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Live Review : NICKELBACK – ‘Feed The Machine’ Tour – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – 13 February 2019

Review and Photos by Peter Coates

Nickelback have the big stage set and great lights of the stadium rock band they now are, and open up with Feed The Machine, followed by Woke Up this Morning and while we are packing up the cameras, the more laid back hit of Photograph. An extra guitarist appears for the huge crowd singalong of Far Away to fill out the acoustic depth, and keeps popping up on guitar and keys through the set. And the light show continues to impress.
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Live Review : Bad Wolves – Brisbane Entertainment Centre – 13 February 2019

Review and Photos by Peter Coates

Bad Wolves are a new one to me, and the hardcore rap metal / numetal ‘supergroup’ from LA made up of past members of some variously known rock and metal acts seemed to get a pretty solid reaction from the early crowd in Brisbane.
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Photo Gallery : The Prodigy at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – 2 February 2019

Photographer: Peter Coates – InsideEdgePhotography

The Prodigy at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – 2 February 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates

The Prodigy at Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney – 2 February 2019
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Photo Gallery : Florence + The Machine at Spark Arena, Auckland (with Yellow Days) – 30 January 2019

Photographer: Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Florence + The Machine at Spark Arena, Auckland – 30 January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates

Florence + The Machine at Spark Arena, Auckland – 30 January 2019
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Live Review : Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019

Review and photos by Peter Coates

The opening night of the Australian leg of Keith Urban’s GRAFFITI U tour followed the special one-off show supporting the farmers in Tamworth, and it was clear from the start that the good vibes were still very much in play!

A pretty much sold old venue, pretty full despite the early start, saw a lively set from support act Julia Michaels, a highly accomplished pop songwriter for the likes of Britney, Bieber, and Gwen Stefani, who kicked off her own singing career 2 years ago. With a full band, Julia delivered a slick, up-tempo pop country set, including Issues, the Grammy-nominated track from the recent 50 Shades movie.

After the short break, the absolute superstar that is Keith Urban appeared in silhouette at the back of the stage, and the band kicked off Never Coming Down from the new album, followed by Days Go By from 15 years earlier. Keith sings most of this one from side of stage, before rolling into the single he wrote with his support act, Coming Home.

Then we get an impromptu review from Keith of a few banners and signs, including a “Please Will You Play At My Wedding” which saw the young lady hauled up onstage, and on discovering her fiance was at home, Keith ‘face-timed’ along with 10,000 fans, for a chat! A couple of selfies with Keith and the crowd, in a really easy, informal way, and then we are back off with the music, and Somewhere In My Car from the FUSE record.

Unsurprisingly Keith has a super tight band of multi-instrumentalists, including Jerry Flowers from Keith’s initial band, The Ranch, on bass and guitar, Danny Rader on guitars, keys, banjo and mandolin, Seth Rausch on drums and Nathan Barlowe on keyboards and guitars – and the sound in this large tin-shed is of superb quality. But there is no doubt where the focus is, on the ever-smiling front-man, who, just quietly, can absolutely rip on the guitar.

There is great interplay between Keith and Danny at the start of Long Hot Summer, and features a tasty solo from Keith on the riser stage front, teasing the crowd with fretwork, tapping and picking before the band builds it up behind him. A change of mood for the sensual Parallel Lines, and then the drums pick up the beat again for the ultimate driving track, Put You In A Song, which motors along like a Corvette on the freeway, and sees the crowd get stuck into one of several singalongs!

Keith delivers a consummate performance throughout, and picks up an acoustic for a cracking solo spot of bluegrass hoe-down guitar which slides into the older Stupid Boy. The crowd sings the start of Somebody Like You even before the band kicks in, and allows the Nathan Barlowe to show off his vocal talents in little cameo performance of With Or Without You, before the lights all go down, and Keith asks for some help – the Arena lights up from 10,000 phone lights!

A first-time outing for a new song written with Julia Michaels, from her forthcoming release, sees her join Keith onstage for a fun duet of Lie To Me, and then a real riff cranks up over an up-tempo beat, and we are back in stadium country-rock mode for Good Thing with Keith’s guitar really cutting through the mix. Slow down again for a delicate acoustic-tinged Blue Ain’t Your Colour, and then he swaps guitar for bass for the almost industrial-pop Drop Top which includes Kassi Ashton doing her vocal lines on the big screens.

The stage turns blue for the hit Cop Car which turns into a real rock ballad, and then both Danny and Jerry get their chance to sing a few bars and show-off, before the intro to The Fighter sees the crowd erupt – helped by Carrie Underwood doing her vocals on the screens. During this, Keith makes his way all the way through the crowd, high-fiving and hugging anyone in his path, to the “U Stage” at the back of the arena, where he conducts a more intimate singalong with a few friends, rips into a medley of Kiss a Girl/Who Wouldn’t Wanna Be Me/You Look Good in My Shirt while ripping the licks out of his guitar, and then pulls a young girl up onto the stage to hand it over as a trophy!

