Feb 01 2018

What Are Cold Chisel Up To?

Cold Chisel fans are wondering what the iconic Australian band is up to following a series of cryptic tweets in recent days.

 

On Monday the image of a spider web appeared on the Chisel twitter account.

Is there a new album on the way? Is there another tour looming? Is the band planning a reissue of their live Barking Spiders album? Is Chisel about to play a few shows under the pseudonym The Barking Spiders as they did all those years ago?

Cold Chisel played two shows in 2017 for Newcastle and Hobart. The last album for the band was ‘The Perfect Crime’ in 2015. The Barking Spiders Live album was released in 1984 after a series of warm-up gigs under that name in late ’83.

There definitely won’t be any Chisel shows in the first half of 2018. Jimmy Barnes will be touring his ‘Working Class Man: An Evening of Stories and Songs” from March through to June.

Feb 01 2018

Oh Goody Bay City Rollers Are Coming Back To Australia

The Bay City Rollers are coming back to Australia in July but don’t be confused by the name, it is just one of them.

 

Les McKeown is the last man standing in Bay City Rollers and continues to use the name.

Derek Longmuir retired from the music industry in the 1980s and was working as a nurse at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary until he was firmed in 2000 for possession of child pornography. It was later revealed that he had been framed by an obsessed fan.

John ‘Woody’ Wood lives in Edinburgh and is a successful producer. In 2007 he produced the debut album for The MacDonald Brothers. It reached no 18 in the UK and no 1 in Scotland.

Alan Longmuir (Derek’s brother) left the band in 1976. He was replaced by Pat McGlynn.

Pat McGlynn has also gone to ground. He did write Scotland’s Eurovision entry song ‘So Much Of Your Love’ in 1993 and was arrested (but later cleared) of drug charges in 2005 (in the company of Les McKeown.

Eric Faulkner contracted Viral Encephalitis is 2015 and almost died. He can no longer perform to continues to create new music and make it available at https://ericfaulkner.bandcamp.com

Bay City Rollers has 10 Top 40 hits in the UK starting with ‘Keep On Dancing’ in 1971. They broke in Australia in 1974 with ‘Shang-A Lang’.

‘Bye Bye Baby’ was the only no 1 for Bay City Rollers in Australia.

Jan 11 2018

David Byrne Reunites With Eno For His First Solo Album In 14 Years

It’s been fourteen years since David Byrne has released a true solo album.

 

Since 2004’s Grown Backwards, he has put out collaborations with Brian Eno (Everything That Happens Will Happen Today (2008)) and St. Vincent (Love This Giant (2012)), his soundtrack for the TV series Big Love (Big Love: Hymnal (2008)) and a full blown concept musical (Here Lies Love (2010)), but nothing purely solo.

On March 9, Byrne will release American Utopia via Todomundo/Nonesuch, an album that came out of David’s “Reasons to Be Cheerful” series that collects stories, photos and music which are full of hope.

Byrne said “These songs don’t describe an imaginary or possibly impossible place but rather attempt to depict the world we live in now. Many of us, I suspect, are not satisfied with that world—the world we have made for ourselves. We look around and we ask ourselves—well, does it have to be like this? Is there another way? These songs are about that looking and that asking.