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Kate Bush reflects on hit song revival

<p dir="ltr">British singer-songwriter Kate Bush has reflected on a new generation of fans discovering her music that was made popular in the 1980s. </p> <p dir="ltr">After appearing in the highly-anticipated new season of the Netflix series <em>Stranger Things</em>, Bush’s 1985 hit song <em>Running Up That Hill</em> has found itself back in the top 10 of the international music charts. </p> <p dir="ltr">In a rare interview, the singer told <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007qlvb">BBC’s Woman’s Hour</a> radio show how wonderful it has been to have a new legion of younger fans. </p> <p dir="ltr">She said, “Well it’s just extraordinary. I mean, you know, it’s such a great series, I thought that the track would get some attention. But I just never imagined that it would be anything like this. It’s so exciting. But it’s quite shocking really, isn’t it? I mean, the whole world’s gone mad.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She added, “What’s really wonderful I think is this is a whole new audience who, in a lot of cases, they’ve never heard of me and I love that. The thought of all these really young people hearing the song for the first time and discovering it is, well, I think it’s very special.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Bush also discussed the meaning of the song and how it has been reinterpreted by the show, giving the track a new life. </p> <p dir="ltr">She said, “I really like people to hear a song and take from it what they want. But originally it was written as the idea of a man and a woman swapping with each other. Just to feel what it was like, from the other side.”</p> <p dir="ltr">She also revealed that the show led her to listen to <em>Running Up That Hill</em> for the first time in a long while, admitting “I never listen to my old stuff.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“But then you know, when things like this come along, I’m normally involved in something like you know, maybe doing an edit or revisiting the track for some kind of other reason, I’m working on it. So yeah, I hadn’t heard it for a really long time.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Neil Diamond's incredible rare treat for fans

<p dir="ltr">Baseball fans were given a surprise treat from singer Neil Diamond who made an appearance at the Boston Red Sox game.</p> <p dir="ltr">Diamond gave a heartwarming performance of his classic “Sweet Caroline” at the game on June 18 at Fenway Park in Boston. </p> <p dir="ltr">Heartwarming footage shows Diamond enthusiastically singing along while sporting the black and red Boston Red Sox letterman jacket as the crowd joined in. </p> <p dir="ltr">This was Diamond’s first performance since 2018 after he retired due to his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Neil Diamond singing "Sweet Caroline" at Fenway Park is incredible 🎤 🙌 <a href="https://t.co/P1yRDJR5ho">pic.twitter.com/P1yRDJR5ho</a></p> <p>— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBONFOX/status/1538345916490473472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 19, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">He previously sang the song at the same stadium in 2013 when the Red Sox played their first home game since the Boston Marathon bombing. </p> <p dir="ltr">The song has now become a part of tradition for the Red Sox who play “Sweet Caroline” during the eighth inning of each home game. </p> <p dir="ltr">Despite retiring from live touring, Diamond said that he would “continue his writing, recording and development of new projects”.</p> <p dir="ltr">There is a musical about Diamond’s life currently in pre-production and is expected to open on Broadway later in the year. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Billy Joel's surprise touring announcement

<p>Musical icon Billy Joel has delighted fans by announcing that he will be coming to Australia for a special one-off performance.</p> <p>The legendary superstar will belt out his greatest hits at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on the 10th of December this year.</p> <p>As the the third-best selling solo artist of all time, Billy Joel has racked up more than 150 million record sales across his career. The 73-year-old’s one-night-only show at the MCG is part of Always Live, a collaboration between the Victorian Government and Frontier Touring.</p> <p>“It’s strange to go all the way to Australia to do just one show, but I guess that’s the deal,” Joel said.</p> <p>Joel has promised fans will get to hear his biggest songs when he takes the stage, which could include: Uptown Girl, Piano Man, Just the Way You Are, Movin’ Out, Allentown, She’s Always A Woman and The River Of Dreams.</p> <p>“You’ve got to do songs that people know. You can’t just do all your obscure album tracks because a lot of people may not know them,” he said.</p> <p>“You’ve got to have a good amount of hits, but you’ve also got to do songs you like to do.”</p> <p>It’s the second time Joel will have performed at the MCG after he sang with Elton John there in 1998.</p> <p>Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp told Sunrise, event organisers and all levels of government in Victoria are “pulling out all the stops” to keep her city’s status “as the events and arts capital of Australia” post-pandemic.</p> <p>General admission tickets go on sale on the 4th of July from 10 am <a href="http://www.frontiertouring.com/billyjoel" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a> and Frontier members can access pre-sale tickets on 30th of June from 11am.</p> <p>Telstra Plus Members can access pre-sale tickets on the 27th of June at 10 am <a href="http://www.telstra.com/music" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p>

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“A night of magic and music”: Julie Andrews enjoys touching ‘Sound of Music’ reunion

