<![CDATA[Sight & Sound Junkie - Home]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 07:16:07 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2018 Induction]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:49:01 GMThttp://sightandsoundjunkie.com/home/rock-roll-hall-of-fame-2018-induction
Photo credit: Me - taken on the European "Crush Tour" 2000 - Ludwigshafen, Germany
So the Fan Vote for the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction has now closed & thank God for that (the daily encouragement to vote was wearing thin!)… But there’s no surprise that Bon Jovi received over 1 million votes! When Bon Jovi fans and the PR machine set their minds to something, look out! When I first heard the news that Bon Jovi were nominated of course I was happy and proud but being a fan for 30 years now I knew it wasn’t the first time the boys had been nominated (back in 2011) plus being a nominee doesn’t mean you’ll automatically be inducted.
And then the crap started… especially over who should perform at the induction ceremony. While most fans realise the nomination is for Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, Tico Torres, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such, some believe that all five original members shouldn’t rightfully take their place and be celebrated on the night. Most of the raging debate has been over Richie’s departure from the band four years ago – I guess some fans still feel betrayed by this. And yes at the time I was absolutely gutted, I couldn’t believe it was happening to my band! But over the last few years I’ve come to realise there will always be more to the story than we’ll ever know. Richie had his reasons and I don’t believe for one minute he simply ‘didn’t show up to work one day’ as Jon has stated many times now.
When I first heard the news that Richie had officially left the band all I wanted was for him to return especially in time for the Australian leg of the 2013 tour. I couldn’t bear the thought of him not being on that stage – I even started an online petition with friends in the hope the boys would see this and out work out their differences, obviously naive while coming from a place of complete devotion. Over the last four years I’ve ridden the waves of every emotion linked to this situation but being very fortunate to see Richie solo & with RSO 10 times has helped me to realise his departure was a long time coming.
Witnessing Richie live in recent times compared to the last few tours with the band you can see the obvious difference, ‘going through the motions’ is no longer his only option. While I don’t agree with how Richie left mid-way through a tour, I now realise this was a culmination of many reasons/incidents and definitely not a spur of the moment decision. Listening to the last few Jovi albums too is a clear indication his influence was slowly being erased. You also need to factor in the timing of the release and promotion of his third solo album “Aftermath Of The Lowdown” and the band’s 12th studio album “What About Now” – there was a clear overlap as Richie was summonsed back into the band/studio, solo shows/promotions were cancelled then the band album was released and a subsequent tour followed. The days of each band member freely taking time out from the machine were long gone. (Think back to Jon’s solo album and his movies… where band activities were appropriately halted & even encouraged).
In my mind, to believe that Richie shouldn’t take his rightful place at the induction (if it should happen!) is an insult to the band’s legacy and all they’ve achieved over three decades. He is an original & founding member who contributed to their phenomenal success over the years, he was at a time 50% co-writer of all band material and that signature sound. I remember a time when everyone on the planet owned a copy of “Slippery When Wet”, even my brother who promptly re-gifted his copy to me for my 13th birthday but not before defacing it with a few choice phrases. He swore I had a limited edition copy! But I digress… A Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction is for many factors including musical influence on other artists, and length and depth of career and body of work, including "innovation and superiority in style and technique” – not for a few albums or tours in the band’s career.
Early on in Richie’s departure we had no official word from either camp, so it was easy and natural to assume what happened but now both have spoken on the issue. I remember a radio (if I remember correctly!) interview with Jon when he was asked about the situation – there was no BS and he was very loving towards his ‘brother’ but now he usually goes with the ‘he just didn’t show up to work one day’ line. Plus he has stated that no-one from the band has heard from Richie, spoken to him or seen him, funny especially since Richie and Hugh have performed together on a number of occasions during this time.
