Category Archives: Gigs

Pavement | Sydney & Melbourne 2023

American indie-rockers Pavement performed in Sydney and Melbourne for the first time in 12 years as part of the Australian leg of their heroic sold-out 2022/23 world straddling tour. One of the most original, sincere and distinctive bands of the … Continue reading

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David Bowie – The 1980 Floor Show

It’s been 50 years since the first season of The Midnight Special and now they are back via their official YouTube channel with a series of extraordinary and officially unreleased David Bowie performances from 1973. The Midnight Special was an … Continue reading

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Steve Hackett | Genesis Revisited

Innovative guitarist Steve Hackett and his band of supremely accomplished musicians brings to life the majestic music of mid-70s Genesis at Melbourne’s Palais Theatre. Genesis only ever made it to Australia once, in 1986 – years after guitarist Steve Hackett … Continue reading

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The Lemon Twigs – Bowery Ballroom, NYC

With a new album on the way, we appease our excitement with twelve of the greatest moments on record from New York’s incredible The Lemon Twigs. Brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario of The Lemon Twigs recently played two shows in … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Still Life

The aural equivalent of a Stones t-shirt? Maybe, but this short single-disc live outing, recorded during the band’s 1981 American tour, was released in time for the European leg when the Stones were enjoying a second life in popularity, touring … Continue reading

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#14: Lou Reed – Rock n Roll Animal (1974) / Live (1975)

Here at The Press we look at expansive double albums and trim it back to a single, filler-free listening experience. In the case of Lou Reed’s scary ’73 glam-phetamine performance, brashly released as two single live LPs in the mid-70s, … Continue reading

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Pink Floyd | Madison Square Garden, 1977

In July 1977 Pink Floyd put in four sensational performances at the world famous Madison Square Garden in New York. The band were nearing the end of the long and gruelling Animals tour and inter-band relations were on the slide. … Continue reading

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David Bowie: Rotterdam 1976

Our Bowie bootleg bonanza continues with this remastered soundboard recording of Bowie live on stage at the Sports Palais Ahoy, Rotterdam, Holland on 13 May 1976, during the Station to Station White Light tour. This is one hell of a … Continue reading

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Performance of the Day: And It Stoned Me

Van Morrison performs a reggae-driven version of And It Stoned Me as part of an impressive fifteen song set that showcased his growing maturity as an artist in Montreux 1980. The Montreux jazz festival performance featured four of the songs … Continue reading

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David Bowie: The Thin White Duke in New York, 1976

This is secretly the greatest live album Bowie never released*, this legendary bootleg captures Bowie in transition, moving from his plastic soul phase to the European electronic music he would create with his immanent relocation to Berlin. David Bowie – … Continue reading

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David Bowie: Another Stage in Gothenburg, 1978

Welcome to Part 2 of a 3 Part Bowie Bootleg extravaganza, a good time of the year to enjoy some magnificent Bowie shows from his golden years. This one is live in Gothenburg, Sweden on 4 June 1978. The sound … Continue reading

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David Bowie: “Heroes” in Berlin, 1987

Berlin has become inextricably linked with the Bowie legacy. He’d lived there in the late 1970s creating some of the greatest music of all time, sharing an apartment in the Schöneberg neighbourhood with Iggy Pop, escaping from the drugs and … Continue reading

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Rediscover Live Music: Top 20 Live Albums

Live music has been in short supply, so now is a good time to take a double-gatefold look at 20 of the greatest live LP’s of yesteryear to atone for all the cancelled gigs we were supposed to see.  What … Continue reading

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Never Heard It Before…Until Now!

I’ve never heard this album before…..until now. Why? Because now is as good a time as any to sit down and listen to something I’ve never heard, right? I’ve actually had them lying around and never bothered, or someone’s given … Continue reading

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Bowie – I’m Only Dancing (The Soul Tour ’74)

David Bowie’s 1974 North American tour is the stuff of rock legend. Promoting his first proper post-Spiders solo album (Diamond Dogs), Bowie recruited theatre designers for the stage set which incorporated his Hunger City ideas, pioneering the use of theatre … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan – Electric Black Nite Crash

Happy 79th Birthday Bob! This 1965 Californian Hollywood Bowl recording finds Dylan in transition, and is every bit as fascinating as had been rumored. The acoustic set is breath-taking perfection. The electric set doesn’t crash quite as hard as it … Continue reading

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The Rolling Stones – Welcome to New York

The Madison Square Garden performance on July 26, 1972 is one of the finest moments in the Stones live recorded history. Perhaps it’s the fact that it was Jagger’s 29th birthday that made all the difference. The energy and delivery … Continue reading

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David Bowie – Bremen, Germany

Having released two of rock music’s most important albums in 1977 (Low and “Heroes”), Bowie commenced his supporting tour in early 1978. He had effortlessly conquered the USA and Canada, so by mid-May our hero had commenced the European leg … Continue reading

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The Doors: Madison Square Garden – 24 January 1969

New York, January 23, 1969            The day before Madison Square Garden. It would be our first really big concert in New York. Sal Bonafette, our manager, had described our career as a big wave about … Continue reading

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Todd – Live in Australia: October 2018

I saw Todd Rundgren play at Melbourne’s The Curtin – part of his glorious ToddARoo Australian tour in 2018 and saw one of the more blistering rock sets in recent memory. I even got to shake Todd’s hand. The band … Continue reading

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Roger Waters – Melbourne Concert

Back in the late-70s & early-80s the only exposure I had to Pink Floyd were lengthy listening sessions with a friend and his battered copy of Dark Side of the Moon, without fail the climactic Brain Damage/Eclipse finale would always give … Continue reading

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