"The Spaghetti Incident?"

Set lists and a little bit of Rock

Monday, 24 December 2007

Because I can

Let us see how long JJ let's this travesty of truly GNR proportions remain on this hallowed of online odysseys.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Black Eyed Peas' Fergie covering GNR's Sweet Child Of Mine.

Monday, 10 December 2007

When U2 comes to town

Top underrated U2 songs that should be rated higher than a rates demand from the council or rather some of Jimmy’s fave songs by U2.

Please, from the album Pop.

Pop is probably Bono’s best effort lyrically. With word plays on Michael Jackson being history over Jackson’s own HIStory pun, the blind leading the blonde and the line from Please “Your Catholic blues, Your convent shoes” pretty much summing up Bono’s eternal search for his place and pace in the world this song was depressing yet uplifting at the same time. Edge’s solo (esp in live recordings) was up there with his best.

Dirty Day
, Zooropa

“These days, days, days run away like horses over the hill” being sung over and over at the end always remind me that I never have enough time to do what ever it is I wanted do. This song did make me go see a documentary on the guy it was dedicated to, the author Charles Bukowski and read some of his books. So if anything this song taught me it sux to be a drink alcoholic author who used to work in a post office. In fact I think Charlie boy actually went postal before the term was applied to the fine people at the US Postal Service.

Van Dieman’s Land, Rattle and Hum.

It has the Edge singing and he actually means it but you believe it too even though its about Aussie bastards?! It has good chord changes. Hmm have I said this before? Also was there actually any humming on the album? Ok Edge, play the blues.

In to the Heart
, Boy

I like this because of the outro from the prior song, An cat Dubh, becomes the intro to this. Kind of a plodding but hypnotic bass riff with crisp Edge playing.

MLK, The Unforgettable Fire.

While the fire is a reference to atomic bombs being dropped in Japan (an early portent of How to dismantle an Atomic Bomb maybe?) the album seemed dedicated to two Kings – Elvis and Martin Luther King. The song is sung like a lullaby, actually encouraging sleep. While Bono’s politic rants and beseeches and besmirches of The Man might put the more jaded and cynical amongst us to sleep you can’t complain that this song does the same in a nice under the covers on a rainy day kind of way.

Beat on the Brat, cover of The Ramones, from the We’re a Happy Family Ramones Tribute Album.

Beat on the brat with a baseball bat. Yeah punk. U2 started out playing Ramone’s covers trying to pass them off as their own. Which is pretty much the music industry down pat these days. What can you do?

You can listen to God Pt II, from Rattle and Hum again. Awesome base, awesome solo and a big fuck you to some guy called Goldman.

Friday, 16 November 2007

Jay Z: Good as Elvis, Yeah Right

"Jay-Z's album inspired by the film "American Gangster" scores him another No. 1 album on the U.S. pop chart, selling 425,000 copies in its first week in stores. The rapper withstands a strong second-week showing from the Eagles' "Long Road Out of Eden" to earn his 10th album at No. 1, making him only the third artist in history to land 10 or more albums in the pole position."


That’s no mean feat really. Like I couldn’t tell you a thing about his songs or himself except he has big lips like Mick Jagger and that he listens to Linkin Park occasionally. CONNNFUSSIINNNNGG WAARRTTT ISS rERRLLLLL

Friday, 9 November 2007

So Kiss me

Kiss are coming to the Cake Tin. I'm taking Beth.


Plans have been announced for a two-day rock concert at Wellington's Westpac Stadium next Easter, featuring the American band Kiss.

Kiss, starring Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley, are well known for their theatrical make up and stage antics.

The event is being organised by Wellington-based promoter Capital C Concerts, who are already bringing Elton John and Bon Jovi to New Zealand this summer for one-off concerts.

Promoter Phil Sprey says the other acts will be announced shortly, but he is promising a unique 'Rocktacular', with a landmark special effects package.

Three Axl Rose Albums to be released?

The skinny man is probably all bluster about the trilogy but there is no doubt Axl Rose has recorded a tonne of material....


From Stuff

A friend of Guns N' Roses' front man Axl Rose claims the wayward singer plans to release a trilogy of albums by 2012.

Former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach, who opened for Guns N' Roses during their recent New Zealand tour, told Metal Edge magazine Rose had finished up to four albums.

He didn't say whether one of the them was Chinese Democracy - the much-delayed new album from Guns N' Roses.

"The thing that nobody gets, that I get, is that he has like four albums done," Bach told the magazine.

"All you people who don't think he's gonna put out a record are sadly mistaken. He just takes his time. It's his album. Axl does what he wants to do, that's the way it is."

Bach said Axl planned to release a trilogy of records, with the third to be released by 2012.

When asked what the new songs sounded like, Bach said "the world's not prepared for what I've heard from this guy".

"It's got the grandness and epic-ness of November Rain but with the snarl, the attitude of Appetite (For Destruction.

"There's some great music coming your way."

Guns N' Roses' last album was 1993's The Spaghetti Incident. Rose brought a new-look line-up to New Zealand for two sold-out shows earlier this year.

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Radiohead, those crazy kids

In a bold challenge to the music industry's traditional business model, the UK band Radiohead has told fans they can pre-order a digital download of its new album and pay whatever they want.

Technically that means people could opt to pay nothing - or next to nothing - for the album.

In Rainbows, the band's seventh studio album, is due out on October 10 and can only be ordered through the band's inrainbows.com website.

In addition to the open priced digital download, Radiohead is offering a "discbox" set for £40 that includes the album in CD, vinyl and digital formats with some extras.

The unusual pricing model was made possible because the band is no longer attached to any label. Radiohead's contract with EMI/Capitol expired after the release of its last album, Hail to the Thief, in 2003.

In Rainbow contains ten tracks and will be available for download after October 10.

The pay-what-you-want price is not obvious until you "view basket" after clicking the "pre-order" button. The price of the download is left blank with only a red question mark link beside it explaining the significant of the deal.

Clicking on the question mark opens a page which says: "No really. It's up to you."

Radiohead, along with the Beatles, is one of the few big name acts whose work is not available on Apple's iTunes Store. In Radiohead's case, it's because the band is opposed to selling individual album tracks.

The radical shift shows how some in the music industry are intent on finding new ways of tackling declining sales caused by rampant illegal downloading and file sharing.

Another UK group, the Charlatans, will this later this month offer its new single You Cross My Path as a free download. The group intends to follow this up by offering a second free single and, later, a free album as a download.

In July, Prince gave away an estimated three million copies of his album 3121 in Britain when they were distributed with copies of the Daily Mail newspaper


I lost the link from where I lifted this. Its my iron lung you see, makes me fade out.

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Infrared: 20th Century Boys


1) An area in the electromagnetic spectrum extending beyond red light from 760 nanometers to 1000 microns (106 nm). It is the form of radiation used for making non-contact temperature measurements.

2) A Wellington band playing a small EP release gig at Real Groovy Records, top of socialist leaning, coffee slurping, dirty Che wearing tshirt Cuba St this Friday 6 - 630 pm.

I’m told there will be strippers and free lines of coke for anyone who buys a copy. Except for Obelix. We all knows what happens to him when he as too much ‘magic potion’…

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Download this song!

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor has slammed his record label and strongly encouraged fans to steal music.

Reznor launched a stinging tirade against Universal Music Australia on Sunday at the group's concert at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion, dismayed at the high price the label charged for CDs.

He called the record label "greedy f---ing assholes". It followed similar diatribes earlier in the year.

"Steal it. Steal away. Steal, steal and steal some more and give it to all your friends and keep on stealing," Reznor, who has been dubbed the Ralph Nader of the music industry, said.

"Because one way or another these mother f---ers will get it through their head that they're ripping people off and that's not right."

