Thursday, August 26, 2010

No Sleep Til Megadeath, NOFX & Dropkick Murphys

Seminal thrash metal act Megadeth will headline heavy music festival No Sleep Til, arriving in Auckland in December.

No Sleep Til Auckland will also feature punk rock legends NOFX and Dropkick Murphys.
Other American bands coming to the festival include comedy metal act Gwar, punk rockers Alkaline Trio, deathcore band Suicide Silence, metalcore band August Burns Red and post-hardcore group We Came As Romans.

Also on the line-up are Swedish doom metal band Katatonia and Canadian classic metal band 3 Inches of Blood.

Representing Australia at No Sleep Til Auckland are metalcore act Parkway Drive and punk rockers Frenzal Rhomb.

Local acts playing the festival include Antagonist AD, The Outsiders, Shitrippers and Leeches – a new band formed from past members of Bleeders, Goodnight Nurse, Antagonist AD and Brick Vs Face.
Headline act Megadeth was formed by frontman Dave Mustaine after he was kicked out of Metallica in 1983.

Mustaine is widely regarded as one of the most gifted metal guitarists of all time, both as a rhythm and a lead player. In 2009 he was ranked No. 1 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.
Megadeth have recently performed a tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1990 Rust in Peace album, performing the album in its entirety. Kiwi fans will experience this for themselves at No Sleep Til Auckland.

Rust in Peace includes the classic thrash hits ‘Holy Wars... The Punishment Due’ and ‘Hangar 18’ and the 20th anniversary marked the first time other tracks from the album had ever been performed live such as ‘Five Magics’, ‘Poison Was the Cure’ and ‘Rust in Peace... Polaris’.
Megadeth last played in Auckland in 2009 alongside Slayer. At the time, David Farrier caught up with Mustaine – watch the full interview.

“It's such an exciting opportunity to be working with such an amazing line-up of not only some of the biggest names in alternative music, but a team of people dedicated and passionate about bringing this music to Kiwi fans,” says Katie Macrae of Chicks that Scream, NZ representatives for No Sleep Til Auckland.

“Bands love coming to New Zealand and we love having them here - best December ever!”
The festival will take place at Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds on December 10.
Tickets go on sale midday September 9.

For more information visit the No Sleep Till website.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Lady Gaga Steals Britney Spears' Twitter Crown

Lady Gaga has officially surpasses Britney Spears for the title of Most Followers on Twitter: Gaga has over 5.780 million Little Monsters following her account, while Spears currently has 5.704 million followers. [Lady Gaga Twitter] 

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

U2 360 to hit New Zealand in November

The Irish band yesterday confirmed they will perform at Mt Smart Stadium in November followed by four concerts in Australia.

Hip hop star Jay Z is to join U2 for the band's tour of Australia and New Zealand later this year.
Jay Z last played in Australia in 2006 and has never played in New Zealand.

New Zealand event spokeswoman Bridget de Laundry says about 54 percent of tickets are priced under $100, starting at $39.90.

The low prices are due to the specially built 50m-high stage with a rotating bridges and giant video system.

“The extra capacity U2 360 gives us means that there are a large number, several thousand in fact, of low priced tickets at every show,” says U2 tour producer/promoter Arthur Fogel, CEO of Live Nation Global Touring.

Organisers are expecting the more than 50,000 tickets to sell out quickly, and a second concert has not been ruled out.

“A second show is not confirmed. There are only three stages in use on the Australasian tour and they leapfrog from city to city, it takes eight days to build them and three-four to remove them, either side of the performance days,” says de Launay.

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 3 but subscribers will be able to buy tickets about five days ahead of the public.

U2 360 has already played to over 4 million people and is set to smash all previous records and become the highest-attended concert tour of all time.

Bringing the U2 360 production to New Zealand is no small feat. Six 747 freighters are required to fly the production to New Zealand.

The stage weighs 590 tonnes with all of the production gear hanging from it, and covers 6000 square meters.

'The Claw' itself stands 30.53m high, and with the pylon its 51.8m. That means it’s higher than most stadium roofs.  Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium roof will have to be “cracked” and stay open to allow the pylon to be installed.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, August 23, 2010

August's Band to keep an eye on - Marina & The Diamonds

Another of 2010’s early breakthrough artists, Marina & The Diamonds was already dominating the charts in the UK with her debut album The Family Jewels and infectious first single ‘Hollywood’. The glamorous Welsh star may come second to fellow artist Ellie Goulding in some critics eyes – Diamandis came runner up to Goulding in both the BBC Sound Poll and Brit Awards – but to her loyal fans, also referred to as her ‘Diamonds’, she will always be number one. Luckily for Diamandis her ‘Diamonds’ can be found across the world and aren’t quite so difficult to find, so much so that her entire first headlining tour sold out before the release of The Family Jewels meaning her shows across Europe and United States will be packed full of treasure. For those impatient to hear new material from the 24-year old- fear not, the singer has been working with producer of the moment Benny Blanco (Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Britney Spears) in LA and has dropped hints that she may release an extended edition of her debut album, similar to Lady Gaga’s re-release of Fame Monster.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tyler to join Idol

First two sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler had already worked out a deal to judge the next season of American Idol. Now Aerosmith bassist Todd Hamilton is also confirming the news:

American Idol producers won't announce the season 10 judges panel until next month, but Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton has all but confirmed that Steven Tyler will be occupying one of the seats left by Ellen DeGeneres and Simon Cowell. "Steven is doing American Idol. The ink is dry on that," Hamilton told the Newark Star-Ledger . "Steven is someone who absolutely lives to be in front of an audience, and the people closest to him know how witty and entertaining he can be. I don't know if American Idol will be rock 'n' roll enough for him, but it is an opportunity for millions of people to see another side of Steven Tyler." 

