Staff Picks: Jon Stickler

Albums

  • Airbourne – Breakin’ Outta Hell
  • Testament – Brotherhood of the Snake
  • Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage
  • Gojira – Magma
  • Metallica – Hardwired… To Self Destruct
  • Anthrax – For All Kings
  • Grand Magus – Sword Songs
  • Black Peaks – Statues
  • Crobot – Welcome to Fat City
  • Whiskey Myers – Mud

Best Song

  • Ghost – Square Hammer

Best Gigs

  • Airbourne, Y Plas at Cardiff University
  • Skindred at Download Festival
  • Terrorvision at Steelhouse Festival
  • Clutch, Great Hall at Cardiff University
  • The Sheepdogs, the Globe in Cardiff

Best of 2016

Spotify Release Radar, Metallica return, Avenged Sevenfold surprise release, Guns N’ Roses announce Not in this Lifetime tour, Ghost’s ‘Popestar’ EP, Creeper, Music Venue Trust’s Fightback, Lemmy’s statue at the Rainbow, Download festival, Steelhouse festival, Ed Force One lands at Cardiff Airport, Stranger Things, #TeamNegan, Westworld, Danny Dyer on Who Do You Think You Are, Green Room, Deadpool, The Magnificent Seven, Star Wars, Tim Peake, Wales at the Euros, the Warnock Effect.

Worst of 2016

Trump, Brexit, Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, Harambe, death everywhere, Brian Johnson steps down, goodbye Twisted Sister, venues closing, touts, Team Rock goes bust, Metal Hammer shuts down, Lemmy’s statue at the Rainbow, a year without Motörhead, Nick Jonas guitar solo, fuck Vodafone, Pokemon Go, hold the door, Glenn’s eyeball.

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Video Of The Week: Airbourne – Rivalry

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Airbourne have unleashed the video for their new song, Rivalry.

The track is the second preview of the Australian rockers’ upcoming studio album, ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’, out on September 23 through Spinefarm, following the lyric video for the record’s title track, which was revealed last month.

The band accompany the release with a UK tour in November, including three nights at London’s Electric Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now, priced £19.00/£21.00 plus fees.

Head over to our music video page on the official Stereoboard website for the latest video releases.

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Airbourne: Ready To Walk With Rock’s Giants

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With their new album on the way, Jon Stickler saddled up for a midweek date with Airbourne and found the Australian rock devotees ready to ascend to the next level.

It’s a Wednesday at the end of the month. You’re knackered and skint. What do you do? You go to see Airbourne. That’s what you do.

For those yet to witness the Aussie rockers’ stage antics, it should be made clear that perma-shirtless frontman Joel O’Keeffe, his sticksman brother Ryan, guitarist David Roads and bassist Justin Street do not fuck about.

Roaring riffs, screaming vocals and shedload of beer combine for a whirlwind set at Cardiff’s Y Plas, with the band kicking off with an appropriate opener, Ready To Rock, before thrashing out cuts from their first two records, ‘Runnin’ Wild’ and ‘No Guts. No Glory’. Too Much Too Young Too Fast, Chewin’ the Fat and Diamond in the Rough all get an airing, as well as the rabid, swaggering title track from their 2013 album ‘Black Dog Barking’.

Evidently pleased to be back in the Welsh capital, the band embrace their welcome in true Airbourne style. Joel launches beer cans to fans aloft shoulders across the packed club before cracking cans open with his skull, soaking the stage and a good few rows at the front with glorious Brains. It might be a school night, but the crowd are wild and being so close to the action makes the show all the more special, particularly as Airbourne play a lot of festivals and have picked up their share of arena supports.

The band show no trace of nerves after returning to the road only a few weeks ago. Having wrapped up recording sessions for their new album, ‘Breakin’ Outta Hell’, they seem revitalised. Also, there isn’t a shred of scaling down to suit the smaller venue and a sweaty, beer-soaked Joel perches on the shoulders of his guitar tech to plough through the reverent crowd for a lap of the venue during an extended Girls In Black jam. The boozy fun continues back on the stage, with our fearless leader chugging the best part of a bottle before swaggering through Cheap Wine and Cheaper Women.

