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Been a while since my last post.. (a long time, I found this blog in my “To be completed” pile so who knows how long it has sat there)

This time I thought I would just talk about my top 5 all time bands, I am stealing this in part from a post I saw from Rob Zombie on Facebook the other week. But, instead of it just being 5 bands I mention, I thought I might go a bit deeper into each band and what not.

Seems perfect for a quiet Tuesday night where I’m at home listening to Aussie rockers, Airbourne and drinking cold Aussie ciders (Mercury Draught if you’re wondering)

As I have covered previously music to me is what I live for, I may not create it (I only play Bass) I may not even be involved in its creation process (yet) as a producer, sound engineer or working for a band on tour. No I just thrive for music, good old fashioned Rock N’ Roll, I like to keep it simple, bitchin’ guitars, pounding drums, a bit of bass here and there & aggressive grab your attention clean (for the most part) vocals.

So I guess I will number the bands from 5 and count down to the finale, that being you guessed it number one, or could I include zero, everything & nothing? As Sid Wilson of Slipknot has described himself being the number zero in Slipknot. Though that could be cheating I guess since I would have 6 bands on the list not five..

Number Five.

Alestorm: Now you’re probably thinking, who? Well they’re a wee little Pirate Metal band from Perth, Scotland. They don’t take themselves seriously & just want to have fun. I guess it’s why I am drawn to them, they know how to have fun & metal doesn’t have to be ultra serious. When you have songs like “Fucked With An Anchor” & “Questing Upon The Poop Deck” which is full of euphemism about anal sex, you have to have a sense of humour to listen to them. Hell they even covered In The Navy by The Village People & owned it. Alestorm are the only band on my list I have never seen live, but that’s okay. I’ll get there one day, along with the long list of others bands I want to see.

Number Four.

Iron Maiden: A bunch of English lads who came in on the New Wave of British Heavy Metal with the likes of Motörhead, Def Leppard & Diamond head. I’ve been a Maiden fan for a long time, we’re talking 12+ years, for someone my age that is remarkable. I remember when I was first intorduced to them, a friend sent me MP3’s of Aces High, Run To The Hills & 2 Minutes To Midnight over MSN messenger. I loved what I heard, so I set out to obtain the bands discography. Since then I have grown to love Maiden a lot. I especially love their more progressive style they adopted on a lot of songs, like Rime of the Ancient Mariner & their more recent releases. I finally got to see them live in 2016 on their Book of Souls world tour. By far they were one of the best bands I have had the pleasure of seeing live. Especially watching their third guitarist Janick bust his dance moves on stage. Plus I finally got to watch Steve Harris in the flesh, one of my biggest influences when it came to wanting to play bass 10+ years ago.

Number Three.

The Living End: A three piece band from Victoria, Australia, well now they’re technically a four piece with a newly added rhythm guitarist (now they’re back to a three piece as of 2017). I have seen this band live 8 times. Okay, so I saw them 6 times in a row back in December 2012, where each night they played one of their albums back to back. It was simply amazing. I also saw it in their hometown of Melbourne, I blogged about the entire experience. I suggest you go read the blogs, they can be found . I’ve been an actual fan of this band since around their 4th studio album “State of Emergency” which was released in 2006, though I discovered them in 2005 when the singles were coming out. They’re a personal favourite of mine, for many reasons, they’re a band my best friend and I love, I saw them with her 7 times last year at Big Day Out and then the Retrospective Tour in Melbourne. They’re a fun live band, they’re straight up no bullshit Rock N’ Roll, Chris Cheney is a great guy he also plays a mean guitar and he’s a pretty good singer.

Number Two.

Metallica: The kind of thrash from the bay of San Francisco, easily one of if not the biggest band in the metal or music world along side with Black Sabbath. A Metallica show is an amazing experience, you always feel fulfilled afterwards. I know I sure was, but maybe that was because I ended up with a Metallica beach balls & TWO guitar picks (thanks James & Rob, you guys are great) I have loved Metallica ever since I was introduced to them a decade or more ago with the Master of Puppets album. An album which I think defines Thrash Metal perfectly. Some any will disagree with me, but whatever it’s my opinion and I am entitled to such. Who cares what they do music wise, they always put in live where it matters, they also occasionally play their albums in full, which is awesome. Something the die hard fans love. Also their latest album Hardwired… To Self Destruct is phenomenal. Also you can’t deny that Spit Out The Bone is a throwback to their roots.

 

Number One.

Slipknot: My all time favourite band, a band whose music helped me through some shit times and still do to this day. The band themselves are a huge part of who I feel I am today, I play bass because I was inspired by the late Paul Gray. They were the first band that wasn’t some local act I saw live, it was amazing. They were amazing. I also cherish that moment because it would be the last time that Paul would tour with the band to Australia, so I was very lucky I got to see them at their all time highest point when Paul was alive. Even though I never met him, it sure hit me hard when I found out he had passed away. Since then i’ve managed to see the band again, and again they were amazing. I feel like Slipknot has been the band i’ve related to most out of my favourite bands, sometimes I will go months without listening to them. But when I hear one of their songs I know all the lyrics & can belt them out in time with Corey, not that anyone probably wants that but hey. I’ve also now managed to see them 5 times, which is a good feat since they’ve only toured Australia a handful of times.

