NEWS: Weekly recap – Soundwave, the Brit Awards, and INXS

Green Day surprises at Sydney pub
Soundwave headliner Green Day spontaneously decided to play an intimate gig earlier in the week at the Captain Cook Hotel in Sydney. The band approached the 200 capacity venue only ours beforehand, and gave fans only an hours notice through their social media. Brisbane received no such show – what else is new?

Soundwave beset by hicupps, then proves music is the best medicine.
There’s been so much strife during the countdown of Soundwave – from cancellations to fights – that it was beginning to Make Big Day Out’s problems seem insignificant. But the generally amicable crowd and exited musicians made the overcast day one to remember, despite promoter AJ Maddah’s frustrations with a certain band.

As well as the pounding music and swathes of delighted fans, little events added that something special. Green Day rocked the Main Stage for over an hour, along with some lucky individuals, with Billy Joe Armstrong giving away his guitar to one lucky female. A Day To Remember vocalist Jeremy McKinnon couldn’t understand the thick Australian accent of his stage invader (praised his ability to make it past security and the stage barriers).

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Arctic Monkeys own the Brit Awards
The Brit Awards were awash with awesomeness this year, from a fantastic mash-up performance by Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers, to the confirmation that David Bowie can still claim his place as a god. But the show stealer was Alex Turner. Not only did his band Arctic Monkeys perform a solid rendition of “R U Mine” complete with virtual flames, during his acceptance speech for ‘Best Album’, Turner rallied the cause of rock n roll and ended in the best way possible – by being a stroppy rock star.

There were some downsides of course. Allowing the British public to vote for the year’s best music video opened the floodgates for every One Direction fan to ruin democracy. Lorde delivered yet another performance whilst possessed by evil spirits. A remix of her hit “Royals” with Disclosure wasn’t bad. It was worse than that – it was ‘meh’. Indifference is not good for a remix of your greatest song.

INXS dominate the ARIA charts
KickWhether or not the INXS Miniseries, which concluded on Seven last Sunday, was actually shit or not is still open for debate. But it seems everyone agreed that the soundtrack was bloody awesome. The Very Best Of INXS and Kick are sitting atop the ARIA charts at numbers one and two respectively. Apparently international charts are also seeing a resurgence of INXS. John Butler Trio must be fuming – without that miniseries their album Flesh And Blood might be at number one instead of stalled at number three.

Sitting on top of the ARIA singles chart like a ridiculous hat is “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. This marks the 40 year old singer’s seventh week at the top. Meanwhile Australian metalcore group I Killed the Prom Queen scored themselves a fifth place spot on the charts with Beloved, their first album in six years. Their latest single “I Killed Wolves” is below.

*Image: Billy Joe Armstrong at Brisbane Soundwave – source.

Image: Kick album art – source.

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