The band have their foot down and fire up all cylinders for the new record’s title track. With a quick change of backdrop, mayhem ensues and soon there isn’t a single person who isn’t headbanging, fist-pumping or clapping along. It’s not a bad response to a song that’s barely a month old.

The gutsy No Way But The Hard Way, or as Joel calls it tonight, No Way But The Cardiff Way, links up with Stand Up for Rock ‘N’ Roll to close the main set before drummer Ryan winds up the air-raid siren, signalling the band’s return to the stage for two final songs. Not content with your standard intro solo, Joel takes up a power stance on top of the backline to build up the pace for Live It Up before closing with the blistering Runnin’ Wild, dipping into a bit of Paranoid and Dirty Deeds on the way.

Not since the primal displays of Bon Scott and Angus Young have we seen such a performance of rock ‘n’ roll in its purest form. With the new record out in September, plus a nationwide trek following in November, this already high flying band are cruising clear skies on their way to being one of the biggest rock bands of the 21st century.

Photo: Craig Thomas for Tallboy Images.

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The Pick Of Friday’s Tickets: Avenged Sevenfold, Black Stone Cherry, Airbourne, The Temper Trap, Regina Spektor And Jack Whitehall

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AVENGED SEVENFOLD

Avenged Sevenfold will be joined by Disturbed and In Flames for UK arena shows in Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham and the O2 Arena in London, between January 10 and 21. Tickets are on sale at 9am on July 29, priced from £37.50 and £45.00 regionally and £45.00, £37.50 and £30.00 for London, plus fees.

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BLACK STONE CHERRY

Black Stone Cherry will bring their An Evening With… tour to Cardiff, Portsmouth, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Brighton, Nottingham, Bristol, London and Norwich between November 19 and December 8. Tickets will go on sale at 10am on July 29, priced at £25.00/£28.00/£31.00 plus fees.

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AIRBOURNE

Airbourne will bring their Breakin’ Outta Hell tour to Portsmouth, Norwich, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London, for two nights, between November 17 and 28. The tour takes its name from their upcoming new album, which is out on September 16 via Spinefarm. Tickets are on sale at 10am on July 29, priced at £19.00/£21.00 plus fees.

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THE TEMPER TRAP

The Australian band, who put out ‘Thick As Thieves’ in June, will call in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Birmingham between December 18 and 21. Tickets are on sale at 9am on July 29, priced at £15.00/£19.50 plus fees.

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REGINA SPEKTOR

Regina Spektor will perform at the Sage in Gateshead, Manchester’s Albert Hall, Colston Hall in Bristol and London’s Royal Festival Hall between November 9 and 14, in support of her new album, ‘Remember Us To Life’, out on September 30. Tickets will go on sale at 10am on July 29, priced at £26.50/£27.50 plus fees.

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JACK WHITEHALL

Jack Whitehall has added further dates to his 2017 At Large stand up tour, adding 18 shows throughout January, including stops in Northampton, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Oxford, Bristol, Stoke, Plymouth, Cambridge, Ipswich and Brighton, plus a second date at Manchester Arena on February 18. Tickets are on general sale at 9am on July 29, priced from £25.50 plus fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.

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Check out Stereoboard’s event pages for a full list of latest of announcements.

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Top Tours This Week!!

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Avenged Sevenfold

Avenged Sevenfold will be joined by Disturbed and In Flames for a UK arena tour with stops planned at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, Sheffield Arena, Manchester Arena, Birmingham’s Genting Arena, Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena and the O2 Arena in London between January 10 and 21.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on July 29, priced from £37.50 and £45.00 regionally and £45.00, £37.50 and £30.00 for London, plus fees.


