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Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Australian Tour Reviews
« on: November 17, 2017, 01:32:28 AM »
A review of the Melvins/Redd Kross show at The Gov in Adelaide is in the latest issue of street press B-Side Magazine that I can't link to but can be read online, double page review on pages 60-61.

Blowing My Load in the Front Row with Redd Kross and Melvins Live Review
by Romana Ashton (of The Sunday Reeds), Photos by Iain Dalrymple

Redd Kross and Melvins are very different bands but have at least one thing in common; they know how to put on a rock 'n roll show of the highest calibre. I felt privileged to witness both bands in action last Saturday night. Judging by the reaction from the audience, I wasn't the only one.

I first came across the Melvins in my teen years through my love of Nirvana (you may have heard of them). I bought the Melvins 1993 album Houdini and listened to it along with my ever-growing eclectic music collection.

Of course, Melvins are a hugely influential band, if you didn't know that already, now you do.

Redd Kross, on the other hand, were not a band I had the pleasure of discovering at that time. I wish that I had, as a massive Beatles nerd, I would have appreciated their keen pop acumen.

The four-piece, who are dressed in some rather fine shiny outfits with a hint of glam rock, begin their set with Lady in the Front Row. The irony is not lost on me as I stand front and centre at Jeff McDonald's (singer/guitarist) feet.

I admire Jeff's Beatles-esque boots. I however, being about fifteen years younger than the band don't think I am too old as implied by the lyrics You look so fine, But are you too old to be in the first in line? No, I'm bloody not, I think, not ever.

As Redd Kross make their way through their set I notice audience members singing along to pop-tastic hits such as Stay Away From Downtown and Jimmy's Fantasy (the latter from the 1993 album Phaseshifter).

Keeping up the pop sensibility the band launch into a flawless cover of The Beatles It Won't Be Long which has me bopping away in the vein of a 60's teenager suffering from Beatlemania. Jason Shapiro (guitar) and Steven McDonald (bass) provide the backing vocal Yeahs. I think perhaps they might share my penchant for pop nerdiness.

A gentleman that I spot early on as a potential annoyance to me and possibly to others, has now edged his way to the front. He proceeds to pull a harmonica from his pocket. His intention is to jam with the band. From here on in, I shall refer to him as HG (Harmonica Guy).

HG, during the first half of the Redd Kross set, seems hell-bent on pulling a foldback speaker off the stage. I place my hand firmly on it. He looks at me as if I am his mum stopping him from rocking out. HG's friends also intervene before the very cranky looking sound guy comes out to reposition it.

One of the best things about the show is the sharing of members (no pun intended) between Redd Kross and Melvins, Redd Kross have Dale Crover from Melvins playing drums for them and Steven McDonald from Redd Kross is on bass for Melvins.

I am always mesermised by energetic drummers and bass players, so I am thrilled to be able to watch Dale and Steven play two consecutive sets. They don't disappoint.

Steven McDonald is a flaming fireball of a rock 'n' roll energy. He makes it all look so effortless as he pulls out some co-ordinated glam rock moves during a cover of Kiss's Deuce. Steven seems fond of getting close to the audience, throwing some wild poses which makes a lot of people with mobile phone very happy.

Redd Kross finish up with a brilliant cover of Bowie's Saviour Machine and their own epic Linda Blair. I quickly grab Jeff's pick that he has dropped on the stage. I hope to catch some rock 'n' roll sex germs from it so I can infect myself and my band with them when I play gigs.

After Redd Kross finish, I make my way to the back of the room to chat with people about the show so far. I happen to look up as Jason, Dale and Jeff meander through the crowd. I say without hesitation, Good Show. Jeff gives me a reassuring pat on the shoulder, We saw you there. All I can think of is Lady in the Front Row.

Now it's time for Melvins. Buzz Osbourne make a grand entrance, his hair, electric white and crazy. He is dressed in a magnificent, God-like tunic complete with tights that closely resemble some that I own. He has a commanding presence. The crowd trembles with excitement. I have slight outfit and hair envy.

Equally, when Dale and Steven appear with costume changes, the audience can tell this is going to be one of the best shows of the year. Dale is now in black and Steven is dressed in a faux fur black vest. Okay, I have major outfit envy.

