Mar 22 2017

Oz Music Legend Mark Seymour Unveils New Album & National Tour Dates

Celebrated Aussie musician Mark Seymour has compiled a new retrospective full-length album celebrating 30 years of songwriting ahead of embarking on a six-date national tour from late June.

Roll Back The Stone 1985-2016 collects Seymour's best-known and best-loved works — yes, including Hunters & Collectors favourites such as Throw Your Arms Around MeWhen The River Runs Dry and the evergreen Holy Grail — re-recorded and reimagined with his current backing band, The Undertow.

The album was laid down over three nights in the Scrap Museum, at Richmond's Bakehouse Studios, and draws on the complementary talents of instrumentalists Cameron McKenzie (guitars), Peter Maslen (drums) and John Favaro (bass) to imbue Seymour's songs, no matter their physical age, with a renewed sense of purpose and immediacy.

As its name suggests, the 24-track release spans from 1985 to most recent album Mayday, painting a thorough picture of a life lived through song over the past three decades. The album will be released on Friday 24 March via Liberation Music, and pre-orders are available now.

The band hit the road soon after, starting off with an all-ages outing at Hobart's Theatre Royal on Saturday 24 June, before heading to Brisbane (18+), Melbourne (all ages), Adelaide (18+, though under-18s can be accompanied by a guardian), Sydney (18+) and Perth (same deal as Adelaide), where Seymour and his band finish up on Saturday 26 August, at the Astor Theatre.

Frontier Members get first run at tickets, with a pre-sale running from 2pm AEDT on Tuesday 21 March through till the same time on Wednesday 22 March, or until the allocation runs out.

General-public tickets will go on sale the same day as the album — Friday 24 March — from 10am local time.

Feb 08 2017

Village People Announce 2017 Australian Tour For 40th Anniversary

Village People Announce 2017 Australian Tour For 40th Anniversary

Disco icons Village People have announced a new Australian tour in celebration of their 40th anniversary.

 

Featuring original members Felipe Rose (Native American) and Alexander Briley (Soldier), Village People’s current lineup will be coming down under in May, for shows in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast.

Village People last toured Australia in 2015, and this time around the group will again bring some of their biggest hits to the ears of Aussie fans, including the likes of ‘YMCA’, ‘Macho Man’, ‘Can’t Stop The Music’ and ‘In The Navy’.

 

The tour will also be supported by beloved ABBA impersonators Björn Again, who have been bringing the Swedish outfit’s classic tracks to life for years.

Friday, 26th May
State Theatre, Sydney
Tickets: Ticketmaster

Feb 08 2017

Police exclude George Michael's boyfriend from any involvement in singer's death

George Michael's on-off lover Fadi Fawaz has been cleared by police of any involvement in the singer's death.

The Careless Whisper singer died at his home in Oxfordshire, England, on Christmas Day (25Dec16), aged 53. 
Fawaz, the singer's on-off boyfriend, found Michael's body in bed at his home, and messages later posted on the hairstylist's Twitter account suggested the singer may have committed suicide. But he later insisted he was not responsible for the tweets and blamed hackers for spreading the false rumours.

Fawaz was quizzed by Thames Valley Police last month (Jan17) as they attempted to put together the final hours of the star’s life. 

Now a spokesman for the police force has reportedly told Britain's The Mail on Sunday newspaper that they do not suspect any foul play in the star’s death.

A spokesman told the news outlet: "We are satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances," clearing Fadi of any involvement.

Fawaz, who had been in a relationship with George for four years, was reportedly quizzed regarding fears George died from a drugs overdose. He previously told reporters he slept in his car on the night of George's death - but said police "know everything".

A source told The Sun: "Officers from the Major Crime Unit have begun asking questions of those who were in the area at the time George died and the day before.

"They want to build up an idea of what George's last seven days were like and who came and went."

Meanwhile, the singer's funeral has been delayed as head coroner Darren Salter is reportedly still awaiting the results of toxicology tests which are needed to determine the cause of the singer's death. The toxicology tests were ordered after the initial postmortem examination proved "inconclusive", to see if drugs played any part in Michael's death. Thames Valley police told The Mail On Sunday the test results are expected to be revealed "imminently".