REVIEW: John Mayer at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 22/4/14

Credit: Sean McDonald

Credit: Sean McDonald

Source: Take 40

Winter struck Melbourne yesterday, but the rain and brisk winds didn’t stop rock and blues fans alike from venturing out to the hallowed Rod Laver Arena on a Tuesday night.

The reason for stepping out in the cold air? To see a man with a lot of, to quote, “early stuff” and “new stuff” that hasn’t stepped foot on Australian soil in four years – John Mayer.

The 36-year-old singer has been travelling the world on his Born and Raised World Tour. A tour that by mid-June would see him complete 85 shows in total across almost 12 months.

Whether you were a woman who loves the sound of sappy love songs, or a male who can only justify being at the show due to the wicked guitar solos, this concert was one that all audience members could agree was phenomenal.

John started off his performance with a guitar solo, which rolled into his first song of the night – “Belief”.

If you are a guitar solo enthusiast, then boy, this is the show for you. Most songs that John performed were introduced or finished off with thrilling guitar pieces, which were matched with bass, keyboard and drum elements. These moments put a strong rock and roll element into the star’s soulful tunes. Highlights of John’s amazing guitar skills included “Queen of California” and “Neon”.

John gave a short spiel before starting most of the songs, and mentioned his process of music production quite frequently, giving the audience a short but sweet insight into his way of thinking.

John also played the comedic card a couple of times throughout the show, throwing a few jokes in here and there. This worked in the favour of one (lucky) audience member in particular, who had a sign announcing she was 6 months pregnant. John referred back to her a couple of times, and offered to sign her sonogram pictures after the show.

For the other ten thousand or so audience members – John had them in the palm of his hand. The excitement of the crowd raged from the very beginning, with little to no effort needed to get everyone on their feet.

The good vibes continued throughout the show, as John performed hits such as “Free Fallin”, “Waiting on the World to Change” and “Half of My Heart”.

John addressed an almost-packed out arena and let his fans know many times that he was very appreciative of their continued support. He was humble and lovely spoken, and you could tell he was enjoying every second of his long and successful career. After his speech, he performed an electric performance of “Dear Marie” – which is a letter to a love in his past.

John finished the show by performing “Gravity”, which easily got the crowd roaring one last time. During this song, without being prompted, the crowd got out their phones, turned on flash and waved them about – creating a starry spectacle across the arena. The lights of the stage went dark and it was just John in a single spotlight. John told the audience “I love you” as he finished off an incredible show.

The only thing the was a little confusing about the concert was that John spent the whole show teasing a performance of his major hit “Your Body is a Wonderland”, leaving the audience thinking this would be his final jam. However, John never played this song – and we’ll never know why.

The Born and Raised tour is perfect for anyone who loves a bit of live music, but is looking to appreciate it on a larger scale. John Mayer is a fun, genuine performer, who will dance along with you (really!) and undoubtedly melt your heart.


REVIEW: Future Music Festival – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne 9/3/14

Pharrell Williams performing at Future Music Festival in Melbourne

Pharrell Williams performing at Future Music Festival in Melbourne

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On a crystal clear Autumn day, thousands of music fans battled the 32* degree heat in Melbourne to attend one of the year’s biggest music festivals – Future.

Spanning across the hallowed Flemington Racecourse, punters were spoilt with ten stages with jam packed set lists to ensure every taste was catered for.

And if crowds needed a break from all the infectious dancing and commotion, there were plenty of escapes – including carnival rides, foam parties and more.

My day started right when doors opened at 12pm, and my friend and I headed towards the Safari stage to catch Joel Fletcher’s set. Unfortunately we were not aware at the time that the DJ has cancelled his appearance. Although this was a shame, I was pleasantly surprised to see one of my favourite DJ’s, Tigerlily, in his place on the decks.

Check out all the photos from this killer day!

Tigerlily is a real up and comer in the DJ scene, and was the perfect way to kick off a massive day. Her bright teal hair stood out against the jungle-themed stage as she played classic dance tunes for the crowd and made way for the next act – Will Sparks.

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Lea Michele Opens Up About What Life Would’ve Been Like With Cory Monteith

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith

Lea Michele and Cory Monteith

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Lea Michele is definitely one to admire as of recent, and now she is ready to open up about her relationship with the late Cory Monteith.

She has discussed with Glamour UK about their personal conversations and their plans for the future, which included having children:

“We talked about a lot of things. We talked about children and what we would look like when we grew old and who would be fat and how we would stay thin. We talked about where we wanted to go and what we wanted to do.”

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“We were done. We were it. When you’re at that place in your life with someone, you talk about everything. But today i feel like I was given the best part of Cory and I’m thankful for that.”

Lea also said if she sees herself dating again – but explains it won’t be anytime soon.

“I’ve only ever had serious relationships so it’s an adjustment putting myself back into a place of being alone. And I was under a Cory Monteith spell. It’ll take some time to re-adjust my mind and I’m really not wanting to do that right now. I feel like it’s important to make sure that I’m 100% OK before I can get into a relationship. But people have to understand that I can’t be alone forever. Cory wouldn’t want that.”

Chris Brown diagnosed with bipolar disorder, PTSD and Insomnia in rehab


Singer Chris Brown has been in rehab treating his aggression – and now the doctors have a clear reason why.

The hitmaker has been diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder II, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and severe Insomnia, which is why he has serious anger issues.

