many fans heard Yngwie Malmsteen and his replacement, some guy named Steve Vai), Bonnet’s voice is known and cherished by many. Having last visited our shores as part of the Countdown Rock N Roll Arena Extravaganza he is ready to return with his all-star band featuring Mark Zonder from the legendary Fates Warning. Bonnet will be playing all his hits from Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Alcatrazz and many many more. A limited amount of VIP meet and greet tickets will be available, which will include a private acoustic performance. Catch him at The Prince on Friday April 8, tickets on sale now.
DAVE JERDEN ON LET THERE BE TALK
If you haven’t checked out comedian Dean Delray’s Let There Be Talk podcast yet, this week is a great time to start. Delray played music for 25 years before turning to comedy six years ago and he’s just smashing it. His guest this week is producer Dave Jerden, who worked on some of the greatest albums in heavy music history, including the first Jane’s Addition records and Alice In Chains’ Dirt as well as with Mick Jagger, Anthrax and many more. Follow Delray on Twitter at @deandelray and if you happen to be a comedy promoter, bring him to Australia damnit.