After postponing a swag of dates due to COVID-19 in 2020, Adam Thompson is gearing up to take his dynamic Bohemian Rhapsody show back out on the road in 2021. When it comes to magnetic front men, there are few that embody the power and passion quite like Chocolate Starfish’s Adam Thompson. He owns the stage, channels the music, and has audiences eating out the palm of his hand. Showcasing the music of his hero Freddie Mercury and Queen in Bohemian Rhapsody the blockbuster movie soundtrack, live in concert, has already seen Adam perform to sold-out houses and standing ovations.
Chocolate Starfish are known for paying homage to great music. They’ve put on a hugely successful run of Classic Album Series concerts, with an ode to Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Of Hell (2017) and INXS’s KICK (2018), bringing the music to life with their powerhouse performances. Now, the band are stepping aside to let their electric and engaging lead singer – lover of life, singer of great songs – pay tribute to the immeasurable talent of Queen, Freddie Mercury and the acclaimed soundtrack of the smash-hit Golden Globe winning music biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
The Bohemian Rhapsody live in concert was originally just a one-off event, planned for April 2019 in Melbourne. Adam Thompson announced the show just as the biopic landed in theatres in 2018 and the concert sold-out within minutes. Much like the movie, which is reputed as the highest selling music biopic of all time, the live concert concept left music fans demanding more dates. Due to popular demand, Adam Thompson decided to take the live show out on the road.
Chocolate Starfish are widely reputed as one of the best live bands on the scene and Adam Thompson is revered for his showmanship. The band arrived smack bang in the middle of the grunge scene of the 1990s and carved a reputation for doing things their own way. Chocolate Starfish had six top 40 singles and two top 10 albums on the Australian charts, gold and platinum record sales and an ARIA for Most Popular Album.
The Bohemian Rhapsody concert will feature hit after hit from Queen’s back catalogue. With tracks such as Somebody to Love, Killer Queen, Fat Bottomed Girls, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites The Dust, I Want To Break Free and Under Pressure to name a few, it will be a spectacular evening from start to finish. Adam Thompson is looking forward to exchanging that love and energy of Queen with audiences.
Tickets for the 2021 tour of Bohemian Rhapsody are on sale now.
Friday 13th August 2021
The Palms at Crown, MELBOURNE VIC
Friday 27th August 2021
Sir Robert Helpmann Theatre, MOUNT GAMBIER SA
Saturday 28th August 2021
Wendouree Performing Arts Centre, WENDOUREE VIC
Friday 3rd September 2021
Albury Entertainment Centre, ALBURY NSW
Saturday 4th September 2021
Montreal Theatre, TUMUT NSW
Friday 10th September 2021
Theatre North (at The Princess), LAUNCESTON TAS
Saturday 11th September 2021
Theatre Royal, HOBART TAS
Friday 24th September 2021
The Fortitude Music Hall, BRISBANE QLD
Saturday 25th September 2021
NightQuarter, SUNSHINE COAST QLD
Friday 1st October 2021
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, MANDURAH WA
Saturday 2nd October 2021
Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, BUNBURY WA
Friday 8th October 2021
Anitas Theatre, THIRROUL NSW
Saturday 9th October 2021
The Art House, WYONG NSW
Friday 15th October 2021
Ipswich Civic Centre, IPSWICH QLD
Friday 22nd October 2021
Bunjil Place, NARRE WARREN VIC
Saturday 23rd October 2021
Lighthouse Theatre, WARRNAMBOOL VIC
Thursday 28th October 2021
Nautilus Arts Theatre, PORT LINCOLN SA
Friday 29th October 2021
Middleback Theatre, WHYALLA SA
Saturday 30th October 2021
Chaffey Theatre, RENMARK SA
Friday 5th November 2021
Civic Theatre, NEWCASTLE NSW
Saturday 6th November 2021
Dubbo Regional Theatre & Convention Centre, DUBBO NSW
Thursday 18th November 2021
Cairns Performing Arts Centre, CAIRNS QLD