Melvins commence with a cover of Flipper's Sacrifice. Things are off to an intense start and Buzz maintains this growing intesity throughout the evening.

As Melvins move from Oven through to It's Shoved, they then play a cover of a cover; The Moving Sidewalks' (1968) gritty version of The Beatles' I Want To Hold Your Hand.

About this time, a 90's style testosterone fuelled mosh-pit starts up behind me. I am immediately reminded of some things I wasn't too fond of as a teen.

Memories of being squished against sweaty, shirtless men come flooding back as I am bumped from behind by the all-male jostling. I'm not what you would call a fan of 'moshing'. I identify fully with Daria and Jane from Daria.

It is also around this time HG jumps up onto the stage only to be chastised by Dale: Mate, don't make a fool of yourself. We get nervous when people get on stage these days, for obvious reasons. I like Dale. He's almost Daria.

HG doesn't even seem to realise Dale is directing these comments toward him because HG is having such a good fucking time.

As Melvins seamlessly end the set and merge straight into their encore from the Lysol album, the smell of pot wafts over the crowd and the stage. Dale comments: Adelaide is a real jazz town, a real scat town, before jokingly breaking into a scattin' drum solo. He isn't wrong. It is.

Hung Bunny and Roman Dog Bird are played to an adoring crowd as the night ends. The smell of jazz cigarettes hangs heavily in the air.

Dale plays his last beat, sticks throw down; That's it. We've blown our load. We hope you blew yours too. Did you feel it? Because we did.

And that, kids, is how you play a rock 'n' roll show.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Dale Crover & Chuck Mosley join Primitive Race
« on: November 13, 2017, 05:19:27 AM »
The album came out the week before Chuck's death :(

Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Australian Tour Reviews
« on: November 12, 2017, 07:32:07 PM »
You don't think so? I thought he was the best back up singer the band ever had his vocals complimented Buzz very well.

Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Australian Tour Reviews
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:52:01 PM »
i think this guy added more bass lines than Jared in five and more years. still i can see your point about his stage presence

Probably true I don't remember Jared's bass playing being all that prolific but I thought he made up for that by being an excellent back up vocalist and the heavier sound of two drummers helped too.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Melvins Tour Diary on Spin Magazine
« on: November 12, 2017, 05:43:19 PM »
I'm reading this again for the 4-5th time now and about to send the PDF to a mate who was a big Amrep fan back in the day but isn't very familiar with the Melvins. It's such a great read.

Thanks once again to the late Conda for compiling this.

Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Australian Tour Reviews
« on: November 11, 2017, 04:27:37 PM »
Opps, an editing error there from me!


anyway, i can see why Melvins fans are not too much into Steven "glammy" style...though i like to think he's the bassist Buzz&Dale have always dreamed to play with  :D

I've got no doubt that being able to tour constantly without needing to worry about a bass player disappearing or whatever endears him to them and I'm sure he's a lovely fella behind the scenes but all the carry on on stage with the scissor kicks and dancing gets old pretty quick and although he has a decent tone it feels like they're 'settling' for him.

Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Australian Tour Reviews
« on: November 11, 2017, 04:19:49 PM »
Thanks for all the reviews! Is there a tour shirt specific to Australia this year?

Mine was show #2 on the tour and I didn't see one just standard Melvins & Redd Kross logo t-shirts.

Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Australian Tour Reviews
« on: November 11, 2017, 12:39:48 AM »
Someone must have told Buzz t-shirts were expensive. They were $35 in Melbourne.

Just gouging Victorians you can't blame him really ;)

The only show specific banter I remember too was when one knucklehead clearly under the weather jumped up on the stage looking to stage dive early in their set, security grabbed him and disposed of him and after that song Steven went on a bit of a rant about how that might be how you do things in South Australia but in this day and age it's too much of a safety risk so don't anyone do it again.

He carried on about it a bit too long really and this from someone who's been in the band five minutes just be appreciative of the decent turnout.

Melvins Show Reviews / Re: Australian Tour Reviews
« on: November 10, 2017, 09:33:45 PM »
I went to the Adelaide show last Saturday and to be totally honest was a bit bored really. I didn't see Redd Kross and rocked up about 15 mins before the Melvins set and although I liked the first 3-4 songs of their set they then went into more straight ahead stuff and extended jams/doodling the rest of the way which had me watching the clock. I have to admit I don't like Steven McDonald and his antics and thought the band sounded much better in the BB and Rutmanis era. I last saw them in 2003 with Rutmanis and just wish I hadn't have missed the BB version four years ago.