The group's latest album, Year Zero, sells for more than $A30 ($NZ35) in Australia, far more than albums from other artists.

A proud Reznor said Universal Music worldwide already hated him after he made similar comments on high CD prices the last time he visited Australia ("because I yelled at them and called them out for being greedy f---ing assholes").

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which has vigorously campaigned against music piracy, refused to comment on Reznor's attack. Universal Music Australia did not return calls requesting comment.

Reznor's endorsement of illegal downloading comes at a time when artists, particularly well-established ones, are cracking down on sites illegally distributing their music.

The crackdown is viewed by many as a desperate response to flagging physical CD sales in the face of digital downloads, both legal and illegal.

Figures released by ARIA last month revealed CD album and single sales dropped by 17 per cent and 47 per cent respectively in the first six months of this year, compared with the same period last year. Digital album sales increased by 67 per cent.

Last week, Prince said he planned to sue eBay, YouTube and The Pirate Bay for copyright infringement, in a bid to "reclaim his art on the internet".

Days later, Can't Stop Productions, which owns the rights to the Village People's music, said it was preparing to sue YouTube over a Hitler-themed clip that used the group's hit song, YMCA.

But Reznor, a self-confessed illegal downloader, has been campaigning to have CD prices reduced since May when, on the band's website, he noted Year Zero sold in Australia for $A34.99, compared with an Avril Lavigne album costing $A21.99.

He said a Universal Music rep told him the price was so high because Nine Inch Nails fans would buy the record regardless of its cost.

"No wonder people steal music," Reznor wrote.

This month before a concert at the Beijing Pop Festival he said: "It does not seem to be easy to obtain Western music via legal channels, so I have the following suggestion for our fans: if you can find and buy our legal CDs, I express my thanks for your support.

"If you cannot find it, I think that [illegally] downloading from the internet is a more acceptable option than buying pirated CDs."

Reznor told his Chinese fans that Nine Inch Nails would put out one last album for Universal, after which it would sell directly to fans through its website for as cheaply as $A4 an album.

From Stuff.co.nz

Infrared EP Debut Party

Saturday, 8 September 2007

The Blog Remains the Same

Here's an article that reckons Led Zeppelin are re uniting. Once the news spreads, Old Rockers everywhere suddenly will feel a little wetness down below. Old vinyl will be dusted off and spun up the stairway to heaven. Guitars that have sat in garages for years will be asked to provide the opening chords to Stairway but the strings will be rusted and out of tune. No Stairway? Denied.

Bald and thinning hair will not however be able to improved upon...


From the Independent

Six digits on the official website of Led Zeppelin was all it took yesterday to fuel fevered hopes that the longest-awaited and most-rumoured reunion in rock history is about to be announced.

The surviving members of the British band widely held to have redefined rock music - and how to indulge in its hedonistic excesses - are set to play their first full-scale concert in 27 years with a one-off appearance in November in southeast London.

The group's front man, Robert Plant, was reported to have confirmed the performance to an autograph hunter, while those involved with promoting the gig said full details would be announced within 10 days.

Fan websites were buzzing with speculation that the concert would be held on November 13 after the home page of LedZeppelin.com carried the American-style date 11.13.07 without further explanation. The date is a day after the release of Mothership, the band's latest greatest hits collection.

A source said: "It is going to happen. We are finalising the precise timing but basically the guys have agreed they want to do it. It will be a one-off."

It is thought the concert in the former Millennium Dome will be a charity event in memory of Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records.

The London concert will be performed by Plant and the two other original band members, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones. The drums will be played by Jason Bonham, whose father, John, was Led Zeppelin's drummer until he died aged 32 by choking on his own vomit after a drinking binge in 1980 - an incident which prompted the band to break up

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

If you don't like my fire, then don't come around, cos I'm gonnna burn one down

This just in: dumbest comment ever from a reviewer that wasn’t Grant Smithies.

On reviewing Ben Harper’s new album Vicki Anderson notes “He's obviously talented but generally his music suffers from that "whole Jack Johnson round-the-campfire scenario" with every melody reminding me of the one before it that usually leaves me screaming "aargh bland bollocks".

I don’t really care what she thinks of the music but lets get the facts/opinions straight – Ben Harper does not suffer from the ‘Jack Johnson round-the-camp fire scenario’ – he bloody introduced Jack Johnson to the world via his producer and promotion of Jack via touring et al and even playing on Flake. Unlike Billy Joel, he actually started the er… fire.

Saying Ben suffers the JJ campfire scenario is like saying the Beatles have an Oasis Complex or that Radiohead have a Coldplay chip on their shoulder (I actually think Radiohead have a Radiohead chip on their shoulder but that’s an issue for Thom to work through with his therapist).

If you really want to get into it - Ben and Jack have vastly different playing styles when they play the acoustic guitar, further so when Ben gets up to his famous slide tricks. I would actually doubt if Jackson had actually ever turned an amp all the way up to eleven. He aint that kind of curious monkey.

Originally let loose on the The Optimus Prime Experiment

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Rise of the The Silver Scroll.

The five finalists for NZ's pre-eminent songwriting award are:

Sean Donnelly (SJD) - Beautiful Haze
Ruban Nielson (The Mint Chicks) - Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!
Jason Kerrison, Bobby Kennedy, Matt Treacy & Clinton Harris (Opshop) - Maybe
Brooke Fraser - Albertine
Liam Finn - Second Chance

This year saw the implementation of a new judging process. Entries were whittled down by an "expert panel" to a shortlist of 20 songs (see the list here) before allowing all APRA members to select the final five. This opening-up of the selection process has meant that a few more "well-known" songs have made the cut as opposed to previous years where there were usually one or two lesser known songs and artists. None of the five finalists have previously won which makes it harder to predict. I'm placing me bet on The Mint Chicks - the Silver Scroll judges have always gone for a more progressive choice and The Mint Chicks seem to have that alternative edge going for them and the song's idisyncratic enough to stand out against the rest. Neil Finn didn't win his first Scroll until 2001 so it'd be pretty daring for them to give it to son Liam at such an early stage in his career, and I don't think Brooke Fraser's Albertine is strong enough (it's a admirable "message" song, but I would've gone for Deciphering Me, which was shortlisted, or Shadowfeet which are both arguable stronger in melody and songwriting hooks). Opshop's Maybe proves an interesting threat, the first kiwi song to top the iTunes NZ chart and a formidable radio airplay hit - it's a strong song, but is pretty lightweight when stacked up against some of their other material. The SJD song is lovely and immaculately constructed like most of his other material, but for some reason I don't see the judges going for this one.

The awards presentation is held on 18 September at Auckland's Town Hall. As usual it's who will be asked to cover each of the finalists' songs that is generating the most buzz...

Saturday, 18 August 2007


Interview with Slash by Ed Condran

Q: Despite the success of Velvet Revolver, wherever you go, there's a GN'R reminder.

A: I know. Look at the cover of Rolling Stone. It's interesting to me that no matter what, that band is still on people's minds. It's on the edge of people's lips, good or bad, that's cool. I just don't know why they have an article on Velvet Revolver in the same issue.

Q: Perhaps to compare and contrast the bands. There are some similarities. Both groups have strong, identifiable frontmen. Not to get Spinal Tap on you, but you and Weiland are like fire and ice.

A: Working with Weiland is like working with Axl (Rose) in a way. They both have a lot to offer. But not to get Spinal Tap on you (laughs), Scott is a visionary. He sees things differently than I do. He sees the whole picture, while I'm a nuts-and-bolts guy with a short attention span. I see black and white and go for the punch to the chest. He sees things peripherally. We're a good combination.

