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Fantomas for Big Day Out 09

Nick emailed me just a minute a go to let me know that the following Myspace page has tour dates for Fantomas in Australia/New Zealand next year including the 2009 Big Day Out:

16 Jan 2009 – Big Day Out Festival, Auckland, NZ
18 Jan 2009 – Big Day Out Festival, Gold Coast, Aus
21 Jan 2009 – TBA, Brisbane, Aus (opening for Serj Tankian)
23 Jan 2009  – Big Day Out Festival, Sydney, Aus
24 Jan 2009 – TBA, Sydney, Aus (opening for Serj Tankian)
25 Jan 2009 – TBA, Melbourne, Aus (opening for Serj Tankian)
26 Jan 2009 – Big Day Out Festival, Melbourne, Aus
30 Jan 2009 – Big Day Out Festival, Adelaide, Aus
01 Feb 2009 – Big Day Out Festival, Perth, Aus

Personally, if this does happen I’d be slightly pissed off, cause I don’t really fancy paying $130 just to see Fantomas, and the likelihood of an Adelaide sideshow are virtually nil.  If this was the case it’s likely I’d be missing out this time around.

Update: It would appear that Fantomas are definitely the support act for the Serj Tankian sideshows, so consider the Big Day Out announcement a mere formality.

Slow News Week

Not much has happened this week, so here’s a few  Tool and non-Tool related items I noticed going on.

The Puscifer store is either open, or opening very soon Jerome Arizona according to a post from Blair on Toolband.  Not doubt most of the merchandise available from the Puscifer online store can also be had there.

Daily Grail are having a donation drive at the moment, and are offering a few prizes including a print of Maynard’s Sieben artwork.  Some of you will remember that these prints have been available on Toolarmy in the past, and I imagine there’s not many left, since they’re no longer available for purchase.  Make a donation a Daily Grail to be in the running.

The Big Day Out festival lineup was announced during the week, with what I think is a pretty uninspiring lineup.  Highlights include Neil Young, Arctic Monkeys, Cog, The Prodigy and more.  I think I’ll give it a miss this year and see Nine Inch Nails at Soundwave.

Review: Big Day Out 2008

I headed out to the Adelaide Showgrounds for the annual Big Day Out festival yesterday, and here is the obligatory review post. For those that want to short version, highlights were Rage Against The Machine, Battles and the Electronic Drumming Robot. Lowlights include crowds and aged rockers slowing down. For those that want the long version – read on!

Arrival

My two friends and I decided that we’d plan to arrive at the BDO at about the same time Anti-Flag came on. After hearing a couple of tracks on Myspace we thought they could be interesting. As it turned out, parking near the showground sucks, as there are now only 2 hour and 4 parking spots within 20 minutes walk of the venue. I’m sure the last Adelaide BDO I was at (probably 5 years ago now) you could more or less park where ever you want. Personally I’m surprised the nearby parklands weren’t open for parking. Even if there was a fee of say $5 I would have been happy to pay.

Anyway, getting into the venue was pretty painless, unlike previous years in Sydney where you can stand in line for half an hour or so just waiting to get in. One thing that strikes me in Adelaide is that the showgrounds are really a quite dusty and relatively desolate location. There’s not much in the way of trees and shade, and a hell of a lot of ashphalt and dirt patches where most of the eating and market areas are. On a relatively hot day, shade was at a premium. I don’t think there’s really anyway the venue could improve on this, but the showgrounds in Sydney are much more user friendly in this regard.

We worked our way to the main stage for Anti-Flag, walking straight into the D barrier was quite easy. Anti-Flag were OK I guess, the sound was relatively quiet, and the crowd seemed to be getting into them, but their by-the-numbers punk wasn’t really working for me. We quickly moved on from there, and decided to take a walk around the venue.

We checked out some of the market stalls. One thing that strikes me is how much of the merchandise being sold in some stalls is legitimate? We walked through one where there was heaps of Tool merchandise, some which had symbols and logo’s I didn’t recognise. Still, I couldn’t resist buying a size 1 Tool T-Shirt for Hellboy Jr. I’m pretty sure they don’t sell those on Toolarmy!