Read the full story at Rolling Stone.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fun Fact #192: Everyone starts somewhere even Madonna

Madonna worked in a New York City Dunkin' Donuts while she was struggling to make it as a dancer in the Big Apple. She was reportedly fired after squirting jam in a customer's face.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

The Datsuns to play @ The Basment in New Plymouth

The Datsuns have announced that they will be touring New Zealand in September. The Cambridge band are currently busy working on their fifth studio album.
Tour Dates

Auckland @ Kings Arms

Nelson @ Phat Club

Christchurch @ Al's Bar

New Plymouth @ The Basement

Wellington @ Bodega

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

New Plymouth to host the loudest guitar lesson

CAMERON BURNELL/The Taranaki Daily News
Parents around Taranaki will be covering their ears this weekend as a New Plymouth musician attempts to create a Guinness World Record. On Saturday, West Coast School of Rock director Rimu Tahuaroa will endeavour to generate the loudest guitar lesson in the world.

"There is the world's loudest band, audience and guitar player so we thought we would give it a go," Mr Tahuaroa said.

The music teacher has been chatting to Guinness officials about the attempt and all signs so far are positive.

"We have been emailing and while I am not paying for an adjudicator to come down, we have noise scientists."

Mr Tahuaroa has already busted a speaker on a practice run, which saw levels reach 118 decibels, but he has a heavy duty one for the real deal.

"We are obviously doing the attempt in our sound-proof room and we are wearing ear plugs and acoustic earmuffs."

He says the lesson will only be about five or 10 minutes as he is not looking to bother neighbours and their pets. His mate and The Rock disc jockey Paul "The Axeman" Martin will be receiving the lesson for the record. The level he wants to achieve is 120 decibels which is intolerable to the human ear.

"At that kind of level, you can feel your insides moving."

The independent noise scientists will provide the equipment needed to measure the decibels for the record attempt. Mr Tahuaroa says he plans to make the record and will be prepared to defend it in the future, even if it does not end up an official record.

"Guinness is very interested in it and I would be challenging other music teachers to take on the challenge."

Once the lesson is complete, noise scientists will collaborate the data and take it to Guinness officials.

"If they tick all the right boxes then we have set a record but if not, at the very least we have set the New Zealand record."

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I Am Giant to play @ The Basement in New Plymouth

Before I Am Giant head off to Australia and America, the band decided to sneak in a couple of extra New Zealand shows.

‘We were getting fans hitting us up on Facebook wanting us to play in their town, and since we had a weekend free before going overseas, we thought it would be a great thing to do !’ says drummer Shelton Woolright.

The gigs wraps up a few whirlwind months which have seen the band shoot a video featuring world surf champion Kelly Slater, recorded a live to air for XFM in the UK, complete a handful of London gigs, performed in Vietnam for Tiger Translate, fly to France to play at the opening of the new Quiksliver headquarters and tour New Zealand on the massively successful State of Rock tour.

I Am Giant’s first ever release, the ‘Neon Sunrise/City Limits EP’, recently debuted in the NZ singles chart at No 18 and is still in the Top 30. The EP will also be released later this year in Australia and Asia via Sony Records.

New Zealand
Thursday August 5th New Plymouth – The Basement
Friday August 6th Palmerston North – The Royal
Saturday August 7th Ohakune – Hot Lava
Wednesday August 11th Sydney – Beach Road Hotel, Bondi Beach
Friday August 13th Melbourne – The Esplanade, St Kilda
Tuesday August 17th Los Angeles – The Viper Room
Tuesday August 24th New York – The Mercury Lounge

For more details go to
NZ tickets $20 plus booking fee available via and venues

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

U2's new song

Footage of U2 rehearsing a new song has surface online and you can watch it by scrolling down.

The short film was captured by fans who are camped out near the gates of the Stadio Olimpico di Torino in Italy.

The group are rehearsing at the venue head of their gig on Friday (August 6), their first since Bono underwent back surgery, which forced them to cancel a number of US shows and their headline slot at Glastonbury.

As reports, Bono and co have also been heard rehearsing a number of songs including 'Get On Your Boots', 'Magnificent' and 'Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me', the band's 1995 single from the Batman Forever soundtrack

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, August 2, 2010

August's Band to keep an eye on - The Swellers

The Swellers

Back in 09′ the punk outfit became better known worldwide when they signed to indie label Fueled By Ramen and released their fourth full-length Ups And Downsizing to universal acclaim. Being no strangers to touring – “We tour because we’re not good at anything else. We love our songs and want to play them all night and see our friends, so we go on tour” – the band impressed concertgoers when they opened for label-mates Paramore and toured with the likes of Set Your Goals and Less Than Jake. In 2010 the boys are stepping it up a notch as they join the Give It A Name Introduces Tour (which brought the UK Lights and Versaemerge in 09′) across the UK and Europe as well as a three-week stint on the legendary Vans Warped Tour. The live environment is where The Swellers belong, it’s where both the music and band come to life, so I strongly suggest you make your way over to see them before they start selling out venues!

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.