Saturday 20th November 2021
Townsville Civic Theatre, TOWNSVILLE QLD
Saturday 11th December 2021
Enmore Theatre, NEWTOWN NSW
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY SET-LIST
|SET 1: MONARCH SET |
A Kind Of Magic
Another One Bites The Dust
Don’t Stop Me Now
Fat Bottomed Girls
I Want It All
I Want To Break Free
Keep Yourself Alive
|SET 2: HER MAJESTY SET|
Love Of My Life
Now I’m Here
Seven Seas of Rhye
Somebody To Love
The Show Must Go On
Tie Your Mother Down
Who Wants To Live Forever
You’re My Best Friend
|ENCORE: SPECIAL LIVE AID SALUTE |
Hammer To Fall
Crazy Little Thing Called Love
We Will Rock You
We Are The Champions
FINALE: A SALUTE TO FREDDIE MERCURY
For more information, please visit www.chocolatestarfish.com.au
Bad Juju Unveil Touching New Single ‘In The Clouds’
Following on from their critically praised EP ‘You’re Not Alone’, Melbourne-based alternative rock group Bad Juju have just revealed their sentimental new single ‘In the Clouds’ – produced, mixed, and mastered by Callan Orr at Avalanche Studios (Young Lions, Bad/Love, Stepson).
‘In the Clouds’ opens with colourful guitar chords and emphatic drums, as the diverse vocals of Russell Holland guide the melody through calm verses, floating with ghostlike atmosphere, before reaching an impassioned singalong chorus, textured and pervaded with maturity. A vigorous instrumental bridge leads into a heartfelt finale, as the song delivers a poignant message about chasing youthful imaginings.
Holland talks about the meaning behind ‘In the Clouds’:
“The song is about ignoring people who tell you your dreams are out of reach and pursuing your goals regardless of what others say about them.”
To coincide with the release, Bad Juju will be performing launch parties at at The Workers Club in Melbourne and the Crown and Anchor in Adelaide. This continues on from a slew of shows around Australia, having shared stages with international juggernauts Mayday Parade (USA), along with local heavyweights Trophy Eyes, Young Lions, Dream On Dreamer, and Press Club. The band also performed showcases at BIGSOUND 2018.
Singles off ‘You’re Not Alone’ were widely embraced by Spotify, Apple Music, Pilerats, Depth Magazine, The AU Review, Hysteria Mag, HeavyMag, Tone Deaf, and Everyday Metal. Their tracks have also received support from Australian community radio stations 4ZZZ, 2RRR, and Radio Adelaide. They have been featured as a triple j Unearthed Feature Artist, and their single ‘Moving On’ was added to rotation on triple j. Its accompanying music video recieved support from MTV Upload and ABC’s rage.
In the coming weeks Bad Juju will reveal an accompanying music video for ‘In the Clouds’.
‘In the Clouds’ will be available worldwide on Friday, April 16
BAD JUJU ‘IN THE CLOUDS’
FRI 4 JUN | CROWN AND ANCHOR, ADELAIDE SA
SAT 5 JUN | THEWORKERS CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC
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Hailmary release first new music in 5 years with new song Raiser
“Intricate yet accessible throughout, this is music that packs a punch, soothes the soul and reminds you of why you started listening in the first place” – Loud Stuff UK
“Hailmary are an amazingly solid live act, backed by one of Australia’s best vocalists, with the potential to mix it with any of the top tier bands, not only in Australia, but worldwide”. Heavy Mag AUS
Australia has produced some quality hard rock in the last 50 years and that honest, straight up no bullshit rock n roll attitude is still prevalent and very much a part of today’s music scene. Perth’s Hailmary live and breath it. The blood, sweat and tears, the denim and leather, the wall of sound. Stand in front of this band when they play and you cant help but get moving!
A rock band that makes you remember why you got into it in the first place! Loud guitars, even louder drums, vocals that send shivers down your spine and make you involuntarily raise your fist in the air.
Hailmary have the goods and are ready to deliver once more!