Plus let’s not forget the social media video that Richie & Orianthi recorded to congratulate the boys on the release of a new single (the title track of the band’s current album). But I don’t remember seeing a reciprocal greeting… yes the band’s official twitter account did reply saying they looked forward to hearing RSO’s new record too. Would have been nice if the boys could have recorded a greeting for the release of RSO’s debut EP “Rise” but there’s still time, RSO release EP #2 “Making History” next Friday! Again digressing…
One of the saddest things in all of this was when Jon opened up about how hard the last few years had been for him and he admitted the main catalyst over this testing time was the loss… of owning a football team. Yep, you heard right, the loss of owning a football team, not the loss of his best friend, his right hand man, his co-songwriter etc etc but a bloody football team! Yes Richie made the final decision to leave but surely this loss would be greater than owing a football team. I know, I’ve repeated that a few times now because it still floors me when I think about it. This was a huge turning point for me, I guess I was still holding on to hope, like a classic Jovi track, that things would be OK.
And yes Richie has addressed his departure on occasion, even making a light-hearted joke or two but these jabs are more often than not about himself. This is Richie’s way, he’s always been the comedian, it’s obviously his way of dealing with things and it’s served him well. We have to remember in the end Richie did make a very difficult decision and sure it wasn’t the most popular but it was time he put himself & his family first. Again I will say I don’t agree with how he did ultimately depart but I’d imagine he’d tried before and delivering his resignation to his CEO wouldn’t have been all rainbows and unicorns.
I do have to mention Alec in all this… another original member of the band and there’s huge speculation if he’ll be invited to perform at the induction, after all it’s been over 20 years since we’ve seen Alec on the Jovi stage. In my humble opinion, absolutely Alec should be there but if I could bend the rules slightly I’d have six members at the induction, yep I’d include in-the-shadows bassist Hugh McDonald too. I was privileged to see all six members on stage in Camden, New Jersey in 2001 & meet Alec too… pretty sure it was 2001! Funny that there isn’t a huge outrage/debate about Alec’s departure… maybe it’s just a different time we live in!
So yes I am happy & proud of the boys but in my mind this nomination is shitty timing, they should have been inducted back in 2011. Nowadays I prefer listening to classic Jovi or anything pre 2013. I’m excited for new music, as mentioned RSO will release “Making History” on Dec 15th ahead of a full album in early 2018 and yes I know the band are releasing 2x new singles soon. Of course I’ll have a listen, my 12 year old self demands it!
Good luck boys! xxx
Rock Hall Inductees announced Wednesday December 13th
RSO “Making History” EP released Friday December 15th
<![CDATA["Rise" new EP from RSO]]>Sat, 11 Nov 2017 06:03:25 GMThttp://sightandsoundjunkie.com/home/rise-new-ep-from-rso
With the announcement of the 2018 RSO Australian tour in January, I thought it was about time I wrote a new blog. The EP “RISE”, is the first studio recording from RSO (the musical pairing of Richie Sambora and Orianthi, with the moniker a blending of their initials). Recorded with legendary producer Bob Rock (Bon Jovi, Metallica, Aerosmith etc), the five-track EP was released on September 29th.
The five tracks are so diverse it's evident no cookie-cutters were used here! Your ears are met with rock, pop, blues and even a little country. While some listeners might find this confusing, it was just the opposite for me… RSO are obviously music fans, so it’s no surprise their debut would be a genre-spanning offering. The only surprise for me was that “RISE” is a five-track EP but the plan is to release another EP soon followed by a full album in February next year.
The title track is a rockin’ number, reminiscent of Sambora’s ex band’s New Jersey working class hero mantra. Lyrics include “Break the chains, stand up tall, come out swinging don't take the fall” and while it packs a punch with what we can assume are duelling guitars it is still the weakest track for me.
Orianthi takes the vocal lead on ‘Masterpiece’ with Sambora coming in for the chorus in a vocal exchange introducing his voice for his own verses. But the magic happens in the intertwined moments and let’s not forget those guitar riffs!
