Due To Popular Demand
The NEVER ENDING 80s v 90s RETURN To Waves Towradgi Beach Hotel
THIS PARTY WILL SELL OUT FAST
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Which side will you be on?
THE BEST POP HITS of two decades, served up a LIVE, song for song battle and you decide who wins!
Will it be ‘I’m Just A Girl’ or ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’?
Our favourite ‘Material Girl’ or… ‘The Spice Girls’?
’80’s Prince or 90’s Jamiroquai’
‘Backstreet or Bon Jovi’?
When: Saturday 30th of March from 7.30pm
Tickets : $50
Rose Tattoo, the true rock and roll outlaws and first and last gang in town rumbled into existence in late 1976 with a New Year’s Eve debut at Sydney’s legendary Bondi Lifesaver.
The band was the vision of Pete Wells, former bassist with Sydney heavy metal kids, Buffalo, his master plan embellished by ex-Band of Light bassist, Ian Rilen.
With Wells on slide guitar and Rilen on bass, former Buster Brown singer, Angry Anderson was recruited along with rhythm guitarist Mick Cocks and drummer Dallas “Digger” Royal and they set about destroying eardrums and venues across Australia.
With the band’s enormous power came a level of internal combustion and in August 1977, Rilen left on the eve of the release of the band’s debut single for Alberts, Bad Boy For Love to form the soon to be equally infamous X.
Geordie Leach who had played with Angry in Buster Brown stepped in to replace Rilen and the band’s classic self titled debut album produced by Vanda and Young was released in late 1978 with the killer singles, Bad Boy for Love, Rock n’ Roll Outlaw and One of the Boys.
Being one of the best live acts in Australia and offering up an album that made The Stones at their peak sound tame tragically wasn’t enough and Tattoo found the going tough in their homeland. Their banning from Countdown, the country’s top music TV show, allegedly after Angry and Mick Cocks appeared to kiss on camera, summed up their lot.
By 1979 Cocks and Leach had left and the band was down to a four piece with legendary Australian guitar maverick, Lobby Loyde on bass.
In an attempt to kick start the band’s career and trajectory, Loyde produced a second album in December 1979 titled Scarred but it remains unreleased.
Nothing seemed to work and one of the most unique bands on the planet was being damned out of existence.
Salvation was quietly at hand. Despite the outfit’s lack of success and recognition in Australia, their debut album was quietly gaining traction in France and Germany.
It was decided to reunite the line-up of Anderson, Wells, Cocks, Leach and Royal, record what would be the Assault and Battery album and unleash the band on audiences in the UK and Europe in 1981.
It was a masterstroke. In the northern hemisphere, Tattoo were finally showered with the respect and affection that had been cruelly withheld in Australia, their storming appearance at the Reading Festival in August 1981 a crowning achievement and powerful statement to all that the new metal gurus had arrived.
But mid way through the European tour, Mick Cocks left and was replaced by former Dallimore guitar beast, Rockin’ Rob Riley who brought with him a whole new level of volume and intimidation.
By that point, Tattoo were poised to be the clear and logical successors to AC/DC but the decision was made to return to Australia, record the Scarred For Life album and prepare for an all important American tour in late 1982.
While launching an assault on the UK and Europe had been a brilliant tactic, leaving before landing the killer blow was a critical miscalculation.
Despite doing dates with the likes of Aerosmith and ZZ Top, the Americans, more so than the Australians, didn’t know what to do when confronted with a bunch of beer swilling tattooed street toughs who played at skull splitting volume. Five years later Guns n’ Roses would take the world by storm with the ethos of Rose Tattoo but in 1982-1983, the US reaction to the Tatts was terror and confusion.
America effectively killed the band with Wells, Royal and Riley all leaving after they returned to Australia in early 1983.
Angry continued on with Leach and after recruiting new personnel made 1984’s Southern Stars album but much of the band’s original spirit was gone.
Anderson did the Beats from A Single Drum album in 1988 which was more of a solo effort and featured the hit, Suddenly and in 1990 released the Blood From Stone album, the Australian tour for which saw the singer reunite with Rob Riley to open for Aerosmith.