Listen to their brand new single, Raiser distrokid.com/hyperfollow/hailmary/raiser
Raiser delivers like a punch to the face with its hooky melody, massive guitar riffs combined with the right amount of pounding drums and groove.
Hailmary has been a key figure of Australia’s underground Hard Rock scene for the past decade. They have touring nationwide multiple times, playing festivals across Australia including Rock The Bay, Rock N Load, Brewtality, Wallapolooza and Perth Hard Rock Festival.
Gaining national attention in Australia by winning Best Heavy Rock release in the WAM (West Australian Music Awards) for their debut EP, Lottery Of Life, Hailmary rode the momentum and began touring incessantly. Releasing EP number two A Million Miles And Days in 2009, the band quickly became national road dogs but also set their goals higher and achieved them with s string of successful US dates.
Their debut full length, Choice Path Consequence Solution in 2012 saw them release their first music video for Yellow Light Of Death and continue their live assault on the nation, playing every festival and venue possible and earning their reputation as one of the hardest working bands out there. In 2014 the band released their Navigate The Sunrise EP that saw them undertake an epic 26 date national run. They also released a video for the track My Song which is now a live favourite for the band and crowd alike.
2016’s Evolve Dissolve EP saw them gain more momentum and lead to the band touring with Ugly Kid Joe extensively all over the UK, as well as playing the Hard Rock Hell festival alongside such acts as Living Colour and Ratt.
With a sound so varied in flavours of different rock genres, Hailmary has supported Fuel, The Screaming Jets and Superheist.
2021 will see Hailmary release a plethora of new material, including a brand new album planned for later in the year.
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ALBUM PREMIERE EXCLUSIVE: M Hofmann releases debut album ‘Lavender Sleeping’
Sydney based Indie Rocker M. Hofmann this week is unveiling his debut album Lavender Sleeping and you can hear it exclusively on Rock Lives Here ahead of it’s official release this Friday, 16th April.
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I’ve had this album on high rotation since it first came through, it’s songs bursting with layers of Heartland Rock and Americana and so incredibly well crafted.
Whilst you are listening to the album, be sure to read through the Track by Track below. Hofmann lays it all bare in his recollections of recording, penning and the inspiration behind the songs on Lavender Sleeping, which focus on themes of relationships, grief, and the rippling effects of mental health.
Hofmann has also announced his album launch show at The Vanguard, Sydney on April 21, details below.
Hofmann teamed up with fellow collaborators Tim McArtney and Charlie Finn to record his debut album, which was mostly tracked live. The first single Feel The Fire from the album was released back in March. The single was premiered via AAA Backstage and received airplay on radio stations nation wide, with a video that really captures the spirit of the song.
Debut album Lavender Sleeping is available on all major online stores from Friday 16, April.
LAVENDER SLEEPING TRACK BY TRACK….
Old Home is a bit of a self encouragement song. The verses are just little reminders to myself that when the depression sets in, things will still be ok. The sun is still shining, the world is still turning, your friends and family are still there, and life will carry on. I am rather cautious of toxic positivity, especially in the mental health realm, and I was initially worried this song would come off cheesy, but I think the simple truths it represents are just enough to get the message across. Initially this song had a real Birds-y chime to it, with a lot of 12 string guitar. But I really wanted this song to feel bigger, even though it’s just two verses and a chorus. David Andrew came in and played organ and synth and piano all over it and with a little slide guitar I think we sent it into a really strong atmosphere to kick the album off with.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO STAY
This was the first song I released as M. Hofmann back at the start of 2020, and doesn’t that feel like an eternity ago now! Actually both this and Old Home were two songs I wrote at the beginning of a super productive writing streak which lead to this album even existing so it’s nice to have them as track 1 and 2 respectively. To me this song fits right into the pocket of ‘my sound’. There’s 12 string guitar, chorus and a lot of reverb, acoustic rhythm, synths, and a strong bass line holding it all together. Johnny Marr is one of my all time favourites so there’s a lot of his influence in there. Lyrically this is a classic break up song, in this case it’s about calling out all of the signs that point to something going nowhere.
