Which reminds me once I get my passport back I have got to show you all how to get the visa, how to get cheap Trans Siberian tickets.
That's right. I get my passport back from the Russian consulate this week with a 3 week visa to go and see Russia.
Which reminds me once I get my passport back I have got to show you all how to get the visa, how to get cheap Trans Siberian tickets.
If you read my gig review of the Queensryche/Armoured Saint/ Death Angel concert in London August 2015, you will know that I first saw Queensryche in Sydney 31st August 2009. Queensryche had only been to Australia on two occasions.
The first occasion was to perform Operation Mindcrime 1&2 in 2006 and the 2nd occasion was for the bands to perform 3 suites of music: “Rage for Order”, “American Soldiers” and “Empire”. I remember buying an “Empire” shirt when I was 23.
Australian QUEENSRŸCHE fans had waited patiently for 7 years for the band to return to the Southern Shores. Some of us couldn’t wait that long, so that’s why I lived in Birmingham to see QUEENSRŸCHE in 2015.
While I was abroad, Queensryche announced this very tour in April 2016. If I was a good boy, I would have stayed in the UK until August and I would have got to see QUEENSRŸCHE near Birmingham. But I was bad ass and nobody gave me a job & I forgot to claim UK benefits
So I got to see QUEENSRŸCHE again for the 3rd time in my life. But I had to live in Australia for 3 months.
I left home around 3pm and I got to the Manning Bar around 5pm. I saw the band drive in after 6pm to do their Meet & Greet with VIP FANS. I snuck in a few photos of Todd and Scott walking by.
I spent most of the afternoon telling people how I wish QUEENSRŸCHE would sing “Gonna Get Close To You”, because they last performed it back in 2011.
I marched on in at 8pm to take my spot on the very front of the barrier. I love being the first to the barrier but I am used to standing on my feet for hours.
First up was Hemina. I had never heard of seen this band before. But on first looks it was so beautiful to see Jessica Martin up there in a black dress and black boots on the bass.
Hemina are in the same Prog Metal genre as QUEENSRŸCHE. They are a 4 piece band from Sydney and their influences even go back to Genesis, Dream Theater, Queen and Symphony X. The band played 6 songs and they were well received.
Even though this was my first time seeing them. I might have seen them at a gig some years ago. But Hemina have been around since 2008.
Lord was up next. I have been a fan of Lord since 2008 when I saw them support Saxon. I have seen Lord many times during 2008-2012 and I even saw them in Germany during July 2012 for Headbangers Open Air.
For the first time in 10 years. Andy Dowling was absent from the band. He has been standing on stage left since Lord formed in 2006. Andy was in Prague on his Honeymoon. But we had Rob Giles of Carbon Black on bass tonight.
Lord went over to America recently for PowerProg fest near Atlanta Georgia. I was so happy that band got to play in America, the same year Hellbringer did.
It was very cool to see Lord again after 4 long years.
QUEENSRŸCHE hit the stage later on in the night. With music blaring all over the PA the band launched into “GUARDIAN” off their new album “Condition Human”.
Todd La Torre walks on stage wearing his trademark black jackets and pants. Later on Todd would unvield that he is wearing a MOTORHEAD ENGLAND T-Shirt. This made me feel proudly British.
Todd welcomed us to the show and he even apologies for taking so long for the band to get back to Australia. Well truth be told during the whole Todd QUEENSRŸCHE VS Geoff QUEENSRŸCHE, there was no point for either band to come to Australia during this court battle.
I sincerely apologise QUEENSRŸCHE that our dickhead Immigration Minister (Peter Dutton) has now increase the price for Entertainment visa (for bands that want to tour Australia). In Europe (excluding UK/Ireland) they don’t really care what your band is doing in Europe because it’s an open border.
In the past 7 years, QUEENSRŸCHE has played in the London 4 times. So it must be cheaper to get UK entertainment visa. But after all guys, it’s only a 9 hour flight from Seattle to London.
“Operation: Mindcrime” It took 24 years for QUEENSRŸCHE to come to Australia. 10 years after that first tour the band is finally playing the song “Operation:Mindcrime” again. Hundreds of people in the audience are excited to hear this song with its memorable rift.
