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The Rock-itt : August 2011
I got the nod from editor Pete after last months “Listen Up”, he was happy with the piece so this month we get to move to two pages, good job because there’s a lot to write about. Elsewhere in this months Rock-itt you can read about what I did in my previous life, part of which involved being Director of Promotions for EMI Australia. Whilst at EMI I got to work with The Living End and I became a big fan. It wasn’t just their music, which was and is pretty damn fine. It was- n’t even their sensational live shows and their position as one of Australia’s foremost rock bands. All this visible and audio talent was underpinned by them being really excellent, caring human beings. Not traits that come regularly to mind when discussing rock but the Living End are the complete deal. They care about their music and it’s presentation as much as they care about the people who support them. Always time for their fans, TLE never had to be pushed to engage with the people and they were great in dealing with the me- dia. Still a three piece Chris Cheney lead guitars and vocal, Scott Owen Bass and backing vox and Andy Strachan on drums they released their new album “The End- ing is Just The Beginning” just before this months Rock-itt went to press and it’s a killer. It was produced by Nick Didia famed for his work with Bruce Springsteen and Rage Against The Machine and mixed by Brendan O’Brien who has worked along- side Pearl Jam, Powderfinger and AC/DC. TLE will support the album with a nation- wide tour, which kicked off with a main stage appearance at Splendour. They get to us on September 3rd at the Enmore but that show is sold out, luckily they have put in a second Enmore show the night after, September 4th but you’ll have to be quick otherwise you are on your way to Canber- ra for the 7th September. They’ve been around a long time but the new album is box fresh, don’t miss one of Australia’s finest. Check out thelivingend.com for all the details. I’ve been a little dismayed at the massive exposure in the media in the last few weeks trumpeting the return of Meat Loaf and his “Guilty Pleasures” tour; it even made the evening TV news!! He plays Wollongong on October 4 th but don’t rush it’s already sold out. What is the attraction with an artist whose only big hit album was 34 years ago? “Bat Out Of Hell” was a fine album in it’s day, Mr. Loaf was real- ly only the vocalist on it, Jim Steinman wrote it and the guy who produced it is the focus of my attention this month. Who did produce it? Come on it’s one of the big- gest albums ever, you must know! If you don’t you are not on your own, the sales assistant at JB HiFi had never heard of him and actually asked me to spell his surname. It’s R-U-N-D-G -R-E-N, Todd Rundgren! I actually enjoy moments like that, as an older guy to find someone who’s into music but not aware of someone who has been a massive influ- ence over the years gets me ex- cited. I’m happy for them because if you take a listen you’ll find something that will enlighten you and if you are a musician it may show you the path to something mightily creative. Todd’ record company is making things a little easier to access his music right now. Warner Brothers have a five- album compilation package in store for $21.99, it’s a gift. I bought one even though I already have all the albums which are “Runt” (1970), ““Runt, The Ballad Of Todd Rundgren” (1971).), “Faithful” (1976, his 7th album), Hermit Of Mink Hollow”(1978) and “The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect”( 1983 his tenth studio album). They’ve been clever, these aren’t the crème de la crème of Todd’s output but they are really good tasters and at $21.99 a real giveaway. Todd’s killers are “Something/Anything” from 1972, “A Wiz- Scott Owen of The Living End in the spotlight.