Gigs MNO

Mad Caddies

The Palace - Hits & Pits, Good Friday, 2013

Even though Good Riddance was my main attraction, the Mad Caddies blew the show away. They were awesome and pulled out a set of hits that had everyone dancing and singing along. I got excited near end when the singer went to each band member and said what I thought was going to be Popcorn, but it was Preppie Girl (a song I don't count as one of their better tracks, but it always seems to get a play). Nonetheless, the rest of the set was awesome. Had a ball and bought their T-shirt and stubbie holder. (Went with Aido, Blair & Shane).

Soundwave - RMS, March 2011

Only band I saw in the pavilion and once again it had the best sound. A really great vibe for this set and probably my 2nd favourite of the full sets I saw, even though most of the set was not my fav songs. Played Drinking For 11, Monkeys & Weird Beard (even though it wasn’t on the set list – obviously a crowd fav). Also told a good redneck joke.

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Magic Dirt

(Another band I saw a lot in the early days as they came to Ballarat a fair bit. They used to rehearse in the garage down from Jussy's too - a friend from uni).

Big Day Out - RMS, January 1995

In pavilion/Great hall stage. Sounded amazing. Place was packed and hot! Punters were literally hanging from the rafters. I thought this must be the start of greatness for this band. They had a large crowd and it was crazy. Actually one of the most memorable festival gigs I have seen.

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Mantissa

Big Day Out - RMS, January 1995

I remember a lot of hype about this band around the time. We had their CD in the Humffray St house, but I don't think they were much live and faded/broke up soon after.

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Mark of Cain

(Another band I saw gigging around a fair bit in the mid 90's. Always thought of them as the 'Aussie Helmet', then they ended up with the same drummer :). Missed them at the BDO 95 (was watching Hole and The Offspring)).

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Mastodon

Adelaide Soundwave, 1st March, 2014

One of the many headliners I wandered around to have a look at (after leaving Green Day) and this is where I stayed. They had an awesome sound, but I did not recognise a single word sung ;) Still sounded awesome. I was awaiting Curl of the Burl, but of course they didn't play it. For a metal band, they were very cool and appreciative guys. None of that crappy attitude at all. Even the drummer came down to talk to and thank the crowd at the end. Quality performance, I just now need to get to know more of their songs ;)

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The Mavis's

(These guys were like one of the house bands at 'The Rat' in the early 90's. They left for Melb and became too commercial).

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The Meanies

Rock Above the Falls - Lorne, NYE 1995

Wish I remembered more, as this type of music that I went on to like later on, but didn't get into them at the time :(

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Melvins

Soundwave - RMS, March 2011

Missed the start of their set but they didn’t play Honey Bucket anyway ;) Huge sound, weird costumes and hair as big as their riffs, but I didn’t quite get into it. Maybe it was late and the wait for The Bronx was taking its toll.

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The Menzingers

Karova Lounge, Ballarat, March 23rd, 2014


These guys were my favourite band at the time and I did not believe SHane when he first told me they were playing at The Korova (especially as a support act). Obviously, I got him to get tickets straight away - I would sort out the fact it was a Sunday night. This was the best pub gig I had possibly seen ever. Certainly my favourite since The Rat years anyway. The Menzingers were amazing. Played most of The Impossible Past and from memory 1 new song off Rented World (In Remission). We all joined in the screams for The Obituaries. Great fun. I REALLY hope I get to see these guys again.

  • Played with: The Smith Street Band, Grim Fandango
  • Went with: Shane. (Saw Joe Durie there)
  • Souvenirs: Setlist (from stage); 2 tour posters, (1 signed); Ticket ($25); T-shirt (no dates).
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Metallica

Soundwave - Flemington Racecourse, March 1st 2013

Made my way back to the main stage and found the other guys (inc Duff, Slug, Boof) in the beer section. We were way back from the stage but the sound was much better than earlier and you could still see okay over the thousands of people in front of us. They sounded awesome and put on a massive show, but each song ran into another for me. It was all early stuff - I was hoping for some of the black album. I left to see The Offspring and returned at end to hear Wherever I May Roam (so I got to hear 1 from the black album) and Damaged Inc. was the final song I believe. Very big productions, professional star show.

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Mid-Youth Crisis

Festival Hall, Melb, Nov 9th 2007

Pretty sure it was one of the guys from MYC that got me the Bad Religion set list from the stage. Thanks! Sydney show of same tour reviewed in 'Blunt #66'.

  • Played with: Bad Religion & Strung Out.
  • Went with: Aido
  • Souvenirs: Ticket.
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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones

The Palace, St Kilda, Friday 17th July, 1998.

  • Played with: The Porkers
  • Went with: Jock and Emma.
  • Souvenirs: Tickets x2 ($29)
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Millencolin

Soundwave - Adelaide, Feb 22nd, 2015

I was really looking forward to these guys, but other punk bands just didn't have the 'sound' on this stage, and it proved the same for Millencolin. They sounded good without being great. Staying at this stage to watch some of my old favs, probably cost me in seeing some new good bands. The new song Sense & Sensibility was good.

(Didn’t see them at Soundwave 2011. This was my biggest sacrifice of the festival. Given I had seen them previously I chose to check out Melvins and get in early for The Bronx).

Festival Hall, Melbourne, Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

  • Played with: The Hot Lies
  • Went with: Aido
  • Souvenirs: Ticket ($50)

Bridge Mall Inn (The Rat) - Ballarat, March, 1996

w No Fun At All. Still have tour T-shirt. Sounded good, but I was blown away by NFAA. (Got more into Millencolin with their later releases). It was awesome at the time to have 2 great Swedish punk bands play at our 'local'.

