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Queens Of The Stone Age announce Australian tour ( admin posted on May 28th, 2019 )

ROCKING RETURN: Palm Springs rockers Queens Of The Stone Age are coming back to Newcastle Entertainment Centre in August for the first time in four years. Their last visit was a co-headliner tour with Nine Inch Nails in 2014. US rockers Queens Of The Stone Age are coming to Newcastle.

That’s right, Newcastle. We missed out on last year’sVillains World Tour.

The band played only a handful of Australian dates in support of their seventh studio album, all of which sold out quickly. Frontman JoshHomme promised to return, saying:“Everybody who knows me knows that Australia is my home away from home.”

The band last performed at Newcastle Entertainment Centre in 2014 with co-headliners Nine Inch Nails.Homme was in fine form, despite battling the flu. So was his Australian-born wife,Brody Dalle, who opened with songs from her band The Distillers. The couple have three children.

The upcoming August visitwill offer Hunter rock fans a chance to see a healthy Homme, who had shunned medical advice to perform at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre show in2014.

The Way You Used To Do – Queens Of The Stone AgeThe flu failed to foil the evening, which the Herald’s reviewer dubbed“arare and memorable night in Newcastle for rock fans of all ages”.

The Villains World Tour returns to Australia and New Zealand for nine headline showsin August and September. Australian blues maestro C.W. Stoneking is the support.

Homme will be joined on stage byTroy Van Leeuwen (guitar), Dean Fertita (guitar/keys), Jon Theodore (drums/percussion) and Michael Shuman (bass).

Featuring fan and radio favourites Head Like A Haunted House, The Way You Used To Doand The Evil Has Landed, Villainsdebuted at number one on Australia’s ARIA Album Chart.

No One Knows – Queens Of The Stone AgeIt was the second for the California hard rock heavyweights, following the Mark Ronson produced …Like Clockwork, which hit the charts in June 2013.

The band’s major album Songs for the Deafwas their first appearance on the Australian album charts’ top ten, ranking seventh in September 2002.

Queens Of The Stone Age play an all-ages gig at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on August 30.Tickets go on sale on May 3 through Ticketek.

Frontier members presale tickets are on sale for 24 hours only, starting at 2pm on May 1.

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McGovern future no distraction for Eagles ( admin posted on May 28th, 2019 )

West Coast are fighting hard to fend off Victorian AFL clubs and re-sign Jeremy McGovern.West Coast coach Adam Simpson has called for calm regarding the uncertain AFL future of Jeremy McGovern, saying the contract speculation isn’t a distraction.

McGovern raised alarm bells among Eagles fans on Thursday when he said he was likely to put contract talks on hold until the end of the season.

Victorian clubs are circling the restricted free agent with reported offers of more than $1 million a season, while Fremantle are also interested.

Simpson is hopeful McGovern will stay put at the Eagles, and isn’t stressing about the situation.

“I don’t see it as a distraction,” Simpson said.

“It’s footy. That’s what happens on occasions. We love ‘Gov’, we want to keep him and we’re doing everything we can to keep him.

“He’s playing good footy, so I don’t see it as a distraction from his point of view, and the team is going alright as well.

“This is not the first time it’s happened, so I think we’ve just got to calm down a little bit. This happens a lot.”

West Coast (5-1) will be aiming to continue their hot form when they take on Port Adelaide at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

The Power have named star ruckman Paddy Ryder to play his first match since he suffered an achilles tendon injury in round one.

However, coach Ken Hinkley says he may withdraw Ryder if they deem the Optus Stadium surface too hard.

The Power will be without star forward Chad Wingard (hamstring), while the Eagles were also dealt an injury blow in the form of Lewis Jetta (calf).

Simpson dismissed any concerns that spearhead Josh Kennedy had pulled up sore and might be in doubt.

“I spoke to him this morning and he said, ‘I haven’t felt this good this year’, so he’s right to go,” Simpson said.

“He’s quite surprised about some of the talk.”

Port’s off-season recruiting spree had many pundits tipping them to win the premiership this season.

Simpson said taking on Port Adelaide would probably be his team’s toughest test of the season to date.

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Hamilton count on change in luck ( admin posted on May 28th, 2019 )

Hamilton’s Rhys Cooper.

Hamilton coach Peter McGuinness believes his side’s fortunes have to turn in the Northern NSW NPL.

He just hopes they are still playing well enough to capitalise when they do.

Starting a new era under McGuinness with an overhauled squad, Olympic are in the unfamiliar position of second last after seven rounds with just four points. But they’ve been far from off the pace. All four losses have been by one goal. They take on Lake Macquarieat Darling Street Oval on Sunday needing to stop the rot.

“The way we play, we’ve got to turn that into points, otherwise it’s a waste of time,” McGuinness said.

“It’s tough but I’m confident things will turn around. When you look at the scale of things and how much luck and things have gone your way, it’s very little.We’ve just got to make sure we’re still playing football when it turns.”

Also Sunday, Josh Rose is set to debut for Edgeworth atMaitland, Charlestown travel to Adamstown and Valentine host Weston at CB Complex.On Saturday, Jaffas take on the Jets Youth at Edden Oval.

In the HeraldWPL Saturday, Adamstown host Merewether. On Sunday, New Lambton welcomeWarners Bay and Wallsend play Thornton at The Gardens.

McGuinness, meanwhile, will be without Leo Bertos, who is coachingin a youth tournament inJapan, and Jed Hornery (hamstring injury).

Hamilton defeated Kahibah 5-1 in the FFA Cup round four on Thursday night and the side had come through unscathed. Rhys Cooper and Jake McGuinness scored doubles.