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So two weeks ago (June 2014) I took a much needed break, and went on a 8 day holiday to other parts of this marvellous country, those parts were Melbourne, Victoria and Tasmania. Initially I was just going to Tasmania for a friends birthday.

It was my first real holiday, since i’d never taken one before, though saying that I guess you could argue the 7 days I spent in Melbourne two years ago for The Living End’s Retrospective Tour was indeed a holiday. Looking back at it, I guess it was!

So I set off on Monday June 2nd at a reasonable hour, it was only my third time flying, to a lot of people who have barely flown before some would probably still find it quite nerve racking and uncomfortable, me? I don’t care, I just want that seat belt sign to turn off so I can put in my headphones and drown out the cabin noise, that is always there and maybe read a book. The flight from my starting point Gold Coast Airport (Coolangatta Airport if you’re a real local) would take about 2 and a half hours from take off to landing at Tullamarine Airport in Victoria. It was a pretty average flight, but probably the best of all my flights with Jetstar, especially since the person I was seated next to didn’t show up so I scored a window seat fuck yeah, best seat in my opinion!

First day in Melbourne was pretty relaxed, Christine & Daniel surprised me at the airport which was awesome of them, since I was not expecting to see them until that evening or the next day maybe. We ended up going out for lunch, catching up since it had been a good 18 months since we last saw each other, so we spent the afternoon chilling before going and locating the hotel I was staying in over on Spencer Street across from Southern Cross Station. So after lunch and catching up we wandered off to find my hotel and check in, check in was successful and a breeze and we head up to my room which was on the 2nd floor and Christine has to point out the foyer of the part of the hotel I was staying in looked like a prison.. It really did just look, thanks for pointing that out Chrissie. That night I just relaxed in the hotel room watching the free Foxtel, which consisted of 6 channels 3 were alright, the rest were typical Foxtel garbage. I also splurged and had Grill’d for dinner, which sucked. Which is a shame since last time I had it in Melbourne it rocked.. I guess not all of their stores carry the same standards, oh well!

Melbourne day two! I decided I wanted to check out this factory outlet mall that was down the road since I needed a decent pair of shoes since I came to Melbourne with only steel cap work boots, which in my defence were my only pair of cold weather shoes I owned… So I ended up finding a a Converse store which sucked in choice and price, so bugger them I thought I ended up at another store called ‘Roadhouse’ which is apparently up here too, so that’s cool. They had Vans on sale for a bargain price and they had what I was after in my stupidly large foot size, which was just amazing. See how bitchin’ they are?! After lunch I was meeting up with a mate of mine Jack, who I missed out on meeting up with last time I was in Melbourne, so I was determined to catch up with him this time around! So we met somewhere in the city, where exactly I forget, but we decided we’d go up Eureka tower which is the only touristy thing I did my entire time in Melbourne, it was pretty awesome, it gave a nice 360 degree view of the city and out to Port Phillip Bay. It was pretty awesome, and I got a total of ONE picture, I am such a tourist.. After Eureka tower we went and met up with another mate of mine Jesse, who ditched us all up here to move to Melbourne almost 3 years ago, which is cool I can understand Melbourne is pretty rad, I must say. It was good catching up with him and Jack since it made the day go relatively quick and some good laughs were had and drooling over musical instruments i’ll never be able to afford happened too. After catching up was done and I had to bid farewell to Jesse & Jack, I headed back to the hotel since I was off out catching up with MORE friends that night for booze & food. I was meeting said friends in Fed Square at the Beer Deluxe? Yeah I think that’s the name of the place, so I didn’t feel like walking to Fed Square which would take 20 mins to half an hour, I decided I would utilise Melbourne’s awesome tram system! So I asked some nice locals where to go and which Tram to catch to get to Federation Square, I got on the right line at first, but the tram I was on was going to Docklands, whoops, so I hop off after only passing one stop, and dart across the road where a very helpful girl was sitting and instructed me that any tram on this line was what I wanted I was ever so grateful. So I was only like half an hour late in the end to catching up with my mates! So I arrived and finally found everyone, they were down stairs.. Which I totally knew (totally didn’t), we chatted whilst waiting for Joel, who was using the excuse he was in a meeting, turns out a meeting means drinking at work, best meeting ever in my opinion! After a few drinks we decided food was needed, so we all eventually decided on Chinatown, and I was told dumplings are the go, I went with it cause dumplings are awesome. We made our way to Chinatown to a dodgy looking back alley to an even more dodgy looking dumpling house, which served awesome food, cheap too so even better! After a few plates of dumplings, a beer and catching up it was time to disband and head off since it was 10pm. So we made our way back to Flinders St Station where we parted ways, well sort of Joel decided he would catch the train from Spencer Street across from where I was staying so we took an interesting route through the back streets of the Melbourne CBD, I couldn’t believe how quiet Melbourne was of a night, unlike Brisbane and Surfer Paradise which are usually pretty busy on any given night!