Truth’ is a beautiful ballad about not letting anything stand in your way in the pursuit of real love. A piano-driven tune again highlighting the perfectly blending harmonies of RSO – proving this pair is not just about chunky guitars or heavy rock riffs.
Probably my pick for stand-out track is ‘Take Me’, I say probably because my favourite track does change each time I listen, something else to love about this release. This number is Sambora in raw & honest form, think ‘You Can Only Get So High’ from his 2012 Aftermath Of The Lowdown” album. This is most definitely an insight into the guitarist’s life and most notably the last four years following his departure from current Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nominees Bon Jovi; the band he co-founded in 1983. The singer-songwriter is brutally honest admitting he’s made mistakes, hopes he’s not a joke and asks us to take him on face value. With a Latin flavour, flamenco is his guitar of choice and even trumpet is heard here, again demonstrating the diverse musicianship of RSO.
Final track ‘Good Times’ brings with it that country feel. A fun, upbeat and infectious song which features an at-first-listen ill-placed rap but after a few times it makes sense. When I first heard the EP this was my fav track, considering I work in Australian country music it’s probably no surprise. This track might close out the EP but you are definitely left wanting more! (For die-hards or even curious fans, grab your copy of “Rise” from the official site for your bonus track, a reggae version of ‘Good Times’)
For fans of Sambora and Orianthi solo who aren’t quite sure what to make of this release or have already filed it under some unmentionable name, I would say give it time, some have said it’s a grower. Yes it’s different but for fans of Sambora it should answer some questions… for disillusioned Bon Jovi fans like myself it was a welcome change. Plus I have no doubt the chunky guitars & blues/rock riffs are on their way. Give “Rise” a chance, you might be surprised!
More info on RSO: http://www.rsoofficial.com/ - “Rise” is out now on iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, Amazon etc etc
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Sunday Jan 7th – Hastings VIC - Under The Southern Stars (festival with Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Richard Clapton & more - TIX HERE
Wednesday Jan 10th – RSL Club Southport, Gold Coast Qld – TIX HERE 
Thursday Jan 11th – The Shed @ Aussie World, Sunshine Coast Qld – TIX HERE
Friday Jan 12th - Max Watt's, Moore Park, Sydney NSW – TIX HERE
Saturday Jan 13th – Prince Bandroom, St Kilda, Melbourne VIC – TIX HERE

<![CDATA[2017 CMC (Country Music Channel) Awards]]>Sat, 01 Apr 2017 01:34:26 GMThttp://sightandsoundjunkie.com/home/2017-cmc-country-music-channel-awards
The 7th annual CMC (Country Music Channel on Foxtel) Awards were held last Thursday night (started writing this blog days ago & then there was a server issue!) & what a night! I'm pretty sure I've been to each awards nights from the humble beginnings in the wine barrel room in the Hunter Valley to this year's awards at the over 1000-seat capacity Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast. 
I love my job but sometimes it can become same ol' same ol - so nights like these where you see the best of the best not only in Australian country music but international acts too, you realise how truly blessed you are - love my job! 
It's always fun catching up with others in the industry too - not only clients, past & present but also... I guess you'd call them colleagues... normally I'm stuck in my office in Maroubra, NSW (so many people still think I'm a Queenslander... um NO!) so it's good to get out & see what everyone else has been up to! 
Highlights for me of course were Little Big Town (even though I saw them in Sydney on the Tuesday night before - can't get enough of them!), seeing Charles Esten (aka Chip - took me a while to realise that's the American nickname for Charles, why not just call him Charlie?? aka Deacon 'Freakin' Claybourne of TV's Nashville) in the flesh and Travis Collins adding 4 (3x solo awards + 1x award with The Outlaws) more trophies to his ever-growing collection (he won three Golden Guitars in January too!) - I've worked with Travis for a while now, so this was very cool - a long time coming but well-deserved! 
Overall a fab night... with performances from Little Big Town, Kip Moore, Travis Collins, Craig Campbell, Troy Cassar-Daley, The McClymonts & Lee Kernaghan was inducted into the Hall Of Fame!  