Lake Macquarie defeated Maitland 2-0 on Wednesday night in their cup game and coach Nick Webb said they too had no injuries from the midweek tests.

New goalkeeper Stuart Plant, who switched from Charlestown,debuted in the match and Webb was impressed with his organisation and positioning at the back. The Roosters lost 5-3 to the Jets Youth last week and are seventh on six points in the NPL.

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Pies rookie sidelined with heart condition ( admin posted on May 28th, 2019 )

Collingwood’s Kayle Kirby will take time away from the AFL after being diagnosed with a heart issue.Collingwood rookie Kayle Kirby’s AFL season is likely over after being diagnosed with a heart condition, months after he collapsed during a VFL practice match.

The 19-year-old was taken from the field in an ambulance after collapsing midway through the match at Collingwood’s training base on March 31.

Kirby, who played his sole AFL game in round 23 last year, was found to have suffered an irregular heartbeat and tests have since revealed an underlying heart condition.

“Kayle will be monitored by club medical staff and his cardiologist over the next three months during which time his response to a light training program will also be tracked,” the Magpies said in a statement on Friday.

“Kayle is unlikely to return to playing during this three month period.

“A further update will be provided at the conclusion of this time.”

Kirby’s situation is similar to that of St Kilda defender Dylan Roberton, who has also been effectively ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Roberton collapsed off the ball during St Kilda’s round-four game against Geelong.

He is set to undergo further tests with doctors unsure of the cause of his heart problems.

The 26-year-old on Thursday said further testing and monitoring, which has involved a device being implanted in his chest, would take around three months.

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Revenge of the Massive toy Geek ( admin posted on May 28th, 2019 )

Revenge of the Massive toy Geek TweetFacebook Massive Geek galleryPictures: Lee MaxwellLEE Maxwell admits he received some curious looks from bystanders when he was poking around the storm water drain inthe Kotara Homemakers Centre recently.

Perhaps they initially thought he was a graffiti artistlooking to tag the drain’sconcrete walls.

They became even more puzzled when they realised the 39-year-old Novocastrian was holding a camera and a large Raphael doll from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Lee wasn’t spraying graffiti, but he waspursuing therapidlygrowing art form of toy photography.

“I thought perfect, there’s a sewer and there’s a few pipes in there,” Maxwell says.“When I got Raphael and took him down into the sewer there wasone of the little off-shoot pipes and it was the perfect size, perfectly scaled.

“I put Raph in there and took the photo. A couple of people were walking past and they’relike‘what are you doing’ and they then see I have a giant Ninja Turtle.

TURTLE POWER: Lee Maxwell’s photo of Raphael in a Kotara storm water drain.

“So that’s always funny.”

For the past three years the Gatesheadfather-of-one has been regularly uploading photos of his extensive toy collectionon his Instagram profile, Massive Geek.

It’s filled with creative and colourful portraits of everything from comic superheroes like Batman and Wonder Woman to ’80s toy favourites Transformers and GI Joe to movie characters like ArnoldSchwarzenegger’s Terminator and Star Wars.

Massive Geek has built an audience of 2375 followers, while it pales in comparison to the 22,000 Los Angeles-based professional toy photographer Mitchel Wu possesses, it is growing quickly.

“This trend started with watermarking your photos and I did a particular photo of my’60s Batman and Joker and did a muck around thing with Batman tied up and few of the baddies around him and posted a comment,‘will Batman escape this dastardly duo’ like in the old’60s TV series,” he says.

“There’s a page called Epic Toy Art whojust share other people’s stuff and they shared it and I got 3000 hits and my followers progressively went up for there.”

Maxwell first started collecting GIJoe toys as a child in the ’80s. But while most boys grow out of action figurines, Maxwell’s obsession only deepened.

He estimates he owns more than 1000 toys and figurines, which commandeer an entire room in his Gateshead home on custom-made shelves.

“Itstarted from a love of comic books,” Maxwell says.“Having a 3D representation of that particular character was cool.

“For the Transformers stuff, it was nostalgia because I grew up loving that and I was the kid in school -and there was a few of us -that loved GI Joe.

“I loved the concept of having a jeep and a tank and little dude that fitted inside it.I guess it’s just snowballed from there and gotten bigger and bigger.”

Maxwell buys a new piece every fortnight on average from toy stores or online and admits the cost and household space the hobby consumes has led to some tense negotiation with his wife, Renee.

“When we first started going out in high school I said,‘I’ve gota bit of a nerdy hobby and I need you to know one thing, it’ll probably outlast you’,” he laughs.“It didn’t go down too well at first.”

Maxwell proudly claims “geek” as a term of endearment and wore a “Nerdy By Nature” t-shirt while giving a tour of his toy collection.

“I’ve doneit for so long they [my friends]don’t think anything of it anymore,” he says.

SNAP: Lee Maxwell’s photo recapturing a scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

“It’s the new people who come through who are like,‘OK, you’re buying dolls’. You get that a lot, then they see the photos or they come and see it.

“It’s hilarious because they can rip on you about it but as soon as they come into the room there’s always something they grab and go,‘Oh my god, I remember that, that was the best’. That’s always fun to watch.”

There’s also an end game to Maxwell’s growing passion for toy photography. Much like so-called Instagram “influencers” who are paid or given clothes to model and endorse, some toy companies and stores regularly send their new products to photographers.

“There’s a couple of guys who the companies send stuff to photograph because they’re that good and theirshots make you want to buy the bits and pieces,” he says.

“That’s a goal one day. If it happens, it happens. It would be a nice side effect of putting it all out.”

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