Q: Producer Brendan O'Brien, who helmed productions for Stone Temple Pilots, works well with Weiland, but he also helped improve the guitar sound on "Libertad."

A: That happened because this album was really organic because of Brendan, who was like the sixth guy in the band. He just let us play. The guitar work was very natural and we left the imperfections there. Dave and I had guitar action. The atmosphere was among the most creative I've ever experienced.

Q: "Libertad" is more cohesive and muscular than your first disc, "Contraband." The disc has more of that old-time rock feel that's missing today.

A: We love that sound. We wanted to nail it with this album. The most important thing is that we weren't satisfied. Sure, "Contraband" sold a lot of copies, but that's not what it's all about for us. We really went into this project wanting to make an album that would still be around and played in 20 years.

Q: Like "Appetite for Destruction."

A: Yeah, something that stands the test of time like "Appetite for Destruction." Why that album still does so well, well, your guess is as good as mine.

Q: I think it has something to do with the danger element. Rock just isn't as dangerous as it was 20 years ago, particularly at Guns' shows.

A: The danger aspect is right on, because when I go to shows today, it's just about always safe and predictable.

Q: Part of the reason for that is that there are so few entertaining and exciting frontmen. However, you're working with Weiland and then there was Axl. Both can be captivating.

A: It's true. Scott has a sense of style and charisma. Axl was a great entertainer as well. But those days with Axl are so long ago, and part of the reason the way things went the way they did with Guns N' Roses was because that band is all about excess, which was one of the reasons the band didn't last forever.

Q: You've been through a lot between band tensions and rock 'n' roll excesses. How have you survived?

A: There are two things that have helped me survive. There's my guitar and my music, and sometimes that wasn't enough. The real grounding factor is my family. I'm married and I have two kids, who are 5 and 3. That's been a real stabilizing force. When London, my oldest, was born, I still hadn't learned my lesson. I still toyed with self-destruction. But that's not the way I am anymore. I need self-preservation more than anything.

Monday, 13 August 2007

They all said Velvet Revolver would never last.

They all said Velvet Revolver would never last.

This article is by Ben Rayner, Pop Music Critic....

The music business is stingy in granting its icons successful second acts, but the rock gods have been uncommonly generous to Velvet Revolver. It was warily regarded upon its creation five years ago as another "supergroup" of dubious motivation, a late-career time-waster for several aging rock 'n' roll enfants terribles with proud pasts and similarly proud, shared appetites for chemical self-destruction.

But now Velvet Revolver is an ongoing concern, with a couple of million in record sales under its belt, enviable commercial-radio muscle and the growing – if grudging – approval of numerous critics who have witnessed the Los Angeles quintet's live shows and conceded evidence of some real, no-foolin' "band" fireworks onstage.

The meeting of charismatic Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, long-unemployed Wasted Youth guitarist Dave Kushner and half the Use Your Illusion-era lineup of Guns N' Roses – ringleted guitar hero Slash, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Matt Sorum – on 2004's Contraband didn't exactly yield an Abbey Road or an OK Computer. But, with apologies to perpetually overlooked '80s-hardcore hero Kushner, it did sound reassuringly like the GNR of old fronted by the Scott Weiland of old, and the disc went down just fine after half-a-dozen beers with the lads or piping out of the car stereo on a summer road trip.

All requirements the members of Velvet Revolver would surely agree are integral to the breed of metallic, Sunset Strip sleaze they purvey.

"We still have the same influences we've pretty much always have," drawls the laid-back, chatty Slash (a.k.a. Saul Hudson, 42) from Sturgis, S.D., where Velvet Revolver is about to play at a legendary local biker rally some 500,000 riders strong that he pronounces "the pinnacle of the culture."

"We're genuine. That's where we come from and that's the only style of doing things that we really know because that was the stuff that first turned us on. And that stuff is just the really great rock 'n' roll that's come out in – well, the past 50 years.

"You can always expect there's going to be a watered-down version of that music on the radio that's gonna be heavily marketed and all that stuff, but that's just the way it is. We don't have anything to do with that. The band's coming from the purest place."

The cynical might be inclined to point out the marketing of Velvet Revolver's rise has been a tad heavy, but Guns N' Roses never pretended to be anything but an extra-debauched distillation of such arena-rockin' forebears as The Rolling Stones, the Stooges, Aerosmith and Thin Lizzy – at least until Axl Rose's god complex set in, anyway – and Stone Temple Pilots were always quite open about the correlation between "grunge" and '70s c--k-rock. Just because the results tend to sell records doesn't negate their honesty; there are musicians, after all, who don't view "fun," power ballads or mass adulation as enemies of their art.

In any case, Velvet Revolver was braced for the haters when Contraband came out, perhaps even more so when it went on to hit double-platinum sales in the U.S. and Canada. And, says Slash, all involved feel somewhat "vindicated" now that "the brouhaha over the band being a `supergroup' has moved to a more respectful area" since the release of its second album, Libertad, last month.

After an energizing, pre-release teaser tour of small venues this past May that included Toronto's Kool Haus, Velvet Revolver upsizes to the Molson Amphitheatre tonight.

"I don't think we knew what exactly to expect, but we were taking it seriously from the get-go. It was something we were all very passionate about," he says. "We had no ideas that it was going to be, like, a quick thing, even though some people in the beginning kinda looked at it like that.

"It sort of goes with the territory. I know, being a big rock fan myself, you can be very judgmental when somebody who was in a band you're a huge fan of all of a sudden takes a left turn. I can think of a lot of bands who have made dramatic personnel changes or broken up and it's hard to accept and, for whatever reasons, some people can't get over that. But actually being in a band – especially after you've worked with one band for so long – to turn around and find that same chemistry with a different group of people, that's a huge accomplishment. You get very inspired when that happens and you just sort of go with it, regardless of what anybody else is thinking."

Doubts of Velvet Revolver's longevity were definitely circulating during the making of Libertad.

Original producer Rick Rubin was dismissed early on for Brendan O'Brien, delaying the record's projected release date. Weiland – whose initial involvement in the band was curtailed to mere months by enforced rehab and jail time related to a relapse of his infamous drug habit – and Sorum both lost brothers to addiction-related mishaps within the space of a few days. Meanwhile, the former's wild-child reputation was further solidified in March when a spat with his wife led to the trashing of a ritzy Burbank hotel and her subsequent burning of his expensive wardrobe outside of their home. Slash, for his part, has confessed to an OxyContin "smack binge" and a stint in rehab following the comedown from the Contraband tour.

It's almost as if, having established itself as more than a passing whim with Contraband and its subsequent tour, Velvet Revolver collectively, even subconsciously, required further adversity to fire itself up again.

"You almost look for a difficult time because it gives you that edge to give it the right kick, I suppose," Slash says. "You do everything the hard way on purpose. But there's a certain kind of integrity in doing what you want to do and having to put up with the struggle.

"Music is also the catalyst that lets you survive the hard knocks that life throws at you. There's something very cathartic about the music we do and just being a musician and a member of a group, so that helps work a lot of stuff out."

The grizzled Velvet Revolver crew can also derive satisfaction from forging ahead against the lure of the lucrative greatest-hits circuit that Slash acknowledges has rendered many of his contemporaries "bitter" automatons enslaved to their back catalogues.

At least, he says, Velvet Revolver sees enough teens and early 20-somethings in the crowds each night to reassure itself it's not playing to "just a bunch of old STP and GNR fans out there clinging to the dream."

"They're out there, don't get me wrong. I read Blabbermouth and all that and there are all these people out there blogging about Guns N' Roses today," he says, carefully sidestepping the observation Velvet Revolver has more claim to GNR authenticity than the Axl Rose solo show occasionally making the rounds today. "I don't even really pay attention to that to the extent that I wanna get into comparisons. But it was 10 years ago, okay? Who knew that Guns N' Roses was going to sustain that kind of enthusiasm for so long? It's absolutely a phenomenon that I was part of, so that's cool. But it's also interesting to see the amount of time people spend dwelling on it.