Huge thanks to the CMC team for always including little ol' KrisKat Publicity in your big night! The future of country music in Australia is lookin' good! 

Look for #CMCAwards reruns on Channel 815 on Foxtel 
1pm AEST Monday April 3rd 
<![CDATA[I Agree With Bieber… Does That Make Me A Belieber?!?!?]]>Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:19:33 GMThttp://sightandsoundjunkie.com/home/i-agree-with-bieber-does-that-make-me-a-belieber
The recent Justin Bieber tour has got me thinking… no I didn’t attend but I had some teen cousins come from Adelaide to see him in Sydney & I was concert transport. So over the three days there was lots of Bieber talk & naturally of my own fan-girl ways. Some of you will know I am a huge Bon Jovi/Sambora fan, have been for 30 years and have been blessed to seem them around the world & meet them a time or two.
The girls wanted to try & meet Biebs – yeah good luck! They asked for my expert advice/tips etc But I asked the question, ‘Do you really want to risk him yelling at you?’ Yes, I like many others saw the ‘news’ reports of Biebs telling a ‘heartbroken’ fan ‘you make me sick’… I knew there would be more to that story! Thing is this ‘fan’ had stalked him the whole day, he had repeatedly told her I don’t want to have my photo taken, still she persisted & said 'I'm going to take it anyway'. So when she eventually got her prized selfie with a sullen Biebs and then he gave her a few choice words she was heartbroken… wow really you’re shocked he eventually cracked and had a go? Come on!
I am by no means condoning his behaviour on this occasion or others but seriously I would never want to be famous, I’ll take the fortune but NOT the fame. Cousin Irini sent me a link to another story as I started to write this blog, the story was titled “Bieber Eats Out In Sydney As Crowd Of Young Women Watch Awkwardly” – seriously there was about 17 girls just watching him eat! After he ate, he tried to get away and had to run down the street as they chased… insane! And before anyone says I shouldn’t talk (my brother would! Has called me ‘stalker’ for years) I must point out I would never stand & stare as my fav rockstar ate… I would hope to be eating with him – just kidding! Seriously… there is a line - when they are eating, with family or having obvious down-time, do not interrupt them or just stand & stare EVER!  
As I said I have been blessed to meet my favs on a number of occasions and I would be mortified if they ever said to me ‘you make me sick or get out of my face’ or something similar. If I feel like I’m intruding on their time, I probably am! I guess this has come with age & experience but I have never been one to chase or squeal when I see my favs & yes even as I watch them in concert… I sing along (not audibly – nobody needs to hear me sing – ha!), clap, whistle and enjoy every second but squealing just ain’t for me. In recent years with Sambora, I was asked by security to come out from behind a pillar at a hotel – I was trying to stand out of the way but still catch a glimpse of the man, security thought I was planning my stalk… on this occasion I was mortified! I tried to explain to security he didn’t need to worry about me but not sure it worked, he doesn’t know me & his job is to keep Sambora safe & get him out of those situations… even though most of his fans aren’t teens, some can still be full-on!
So back to Bieber… why do these girls (or boys) act in this way? Just for the prize – a selfie with their idol? Just so they can say they’ve met the man, been in the same breathing space as him and have their five minutes of fame too? I wonder what those selfies look like? Are they worth it with Biebs looking totally pissed off & not happy to see you? Pass! I have never been a fan that needs to get a photo every time I meet my favs… I would much rather chat & let them know how much I enjoyed the latest album/concert etc Let’s be honest - the photo is a souvenir and to show off… nice to have but not necessarily worth it! (And yes I’ve had a shocker photo with Sambora… only because the camera was dodgy – I laugh about that now, my friend is still mortified – love you Connie!)