<p dir="ltr">Dame Julie Andrews has been awarded one of Hollywood's highest honours - bestowed on one person each year - and had a heart-warming reunion all in the same night.</p> <p dir="ltr">When the acclaimed actress received the American Film Institute's lifetime achievement award in Los Angeles on Thursday, she was surprised with a sweet rendition of 'Do Re Mi' from five of the stars who played the Von Trapp children in <em>The Sound of Music</em>.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4c0365a4-7fff-eb66-55da-638e9fb1020f"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Andrews went on to join Duane Chase (Kurt), Kym Karath (Gretl), Angela Cartwright (Brigitta), Debbie Turner (Marta), and Nicholas Hammond (Friedrich) in their performance which marked the first time the cast had performed together in over six decades.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Julie Andrews is surprised by her kids from THE SOUND OF MUSIC and joins them in a sing-a-long of ‘Do-Re-Mi’ to kick off the AFI Life Achievement Award presentation to her — what a beautiful moment! <a href="https://t.co/TZYT7UNPhr">pic.twitter.com/TZYT7UNPhr</a></p> <p>— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottFeinberg/status/1535106725946093568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Only Charmian Carr, who played eldest sister Liesel and passed away in 2016, and Heather Menzies-Urich, who played Louisa and died in 2017, were missing.</p> <p dir="ltr">Prior to receiving her award, Andrews said she was “gobsmacked” to find her career was being honoured in such a way.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I didn’t know or think that it would ever come,” she said on the red carpet.</p> <p dir="ltr">“But it’s just as well, because you can’t go around expecting awards and things like that.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-ca10a206-7fff-1b50-f412-1247ae730fed"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Fans took to social media to share their delight at Andrews’ award and reunion with her castmates, prompting Karath to share an update on what happened after.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-conversation="none"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Signing our SOM Family Scrapbooks together today, and talking about how magical Julie’s AFI Tribute was last night! <a href="https://twitter.com/thesom7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@thesom7</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DebbieTurnerDTO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DebbieTurnerDTO</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/acstudio?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@acstudio</a> <a href="https://t.co/memxYDOR5V">pic.twitter.com/memxYDOR5V</a></p> <p>— Kym Karath (@KymKarath) <a href="https://twitter.com/KymKarath/status/1535362904928575488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 10, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Signing our SOM Family Scrapbooks together today, and talking about how magical Julie’s AFI Tribute was last night!” she commented on a video from the performance, sharing a behind-the-scenes look of the five Von Trapps.</p> <p dir="ltr">All five, along with Andrews, also posed for a formal portrait and shared it on social media.</p> <p dir="ltr">“So much fun last night at the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award honouring Julie Andrews,” Cartwright captioned the photo on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CepYeBdFTtc/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY%3D" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Instagram</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was great being with my ‘Sound of Music’ siblings once again. A night of magic and music.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-e6277b9a-7fff-3527-d2e4-ec84f8e524f8"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @angelacartwrightstudio (Instagram)</em></p>

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Readers Respond: Is there a song that always brings up old memories for you?

<p dir="ltr">There’s something very special about the way music brings people together and how it affects everyone differently. </p> <p dir="ltr">No matter who you ask, there’s always a story behind why a certain song is their favourite, or why a specific song will make you cry. </p> <p dir="ltr">We asked our readers to share with us a song or songs that bring up old memories and we soon had them playing in the office…because you know, why not?</p> <p dir="ltr">Check out some of your responses below. </p> <p dir="ltr">Catherine Anne Croll - The Twelfth of Never. My dad sang it to my mum.</p> <p dir="ltr">Robynanne King - Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lorainne Siostrom - If you're going to San Francisco...this song stops me in my tracks.</p> <p dir="ltr">Alice McMurdo - Soul and Inspiration by the Righteous Brothers or Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells.</p> <p dir="ltr">Maxine Boyle - Slipping Away by Max Merritt. Heard it when my mother was dying - it never stopped, it still makes me cry. </p> <p dir="ltr">Annette McDonnell - When I hear any songs by Jim Reeves they bring tears to my eyes as he was my mum’s favourite.</p> <p dir="ltr">Brigid Butt Oh my Papa. I even had it played at my wedding. I miss my darling Dad and Mum.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nola Kirkness - Silver Threads amongst the Gold. Reminds me of my mum. </p> <p dir="ltr">Anne O'Leary - My dad had such a deep voice and always sang Old Man River. I downloaded it onto my very eclectic driving playlist and always think of him whenever it comes on.</p> <p dir="ltr">Doreen Douglas - Any of Pat Boone’s songs!</p> <p dir="ltr">If you would like to share a song that means something to you, click <a href="https://www.facebook.com/oversixtys/posts/pfbid0275pHHR7mfAu8kcu1f6FbunoNP6GSDTCZf4fRMWLzXe946ztZcSq27MLshqMng1FZl" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Shutterstock </em></p>

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Lachie Gill responds to backlash after winning The Voice

