Eminem is going down....under and bringing Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole with for a stadium tour. The event is being billed as a "game-changing tour" and will take place in 2014.
Australian hip hop artist 360 will open up and New Zealand rapper David Dallas will play Auckland date.
Hip Hoop festivals have been struggling in Australia but we have a feeling this one is going to do quite well.
Online ticket sales start Oct. 31. Tickets for all dates are priced from about U.S. $95 to $290. There will be a pre-sale on October 24th.
Also nominated is Roger Waters.
Helpmann Awards Nominations Announcement, Photo Ros O'Gorman
Australia’s Helpmann Awards recognise excellence in live entertainment.
Frontier Touring toured Foo Fighters, Live Nation brought out Roger Waters, Gary Van Egmond and Chugg Entertainment toured Prince and Michael Coppel toured Sade.
They have all been nominated for the Best International Contemporary Concert.Sade. Photo By: Dr. Funkenberry
Here is the category:
Best International Contemporary Concert
Foo Fighters w/ special guests Tenacious D Stadium Tour 2011
Foo Fighters and The Frontier Touring Company
Prince Welcome 2 Australia
Prince, Van Egmond Group & Chugg Entertainment
Roger Waters’ The Wall Live
Roger Waters and Live Nation Australasia
Sade and Michael Coppel Present
The award is voted within the industry and not by fans.
Roger Waters, Foo Fighters with Tenacious D, Sade, AND Prince? Seems like the winner her was Australia!!!
Who do U think will win?-DocFB
PRINCE took over The Ivy, a club in Sydney, Australia where he performed into the wee hours of the morning with special guests Flavor Flav of Public Enemy and rocker Seal. You know when it comes to Prince, he is never done, and during the Welcome 2 Australia tour, he is proving it yet again.
Prince then performed in Melbourne and at the second show bringing out Flavor Flav again to rap "911 Is A Joke" and then later on, the leader of Public Enemy, Chuck D.
Chuck D. was tweeting during the show and after taking the stage with Prince that there is no one better in music now or then, than Prince. We couldn't agree more.
At the aftershow and the previous 2 concerts, Prince has performed a slowed down bluesy version of "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man" a little bit of "Pheromone" a groove of "Dance Electric" and a long, sweaty, funky version of "Days Of Wild" that left concert goers with their mouths dropped.
It shows that Prince may just have been looking at the songs you were requesting here.
The band gets a 2 day break...well, already one day has passed, til they take over Brisbane and give them a good funkin.-DocFB
Last night, PRINCE performed an almost 25 minute version of the song he feels everyone should experience live, "Purple Rain", leaving Australian concertgoers in awe.
"Everybody should experience this song in concert at least once in their lives," he told TheFIX. "No one experience is the same."
Even though he hasn't taken the stage in Australia since 2003, he feels this trip will be the best because of his crew.
"These people are sooo much fun! We actually enjoy one another's company and it's reflected onstage every night."
He talks about songs that used to bore him performing. "It used to be 'Little Red Corvette' until we re-worked it into a slow blues," "It's hot now. A good example of song evolution over time. We actually know better what the song is about now."
Hmm. You mean it wasn't about a.....ahhh nevermind.
His favorite live music right now is Lianne La Havas, his guitarist Mr. (Andy) McKee, support act Delilah and Andy Allo. His all time favorite? Bass legend Larry Graham. "He reminds us all of what was great in the past. "Everyone who meets him has the same response. He's a kind man who is always encouraging. After a shred with him you feel like you can conquer anything."
Prince even brought up Madonna, one of the big 3 of music acts from the good ol' days, the 80's, and her success, although different than his. "Every artist approaches this from a different angle," "[Madonna] has actually become quite successful on her own terms.
He even talks proudly of his first and former record label Warner Bros.
"To us, [credibility] is all subjective. I started off primarily as a live performer, who mastered the studio at an early age by actually owning one.
"Warner Bros. granted rights unheard of at the time that allowed us the freedom to produce music unencumbered. Working without a net or a ceiling benefits us greatly. Thus, music became a real job, not a hobby.
Although Prince and Madonna are still around, 2 of the 80's biggest stars, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston unfortunately, are not.
When asked why he did not have a similiar fate, he asks the interviewer to watch a youtube clip of the author of "Eat, Pray, Love" Elizabeth Gilbert. We provided the video below.
"The music we create supports families and dreams. Both of which are quite big now."
For the full set list from the 1st Sydney show, and to download a HQ version of the photo above, click the continue reading button...
Here is the latest rehearsal jam from PRINCE & THE NPG. We have been waiting to share this with you and now, we finally can!!
As we first told you about late last week, this is Prince's musical response to Terry Lewis asking if Prince needed an opening act for his upcoming Australian Tour and was also sent to Paul Peterson of Fdeluxe (Formerly The Family) before anyone else.
We promised you that it is hot, funky, dirty, and will leave you in puddle of sweat.
We want to thank PRINCE for sending this to us! The rehearsal jam features "Mutiny" and....."Ice Cream Castles"....Listen below......
We are loving it and digging it big time! Australia, are you ready? Good Gawd!
As we said over the weekend, Janelle Monae and Deliah are possible opening acts for Prince's "Welcome 2 Australia" leg of the tour. Will anyone else be coming along?
So what do U guys think of the latest rehearsal jam?-DocFB
Diagnosis: 1, 2, 3, 4, EVERYBODY ON THE DANCE FLOOR!!!
We have been hearing for a while rumors of PRINCE touring Australia this summer and we are here to tell you....not so fast. Unfortunately.
We have been told that there are NO confirmed PRINCE concerts in Australia at this time.
If anything changes, we will keep you posted.-DocFB
Has it been bash Madonna for Lady Gaga recently? On the Much Music Awards, Lady Extravaganza was called the "Queen Of Pop" a title that Madonna was given and perhaps earned. A few weeks ago, Rolling Stone labeled her as "The Queen Of Pop" for the past decade. As Lady Gaga made a surprise appearance at the Neverland nightclub, the owner of the club slammed Madonna!
What did the Owner of the club say? READ REST OF ENTRY>>>>
Lady Gaga was in Australia this weekend catching a flight to her next destination.
I think it's Lady Gaga. I hate it when she wears those sunglasses because sometimes it looks like Tom Petty in drag.
On a serious note, Gaga says her fans should be celibate. No joke. She said this in a recent interview;
"I can’t believe I’m saying this – don’t have sex. I’m single right now and I’ve chosen to be single because I don’t have the time to get to know anybody. So it’s OK not to have sex, it’s OK to get to know people. I’m celibate, celibacy’s fine."
"It’s OK to be whomever it is that you want to be. You don’t have to have sex to feel good about yourself, and if you’re not ready, don’t do it. And if you are ready, there are free condoms given away at my concerts when you’re leaving!"
"I remember the cool girls when I was growing up. Everyone started to have sex. But it’s not really cool any more to have sex all the time. It’s cooler to be strong and independent."
Hopefully, her young fans are listening to her. Either that or she could say ;"Don't have sex because it will make you kill all the men at a diner after you break out of jail." Just saying.-Dr.FB
Adam Lambert is in Sydney, Australia for Mardi Gras and also the Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras there on Saturday.
Gotta love how the guyliner matches the outfit.-Dr.FB