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ROSEWOOD RESTRICTIONS TO BE LIFTED FOR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 30, 2019

Great news for guitar makers and guitar lovers worldwide as rosewood restrictions for musical instruments are lifted. After three years of work and representation from a global coalition of companies and industry associations, (including our AMA) the CITES meeting in Geneva has voted in favour of allowing exemptions for trade…

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REVIEW: FRED ARMISEN’S COMEDY FOR MUSICIANS BUT EVERYONE IS WELCOME – MELBOURNE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 30, 2019

Fred Armisen’s Comedy For Musicians But Everyone Is Welcome Athenaeum Theatre, Melbourne August 30 Review: Greg Phillips Unexpectedly strolling on stage at the advertised showtime was Olivia Bartley aka Olympia in turquoise suit and matching Fender Jag. I don’t recall seeing any mention of her name as support pre-tour however…

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DRAPHT INTERVIEW: NEW SINGLE & NATIONAL TOUR ANNOUNCED

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 29, 2019

Perth based hip hop artist Drapht is back with an infectious new single ‘Summer They Say’ and a national tour. AM editor Greg Phillips caught up with Drapht for a chat It would be impossible to write the colourful history of Australian hip hop without including Perth-based rapper Drapht. Along…

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WATCH: ASH GRUNWALD – THE ‘MOJO’ ALBUM INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 29, 2019

Back in June, ahead of his Melbourne Guitar Show performance, we spoke with acclaimed Australian roots music singer, songwriter, guitarist Ash Grunwald, predominantly about his new Pratley Signature guitar (read interview here). This time AM’s Greg Phillips caught up with Ash for a video interview to chat specifically about the…

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EPIPHONE ANNOUNCES VIVIAN CAMPBELL ‘HOLY DIVER’ SIGNATURE LES PAUL

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - August 29, 2019

Epiphone proudly presents the new Vivian Campbell “Holy Diver” Les Paul Outfit, the debut signature model by Vivian Campbell, the iconic guitarist for Dio and Def Leppard. The ‘Holy Diver’ is based on Vivian’s prized Les Paul used on Dio’s classic albums Holy Diver and The Last in Line and features…

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GLEN SOBEL (ALICE COOPER) SWITCHES TO VATER DRUMSTICKS

Posted in Blog, Gear, Percussion    //    Post Date - August 29, 2019

Glen Sobel gets all the great gigs and is currently busy touring with both Alice Cooper and The Hollywood Vampires. Glen is now using Vater Xtreme Design 5A with Red Grip Tape, Drink and Stick Holders and Stick Bag.   Glen Sobel has played in a variety of genres including rock, hip hop, pop, metal, punk, and fusion….

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REVIEW: DISTANT WORLDS – MUSIC FROM FINAL FANTASY

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - August 28, 2019

Melbourne Arena, Saturday August 24, 2019. Review: Elyce Phillips In the world of gaming, there are few franchises that have as beautiful a soundtrack as the Final Fantasy series. This was made even more apparent hearing the music performed live by the 100-piece Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. The…

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SIX QUIX WITH MANNEQUIN DEATH SQUAD

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 28, 2019

Ahead of their performance at The Espy this Saturday August 31 as part of the Live N Local festival, El and Dan from Mannequin Death Squad ponder Six Quix for us Melbourne punk rock duo Mannequin Death Squad had an ear-splitting 2018, having already established themselves as a force to…

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GIBSON LAUNCHES LTD EDITION CHRIS CORNELL ES-335 TRIBUTE

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - August 28, 2019

Gibson Guitars announced today the worldwide launch of the new, limited-edition Chris Cornell Tribute ES-335 guitar. The Chris Cornell ES 335 Tribute honors the rock legend who has left a modern legacy and contribution to music history that transcends genres. Gibson first partnered with Cornell to work on his original…

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SIX QUIX WITH BEAST MACHINE

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - August 28, 2019

Introducing Beast Machine and the debut single ‘Time Slowed Down’. These guys hail from the laid back central, Northern NSW but there’s nothing laid back about them in terms of their hard hitting Rock n Roll. To celebrate the release of their single, the guys from Beast Machine sat down…

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