<p>The Voice was slammed by backlash this week, with many implying that the winner, Lachie Gill, won the singing contest due to his white privilege.</p> <p>Lachie was crowned the winner on Sunday night, with the 24-year-old walking away with a Universal Music Australia recording contract and $100,000 prize money.</p> <p>He was competing against Faith Sosene from Team Jess, Team Guy’s Jordan Tavita and Team Keith’s Thando Sikwil, who are all “people of colour”.</p> <p><a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/that-s-rigged-fans-react-with-fury-after-voice-winner-revealed" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fans on social media didn’t hold back</a>, with many saying Lachie had the “weakest voice” but came out on top due to being the “only white person” in the final.</p> <p>Runner-up Faith even weighed in on the controversy when congratulating Lachie, writing: “We already knew Australia was gonna love &amp; pick you! You’re simply perfect for them.” Later altering the caption to say “you’re simply perfect.”</p> <p>As a nod to her other finalists, she added that Thando, Jordan and herself will have to “work harder for our future generations to win. Off to work we go.”</p> <p>Lachie opened up, dismissing these claims, saying that he knows there will always be ‘doubters’, but he refuses to join the conversation about how his race may have contributed to his win.</p> <p>“I’m just really grateful to my fans who voted for me and have shown their support,” he said.</p> <p><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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Exile on Main St turns 50: how The Rolling Stones’ critically divisive album became rock folklore

<p>In May of 1972 the Rolling Stones released their 10th British studio album and first double LP, <a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-album-reviews/exile-on-main-street-96177/">Exile on Main St.</a> Although initial critical response was lukewarm, it is now considered a contemporary music landmark, the best work from a band who rock critic Simon Frith once referred to as “the poets of lonely leisure.”</p> <p>Exile on Main St. was both the culmination of a five-year productive frenzy and bleary-eyed comedown from the darkest period in the Stones’ history. </p> <p>By 1969 the storm clouds of dread building around the group had become a full-blown typhoon. First, recently sacked member Brian Jones was found dead, drowned in his swimming pool.</p> <p>Then, as the decade ended in a rush of bleak portents, they played host to the chaos of the <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-12-01/how-the-rolling-stones-killed-the-hippie-dream-at-altamont/11747188">Altamont Speedway Free Concert</a>, a poorly organised, massive free concert, which ended with four dead including a murder captured live on film.</p> <p>Yet amidst all this the Stones produced <a href="https://greilmarcus.net/2020/03/22/the-end-of-the-1960s-let-it-bleed-12-27-69/">Let It Bleed</a> (1969) and <a href="https://www.allmusic.com/album/sticky-fingers-mw0000195498">Sticky Fingers</a>(1971), two devastating albums that wrapped up the era like a parcel bomb addressed to the 1970s. </p> <p>Songs like Gimme Shelter, the harrowing Sister Morphine, and Sway, which broods on Nietzche’s notion of circular time, exuded the kind of weary grandeur that would define Exile.</p> <h2>Rock folklore</h2> <p>The story behind Exile on Main St. has become <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXcqcdYABFw">rock folklore</a>. Fleeing from England’s punitive tax laws, the Stones lobbed in a Côte d'Azur mansion that was a Gestapo HQ during World War II. </p> <p>Mick Jagger was largely sidelined, spending much of the time in Paris with pregnant wife Bianca. The musicians were jammed into an ad-hoc basement studio, a cross between steam-bath and opium den, powered by electricity hijacked from the French railway system. The house was beset by hangers-on, including the obligatory posse of drug-dealers.</p> <p>Yet with control ceded to the nonchalant, disaster-prone Keith Richards – the kind of person a crisis would want around in a crisis – they somehow harnessed the power of pandemonium.</p> <p>The result was a singular amalgam of barbed soul, mutant gospel, tombstone blues and shambolic country, as thrilling in its blend of familiar sources as works by contemporaries <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/music/2012/sep/02/roxy-music-40-years">Roxy Music</a> and David Bowie were in the use of alien ones. </p> <p>Jagger shuffles his deck of personas from song to song like a demented croupier, the late, great drummer <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/arts/music/charlie-watts-dead.html">Charlie Watts</a> supplies his customary subtle adornments, and a cast of miscreants – most crucially, pianist Nicky Hopkins and producer Jimmy Miller – function as supplementary band members.</p> <p>All 18 tracks contribute to the ragged perfection of the document as a whole. Tumbling Dice and Happy are textbook rock propelled by a strange union of virtuosity and indolence. And there is an undeniable beauty to the likes of Torn and Frayed and Let it Loose, albeit a beauty that is tentative, hard-earned.</p> <p>The package is completed by its distinctive sleeve art, juxtaposing a collage of circus performers photographed by Robert Frank circa 1950 with grainy stills from a Super-8 film of the band and a mural dedicated to Joan Crawford.</p> <p>Exile confused audiences at first: Writer <a href="https://www.amazon.com/EXILE-MAIN-STREET-Rolling-Stones/dp/0028650638">John Perry</a> describes its 1972 reception as mixing “puzzlement with qualified praise”. The response of critic Lester Bangs was typical. After an initial negative review, Bangs came to regard it as the group’s strongest work. Critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine <a href="https://www.allmusic.com/album/exile-on-main-st-mw0000191639">confirms</a> that the record over time has become a touchstone, calling it a masterful album that takes “the bleakness that underpinned Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers to an extreme.”</p> <h2>Inspiration</h2> <p>The roll call of artists inspired by Exile is extensive, from Tom Waits and the White Stripes to Benicio del Toro and Martin Scorsese. But two album-length homages stand out. </p> <p>In 1986, underground punks Pussy Galore concocted a feral, abstract <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHAEkWcgBD8">facsimile</a> of the entire double-LP. In 1993, singer-songwriter Liz Phair used the original as a rough template for her acclaimed <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW1nMJ4-2qM">Exile in Guyville</a>.</p> <p>Nonetheless, journalist Mark Masters notes that by the 1980s, the social and cultural circumstances that produced Exile were waning as acts such as Minutemen, Mekons, The Go-Go’s and Fela Kuti gave listeners access to fresh modes of rebellion.</p> <p>Circa 1972, the Rolling Stones deserved the title “greatest rock and roll band in the world.” That it is still claimed 50 years on shows how classic rock continues to overbear all that followed.</p> <h2>The grandfathers of rock</h2> <p>When in 2020 Rolling Stone <a href="https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-of-all-time-1062063/">magazine</a> made a half-hearted attempt to tweak the classic rock canon – elevating Marvin Gaye, Public Enemy and Lauryn Hill alongside or above Exile and the Beatles – the response was predictably unedifying. </p> <p>One reader complained that the magazine was catering to “young people with no musical history and older people who don’t know anything.” Others raged that rap is not music and the list was proof of rampant political correctness.</p> <p>Such archaic, ignorant language is typical of gatekeepers of the classic rock tradition. It is a language of exclusion, ensuring that exceptional new music by, say, <a href="https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/fiona-apple-fetch-the-bolt-cutters/">Fiona Apple</a> (which sounds something like rock) or <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/culture/listening-booth/the-hypnotic-spell-of-groupers-shade">Liz Harris</a> (which sounds rather different) will always be rated below what came before.</p> <p>The Rolling Stones have an inevitable, if ambiguous, relationship to all of this. In terms of race, writer Jack Hamilton <a href="https://slate.com/culture/2016/10/race-rock-and-the-rolling-stones-how-the-rock-and-roll-became-white.html">argues</a> that they were always “fiercely committed to a future for rock and roll music in which black music and musicians continued to matter.”</p> <p>How they intersect with gender is perhaps more troubling, though also <a href="https://scholar.google.com.au/scholar_url?url=https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13619460801990104&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ei=GvplYvGUEpyO6rQP_qe3mAs&amp;scisig=AAGBfm2sqr4oKv5EoKYSmkitlR44etMXqA&amp;oi=scholarr">conflicted</a>. While eminent female musicians such as Joan Jett, Carrie Brownstein and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRPpCqXYoos">Rennie Sparks</a> continue to champion the Stones, their role as leading purveyors of an inherently masculine, increasingly archaic musical form cannot be avoided.</p> <p>Exile on Main St. is a significant album made by a bunch of haggard rebels whose heyday (and rebellion) is past but whose art lives on in complex ways. </p> <p>Along with Sly and the Family Stone’s There’s a Riot Goin’ On and Neil Young’s Tonight’s the Night, it fits snugly into an aesthetic of washed out, narcotic-smeared masterpieces from the early seventies.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p> <p><em>This article originally appeared on <a href="https://theconversation.com/exile-on-main-st-turns-50-how-the-rolling-stones-critically-divisive-album-became-rock-folklore-181704" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Conversation</a>.</em></p>