So I don’t get it… would you treat your friend or family member in that way? Continue to pester them, harass them, chase them, piss them off just to get a photo? Probably not, so why do it to your idol/fav pop/rockstar? I would much prefer to say thank you… not sorry! (See what I did there?) And at the end of the day, they are human & put on their pants, one leg at a time, just like the rest of us… sure their day to day lives are different BUT just like everyone else they need space & some time for themselves… when they are working that’s a different story but when they are trying to eat or enjoy some down-time after a gig, it doesn’t give you the right to ask for more of their time.
I have always said we ‘choose’ to be fans, they don’t owe us anything… most rockstars do appreciate & try to show their appreciation to long-time/diehard fans but it doesn’t mean they all will or should! Especially when Biebs has asked for fans to calm down, not treat him like a piece of meat etc he’s not going to change his mind when you are squealing at him, watching him eat or chasing him down the street… keep it together & maybe just maybe you’ll get to speak with him & gasp… even get a selfie! <<Insert fan-girl squeal here!>>
<![CDATA[How I love you 'Suits'! ]]>Thu, 05 Jan 2017 04:13:52 GMThttp://sightandsoundjunkie.com/home/how-i-love-you-suitsHow much do I love this show? Well I binged on the first five seasons in three weeks... that's how much! I had heard about this series and of course seen the promo shots (and let's be honest ladies & gents, what's not to love?) but I wasn't sure it would be a TV show I would enjoy... but yes I admit it, I was God-damn wrong! Yep sometimes the legalese did go over my head but with each episode you think surely Harvey Specter (portrayed by Gabriel Macht) & Mike Ross (Patrick J Adams) won't win this one & some how they always do. On the surface this show is about the law & lives of NYC corporate lawyers (including Rachel Zane played by Meghan Markle - yes the actress dating Prince Harry) but ultimately it's about relationships esp family including non-blood relatives. And the lengths we'll go to, to protect the members of our family. Along with the emotions come the endless witty & clever statements including the classic movie-line banter between most of the main cast - genius! Fabulous cast but I must make special mention of the cat-loving, mudding enthusiast Luis Litt (Rick Hoffman) and Donna Paulsen, she who knows everything about everyone (Sarah Rafferty). 
So much to love about this series... if you're looking for something new to watch in 2017, then jump on board - you won't be disappointed! Here in Australia Universal Channel on Foxtel is currently playing the final few episodes of Season 5, with Season 6 starting next Thursday Jan 12th, Netflix has the first five seasons - although there are another six episodes of Season 5 that Netflix hasn't obtained yet - weird! - I couldn't be stuffed waiting around for 10am each day to watch on Foxtel, so I purchased the final six episodes on GooglePlay and at $2.99 for each episode which you can cast to most TVs (SmartTV or with a Chromecast) definitely worth it! Seasons 1 - 4 are $14.99 for each season, Season 5 is $19.99 & Season 6 is $33.49... I might wait till next Thursday when Season 6 starts on Foxtel + I'll be back at work by then too! (iTunes prices should be similar). I won't give too much more away but yes Season 5 definitely ended on a cliffhanger... so glad I started to watch this series - a firm favourite & the fact that 'Suits' (the longest-running original scripted series on the air) has been renewed for a seventh season makes me God-damn happy! 

Watch 'Suits':
Foxtel - Universal Channel 
<![CDATA[Cherishing The Musical Highs Of 2016 ]]>Sun, 01 Jan 2017 03:10:28 GMThttp://sightandsoundjunkie.com/home/cherishing-the-musical-highs-of-2016
Obviously 2016 has been a year of musical lows, there's no doubt we've lost some of our most beloved heroes but for me there's also been some incredible musical highs... including 'One For The Road' (an all-star concert at Sydney's Enmore Theatre to raise money for the families of the victims of a deadly car accident that claimed much loved stage manager Shane Cooper and left drumming luminary Mick Skelton in a coma with serious injuries. Driven by the Support Act charity it featured Aussie music greats Hoodoo Gurus, Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, The Church, Dragon, Ian Moss, Baby Animals, Choirboys, Noiseworks + more!), Rob Thomas (Sydney Opera House & Clipsal 500 - Adelaide) Richard Marx at the aforementioned theatre and more recently Keith Urban (both Sydney shows). But of course my 2016 musical highlight was seeing RSO - Richie Sambora + Orianthi, four times on their Australia tour - their first time in OZ, under the banner RSO (they were here in 2014 on Richie's solo tour, with Orianthi as special guest). 
