Karen Freedman, Author at Noise11.com

Karen Freedman

The Lemon Twigs photo by Karen Freedman

Brian D’Addario of The Lemon Twigs Talks Songs for the General Public with Karen Freedman

by Karen Freedman

Those poor Lemon Twigs. There they were, ready to bring out a new album, with a release date of 1st May and a bunch of shows booked across North America. And then, 2020 happened.

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The Lemon Twigs photo by Karen Freedman

The Lemon Twigs Release Surprise Live Album

by Karen Freedman

Whilst fans of The Lemon Twigs eagerly await the release of their third album, Songs For The General Public (which was due for release 1st May to coincide with a North American tour, and is now rescheduled to come out on 21st August in light of the COVID-19 pandemic) they can have their appetites whetted by a surprise live album they dropped through Bandcamp this week.

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a-ha at A Day On The Green 2020 photo by Serge Thomann

a-ha and Rick Astley, Melbourne, 23 February 2020 #REVIEW

by Karen Freedman

There are some people who think a-ha and Rick Astley are one-hit-wonders.

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Air Supply perform at the Palais Theatre in St Kilda on Wednesday 8 June 2016.

Air Supply Give Melbourne Fans A Night of The Ones That You Love #Review

by Karen Freedman

After more than 5000 performances, Air Supply have pretty much perfected the art of giving their audience exactly what they want. Although, as lead singer, Russell Hitchcock mentioned, their success is something they have never taken for granted in their 44-year career.

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Todd Rundgren celebrates his 70th (photo by Karen Freedman)

Todd Rundgren Celebrates 70 In Australia With ToddARoo

by Karen Freedman

Todd Rundgren had a simple idea for his 70th year. The difficulty was in implementing it. Take one international rock god and his wonderful wife, blend in a few dozen devotees, garnish with some Australian rays of sun, and you have the perfect recipe for one helluva shindig to celebrate a 70th birthday (his fourth, this year).

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Todd Rundgren Adds 2nd Melbourne Show

by Karen Freedman

The first Todd Rundgren Melbourne gig has sold out, and a second show has been added for Tuesday 30 October at the John Curtin Hotel.

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Why Did Paul McCartney Cross Abbey Road?

by Karen Freedman

To get to Abbey Road studios, of course! Sir Paul McCartney dropped into the studios he and his fellow Beatles made famous, yesterday (23 July), to do a (not so) secret gig showcasing some new songs from his forthcoming album, Egypt Station, and some from his illustrious past.

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Paul McCartney at AAMI Park Melbourne on Tuesday 5 December 2017. Photo by Ros O'Gorman

Paul McCartney Wins Helpmann Award For Best Australian Concert Of 2017

by Karen Freedman

Sir Paul McCartney can add yet another award to his trophy case, to go along with his Oscar, 8 BRITs, 18 Grammys, and 22 NME awards, to name but a small few.

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The Beatles White Album

The Beatles White Album Concert Performed Live By Australian Rockers

by Karen Freedman

The imaginatively titled, The Beatles, more commonly referred to as the White Album, will be 50 years old this November.

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Todd Rundgren, Trak, Ros O'Gorman, Photo

Todd Rundgren And Todd-A-Roo Coming To Australia

by Karen Freedman

Great news for fans of the uber-talented Todd Rundgren. In 2008, for a week on the glorious isle of Kauai, in Hawaii, about 300 fans from all over the world joined the Rundgrens at their incredible home to celebrate his 60th birthday. This became known as ToddStock; a week of camping, drinking, singing and celebrating.

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Pantera Drummer Vinnie Paul Dead At 54

by Karen Freedman

Tributes from rockers such as Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons (KISS), Duff McKagan (Guns’n’Roses), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) and Dave Mustaine (Megadeth/Metallica) have been posted on Twitter after news broke that co-founder of thrash metal band Pantera, Vinnie Paul, has died.

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The Lemon Twigs photo by Karen Freedman

The Lemon Twigs In Melbourne 25 July 2017 REVIEW

by Karen Freedman

The Lemon Twigs is quite literally the first modern music act I’ve bothered to become excited about within the last almost 15 years.

