Isis Tour Dates

Looks like Isis are embarking on a tour of Europe, including an opening date in Moscow:

Apr 13 – Ikra Club, Moscow
Apr 15 – Uebel & Gefaehrlich w/ Jakob, Hamburg
Apr 16 – Conne Island w/ Jakob, Leipzig
Apr 17 – Forum w/ Jakob & The Austerity Program, Bielefeld
Apr 18 – ROADBURN Fest w/ Celtic Frost, Electric Wizard, etc., Tilburg
Apr 19 – Grenslandhallen – POLSSLAG FESTIVAL, Hasselt
Apr 20 – Substage w/ Jakob & The Austerity Program, Karlsruhe
Apr 22 – Arena w/ Jakob & The Austerity Program, Vienna
Apr 23 – Feierwerk w/ Jakob & The Austerity Program, Munich
Apr 24 – Latte w/ The Austerity Program & Jakob, Brescia
Apr 25 – Mascotte w/ Jakob & The Austerity Program, Zurich
Apr 26 – L’Epicerie Moderne w/ Jakob & The Austerity Program, Lyon (Feyzin)
Apr 27 – L’Autre Canal w/ Jakob & The Austerity Program, Nancy

I also noticed this morning that some Australian The Mars Volta dates have been announced. Just as well I’m not a huge fan since they’ve skipped Adelaide…

Helmet Australia Tour 2008

I know there’s a lot of Tool fans that are also Helmet fans, and some of them including me, will be interested to hear that Helmet are touring down under in April/May this year.  They’re even coming to Adelaide!  Tough break for Perth Helmet fans.  Here are some dates:

  • Thursday 24th April (ANZAC day eve) – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
  • Friday 25th April – Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay
  • Saturday 26th April – The Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour
  • Wednesday 30th April – Gaelic Club, Sydney
  • Thursday 1st May – Uni Bar, Wollongong
  • Friday 2nd May – ANU Bar, Canberra
  • Saturday 3rd May – Hi Fi Bar, Melbourne
  • Sunday 4th May – Fowlers Live, Adelaide


Word has it that Rage Against The Machine will be touring Australia in January, playing two dates spookily similar to the dates Tool played here in January.  Presumably that means Rage Against The Machine will also be headlining the 2008 Big Day Out.  Expect a proper announcement soon, unless of course this is a cruel hoax….

Tickets: Tickemaster 136 100 or and all Ticketmaster outlets

MELBOURNE ● Wednesday 30 January ● FESTIVAL HALL
Tickets: Festival Hall box office, Rosslyn Street ph 9329 9699 & Ticketmaster ph 136 100 or, licensed & unlicensed areas

Never fear! Additional RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
appearances in Auckland, Queensland, Adelaide and Perth are scheduled and will be announced shortly.

Don’t bother checking Ticketmaster, I can’t find any sign of these shows.  Apparently it will be officially announced in the next day or two.

In other news The Smashing Pumpkins, Bjork and UNCLE are also rumoured to be on the Big Day Out.  Viva La 90’s!

Yob announce Australian tour

Eugene Doom metal band and recent Tool support act Yob have announced several dates for a tour Down Under:

Witness Yob on their first ever Australian tour on the following dates:

Perth – August 19 – Rosemount Hotel
Melbourne – August 21 – Max Watt’s
Sydney – August 22 – Manning Bar
Brisbane – August 23 – Crowbar

Tickets on sale now through, Oztix and venue outlets.

Sadly they won’t be hitting Adelaide, so I’ll miss the tour, but if it comes your way then make sure you check them out!

Sip Wine announce Caduceus and Merkin wine sales for Aussies

Matt from Sip Wine emailed me this evening letting me know that bottles of Caduceus and Merkin Vineyards wine are now available to Australian customers. From the press release:

Only 300 bottles of Caduceus Cellars and 300 bottles of Merkin Vineyards 2012’s have ever left North America, and Australia has them.

Delivery Australia Wide, Free shipping for orders over $350

VISA, Mastercard and Amercan Express Accepted

Only Available at

These are the same guys who made some Merkin and Arizona Stronghold Wine available to Australians in the last couple of years. The wine is expensive, and I’m sure there will be some debate as to their value for money, but for those that want o support Maynard in his wine-making this is a good chance. Make sure you let them know Fourtheye sent you!

King Buzzo solo acoustic tour hits Australia

Excellent news for Melvins fans this morning, with King Buzzo announcing he’s bringing his acoustic live show to Australia for a series of dates in August. From Frontier Touring:

Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce that rock’n’roll royalty Buzz Osborne, King Buzzo is headed to Australia with a ten-date solo acoustic tour of Australia this August!

With a career spanning 31 years, 30 albums, and over 2,000 live performances, this tour marks the first time that the monarch of metal has performed acoustically in such a unique and intimate setting.

Buzz is the front man & founding member of Melvins, whose dark and sludgy sound influenced the works of many acclaimed grunge and metal bands including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Green River and in many ways nurtured the Seattle music scene itself.

Last year the band released their nineteenth studio album Tres Cabrones (out now through Ipecac Recordings), a psychedelic hard-rock gem that saw original drummer Mike Dillard re-join Buzz and Dale Crover for a collection of tracks that playfully referenced both the punk aesthetic of the band’s roots and their current layered and exploratory sound… all done with a pierced tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Buzz also picked up the guitar to join Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and Trevor Dunn in experimental metal supergroup Fantômas, a band that allowed each member the creative freedom to explore their many influences – both in and outside of music.