Eventually we made our way around to the local stage, where Skeletons where playing. These guys were pretty good and we stayed and watched them for 10 minutes or so. We also came across the Roborock display, which a robotic drummer, who played Helmet‘s Unsung, RATM‘s Bullet In The Head and fittingly Iron Man by Black Sabbath. It was damn cool, and more entertaining then a lot of bands we saw…

After bludging around a bit, we decided to work our way back to the main stage in anticipation of the first band I knew would be good- Regurgitator. Before they came on though, we caught the end of the Midnight Juggernauts set, which was actually alright. Not really something I’d listen to much, but good festival music none the less, and the crowd seemed to be really getting into them.

Eventually The ‘Gurg came on, dressed up in white tracksuits, and played a greatest hits set which was probably one of the more energetic ones for the day. They switched style from alt. rock, to electro, hip-hop and then back again, and I enjoyed them a great deal. Definitely a highlight of the day for me, though as their (unplayed) song says – I like their old stuff better than their new stuff. The Hilltop Hoods came on after that. We didn’t stick around, I think they suck. Personally Regurgitator’s take on Hip-Hop sounds better…

Afternoon

After leaving the main oval once again, we made our way to the Essential Stage for Enter Shikari. We only got to see a few of their songs, but what we hearded sounded alright. One song was quite heavy and hardcore, while others where a bit goofy. Not quite sure what I think of these guys at the moment. Still the Essential Stage was indoors and air conditioned, so it was worth being there just for that!

Next up were Battles who were a band high on my list to check out. After finding a spot right next to Kim from The Mark of Cain (obviously there to see how band mate John Stanier was doing), Battles came on and did their thing. It was a pretty energetic set, and played more or less all the “hits” I expected them too. The crowd seemed to be getting into them too, though quite a few left early I assume to go and see Grinspoon on the main stage.

After Battles we decided to go see The Nightwatchmen, which was actually better than I expected. The highlight was a version of AC/DC‘s Dirty Deeds. Soon we got sick of his folky political songs and moved back to the Main Stage to check out the end of the Grinspoon set. I’ve seen Grinspoon before, and they’re a good live band, and this afternoon seemed to play more old stuff than new stuff, which worked for me. The singer doesn’t seem to have the same presence on stage since he stopped taking Meth…

Following Grinspoon there was a big gap with no one that really stood out were on. The Arcade Fire was boring the crowd on the main stage, while Spoon did their thing on the Green Stage. Spoon sounded ok, but I’m not really sure I see their appeal at this stage. We had dinner in the dry, dusty markets, and eventually found a slightly shaded footpath to sit down on. I had gourmet pizza, which had a gourmet price but wasn’t really that gourmet!

Evening

After several recommendations we decided to move out to the Green Stage to check out Aussie metallers Karnivool. After having their guitars set up by Elvis, they finally came on a rocked out with a few tracks I kinda recognised from Triple J. Their sound was great, and they’re a really tight unit, but to be honest it just didn’t work for me that afternoon. Maybe it was the fact they played outdoors in the daylight, but I just couldn’t get into it.

We decided to skip UNKLE and head straight to the main stage to get a good spot for Bjork and Rage Against The Machine. Thankfully Silverchair had already finished. We took our place outside the D-Barrier on the RATM side, and eventually Bjork came charging onto stage with her horn section. Bjork’s show was a bit hit and miss. Some songs were amazing, while others just fell a bit flat. Watching the various gizmo’s that the band used was pretty cool though.

The crowd around me voiced their displeasure at having to see Bjork, but I really didn’t think it was that bad, though given the high bogan count this came as no surprise to me. I do question the timing of Bjork’s set though. While I don’t think she’s a Boiler Room act, I think putting her on immediately before Rage wasn’t a great idea. I probably would have worked better if she was the final act on the main stage.

Following a poorly placed lightning and fire show (from our spot on the oval only those taller than 7 foot could see anything – nowhere near as cool as the fire hand thing at last years) Rage Against The Machine came on. Overall it was a great show, though it was kinda disappointing that a few songs had been slowed down. They weren’t even ones I thought were particularly hard to play, while other more challenging ones were quite good (and fast). Zack seemed to smile a lot, which goes against the whole raging theme I guess, though obviously the guys are enjoying their time back together. Zack rolled out his well rehearsed speech during Wake Up too, which went down well with most of the crowd.

Carl Cox was the headline act in the Boiler Room this year. I’m sure he’s a great DJ but does he need to headline every second year? I can think of plenty of other acts I’d rather see in that position. We didn’t bother checking him out. The Boiler Room lineup was pretty weak this year, aside from UNKLE who I missed, and Dr. Octagon who skipped Adelaide, it just looked boring.

