ROCK HEDONISM: November 23 1988

Compiled by STEVE MASCORD

HARD rock has taken new territory with the announcement that Penshurst Hotel will host a booming bill this Sunday November 26.
Apocalypse, Addictive, Detriment and Enticer will all play “the Den’ in what is hoped will be regular hard rock night there.
Apocalypse, which plays originals plus covers by Metallica, Anthrax, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden, is expected to take a well-earned break following Sunday’s gig.
Conversely, Addictive plays its first show since recording a demo tape which will be on sale at the show.
For the cover charge of $5.00, you also get young lions Detriment and Enticer.

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WILD times indeed are expected backstage when Guns N’Roses, Kings Of The Sun and The Angels team up at the Ent Cent.
Guns N’Roses’ livers are wanted by medical science, The Angels don’t always live up to their name and Kings’ are known to invite the odd girlie back stage for a drink or twenty.
Would make for an inviting pictorial. Where’s Tony Mott?

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ONE Sydney outfit currently chasing management is Wrecking Crew. They play “punchy, commercial” hard rock and were formed by English-born guitarist Brenton Dehn in October 1986
They claim to “have a purpose of re-establishing the energy of live rock’n’roll that has sadly given way to DJs and concept bands.”
Here, here!
Wrecking Crew will join Numatic, Starlett and Running Blind in a major gig at the Seven Hills Inn this Friday November 25.
The bill is Running Blind, which hits the stage at 7.3Opm, Numatix from 8.45pm, Starlet at 10 and Wrecking Crew at 11.1 5pm.
Numatix are a fourpiece act who play covers from Robert Palmer, John Cougar Mellencamp, Georgia Satellites and more, plus originals.
Door Charge is six bucks.

NEXT big thing dept: This one’s not much of a gamble because they already are big things. A bunch of middle Americans called Britny Fox, who have an album riding high on the US charts and are knocking them dead in support dates.
Except them to get noticed here (finally) in a couple of months.

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NICE quote from one Lenny Wolf, lead mimmicker from Led Zeppelin clones Kingdom Come
“I don’t think about “how can I be original?” Wolf says.
“Kids don’t give a fuck. There’s so many other bands. Let them be original”. Talk about digging your own grave (or someone elses. . .).
ENTRIES rolling in for the “Heavy Headline’ competition aimed at renaming this here collection of barbed paragraphs. Suggestions so far include “Headbangers Galore’, “Metalbilia”. “Watch Tower”, “Thrash’n’Burn and “Rock Block”.
Because we’ve got so many prizes coming in, we may extend the comp a week or two. This week we have the latest offerings from Leppard up for grabs, compliments of PolyGram. These will be added to the reams of previous prizes.
To top that off, the second and third place-getters will also get these three albums on cassette. Not bad huh? More next week.

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RELEASES:
OK! Bulletboys and Night Ranger have foUnd their way to our shelves in the metal Christmas rush. The title of BulletBoys debut single wins chuckle of the week. It’s called. . . ahem. . . “Smooth Up In Ya”. The self-titled long-player was produced by Ted Templeman, who has David Lee Roth and Van Halen to his credit.
Night Ranger’s  Man In Motion LP and single ‘I Did It For Love” are also out any day now. And The Georgia Satellites hope to do what they couldn’t from their last album — have a hit single — with a cover of “Hippy Hippy Shake” from the Cocktail soundtrack. New KISS album Smashes, Thrashes and Hits and single “Let’s Put The X In Sex” due out in January.
This week we recommend: Reach For The Sky by Ratt, he rodents’ best ablum yet. Cop the groove of “Way Cool Jr.”, the sophistication of “City to City” and “I Want a Woman” and the class a couple of listens but well worth the $19 import price tag.
Review next week.
You’ll have to go to an import store to get the new Ozzy Osbourne album No Rest For The Wicked for a while yet, but it should be in your corner store for five bucks less before long.
The Europe live video is still being released here later this year, despite their decision not to tour. The KISS Crazy Nights video has been rejected at this stage, mainly because it has just three songs on it and because it would cost up to $30 if produced here. They’re hoping to import a whole heap of them, though.
LEPPARD’s Hysteria video is out.
Available here as a widely distributed import is the debut album from a US band called Winger. Lead singeris Dale Shearer, with John Ferguson on drums and Michael O’Connor and Alan Mclndoe on guitars. Well, not really. Apparently worth a listen though.
Alsoon the import front, the English pressing of Def Leppard’s latestin a long line of 12” extravaganzas, “Armageddon It” has got Aussie mainstream distribution.
PolyGram have launched a plethora of new radio adds for Hysteria. Smells like a tour to us.