Some may say four shows of the same act is excessive but I have been seeing multiple shows of my favourites for years now. And the final show in Brisbane raised my Bon Jovi/Sambora/RSO show tally to 80 - again some would say excessive but I wouldn't change a thing! Yes it's now a Bon Jovi/Sambora/RSO show tally for obvious reasons but my tally has always included band, solo & big events, so the count stands. This year also marked 30 years of my Jovi/Sambora fandom, so of course when Richie left the band in 2013 I was devastated (& seeing the band that year without him was certainly no musical highlight BUT with time & the following year's solo tour & this year's RSO tour, I have now come to the realisation he made the right decision. Seeing him so happy on-stage & off is an absolute delight!) 
The decision to see all four RSO shows was a no-brainer for me but the ticket/show package prices surely helped - I certainly didn't need to sell my remaining kidney! With tickets going on sale the month before the late September tour, there wasn't much time for the anxious wait (well maybe just a little!) before I was off on a mini-tour (not sure I could now handle the likes of 2000s Crush Tour when I saw 23 shows overseas - as they left Australia off the world-tour map). Orianthi's hometown Adelaide was first up as RSO performed at the city's Entertainment Centre - I had a meet 'n' greet package for this show, so the night started off with soundcheck (always cool to hear a band run through what they'll be playing later) followed by the chance to say a quick hello/thank you and grab a happy snap (relieved to get a much clearer pic with Richie again - 2014's attempts were laughable at the least. Firstly a fellow 'fan' wouldn't take a pic for me & then a camera failure turned us into aliens!) Highlights from the 1st show were the gig's opener 'When Love Comes To Town' (U2/BB King), Orianthi's rockin' hit 'Heaven In This Hell' & the encore 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' (the reason I became hooked on Jovi!). 
From Adelaide we flew to Melbourne for soundcheck & show at the Margaret Court Arena - I won't say too much about this show but yes it was odd. Should have known it wasn't going to go well as our flight was delayed, we waited a ridiculous amount of time for our hotel shuttle, no time to get properly ready for the show, pretty much got to our hotel & had to leave for the venue... yes they were late getting on stage but having been to 1000s of gigs & working in the industry, I have come to know there could be a number of reasons for this. And to point the finger at someone or some thing... is ridiculous. But I do know when there's no spotlight on the star while performing a solo or even when he mentions no lights, there's an issue! Aside from the hiccups, I did enjoy this show... most notably 'Pride & Joy' (Stevie Ray Vaughan), 'Black Or White' (Michael Jackson) & Richie's 'Every Road Leads Home To You'. 
My hometown Sydney was next... I love shows at the Enmore Theatre and this was no exception! After the less-than-stellar Melbourne show, we knew things 'would be alright on the night' as we lined up outside the theatre, we could hear a proper soundcheck going on that lasted almost an hour. Once we got into the venue for our part of the soundcheck, you could tell things were still being ironed out - all good by me, you can tell these performers are perfectionists and it means we will be guaranteed a show to remember! My friend who I've done all my OS touring with was by-chance back home & at this gig, we hadn't seen a show together since 2010 - so it was going to be a special night. I have been lucky enough to meet each Jovi member on several occasions and most were made possible by my mate, so seeing her say hi to Richie again was very cool... he did remember her from all the years of touring & it was a special moment to witness. There was a photo taken of us with Richie but not sure we'll ever see it - hopefully it'll turn up one day! Come showtime, it was evident that band and crew were back to their undeniable best - no hiccups tonight! Absolute highlight 'Harlem Rain' (Richie Sambora) in acoustic mode (which the King Of Swing pointed out was the first time he'd played it live) + 'Voodoo Child' (Slight Return) (Jimi Hendrix) + Orianthi's bluesy number 'How Do You Sleep'. My sister & 16-year-old nephew were also at this show - the nephew is now a huge Richie fan (was already in awe of Orianthi, as his musical hero is MJ) - I feel like my work is done here! 