"Ever since I first started doing this, I've really, really had this unbridled passion for rock and the whole kind of energy that goes with it and playing guitar ... and that never changes in me. As soon as that starts feeling stagnant or not as fun anymore, then you need to sort that out or move on. It's not like you can go back and learn something else, so you'd better have a good f---in' time. But I know a lot of musicians, a lot of peers, who are definitely not thrilled to be doing it anymore and I'm fortunate not to be one of those."

Friday, 10 August 2007

Its so easy

From Popbitch:

Fergie's band has impressed in New Zealand. Having
got the hotel bell-hop to score weed for them, they
invited him to join an all day smoking session.

Monday, 6 August 2007

Lose Control

Lose control with the lads from Infrared - Charlie, Ben and Carl this Thursday at the Adelaide. If any thing, the piss is cheap and the music loud ..and they don't start till after Shortland St is over so no excuses! See you there Bern!

Here's their gig guide for Sept...

9 Aug 2007 8:30 p The Adelaide Wellington
18 Aug 2007 8:30 p EP RELEASE HOUSE PARTY Wellington
5 Sep 2007 8:30 p The Valve - EP TOUR Wellington
7 Sep 2007 8:30 p Basement Bar - w/ KITSCH and guests!! - EP TOUR New Plymouth
8 Sep 2007 8:30 p The PR BAR - EP TOUR Auckland
14 Sep 2007 7:00 p Oldsubnine (ALL AGES) - EP TOUR Wellington
21 Sep 2007 8:30 p The Adelaide - EP RELEASE Wellington
27 Sep 2007 9:30 p The Valve Bar Wellington
28 Sep 2007 6:00 p Real Groovy Wellington - INSTORE EP SHOW Wellington

Thursday, 26 July 2007

I want it all and I want it now.

So like when I was a wee lil jimmy jangles my big cousin was a drummer and he was in love with Queen. No, you pervet, not in that sense, he was wanted to be a drummer. In fact I recall he once declared he was changing his name to Roger Taylor. Eventually the compromise I think was the cat was called Roger. Which is almost ironic if you believe Freddie Mecury was buried ass up so his mates could stop by for a cold one.

Anyways it is a fact that Queen's I want it all is one of the best songs ever. The solo just rocks the house. This has nothing to do with Mr May wanting his rock and roll genius cake and eat it too....

Guitarist and songwriter Brian May is completing his doctorate in astrophysics, more than 30 years after he dropped it to form the rock group Queen.

May said he planned to submit his thesis, Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud, to supervisors at Imperial College London within the next two weeks.

He was an astrophysics student at Imperial College when he joined Freddie Mercury and Roger Taylor to form Queen in 1970, but dropped his doctorate as the glam rock band became successful.

from reuters

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Of rock and not rock

Rock music used to play a large part of what I used to listen and my former partner-in-crime can and should take all the credit for maintaining my interest in rock music far longer than it otherwise would have lasted.

However, the last couple years have seen guitars give way to keytars as electronic music has come to almost completely dominate my itunes. There's some Motown on there as well as some other stuff I'd rather not mention.

So as a nod to my former appreciation of rock music, I thought I'd share some tracks by artists I'm quite enjoying in my 'life after rock'.

In no particular order, I give you...

Alter Ego : Rocker

The Chemical Brothers : Block Rockin' Beats

Daft Punk : Robot Rock

Does It Offend You, Yeah! : We Are Rockstars

Thursday, 12 July 2007

VR Libertad

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - When a band sells 3 million copies of its first album, its members might expect to celebrate with a few drinks.

In the case of Velvet Revolver, which comprises three well-heeled veterans of rock 'n' roll bad boys Guns N' Roses, the contents of a medium-sized distillery should suffice.
But alas, most of the members of Velvet Revolver are now family men who no longer touch alcohol. The eerily lucid quintet has just released its second album, "Libertad," a follow-up to 2004's Grammy-winning "Contraband."

"I haven't had a drink in 11 months," says guitarist Slash, a star graduate of the Keith Richards school of bad behavior.

"Or anything else for that matter," he added in a recent interview with Reuters, puffing on an endless string of Gitanes. "Yeah, it's pretty much cigarettes at this point. Cigarettes and sex."

Sex with his wife, mind you. Groupies are old news. "I just ended up with one girl who was exciting enough to make me give all that up."

For bassist Duff McKagan, who played alongside Slash in Guns N' Roses, the idea of perfect happiness is playing Monopoly with his wife and their two preteen daughters. He gave up booze after his pancreas burst in 1994.


Singer Scott Weiland, who rose to fame at the helm of Stone Temple Pilots, proudly adheres to the kind of white-bread lifestyle portrayed in the 1950s TV show "Leave it to Beaver."

"We get our kids to bed at 8 o'clock, we tuck 'em in, we lay down with 'em at night," said Weiland, whose drug-related brushes with the law placed him on office death-pool lists. He has been straight for 3 1/2 years.

Journeyman guitarist Dave Kushner, who was unemployed before he joined Velvet Revolver, has been sober for 17 years. He got married in 2003, and kids are next on the list.

That leaves drummer Matt Sorum to fly the flag for rock 'n' roll excess. The Guns N' Roses veteran's penchant for groupies has upset Weiland in the past.

That's not to say that Velvet Revolver has gone completely Dullsville. Slash went into rehab during the making of the latest album. And Weiland made headlines when his wife, Mary, incinerated $50,000 worth of vintage suits he had collected over the years. He says all is fine on the home front, and that he and Mary are "just a little bit nuts."

Back at the office, McKagan said the band operates in a complex working environment. "There's big egos in this band. It could implode at any time."

McKagan is fairly relaxed by rock-star standards, but he was a tad saddened that his backing vocals and songwriting expertise were not required by Weiland, who prefers to handle all those things himself.

In Guns N' Roses, McKagan and guitarist Izzy Stradlin wrote the melodies and lyrics for such songs as "Paradise City" and "It's So Easy." He even sang lead on one song, "So Fine."

"It's a weird thing for me to really talk about because it's not like I'm bummed out about it, really," McKagan says of the new arrangement. "We had to make compromises."


All the songs are credited to all five members, but some were largely individual creations. McKagan originated "She Mine," the last song Velvet Revolver recorded. The band wanted it to be the first single but was overruled by its RCA Records label, which opted for "She Builds Quick Machines" instead.

That song is about a woman who gets out of prison, pays off all her debts, but has to run off to another state to find her personal freedom, Weiland said. While his lyrics on other songs are deeply autobiographical, he stretched out into a more narrative approach this time.

On past albums, "I was so self-consumed with my own narcotic misery that there wasn't much room for telling any stories," he said.

Slash says "Libertad" offers a better representation of the band's abilities than its first album.

"Contraband" was recorded while Weiland was dealing with another drugs bust, and amid massive skepticism that the group would amount to anything. The frequent "supergroup" references annoy Weiland, noting that such combos rarely fulfill their potential.

Both Slash and McKagan are looking forward to making a third album, and McKagan also has plenty of material for a solo release. But before that, there is the little matter of a tour. A two-month North American trek will begin August 5 at the Virgin Festival in Baltimore.

Stole this from Reuters/Nielsen

Here speaks my Hero

I forgot where I stole this from:

It has always been my dream to mix Steely Dan with No Means No," Dave Grohl told Billboard of the eclectic sound of the sixth Foo Fighters album.

"If anybody is going to do it," he added, "I'd love to be that guy."