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Sir Mick Jagger slams comparisons to Harry Styles

<p>Sir Mick Jagger has slammed the comparison between the veteran rocker and pop superstar Harry Styles. </p> <p>Harry, a former member of One Direction whose solo career has seem him rise to the top of international music charts, has often been likened to The Rolling Stones frontman for their similar look and stage presence. </p> <p>While the 78-year-old rockstar can see the likeness in their looks, Jagger believes this is where their similarities end. </p> <p>Jagger told Sunday Times Culture magazine, “I like Harry — we have an easy relationship."</p> <p>“I mean, I used to wear a lot more eye make-up than him. Come on, I was much more androgynous. And he doesn’t have a voice like mine or move on stage like me; he just has a superficial resemblance to my younger self, which is fine — he can’t help that.”</p> <p>Harry Styles has long noted his love of The Rolling Stones, once calling Mick Jagger "the coolest man on the planet", and even impersonated Mick Jagger on 2017 episode of <em>Saturday Night Live</em>. </p> <p>While being historically dismissive of the pop star, he has been accepting of his influence, even dating back to the One Direction days; as Jagger said of Styles in <a href="https://www.yorkpress.co.uk/leisure/showbiz/14127163.harry-styles-has-got-it-going-on-says-sir-mick-jagger/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">a 2015 interview</a>, “He’s got it going on. I know him, he comes to see me in lots of shows. And yeah, I can see the influence. But I don’t say anything to him, I just tell him he looks nice. I like him. He’s very decent.”</p> <p>The Rolling Stones are preparing to embark on their "Sixty" tour in June, with Jagger admitting that the shows have become more "challenging" as the band ages. </p> <p>Mick said, “Rock’n’roll, or any kind of pop music honestly, isn’t supposed to be done when you’re in your seventies."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Taylor Swift receives honorary doctorate