Overall/Editorial

This was the 12th Big Day Out I’ve been to since first going back in 1993, and it was a good day, though not one that will really stand out compared to many of the great lineups in the 90’s. People like to complain about the crowds being worse, but personally I don’t think they’ve changed – there were as many morons at past BDO’s as there were this year, and besides, if you’re heading towards the front of the stage then you have to expect to get kicked, pushed, etc.

I guess there’s not a great deal they can do with the venue, but some better areas for eating a chilling out would be great. Getting booze was much better than in Sydney though, I had no problems getting a drink while at Homebush I’d be waiting in line for 30 minutes or so. There was a good range of food too, and the toilets seemed to be bearable, though there was the usual queue for the ladies.

Getting out of the venue was a real pain in the arse.I’d say there was about 25,000 out of 35,000 people in the oval for Rage, and everyone trying to get out at once through a somewhat constricted path to the ext mean that there was basically a hugh crush right in the middle of the venue, worse than the actual pit during RATM. Organisers need to do this better next year, since I can’t remember it being a major problem in the past.

They also need to do something about the D barrier. While I have no problem with them trying to limit the amount of people in there, I think the way they are going about it is wrong. All they’ve basically achieved is moving the crush from the front of the stage, to the D entrance, and security have nowhere near as good access to people at the entrance as they do at the front of the stage. Admittedly if it weren’t for pushing morons this wouldn’t be a problem, hopefully it won’t take a death for them to make a change. I also think that given the size of the Adelaide BDO it’s unnecessary and a T barrier would be more effective.

Maybe I’m stuck in the past, but I don’t think there has been enough depth in the bands at the Big Day Out in the last few years. The Australian and Local bands are fine but most of the second string international bands in the lineups in the last few years have been pretty ordinary in my opinion. In years past I’ve been more excited about the smaller international bands than the headliners, but the last few years if it weren’t for Rage and Tool, I’d never have gone. In fact next year, unless there’s a good lineup, I can’t see myself going either. I’m no longer in a space where I’d just go for the experience of the day.

RATMBDO?

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….

SYDNEY ● Tuesday 22 January● SYDNEY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
Tickets: Tickemaster 136 100 or www.ticketmaster.com.au 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 ticketmaster.com.au, licensed & unlicensed areas
TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 27 SEPTEMBER

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!

Puscifer to play Big Day Out 2013?

I was reading through the comments to the recent newsletter article this morning, and came across this little Big Day Out 2013 tour rumour from PolarBear:

While catting with a few members after the Puscifer show in Houston last week, I overhead Josh Eustis say there may be plans for Puscifer to play Big Day Out (There ya go, Aussies. Wait is almost over.), potentially followed by a string of dates. He summed it up by saying, “February. We’re starting up again in February.”

Interesting news indeed. With Tool being Big Day Out regulars it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to see this happen. Given that current Big Day Out & Soundwave Festival rumours talk about Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Linkin Park, Blink 182 and The Offspring, it’s nice to see a band rumour being thrown around that isn’t completely shit.

Update: Looks like Puscifer aren’t on the Big Day Out lineup after all!

Rumour: A Perfect Circle for Big Day Out

I’m extremely doubtful this is the case, but in the last few days a Twitter account called BigDayOutSpy has been leaking the alleged lineup for the 2012 Big Day Out.  Acts so far have been somewhat interesting, without being amazing until this post earlier this evening:

A Perfect Circle are the other Green/Converse stage headliner at Big Day Out!

So far, I found the leaks believable, but to be honest I’m not sure I can see A Perfect Circle playing the Big Day Out next year.  Headlining the small stage sounds tantalising though (however it would be annoying if the rumoured Pearl Jam main stage headliner were true).

Definitely file in the “I’ll believe it when I see it confirmed” category…

For the record, the Big Day Out Spy alleges the following lineup (in no particular order):

  • The Killers
  • SOAD
  • A Perfect Circle
  • Underworld
  • Chase and Status
  • Florence and the Machine
  • Opeth
  • Cake
  • The Decemberists
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Cut Copy
  • Boy and Bear
  • Karnivool
  • Architecture in Helsinki
  • Josh Pyke
  • OFWGKTA
  • The Vaccines

Other rumours suggest Pearl Jam will headline, and Kasabian & My Chemical Romance will also play.

Update: A Perfect Circle on their Facebook page this morning mentioned “That’s unfortunately not true” so I guess this myth is pretty much busted.

