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Rick Astley & A-Ha - live at Sirromet Winery.

Sirromet Wines, Mount Cotton, Qld, 1st March 2020
A Day on the Green with A-Ha and Rick Astley.


Before headline act A-ha were due to hit the stage the forever young Rick Astley entertained us.


The voice, wow still just as strong as back in the day, cheeky and funny telling stories of when he first started out and how he loved INXS. He performed an amazing version of New Sensation which is the song he would practice , telling stories of how he got to hang out with the band when he came to Australia in the early days of his career.


Also featuring Together Forever, She wants to Dance with Me, Whenever you Need Somebody, Cry For Help, Angels on my Side and a great mash up of Take Me to your Heart / Rhianna’s We Found Love and of course ending the set with the smash hit Never Gonna Give you up, so keen to come back to Australia, I don’t think he would have any problems filling up venues.


Then it was time for Norwegian Trio A-Ha to Celebrate the 35th anniversary of their debut album Hunting High and Low, opening their set with their huge hit “Take on Me’ was a surprise, usually the signature tracks are kept for the encore or last song of the set. It had been 34 years since the last time the band had toured Australia, so it was long time between drinks for their die hard fans.


Australia was the country they played their first ever live concerts and with the spectacular lighting on stage was well worth the wait. After the first two opening tracks keyboardist Magne Furuholmen said to the audience welcome back to 1985. They continued on with more tracks from the album including the Titled track of the album ‘Hunting High and Low’, ‘The Sun Always Shines on Tv’, ‘And You Tell Me’, ‘I Dream Myself Alive’, ‘Here I Stand and Face the Rain’.


Moving into the 90’s and the era of smart phones Furuholmen asked the audience to put the lights on their phones and hold them up creating an amazing effect.


Continuing on with ‘Crying in the Rain’, ‘Sycamore Leaves’, ‘I’ve Been Losing You’ and Stay on these Roads. The band left the stage and most thinking that the encore song would be Take on Me, the band ended the set with the Bond track ‘The Living Daylights’.
Lead singer Morten Harket didn’t have much interaction with the crowd with Furuholmen doing most of the talking. Harket lacked stage energy, but still sounded amazing even though he seemed to be having sound issues at times.


Also performing on the day were the ever amazing Pseudo Echo and Sydney band I Know Leopard.


Sirromet is an amazing venue, perfect for any outdoor event. They have had some amazing artists appear here and many more to come I’m sure.

5/5 POPpoints

 

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Greg Gould brings back the 90's with new duets album

He shot to fame on TV as one of the most successful vocalists to ever come out of The Voice Australia and global fame thanks to his viral hit Don't Let Go. POPrepublic.tv caught up with Greg at his sold-out album launch and showcase in Sydney where he performed tracks from the album with some of his duet partners.


The album launch last night was a smash hit, with some incredible performances by some really amazing singers from the pop world. How did you come up with the concept for the album?

Well after the success of Don’t Let Go I figured I was on a roll by taking something nostalgic and giving it a fresh perspective and I was born in 88 and started recording the album in 2018 and when I started researching 90s songs, Billboard music had an article saying that 1998 was the best year of the 90s for music and when I started looking at tracks to cover I couldn’t of agreed more! I never intended to make it a duets album but once it started to come together and the people all started saying yes I thought well it makes sense given that about 10 of the initial 14 tracks had a featured guest vocalist to turn the entire album into a duets project!

 

As someone who found a national stage through TV and went on to global success online, what was the process like for you going from TV fame to global recognition?

I loved TV land - it was a great experience for me - don’t let go blowing up like that was a real shock and an experience I will never forget and always be grateful for! It took me around the world and became way bigger than I had ever anticipated


You have some incredible duet partners on the album - can you let us in on any secrets on working with these great people?

Be good to people! There’s no secret - build good relationships and be honest and you can achieve anything.

 

You really have delivered a strong album and kick-ass performances on it, was there anyone on your wish list that you didn't get this time?

Vanessa Amorosi, and actually I didn’t ask her this time around as I wasn’t expecting the ones I got but I would love to do a track with her.