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Ministry

Big Day Out - RMS, January 1995

Headlined. Huge sound in the night, but got very repetitive. Headed for home before they finished. Have the Program for this BDO.

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Monster Magnet

Soundwave - RMS, March 2011

Only caught their last 2 songs, both of which I loved: Space Lord & ??? Wish I had seen more. Sounded good for the main stage – got close to the front.

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Motion City Soundtrack

Soundwave – Melb Showgrounds, Fri 29th Feb, 2008

Main stage. Heard some from beer area. Was kind of over this stuff by the time I got to see them.

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Motley Crue

Vodaphone Arena, Melbourne, 6th December 2005 - Carnival of Sins tour

  • Played with: Motorhead, The Casanovas
  • Went with: Aido, Slug?
  • Souvenirs: Ticket ($129); Ad for tour from Blunt mag.
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Motorhead

Vodaphone Arena, Melbourne, Tuesday 6th December 2005

  • Played with: Motley Crue, The Casanovas
  • Went with: Aido, Slug?
  • Souvenirs: Ticket ($129)
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Mudhoney

Big Day Out, Friday 24th Feb, 2014

Well, after missing them at the Corner Hotel 2 years ago (and trying to listen from the back bar), it was great to see these guys out here. Along with Blair and Shane we saw these guys after Cosmic Psychos. It was cool to see EV sticking around and checking out their set. There was very little crowd interaction and I didn't know a lot of songs, but they did play 2 of my favs in Suck You Dry and of course Touch Me, I'm Sick. Good, but not great.

Corner Hotel, Richmond, Friday 27th July

We were actually at the MCG and missed this gig. We got there, but were too late for tickets. Had to resign to trying to listen from the back bar. Patrons streaming out after show stated it was excellent.

  • Souvenirs: I was handed a ticket ($50), but didn't use it obviously…so if there is anyone that went to this show and would like a ticket…
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My Chemical Romance

Telstradome Melbourne, December 17th, 2005

  • Played with: Green Day, Jimmy Eat World
  • Went with: Aido
  • Souvenirs: Ticket ($86)
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New Found Glory

Soundwave Adelaide, 21st Feb 2015

I did not think I would see any of these guys, but Faith No More seemed to finish early, so I rushed on over to hear the last 2 1/2 songs. Fortunately (again), the last song was My Friends Over You, a favourite of mine, and obviously others. A cool finish to the night. (I just wish I had left FNM a little earlier, as their last song was boring).

Soundwave - RMS, March 2011

Technically I saw them twice. When Sum 41 didn’t show, NFG played as their alter-egos, International Super Heroes of Hardcore. I left NFG after 2 songs I didn’t know and then Have I Waited Too Long? to squeeze in Slash’s last songs and then rushed back to hear another couple of new ones I didn’t know and awesome closer, My Friends Over You. All members had NFG basketball tops. Looked like a team.

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The Nirvana Show

Geelong Hotel, Thur 5th Oct, 1995

Yeah, I went out of guilt for missing the real thing. Went with Jussy and Drew and the pub had a ‘deal’ w Tooheys, where you paid a lot more for bad beer. Of course it is not my intention to include cover bands here, but this was a memorable night…and I so wished I had seen the real thing :(

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No Fun At All

Bridge Mall Inn (The Rat) - Ballarat, March, 1996

w Millencolin. Was blown away by NFAA. So tight and several stops mid song I remember. Still have tour T-shirt. It was awesome at the time to have 2 great Swedish punk bands play at our 'local'.

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NOFX

The Palace Theatre (old Metro), Monday 28th September, 2009

Awesome end to show w extended version of Theme from a NOFX Album. Never thought I would witness this song live, but Eric and his accordion just kept coming back on stage!

  • Played with: Bad Religion, Pour Habit & The Gun Runners.
  • Souvenirs: Ticket ($75); Tour poster.
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Offshore Festivals

Torquay, 1998

  • Souvenirs: Bus pass.
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The Offspring

Soundwave - Flemington Racecourse, March 1st 2013

Left Metallica to see these guys hoping they would sound better than the last Soundwave I saw them at…and they did. I wasn't expecting so many people, given it was the same time as Metallica, but I couldn't get near the stage. (Watched from level to mixing desk well off to the side). A massive hits list where the whole crowd sang along (Come Out and Play, Hit That, She's Got Issues, The Kid's Aren't Alright, Self-Esteem, Bad Habit, Pretty Fly, etc). Only one song from the new album (Days Go By, song of same name) was the only downer, as I had been listening to it a lot.

Soundwave – Melb Showgrounds, Fri 29th Feb, 2008

Headlined. Sound on main stage = crap. Low and faded even more when big lights went on or breeze came through.

Big Day Out - RMS, January 1995

Main attraction for me at the BDO and they did not disappoint. I remember one lucky lad got to get on stage to do the ‘Keep ‘em separated’ line.

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One Dollar Short

The Palace - Hits & Pits, Good Friday, 2013

This was just Scotty Woods (?) in the acoustic room. A very good vibe and Scott was quite a charming front man. Several sing-alongs and I quite enjoyed this. (Went with Aido, Blair & Shane).

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Orange Goblin

Soundwave - Flemington Racecourse, March 1st 2013

After watching the Vandals I rushed back to Stage 5 to see the last few songs of these guys, which inc 2 of the ones I liked. (Names forgotten at this time, one was 'something red'). The singer was very appreciative of the crowd that showed. Another band with big riffs. I wish these guys didn't clash - I would like to have seen more of them.

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