<p dir="ltr">Grammy-award winner Taylor Swift has another achievement to her name, as she has received an honorary doctorate from the New York University.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pop music icon was honoured in the sector of fine arts in a ceremony at Yankee Stadium, as she addressed the graduating class of 2022. </p> <p dir="ltr">Sporting her signature red lipstick and newly awarded honorary robe, Swift joked to the thousands of graduates assembled, "I'm 90 percent sure the main reason I'm here is because I have a song called 22."</p> <p dir="ltr">"I never got to have a normal college experience per se. I went to public high school until 10th grade and then finished my education doing home school work on the floor of airport terminals," Swift said in her commencement speech.</p> <p dir="ltr">Swift went on to share worldly advice with the new graduates as they prepare for life outside of university. </p> <p dir="ltr">"You've worked and struggled and sacrificed and studied and dreamed your way here today. I won't tell you what to do because nobody likes that, but I will however give you life hacks for when I was starting out my dreams as a career," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Never be ashamed of trying. Effortlessness is a myth."</p> <p dir="ltr">Swift concluded her speech by telling graduates that making mistakes is inevitable but "when hard things happen to us, we will recover, we will learn from it, we will grow more resilient because of it."</p> <p dir="ltr">"As long as we are fortunate enough to be breathing, we will breathe in, breathe through, breathe deep and breathe out. I am a doctor now so I know how breathing works," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I hope you know how proud I am to share this day with you.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We're doing this together so let's just keep on dancing like we're the class of 22."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Can-can the night away with Moulin Rouge!

<p dir="ltr">After several months of frequently sold out shows in Melbourne, <em>Moulin Rouge! The Musical </em>is making its way to Sydney. </p> <p dir="ltr">The classic film will come to life onstage remixed in a musical mash-up extravaganza, as the show makes a long-awaited homecoming to Sydney, where Luhrmann’s film was made at Fox Studios, 21 years ago. </p> <p dir="ltr">The production stars Alinta Chidzey stars as the sparkling diamond, Satine, Des Flanagan stars opposite Alinta Chidzey as bohemian dreamer Christian, Simon Burke AO plays legendary club impresario Harold Zidler and Andrew Cook will play The Duke.</p> <p dir="ltr">Montmartre’s resident artistes include Tim Omaji as Toulouse-Lautrec and Ryan Gonzalez as Santiago.</p> <p dir="ltr">Australian Executive Producer Angela Dalton says, “To create the intoxicating sensory spectacular that is <em>Moulin Rouge! The Musical</em> is a task of epic proportions that involves a team of hundreds of the very best production personnel in the world. Our incredible Australian team is so proud to present this show to eager audiences in Sydney, the scale is simply phenomenal, it’s a feast for the eyes and ears from start to finish.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The 10-time Tony Award-winning musical has wowed global audiences, from London’s West End to Broadway in New York, with the modernisation of the film’s music showcasing a new way of expressing the hopeful, yet heart-wrenching story of Satine and Christian. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Moulin Rouge! The Musical</em> will have its first Sydney performance on Saturday 28th May, and will run until September 25th exclusively at the Capitol Theatre. </p> <p dir="ltr">Secure your spot at the biggest show in town with tickets exclusively on sale through Ticketmaster <a href="https://www.ticketmaster.com.au/moulin-rouge-the-musical-australia-capitol-theatre-sydney-haymarket-tickets/venueartist/155850/2769840">here</a>. </p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/vmUoIjyaIS8" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Supplied</em></p>

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Piers Morgan slams Ukraine’s “sympathy” Eurovision win

<p dir="ltr">Piers Morgan has slammed the winners of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, claiming the act from Ukraine won on a “sympathy vote”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The rap group Kalush Orchestra were crowned winners of the annual contest for their song <em>Stefania</em>, with Morgan claiming that their musical talent was not considered in the voting process, but rather that their country is under attack. </p> <p dir="ltr">In a Twitter post, the 57-year-old broadcaster wrote, “Nobody who voted for Ukraine thought it was the best song because it obviously wasn’t anywhere near the best. Even Ukrainians don’t think it was the best song.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“They got the sympathy vote, which is fine as long as we drop the word ‘contest’ from Eurovision.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Morgan also suggested that the contest is a “rigged farce” and suggested Ukraine would have won due to the highly publicised invasion by Russia, regardless of their act.</p> <p dir="ltr">He added in a separate tweet, “The world’s most absurd, pointless, politically-motivated ‘contest’ excels itself. Ukraine could have sent one of its heroic bomb-sniffing dogs to bark the national anthem and still won. Happy for them, but please let’s stop calling #Eurovision a contest... it’s a rigged farce.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Kalush Orchestra frontman Oleh Psiuk thinks that their winning song, which pays tribute to his mother, has been redefined as a rallying cry for Ukraine amid the devastating conflict with Russia.</p> <p dir="ltr">He said, “After it all started with the war and the hostilities, it took on additional meaning, and many people started seeing it as their mother, Ukraine, in the meaning of the country.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“It has become really close to the hearts of so many people in Ukraine.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Bon Scott’s brother discusses AC/DC frontman’s death for the first time