 

It's always hard to ask a performer what their favourite track on the album is - but do you have one?

Hmmm I’d have to say The Boy Is Mine. It’s special for so many reasons - the arrangement is gorgeous the video is important and the message behind it. I loved working with Peyton and Lynne.

 

Who have been the biggest influences in your career to date?

Joanne, Peyton and Maria on this project have become like mentors to me but in terms of musical influences John Farnham, John Legend.
Whitney and Beyoncé are two of my biggest vocal influences.

 

What are your top five favourite pop songs of all time and why?

Oh wow what a question. Ummm this is hard!! In no particular order - Hallelujah- it takes me to a place of calm and the beautiful melody leaves me in the feels, Home by Shoshana Bean - her voice is nuts and it’s such a beautiful song, Don’t Let Go because it’s for me I guess what My Heart Will Go On (in a much much smaller way) is for me - the audience get excited as much as I love singing it for them - it kinda became a version that belongs to the people. Chains by Tina Arena - I used to sing this at the top of my lungs - my all-time favourite album was Don’t Ask and for my last one I’m gonna just say WHITNEY and anything she ever sang - he voice is my favourite voice of all time.

 

What do you prefer? Singles or albums?

Hmm... I love a good song but I really love to listen to albums in full to appreciate its journey - I tried to really do that with this album

 

Name one instrument you wished you could play.

Guitar or sax!!

 

What would be your ultimate line up for a multi-artist pop concert?

Whitney, Michael, Prince, George Michael, Amy Winehouse!

 

What's next for Greg Gould?

Lots of touring this year and more music! This is gonna be a huge year of hard work and I really can’t wait!


You can get the news single now and pre order the album which is slated for release in April.

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Review: Queen & Adam Lambert - Melbourne 19th February 2020.

Queen + Adam Lambert

The Rhapsody Tour

AAMI Park, Melbourne, 19 February 2020 

I’m just old enough to remember when Freddie Mercury was Queen’s frontman, but not nearly old enough to have ever had the privilege of seeing him perform with them live. I have, however, had the very great pleasure of seeing Adam Lambert + Queen in one of their previous shows.

Afterwards, I was baffled when friends who are older than me, and who did have the experience of seeing Mercury on stage complained weakly “it’s not the same. It’s not Queen without Freddie.”

Well, obviously not. And here’s the thing- it’s not trying to be.

It’s possible they’re the wrong demographic for Adam Lambert, and they don’t understand that he has his own successful career and fan base separate to his work with Brian May and Roger Taylor. They possibly don’t appreciate his own particular brand of sensuality and camp pop-rock vibe. They see an imitator in a fabulous metallic purple jacket and bedazzled pants and they don’t get it. And that’s a shame because Lambert is his own artist and a strong performer, May and Taylor have seen something in him that they appreciate, and we get to see Queen live on.

May and Taylor are rock stars in their own right, consummate performers who understand the power of the music they started creating back in the 70’s, and they also understand that it is, and always will be worth sharing around the world. In bringing Lambert in to perform with them, May and Taylor aren’t trying to recreate a pale Freddie, they are gifting us with a proper rock concert.

They create a strong musical foundation and let Lambert shine with them. Lambert struts the stage during hits like Killer Queen and Radio Gaga, but it’s Lambert the young music idol, not a Mercury impersonator. He adds a cheeky, sexually modern twist to his performance of Crazy Little Thing Called Love. During Don't Stop me Now and Fat Bottom Girls, they whip the crowd into a singalong frenzy. Their all-time favourite hit Bohemian Rhapsody, is a subtle emotional tribute to times past- and in those moments we are all Freddie, and we’re all members of Queen.

May’s guitar playing is strong and joyful as always, with particular familiar riffs bringing tears to my eyes. At one point he appears to float on an asteroid against a starry background- his playing is out of this world because the man clearly loves his job. He's front and centre for an acoustic performance of Love of My Life, and it's truly a lovely gift to the audience. Roger Taylor can still beat the hell out of his kit, combining playing with singing on several numbers with incredible energy and focus, it was an impressive sight to behold.

