Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Thursday, July 4, 2019
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When it comes to live music in Australia, we have the same challenges as many parts of the world when it comes to how people entertain themselves and market choices on whether to go out to a live show or one of the other countless options that people have these days. Despite some challenges, I think it’s really healthy and the optimistic people either working in the industry or are supporting it would no doubt agree. It’s a really exciting time.
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
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Sunday, March 24, 2019
It was torture waiting for the gig to come around. I can’t remember the exact length of time but I potentially had the tickets for six months. Then with less than a month to go Ozzy pulled out which was disappointing.
The day finally arrived and the first band I saw was Behemoth. I wouldn’t go out of my way to see them again. However, they did have excellent stage presence and the crowd seemed into them.
Soon after they finished Anthrax took to a nearby stage. This was pretty much a greatest hits package. They didn’t play anywhere near long enough which was a shame. Anthrax deserved more time, forty minutes doesn’t do them justice. Hopefully they’ll return soon on a headlining tour.
After Anthrax I took some time to check out what else was going on. I caught up with mates and saw Code Orange and Alien Weaponry. Code Orange were a hardcore band that didn’t do much for me. The highlight being that they played in a circus like tent. I would have loved to see a band I liked play there. Alien Weaponry get credit for being so young with the band having three 17 year old guys from New Zealand. Their alternative style of metal being alright but regardless of what I thought at such a young age they certainly have a future.
I returned to the main stage area to see Alice in Chains. They almost stole the show. Their near hour set was super impressive to the point that I wished I was more familiar with their music. Mostly though, it was all about Would which has always been a favorite so hearing it live was certainly memorable. I definitely want to see them again.
Immediately following was Judas Priest, the band I wanted to see the most. Kicking off with Firepower they were incredible. Given how long they have been going they did a pretty good job of playing songs from throughout their career. Personal highlight was when they played Turbo Lover because I’ve pretty much memorized it. To make it even more significant they followed it up with Rising From Ruins which is probably the best song from Firepower. Halford, at 67 was taking deep breaths at times but still seems to have plenty left.
Finally, it was Slayer. Being their final world tour this was an emotional performance. I am not in the loop like I use to be so this was a nice reminder as to how much I love Slayer. Fatigue had well and truly settled in but I managed to soldier on. This was not easy as Slayer charged through songs like Mandatory Suicide, Postmortem and in particular Chemical Warfare. With Ozzy’s no show this meant we pretty much got the full Slayer set which I appreciated. It was the perfect ending to Download.
This was a great day of metal. Flemington Racecourse wasn’t too much of an obstacle course and it was a well organized event. While there are still considerations I now have the festival bug. Hopefully Download can have a similar lineup again next year and I can do it all again.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Thursday, October 18, 2018
It’s been way too long since I have been to a gig. I certainly made up for lost time with my recent trip to Max Watts, formerly the Hi-Fi Bar. This is clearly one of the best venues to see music in Melbourne. And what a pleasure it was to be there to witness our version of the Metal United tour.
I turned up and caught up with Mr Juicy who happened to be going past. I was tempted to join him on his trip to a cigar bar, maybe another time. Anyway once inside I found Damnations Day already playing. They are just brilliant. Blessed with one of the finest vocalists going Damnations Day remain a premier live act in this country. Sadly their set was not that long. Highlights were The Witness and A World Awakens.
In between bands there was romance in the air. I received a kiss from my old mate Shane. I also got one from Mark the lead singer of Damnations Day, which was much appreciated.
In Malices Wake were up next. This was their best performance but I’m not that into them. There are just too many options when it comes to thrash metal.
After that it was Alarum. They were solid without being spectacular. I was left not knowing whether they are a quality band or not.
Vanishing Point took to the stage next. Unfortunately I found myself sitting on the wrong side. For years I have diligently attempted to be on the side the lead guitarist Chris Porcianko and he decides to change it up. They remain one of my all time favourite local bands but this wasn't them at their best. I still enjoyed most of what they did, highlight was Distant Is The Sun.
Lord were the headliners on this occasion and I couldn’t have been More pleased. This was the closest I had ever been, which made it more memorable. It also helped that it was a well rounded set. I joined in with the pirate themed Terranno Del Mar as I always do. I also got right into Set In Stone, which has become Gary’s and I song. Covering all bases Lord briefly played part of the Maiden classic Heaven Can Wait to a tremendous reaction.
Immediately after their set I was fortunate enough to meet Andy Dowling the base player for Lord. To say I was thrilled is a massive understatement. A true gentleman and someone I have a lot in common with. I quickly suggested double dipping by being guests on each other’s podcast. Now to find the time to get it done.
This was a beautiful end to the night. If only every night of metal was like this.
Monday, June 4, 2018
In this episode of The Lachlan McLeod Show, Hoard World Founder Anthony Davies returns. He and Lachlan discuss the consequences of not being able to buy from Amazon USA and UK. They talk about what the implications could be for them not only as toy collectors but as people who have relied on the site for its accessibility and ease for many years.
They then discuss women in the sex industry. They talk of how there isn’t enough positive portrayals about women in the industry and how they would like to see this change.
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