Ryan Adams @ Hordern Pavilion, 27 May, 2017

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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.

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Chic feat. Nile Rodgers @ Sydney Opera House, 7 December, 2013

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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).

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Black Sabbath @ AllPhones Arena, 27 April, 2013

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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.

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