Throughout his career, Ryan Adams has been hell-bent on following his muse wherever it’s dragged him. It may not have always endeared him to fans, bandmates, critics or record labels but it’s made for a sizeable catalogue of work that few of his contemporaries could only wish to match.
12 months on from the death of one of the few people who can genuinely claim the mantle of ‘the Fifth Beatle’, producer George Martin, and in a year when we’re sure to hear a lot of the phrase “It was 50 years ago today…”, now seems like as good a time as any to celebrate the Fab Four’s unbeatable catalogue.
Generally, the idea of seeing a version of a vintage band that only contains a couple of members of the classic lineup should be approached with extreme caution. The Monkees, however, have never been your average band.
Now well into the third decade of their career, The Charlatans have managed to outlast pretty much every act once seen as a contemporary, both in terms of longevity and recorded output. Buoyed by their 12th album, last year’s stunning Modern Nature, the band’s third visit to Sydney is a clear sign that it’s not done yet by a long shot.
If you’re an Australian Smiths fan, it’s been a bumper couple of months; first, there was Morrissey’s four-night stand at the Sydney Opera House as part of Vivid and now Johnny Marr’s hit town as a solo act for the second time in two years.
Having been the voice to some of the greatest British rock ‘n’ roll of the 1990s (and 2000s, depending on who you talk to), the debut Australian visit from Liam Gallagher and his cohorts finally provides an opportunity to see what Beady Eye has to offer this post-Oasis world.
Undoubtedly one of the best music stories of 2013 has been the career renaissance of Nile Rodgers. The man responsible for hits by a plethora of superstar acts, as well as with Chic – the group he co-founded with the late Bernard Edwards in 1977 – has had a spectacular 18 months in which he has been cleared of prostate cancer, played over 100 shows across the globe and scored some of the biggest hits of his career (thanks to a couple of French fans who like wearing colourful helmets).
The depth of influence that the original incarnation of Black Sabbath has had on hard rock and heavy metal over the last four decades can never really be understated. You only had to look at the wide variety of (predominantly black) band shirts worn by the multiple generations of devotees at the band’s first Sydney show in almost 40 years to know that almost anyone that has played heavy rock or metal has been inspired by the Godfathers of the genre – or been inspired by someone that was inspired by them.