It's now official. Aussie hard
rockers Rose Tattoo will be supporting Mötley Crüe in Australia. Here
is today's Press Release:
For Immediate Release
JOINS Mötley Crüe FOR AUSSIE TOUR
The original “bad boys” of rock Rose
Tattoo have been announced as the special guests on the Mötley Crüe
Arguably Australia’s best hard rock
band, the Tatts are a powerhouse addition to the bill for the tour,
which begins on November 22.
The Rose Tattoo lineup - Angry
Anderson (voc), Pete Wells (gtr), Rob Riley (gtr), Steve King (bass)
and Paul DeMarco (drums) - have just returned from Germany, where they
played at the huge Wacken Open Air 2000 concert. The show was recorded
for an upcoming live album, which the band have just finished mixing in
Hamburg. It is described as “absolutely live and raw........ with no
overdubs”. The album’s title and release date are not yet confirmed.
With tracks like “Bad Boy For Love”,
“We Can’t Be Beaten” and “Rock’n’Roll Outlaw”, Rose Tattoo stamped
their claim as one of the best live bands in Australia. News that they
are performing live again will be greeted with delight by Aussie fans.
Meanwhile in America, Mötley Crüe
continue to win rave reviews on their 50-date “New Tattoo” tour. The
band are incredibly excited at returning to Australia for their first
time since 1990.
Tour dates are:
Canberra, AIS Arena
Wollongong, Entertainment Centre
Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park
Newcastle, Entertainment Centre
Sydney, Entertainment Centre
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
there you have it. I think that is great news, and I'm glad I perhaps
played a part in it, as I told you in the last
chapter. I know Randy
will be pleased by the news, and I assume the rest of the Crüe will be
as well. Rose Tattoo's live album "25 To Life," recorded at their
recent Wacken Open Air Festival performance in Germany, is expected to
be ready for release late October/early November as well. Here's some
more information on the history of Rose Tattoo.
This morning an email came in from
the Melbourne promoter about the proposed after-show party at the Cat
Club, which has just been renamed - Hell's Kitchen. She says, "I have
recd an email today from MC Management advising the Band would be
unable to attend. Thank you for your kind offer." Damn hey! Oh well, we
can only try these things. I called the promoter to see if there was a
reason why, but there was none given it seems. My guess is that they
prefer not to overcommit, only to disappoint if they can't attend.
Perhaps we'll try again once they are here.
Tickets for the Mötley tour are moving slowly.
Sell-out shows were never expected, but I get the feeling that the
promoters were certainly expecting more tickets to have moved at this
I talked with the promoters some more
about promotional activity to try and stir the pot. It seems the Herald
Sun newspaper in Melbourne will feature Mötley as a cover story inside
an issue soon which will provide some great exposure. More ads are to
run in Melbourne's street press - Beat and Inpress. In Canberra, an
interview with the band will be published in the local street press,
BMA. TV don't really want to consider anything but the Olympics for the
moment, although I've received emails saying some of you have seen the
TV ad in Newcastle. The current affairs story will need to wait.
Radio are not keen on playing the
Crüe it seems. That means we need to get a radio campaign happening!
The promoter said, "What we really need is to get the single on air -
it has been serviced but if you guys can request it and try and get it
some exposure it would be fantastic." I'm currently getting together a
list of radio stations that were serviced, along with request details
for each station, to make it easy for you all to go hammer and tong!
Get your dialling fingers ready gang.
Thanks to the 20 of you that have put
your hand up to assist promotions by being part of the Street Teams. I
have now forwarded all your postal address onto both the Australian
Tour Promoter and Americoma Records, as per your indications. Your
supplies will be posted to you soon for distribution in pubs, clubs,
record stores, and any other rock pig hangouts you can think of.
And finally, it looks like South
Australian tattoo artist and Crüehead, Russell Bennett, has instigated
a cool Competition. You may have seen Russell's Sinister
Studios linked from the footer of pages on the official Mötley web
site. Russell wanted to run a competition in Australian Tattoo
Magazine, but there was not enough time to make it happen. It now seems
like Picture Magazine are going to run a competition where there'll be
5 prizes of a New Tattoo CD plus 2 tickets to the Melbourne concert,
and a grand prize of a New Tattoo CD plus 2 front row Melbourne tickets
plus a Meet & Greet with the band. How do you win? All the details
are still being worked out, but it seems likely you'll have to submit a
photo of your new tattoo... and the more Mötley your tattoo, the more
chance of winning! More on that when I have it.
Oh, and by the way, did you know Rose
Tattoo's slide guitarist and founding member, Pete Wells, currently
works as a tattoo artist at House of Pain Tattoos, 53 Parramatta Rd,
Annandale NSW 2038, Sydney Australia?
53 sleeps until Mötley arrive in Oz,
and just 1 more sleep until my birthday!
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