Monthly Archives: October 2016

Steven Wilson @ The Powerstation : 26 Oct 2016

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Visionary musician, Steven Wilson, who has changed the direction of rock music is set to tour Australia and New Zealand in October 2016.

In 2013 Steven Wilson toured Australia with one of the most elaborate productions witnessed in rock venues. Those lucky music fans who attended the shows were immersed in an audio-visual sensory experience simultaneously overwhelming and uplifting.

‘I collected my jaw from the ground and walked out slightly dazed. Steven Wilson does it again.’ – Pure Grain Audio.com

This October, Steven brings “Hand. Cannot. Erase.” to antipodean audiences with a show which will both exhilarate and take your breath away.

“Hand. Cannot. Erase. is easily the strongest of Wilson’s solo output in terms of cohesive narrative and dynamic song structure.”  PopMatters

The former Porcupine Tree leader has built a reputation as a musician’s musician with a track record venerated by fans and peers alike. As well as four solo studio albums and in excess of 20 Porcupine Tree albums, Steven has collaborated with a who’s who of forward thinking musicians, including Opeth, Robert Fripp, Yoko Ono, Anathema, Ian Anderson, Steve Hackett, Marillion, OSI and Dream Theater.

Steven is also responsible for acclaimed new mixes for artists as diverse as Emerson Lake & Palmer, XTC, King Crimson, Hawkwind, Caravan, Jethro Tull, Yes, and Tears For Fears.

“Wilson is a star in a fiercely partisan, niche genre”  Rolling Stone Magazine

But for all these achievements, it is in the live arena that Steven’s music truly comes to life. With a band of gifted and inspiring musicianS behind him, an immersive visual experience filling the stage and full quadraphonic surround sound saturating the room with sound and effects, this is truly a show not to be missed.

Steven Wilson will leave you spellbound with a performance you will remember forever.

‘What transpired over the next two and a half hours was a stunning musical exhibition that displayed all of Wilson’s talents, and then some.’ Guitar World

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Method Man & Redman @ The Powerstation : 25 Oct 2016

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Legendary hip-hop duo Method Man & Redman have just announced a one off show in New Zealand as part of their Blackout Tour. The two prolific rappers, who have also carved out massively successful solo careers, released their first collaborative album Blackout! in 1999 which earned the duo a cult following, ten years later, following it up with Blackout! 2.

Method Man has been a hip-hop star since his eponymous cut from Enter the Wu-Tang first put Wu-Tang Clan on the map in 1993, and he solidified the position with some of the best of the solo work to come out of the group, including Tical, Tical 2000: Judgement Day, Tical 0: The Prequel, 4.21 The Day After and The Meth Lab. His reach has long extended beyond music, with a successful acting career that included prominent roles in The Wire, Oz and Belly. He also starred in the cult-classic comedy How High with Redman.

Redman’s seminal debut, Whut? Thee Album, hit stores in 1992, and it sounded like nothing hip-hop fans had ever heard before. The album’s sound was rooted in the funk of Redman’s fellow Def Squad member Erick Sermon’s production, but Redman’s brash energy, punchlines and persona were wholly original. In the nearly two decades since, Redman has evolved into a hip-hop institution. He’s appeared on countless albums as a guest rapper, has released a further seven solo albums, a Def Squad collaborative album with Sermon and Keith Murray, and of course, released his albums with Method Man.

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Falling In Reverse @ The Powerstation : 12 Oct 2016

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One of the most talked about, controversial, ground breaking and adored, rock bands of the modern age, FALLING IN REVERSE are bringing their Count Rockula Tour to New Zealand this October!

The band will hit The Powerstation, Auckland, on October 12 for one show only – their first ever headline show in NZ.

Loved, hated, ridiculed, admired, Falling In Reverse frontman Ronnie Radke is a rare rock n’ roll provocateur whose unpredictability and reckless honesty make him equal parts hero and villain, depending on whom you ask. Radke puts it all on the line, take it or leave it, each and every time he and his band does anything.

Falling In Reverse have been through hell and back. Radke lost his brother in a car crash, watched old friends wither away from old vices and has sought redemption for his past sins. All of which are reflected in tracks from the band’s 2015 album, Just Like You; in particular on the songs Brother, Chemical Prisoner and God, If You Are Above which went to #1 on the iTunes rock chart within hours of its release.

It’s as real as it gets for these four guys.

Combining the metalcore crunch of the scene they helped create, with Satriani inspired shred and a straight up back beat that dives in and out of double bass fury with ease, Falling In Reverse 2016 is a honed musical weapon of focused intensity and purpose. Emotive, heart-wrenching lyrics reflect the band’s real life struggles, whilst showcasing their growth, experience and charisma and show why the band sit atop their musical tree.

Of course it’s not all heartbreak and misery. Falling In Reverse still know how to party hard and get into trouble. Sexy Drug and Just Like You featuring Radke’s admission of ‘I am aware that I am an asshole’ are testament to their rock ‘n’ roll roots.

In 2014, only Motörhead legend Lemmy edged out Radke on Kerrang!’s list of the 50 Greatest Living Rockstars in the World, a lineup that included the likes of Slash, Steven Tyler and Ozzy Osbourne. With Lemmy’s passing into the rock n’ roll hall of Valhalla, does this mean that Ronnie Radke is the world’s Greatest Living Rockstar? According to the UK’s biggest rock mag it just might!

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