Wednesday my third and final full day in Melbourne! So my final day I was determined to try and find a nice birthday present for Helen and get a few things for myself. I knew what I was after but everytime I came across a shop that I thought was nice and had what I wanted they didn’t or they were so expensive it was a deterrent :/ being unsuccessful in the present department I set out in search of a JB Hi-Fi to buy the new EP ‘The Pants Collective’ by The Living End drummer Andy Strachan, which is totally awesome and worth way more than the 10 dollars I paid! So that mission was successful at least, but I felt like apologising to the girl at JB whom I had to ask for help locating it since she looked pissed I dare ask for help. But she was really nice after she realised I was being genuine in asking for help since I couldn’t find the damn thing, since it was put in the ‘Popular’ section. I wandered around the city some more exploring and getting to know Melbourne a bit more, it’s a great city with a lot of friendly people and cool little places to eat at or shop at. On my wanders I ended up at Minatuar, a shop dedicated to everything geeky, well comic, video game, tv show and some music related merchandise, pretty awesome store but nothing of interest this time for me since they had no Sons of Anarchy gear 😦 unlike last time I was there! But they did have a Dexter graphic novel series where it appears Dexter Morgan has travelled down under and is still at his serial killer ways after Miami, which leads me to believe we could see a reboot of the Dexter franchise in the future, maybe that’s what Showtime meant when they said they were ending Dexter on a note where it could come back later on. That night I was meeting up with Christine & Daniel for dinner at the Hofbruahaus which I have heard a lot about from them, and seen lots about it too, mostly being their 1 litre steins of beer, which are really nice… To accompany the delicious beer there was an epic sized chicken schnitzel which honestly is possibly the best damn schnitzel I have had! I am going back there next time I am in Melbourne for sure, and for what it is, it’s moderately priced. After dinner we decided that we should eventually head off, so made our way back to the car (once Christine could remember what level she parked on haha) and made our way back to my hotel and discussed the plans for the next day since I was flying out the following day!

Thursday, my last few hours in Melbourne I spent mostly walking around looking at things again or watching the trains at the station, cause trains are cool, and if you don’t like trains then you’re lame! After a while I headed off to the Crown where I was meeting up with Christine for lunch and then eventually head to the airport, it was nice to just spend sometime and chat about things, sadly Daniel wasn’t there since he had this adult thing called work, but you get that. So after a while we decided we should head to the airport since it was about 2 hours to my flight out, so we left and it took us a while to get there due to Melbourne traffic which was rude I tell you, rude! So we made it to the airport with plenty of time to spare (hour 15 or so!) this time I remembered NOT to wear my steel caps since I didn’t want to take them off at security, cause that’s just annoying really, and as per usual I got the “terrorist test” as Dave calls it (explosives testing) which got me chatting to the bloke as to what they’re specifically testing for, turns out it’s just explosives and firearms not drugs, which is fair enough I guess considering you could cause a bit of a problem on a flight with a gun or some kind of explosive. But the part that got me was they aren’t too interested in illegal drugs, like if they see them they’re meant to inform the AFP which is understandable, but they could let them pass through if they so wished. The bloke said to me “You could have a kilo of cocaine and I could just let that go” I replied with “Mate if I had a kilo of coke i’d be taking a private jet.” to which he thought was hilarious and a true statement, he was a cool dude I liked him since he had a sense of humour unlike other airport security i’ve come across before haha. Flight was quick total of about 40 minutes which is awesome but also didn’t allow for much iPod time 😦 Landed in Launceston a head of time (I think) to receive a text from Helen saying she couldn’t make to the airport and her mate Jason was gonna pick me just look for the bloke in hi-vis, I thought a bloke in hi-vis I don’t know he must be trusting simply due to the hi-vis, ha! Even at night Tasmania looked really nice, much nicer than where I live (unless I go out west past Toowoomba, I really like it out there!) after we got to Helen’s and met new people it was time to do a bit of shopping for food and the all essential booze! This is also the part where I found out Tasmania have abolished the plastic shopping bag, and good for them I say! Also it means everyone seems to have a million of those green coles eco bags that they charge 1 dollar a piece for here up home, down there? 15 cents, I could’ve made an empire from selling coles eco bags up here at even triple the buy price?! After we got back to Helen’s it was basically chill out and wait for Ben & Dave to arrive. I must say I felt instantly at home down there, and didn’t feel out of place which I guess made it a little hard to leave the following Monday since I was gonna miss the great company!

Around rolled Friday, the day of Helen’s birthday, which meant fun, hell yeah! We decided to visit a local national park (I guess that’s what you call it?) called Cataract Gorge, lovely place even if we didn’t go that far cause Dave & I were like “Eh that’s enough for us” and Dave managed to slip over on a surface that wasn’t overly slippery. But it was beautiful out there, lovely cold looking water too I must say 😛 After that it was the all important shopping trip for food for the weekend and alcohol, which didn’t really survive the night despite there being 7 bottles between a few of us for the ‘pre-drinks’ prior to going out for dinner heh. We went out to dinner that night with about another 20 of Helen’s friends all of whom were really nice friendly people which was awesome.