The 12-song set - tentatively titled Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace and due September 25 via RCA - set may throw some fans for a loop. Tracks like Let It Die and Erase Replace make drastic stylistic shifts in a matter of seconds.

"There's four-piece rock band s--t, but then there are songs where the middle sections turn into this mass orchestrated swarm and ridiculous time signatures," Grohl said of the new material.

Among the rockers sure to sizzle in arenas this fall are opener The Pretender ("It's a stomping Foo Fighters uptempo song, with a little bit of Chuck Berry in it") and Cheer Up Boys, Your Makeup Is Running ("That will make festival grounds stomp really hard").

At the other end of the spectrum, The Ballad of the Beaconsfield Miners finds Grohl and guest guitarist Kaki King flexing their fingerpicking. "This song is almost banjo-picking style with hammer-ons and pull-offs," Grohl said. "I showed it to her once and she shredded it 10 times better than I've ever played it."

That song was inspired by two Tasmanian miners who were trapped underground for two weeks and, while awaiting rescue, requested an iPod with Foo Fighters music on it to help lift their spirits. Grohl was alerted of the situation by a staffer at the band's Australian record company and wrote a note to the two men.

"I was in tears, man," he recalled. "I said, 'Hey guys, it's Dave. You're in our thoughts and prayers. When you get out, there's two tickets and two cold beers waiting for you wherever you want to see the band.'"

The men were eventually brought to safety, and when one of them came to see the Foos play at the Sydney Opera House, "I thought I'd write something for him," Grohl said. "I came up with this little instrumental thing. After the show, we went and got f---in' wasted in the hotel bar and I was like, 'Dude, I promise I'm going to put this on the record.'"

After some one-off shows this summer, the Foos will play US gigs in September and October, followed by UK arenas in November and Australian arenas in December. Another US run is on tap for early spring.

"The last American tour we did was the one with Weezer (in 2005)," Grohl said. "We need to get back to Fargo and Tulsa -- places like that. We need to bring it all back."

Thursday, 5 July 2007

GNR Review Christchurch, NZ

Not too bad a review...

Nearly 20 years on from their hey day Axl has managed to shake the rest of the band and is now touring with a diverse group promoting the long-in-production album Chinese Democracy.

The Christchurch show saw the Westpac Arena packed to the gunnels with a mix of old fans and some who must have been in nappies when Appetite For Destruction was released.

Sebastian Bach from Skid Row warmed up the crowd finishing, ironically, with Youth Gone Wild, despite pushing 40 himself.

And then we waited. And waited. And then? Axl Rose.

Sure, he had ginger braids and a shirt that made him look like a Sumner furniture importer, but with the first strains of Welcome to the Jungle the crowd went crazy.

This was a big concert and it had all the bells and whistles: fireballs, impressive lights, screens, more fireworks.

The new band rattled through all the hits; the only time the old guys were missed was in the trademark Slash solo on November Rain, probably the best song of the night with Axl on piano and fire raining down.

November Rain worked so well because it suited where Axl's voice is at, and that has definitely changed over the years.

He simply couldn't hit the screeches on tracks like Mr Brownstone and Live and Let Die.

On Paradise City where he should have screamed "oh won't you please take me home" he bailed on the wail.

He did solve a long-standing curiosity of mine though - he really does whistle the start of Patience, and man, what a fantastic whistler he is.

The hit parade rumbled on interspersed with guitar solos while Axl changed his outfits.

The final solo was a piece of showmanship genius with the guitarist shredding out a version of God Defend New Zealand on his Flying V guitar and then covering Don't Cry by himself, sans Axl.

New songs from the Chinese Democracy album filled space and stopped the crowd in its tracks - not in a good way, more in a get-to-the-good-stuff kind of way.

Knockin' on Heaven's Door was great with the crowd singing the chorus back to Axl and the finale, Paradise City, captured the night perfectly: a beautiful trip down memory lane with an aging rocker, no longer at the height of his powers but, with that back catalogue, who cares?

Wednesday, 4 July 2007

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

GNR Friday Gig Review: More Subjective than a poke in the eye

Gun's N Roses concert Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
So GNR. What the fuck can I say but awesome show. Who gives a shit if Slash isn't in the band anymore? Not when you have Axl chomping out the verses and Robin Finck powering out the chords like a hillbilly on speed.

GNR's Set list was pretty standard for the tour, opening with Welcome to the Jungle. Well it was welcome to the Vector Arena with its shitty bass acoustics but whatever, Axl's growl and the rest of the band pretty much drowned out any real sound issues.

Appetite 4 Destruction songs followed which were pretty cool. Then it was onto Axl's Cover band covering a cover of 'Live and Let Die'. I always hate the reggae part in that song but thankfully they didn't go all Lee Scratch Perry on my ass so that was cool.

When Robin F strode out with a sunburst Les Paul I knew Sweet Child 'O Mine was coming and fuck it sounded pretty O for Oarsome. It would have knocked out David Tua for sure. The solo was note for note but live it doesn't quite kick out the jams (I suspect it would have with Slash's unique tone???)

But hey don't get me wrong it wasn't Robin Finck who missed a note in the first November Rain solo, it was that guy's name who know one knows...

Bumblefoot - interesting player - he like real 'technical' doing his eddie van halen finger tappin every where (right now). The Bee played a fretless guitar at one stage which I'd never heard of before. He was was quite the player actually.

Dizzy Reed played a solo piano effort. As he was playing it I knew it was naggingly familar but it wasn't until I saw the setlist and it was down as Don't Dream It's Over by Crowded House that I knew.

At sum stage before or after Dizzy they knocked out You Could Be Mine which for me was the song of the show. The opening was fierce, it was fast and Axl was freaking on to it. Jezz Wayne I love that song. And Steinlager too. Actually tonight's post is bought to you by Steinlager beers (the impure kind) and the letter X marks the spot.

November Rain was pretty sweet with the usual Axl play around before hitting the notes proper. He appeared to look like he was enjoyng himself. The Coda is probably one of my fave GNR moments and it did not disappoint.

The New songs are really good. Despite what certain reviewers from the NZ Herald think, I was not indifferent, I knew them all thanks to limewire so when the odd start to Better began I was the dick yelling my head off. Madagascar is fairly well known and it's cool.

And I think this explains why Axl lets all the band do solos while he is off taking soeething for his voice or whatever. The guitarists play solos of varing quality. I suspect this is to show they are able muscians and are up to being in GNR. Wish I had scene Bumblefoot do Don't Cry on Sat for that very reason. If Robin Finck came up to me and said Jimmy Jangles, "I need your guitar" I would give it to him NQA because I know he would play it like a mutha fucking riot. It's what he's got. Trent should be pissed he let him go from NIN.

Axl's whistling on Patience was spot on. I couldn't help but wonder if that was trickery but he probably has done it 1000 times B4 so may be it's like a cake walk for him.

NEwAYS I could go on but I need to bitch about that Chris Shitz Review. Get in the RING MOTHER FUCKER. Where you even at the same gig?

He says Axls voice wasn't up to it? I say Chris' ears are deaf.

He said there were four new songs. I say there were five five. See deafness comment above.

Chrissy says "Yep, it was more of a celebration of the past rather than an attempt to craft any kind of future for Guns N' Roses." Um hell the fuck o did you not listen to the new songs. Jesus weeps that you get to give reviews like this.

He says the band had short comings. I say Chris has something that's short.

Rant over.

