Posts Tagged ‘Rod Laver Arena’

Arctic Monkeys (UK)

The kids have grown up. Back in 2006 it was the Palace. Future tours saw Festival Hall, then the Palais, the new Palace, and finally Festival Hall again. This time though, it was Rod Laver Arena that played host to 10,000 crazy Melburnians going nuts for Alex Turner and Co.

Muse (UK)

Muse put on one hell of a show for their first night in Melbourne at Rod Laver Arena. 

Birds of Tokyo

For those who managed to defeat the Melbourne traffic, Perth lads Birds of Tokyo opened up proceedings for Muse at Rod Laver Arena. 

One Direction (UK)

Simon Cowell’s cash cow opened up their 8 show Australian tour in front of 10,265 girls and 7 boys on Wednesday night. Judging from the squeals, it was an emphatic success, and one of the few times earplugs are needed not for the sound in front, but behind.

Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (USA)

3 hours of gold and new from The Boss at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night. 

Santana (Mexico/USA)

In the country for Bluesfest, Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana brought the imaginatively named Santana to Melbourne for one night at Rod Laver Arena.

Radiohead (UK)

As an unashamed member of the ‘I wish Radiohead would just go back to writing some bloody songs again’ camp, Friday night’s first show in Melbourne was, in the main, a brilliant mix of songs and drawn out musical ‘ideas’.

Lady Gaga (USA)

With a crowd dress code treading the line between Carnivale and the Gay Mardi Gras, I rocked up in my jeans and T-shirt to watch Lady Gaga’s 2nd Melbourne show on her Born This Way Ball tour.

Trivium (USA)

Floridian metalcore 4 piece Trivium opened up for Slipknot as part of the 2012 Soundwave festivities at Rod Laver Arena.

Slipknot (USA)

Slipknot scare me. I’m no bible-totin’ guy in a tan cardigan, but there’s something house of horrors about this band of freaky looking creatures from Des Moines, Iowa.

Roxette (Sweden)

If you had a hit – any hit – in the early 90s chances are that in 2012 you’ll have either just completed, are in the middle of, or a frantically planning an Australian tour. Swedish duo Per Gessle and Marie Fredrikkson however could never be labelled one hit wonders. As the euro-pop machine Roxette, […]

Gorillaz (UK)

How do you take a cartoon band on the road? Just like this really. You pull together music royalty (Paul Simonen and Mick Jones of The Clash), a bucketload of guest artists (Little Dragon, De La Soul, Bobby Womack) and why not throw in the members of the Syrian National Orchestra as well?


British mega-group Coldplay toured their Viva La Vida album through Australia in 2009.

The Killers (USA)

And so it came down to the last show of the entire Sam’s Town tour, here in little ol’ Melbourne. Nice of them to end it here.