The team wanted to stage a rock concert event, and the whole thing looks and feels huge and gorgeous. Queen and Adam Lambert fill the stadium with sound. Lambert has a powerful, expressive voice that stays strong on the high notes, and he riffs with the band and the audience enough to make it fun but not an ego trip. The band's sound is rounded out by a talented team of musicians, adding bass guitar,  keyboards and additional drum & percussion. Framed by splendid animated digital sequences playing on the stage facade, the visuals take the audience on adventure through opulent theatres, cityscapes, and lantern-filled skies.

Queen + Adam Lambert is its own unique animal, a worthy stadium event. There’s no use trying to pit it against concerts past, to an all-ages crowd. There is an essence of tribute to the one-and-only Freddie Mercury at its heart, but that simply underpins a huge, delightful concert that was an exciting spectacle in its own right.

 

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Elton John sparkles at Sirromet Winery

Despite heavy rain predicted, fans still rocked up to the already sold out show at Sirromet Winery for A Day on The Green for Sir Elton Johns Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour.

Thanks to Roundhouse Entertainment and Chugg Entertainment for a special night, this was the 20th show which marked the half way mark for the epic 40 show tour.

Fans of all ages enjoyed what was an amazing celebration of a long and successful career with a music Legend.

To start the evening off was young singer / song writer Tate Sheridan, he warmed up the crowd with a few of his songs. He was amazing and a little overwhelmed by the size of the crowd waiting for Elton.

With the rain holding off, the man himself hit the stage at 7pm and performed nearly 3 hours of hit songs including: “Candle in The Wind”, “I’m Still Standing”, “Tiny Dancer”, “Bennie and the Jets”, “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me”, “Daniel” “The Bitch is Back” and so many more great hits.

The huge crowd had so much energy and Elton and the band loved every moment.

This is a special tour and one to be remembered, for a man in his 70’s his voice is still as strong as ever.

Thanks to all involved, everyone did such an amazing job.

5/5 POPpoints

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Fleetwood Mac provide a Masterclass concert in Sydney

Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band FLEETWOOD MAC took to the stage of Qudos Bank Arena tonight in Sydney on the second stop of the Australian leg of their current world tour and did not disappoint.

The iconic band, aloing with new band mates, Neil Finn and Mike Campbell have played Perth as well as North America, and the chemistry shows. A flawless presentation of all the bands hits, along with standouts from Crowded House - this was a full show that went for at least two hours.

Steve Nicks and Christine McVie stole the vocal performances of the night, and whilst the staging was a little less than what punters are used to production wise these days on arena tours - it gave the cavernous venue a very intimate feel for all those attending.

A highlight of the night was a number where Stevie ended up disappearing into a wave of golden pixie dust - just spine chilling.

To be honest, I went into the concert not thinking I would know that many songs as Fleetwood Mac was - I thought - a tad before my time, but the songs were all familiar classics, that I never really attributed to the band - my fault I know - but I am instantly heading on over to iTunes and buying some of the tracks that resonated with me thanks to the show.

The musicianship of each individual member of the lineup was stellar on its own, but combined - this was a concert that goes down in the annals of history as one not to miss. Even if you are not a die hard fan of the band - this is a masterclass in what a band should be like.

Fleetwood Mac’s massive national arena tour continues in Sydney on August 17, 27 and 29, Brisbane on August 20, 22 and 24, and concluding with four shows in Melbourne on September 2, 4, 7 and 9. Produced by Live Nation, the tour will feature the new line-up of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, and Christine McVie along with newcomers Mike Campbell and Neil Finn.

For complete tour, ticket and VIP Experience information, visit: livenation.com.au

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Natalie Imbruglia announces pregnancy

Natalie Imbruglia has revealed to fans via social media that she's expecting her first child.

Best known for her 1997 hit "Torn", Natalie has made waves and another "hit" this time on Instagram - glowing as she debuted her growing baby bump on the social network.

In a post she also revealed she had signed a new record deal with BMG, Imbruglia, 44, posted two snaps in one post -- one being a group photo, and the second showing her growing baby bump.