Only merch I saw on the way out was 2-3 Melvins/Redd Kross t-shirts at $30 a pop and a Steven McDonald solo CD for $20.

A couple of pics taken by the venue's photographer below.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Buzz Osborne's Favorite Guitarists
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:42:11 AM »
(I included Neil Hagerty on this because I don’t know who plays what.)


Totally agree on Jon Spencer

Melvins Discussion / Re: Melvins Videos Thread (and much more)
« on: September 11, 2017, 06:17:37 AM »

Melvins Discussion / Re: Melvins Videos Thread (and much more)
« on: September 11, 2017, 05:57:31 AM »

Melvins Discussion / Re: A Roll-Call With Love and Death 2017
« on: September 11, 2017, 01:03:23 AM »
September 11 Houston, TX Warehouse Live (Studio)
September 13 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks   ZILLA
September 14 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
September 15 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
September 16 Tampa, FL The Orpheum
September 17 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
September 18 Orlando, FL The Social
September 20 Athens, GA 40 Watt Club
September 21 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (Hell Stage)
September 22 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley Nashville
September 23 Memphis, TN Hi Tone
September 25 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
September 26 Rock Island, IL Rock Island Brewing Co.
September 27 Des Moines, IA Wooly's
September 28 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room Lounge
September 30 Ft. Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
October 2 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
October 3 Flagstaff, AZ The Green Room GrimReaper

9 Oct Bristol, UK, Exchange macleodish Der L
10 Oct Leeds, UK, The Brudenell
11 Oct Glasgow, Scotland, SWG3
12 Oct Manchester, UK, Gorilla Maffymaff Der L
13 Oct Birmingham, UK Birmingham Institute 2  jules Der L
15 Oct Antwerp, Belgium, Desertfest
16 Oct Hamburg, Germany, Logo
17 Oct Copenhagen, Denmark, Jazzhouse
18 Oct Gothenburg, Sweden, Pustervik
19 Oct Oslo, Norway, Bla (Schnabsterjules
20 Oct Malmo, Sweden, Babel
22 Oct Berlin, Germany, Festsaal Garnz
23 Oct Leipzig, Germany, UT Connewitz
24 Oct Vienna, Austria, Arena
26 Oct Milan, Live Club
27 Oct Zurich, Switzerland, Rote Fabrik Budspawn, Buddy Holiday
28 Oct Schorndorf, Germany, Manufaktur
29 Oct Cologne, Germany, Gebaude 9
30 Oct Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso Noord Alex-
31 Oct London, UK, Electric Brixton

3 Nov Perth, Australia Capitol
4 Nov Adelaide, Australia The Gov Bigval
6 Nov Melbourne, Australia Gasometer Hotel
8 Nov Melbourne, Australia Max Watts (sold out)
9 Nov Sydney, Australia Factory Theatre
10 Nov Brisbane, Australia Crow Bar (sold out)
11 Nov Brisbane, Australia Crow Bar

Melvins Discussion / Re: Next album project
« on: September 10, 2017, 07:25:40 AM »
Hey! Im impatient i wonder if that new Melvins record is gonna be released this year or not now. Im ready for new material!

Two months since the last album was released and a double-album at that!

Imagine being a RHCP fan waiting 4-5 years between albums or even worse a Tool fan.

Melvins Discussion / Re: Good interview!
« on: September 08, 2017, 05:10:26 AM »
it doesn't seem like BB will be rejoining the Melvins anytime soon.
I feel that has run it's course now. No disrespect intended but i don't want them back in Melvins. Well, not in a recording sense anyway. I want the band to move on with Steven and see what that brings. Although i do think it would be cool for just Coady to appear onstage with them occasionally.

Yeah I know it's pretty much done when it was said Jared was taking maternity leave from the Melvins I knew it was over

yeah,it seems that was the end for the Melvins/BB line up, even though i saw them in Europe around 2015

I always thought the last time BB played as part of the Melvins was the Australian tour with Helmet in late 2013, the one I regrettably missed?

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