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ROCK HEDONISM: December 21, 1988

By STEVE MASCORD

OLD Lemmy from Motorhead had an interesting view of the Donnington disaster, in which two people were trampled to death earlier this year during the annual rock festival, when we spoke to him last week.
“I think two out of half a million aint bad really,” said Lemmy from California, where Motorhead are winding up a national tour.
“We lost more than that in the second world war. It cost us 200,000 just to get on the beach at France, and that was from about the same amount of people.”
The boys will have a break now before beginning work on a new album. “We haven’t written a new song yet, not one,” Lemmy proclaimed.
ANOTHER new band to hit the local live scene is Silverthorn. The boys  opened for Enticer the other night at the Sutherland Royal and look set for a few weeks of hard gigging.
In case you haven’t heard Enticer, they play a tasty combination of covers from Metallica, Metal Church and Iron Maiden and original material.
DEF Leppard’s new single worldwide will be “Rocket”. The band has rernixed the song to an “acceptable length” and is planning to unleash it soon on an unsuspecting globe.
“It’s not exactly the sort of song you think of as a single, but we’ve remixed it and it sounds good,” said guitarist Steve Clark.
Good to see HR acts going around promoting themselves wh press releases and stuff. When it comes to out of this world self-promotion, there’s nothing like your average Eathlings press release.
Earthlines were Kevin Borich‘s support on his recent Sydney dates and according to one recent release “it was not unusual to see record company and industry people hanging out backstage after the performance to talk to the boys about their future (which we all know will be bigger than BIG)”
Earthlings played recently Warilla Bowling Club. Rumour has it the boss of one of the world’s biggest record companies chartered the space shuttle and flew into Albion Park from New York, where a limousine took him to the Bowling Club. After the show he offered Earthlings two billion dollars, as many American Girls as they could handle and all the drugs in Columbia to sign with the company, but they rejected on personal grounds.
Only joshing. Keep up the good work boys.
THIRD Poison  single “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” is looking like their first US number one. It moved up from five to three stateside this week.
Guns N’ Roses “Welcome To The Jungle” moved up one spot to nine on the Cashbox chart.
SO you thought the days of big outdoor concerts with humungous line-ups were over? Then you’re a raving looney because there’s a big one on just down the road in Wollongong next month.
They were not at the Showground because it is in what is termed a residential area.
Hope they don’t expect Jon Stevens and the boys to be quiet!
Noiseworks, Johnny Diesel & The Injectors, The Sunnyboys and The Bombers, supported by The Beefeaters and Imaginary Boys, will be playing the big Illawarra Steelers concert at Wollongong Showground on
January 29.

 AS for the ñdiculously hard working Diesels, Johnny and the boys will be on at the Revesby Roundhouse tonight, Banjos at Gladesville tomorrow night and Dee Why’s The Venue on Christmas Eve with Colour BWE and The Factory.
After Coogee Beach, The Diesels will be joined by Sundogs on Boxing Day at the Kardomah. That’s if there’s anything left of the place after the Candy Harlots play there tomorrow night!
The Hard Ons  plus Cosmic Psychos and Slush Puppies on Friday the 30th.
Noisworks Touch LP has been certified platinum less than 4 weeks of release, according to CBS.

COMING DOWN ROSES (by Margaret  Cott)

“I cant believe thata band that has a#1 album in America and is supposedly one of the biggest bands around at the moment could get this upset by a three line comment from an up and coming band in a free Sydney newspaper.” Well they can and they did, as speaker Jeffrey Hoad of Kings Of The Sun discovered when they supported Guns N’Roses at the Entertainment Centre last Saturday night. Booked to do a 45 minute set, the Kings had the set cut to 25 minutes, had half their production pulled (not that unusual in supports) and were told in no uncertain terms to ‘leave the stage’. Then the US Management confiscated all Kings members and guests’ Backstage Passes and ordered Out. Just because the boys told OTS in the interview published the week before that Rose Tatoo perhaps should have been accorded more credit for the kind of bad boy’ image that is so common today among LA bands like Guns and Motley Crue! Slash may never ‘say’ anything to OTS again, despite the flood of letters this particular free Sydney newspaper has received asking for a copy of Steve Mascord’s complete Slash interview transcript.

Gallery: DEF LEPPARD, MOTLEY CRUE & STEEL PANTHER UK Tour

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WHEN Tommy Lee told this writer that touring with joke-metal masters Steel Panther was “fucking weird”, he was derided on his own facebook page as being out of touch, humourless and even a bit scared. After all, the Panther do have a drummer called Stix Zadinia and Tommy Lee is known for … you get the drift.

Read the full story at triplem.com.au !