"No I haven’t swallowed a watermelon,” she joked. “I’m expecting my first child this Autumn. For those of you that know me, this has been something I have wanted for a very long time and I’m blessed that this is possible with the help of IVF and a sperm donor — I won’t be saying anything more on that publicly.”

“I’m so excited about this next adventure … a new album and I’m going to be a mum!” she added.

We are so happy for you hun! We can't wait to meet the latest addition to the Imbruglia family!

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Tiffany debuts new 2019 reboot of 'I Think We're Alone Now'

Tiffany, 80's chart topper and star of the recent series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here is BACK!

Back with a 2019 reboot of her first #1 - I Think we're alone now!  Now with a rocking guitar vibe that pulls you into her upcoming new album.  Totes excited.

Tiff is currently in Orlando hosting the video launch party, but you can watch it here.

Next up Tiff with join the New Kids On The Block Mixtape Arena Tour - and rumour has it she will be returning to Australia real soon. So stay tuned to POPrepublic.tv for more info.

 

 

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From Johnny to Jack - Luke Kennedy

From Johnny to Jack performed at The Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre Feb 16.02.2019 by talented singer Luke Kennedy, tells the amazing rollercoaster journey of one of Australia's most successful male singers "The Voice" Mr John Farnham.

It explores one of the greatest untold stories in Australian music history. In a two-part concert experience, it takes you on a journey from the very beginning with Sadie The Cleaning Lady and the up and downsides to fame and stardom.

Opening the show with a medley of Farnham hits performed by the very talented group of musicians, part one of the show covers tracks from "One", "Don't You Know Its Magic" a few Little River Band tunes including "Reminiscing" and finishing the first part of the story with "Bridge Over Troubled Water".

After a short break, Luke went on to perform some of John's bigger hits including "Playing to Win", "Please Don't Ask Me" and of course one of the greatest Australian songs "You're The Voice".

Being a huge John Farnham fan that I am, I was a bit unsure of what to expect going into the show, but walked out very impressed with the presentation, the performances and overall class of the concert, not only telling the great journey of one of Australia's finest singers and amazing people, was just an overall fun show, a few jokes thrown in and the audience singing along to all the great tunes, would highly recommend this concert to any music lover. The show ended with a great mix of hits including "Chain Reaction", "Freedom", "Have a Little Faith", "Age of Reason", "Two Strong Hearts" and "Pressure Down".

A highly recommended concert and performance.

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Get a Taylor Swift education!

OMFG! Has to be the defining statement of the Sydney stadium show on the Reputation Tour from Taylor Swift.

Held at the still VERY functional ANZ Stadium (why are they want'ing to rebuild it???) We rocked up early to the event to take in the full FESTIVAL style environment that was around the venue... hundreds of food vendors, drinks stands, massive merchandise stores and tens of thousands of fans dressed up in their Friday best, donning costumes blazoned with song lyrics and motivational quotes from the singer.

The fans were the highlight of this pre-show must do. Especially seeing everyone SLAY the outfit departments and giving props to others how took up the challenge.

There were lots of signs from troupes of fans who have flown from all over the world to see Taylor in Sydney - we clocked fans from Ireland, France, America, and South Africa.

We didn't really know if we were sitting in the nosebleed section or in the carpark - but we didn't care - this pre-show visual fan fest was well worth the trip out to Homebush on its own.

After grabbing our bags of merchandise - we decided to head back and pop it in the car so we didn't have to carry it around the massive stadium the whole night - and thank f**k we did! (more on that later!)

Getting back to the stadium, we entered to find that our amazing friends at Live Nation and #TaylorNation had given us kick ass seats... gobsmacking in fact. Front n' center! I was Instagramming from the moment we got inside (see @poprepublic on insta!)

As older pop fans it was great to have seating near a mosh pit - but those seats weren't required for most of the night cos we were up dancing - taking in the incredible views and having one of the best concert experiences ever! (and that's saying something - after all, we have been around for 20 years doing this stuff!)