<p dir="ltr">For the first time since the rockstar’s untimely death in 1980, Bon Scott’s closest friends and family have spoken out about his success and reliance on vices.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bon’s brother Derek said while Bon’s devil-may-care attitude was a key part of his public persona as a rockstar, it would eventually lead to his downfall as his penchant for risk-taking would backfire.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bon Scott, lead singer of AC/DC, was found dead in a car in London in 1980 after a night of heavy drinking, drug use and partying at just 33 years old. </p> <p dir="ltr">Bruce Howe, a close friend of the rockstar, said he would rely on dangerous vices while on the road, specifically when boredom would set in. </p> <p dir="ltr">“That‘s when he would start taking risks, doing wild things,” Howe said on the ABC’s <em>Australian Story</em>. </p> <p dir="ltr">“On days when he was bored, there was no future, there was only now.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“He didn‘t give a bugger about whether he lived or died the next day. He’d try anything — magic mushrooms, marijuana, alcohol — and he would take risks on his motorbike.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“I said, ‘You are going to f***ing kill yourself. Do something about it!’”</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking for the first time on the death of his brother, Derek Scott said Bon’s alcoholism had always worried those closest to him.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He did get bored very quickly,” he said. “That was the biggest problem. When he got bored, he drank.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“He never worried about tomorrow. Tomorrow is another day.”</p> <p dir="ltr">When Bon Scott joined AC/DC and rose to international fame, his stardom became another vehicle of self-destruction. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Within the next 12 months, they were expected to be one of the biggest acts on the planet,” Murray Engleheart, author of the book AC/DC Maximum Rock and Roll, said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The next album was going to be the one that was really going to kick them over the goalposts.”</p> <p dir="ltr">But after barely five years of AC/DC becoming a global act, the Bon Scott era was over.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Bon’s passing as he did, on his own in a car in the freezing cold, after all his hard work and all his heartbreak getting there, was just an incredibly sad, lonely and unglamorous way to go out,” Mr Engleheart said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Howe said he was gutted by the news of his death, but knew deep down that an early death was always a possibility for his friend.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He drank far too much,” Mr Howe said. ”I did wonder if he would push it too far one day. And sadly, he obviously did.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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How a song composed for the Sydney Olympics has been brought to life

<p dir="ltr">As Australia prepared for the Sydney Olympics in early 2000, composer Natalie Raab decided to create a uniquely Aussie song. </p> <p dir="ltr">Her hope was that the ballad, which celebrates Australia’s beauty, history and diversity, could be used somewhere during the Olympic ceremonies. </p> <p dir="ltr">After moving from Italy in 1960, Natalie fell in love with Australia and wanted to honour her new home in her own special way. </p> <p dir="ltr">"My wife was always very musical," her husband, Erich Raab said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"She wrote quite a bit of music for some well-known artists, she played the violin, the guitar, the piano, and she studied music from an early age.”</p> <p dir="ltr">"She thought, 'I better write a song that's for everybody and inclusive of Indigenous Australia and offer it as a gift'."</p> <p dir="ltr">Three months before the games, Natalie offered the song to the Sydney Olympic Committee. </p> <p dir="ltr">While they praised her work, the committee members said it was too late to incorporate it into the program. </p> <p dir="ltr">"After that, it disappeared in a drawer somewhere — forgotten," said Erich.</p> <p dir="ltr">The song stayed in its drawer for 20 years, until last year when Mr Raab found it during a clean-up of his home. </p> <p dir="ltr">Natalie died in a motorcycle accident in 2014, and her husband was keen to share the song with others. </p> <p dir="ltr">"When I found the music, I thought, 'This song in a few verses says everything that needs to be said about this country, its beauty, its natural history, its people history, and its emphasis on reconciliation for all'.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I thought, 'I have to hang on to this and see if I can get somebody interested'."</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Raab gifted the music to the Manning Valley Choral Society, who have performed the song, called <em>Till I Come Home</em>, as part of a concert series. </p> <p dir="ltr">"They immediately understood what the song was about, they loved the music and thought it suited them, and they loved the words."</p> <p dir="ltr">The Manning Valley Choral Society's Robyn Rankin said they gratefully received the music.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Erich asked us if we would take care of it and record it for him," she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We are lucky enough to have it in our possession now … it's a tribute to Erich's wife."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Bono and The Edge perform in Kyiv bomb shelter