Their debut and subsequent releases received heavy praise for their innovation – second album The Directors Cut (out now through Ipecac Recordings) climbed to #18 on the ARIA Albums Chart and scored rave reviews from NME, Pitchfork and Drowned In Sound who called it “a genre breaking, irreverent album that bridges everything from metal, jazz, sludgecore, grunge, and abstract electronica… one of the most challenging, and rewarding albums of the year”.

King Buzzo’s solo and acoustic debut This Machine Kills Artists (out May 30 through Ipecac Recordings, listen to ‘Instrument Of God’ here) has actually been a long time coming – Buzz wrote a vast majority of the Melvins’ songs originally on acoustic guitar before transferring to electric – “What I’m doing, it’s not folk music, it’s not heavy metal. It’s ‘molk,’ how ’bout that?”

Across seventeen tracks, This Machine Kills Artists uses absolutely no electric guitars, amplifiers or direct boxes, offering a surprising new side to the grunge progenitor and a rawness that spotlights his skill as a songwriter. Rolling Stone premiered track ‘Dark Brown Teeth’ (listen here), remarking that it “still has the doomy, ill-angled, Beefheartian edge his band is renowned for”.

After an extensive 38-show tour of the United States, King Buzzo will now bring This Machine Kills Artists to Australian audiences for the first time with a series of shows that are guaranteed to bring the house down.

Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth are all set firmly within Buzz’s sights – make certain you’re there for this rare opportunity to see a metal powerhouse like you’ve never seen him before.


Wednesday 13 August Adelaide | Enigma Bar (18+)
Thursday 14 August Geelong | Barwon Club (18+)
Friday 15 August Melbourne | Ding Dong Lounge (18+)
Wednesday 20 August Newcastle | The Small Ballroom (18+)
Thursday 21 August Sydney | Newtown Social Club (18+)
Friday 22 August Wollongong | Anita’s Theatre (18+)
Saturday 23 August Canberra | Transit Bar (18+)
Sunday 24 August Brisbane | Black Bear Lodge (18+)
Tuesday 25 August Perth | Astor Lounge (18+)

Pre-sales are happening on the 26th of March, so make sure you register for them. The venues look like small ones, so expect tickets to move reasonably quickly, especially in Sydney and Melbourne.

King Buzzo will release his new album This Machine Kills Artists on June 3rd.

October “Tool” Newsletter released

Blair has released his latest newsletter, which seems to have an Australian theme to it. Other than that it doesn’t really any Tool news that I can see. Perhaps the theme is a sign that us Aussies will get a fourth 10k Days tour to keep those creative juices flowing!

Melvins & Helmet announce joint Australian tour

It’s been a long time coming, but The Melvins have finally announced a headline tour around Australia, this time joined by 90s stalwarts Helmet. It’s a comprehensive tour as well, featuring shows all around the country, and most importantly, not skipping Adelaide! Here are the dates:

Friday December 6 – Metropolis – Fremantle (Melvins only)
Sunday December 8 – Hi Fi Brisbane
Monday December 9 – Northern Hotel – Byron Bay
Wednesday December 11 – Cambridge Hotel – Newcastle
Thursday December 12 – Anu Bar- Canberra
Sunday 15 December – Hi Fi – Sydney
Monday December 16 – The Gov- Adelaide
Tuesday December 17 – Hi Fi- Melbourne (Melvins only)
Wednesday December 18 – Hi Fi – Melbourne (Helmet only)
Wednesday December 18– Brisbane Hotel- Hobart (Melvins only)

Both bands also play on the Meredith Music Festival on the weekend of the 13th, 14th & 15th of December.

It’ll be great to see both bands playing. Helmet have toured semi-regularly in recent years, however The Melvins haven’t had a decent Australian tour for a long time.

No word on what Melvin’s configuration it will be – I’m betting on the four piece version. The Melvins are currently touring the US celebrating their 30th Anniversary with Butthole Surfer Jeff Pinkus on bass.

The Melvins to play 2013 Meredith Music Festival

In news fresh from the interwebs this morning, it appears the Melvins are the first act to be announced for this years Meredith Music Festival held annually each December in rural Victoria. Ballots are open for the event (it sells out almost every year) and tickets will be $309 + booking fees. There should be a bunch of other acts announced over the coming months, and also confirmed on the lineup is Chic founder and recent Daft Punk collaborator Nile Rodgers.

No word yet on if there will be a full tour accompanying the festival. I sure hope so as there’s little change I’ll be able to make it to the festival. Stay tuned!

VIP Tickets for Australia and NZ Tool shows

Posted on the Frontier Facebook page not long ago are details of a VIP ticket sale for the coming Tool shows in Australia and New Zealand:

On sale to public Fri 12 Apr, 9am (local time)

Adding to the sheer power and force of a live performance that Tool ticketholders have to look forward to, those who purchase a VIP package will also receive:

– Access to sound-check with members of Tool
– Q+A session with Adam
– Exclusive merchandise pack including:
1. An exclusive Tool tour t-shirt
2. Poster
3. VIP laminate
4. Bag of goodies
(These items feature designs exclusive to the VIP package and are not available for purchase anywhere else)
– Early entry to the Floor (for GA ticket holders only)

*NOTE: the VIP package does NOT include an event ticket. Please ensure you have purchased your event ticket prior to purchasing your VIP package.

Packages go on sale from 9am local time, Friday 12 April and will retail for $504 + ticketing agency transaction fees.

I don’t like to editorialise too much, but $500 is an outrageous amount for this in my opinion. Still, no doubt there will be some takers.

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