Keith makes the long way back to the stage where the band is still going, and the banjo intro to Gone Tomorrow (Here Today), and then a funky bass-driven version of John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 and a slick solo from Danny Rader. The set proper closes with the classy pop-rock of Wasted Time with a guitar duel and another crowd singalong.

You know he is coming back for more, and sure enough after a decent period of adulation, the crowd gets the massive hit from the new record sung with Lindsay Ell, Horses – and then it is over! What a show, from a truly special performer!

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KEITH URBAN “GRAFFITI U WORLD TOUR AUSTRALIA”
With Special Guest Julia Michaels
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Friday 25 January, 2019: Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena
Saturday 26 January, 2019: Sydney, Qudos Bank Arena
Sunday 27 January, 2019: Canberra, GIO Stadium
Thursday 31 January, 2019: Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Friday 1 February, 2019: Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Saturday 2 February, 2019: Brisbane, Entertainment Centre – SOLD OUT
Tuesday 5 February, 2019: Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena – SOLD OUT
Wednesday 6 February, 2019: Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena

Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Keith Urban at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Julia Michaels at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Julia Michaels at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Julia Michaels at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Julia Michaels at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Julia Michaels at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Julia Michaels at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates
Julia Michaels at Newcastle Entertainment Centre – 23rd January 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates

Photo Gallery : The Screaming Jets + Palace of the King at Wyong Leagues Club – January 4th, 2019

Photographer: Peter Coates

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The Screaming Jets at Wyong Leagues Club – January 4th, 2019
Photographer: Peter Coates

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Live Review : RANDY HOUSER at Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 13 December 2018

Review and photos by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Dallas Davidson is a name that many people will not know, and I reckon a chunk of the crowd who made it in to the Enmore from the storm outside might have thought he was the low-budget warm-up act doing covers of country number ones…..the thing is, Dallas wrote all of these for Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Bake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum…..so he really is entitled!
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Photo Gallery : Randy Houser + Dallas Davidson at Enmore Theatre, Sydney -13 December 2018

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Randy Houser at Enmore Theatre, Sydney -13 December 2018
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Randy Houser at Enmore Theatre, Sydney -13 December 2018
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Photo Gallery : Australian Americana Music Honours at Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne – 11 October 2018

Photographer: Peter Coates

Australian Americana Music Honours at Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne – 11 October 2018
Photographer: Peter Coates

Australian Americana Music Honours at Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne – 11 October 2018
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Photo Gallery : Joshua Hedley & The Hedliners + Courtney Marie Andrews at The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne – 9 October 2018

Photographer: Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Joshua Hedley & The Hedliners at The Spotted Mallard, Melbourne – 9 October 2018
Photographer: Peter Coates

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Interview with GRANGER SMITH

Interview by Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Texas-based country music singer/songwriter Granger Smith is in Australia with a headline appearance at the Groundwater Festival on the Gold Coast, along with sideshows in Sydney, Melbourne and Townsville. Granger kicked off the mini-tour at the Rooty Hill RSL in the heart of Western Sydney.

We sat down with Granger in Sydney shortly before he hit the stage and got to talk about his career to date.

Granger has been writing, recording and performing for nearly 25 years, with much of that being self-financed and produced, before landing a publishing deal in 2000 and moving to Nashville for a few years to learn more about song-writing and recording gear, after which he went home to Texas to finish his college degree and start a band.
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Photo Gallery : Granger Smith at Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney – 25 July 2018

Photographer: Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Granger Smith at Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney – 25 July 2018
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Granger Smith at Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney – 25 July 2018
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Photo Gallery : Jasmine Rae at Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney – 25 July 2018

Photographer: Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Jasmine Rae at Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney – 25 July 2018
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Jasmine Rae at Rooty Hill RSL, Sydney – 25 July 2018
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Live Review : Extreme & Mr. Big at Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 3 June 2018

Review and Photos: Peter Coates – www.facebook.com/InsideEdgePhotography

Enmore the hip Sydney suburb was rammed on Sunday night – parking was a nightmare, the Duke was overflowing, and the queue to get in to the Enmore Theatre was round the block. All because a couple of 1990’s US rock bands had teamed up for a co-headlining tour, and Zaccaria Concerts & Touring had done a bang-up job of promoting and selling the shows. The Enmore was fully standing downstairs, and was packed early, with Mr Big taking to the stage around 7.45pm, and treating us to 85 minutes of flawless classic rock.
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Photo Gallery : Extreme & Mr. Big at Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 3 June 2018

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Extreme at Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 3 June 2018
Photographer: Peter Coates

Extreme at Enmore Theatre, Sydney – 3 June 2018
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