Black Stone Cherry

Black Stone Cherry have lined up An Evening With… shows in Cardiff, Portsmouth, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Sheffield, Brighton, Nottingham, Bristol, London and Norwich between November 19 and December 8.
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Tickets will go on sale at 10am on July 29, priced at £25.00/£28.00/£31.00 plus fees.


Airbourne

Airbourne will bring their Breakin’ Outta Hell tour to Portsmouth, Norwich, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Glasgow, Manchester and London, for two nights, between November 17 and 28.
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Tickets will go on sale at 10am on July 29, priced at £19.00/£21.00 plus fees.


The Who

The Who have rescheduled their five autumn arena dates to coincide with two new Teenage Cancer Trust shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall on March 30 and April 1, where they’ll perform an acoustic version of their ‘Tommy’ album. Their Greatest Hits shows, which were originally scheduled for August and September, will now take place between April 3 and 12, with a venue change in Birmingham.
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Tickets for the new London shows are on sale from 9am on September 23.


The Temper Trap

The Australian band, who put out ‘Thick As Thieves’ last month, will return for shows in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Birmingham between December 18 and 21.
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Tickets are on sale at 9am on July 29, priced at £15.00/£19.50 plus fees.


 Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor has lined up shows at the Sage in Gateshead, Manchester’s Albert Hall, the Colston Hall in Bristol and London’s Royal Festival Hall between November 9 and 14, following the release of her new album, ‘Remember Us To Life’, out on September 30.
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Tickets will go on sale at 10am on July 29, priced at £26.50/£27.50 plus fees.


Bianca Del Rio

Bianca Del Rio, the winner of season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race will bring her Not Today Satan tour to London, Brighton, Birmingham, Cardiff, Blackpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Newcastle, Dublin and Belfast between February 3 and 20, 2017.
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Tickets will go on general sale from 9am on July 29, priced at £35.00/£36.00 plus fees.


Jack Whitehall

Jack Whitehall has extended his At Large stand up tour, adding 18 shows throughout January, including stops in Northampton, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Sunderland, Oxford, Bristol, Stoke, Plymouth, Cambridge, Ipswich and Brighton, plus a second date at Manchester Arena on February 18.
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Tickets are on general sale at 9am on July 29. Click here for pre-sale tickets.


Greg Davies

The comedian will bring his You Magnificent Beast tour to venues nationwide between September 15 and December 10 next year, with stops planned in Margate, Southend, Leicester, Liverpool, Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford, Nottingham, Aberdeen, York, Carlisle, Preston, London, Cardiff, Ipswich, Bournemouth and more.
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Tickets are on general sale at 9am on July 29, priced from £27.50 plus fees. Click here for pre-sale tickets.


Also announced this week, so far

The Who, Bill Bailey, Blossoms, Into It Over it, Gorgon City, Lady Leshurr, Corinne Bailey Rae, Rod Stewart, Seth Lakeman, Modern Baseball, Memphis May Fire, Silverstein, The Devil Wears Prada, Richard Hawley, John Grant, Bill Ryder Jones, Kvelertak, Flying Colours, Monuments, InHeaven, The Garden, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Alcest, Devilment, Farro, TOY, Eagulls, Protomartyr, Girl Band, Blue States, Death Grips, Saint Sister, Deap Valley, Daughter, Black Foxxes, Charlie Winston, Trash Boat, The Garden, Pain, Geko, Boston Manor, Anteros, Doe, Massive, The Coronas, No Sinner, PWR BTTM, St Germain, The Lapelles, Arc Iris, Field Studies and many more!

For more information and to find your tickets visit: http://www.stereoboard.com/ticket-news

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Throwback Thursday: Airbourne

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As Airbourne prepare to hit the road with Black Stone Cherry for the southern rockers’ UK and Ireland arena tour, we head back to last December, when the Aussie rockers tore Bristol’s O2 Academy a new one. Here’s Joel O’Keeffe during his walkabout through the crowd!

Photographs courtesy of Craig Thomas (tallboyimages.co.uk) for Stereoboard.com (c) 2013. No unauthorised use without permission.

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