I feel so honoured to have Paulie Stewart, the lead singer of Aussie cult band Painters & Dockers, ask to use one of my photos as their promo pic for the upcoming Meredith Music Festival.
I remember seeing Painters and Dockers years ago when they would play live in Treasury Gardens, just near Parliament House, to protest against the Kennett Government’s proposed (and unfortunately eventuated) School Closures.
Painters and Dockers incorporate social/economic/politics issues with a sense of humour. Some of their well-known hits are: Nude School, Die Yuppie Die, Eat Shit Die, and You’re Going Home in the Back of a Divvy Van.
If you haven’t heard of the band, look them up.
Courtney Love: “You Know My Name” Australian Tour
Last night Courtney Love performed to an extremely enthusiastic Melbourne crowd. Held at Festival Hall, it was her third concert in Australia, and her first Australian tour since 1999, when she fronted the band Hole.
Though the numbers had diminished fifteen years later, so too had the attending critics. Instead, the numbers on Saturday night contained fans; and it was all about Courtney Love and her music.
Courtney Love’s highly anticipated gig did not leave fans disappointed. Love delivered an intensive 90 minute set, with light-hearted banter in between songs. Love smiled all the way through the gig. So did the audience. With her classic foot-on-the-monitor rock pose, Love effortlessly belted out song after song. Together with her new material, Wedding Day and You Know My Name, Love covered Fleetwood Mac’s Gold Dust Woman and The Crystals’ He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss), as well as Hole hits, Miss World, Violet, Celebrity Skin, Olympia, Pretty on the Inside, Malibu, and Doll Parts.
Touring with Love, is her hand-picked band consisting of Shawn Dailey (Rock Kills Kid, Hole), Robin Diaz (Daughtry), Micko Larkin (Larrikin Love, Hole), and Ginger Wildheart (The Wildhearts). Talented in their own right, together they rocked, and the group dynamics with Love were smooth and seamless.
A brilliant gig. If a critic were in the audience on Saturday night, they would at least have to acknowledge Love’s talent as singer, songwriter, and performer.
There are a few more chances to catch Courtney Love on this Australian tour:
Monday, 18th August: Wrest Point, Hobart
Wednesday, 20th August: Eatons Hill Hotel, Brisbane
Friday, 22nd August: Panthers, Newcastle
Saturday, 23rd August: Uc Refectory, Canberra
Sunday, 24th August: Enmore Theatre, Sydney
My music photo memory today is AC/DC. It follows on from yesterday’s blog post about photographing The Rolling Stones.
As I wrote about that experience, I was reminded of just how professional both bands, and their tour managers, were.
I was also reminded about how much both AC/DC and The Rolling Stones rocked.
I feel privileged to have been in the photo pit for both bands.
I’ll post my danger shots ~ EMINEM & Slipknot ~ soon.
One of my favourite pit memories is photographing The Rolling Stones a few years ago.
The band was fantastic live and so professional.
Their tour manager actually thanked photographers, on behalf of herself and the band, for helping to document the show. Rare respect.
This has only ever happened at one other show ~ AC/DC.
Usually band/tour managers leave the publicists in charge of the photographers and don’t come anywhere near us – unless it’s to warn us to be careful as there will be fireworks on stage (EMINEM) and drumkits on springs that just might bounce off stage (Slipknot).
Anyway, today I leave you with perfect Tuesday lyrics …
“Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday
Who could hang a name on you?
When you change with every new day
Still I’m gonna miss you…
There’s no time to lose, I heard her say
Catch your dreams before they slip away…”