So it’s August 27th 2017… A good 3 years & 2 months after this trip I took to Tasmania. I wrote this blog the following week after I got back from that amazing week I had down there. Anyway, I never finished writing this, but enjoy what I wrote. I hope to go back sometime in the near future, Tasmania is a beautiful state, with amazing food, alcohol & breath taking scenery.

Soundwave Brisbane 2014:

Missed Alter Bridge (only caught the last half of Blackbird & the last song Rise Today) but the band sounded tight, way better than when I saw them in 2012.

Richie Sambora was good, but he was shown up by Orianthi when it came to guitar playing, he was still great, but not as great as I was expecting. Richie managed to ruin Beds Are Burning by Midnight Oil, to the point where I had no idea what the song was until the chorus. He played some Bon Jovi some solo stuff, was a good mix, he nailed the Bon Jovi stuff vocal wise and put Jon to shame really, and Orianthi sung Living On A Prayer which was just epic, her voice suits it. Saying that I was rather happy I got to see Orianthi tear it up live, the first chance i’ve really had to see her since I discovered her music a few years ago.

ImageOrianthi performing with Richie Sambora & his band.

The Living End, amazing as usual. I was pleased by the reception they got from the crowd, since they had been receiving a lot of hate online since they were announced. Was a good set from them, I was disappointed they didn’t take the chance to play Long Live The Weekend, would’ve been a good closer, not that West End Riot wasn’t a good choice, since it was. Also their version of Jailbreak was great. I think that’s three Soundwaves i’ve been to now that a band has covered AC/DC..

ImageThe Living End

Placebo were good, not a fan, but they were decent live. They were pretty non interactive with the crowd though, singer did a bit here & there but for the most they just played their songs and that was it.

A Day To Remember, were alright, they also have some interesting things for the crowd and such like getting someone to crowd surf and then get someone to crowd surf that person like a surfboard. Also sticking the singer in a giant blow up ball and chucking him into the crowd was cool. They also had rolls of dunny paper thrown into the crowd on their last song, hardcore bands I tell ya. They also tried to start a circle pit but failed I think haha.

ImageThe singer of A Day To Remember & his bubble

Alice In Chains, couldn’t hear DuVall’s vocals at all which was annoying to say the least, otherwise they seemed alright. The worst part however was the crowd especially those deciding to share bodily fluids like blood around the front so at that point I left and the fact people were shoving people for the hell of it like they were attempting to start fights..

Jimmy Eat World, they were alright. Don’t listen to them but they were enjoyable for the 20 or so minutes I watched them.

Green Day; they played 29 songs which included half of Dookie and about the same of American Idiot. They only played for 2 & a half hours so they left the stage at something like 9:35 so that was a kick in the teeth if you ask me since they could’ve played for the other 25 minutes. But you get that, they were good though saying that. They also haven’t changed the structure of their live show over the last 10 years, which isn’t a surprise but I didn’t really expect it to be same sorta thing. Though the t-shirt cannon was rad 😛 never seen a shirt launched 60+ metres in the air and about as far out haha. Also a few audience members got to participate in songs whether it was singing or like the chick who got to play Knowledge (Operation Ivy cover) and then got to keep the guitar (which looked like a Fender Telecaster) that was cool.

ImageTwo bands I wanted to see most I didn’t get to see that being Alter Bridge & Newsted (since they had last minute cancellation but oh well) I also wanted to see Bowling For Soup but I got lazy and decided not to, I probably should’ve gone, I tried to locate the signing tent to go meet them but I ran into my mates and got chatting with them instead lol.

It was no Soundwave 2013 or 2012.. I don’t think anything will top those two for me again unless Metallica headline again or Slipknot/Stone Sour play again..

I hope AJ follows through and ends up having Soundwave made into a 2 day festival in the near future.

So over all I had a good day, even my 12 dollar burger was edible, tasty and actually filling! and I would gladly do it all again next week if I could.

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Stone Sour: a cocktail featuring amaretto liqueur, orange juice and sweet & sour mix, or more commonly known as the heavy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa, formed by Slipknot singer Corey Taylor and guitarist James Root.

I’ve been following Stone Sour since their return in 2002/2003 from their hiatus in 1997 when Corey & James joined Slipknot in 1997 & 1999. Stone Sour has been a big player in my life in shaping me to who I am, I have made some amazing friends via their music. Most recently & notably my friend Kat who is a great person and has been there for me during some tough times of late. Easily Stone Sour would be a top 5 band of mine along with Slipknot & Metallica, those three bands are responsible more than any other band I listen for me being me, I like to think.

Not sure where I am going with this blog, apart from the fact I have been only listening to Stone Sour since I was able to finally see them at Soundwave last Saturday. It’s given me time to reflect how much the band has matured in the last 10 years since their debut self titled album came out. Back then, they were raw, pissed off and wanted to show everyone they were just that. The years to follow they found their sound & style and kept fine tuning it as each album came along. It’s obvious they never wanted to be the same from record to record unlike many bands have done because it’s a fail safe for them and they know it will always be a hit with their fans. But Stone Sour, nope, a mix of heavy, soft and in the middle is what they are and always will be. Some albums feature more heavy Come What(ever) May for example, whilst some feature softer songs like Audio Secrecy whilst still retaining that edge that makes them Stone Sour.