And we come to the final night at Brisbane's Eatons Hill Hotel - as I mentioned earlier, this marked my 80th show and will always remain an absolute favourite! Meet 'n' greet was done before soundcheck for this show & this time I managed a few more words than usual... I thanked RSO for these shows and mentioned how beautiful it was to see Richie happy on-stage & off, I have a feeling he appreciated this as he commented they (both he & Ori) were very happy, I replied 'absolutely you guys are incredible together!' Of course I wanted to say more but was ushered out as Richie thanked me for coming... I know that's said to each & every one of us but still, makes me smile - he has no idea how much I have to thank him for! 
I would love to say my hometown was the best of the bunch but Brisbane wins! Longer set-list & Richie becoming a human jukebox for the majority of the encore when he asked us what we wanted to hear, has to clinch the victory! He looked at me a few times waiting for my request but I am truthfully happy to hear that man sing anything plus who is hearing my voice over all the others - ha! We were treated to some Sambora gems including the 1991 'Stranger In This Town' album closer 'The Answer' (we also got the album title track earlier in the evening), the often-requested but rarely played 'Rosie', 1998's 'Undiscovered Soul' album opener 'Made In America' & the perfect modern-day bridal waltz 'All That Really Matters' .  The band rejoined Richie and they finished up with the 80s classic 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' - perfect ending to a perfect tour! Must make special mention of the RSO touring band... Michael Bradford on bass, Veronica Bellino on drums & Adelaide muso Rob Vorel on keys - very tight band, loved watching you guys play - thank you! 
And huge thanks to Connie - my touring partner in crime, hope we can do it again & soon! We hear the RSO debut album should be released in the 1st quarter of 2017 (don't take that as gospel - things change esp in the crazy business that is rock 'n' roll!) & this fan is sure as hell ready! Thank you doesn't seem to cut it but thank you for sharing your time & talent - here's to the next time! Bring on 2017 & the new music... Xxx 

<![CDATA[RIP George Michael]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:45:32 GMThttp://sightandsoundjunkie.com/home/rip-george-michael
So many hits & so many memories! Thank you GM!
When I initially read the headline, I immediately hit Google... Surely it was a hoax! 5 mins later with no real results & with more credible sources reporting the pop icon's death... the realisation had hit, 2016 had summoned another of our musical heroes! As it was Boxing Day here in Australia, my first reaction was... seriously with 5 days left, you hadn't taken enough of them?!?!? As with Prince & Bowie I was in sudden shock & sadness. And then thoughts turned to my cousin, WHAM and then George solo were her absolute favs! I remember her bedroom walls plastered with George & Andrew and their music was on constant repeat. When the unthinkable happened & the duo called it quits, she went home early from school... Like most of the teenage girl population she was in mourning. Yesterday (& today & for a while to come) she mourned again. While I love George & his music, my tears were for her & the memories we shared... His music has formed part of our lives' soundtrack. And this is what I would point out to those who have criticised the outpouring of grief. Yes we might not have known him personally but when you have loved someone (albeit from afar) for so long, the grief & sadness will surface. When we sing along to their lyrics & it evokes whatever emotion, there's a connection that can last a lifetime! One of my biggest musical regrets is never seeing you live, but I do remember the last time you were here, I could hear your performance from my place! 
All I could impart to my cousin was 'turn his music up loud & smile at the memories'... While I think to myself, lord only knows how I will react & cope with such news about my musical heroes 💜💔
RIP George Michael, YOG, Yiorg - eternal thanks for the music & a lifetime of memories xxx 
Love this album... Back on constant repeat!