RAIN IN THE SUMMER
You know when you’re dating someone early on, and you’re getting to know each other and everything is awesome and for some reason your insecurities try and fuck with you and make you question everything? Well this song is about that. But it’s also about how two people can create a safe place for each other to feel insecure but then work through it and begin to to trust each other and start to build a life together.
In my experience of grief and loss, I’ve noticed that as time passes and life starts to move on, there will be moments when it all comes flooding back. These moments can be rather random too; disjointed memories, words spoken, scenes long forgotten. Nothing that ties in and forms a complete picture, but rather a series of frames that are there to sit with you in that specific moment. Indeed one of those moments came to me one afternoon and Percy Street was born.
If Percy Street is a moment of recollection, then Lavender Sleeping is the morning after the event. This is a song that just fell out of me. I was having one of those moments where it all came surging back to the forefront of my mind and then these six verses came out. And they were the perfect six verses that sum up exactly how I felt the morning after my mum passed away. This song is more of a poem, it didn’t require a chorus or any kind of traditional song formation. It was written exactly as it needed to be, accompanied by a very Smiths-esque guitar hook over three chords. To me this song is the lynchpin of the album. The very centre piece that brings everything else together.
END OF TIME
End of Time rounds out a trilogy of sorts that heavily ties to the previous two tracks. It’s another perspective, actually more leading up to the event than looking back, about preparing yourself in a way for the grief and loss that you know is coming. It might seem strange chronologically having these three songs in reverse after you know what they’re about, but to be honest I really like it that way and it works really well musically. I love all the moments we have on this song, David’s piano and organ parts, and I thoroughly enjoyed writing the guitar parts for this song. It’s an arrangement I really like and I think suits the song perfectly. I almost named the album after this one but it did seem a touch dark!
FEEL THE FIRE
Feel The Fire speaks of someone who is going through the process of deconstructing their worldview, which is something I have found myself doing a lot of as I get older. We all come from times and places that inform our beliefs and I think at some point we have to put those beliefs to the test, to sift through the things we maybe never questioned before. The idea of ‘feeling the fire’ happens as we grow and learn about the world and those around us. We may have views and opinions that we’ve inherited that don’t sit right, and that can create a friction within us. Once that process starts, then there is a need to reconcile those views with what you have learned. I think that’s just about learning and growing into awareness of what is happening in the world outside of your own little bubble. This song attempts to capture the thoughts and feelings of going through such a process. I was listening to The Stone Roses a lot when we were recording this one. We recorded this in a really short time frame too, my producers and friends Timothy McArtney and Charlie Finn and I played all the rhythm section live on the first day, I over dubbed all guitars and synths the next day, and I may have done vocals that day too? Then we mixed by the end of the week! It was a whole lot of fun. The band and I are loving playing this one live.
The second break up song. Sometimes when you are on the receiving end of a break up, you can’t help but wonder if the other person always knew this was going to happen, right? Well that’s the question posed in this song. This is maybe my personal favourite arrangement wise. There’s 12 string, acoustic and an electric guitar hook all moving around each other, we layered synths, piano and Wurlitzer as well. And Charlie’s harmonica right at the end is the perfect send off.
IN THE DARK
One night last year I was just strumming on a single chord for I don’t even know how long, I believe it was an A; I looked down at my phone and realised it was 11.30pm, and so this song was born. This song is just about getting caught in your own thoughts late at night and feeling a touch lost in it all as the questions roll in one after the other. I actually wrote this maybe a couple of weeks before we were due to record the last few tracks for the record and decided that this one had to be included. We kept the arrangement pretty simple and as it started to form I knew this would be the final track on the album. Our good friend and all round gentleman Jy-Perry Banks laid down the luscious pedal steel you hear in the instrumental and bridge.
LAVENDER SLEEPING | ALBUM LAUNCH
Apr 21st – The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
W/ Lady Lyon
Tickets available via www.moshtix.com.au | 18+ only