Some artists believe you’re only as good as your last show. Gotye’s concert at the Entertainment Centre was his final one of the world tour in a year that has seen him win more hearts, minds and awards then ever. The music sounded perfect, the visuals were dazzling and he could retire tomorrow knowing that he’d offered something really wonderful and artistic.
It is so good to have the man of the hour back in the country. For last eight or so months, Gotye AKA Wally De Backer has been touring the world and being generally amazing. He's bringing the tour to a close in his home country. Making Mirrors is not even a year and a half old yet and it is still gaining critical acclaim at the Arias and now, The Grammys; a huge thing for this little Australian artist. This tour is a big step up from the last time he toured the country, and shows what a true musical genius this man is. Supporting him on this tour were the sensational Bertie Blackman and PVT.
Barry Morgan is the man. He puts the “organ” into Morgan and the “boss” into bossa nova. He was originally discovered on Spicks & Specks and is the alter ego of performer, Stephen Teakle. At his album launch at Newtown’s Notes he pulled out all the “stops” (sorry, it’s an organ gag) by performing cuts from The Touch Of You, a solid debut that is already proving to be this year’s most “coveted” organ-based album.
Award-winning blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his world-class touring band are returning to Australia for a series of concerts. The tour is in support of Bonamassa’s brand new solo album Driving Towards The Daylight as well as the recently released DVD/Blu-ray Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre – Live From New York, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard DVD Chart.
Excellent week of releases with a little bit of everything in there. We have a fair few releases from new bands like Silent Empathy and Inmate but there's also plenty of pop, dance and other genres including a release from Ministry of Sound and one from Raw and another from Matt Nathanson and classics The Cults.
Day 1 of the Lorne Falls Festival was held in the Grand Theatre near the beautiful Erskine Falls. An eclectic range of performers set a zany start to the four day festival. Our photographer John Goodridge was there to catch the action.