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Paul McCartney Japan 2017 photo by Karen Freedman

Paul McCartney Wings Into Tokyo For A Week Of Shows REVIEW

by Karen Freedman

If I ever got back all the money I ever spent on seeing Paul McCartney in concert, I’d probably only go and spend it on seeing Paul McCartney in concert.

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Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl, Photo By Ros O'Gorman

REVIEW: Foo Fighters, Melbourne, 28 February 2015

by Karen Freedman

There are frontmen, and then there is Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters.

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Spandau Ballet, noise11, photo mary boukouvalas

Spandau Ballet Introduce Soul Boys Of The Western World To Australia

by Karen Freedman

The Spandau Ballet documentary ‘Soul Boys of The Western World’ is the story of five boys from north London who grew up together, formed a band together, toured the world together, fell out, got back together again, and then toured the world together. Again.

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Apple Boutique London

Beatles Apple Boutique Becomes Boutique Apple Apartments

by Karen Freedman

94 Baker Street in London’s Marylebone was once more famously known as the site of the Apple Boutique, an early business venture of The Beatles. 

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Julian Lennon

Paul McCartney Donates Signed Boxset To Julian Lennon Charity

by Karen Freedman

Julian Lennon’s White Feather Foundation charity has been gifted by a signed boxset from Paul McCartney to raise money to help people who are dying from lack of clean water and sanitation.

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Bernie Nolan

Bernie Nolan Loses Her Cancer Battle At 52

by Karen Freedman

Tributes are flooding in after Bernie Nolan succumbed to cancer aged 52. She had suffered from the disease for three years.

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Ringo Starr, Festival Hall, Melbourne Australia, Photo By Ros O'Gorman, Noise11

Ringo Starr Requests Peace And Love For His Birthday

by Karen Freedman

Ringo Starr turns 73 on Sunday.  And he wants everybody to make a double victory sign, and, “Wherever you are, please go ‘peace and love, peace and love, peace and love’”. At noon.

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Manic Street Preachers, Noise11, Photo

Manic Street Preachers Deliver A Sermon To Melbourne

by Karen Freedman

The Manic Street Preachers have had only a sprinkling of lower-reaching chart success in Australia, whilst notching up an impressive 33 Top 40 singles in their native Britain.

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Paul McCartney photo by Karen Freedman, Noise11, Photo

Paul McCartney Rocks The Colbert Report

by Karen Freedman

“Last time we talked I wasn’t that familiar with your work”, joked host Stephen Colbert as he began his interview with Sir Paul McCartney.

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Ringo Starr, Festival Hall, Melbourne Australia, Photo By Ros O'Gorman, Noise11

Ringo Starr Releases New Photograph Book

by Karen Freedman

Ringo Starr is set to release Photograph, a collection of material taken from his personal archive.

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Midge Ure by Karen Freedman

Midge Ure Returns To Melbourne After A 28 Year Break

by Karen Freedman

“Thanks for coming. Next time bring a few friends,” greeted Midge Ure from the compact stage at the intimate Billboard venue Friday night, as he began his first Melbourne show since 1985 with ‘I See Hope (In The Morning Light)’.

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Bernie Nolan

Bernie Nolan Goes Home After Being Told Cancer Is Incurable

by Karen Freedman

Bernie Nolan has moved back to her family home in Surrey, England to live out her final days as she succumbs to the cancer which has spread to her brain, bones, liver and lungs.

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Michelle Shocked, Noise11, photo

Michelle Shocked San Francisco Audience With Homophobic Rant

by Karen Freedman

Alternative folkster Michelle Shocked left her audience at San Francisco’s Yoshi bar stunned when she embarked on a tirade against homosexuals and gay marriage on Sunday night.

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Ringo Starr, Festival Hall, Melbourne Australia, Photo By Ros O'Gorman, Noise11

Ringo Starr To Exhibit Peace And Love

by Karen Freedman

Ringo Starr is to get his own exhibition. On 12 June, the Grammy Museum will open its doors to “Ringo: Peace And Love”, “the first major exhibition to explore the life of Ringo Starr”.

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