CHRIS BRITTON (THE TROGGS) Interview.

Interview Cassie Walker.

’60s British Rock Legends The Troggs finally return to Australia this November to celebrate Wild Thing’s 50th Anniversary by performing all their Greatest Hits – ‘Wild Thing’, ‘With a Girl Like You’, ‘I Can’t Control Myself’, ‘Love is All Around’ and more!

They’re widely known to have inspired the age of garage and punk rock including The Ramones, Iggy Pop and The Buzzcocks. The Troggs first entered the Australian charts in 1966 with ‘Wild Thing’ going all the way to #1 knocking Frank Sinatra off the top spot! Their follow-up single ‘With A Girl Like You’ was also a top 10 smash going to #8. Their Aussie chart success continued with their third single ‘I Can’t Control Myself’ (later covered by our own James Baker) reaching #13 and solidifying their place as one of the most successful British bands to come from the wave of ’60s bands.

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ZIPPER DOWN UNDER – ‘Eagles of Death Metal’ Charity Event! Cherry Bar, Melbourne. 02-01-2016.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Adam Russ – Right Eye Media Australia.

The attacks that took place in Paris and especially at the Bataclan on the evening of November 13, 2015 was very close to home for a lot of us. I and a lot of my friends from all around the world go to see Eagles of Death Metal whenever they’re in town. It could’ve been any of us killed. Friends of ours know people that were at that gig and although one of them was shot, they luckily survived. Many of them did not. The scars of all of the Paris attacks run very deeply, as they do with events like this that happen throughout many countries daily. The attack at the Bataclan seems so far removed from everything that Eagles of Death Metal are all about; Peace, Love and Death Metal. Continue reading

ZAKK WYLDE (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) Interview.

Interview Cassie Walker.
Photos Justin Reich.

Zakk Wylde is one of the most respected and well-known guitarists in the world for his work with Ozzy Osbourne’s band for 20 years, which he joined at just 19, and with his own band Black Label Society. Cassie Walker caught up with Wylde on the eve on BLS’s Australian tour and spoke about Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, filling Randy Rhoads shoes and the possibility of being involved in a Pantera reunion!

Cassie: It’s an honour to talk to you and I don’t even know where to start. The Zakk Wylde story is one of my favourite rock‘n’roll success stories of how you came to join Ozzy’s band. What did you do the day that you made that audition tape to send to him?

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CHRIS CRESSWELL (THE FLATLINERS) Interview.

Interview – Cassie Walker.

Toronto, Canada punk rockers, The Flatliners, are touring Australia Nov / Dec supporting Santa Barbarians Lagwagon with Wollongong’s Mixtape For The Drive along for the ride. Cassie Walker caught up The Flatliners singer / guitarist with Chris Cresswell and talked about touring, the physical and mental health of musicians and staying on in Australia for after The Flatliners tour for some acoustic shows.

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RITES OF PASSAGE Tattoo, Music and Art Festival. Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Fri 24 to Sun 26-04-2015. Post 2.

Words Anthony Moore.
Photos Matt Allan – Silk Imagery.

It’s amazing how quickly a year can go by! The Rites Of Passage Tattoo, Art and Music Festival is always a highlight on the calendar and gets bigger and better every year. Held at the Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton, Melbourne, the annual event held over the Anzac long weekend plays host to over 240 of the top tattoo artists from Australia and around the world. 2015 saw more tattoo booths as well as artists, clothing, airbrushing, stores, food and the amazing Sea Shepherd crew.

Fridays are usually a great warm up as so many people are still working and attend on the weekend. It’s a good time to be able to chat to the artists not booked out as many only take walk ups at the event or have Saturdays and Sundays booked. By the time Saturday lunch time came round though it was crazy! The walk ways were like peak hour at Flinders Station, which can make it a little difficult at times to catch a glimpse of some of the main draw cards but to be honest, it also contributes to the excitement and buzz.

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RITES OF PASSAGE Tattoo, Music and Art Festival. Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne. Fri 24 to Sun 26-04-2015.

Words Cassie Walker.
Photos Sally Townsend Photography.

On a typical grey Melbourne weekend, traffic, coffee, rain, we made it to the beautiful and historic Royal Exhibition Building located in the Carlton Gardens, following the groups of black clothed, tattoo curious fans into the hall to escape the cold and the rain and experience the iconic Rites Of Passage Tattoo, Music and Art Festival.

The line to purchase tickets snaked through the foyer before entering into the depths of the beautiful venue which is a piece of art itself. The display of motor bikes and artwork, the smell of dumplings in the air and a soundtrack of hip hop, rock and metal tunes was the perfect snap shot of the diversity of the event.

Neo-traditional was the ‘flavour of the festival’ with stand out artists Crispy Lennox of The Black Mark, Melbourne who was focused on the leg piece he was working on and seemed shy at the audience wanting to see his work, and Mimsy Gleeson and Tilly Dee who front the Trailer Trash Tattoo team from Queensland who win most creative booth with the overdose of pink and plastic flamingos.

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