<p dir="ltr">U2 musicians Bono and The Edge has performed a secret show in a bomb shelter in Kyiv, after being personally invited by Ukrainian president Zelenskyy. </p> <p dir="ltr">The members of the Irish rock band shared photos of their performance on Twitter, as they were joined by Ukrainian band Antytila's lead singer Tomos Topelia.</p> <p dir="ltr">From a station platform, the duo performed U2 hits such as <em>Sunday Bloody Sunday</em>, <em>Desire</em> and <em>With or Without You</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The people in Ukraine are not just fighting for your own freedom, you are fighting for all of us who love freedom,” said Bono during a break between songs. </p> <p dir="ltr">“We pray that you will enjoy some of that peace soon.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">President <a href="https://twitter.com/ZelenskyyUa?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@ZelenskyyUa</a> invited us to perform in Kyiv as a show of solidarity with the Ukrainian people and so that’s what we’ve come to do. -- Bono and The Edge <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/StandWithUkraine?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#StandWithUkraine</a></p> <p>— U2 (@U2) <a href="https://twitter.com/U2/status/1523264383065141250?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 8, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The performance had an emotional impact on Ukrainians, with members of the small underground crowd taking to Twitter to express their gratitude. </p> <p dir="ltr">One person said, “Thank you Bono and Edge for the music and for making the world a better place through art, Ukraine will win this war with the world's support.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Bono and The Edge were later seen in the Ukrainian towns of Irpin and Bucha, which are the sites of alleged Russian war crimes in the first weeks of the invasion. </p> <p dir="ltr">The pair were shown greeting locals amongst the ruins of buildings, and outside St. Andrew Pervozvannoho All Saints church - where a mass grave was found in April.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Twitter</em></p>

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Beloved music treasure Marcia Hines to hit the stage

<p dir="ltr">Former <em>Australian Idol</em> judge Marcia Hines is set to hit the stage to perform music which shaped her into the woman she is today.</p> <p dir="ltr">The beloved musical treasure will “bare her soul” at St Stephen’s Uniting Church in Sydney alongside a 12-member choir and live band in an intimate and exalting live concert.</p> <p dir="ltr">The concert will be held on two nights - June 9 and 10 - during Sydney’s fantastic light show, Vivid. </p> <p dir="ltr">Marcia is excited to share a part of her soul during her upbringing in America as a black child.</p> <p dir="ltr">"The word that comes to mind is joy. And I often listen to a lot of the Baptist Church music that comes out of America – it's praise, it's joy and it's so nice to listen to. I personally find it uplifting," she told <a href="https://celebrity.nine.com.au/latest/marcia-hines-vivid-sydney-festival-gospel-music-live-performance-concert-exclusive-interview/95b86f1c-cb26-4462-946a-1a55351a0c7d" target="_blank" rel="noopener">9Honey</a>. </p> <p dir="ltr">"It's a new venture for me doing the gospel music. I was brought up in church, like most black kids in America, and it was a very large part of my upbringing." </p> <p dir="ltr">The singer has her blind aunt Florence James to thank, who she accompanied every Sunday to the church from the mere age of 10. </p> <p dir="ltr">The four churches they frequented were in Boston’s inner city, which aunt Florence led the choirs for and congregations.</p> <p dir="ltr">Through aunt Florence’s guidance, Maricia was able to travel to Australia where she became a sensation. </p> <p dir="ltr">"Luckily, when the opportunity came to come to Australia, [Australian producer] Harry M. Miller kind of took me under his wing and got me to do Jesus Christ Superstar. So I was the first black Mary Magdalene in the world to do the role," she told the publication.</p> <p dir="ltr">"I had this incredible influx of good people around me. I travelled and performed around the world with an incredibly big band and things like that. I've had success in Europe, which has been fantastic. But basically, when you've got work, you stay where you are."</p> <p dir="ltr">Marcia’s rise to popularity saw her become a judge on the popular talent show <em>Australian Idol</em> for a total of seven years from 2003.</p> <p dir="ltr">She was also inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2007 and she received the Order of Australia in 2009.</p> <p dir="ltr">Click <a href="https://www.vividsydney.com/event/music/the-gospel-according-to-marcia" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a> to purchase tickets to see Marcia Hines live. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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"We lost our beautiful mother": Ashley Judd's heartbreaking speech

<p dir="ltr">The daughters of country music legend Naomi Judd teared up at an awards ceremony on behalf of their mother, a day after she passed away.</p> <p dir="ltr">Naomi Judd, one half of the duo The Judds, died at the age of 76 on Sunday following a battle with depression and mental illness.</p> <p dir="ltr">On Monday, Ashley and Wynonna teared up as they made an emotional acceptance speech at the Country Music Hall of Fame induction following their mother’s passing.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I didn’t prepare anything tonight because I knew mum would probably talk the most,” Wynonna said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m gonna make this fast, because my heart’s broken, and I feel so blessed. It’s a very strange dynamic, to be this broken and this blessed.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The sisters also quoted Psalm 23, a common hymn for funeral services.</p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XPaqAPywFcs" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">“My mama loved you so much and I’m sorry that she couldn’t hang on until today,” Ashley began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Your esteem for her and your regard for her really penetrated her heart, and it was your affection for her that did keep her going in the last years, and please come see Pop,” she continued in reference to her stepfather and Naomi’s husband Larry Strickland.</p> <p dir="ltr">“While this is so much about the Judds as a duo, I want to take a moment to recognise my sister, a GOAT.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Wynonna then jumped in: “Though my heart is broken, I will continue to sing.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Naomi and daughter Wynonna, began singing together as a professional act in the early 1980s.</p> <p dir="ltr">They produced major hits loved by fans all over the world including "Mama He's Crazy" and "Love Can Build a Bridge”.</p> <p dir="ltr">The sisters announced their mother’s death in a statement on Sunday.</p> <p dir="ltr">"Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness," the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">"We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that, as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory."</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Pink Floyd reunite to record Ukraine protest song

