Mint (issue 15) May 2016

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THE ROCKSTAR BAR The RockStar Bar is Melbourne’s new home of Rock ‘n’ Roll! Not just for the locals of the Mornington Peninsula, it will be a major tourist destination for all Melbournians, Australians and the international community. Situated in the heart of the vibrant waterfront of Frankston – which has long been a centre for the arts – The RockStar Bar’s retro feel will take you back to the classic days of The Rainbow, The Whisky AuGo-Go and Studio 54, all the while merging with modern sound, lighting and production techniques. The ambience promises to create a space for lovers of rock music to call their own. The RockStar Bar is a place you’ll want to be seen at – the team have globe-trotted the world and seen the best of the best. Now they’ve brought it home for everyone to enjoy! With more than 30 years in the music industry as musicians, promoters, technicians and punters between them, The RockStar Bar’s proprietors began to develop an idea... the seed was planted and the decision was made to bring a venue of such quality to Melbourne.

With a well-stocked bar and wall-to-wall music memorabilia, this is a true fest for the music buff and rock historians out there. Their team of dedicated staff want you to feel genuinely comfortable upon entry, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying the vibe – there’s plenty of parking, easy access and it’s close to public transport, with an ethos focused firmly on bringing the best of national and local acts to Melbourne’s often-neglected South East and Mornington Peninsula region.

so you not only have a great musical tribute, but a fully-fledged show that will leave you feeling as if you have just witnessed AC/DC themselves in the ’70s! Lead vocalist, B.J. Vernal sounds so much like Bon Scott on early AC/DC records you’d be forgiven for thinking “he’s possessed by the great man’s spirit”, as many fans have put it.

make-up and costumed show! Focusing on classic early Crue with music from Too Fast For Love, Shout At The Devil and a few hits from later albums, tickets will be available at the door and, 1300 GET-TIX, on and all moshtix outlets.

Opening the night will be the Melbourne debut of Shout At The Devil - The Motley Crue tribute we’ve been waiting for, with a full

The first 5 people to text ROCKSTAR to 0414 352 225 will win free entry for two, plus a free drink to boot!

Whilst initially concentrating on a diverse musical roster, The Rockstar Bar will eventually expand to incorporate all elements of the arts, from music workshops and clinics to film nights and art shows. It’ll soon grow to implant itself as an Iconic part of the musical landscape of the Mornington Peninsula and the nation. Headlining their opening event is the AC/DC tribute band, Thunderstruck. When it comes to tribute bands, you can’t go past this show. Thunderstruck is not only one of the best tribute shows going around, they are regarded as the best AC/DC tribute in Australia. Thunderstruck gives you the full spectacle,

SUAVE AS FOLK By Lachlan Bryan

We may not be able to print the full name of Don Walker’s current band in MINT, but we can highly recommend heading down to see them at The Caravan on Saturday, 4th June. Primarily known as the songwriting genius behind Aussie rock icons Cold Chisel, Don Walker has carved a niche for himself as a potent and witty wordsmith and idiosyncratic singer and piano player. Outside of Chisel, he’s composed songs for a plethora of Australian artists including country music legend Slim Dusty, for whom he penned the hit songs Charleville and Looking Forward, Looking Back, as well as Get Along (which appears on Dusty’s 104th album and


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is reputed to be the final song he ever recorded). As a solo artist, Walker has had limited commercial success but met with considerable acclaim. The songs are not always immediately accessible and rarely if ever fashionable, but their dark humour rarely fails to enduce a wry smile from those who listen closely. Whether with his own band or Tex, Don and Charlie (with Tex Perkins and Charlie Owen), Walker’s live performances over the past fifteen years have a reputation for spontaneity and great musicicianship. His upcoming Melbourne date with the unprintable band name will surely be no exception. bayside & mornington peninsula

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