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The Rock-itt : April 2010
"From Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Karnivool, Big Day Out, AC/DC, Soundwave and My Absolute All Time Favourites -- Faith No More: It was Freaks to Favourites and...." The Ultimate Festive Season of ROCK! From the time Faith No More announced their reunion I knew I was headed for an Epic Summer. After a thirteen year wait from their last tour in 1997, and a long childhood obsession with front man Mike Patton, it was like I spent the Summer holding my breath. I was only lucky that I had some distractions... and what awesome distractions they were!!! Alice Cooper kicked it off late last year with his show at the Entertainment Centre. I had never been seated right up the front before, let alone so close that I managed to catch paraphernalia. By the end of the show, full of massacres and murdering stunts with the assistance of his very hot nurse daughter, I had caught pearls, a ball and Alice Cooper money. The audience was somewhat tame with many veterans but I was stoked and rocked hard to all the favourites, Schools Out, Poison, Eighteen, Dragontown, Only Women Bleed, Vengeance is Mine, No More Mr Nice Guy to name a few. I went with my friend who had seen him many times before and was somewhat disappointed with the absence of tunes from his new album, but I was stoked. Marilyn's debaucheries were at my favourite venue of all time, the Hordern. We managed to do my signature short chic move -- the sneaky up the side, so we were also up the front. I have seen Marilyn before and despite doing a kicker set list from Beautiful People, Do You Like Guns, Heart Shaped Glasses and ending in Sweet Dreams, I have to say unlike Alice and previous shows, the lack of costume changes and stage setting were a little disappointing. Still the sound was so good and his stage presence was so rock, from knocking people in the audience to saying things like who's going home and f"c?ing tonight? So sexy, so rock and roll. Loved it! I also love The Enmore Theatre, another venue that also kicks ass for sound but adds soul and ambience. And who better to see there than my Australian all time favourites, Karnivool. With their second monster album, Sound Awake, they have grown from rock to epicness, with almost the addition of Tool like riffs and seven minute emotional journeying songs. We had front row banister seats which allowed a perfect bird's eye view on these guys. The voice, Ian Kenny, sent chills up the seats. Well all watched with jaws to the ground and goose bumps down our spines. They did a fantastic combination from the Mata and Sound awake and as usual their harmonies and sounds were just like the CD, well better if that is possible. Five stars guys, I'll be back, for the tenth time 2010. Being a bit of a lover of heavy music theBigDayOutlineupwasabitof a letdown but to touch on the best of the day, surprise surprise, Karnivool. God I loved seeing these guys rock everyone at the Big Day Out not to mention being out of my ambient seat and up the front in 40 degree heat, sprayed by high pressure hoses, thinking not for a second that it wasn't worth it. They rocked it up for us and so hard, I was left with a red face for the rest of the day. Rise Against were next on the list, and another band that sound dead on the money. His voice and their song choice were awesome. I got shivers when they played their new songs off their new album Appeal to Reason, especially Hero of War. I lost my voice. Muse,