I always thought Audio Secrecy was one of my least favourite Stone Sour album and Come What(ever) May was my most favourite, it wasn’t until I had this discussion with a friend where she opened my eyes and I realised I don’t exactly have a favourite Stone Sour album, because I love them all despite they are all being different in some way from each other, which makes them unique and great. Especially House of Gold & Bones Part 1, I wasn’t in the right state of mind/place at the time when it came out so I never really gave it a proper listen. In fact I was probably in the worst place I had been in quite sometime when that came out back in October last year. Where I wasn’t into listening to much music, I pretty much stuck to listening to Slash, Alter Bridge & RUSH. Thankfully I made a great friend from the Stone Sour forums who helped me through it all.

Stone Sour, Soundwave Feb 23rd 2013

Stone Sour fans, some of them are amazing some of them, well I question if they’re actually fans given how much they bitch about the band. One thing that has always annoyed me about Stone Sour fans is the ones who say “Stone Sour sold out with this radio rock song” I would like to point out that Stone Sour never sold out, well in my opinion they never did since what I govern a sell out is making the same sounding record over and over again to guarantee sales, sure it works for some bands and you don’t want them to change, but for other bands, change is important, and with Stone Sour I think change is crucial. Who cares if the bands new single is a radio friendly song, their other previous singles from the album are definitely a lot heavier and ballsy.

I know I was probably one of those whiny fans at one point, but i’m not any more, i’ve grown up and realised what kind of band Stone Sour is. I don’t think they’re one to conform to what is wanted by the label or society, as much as it looks like it could be that sometimes, I am sure it is not. But also to those saying Stone Sour write radio friendly songs in terms for hits, where’s your logic behind that? Stone Sour has had on at least every album that has been a huge commercial success, whether that was Bother, Through Glass, Hesitate etc. They will always have that one song that will appeal to the masses that lets them discover the band. Which from a commercial standpoint is never a bad thing having more customers.

As I sit here writing this I have Audio Secrecy playing in the background, I decided to give House of Gold & Bones a rest for the moment since I was on my 63rd listen this morning since Soundwave, whoops. I think I know where this is going now, I just wanted to reflect on what Stone Sour means to me and what sort of impact they have had on me throughout my life. It’s been a positive influence, their music has been there through the lowest of lows for me and it’s made me feel not as alone as I would otherwise.

So to end this on a positive note, I just would like to thank those of my friends who I met thanks to Stone Sours music, you guys are truly some of the best people to grace this planet in terms of friends and being loyal to me.

Love you all.

My second time attending the Australian one day festival titled ‘Soundwave’ again I was setting off with my mate Mike. Unlike last year it was just Mike & I this time, no one else! Though I am hoping next year or the year following a dear friend of mine from England might be joining us for Soundwave! The traffic was non existent on the M1 northbound, couldn’t say the same for southbound, sucked to be anyone going south, ha!

So we got to Brisbane found the best parking EVER (5 dollars for 24 hours, BARGAIN!) and it was only a short walk from the showgrounds. We set off to the RNA Showgrounds in anticipation of not missing out on the first bands we want to see Anthrax for me and Dragonforce for Mike. So I made my way to Stage 1A where I planned to be all day, at first I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be in the pit or not, I soon decided that it wasn’t worth NOT being in the pit especially since it wasn’t that full yet and I had plenty of barrier access!

Anthrax!
ANTHRAX!

My first band for the day and a band I have been wanting to see live for years now! Their set was pretty short only 45 minutes, which meant they only had time for about 5 or 7 songs 😦 and most of the material came from Among The Living, I was hoping more from Spreading The Disease and Worship Music (their latest album) they also threw in their cover of AC/DC’s T.N.T which was a really awesome cover, just a shame the crowd wasn’t that enthusiastic. My only issue with Anthrax’s set was Joey’s microphone was pretty damn quiet compared to everyone else, also fill in guitarist Jon Donais from Shadows Fall lead was almost unheard in the mix, which was a disappointment. Jon Dette (former Slayer drummer) was filling in for Charlie Benante who sadly had to sit out due to personal reasons, but he stepped up and did an amazing job.

Anthrax’s set as follows (from memory)
Caught in a Mosh
Fight ‘Em ‘Til You Can’t
Antisocial
Indians
Hymn 1 (played over PA)
In the End
T.N.T.
I Am the Law

It was a pretty good set, but I wasn’t that familiar/a fan of most songs they played. I wanted to hear more from the new album and some from Spreading The Disease.

Stone Sour!
STONE SOUR!