This information has come from legal documents used earlier today when Brown attened court for a progress hearing in his case where he brutally beat ex-girlfriend Rihanna back in 2009.

Also found in these documents was that the ‘She Ain’t You’ singer was self-medicating inappropriately.

Nicki Minaj Apoligises For Using Photo Of Malcolm X For New Single Artwork

“Mr. Brown became aggressive and acted out physically die to his untreated mental health disorder, sever sleep deprivation, inappropriate self-medicating and untreated PTSD,” the facility has documented in a letter.

Brown has just completed a 95-day stint in anger management therapy, originally for 90 days, but he chose to stay longer.

According to the letter, Brown has learnt many exercises to help him relax, and he’s also managed to stay clean during his time in rehab.

“Mr. Brown’s attitude has been beyond exemplary in regard to his community service responsibilities,” the facility said, who mentioned he has been getting up at 5am and has been working hard.

Miley Cyrus defends her ‘Bangerz’ tour against accusations of racism & exploitation

Miley Cyrus and one of her smallest dancers on stage in Vancouver.

Miley Cyrus and one of her smallest dancers on stage in Vancouver.

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Miley Cyrus’ ‘Bangerz’ World Tour has been a massive topic of discussion since it began, and it seems as though things aren’t about to simmer down.

The tour has been slammed for being ‘racist’ and ‘exploitive of little people’. It has also received backlash for it’s sexual themes and dance routines, specifically the moment where Miley ‘goes down’ on a Bill Clinton bobble-head. Also a big topic of discussion is the use of black dancers and ‘twerking’ – something the star is now famous for.

“It’s really funny how serious people take it. And they’re like, ‘You’re racist’. And I’m like, ‘Really?’ We’re just a bunch of kids dancing around in, like, bears, but we don’t do choreography. They’re just dancing, doing these cute moves and they’re awesome dances like just on their own. It’s not me telling them how to be. We’re making them feel sexual and beautiful,” Miley said in an interview.

When on the topic of one of her smaller dances, Miley explained, “We’re all about lifting her up and making her feel so sexy all the time, and having her dance – she’s actually an awesome dancer.”

Miley Cyrus kicks off her ‘Bangerz’ tour

One of Miley’s ex-backup dancers Hollis Jane hasn’t helped the matter, previously writing how she felt about performing with the ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer, “I was a bear in Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance and it was my first time doing anything like that… anything where I was being used because of my heught, not because of my talent. And I will be the first one to tell you that standing on that stage, in that costume was one of the most degrading things I felt I could ever do.” – Hollis has since insisted she doesn’t blame Miley, but how the media views ‘little people’ as a whole.

Tour promoters Live Nation have also had to defend the tour after reports that the tour was being cancelled due to parental complaints.

“Miley has created a tour that’s big, spectacular, entertaining and everything you would expect from Miley Cyrus. Reviews have been amazing and most important, fans are loving the show and having a great time,” a statement from a spokesperson read.

Miley has already responded to the cancellation rumours, tweeting this out:


Charlotte Dawson found dead in Sydney


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TV presenter Charlotte Dawson has been found dead in her apartment in Sydney.

It is believed the 47-year-old has taken her own life.

Friends of Charlotte intervined on Saturday morning when the ex-model failed to show up for lunch. Charlotte’s official Twitter, which she had been using regularly the day before to highlight victims of life-threatening cancer, had been inactive for 19 hours – which alerted friends to contact security at Charlotte’s residence. She was found by a security guard soon after.

A police statement reads: “About 11am police from the Kings Cross local area command were called to Cowper Wharf Road after the body of a woman had been located in a unit. No suspicious circumstances at this stage and a report is being prepared for the coroner.”

A source confirmed that Charlotte was fragile in recent weeks and in ‘the worst shape emotionally’. Friends have also spoken out, saying there was a ‘sense of inevitability around her death’ .

There is also word that Charlotte had been struggling financially at the time of her death – owing $80k to friends in a bid to keep up the rent for her Sydney apartment, which cost her $1200 a week.

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Nicki Minaj Apoligises For Using Photo Of Malcolm X For New Single Artwork



Nicki Minaj has been forced to pull new cover art for her new track ‘Lookin’ A** Ni***’ after being critisied on social media platforms for using a photo of black nationalist Malcolm X.

Malcolm X’s family have called the artwork ‘disrespectful’ and ‘offensive’. The photo depicts Malcolm X, a black leader who was assassinated at age 39, with a rifle in his hand ready to protect his family from threat.

Malcolm X’s daughter made a statement about the incident, and stated that the use of the photograph was “in no way endorsed by our family.”

The ‘Super Bass’ star released the video for the new song only days ago, and in the video can be seen firing guns in a desert plain.

Minaj took down the artwork on Thursday and apoligised to the family on her Instagram account, saying the artwork was never official.

“That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. I am in the video shooting at Lookin A** Ni**az and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcom X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!! It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy.”

“I apoligise to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was miscontrued. I have nothing by respect and adoration for u.”

The attorney for the Malcolm X estate and daughters, L. Londell McMillian made a statement asking those using the photopgrah to cease immediately. “Failure to do so within the next 24 hours shall result in legal action. The initial act and subsequent acts of distribution were improper and ill-advised. Any disparagement, infringement or disrespect of Malcolm X, and his name, image, likeness and proprietary rights will not be tolerated.”