Monday, 2 July 2007

20 seconds of November Rain

I warn u its poor as Blanket Man

Auckland Vector Arena

Axl's Guns and Roses cover band doing a cover, Knocking on Heaven's Door

GNR Auckland Saturday Night

Date: Saturday • June 30, 2007

Venue: Vector Arena

Opening Act: Rose Tattoo, Sebastian Bach

“Welcome To The Jungle”
“It's So Easy”
“Mr. Brownstone”
“Live And Let Die”
Robin Finck Guitar Solo & Jam (with Dizzy Reed & Frank Ferrer)
“Sweet Child O’ Mine”
“Knockin' On Heaven's Door”
“You Could Be Mine”
Dizzy Reed Piano Solo (“Angie”)
“The Blues”
Band Introductions
Richard Fortus & Robin Finck Guitar Solo (“People Get Ready”)
“Out To Get Me”
Piano Moving Jam
“November Rain”
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal Guitar Solo (New Zealand national anthem, “Don't Cry”)
“My Michelle” (with Sebastian Bach)

“Nice Boys” (with Angry Anderson)
“Paradise City”

Guns N Roses Auckland Concert set list

Guns N Roses Auckland Concert set list

Friday • June 29, 2007

Venue: Vector Arena, Auckland

Opening Acts: Rose Tattoo, Sebastian Bach

GNR Set list:

“Welcome To The Jungle”
“It's So Easy”
“Mr. Brownstone”
“Live And Let Die”
Robin Finck Guitar Solo & Jam (with Dizzy Reed & Frank Ferrer)
“Sweet Child O’ Mine”
“Better” Chinese Democracy Song
“Knockin' On Heaven's Door”
“You Could Be Mine”
Dizzy Reed Piano Solo (“Don't Dream It's Over”)
“The Blues” Chinese Democracy Song

Band Introductions
Richard Fortus & Robin Finck Guitar Solo (“People Get Ready”)
“Out To Get Me”
Piano Moving Jam
November Rain
“I.R.S.” Chinese Democracy Song

“My Michelle” (with Sebastian Bach)


“Nice Boys” (with Angry Anderson, from Rose Tatoo)
“Madagascar” Chinese Democracy Song

“Chinese Democracy”
“Paradise City”


Sebastian Bach: BFF with Axl

So he's tall and skinny like Robert Plant and head bangs his blonde mane about like he's a youth gone wild. Oh and he can sing too.

Let's be honest, I only wanted to hear 18 and Life and I remember you. They were good, he's voice appears to be able to handle the high notes... microphone trickery maybe?

His guitarists are a lil weird. One appears to be a long haired but bald rocker who possibly stalks the young uns on Myspace. The other looked like an anally retented Nazi. Just cashing in Axl's cheques basically.

Sunday, 1 July 2007

Another one...

Stuff review by Chris Shulz

It's been 16 years since Guns N' Roses released an album of new studio material, and 14 years since they visited New Zealand.

Axl Rose has certainly trained his fans in the art of patience.

And they had to wait just a little longer to see their hero at the first night of the band's three-date New Zealand tour.

Following an hour or so of old-school hair metal from former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach, a beaming Axl arrived on stage at 11.30pm - just 30 minutes after the "official" start time.

How punctual of him.

Axl and his new band proceeded to tear into a crowd-pleasing run of classic Gunners hits, including Welcome to the Jungle, It's So Easy, Mr Brownstone, Live and Let Die and Sweet Child O' Mine.

If they played them like they had a point to prove, that's because they did.

Can Axl still rock a crowd? Can the new-look band compete with the original Gunners line-up? And did they have any new songs worth hearing?

Those questions were all answered by tonight's performance.

Yes, Axl is still a charismatic rock front man that can keep a crowd entertained. But his voice was unreliable and couldn't back up his energetic stage antics.

Less impressive was his use of three - yes, three - teleprompters. Dude, don't you know your own songs by now?

And he kept leaving the stage - between songs and during guitar solos - to obviously take something for his strained voice. Talk about a disappearing act.

Meanwhile, the new band was missing the pinpoint accuracy of Slash's guitar solos, even if replacement Robert Finck can match him in the big hair stakes.

But the band - criticised by some as a covers act - can rock out when they need to, providing particularly lively versions of Live and Let Die and You Could Be Mine. But a meandering and often wayward version of Knockin' On Heaven's Door didn't come close to touching the 1991 effort.

But the impressive stage setup - including synchronised lighting, pyrotechnics and fireworks - helped divert attention from any shortcomings in the band.

The set was heavy on tracks from Appetite For Destruction, but two of the four new tracks played tonight - Better and IRS - sounded bloody good. Shame about the bemused reception they received.

It was, of course, those classic singalong hits that got the biggest crowd reaction, and Axl didn't disappoint during two key moments.

The first was when he put on his dinner jacket, sat down at a grand piano and played a thrilling version of November Rain while fireworks rained from the ceiling. The word "epic" was invented for times like this.

The second was during the show's encore - a thunderous Paradise City performed just before 2am complete with more of those booming fireworks and cannons showering the crowd in red confetti.

Yep, it was more of a celebration of the past rather than an attempt to craft any kind of future for Guns N' Roses. And judging by some of the yawns being stifled in the audience, Axl's ageing fan base weren't used to being up this late.

But it was a reminder of just how good Guns N' Roses were - even if their classic songs weren't always performed to the best of their ability tonight.

Hey, we've always got the release of Chinese Democracy to look forward to.

GNR Herald Review

GNR Review from NZ Herald

It will never be the same. But no one here - not even the bogan chick spewing over the railing or the teens in their ironic bandanas or the politely seated older fans - expects this strange incarnation of Guns'n'Roses to fully transport them to the 80s. You have to use your illusion.

Axl Rose, now 45 and the only original member of GnR, is almost unrecognisable with his rotund frame, ridiculous corn-row braids and shades. Backed by seven rock ring-ins, (including long-term guitarist Robin Finck and keyboardist Dizzy Reed) and booming fire balls that erupt from behind the drum kit, he belts out the thrilling opener, Welcome to the Jungle. It's 11.45pm.

Rose does all the characteristic moves - spinning with his mic stand, bobbing from side to side and running, faux-recklessly, across the stage. But he moves in a more considered way. He calls himself the "kinder, gentler Axl", and at one point, stops the music to ensure no one is getting crushed in the mosh. When he holds the mic skywards and gives his first "cry-eee-eyee" on Live and Let Die, he almost looks like a gospel singer.

AdvertisementPity he doesn't quite sound like one. It's not until Sweet Child O' Mine that his squally rock howl really makes an impression. When he's not getting the crowd to sing the chorus, he gives a heartfelt performance of Knockin' on Heaven's Door.

Elsewhere though, that snakey vocal is a little swamped, and new songs from his promised but not-yet-delivered Chinese Democracy album wash over an indifferent crowd.

The ring-ins play the hits with the accuracy of a practiced house band: It's So Easy, Mr Brownstone and, when the grand piano is wheeled out, November Rain.

It's when they make the show about their own rock theatrics that things start to get messy. There are torturously long and flamboyant solos from Finck and Reed, and what's with the Bob Marley covers? Pink did Redemption Songs a few weeks ago; this time it's a naff duet by the two guitarists, as Rose disappears into the wings again.

By the time support act Sebastian Bach reappears for a guest turn the crowd are restless for a hit. They get it from Patience, Night Train, and, in the encore, Paradise City.

Does it feel as dangerous as it once was? Hell no. But it's still fun, if a little freaky, to go back in time.

As the tired Auckland crowd heads home just after 2am - a crowd Rose once thought of as one of the "rowdiest" he'd encountered - you have to wonder if his late stage appearance was rock'n'roll arrogance or a sensible decision from a former hellraiser who has well and truly grown up.

Sunday, 24 June 2007

How dub is this?

so GNR fever is hitting Australia and we get this bullshit:

Of a GNR fan...