I’ve been a fan of this band since they reformed back in 2002/2003 and have wanted to see them live ever since, and yesterday was my chance I wasn’t going to let that slip through my fingers! I was in the same spot where I was for Anthrax, right on the barrier stage right (left of the stage if you’re looking at it) or Josh Rands side if you’ve been to a Stone Sour show before. I was pumped to see them, probably more excited for them than I was Metallica. The set opened with Gone Sovereign and into Absolute Zero the two opening tracks off their new album House of Gold & Bones Part 1. So much energy from Corey, he also sounded PHENOMENAL! Everytime I see him his voice has gotten better, I thought he couldn’t top it with Slipknot last year with his vocals, but I was wrong! His voice is like a fine wine gets better with age.

The band went onto play Mission Statement followed by two new songs, then the obligatory playing of Through Glass which actually brought a tear to my eye and reminded me of those amazing friends I have met thanks to Stone Sour, it was beautiful. It was at that point where Josh attempted to throw a pick to me and the girl next to me, but landed short next to the security guard who wasn’t exactly helpful (he redeemed himself later that night though by giving me a Metallica beach ball) he threw the picks deeper into the crowd. Oh well!

The band closed on their highly energetic song 30-30/150 which in a sense means a lot to me, since I had printed on the back of my year 12 jersey in high school. Over all it was an amazing set, I just wish they had a 90 minute set or something. Given the band A Perfect Circle were dead boring and did not fit being on Soundwave. As usual Corey was great with the crowd, he’s a real character live. He’s fun and knows how to interact with a crowd. This picture here is possibly my favourite that I took all day, and it just so happens to be of Corey Taylor throwing water at me.

Corey Taylor

It’s just an awesome action shot of Corey, one that I am quite proud of.

The setlist for their 45 minute set was as follows, some stuff maybe out of order though.

Gone Sovereign
Absolute Zero
Mission Statement
A Rumor of Skin
RU486
Through Glass
Reborn
Say You’ll Haunt Me
30/30-150

Slayer
SLAYER!

It was time for the band I was rather sceptical to see after the weeks events with drummer Dave Lombardo. So I wasn’t going to go to their stage and lose my awesome Metallica spot. I was genuinely excited to see Slayer, but I had been feeling it less and less as the day progressed. Not that Jon Dette who replaced Dave isn’t a bad drummer, he’s actually quite great was just the fact it was Tom & Kerry being the only 2 original members in Slayer at the moment which was a real let down, since Kerry is dead on stage and Tom, whilst he is awesome it’s obvious he’s been feeling it less and less these days. Where as Jeff & Dave always came off as the life of the band and with them both not present it sucks. Though Gary Holt (Exodus) and Jon Dette (former Slayer) were great live.

Slayer opened with Disciple, fucking killer. Jon’s double kicks were powerful, so much so it actually hurt. They played all their hits, which was cool. The crowd seemed to love them. I seemed to ruin a blokes day who was handing out the wrist bands telling him that Dave wasn’t present, sorry dude!

The thing I was sorely unimpressed with Slayer was Toms vocals were soft and Gary’s leads were not mixed into both channels making it look like his guitar was turned right down. We finally heard him on the left side of the arena during their 3 encore songs. But other than that all you could hear was Kerry King which was pretty boring, might I say..

Slayers set was something a bit like this, there’s either something missing or it’s out of order.

Disciple
Die by the Sword
War Ensemble
Chemical Warfare
Altar of Sacrifice
Jesus Saves
Mandatory Suicide
Seasons in the Abyss
Dead Skin Mask
Angel of Death
South of Heaven
Raining Blood

Then it was a painstakingly long wait for Metallica had to put up with some band I had never heard of “A Perfect Circle” who were dead boring and had no idea how to interact with the crowd or themselves. The singer also looked like he was coked out of his mind. Linkin Park then came on afterwards, they’re okay, but i’m not a huge fan of them they have a few alright songs.

METALLICA!

It was now time for the biggest band in the world, that’s right the band 50,000 odd people came to see, Metallica. The band opened with Hit The Lights which sent the crowd INSANE, myself included. They then went into Master of Puppets, possibly their best song ever written. They ran through a few older songs from Justice & Puppets before playing something a little newer Fuel, when James sung the line “Gimme Fuel, Gimme Fire, Gimme That Which I desire” the entire back of the stage lit up in flames from the pyro. You could feel the heat 30 odd metres away at the barrier, it was something. Cyanide followed Fuel, it was also the only song off Death Magnetic they played which sucked cause I like a few other songs off that and the EP as well. During Cyanide the camera guy who was positioned front of the stage went down along the barrier 3 or 4 times during the song, broad coast everyone who came into view up on the massive screen at the back of the stage, of course I got a bit of screen time which ended up being texted by a bunch of mates who were also there saying they saw me. There’s also a blurry as fuck picture circulating facebook!

After Cyanide it was some older tunes then intermission, which was followed by a short videoclip and then the gun fire started.. Yep, it was the intro to One. The whole stage was lit up with all sorts pyrotechnics from small charges, all the way upto fireworks lighting up the sky, it was spectacular. As the smoke cleared James entered and started playing the opening riff to One. The band powered through another 4 songs before ending on Enter Sandman which ended in James on the stage floor with the cameraman zooming into his guitar pick which had a special design for the Australian tour, which consisted of an Australian flag one side with Metallica 2013 and the other side a map of Australia with Australia in the Metallica font with a Kangaroo with a skull and horns.

