V Festival 2008, Can’t Wait!!
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS co-headline V Festival 2008. Having last toured Australia a decade ago and freshly reformed, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS remain the kings of elegiac, accomplished, ambitious alt-rock, with their best-selling albums “Siamese Dream” and “Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness” remaining the soundtracks for a generation. After some years pursuing other musical paths, founder members Billy Corgan and James Chamberlain burst back onto the scene with last year’s Top 10 album ‘Zeitgeist’. Joined on the road by Jeff Schroeder (guitar), Ginger Reyes (bass) and Lisa Harriton (keyboards) THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have performed the world over with true vigour, described by the Los Angeles Times as an “enveloping epic force” (Los Angeles Times). With a stunning light show and a set bursting with manic intensity, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will not disappoint.
Pop chameleons DURAN DURAN return to Australia to co-headline V Festival 2008. With an illustrious career spanning more than 25 years, a dozen studio albums and over 30 hit singles to their name, DURAN DURAN have remained a constant and relevant tour de force in the collective global pop consciousness. Bona fide smashes such as “Planet Earth’, “Hungry Like The Wolf” and “Ordinary World” have been paired with groundbreaking music videos and the band (founding members Simon Le Bon, Nick Rhodes, Roger Taylor and John Taylor remaining at its core) became synonymous with the jet-set lifestyle. Their new album, the highly anticipated ‘Red Carpet Massacre’ features contributions from some of the hottest names in pop today, including Justin Timberlake and Timbaland. As a live concern DURAN DURAN are still one of the world’s most in-demand and highest grossing bands. Last blowing Australian in minds with Robbie Williams in 2003, It’s with great excitement that they bring their spectacular new live show to Australia.
Hailing from Palm Springs, California, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bring their pounding, riff-laden robot rock to the V Festival. Since their inception in 1996, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have sold millions of records, developed a fanatical international following and whipped up multiple Grammy award nominations. Built on the cornerstone of founder member Josh Homme, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE’S roster has continuously and deliberately changed over the years to include the likes of rock luminaries such as Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl on drums and Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan on vocals. Across their six studio albums including the most recent ‘Era Vulgaris’ QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have always reined supreme Down Under. With current killer line up including drummer Joey Castillo and guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, as well as Dean Fertita (keys) and Michael Schulman (bass) and having last slayed the country with their sell-out sonic assault in 2005, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE return to do it all over again at V Festival in 08.
Anyone lucky enough to witness UK dance maestros Moloko (‘Sing It Back’, ‘The Time is Now’) visit Australia in 2004 will testify that their front-woman RÓISÍN MURPHY (pronounced Ro-Sheen) was an absolute tour de force, setting the stage alight with her seemingly boundless energy. Post Moloko, and now very much in full bloom with the release of her sophomore solo album ‘Overpowered’ (produced by Róisín and featuring the likes of Groove Armada, Jimmy Douglas and Bugz in The Attic), RÓISÍN MURPHY is set to bowl audiences over once again with an array of irrepressible, non-stop disco pop. The recent singles (and their memorable accompanying videos) ‘Overpowered’, ‘Let Me Know’ and ‘You Know Me Better’ rightly place Róisín at the top of her field, a fully fledged disco diva with buckets of style and humour to boot.
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