Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Sound Aid - The Bushfire Relief Benefit Concert

There will be 2 concerts, in both Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday March 14th.

Kings of Leon have signed onto the Melbourne concert, while Coldplay will do Sydney. As well as, it will see Hunters and Collectors and Midnight Oil reform for the cause *squeal* (that's my inner bogan!)

Tickets will go on sale next Wednesday, March 4th at 9am via TICKETEK.

The lineup so far is the following, with more acts to be announced.

Augie March
Bliss N Eso with Paris Wells
Gabriella Cilmi
Hunters and Collectors
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson with Troy Cassar-Daly
Jack Johnson
Kings of Leon
Liam Finn
Midnight Oil
Paul Kelly
Split Enz

Coldplay (acoustic)
Eskimo Joe
Hoodoo Gurus
Josh Pyke
Little Birdy
The Presets
You Am I

Sam The Koala

While the bushfires still rage throughout my beloved home state, it really hasn't made me feel like updating this blog. I think the whole of Victoria knows someone personally who's been caught up in the fires or knows someone who knows someone who's involved. Thankfully I don't know anyone personally who was caught in the fires, those I know who do live in that area had the common sense to flee and thankfully their house still stands, it's a shame the same can't be said for the 210 who have lost their lives and the thousands of homes that have been destroyed.

In what's been a pretty tragic couple of weeks for everyone, I look forward to the daily dose of Sam. For anyone who's been living under a rock, Sam is the world's most famous koala, and she rose to fame as the face of the animals who were injured during the bushfires. How can anyone's heart not melt with an image like this?

You can buy the above photo from The HERALD SUN ONLINE SHOP for $20AUD, all proceeds go to the CFA (Country Fire Authority). So far the pic has raised $30,000 and sold more than 15,000 copies, including 350 from overseas.

And while you're buying your Sammy pic, check out the Bushfire Appeal CD, a double CD with songs of hope and inspiration. Visit your local CD store to buy the CD, or you can buy online through JB Hi-Fi or Sanity.

Disc 1:
Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
Shannon Noll & Natalie Bassingthwaighte - Don't Give Up
Billy Joel - Honesty
Beyonce - Halo
Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream
Midnight Oil - One Country
Lee Kernaghan - Spirit Of The Bush
Vanessa Amorosi - Shine
Hoodoo Gurus - Castles In The Air
John Butler Trio - Better Than
Jessica Mauboy - Time After Time
Justin Timberlake - Losing My Way
Eurythmics - Miracle Of Love
John Williamson - True Blue
Hunters & Collectors - Holy Grail
Wes Carr - You
Bill Withers - Lean On Me
Icehouse - Great Southern Land

Disc 2:

Living End - White Noise
Jimmy Barnes - Working Class Man
Powderfinger - These Days
Rose Tattoo - We Cant Be Beaten
Pete Murray - Saving Grace
John Farnham - You're The Voice
Men At Work - Down Under
Kasey Chambers - This Flower
Paul Kelly - Leaps & Bounds
Delta Goodrem - Believe Again
Anthony Callea - The Prayer
Whitney Houston - The Greatest Love Of All
Dido - Here With Me
Westlife - You Raise Me Up
Jennifer Rush - The Power Of Love
Newton Faulkner - Dream Catch Me
Noiseworks - Touch

Monday, February 9, 2009

Brian Naylor killed in Victorian Bushfires

I know this isn't a "trashy" post as somewhat, but feel the need to vent and express shock at the bushfires that are ravaging my beloved home state.

So far, the total of deaths at 9am on Monday Feb 9th is 108, this includes 4 children and former ch:9 newsreader Brian Naylor and his wife Moiree, whose bodies reportedly were found together on their Kinglake West property.

He's the first "big name" person to have died in the fires and it's believed there could be more. His death by no means takes away from the others who have died, but hopefully, with a big name profile (at least where Victoria is concerned) it can bring some kind of positive message and outcome for everyone.

I urge everyone to please donate to the Bushfire Appeal Fund, here's how you can help:

* Visit www.redcross.org.au
* Phone 1800 811 700
* Donate at any NAB, ANZ, Westpac or Commonwealth Bank branch
* Donate at any Bunnings store
* By direct deposit to the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund - BSB 082-001, Account number 860-046-797 Myer Bushfire Appeal
* All proceeds to the Salvation Army. Donate at any Victorian Myer store

Monday, February 2, 2009

Delta Goodrem - Believe Again Tour Review

Sorry for lack of updates- had a blonde moment (well my brother did) and we went over the download limit for the month, which of course made the net seriously slow and made me utterly frustrated. As a result, I haven't had a chance to get around to writing a review/posting one.

Well I checked out the concert here in Melbourne a couple of weeks back and have to admit I was far more impressed with it than what I was expecting, considering the venue held like 5 people. Had fab seats, 5 rows from the front, right in the middle, couldn't get much better than that.

I do have to vent though, Delta fans utterly shit me, they're just so... I don't know... scary perhaps? freaks? morons? stalkers? Especially the fans off the Delta forum who seem to think that they're all BFF's with Delta, when in actual fact they're not. She should really tell some of them to piss off, otherwise I'm tempted to smack some of them in the face on Delta's behalf- especially that annoying bitch Tammy, who came down to the front during the interval looking for spare floor seats. Fuck off seriously and stop stalking Delta around the country. No one gives a shit that you're from Alice Springs or you have 497207 photos with Delta and that she knows your name. I don't need to see you strutting around like you're top shit either. That goes for all the freaks who swarmed Delta when she decided to come into the crowd. You don't ask Delta for photos in the middle of the song, don't pull out random things to be signed and don't start throwing yourselves at Delta and try and engage in conversation with her. OH! and for the love of god, don't come running down to the front to push in front!

OK... I think I have that rant out of my system.

First and foremost, I do think the smaller, intimate setting suited Delta a hell of a lot more than the arena, and for that I enjoyed this tour more than the 2005 "Visulise Tour"

The setlist as follows:

Believe Again
Innocent Eyes
In This Life
I Can't Break It To My Heart

Not Me, Not I
Out Of The Blue
Brave Face (which Delta didn't even really sing- see above comments about being mobbed by deluded fans)
Mistaken Identity
You Will Only Break My Heart/Billie Jean (yes a Michael Jackson cover, just the dance though, no singing)


Born To Try (featuring Delta on guitar)
That's Freedom (John Farnham cover)
Running Away

Queen of the Night (Whitney Houston cover)
Sweet Dreams (Eurithmics cover)
Do You Love Me? (Contours cover, duet with Brian McFadden)
Almost Here (duet with Brian McFadden)
Together We Are One/ One Day

Lost Without You
Believe Again (reprise)

Anyway, for me the main problem seemed to be a lack of focus and direction, sure it was a great concert and everything, but it felt like she was trying to do to much, cover too many bases and as a result it ended up in a hot mess. Queen of the Night and the Sweet Dreams/Predictable mashup was the definate highlight for me, not to mention the hilarious and craptastic dance breakdown during 'You Will Only Break My Heart', complete with the fabulous S2S as backup dancers/backing singers, which the videos I took on the night show:

You Will Only Break My Heart

Queen of the Night