After that the band left the stage, only to have AC/DC’s ‘It’s A Long Way To The Top’ play over the PA whilst the band went to prepare for their encore of three songs. Their encore consisted of Creeping Death, Battery & Seek & Destroy. The final song of the night Seek & Destroy was energetic as all hell, during the set the Metallica crew threw Metallica branded beach balls into the crowd and more descended from the top of the stage! It was truly a great way to end the night. After the show was over, that wasn’t it, the band came back out with plastic cups full of guitar picks for us! And Lars have out a dozen or so drum sticks. It was really awesome to see a band of their stature put so much effort into giving back to their fans.

Metallica’s set as taken from Metallica.com was as follows.

Hit the Lights
Master of Puppets
The Shortest Straw
Harvester of Sorrow
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Fuel
Cyanide
Sad but True
Fade to Black
…And Justice for All
One
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Blackened
Nothing Else Matters
Enter Sandman

Encore:
Creeping Death
Battery
Seek & Destroy

After that we made the timely walk back to the car to head home. It was great cause all we had to do was get in the car and drive out. No waiting around for an hour to pay for parking, downside no talking to cute girls, but we all have to make sacrifices. So we hit the highway and went south first stopping at Yatala for food, but it was too packed with people from Soundwave so we thought fuck that! and decided on Coomera about 10-15 minutes down the road. Which was a smart move there was next to no one there at all! We got some “food” and then went on our merry way at this point it was 1am and we were both buggered, it was a long day and we just wanted sleep. I got home around 1:45am and promptly passed out after texting a friend to let her know I was home safe.

And what I scored from Metallica/my ticket/time table/wrist band for the day.

Stuff!

Metallica; a Thrash Metal band formed in Los Angeles circa 1981, they were amongst the Glam & Hair bands that were largely present at the time in the LA music scene. They some how managed to stay above the ocean of hair spray, spandex, leather, high heels & make up with their heavy, gritty, fast paced, mean sounding music.

They’re one of four big bands that came from the United States are are governed as The Big Four of Thrash Metal, the others being; Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax. Metallica being the largest of the four followed by Slayer then Megadeth and in last place sadly Anthrax, who I think as a live band are the best of the four, especially when fronted by the all amazing & talented Joey Belladonna on vocals.

Back to Metallica, by 1983 Metallica had already been through two band members bassist Ron McGoveney had come and gone & lead guitarist Dave Mustaine has been booted out for his alcoholism and general attitude to the band. Which was the best thing to ever have happened to Dave because it gave him the fuel needed to start Megadeth, which in itself is a rather respectable band, even if Dave is not when he opens his mouth and it is not on stage during a song.

By then Metallica consisted of James Hetfield on lead vocals & guitar, Lars Ulrich on drums, Cliff Burton on bass & Kirk Hammet on lead guitar. This line up formed the band for their first three releases, Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning & my personal favourite Master of Puppets. Then rolled around the European Master of Puppets tour in 1986 where a tragic accident in Sweden left Cliff Burton dead at the age of 24. Metallica was now with out a bass player and had to abandon their European fans mid tour. It wasn’t looking good for them, but they weren’t going to throw in the towel there. They held extensive auditions for a new bass player and finally they settled on Jason Newstead, who was a huge Metallica fan also, so he went from looking up from the crowd in his home town on year at a Metallica show to looking down on the crowd all within the space of a year.

The band released an EP with Jason, then a full studio album, their fourth effort titled “…And Justice For All” it was Metallica’s first album to debut in the top 10 and it was proving things were only going to get better and bigger for them from here on in. That proved so with them being nominated for a Grammy and most likely to win, although they did not, they lost out to Jetro Tull.

The 90’s rolled around and Metallica teamed up with the famous music producer Bob Rock, who was known for working with bands like Motley Crue, Aerosmith & Bon Jovi. He was brought in after James Hetfield loved his production work on Motley Crue’s Dr. Feelgood album. Whilst still hating Motley Crue, because they were seen as rivals. Metallica being the bad boys of Metal & Motley Crue the bad boys of Sunset Strip & Rock N’ Roll in general.

Bob came in to help the band for their new album simply titled ‘Metallica’ or ‘The Black Album’ as it is more commonly called due to it’s black album with nothing more than Metallica in the top left and the bands snake logo bottom right in a dark grey. The Black Album is considered to be where Metallica sold out. This is where I beg to differ that Metallica never sold out. They simply expanded their horizons musically, they brought in someone who knew what he was doing and how to help the band define their sound on each song and get them to try different things. Bob Rock also made James take singing lessons which James believes saved his voice.

I see why some say Metallica sold out because they changed but, to me it’s the total opposite, they gambled by changing their musical direction, it gave them the chance to reach a wider audience. It would make more sense to say a band like Slayer, AC/DC or Motorhead are sell outs because they make the same sounding album every cycle. It’s a safe bet for sales and fan retention, I get that also, they want to stay relevant in their genre with their fans, not gamble and potentially lose their fan base & their status. But this change worked for Metallica, they became bigger than ever, possibly the largest in their entire career today.