I did my best to take some good photos without flash even if it mean putting my finger over the stupid flash and feeling the hotness of the bulb.
During O.M good old Parker Lundgren started point at me as he remembered me from London 2015 & Sydney 2009. Parker is the coolest guitarist I’ve seen. He is the baby of the group, but Parker is younger than me.
“Best I Can” This song was performed in Sydney in 2009 and it was played again last night. It one of the best opening songs off any QUEENSRŸCHE album. Todd was running around the stage. I don’t think I said this in my London review, but Todd has a better stage personality that Geoff Taint.
I was surprised that QUEENSRŸCHE played “Damaged” as it was off “Promised Land” I have never bought that album or given a listen as my interest in Queensryche does stop after Empire then it resumed with Operation: Mindcrime 2, American Soldier. But my love of QUEENSRŸCHE was absent between September 2009-July 2012 until Todd came in.
The weird thing is “DAMAGED” wasn’t a single at all. But “Promised Land” was a successful album that peaked at #3 in their native U.S,A and even two of its singles reached the top 40 in the UK charts. Maybe I should buy this album someday?
“The Killing Words”. It was nice to hear something off “Rage for Order” as this year is the LP’s 30th Birthday. Last year I heard “Walk in the Shadows” and “The Whisper”. This year, I hear this song and it reminds me of the good days when I would go to bed listening to the whole “Rage for Order” record on my turntable.
“The Mission” another great track of “Operation: Mindcrime”. Yes Geoff Tate is the only person who can play both Mindcrime albums (in full) but nobody cares! When you go to see QUEENSRŸCHE in the present day you are here to hear great classic off the first 6 albums/EP and the first two Todd fronted records.
“Silent Lucidity” This was QUEENSRŸCHE only Top 40 hit in the Billboard hot 100. So it’s now become a staple to hear this song at every QUEENSRŸCHE gig. Michael Wilton does justice to Chris Degarmo work. It was the power ballad of the night as everyone in manning bar was singing along to it.
When the song “Empire” came on it made me think about this chick I follow on Instagram as some of her photos are to inspire people to build empires. Overland Metalhead is my empire and I got to build it!
“Eye9” was an interesting song to hear for the first time. It starts off with an amazing bass licks by Eddie before Todd powerful voice soared up and down with rifts from Parker and Michael that have made me allot more interested in QUEENSRŸCHE new album and less interested in that long new Dream Theater album.
Going home on Sunday Morning to watch the music video was awesome. Man this band has put allot of effort into their music videos. Unless that piece of shit video of “Get It Started” where you had to buy the CD if you wanted to watch the video before it was released. But that was all TAINTS ideas.
Allot of people in Australia have been dying to hear “Queen of the Ryche” live. Geoff Taint would never sing it live for like 15 years, so when Todd took old of the reigns he did it justice.
This is a man who grew up on the Ryche!
We were all grateful to hear that song live as allot of people were singing along with Todd! I felt like a SMARTASS as I already saw QUEENSRŸCHE before they came back to Sydney.
“Jet City Woman” was played in 2009 and it was on the set list tonight. It’s one of my favourite songs off “Empire” but it’s brilliant to keep hearing it every time I see QUEENSRŸCHE in Australia.
“Take Hold of the Flame” the band played this as their Encore in London. Now they are playing it at the end of the set list
QUEENSRŸCHE went off stage for 5 minutes before heading back on to do their ENCORE. As we were all asking for it?
“Screaming in Digital” off the band “Rage for Order” album. By playing this song live, it really did give R.F.O a happy 30th birthday. I would have jizzed (in my pants) with excitement if Queensryche had played “Gonna Get Close to You” live, as I have never heard Todd sing this song.
I was thinking of that song (“Gonna Get Close to You” ) when I lost my virginity with Carol in 2010 and I used to listen to whole “Rage For Order” album before I would go out and get laid with women 20 years older than me.
To end the night QUEENSRŸCHE performed “Eye of a Stranger” this song was performed in London and yet again it was played in Sydney. I don’t think you can have a Queensryche gig without playing: “Eye of a Stranger”, “Silent Lucidity” or “Walk in the Shadows”
I actually cried when Todd La Torre was standing in front of me and gave me a fist bump! Geoff Tate made me shake for a few days after I met him 2009, Todd La Torre fronted Queensryche can make a grown man cry
It was a fitting end to an amazing night. For allot of us concert goers, it was worth the weight.