<p dir="ltr">For the first time in 28 years, legendary rock band Pink Floyd have reunited to collaborate for an incredible cause. </p> <p dir="ltr">Band members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Guy Pratt have recorded a protest song against the war in Ukraine titled <em>Hey Hey, Rise Up!</em></p> <p dir="ltr">The song is built around a spine-tingling refrain from Ukrainian singer Andriy Khlyvnyuk of the band Boombox.</p> <p dir="ltr">David Gilmour said the song is a show of “anger at a superpower invading a peaceful nation”.</p> <p dir="ltr">But the track can also be seen as a morale booster for the people of Ukraine, and a call “for peace”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Work on the haunting song began when Gilmour saw Khlyvnyuk's Instagram feed, with a video of the singer in Kyiv's Sofiyskaya Square, fully armed and ready to fight the Russian invasion.</p> <p dir="ltr">Facing the camera, the Ukrainian performer sang <em>The Red Viburnum In The Meadow</em>, a protest song written during the first world war, which has become a rallying cry in Ukraine over the last six weeks.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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"So he's right there on the front line.”</p> <p dir="ltr">"I played him a little bit of the song down the phone line and he gave me his blessing."</p> <p dir="ltr">All proceeds from the song will be going towards the humanitarian relief effort in Ukraine. </p> <p dir="ltr">You can listen to <em>Hey Hey, Rise Up!</em> below.</p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/saEpkcVi1d4" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Why Kyle and Jackie O hung up on these absolute creeps

<p dir="ltr">Those who tuned into the<em> Kyle and Jackie O Show </em>on Friday morning found themselves listening to a fiery exchange between Jackie ‘O’ Henderson and two guests that ended with a cheering studio as Kyle Sandilands hung up on them on-air.</p> <p dir="ltr">The radio duo were chatting with guests Myron Gaines and Walter Weekes, the US-based men behind the <em>Fresh &amp; Fit</em> podcast, when Gaines and Weekes claimed men and women aren’t equal.</p> <p dir="ltr">Henderson called the pair “misogynistic and egotistical” when they said women in relationships shouldn’t have Instagram accounts, but that it was okay for men to have them.</p> <p dir="ltr">Weekes and Gaines justified their opinions by claiming that women thrive on attention and receive more attention from men when they post on the platform. </p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-9a366ec2-7fff-1533-87b4-ffe374c57805"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">To drive their point home, the pair drew a parallel between a woman’s Instagram account and owning a car, asking Henderson to take part in their analogy by asking what her dream car was.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; 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font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cc6f10TrNsP/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Kyle and Jackie O (@kyleandjackieo)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">After she hesitantly responded with, “A range rover”, they asked her to imagine buying a brand new one from a dealership.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You shake hands with the car dealer, sign the paperwork … drive it off the lot … take it back to your house,” they continued, before asking how she would feel if the dealer came back a few weeks later asking to put the ‘For Sale’ sign back on and let a few people test-drive it.</p> <p dir="ltr">Telling them she understood the analogy, Henderson hit back with: “I own that car, I don’t own my partner in a relationship though.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“Answer the question. How would that make you feel?” they pressed.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Obviously I wouldn’t be okay with it,” she replied.</p> <p dir="ltr">Running with her answer, the podcasters said that is “exactly how men feel” when women post photos on Instagram to “advertise” themselves to other men.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You don’t own us in a relationship so we can post what we want,” Henderson shot back.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If you have an insecurity with that, then that’s on you.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a17a2fb9-7fff-3553-dd8d-185cbd3440b6"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Men don’t want to be with women who other men have been with. 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<p dir="ltr">UK singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has released his latest track <em>2step</em>, along with an emotional music video. </p> <p dir="ltr">The video for the song was filmed in Kyiv, Ukraine, just days before the deadly Russian invasion. </p> <p dir="ltr">Before the song starts, a written message from Sheeran appears on the screen in black and white.</p> <p dir="ltr">In it, the Grammy-winning singer explains he filmed the video in Kyiv before “the devastating acts of violence started.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was my first time visiting the country and I felt so welcomed...” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Ukraine is a proud and resilient country and I’m grateful to have had the chance to film my video there.”</p> <p dir="ltr">“I stand with Ukraine, and will be donating my record royalties from YouTube streams of the video to the DEC’s [The Disasters Emergency Committee] Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal,” the singer added.</p> <p dir="ltr">The video shows Ed Sheeran walking through the quiet and peaceful streets of Kyiv, as he performs the song about the stress and struggles of his personal life.</p> <p dir="ltr">The track <em>2step</em> is the latest from Sheeran’s album <em>“=”</em> (pronounced “equals”), which he released in 2021.</p> <p dir="ltr">Since the music video has been released, it has amassed over 9.5 million views. </p> <p dir="ltr">You can check out the video below. </p> <p><iframe title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Z_MvkyuOJgk" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.38; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><em>Image credits: Youtube</em><span id="docs-internal-guid-a36fedf5-7fff-61e3-e994-e8d8a0c0212e"></span></p>

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