Punk! [#584]

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Punk! [#584]

Hi ya, kids! Is it that time again already? Damn! Okay, let’s do this…
I feel kinda bad about going on and on and on about all these rad music festivals happening overseas, so I’m just gonna let y’all know about one more exciting prospect before retiring the topic for a little bit. The 9th annual Amnesia Rock Fest will be taking place this June (20-21st) in Montebello, Canada, and has a line-up that is nothing short of jaw dropping: Motley Crue, NOFX, Megadeth, Weezer, Lagwagon, Cypress Hill, Danzig, Anti-Flag, Dead Kennedys, Henry Rollins (not sure, however, if it’s spoken word, deejaying, or a live band at this stage), Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Reel Big Fish, Blink-182, Cannibal Corpse, MxPx, Alice in Chains, Suicidal Tendencies, Misfits, New Found Glory, GOB, H2O, Fear, Bigwig, No Use for a Name, Black Flag, Venom, 88 Fingers Louie, Strife, Joan Jett, Mastodon and many, many more. Crazy, right? Right! And more than anything, I’m digging the lack of emo, screamo, metalcore, indie pop-rock and tweenwave bands that seem to litter OTHER festival line-ups.
Melbourne punk institutions Strawberry Fist Cake and K-Mart Warriors have a joint album launch coming up at the Hi-Fi Bar in Melbourne on Friday, May 23. Woot! Sexy times afoot! Supports expected to be announced any time now…
20 years after the death of frontman Kurt Cobain, Nirvana will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year, alongside KISS and Hall & Oats. Krist Novoselic has let slip online that he’s been brushing up on his bass parts, leading many to believe that SOME sort of live performance is forthcoming. Hmmm…
Speaking of KISS, I’m kinda surprised they’re finally getting a look in after being ignored all these years, to the point where frontman Paul Stanley has openly criticised the committee and called them out about it. Interesting! Ironically, now that the band is getting what it wants, they’ve declined the chance to perform at the ceremony because they can’t decide which current and former band members deserve to take part, as Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley refuse to share a stage with Ace Frehley and Peter Criss ever again. Seriously? It’s Guns N’ Roses all over again. Personally, I’d love to see Vinnie Vincent make a return to the line-up!
We’re creeping closer and closer to the Melbourne leg of Hits & Pits, which is now sold out. Face to Face, Unwritten Law, The Casualties, Masked Intruder and more!
So, last week local lads Culzean opened for Reece Mastin at Market Square and, in my opinion, were way better! You go, Culzean! Killer EP, too!
Until next time, kids, stay cool.