Music News Of The World editor Jaan Uhelszki
Australian correspondent Alex Jackson report: Silverchair are back in the
opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which they did last night at Madison
Square Garden. But last weekend, before the Peppers tour began, they headlined
the LA Palladium last night, and it was quite the momentous occasion. As they
pulled into sound check, they were greeted by a throng of 150 screaming teenage
girls, in a scene right out of Hard Day's Night. Unbeknownst to the
girls, the band had just come from the hospital where the drummer, Ben Gillies
had just been taken complaining of "side pains." He was seen and released, but
advised to come back after the show for more tests. After that things could
only get better. But no, the underage Aussies managed to blow out their sound
system not once but twice, once during "Madman" and again during their last
song "Israel's Son." Things did begin to pick up a little, when someone threw a
pair of the itsiest, bitsiest pair of scarlet bikini underwear at Daniel John's
feet. Their obliging roadie wasted no time in scooping them up, and putting
them on, the only problem is he wore them on his head. John's barely noticed as
he worked his way through the band's 60 minute set, spiced up with some new
songs, and a couple of punk covers--a nice change from their usual grunge
redux. After it was all over, young Gillies returned to the hospital at 2:00 AM
where he spent the rest of the night under observation for what was feared to
be an acute appendicitis, but turned out to be a bad case of indigestion.
In addition to the Peppers tour, Silverchair will play two dates with
their label mates and hot new Australian trio Ammonia: singer/guitarist Dave
Johnstone, bassist Simon Hensworth and drummer Allan Balmont.
from the isolated city of Perth, Western Australia, and released their debut
album Mint 400 late last year. It was produced by Kevin "Caveman"
Shirley, who also took production credits on Silverchair's hugely successful
Atlanta radio station 99X, a strong supporter of
Silverchair, has already thrown its support behind Ammonia's single "Drugs,"
but other stand out tracks on the album include the current Australian single
"Ken Carter," "In A Box" and "Sleepwalking" (previously released as EPs in
October 1994 and March 1995 respectively).
Ammonia played their first U.S.
show at the Dragonfly in Los Angeles this past Thursday (Feb. 8); they team up
with Silverchair at the International Ballroom in Atlanta on Sunday (Feb. 10)
and for a show in Chicago on Feb. 17. Ammonia also play at Brownies in New York
on Tuesday Feb. 13.
Next up for Silverchair is the UK and Europe, starting
on Tuesday Feb. 20 in Manchester with a show with Everclear. Ammonia return to
Australia later this month to play a Sony conference but they are expected back
in the U. S. for a full tour in March or