Opening act - The Broods - were such a surprise - not cos we thought they were bad - but because they were KICK ASS!

Where have they been???

This New Zealand band is a fresh take on what I could say is a mash-up between Australia's FRENTE (remember them?) and Transvision Vamp! Is NZ worried we are going to claim them for our own again??? nah - we LOVE all things NZ at the mo - you guys are doing so much better than we are politically! 

We won't Russell Crowe you! hehehe :) but love the sounds... well done!

The lead singer had an instant presence and the whole band was flawless. The songs were hot and we wanted to get the album right away - only to be told by lead singer Georgia Nott that it will be released in 2019... but we have to give a shout out to Caleb Nott who brought the muso sexy to the stage. #hubbahubba

The kiwi duo and band mates delivered a kick-ass set that made us want to stay in our seats and not go and get a hotdog or chips... that's a real task at a stadium... so #welldone!

Can't wait for the new album!

Second up was the funky and mammoth stage presence that is CHARLIE XCX... the first thing we have to say is that Charlie is a bitch to find on social media (!) when you are standing in the stadium trying to tag her in posts and saying how AMAZING she is!!! This gal is the consummate performer... she is like the A-list graduate from Young Talent Time (aussies will get that reference) and she NAILED every performance.

There were songs in her set that she delivered that we didn't event know were her's... (insert Gwen Stefani reference here) - she was a powerhouse.. a kick ass lady who loves her BOYS BOYS BOYS - as we all do!

It was a pre storm revelation... even knowing that this night was like a sleep over and girls night out rolled into one... thank god we were the gay friends invited cos we had fierce pajamas. ($5  pop - thanks ANZ Stadium!)

You could have cut the air with a knife when the voice over came on to announce there would be a delay on the show due to the storm coming overhead... and don't worry - it was a 38-degree day!

So hot

Lots of people staying undercover under the fierce Aussie sun until show time - but to no avail. Sunburn or getting drenched - those were our two options - we took both! lol

We went to line up in the merchandise line - the ONLY place to get ponchos (at $5 a pop!!!) but we made out own fun with a funny Irish lad and a couple of girls who all wanted ponchos... whilst the 14 uncles with their nieces and nephews tried on every size and variant of t-shirt in the stand - whilst 30-40 years olds behind them wanted to kill them... but we made it fun... so much fun, in fact, it was a great part of the evening - it made the crappy chips from the concessions stand (at $6.50 a punch, not to mention the 600ml coke at 6.50 ) a distant memory -- come on ANZ Stadium... faster lines and cheaper food!

We missed the opening thanks to the voiceover and standing in line for $5 ponchos. Running back to our seats was well worth it...

We got the full pop-tactic Taylor in Stadium view... this girl knows how to deliver a slick product... she has come through the Sydney "gods" baptism of Rain - ala Madonna "Girlie Show" and has claimed her righteous place on the stage of ICONS.

This show was not only a killer set of Tay-tay classics and an introduction to the fandom that she deserves... she really looks after her fans - from the wristbands and lights that light up the stadium... she made it personal and ticked all the boxes.

She has earned the status of global icon.

She is now in the arena of must-see acts!!!!! You have to sell everything to get a good seat to see Tay offer up a show like this! But it is well worth it.

There was a moment we thought the crew would bail - but they didn't - they lived out their fantasies in a huge 70,000 PACKED arena (don't believe what the gutter trash media says - Daily Terror!!!) It was PACKED... we only found TWO other media folks in our massive area on the list - so it was a packed house!!!

They shortened the heels, jumped in puddles from the rain and gave up to the storm and brought out bigger snakes, activated all the flying moments and B & C stage pop-ups that were just fantastic... It was a massive show - and 90% of it was under a massive lightning storm.

Even under wet foot - the crowd which was at capacity and the crew pulled off one of the most produced and well thought out shows of the last decade... she has truly cemented herself amongst the icons of pop like Janet and Madonna. Taylor totally delivered. the screens were incredible and totally blew my mind.

