Announce February & March 2019 Australian Tour
Long is the time since billboards across the country have lit up with the name Divinyls. A brand synonymous with raw, exciting, and above all uncompromising rock ‘n’ roll. A band that won the heart of a nation and then eventually the world. That time has come again as founding member, guitarist and co-songwriter Mark McEntee returns in 2019 with a talented new line-up hitting the road in March to honour the legacy and celebrate the indelible music created with the late, great Chrissy Amphlett.
Led by the commanding vocal stylings of Amphlett and the whipsmart guitar vocabulary of McEntee, the Divinyls were a massive international success in the ‘80s-‘90s.
Managed early on by Bon Scott’s friend and collaborator, Vince Lovegrove, the Divinyls signed to the biggest-ever publishing deal with EMI America as the duo co-wrote hits such as Boys In Town, Only Lonely, Sleeping Beauty and the international hit, I Touch Myself, which charted at #2 on the US charts in 1991.
By this time the Divinyls were sharing management with Madonna and Michael Jackson. It was a deal that had stemmed from early and hard-earned American success, opening 1983’s iconic US Festival to over 150,000 people, being the focus of a double-page spread in the New York Times and touring with the heady likes of Aerosmith, The Ramones and The Cult.
While I Touch Myself was banned in certain parts of the world (including radio stations at home in Australia) it caused a stir with audiences as bras were raised at shows in salute and a new openness evolved in pop culture. The empowerment inspired by Amphlett was unstoppable and though she tragically passed away in 2013, she remains a feminine icon for then and now.
Throughout the band’s history, Mark McEntee impressed as a world-class songwriter and guitarist, and a highly-acclaimed musical arranger in the studio. He co-wrote I Touch Myself with Billy Steinberg (Like A Virgin, True Colors, Eternal Flame), had his song, Science Fiction, included in APRA’s ‘75th Anniversary Best 30 Australian Songs Of All Time’ and penned The Pretenders 1999 hit, Human On The Inside, for Chrissie Hynde. The Divinyls are inductees in the ARIA and Victorian Music halls of fame as proof that the songs will live on forever.
Feeling an organic need as a musician to perform the songs he co-wrote once again, McEntee will lead a major Divinyls tour in 2019. Joining him will be firebrand Baltimore-bred, LA-based singer/songwriter, Lauren Ruth Ward, original Blondie guitarist and Divinyls (1987-88) alumni, Frank Infante, and a cracking new Australian rhythm section to bring those hit tunes – from the heart and source – back to stages all over the world.
It’s time. And it’s also, as McEntee says, a Divinyls Mission.
See you on the road!
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Sweet Home Chicago, Australia’s own premier Blues Brothers show is appearing for the first time at Waves by popular demand as part of their 2019 East Coast tour, with gangster party theme and special guests Roses in Hand. This show has consistently received critical acclaim from audiences and is rated as one of the best in Australia. Jake (Dave Quin) and Elwood (Colin Hardcastle) Blues headline a professional 12 piece show band that keep audiences up on their feet and yelling for more.
Get ready to sing and dance to iconic songs from the award winning movie, including the smash hits, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody’, ‘Shake a Tail Feather’, ‘Gimme Some Loving’ and ‘Soul Man’, as well as a few surprises inspired by the likes of Gary Moore, Brian Setzer and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Yes, the boys are getting the band back together, and you are cordially invited to experience it all; the story, the music, the lights, the brass, the hats, the shades, the soul, the blues. This is an experience not to be missed. Be sure to wear your best gangster outfits with best dressed prizes on the night.
Special Guests ‘Roses In Hand’ have a unique hybrid sound that features the unique talents of Sam Burrell and Jessica Allen. Winners of multiple regional song writing awards, they have received critical acclaim for their original music including ‘Free Fall’ and ‘Restart’. With appearances on the APRA music awards red carpet, this duo is a must see.
Merchandise available on the night, This is an 18+ event.
One of Australia’s most loved musicians Pete Murray has today announced a sun-soaked coastal holiday tour, PM3 Summer Sessions, stopping off in Wollongong at Waves February 2.
Pumped to hit the road and play acoustic versions of his popular songs for fans across Australia, Pete enthuses, “Summer tours are always so awesome and I haven’t done a tour like this for years, so I’m super excited about it! The PM3 vibe is a mix of three part harmonies, grooves and beats…and I have the most fun touring like this.”
Don’t miss your chance to see this Australian music icon up close and personal this summer!
ALL AGES ( 14yrs+ ) LICENSED EVENT // MINORS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY PARENT/RESPONSIBLE GUARDIAN
In celebration of the new album Laps Around The Sun, Ziggy Alberts is embarking on his Laps Around The Sun World Tour set to take the WAVES stage January 10.
For first time Ziggy enthusiasts, we will give this away – Ziggy is an energetic performer with songs that carry powerful messages about his passion for the ocean & environment, love stories and memories of being on the road as a touring musician. Somehow Ziggy continues to truly connect with his audience, despite the growing room sizes at every show. Expect your night to be a musical journey of dancing, sing-a-longs, and unplugged favourites, with Ziggy having the crowd bouncing one moment to silently swaying the next.
Nice to Nice to Know ya let’s do it Again… This New Year’s Eve!
J BOOG ROCK DA BOAT TOUR
When: Monday 31st December from 8pm
Australia’s #1 Fleetwood Mac Show
When: Saturday 16th February from 8pm
The greatest challenge for a Fleetwood Mac tribute band is picking the songs to play on the night, as they have all been hits.
Established 15 years ago by Gary Stewart and Ursula Cain in New Zealand, Running in the Shadows is Australia’s No.1 Fleetwood Mac experience.
This international act is now based in Sydney, performing every weekend to capacity crowds in some of Australia’s top venues, Twin Towns, The Cube, Evans Theatre , and the Cairns Casino, to name a few. On February the 16th 2019 this show will be performing at Waves – Towradgi.
This show has built up a fan base of loyal supporters from their 20’s to the avid followers in their 70’s.
However, this show is more than just a tribute, said singer Clodagh Reid who sings the romantic tones of Christine McVie. “We bring the raw passion and energy that Fleetwood Mac displayed throughout the 70’s, it’s because we love this band, and the music.” Reid said.
Ursula Cain is an authentic reproduction of Stevie Nicks as she not only works her way through the large Fleetwood Mac repertoire, but also the music from Stevie Nicks solo career.
“The best compliment we can get from the audience is that they close their eyes and thought they were at a Fleetwood Mac concert” she said.
The show has not forgotten the roots, when Peter Green formed the band in the mid 60’s as a blues band.
February 16th 2019 at Waves- see the venue or Mostix for tickets.