<![CDATA[Keith Urban RIPcord World Tour - Australian leg]]>Fri, 23 Dec 2016 12:06:48 GMThttp://sightandsoundjunkie.com/home/keith-urban-ripcord-world-tour-australian-leg
Keith Urban
© Kris Katsanis, 2016 - Keith live in Sydney
So it's been over a week since Keith Urban toured the country & ended his 71 date RIPcord World Tour down under BUT I can still vividly remember the shows & I listen to Keiffy any chance I get! Our Keiffy (yeah I know he was born in NZ & has lived in the US for years now but we'll claim him any day of the week!) is a true performer in every sense. From the minute he strides on to the stage, you know you are in for a memorable night! His guitar skills are totally underrated & I recommend any guitar nerds to check him out. The energy level of the all-male band never wavers & is totally infectious - when Keiffy tells the entire crowd to jump, every single audience members is bouncing off the floor! Your author was lucky enough to attend both Sydney shows and is hard pressed to pick a favourite... Crowd might have been a smidge more energetic at Qudos Bank Arena but they performed 'I Told You So' at Sydney's new ICC Arena so it's a tough one! While they performed many new tracks from the current album the set lists were peppered with plenty of the hits including 'Where The Black Top Ends' from Urban's self-titled American debut album and 'Stupid Boy' which snagged Keiffy a Grammy award in 2008. The addition of Carrie Underwood to the Aussie leg of the tour was a perfect fit considering the cross-over success of their duet ' The Fighter' - of course this was a highlight of the shows! Carrie is an amazing singer - the girl sure has some pipes! Her rendition of 'I Will Always Love You' in honour of her idol Dolly Parton is simply sublime. Local support act Buchanan were impressive - am sure we will hear more from these guys. Overall two awesome shows - in my humble opinion, you can't leave a Keiffy show without the feeling that you were entertained! Ticket prices are in no way excessive & absolutely worth every penny... Keith Urban = a top night out! 

© Kris Katsanis, 2016 - Carrie kicks things off in Sydney
© Kris Katsanis, 2016 - Keith & Carrie live in Sydney
© Kris Katsanis, 2016 - Keiffy on the geetar
© Kris Katsanis, 2016 - Keith & Danny Rader
© Kris Katsanis, 2016 - the boys in the band farewell their crowd
<![CDATA[Australian TV dramas]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 09:30:46 GMThttp://sightandsoundjunkie.com/home/australian-tv-dramas
Right off the bat I'm going to say I am over reality TV. Surely it's run its course?!?! Like most people I loved it when it first started but in this case enough is definitely enough! Must confess I do still enjoy the odd cooking show (MKR & Masterchef) but that's about it. I don't understand why bad reality ideas are still being churned out when we have so many fab Australian TV dramas to replace them. My favs from recent times are Doctor Doctor (Ch9), Wrong Girl (Ch10), 800 Words (Ch7), Secret Daughter (Ch7), The Kettering Incident (there had better be a season 2! - Foxtel's Showcase), A Place To Call Home (Foxtel's Showcase), Hyde & Seek (Ch9), Winners & Losers, (complete series on Plus7)... So much talent across the cast, crew & creators, why don't we utilise & celebrate it more? I know that if I had the choice of reality or drama, the latter would win every time! Here's to more Aussie drama! Let me know what you enjoy most... 
<![CDATA[Finding beauty in nature]]>Thu, 08 Dec 2016 08:09:39 GMThttp://sightandsoundjunkie.com/home/finding-beauty-in-naturePicture
I noticed something on my morning walk today, even though I've lived in the same place for over 40 years and have walked these cliff tops many many times! I guess the main reason is due to my fear of heights (something I've noticed later in life) but it made me realise, how many beautiful things do we miss as we race through our days? Had to share this beautiful image, captured on my Samsung S6 Edge, can only imagine how it would have turned out on a much more expensive & professional camera. I love where I live... what about you? Share your thoughts and pics!