"He travelled to Thailand to get a pirated version of the new, as yet unreleased, Gunner's album, Chinese Democracy, which Rose has been working on for more than 10 years"

How the fuck can you get a pirated version of something that hasn't been released? Clearly it would just be a makeup with the songs that are flying round Limewire.


Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Ohhh he can get the higghhhh notes

Its a lame write up but at least its something... reformed my ass...

From Stuff.co.nz

After nearly 15 years, American hard rock band Guns N' Roses will return to the stage in New Zealand next week.

The reformed group has already played three sell-out shows in Australia, and extended their three-date New Zealand tour to include a gig in Christchurch as well as Auckland.

Over 15,000 fans packed a sold-out Burswood Dome in Perth last week to see the first show of Guns N' Roses' 2007 run through Australia. And according to reports, Aussie fans positively lapped up the GNR's exuberant production with deafening cheers and rave reviews.

Legendary front man Axl Rose, who virtually became a recluse after selling hundreds of millions of albums during the 1990s, is said to be back on top form and has lost none if his fiery stage presence.

NZ Herald entertainment writer Scott Kara was in Melbourne for the band's show and says Axl can still pull off a great performance.

"The distinct voice of Axl Rose is still well and truly intact" he said.

"He didn't miss a note last Friday night at Mebourne's Rod Laver Arena, not even the high ones in Sweet Child O' Mine.

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, Friday 15th June

Set list

Welcome To The Jungle
It's So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Live And Let Die
Sweet Child O' Mine
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
You Could Be Mine
The Blues
Out Ta Get Me
November Rain
My Michelle (with Sebastian Bach)
Liquor & Whores
Night Train
Chinese Democracy
Paradise City

Friday, 8 June 2007

I say get yourself another, another mutha fucka!

Richie Sambora, lead guitarist for the rock band Bon Jovi, has entered a treatment facility, a spokesman for the US group has confirmed.

Sambora, 47, checked into the Los Angeles facility on Wednesday.

No other details, such as the treatment he was seeking, were disclosed.

In recent months, Sambora has experienced personal hardships including a break-up with girlfriend Denise Richards, the finalisation of his divorce from ex-wife Heather Locklear and the death of his father.

"Richie Sambora has entered an undisclosed treatment facility in Los Angeles. He asks that you respect his and his family's privacy at this time," said the spokesman.

Thursday, 7 June 2007

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Those who serve forces...

Artists that might be smarter than their stereotypical fans:

Rage Against the Machine


Eminem/Dr Dre


Saturday, 2 June 2007

Wednesday, 30 May 2007

Slash: Never gets caught short

From Andpop.com

The Velvet Revolver guitarist has been a constant critic of singer Rose, and scoffed at stories suggesting he had attempted to reconnect with his former pal.

But, in a new interview with New Jersey's Home News Tribune, Slash admits he did visit Rose's home in 2005 in an effort to call a truce following a series of band-related legal battles.

Rose used the visit against the guitarist, revealing publicly that Slash showed up on his doorstep and made scathing remarks about his bandmates in Velvet Revolver.

But Slash has spent two years denying the story.

In the new interview, Slash admits he did indeed pay Rose a visit – but insists the rest of the story is nonsense.

He states, "I actually did go to Axl's house at one point, but I never saw him. I never talked to him. I left a note with his person over there having to do with the lawsuit that we were in. I don't know how it got turned into what it got turned into."

Slash admits the comments from Rose's camp did cause problems for his Velvet Revolver bandmates: "It was actually pretty detrimental at one point because it just got to be so overwhelming we couldn't seem to escape it."

A bit slow but whatever...

A second Guns N' Roses concert has been announced after tickets for the first concert sold out in less than an hour today.

The sold-out Chinese Democracy World Tour concert on June 29 will mark the band's first appearance in New Zealand in 14 years.

Australian promoter Paul Dainty said due to demand a second concert would be held on June 30, with tickets on sale from 1pm today.

"It's been a long wait to see this legendary band; we expect tickets for the final show will sell out fast."

Singer Axl Rose is the only original member remaining since the band played to more than 50,000 people at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium in 1993.

That year the band disintegrated due to ongoing personality clashes.

The band will be joined by guitarists Robin Finck, Ron `Bumblefoot' Thal and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboard players Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman, and drummer Frank Ferrer.

Monday, 30 April 2007

Got my ticket on Friday, b'arches

From Stuff

A second Guns N' Roses concert has been announced after tickets for the first concert sold out in less than an hour today.

The sold-out Chinese Democracy World Tour concert on June 29 will mark the band's first appearance in New Zealand in 14 years.

Australian promoter Paul Dainty said due to demand a second concert would be held on June 30, with tickets on sale from 1pm today.

"It's been a long wait to see this legendary band; we expect tickets for the final show will sell out fast."

Singer Axl Rose is the only original member remaining since the band played to more than 50,000 people at Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium in 1993.

That year the band disintegrated due to ongoing personality clashes.

The band will be joined by guitarists Robin Finck, Ron `Bumblefoot' Thal and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboard players Dizzy Reed and Chris Pitman, and drummer Frank Ferrer.

Sunday, 29 April 2007

Could it be Better?

There's a heaven for you

This is what happens when GNR experience technical difficulties - Bumblefoot doing a sweet solo version of Don't Cry.

Have a little patience at the start, he come in after about 2 minutes.

Monday, 23 April 2007

They're Red Hot

An almost scathing review of the Red Hot Chili Peppers from the NZ Herald Something about being an uptight cow probably. Not that I went, I had to .. return to videos. Maybe it was becuase they didn't play Under the Bridge. Man that would have slutted me.

Any fan actually see them and wanna share? Any one wish to comment on that freakin terrible mo Anthony K was sporting?

Hre's the set list from the frist gig 22nd April, Vector Arena, Auckland.

Why am I mentioning the Chilis? That's where GNR is playing b'aches!

Intro Jam
Can't Stop
Dani California
2nd Jam
Fortune Faded
3rd Jam
21st Century
This Velvet Glove
untitled #11 (John)
Snow (Hey Oh)
Get on Top
She's Only 18
Catholic School Girls Rule
Jam with chad and josh on drums
Hump de Bump (with Chad, Flea, and Josh on drums at one point)
Flea bass solo
Don't Forget Me
Tell Me Baby
By The Way
Chad drum solo
I Could Have Lied
Give It Away
End Jam

Check out lyrics to Monarchy of Roses from the I'm With You Album

Friday, 20 April 2007

She loves me, she loves me not*

I guess it's my turn to add a different aspect to the burgeoning chorus of discontent.

Colour me the black sheep of the bunch but I don't like GNR. I never have and no doubt I never will. I don't hate them, I just don't enjoy them or their music. Whenever C4 airs Welcome to the Jungle or November Rain (you should be mightily impressed that I can name two GNR songs), I'm left scrambling for the remote to change the channel.

I mean, what would the neighbours think?

JJ seems to think the neighbours would think me a scholar and a gentleman. I'm inclined to think the neighbours wouldn't think too much once they'd called in noise control to restore order to that rarefied suburb of leafy green side streets, stately homes and girls high schools (for those not in the know, that suburb would be Thorndon).

Given an obvious lack of appreciation for GNR, you too might be left wondering why I'm contributing. Well, someone needs inject a little variety into proceedings.

And on that note I give you, the much-lamented Death From Above 1979 with their seminal track Romantic Rights. This was my entree to the short-lived cllaboration between Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger. Keeler has since gone on to form the too-cool-for-vowels MSTRKRFT while Grainger has disappointingly gone quite soft and folky in his solo efforts.

I've never felt more proud to be a Canadian *wipes a tear from the cheek, puts the moosecock back in the fridge, and pours maple syrup on the pancakes*

* Forgive the use of lyrics from songs by someone other than GNR, but I can't quite bring myself to google lyrics to songs I don't enjoy.