I shook hands with Todd at the end of the song and he knew that I was the Overland Metalhead. I think I do remember shaking hands with Parker.
The excitement of the night was when I picked up Michael Wilton’s Guitar pick It was a fitting end to an amazing night. For allot of us concert goers, it was worth the weight.
I shook hands with Todd at the end of the song and he knew that I was the Overland Metalhead. I think I do remember shaking hands with Parker.
The excitement of the night was when I picked up Michael Wilton’s Guitar pick off the ground after he tossed it at me. Thanks Michael
I look forward to seeing QUEENSRŸCHE again, someday in South America, Asia, North America or Africa.
We have all seen stupid news reports about people losing money to Nigerians because of 419. In this day of age, any money that you send to Nigeria may end up in Boko Horam hands so therefore your hard earn cash has funded terrorism.
I met at lady who got scammed by a West African douchebag in South East Asia. This was a romance scam that involved Black Money. In the end this lady lived a better life as she blossomed like a flower, did fun things and to me she will always be the truth fighting spirit against Imperialism.
If you're reading this dal, you know who you are, X.
There are other scams that don’t involve black money that are all about romance scams. But all what it is West African mother fuckers who are running scams in Malaysia and Thailand and they live in those countries because it’s easy to defraud the Thai, Malay or Indonesian government for student visas and perpetrating WESTERNS EXPTS who live away from their rich Imperialist nation.
My foreign policy is you can’t trust West Africans in SOUTH EAST ASIA. So, if some Nigerian guy comes up to you in KL or Kho San Road (and starts talking about business) then RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
I also can’t imagine how the average West African could afford the $1000 USD flights to get to South East Asia via Dubai, Addis Ababa or Johannesburg. Scam money has helped them emigrate.
So if you are someone from anyway in the world who is running 419, black money and Romance scams. Then please go shoot yourself in the foot because you are the ones who are causing bad stereotypes against your own people.
I watch those border TV shows and the weird thing is they are always going after people from Africa. It doesn’t matter if you’re Sub Saharan, Southern African, North African Border Force is always fucking around with African people because of stereotype shit.
All I see is these British-Africans are telling Border Force that they can never enter their wives Western country without some shit questioning. It’s all because authorities think WEST AFRICANS ARE TROUBLE MAKERS.
Well I’ve never seen a guy from Mauritania run a scam.
So ending this racial profiling/stereotyping and move on.
Now you may go to 20+ nations in your life. You might be some douche who hates poor people and you will only visit rich nations. In every rich or poor country you go to, you can easily get ripped off. Just by being a Western foreigner.
It might be annoying going to Nepal to have some woman from India gets in your face asking for money.
But you got to remember, you being a citizen of a Western Nation, probably earn more money than the average worker in: Delhi, Rabat, Manilla, Kathmandu or Timbuktu.
So you’re going to have to grin and bear it when you get ripped off, overpriced and scammed in really poor nation.
Buddhism can teach me to diffuse the situation. It’s that you may get pissed off for some guy stealing your $200, but when you realize he’s a poor person with 5 kids then you feel bad for him.
But a True Satanist would probably go out and beat the shit out of the thief.
I stopped complaining about getting ripped off on travels, when I realized my goal in life was to avoid returning to New Zealand (to deal with another shitty family reunion).
But it was to go visit the other 160 something nations of the UN (THAT I HAD YET TO VISIT) and I was to put money in business owner’s hands and they would sell me food and water + accommodation.
That was the last thing I said to my fruit loop Aunt Cecily before she died on my 29th Birthday and I wasn’t affected by her passing at all.
So I got about 144 nations of the UN to go visit now.
When you’re young and single, you got to work to stay afloat so here are a couple of Business /Employment related scams
5 months after I had walked out of my shitty dishwasher job at Tequilas on Main. I started selling Avon. I don’t know what got me started but I was unemployed, depressed, I would sleep in all morning and I just didn’t give a fuck about working.