Pete Wells meanwhile was beginning to carve out an impressive solo career starting with 1991’s Everything You Like Tries To Kill You album.
In 1993, the stars aligned once more when the original line-up of Tattoo were asked to open for Guns n’ Roses to play two huge outdoors shows in Sydney and Melbourne before almost 100,000 people. Tatts’ drummer, Digger Royal had tragically passed in 1989 and so Oz rock veteran, Paul De Marco was drafted into the band.
The outfit kicked on powerfully from there including a near poetic appearance at Brisbane’s notorious Boggo Road prison.
Steve King, who like Rob Riley, always seemed destined to play with Tattoo, came in on bass on the eve of the band’s 2000 European tour with Kingys’ second gig a baptism of fire at the massive Waken Metal festival in Germany which was immortalised on the 25 to Life album and also featured the return of Rob Riley.
The underrated Pain album followed in 2002 with the band’s most intimidating line-up of Anderson, Wells, Riley, King and De Marco.
But tragically Pete Wells was suffering from cancer – and he wasn’t alone.
Dai Pritchard filled in on slide guitar when Wells was too unwell to continue – he passed in 27 March 2006.
In a double blow, fellow founding member, Ian Rilen departed seven months later on 30 October after a bout with cancer himself.
With Mick Cocks back in the fold in place of Riley and now Pritchard permanently installed the Tatts soldiered on with 2007’s Blood Brothers album which included a killer version of Stevie Wright’s Black Eyed Bruiser.
When cancer also took Cocks on 22 December 2009, it seemed the Rose Tattoo circle had been permanently and irreparably broken.
But the body blows didn’t end there with drummer Paul De Marcos’ arrest in April 2014 and later imprisonment for alleged firearms offences curbing the band’s touring activity and placing the future in doubt.
A line-up of Tattoo however opened for Guns n’ Roses in Australia in February 2017 and stormed through an appearance at the Bang Your Head festival in Germany in July bathed in reverence from tens of thousands.
Which brings the story to the here and now. In the second half of 2017, after countless personnel changes in the preceding years, Rose Tattoo re-emerged like a phoenix from the ashes with their strongest line-up in more than a decade.
The outfit features early AC/DC bassist, Mark Evans and former Finch, Skyhooks and Angels’ axeman, Bob Spencer alongside Angry, long time Tatts’ slide guitarist Dai Pritchard and keep the seat warm, drummer Jackie Barnes.
THE boys are back and right now, Rose Tattoo are as good as it gets and that’s no small statement.
Introducing The Hard-Ons
The Hard-ons: a quartet of ageless musicians playing timeless music for no other reason than the music itself. Here they are, in their fourth decade of rampaging across the globe, with their heady hybrid blend of bubble-gum, metal, punk, psychedelia and power-pop.
For all intents and purposes this was a doomed band: a multi-racial suburban high school band that deliberately took a left hand path into oblivion and ended up touring almost thirty nations across thirty-five years, and amassing an unprecedented and never-to-be-paralleled seventeen consecutive number one releases on the Australian independent chart dating back to 1985.
The indefatigable Hard-ons present wild, loud and action-packed live shows. All but the ageist bigot would deny that they are playing better than ever in their history. The Hard-ons live, are not to be missed!
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Get ready to jump on the Vengabus! Dutch Eurodance idols Vengaboys are bringing all their undeniable classics down under this summer. Winners of the World Music Award for Best-Selling Dance Group in 2001, Vengaboys wrote the rules on infectious pop hooks with hits like ‘Boom Boom Boom Boom!!’, ‘We Like To Party (The Vengabus)’ and ‘We’re Going To Ibiza!’. Their eccentric style enraptured fans, with each artist offering something unique: Cowboy Donnie, Captain Kim, PartyGirl D’Nice and SailorBoy Robin. Vengaboys’ mesmerising live performance will transport crowds back to the ‘00s and have them dancing like they’re ’Uncle John from Jamaica’!
Don’t miss this opportunity for intimate shows with the undisputed kings and queens of ‘90s pop, Vengaboys. There may not be another chance, so don’t hesitate to pick up your tickets!
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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!
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.