The Black Album flew off shelves and recently it was titled in the USA as the best selling album of the Soundscan era (1991 to present day), surpassing Shania Twains 1997 album. It sold in excess of 20 million albums in the USA, and continues to sell about another million units per year world wide, and world wide it has sold over 30 million units.

Bob Rock worked wonders with Metallica so much so they kept him around until 2003. Between 1990 & 2003 the band released Load & ReLoad, Garage, Inc., which was all covers from various influences to Metallica over the years, especially Motorhead, 3 of their songs feature on the double album. They also recorded a live album the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, which was Jason Newsteads last recorded work with the band. Then in 2003 Metallica released their most controversial album to date titled “St. Anger”

St. Anger, it was the last Metallica album to be produced by Bob Rock it also took the band 2 years to record the album. It’s most known for it’s lack of guitar solo’s (there is not a single one on the album) and Lars Ulrichs infamous tin can snare, which he has received all kinds of backlash, but he simply just laughs at it these days and pokes fun at it. Whilst the album debuted at number 1, it was not a fan favourite. Though it is a favourite of mine. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s a good thrash metal album!

Critics gave it a negative view, but some also said if it wasn’t Metallica it would’ve made for a great debut garage thrash metal album. They’re right, if Metallica had not put it out, it would’ve been seen as a master piece. But it was Metallica and they were seen as a bunch of sellouts by 2003.

By then the band was on their third bass player who was ex bassist for Ozzy Osbournes band & Suicidal Tendencies, Robert Trujillo. An exceptional bass player, who has more style and sound like that of later Cliff Burton. Robert is a true fit for Metallica, not that Jason wasn’t a bad pick either.

in 2008 the band released Death Magnetic, with producer Rick Rubin who is known for working with Slayer, Slipknot, Beastie Boys, ZZ Top Aerosmith & The Red Hot Chilli Peppers! The band returned to long 9 minute songs, with guitar solo’s and regained some of their thrash credibility.

Over all I do not think Metallica sold out, they did what they had to, to either survive, adapt or to fuck with people because they’re Metallica, the biggest band in Metal.

Happy New Year people.

Not much is new with me so far, though I did get my new phone! Nothing fancy, tis only an iPhone 4, though, it’s quite awesome I must say. It does everything my old iPhone 3G couldn’t do, which was pretty much everything. Especially Twitter, it now launches Twitter instantly without crashing ten times in a row! I am happy with that, i’m more than happy because I love using Twitter.

Happy New Year

Speaking of Twitter I’ve just passed 19,000 tweets. In the last year i’ve gone from around 6,000 tweets to 19,000 which is amazing. A few times I hit the tweet limit for the day, oops. I just decided to see who my 19,000th tweet went to the girl I met at The Living End in Melbourne, Viola. Ha! At least it wasn’t wasted on some bullshit tweet!

What else… What else… New years resolution? Nah don’t have one, just goals I always have lying about that never seem to get met. Y’know find a job, for some reason the Gold Coast has plenty to spare yet no one wishes to hire you unless you have experience, well smartass how am I meant to get experience if I don’t have a job, answer me that! Other than that, live life to the fullest, etc etc.. Probably get in better shape somewhere along the way too.

I’d like to make more friends this year, especially those who will stick by me and not turn around and tell me to fuck off for no reason and leave me puzzled as to what just happened.

So far i’ve just spent the first week of 2013 playing games I bought in the Steam sales, hanging out with mates and watching Metalocalypse in my spare time. I went to Billy Hyde the other day with my mate Rhett, i’ve now seen what a 16,000 dollar guitar looks like. It wasn’t a Jimmy Page signature, no, it was something better than that, it was a signature guitar by a guitarist who could play, Ace Frehley. Former lead guitarist of KISS. Who was replaced by Tommy Thayer. I bet i’m going to make a lot of friends with that Jimmy Page remake, don’t believe me, go watch any live Led Zeppelin video from back in the day or even Celebration Day, Page butchered songs so often it wasn’t funny.

This year I also want to get back to playing my bass, I think I might purchase Rocksmith when I have the money to get me interested again. But before then I need to get new strings and the neck realigned, and there’s a problem, i’m not sure what strings I even want. I currently have Ernie Ball Hyper Slinky’s on it, but they aren’t exactly ideal for what I play… I’ve been thinking about a set of Steve Harris signatures, but again not sure if they’re ideal for what I play and how I play. I use a pick where Steve uses his fingers in a galloping motion.

Though i’ve been thinking about a set of Dave Ellefson (Megadeth bassist) signature strings.. He plays through the same brand of amp I own, and they sound pretty punchy coming from his Jackson basses. So I think they might be what I am after.

Not really much else to report on for the year so far. Though Duke Nukem Forever is an awesome game I must say, also i’m replaying Grand Theft Auto IV for about the 4th or 5th time. I’ve clocked something stupid 170+ hours according to Steam.

Oh well, that’s all from me. Time to watch more Metalocalypse!