Thursday, 19 April 2007

You Ninny

Robyn Fink placed guitar for NIN so its no surprise I bring you this bit of Trent Reznor media bollux.

Trent Reznor, one-man architect of industrial rock act Nine Inch Nails, isn't talking about his rabidly awaited ominous new album, Year Zero, out now. In a statement on a password-restricted website, he allows, "It's not just music."
That's a howler of an understatement to the hordes of fans caught up in the bewildering Year Zero alternate-reality game, or ARG, a labyrinth of cryptic websites littered with fragmented Orwellian rabbit holes and message boards humming with sleuths deciphering audio files, images, Morse code, static, phone calls and T-shirts.


I guess it means we can download NIN mp3s with immunity.. Take that Lars!

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

What we've got here is a failure to communicate

I went to see the Gunners at Download last year at Donington Park racewayThe Gunners Live at download UK 2006. I thought they were shit. Admittedly we were too far way from the action, but ther was a general feeling after the gig that they were a let down. There were a number of arrests after the fans booed them off stage, bonfires in the campground and gernal unrest. Although maybe that is the hallmark of a great rock band? a bit of Civil War never hurt...

it was pretty funny when the bassist dude got hit in the head with a bottle of piss, threw his guitar at the stage hand and ran off!

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

This is where you are

So like you'll note this The Spaghetti Incident? breathes once more. Well GNR is coming baby to Auckland, NZ baby and the Spaghetti Incident is joining the party!

I've invited a few of the more rock literate minded mates of mine to join the party with me so we'll see who turns up. If you wanna crash, drop me a line with your creds and we'll get you to play the intro to Sweet Child on the banjo. We'll video it and if it makes top million on youtube, you're in.

We'll prolly fuck with the template a bit more. It might take us about 15 years and 13 million bucks till where happy but for now you can have this BETA version.

OMG the in jokes are killing me. On with the party.

GNR tour: Chucky's Patience is rewarded

From stuff:

The Chinese Democracy World Tour is scheduled to play Auckland's Vector Arena on Friday, June 29.

It's the first time New Zealand fans will have the chance to see Guns N' Roses since a huge show in 1993 at Mt Smart Stadium in front of 52,000 people.

Los Angeles' Guns N' Roses were one of the world's biggest rock bands in the mid-'90s. They had a reputation for excess, with controversy following much of their tours.

They released five albums, including the multi-million selling Appetite For Destruction and Use Your Illusion I & II. Their last studio album was 1993's covers album The Spaghetti Incident.

Their hits included Welcome to The Jungle, Sweet Child O' Mine and You Could Be Mine.

In 2006, Guns N' Roses performed more than 70 concerts, but failed to release the long-awaited new album, Chinese Democracy. It is slated for a release later this year.

Only two original members are left in the band since their mid-'90 glory days: Front man Axl Rose and keyboardist Dizzy Reed.

The new members are guitarists Robin Finck, Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal and Richard Fortus, bassist Tommy Stinson, keyboard player Chris Pitman and drummer Frank Ferrer.

Legendary guitarist Slash is absent from the current line-up.

Former Skid Row front man Sebastian Bach and Australia's Rose Tattoo will open for the band's Auckland show.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 30 through Ticketmaster.co.nz.

The March to Democracy

From the GNR Myspace*

An open letter to our fans:

Guns N’ Roses regrets to announce that the following
concert tour dates have been canceled:
January 10: Sacramento
January 11: Bakersfield
January 13: Reno
January 16: San Diego

Because of the scheduling of these particular shows, valuable time
needed by the band and record company for the proper setup and release
of the album “Chinese Democracy” would have been lost. Rather than
delay the album yet again, all involved have decided to remove these
shows from GN’R’s schedule. We hope our fans understand and we
apologize for any inconveniences
this may have caused. Tickets may be refunded at point of purchase.

To say the making of this album has been an unbearably long and
incomprehensible journey would be an understatement. Overcoming the
endless and seemingly insane amount of obstacles faced by all involved,
notwithstanding the emotional challenges endured by everyone -- the
fans, the band, our road crew and business team -- has at many times
seemed like a bad dream in which one wakes up only to find that they
are still in the nightmare. Unfortunately, this time it has been played
out for over a decade in real life.

The true, ongoing, behind-the-scenes triumphs and casualties are much
more complicated than any negative speculation that the media or
otherwise has managed to hit upon. For much of the time, various legal
issues have arisen, demanding that the best way to deal with these
things publicly, quite frankly, was to keep our mouths shut in an
attempt to ensure the best outcome-- especially one that wouldn’t
jeopardize the band or the album. It’s easy for people to point out how
others have handled similar situations or how they would have dealt
with these issues themselves if they encountered them in their own
lives. But again, without full knowledge of the various dynamics and
circumstances involved, these types of comments or commentary are just
uninformed, disassociated, generally useless -- and often hindering

When I agreed to do our recent North American tour, I did it with the
understanding that my manager, Merck Mercuriadis, and I were in full
agreement regarding our strategy and touring plans and, most important,
that any and all things needed to release the album by Dec. 26 at the
latest were in place. Unfortunately, it turned out that this was not
the case, and I regret to say that the album will not be released by
the end of the year. Although many things went extremely well and were
very exciting, there were, in our opinion, unnecessary and avoidable
complications on our tour having to do with the tour routing,
scheduling and album and video plans that wreaked havoc on all
involved. This was compounded by an overall sense of a lack of respect
by management for the band and crew and each individual's particular
expertise that has resulted, unfortunately, in the end of both Guns’
and my managerial involvement with Merck Mercuriadis.

In regard to a release date for the album itself, certain minor –- and
I do mean minor -- additions, as well as contract negotiations, need to
be completed. Barring any unforeseen complications, these things have
now been adequately scheduled. The band and I, along with our record
company, feel that this record deserves the proper setup and promotion,
not the “13 Tuesdays left” and “It may just appear in your record
store” approach offered by management. We believe this strategy may
have been used as a tool by management to sell this latest tour to the
various promoters, and if this was the case, this was obviously unfair
to them. The stress of dealing with this situation has been
considerable for everyone, including the band, but more important, in
our opinion, it was something utterly insane to do to our fans. You
have our apologies, and please know we have been laboring over this
with management for the entire North American tour.

It takes approximately eight weeks for an album to hit the shelves once
it has been turned in to the record company. For whatever reasons, it
appears that it may have been mistakenly inferred by management that
this time period could be condensed to three weeks. With that being
said, this is not a promise, a lie or a guarantee, but we do wish to
announce a tentative release date of March 6. This is the first time we
have done this publicly for this album. Others have made up all the
other dates for their own reasons. We would like to assure the fans
that everything in our power will be done to meet this date. Once it is
finalized and official, you will be notified. If we are delayed for
unseen reasons, you also will be notified as soon as possible in regard
to a new date, and the album will be released as shortly thereafter as
is possible. We thank you for your patience.

In the end, it’s just an album, but it’s one that I, the band, our
record company and all involved believe and feel is a true Guns N’
Roses album. Ultimately the public will decide, and regardless of the
outcome, our hearts, lives and our passion has been put into this
project every step of the way. If for no other reason, we feel those
elements alone merit your consideration. We do hope you can hold on
just a bit longer, and if not, please take a break and we’ll be more
than glad -- if you so choose -- to see you again later.

Once again, we offer our sincere apologies and our deepest thanks. Guns
N’ Roses also would like to thank all the fans who attended the 70
concerts in 21 countries for their support in 2006. All the best to
each and every one of you over this holiday season, thank you and God


Axl Rose

*Myspace is probably the shittest website ever.

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