Taylor and her crew - from the ground staff to that awesome on stage cast were just phenomenal... let's just hope next time she starts her world tour in Australia (In Sydney to be precise) and we can then shout it to the world!!!

#REPUTATIONWOLDTOUR #TAYLORSWIFT @CHARLIEXCX @THEBROODS

10/5

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Carrie Underwood to headline Deni Ute Muster

Organisers have confirmed thatCarrie Underwood’sonly full concert appearance in Australiathis year will be at theDeni Ute MusteronSaturday 29 Septemberto close the Muster’s 20th birthday celebrations.

Tickets to the 20th birthday celebration have been selling like proverbial hotcakes with our Muster Adorer ticket allocation selling out within 2 hours of going on sale. Early Bird ticket allocations have also sold out and General Admission tickets are on sale now.

Reserved camping in theEdward River Flat, Wheat Fields, Rice Paddy and Peppin Paddock, Redgum, Stockyards, Oat CentralandSheep Runcampsites have all sold out and only general camping is available.

TheDeni Ute Musteris one of the top ‘bucket list’ events in Australia and annually attracts close to 20,000 people of all ages to celebrate all things laconically Australian and, of course, the iconic ‘ute’. 

Playing times for the 2018Deni Ute Musterare available now fromhere. This year’s spectacular line-up includes International Superstar,Carrie Underwoodas well as homegrown favesKasey Chambers, Busby Marou, Troy Cassar-Daley, Thirsty Merc, Gord Bamford, Travis Collins, Fanny Lumsden, The Pigs, Amber Lawrence, Doug Bruce & The Tailgaters, Kirsty Lee Akers and many more.

TheDeni Ute Musteris excited to haveIron JackambassadorNick ‘Honey Badger’ Cumminsattending the event and giving patrons the opportunity to spend an afternoon having a beer and a yarn in theIron Jack Bar.

Between the music and theAFL Grand Finalon the big screen, there is wood chopping and whip cracking demonstrations, theWorld Record Blue Singlet Count, Ute Count, Show N Shine, theBull Ride Spectacular, Brophy Bros Circus, Bob the Butcher, Peter Hodge Camel Ridesand the Circlework, Barrel Race and Go to Wo competitions.

World Champion Sand Sculptor,Dennis Massoud, theAustralian Ride on Lawn Mower Racing Association’s Lawn Mower Races, theShimano Fishing Tank Showand, for the first time,Laser Tagwill also keep our Musterers busy over the weekend.

And the fun and games don’t stop there. TheDecentralised Demountables Family Centrewill be open from 9am each day with free children’s activities including face painting, bubble blowing, stilt walking, hookey and much more. 

In its first year (1999), theDeni Ute Musterhad approximately 5,000 patrons and set a new Guinness World Record for the greatest number of legally paraded utes at 2,839 – a record which still stands today. Since 1999 theDeni Ute Musterhas become the region’s biggest tourist drawcard and a celebration of all things Australian.

NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Adam Marshall, said theDeni Ute Musteris proudly supported by theNSW Government, via its tourism and major events agency,Destination NSW
 
“As one of the country’s premier regional events, the Deni Ute Muster encapsulates the uniqueness and vibrancy of Australia’s rural culture and to have international superstar Carrie Underwood perform exclusively in regional NSW, is a major coup,”Mr Marshall said. 

“With a sensational program scheduled across two days, I encourage visitors to start planning their trip to Deniliquin for the chance to experience this standout regional event.”

TheDeni Ute Musterhas amazing community support with more than 1,000 volunteers mobilising each year to help put on the event which donates close to $100,000 back to community groups.

Deni Ute MusterGeneral Manager, Vicky Lowry, said today, “We are on the countdown as the excitement is starting to build and the Deni Ute Muster Site is busy in preparation for all our patrons to come and help celebrate our 20th year and enjoy Carrie Underwood’s only Australian Show”.

 
All Early Bird and Muster Adorer tickets are SOLD OUT. General Admission tickets are available atwww.deniutemuster.com.au.
 
TheDeni Ute Musteris supported by theNSW Governmentvia its tourism and major events agency,Destination NSW

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