Rammstein footage on dannycarey.org

There’s some great footage on http://dannycarey.org of the Tool/Rammstein incident at the Adelaide Big Day Out in February.  It’s been recorded be Breck who’s the projection director.  Excellent audio and visual quality!

Tool Big Day Out Posters

I’ve dropped a few hints in the forums in regards to Tool Big Day Out Posters possibly being available online following the tour, and tonight I received the news that this is indeed the case.  Melbourne printers Beyond The Pale printed all of the posters for the 2011 tour (excluding Hawaii I think) and the leftovers, all unsigned are available from their website.

Limited quantities from the Melbourne side show, Melbourne Big Day Out and Auckland Big Day Out are all available, and each of them cost AU$35 plus postage.  There’s also a range of other bands posters on the website, the artwork and printing that these guys to are top quality, and they do frame poster as well, so make sure you check it out!

I was lucky enough to visit their gallery when I was in Melbourne, and though not advertised on the website, I reckon there were several other Tool posters available in the store, including the Gold Coast Big Day Out poster, and a range of other US ones I reckon I’ve seen around the place before.  If you’re down in St. Kilda one day, it’s definitely worth a visit!

Melb-2-Feb

Queensland Floods…

As some of you know, many residents of the state of Queensland are being bombarded with record levels of rain and flooding.  In the last few weeks there have been 29 deaths associated with the flooding, including at least 12 in the recent flash flooding in the Lockyer Valley, and there are many more missing.  On top of this is the infrastructure damage that comes with such widespread water, and as a result there is a large call for donations to help those in need at these tough times.  In order to help out, all donations received to Fourtheye for the remainder of January will be forwarded directly to the Premiers Flood Relief Appeal.

On top of that, for every $5 a reader donates they will go in the running to receive an Australian Tool Tour shirt (size and design of their choice including postage to wherever you live), which I shall endeavour to get signed by as many of the Tool crew as possible when I’m down in Melbourne.  The donation form using Paypal is at the top right of the page, so get onto it and help out Australians in need. Update: Those of you reading this in the forum can find the Paypal form at the top right of this page.

I know there are plenty of Tool fans in Queensland who are concerned about the Tool shows that are planned for later this month.  The good news is that at this stage the Big Day Out organisers have confirmed that the Gold Coast Big Day Out will go ahead unchanged, as the area has be left largely untouched by the flooding.  Staff at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre have also confirmed that the aren’t expecting any damage to the venue, and that the Tool show there should go as planned.  Thanks to vuduuu for that information.

Update 1: Over $200 in under 24 hours.! Thanks to all our reader for their support!  Keep on giving though.  Anyone who would like to donate through the official site rather than using Paypal can feel free, just send me a copy of your receipt and I’ll enter you in the competition.

Update 2: Now up to $466.66.  Great work everyone!

Second Sydney Big Day Out tickets “2 for 1”

It looks like the second Sydney Big Day Out isn’t selling as strongly as expected.  An announcement from Big Day Out organisers today tell us that all tickets for the event on the 27th of January can now be used to get an extra guest in for free:

The Big Day Out has announced a very special Christmas gift for punters in Sydney – all ticket holders for the Sydney Thursday, 27 January Big Day Out 2011 event will be allowed to bring a friend for free; no tricks, no gimmicks.

The announcement explains that “The high demand for the 26 January Australia Day show, combined with the overwhelming number of international tours and events this summer has necessitated a choice to be made for the good of the event. Because our audience is such a valued part of the show, we felt you deserved a reward for 18 years of support. For those with tickets to the first show on Australia Day, please accept this as a plus, not a minus: You and a friend have a chance to catch the acts you missed the 1st day. For half price!”

There are no forms to fill in to take advantage of this special offer. All you need to do is arrive with your guest at the ticket trip point on the day. All the same conditions of sale and admission apply to you and your guest, so please check your ticket or the Big Day Out website for further details.

To help with general queries, Big Day Out has issued some basic Q & As:
Q: Do I need to have the person with me?
A: Yes, they will need to be with you at the ticket trip point at entry.
Q: Can I meet them later to let them in?
A: Not if you are already in. Once your ticket is scanned, the offer is void.
Q: Can I swap my Australia Day ticket for the 27 January show?
A: No.
Q: Will there be tickets available on the day?
A: Not if it sells out in advance.
Q: Is there a meeting point outside the entry?
A: Best choose a location away from the main entry to meet up.
Q: Are there any pass outs?
A: No.

Sounds like a cheap way to catch an extra Tool show if you and a mate live in or can get to the Harbour City…

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