So I went around Baulkham Hills aged 23 selling Avon. Not one person made an order of my 1st Avon catalogue. So my manager moved me to Winston Hills. In that time frame I was like the 2nd highest seller in a week and I won an award.
But then when I got down to the finances. Things just started to become shit. I banked every cent I got from Avon order. But there was an immigrant prick from Uruguay whose whore wife send a cheque to Avon instead of paying me
I would only get 30% in profits. So I had to pay Avon the money from all the orders I put in. I ended up wasted $160 on a stupid samples skit and I would end up auctioning off all this shitty Avon crap from 2010-2012
I earned $3000 from a shit job at a menu company. But I sold $3000 in Avon. So all my salary from FCM was paying for my Avon. I lost my job at a menu company and my Menu manager lady was a sexist wanker as she’s said allot of women wouldn’t want to buy Avon from a Man.
In the end I resigned from my job at Avon in December 2009 and I just sold off anything that said AVON in my house.
In 2011 I tracked my manager down on Facebook and I called her A SCAMMER AND A CON ARTIST.
This was 3 weeks before I went on my 2011 Europe, Asia, and Africa trip. This woman rang my mother landline and threaten to call the police for harassment.
If I had a cop come over to my Mother house to arrest me, I would never get to leave Australia AGAIN.
So to anyone out there who wants to sell Avon, DON’T! You’re better off being a beautician working at an hourly rate.
Avon is a shit brand because its makeup is made out of cheap material. If you want real make up then go buy something above $50.
Traineeship that doesn’t pay hourly rates
In July 2010 I was broke, suicidal, unemployed and I basically had a shitty job that didn’t pay a cent. An Immigrant Prick from Chile ran a program that would only pay me if I brought in a tender.
He lost $100K when the NSW government cancelled his traineeship program because he wasn’t paying his trainee wage. I had a bitter disownment with this guy and he is nothing more but an arsehole who probably should have been killed by Pinochet.
Around the same time as the Traineeship scam. I was putting ads on Gumtree asking for any job that did not involve washing dishes.
So some lady from Amway called me up and she said she had a business opportunity. So I meet this lady called Lucy with her business partner at the Sydney Hilton for Coffee.
All they did was bitch to me about wanting to be an employee rather that what that RICH DAD POOR DAD guy wrote in his book
A week later I found out this company AMWAY OPPERATES along the same line as Avon or Tupperware.
So After going to their shitty seminar I walked out (pretending to be sad). But on my Ipod I was listening to TWISTED SISTER "UNDER THE BLADE".
I wanted to work UNDER THE BLADE of an employer than be the blade itself. So I rang up this Amway woman and I hurled abuse at her on the phone and I said to her
“YOU CAN’T RUN A BUSINESS WITHOUT FUCKING EXPERIENCE! FUCK OFF, LEAVE ME ALONG AND DON’T TALK TO ME EVER AGAIN”.
I didn’t learn anything from Mel Gibson and my brother Simon was being a cunt about not swearing on the phone. Well I drop allot of FUCK's and SHITs when I talk to my father on the phone and it’s for laughs.
So I don’t want to really run my own business where I won’t get an hourly wage.
Charity door 2 door jobs!
This was back in 2005, my job was to knock on doors and ask for credit card donations. I only earned $3 from one donation after knocking on homes in Baulkham Hills. I told my manager Serene to go stick that $3 up her ass.
In 2010 I was hired by this company and interviewed by STM Marketing and the job was to go around Sydney and annoy people asking for charity donations. I am a follower of the Church of Satan laws and Law 11 states
When walking in open territory, bother no one. If someone bothers you, ask him to stop. If he does not stop, destroy him.
So because I am a follower of this law, I don’t want to bother anyone in Open Territory and this mean charities shouldn’t bother me.
The pay of these jobs was also Commission and their scamming tactics say “You can earn $800-1000 a week”. If you are an unskilled worker, you won’t earn that much money unless you landed a casual job where you could work some 30+ hours a week.
If I wanted to earn 800-1000AUD a week the legal way, I would be a GIGOLO to women who have shitty marriages.
I fear rejection allot and I don’t want to a job where I have to pester people about donating money. Everyone can be a tight arse and make up excuses. But in the end of the day it’s the idiots who are pestering us in the city that are losing money.
Don't work for STM INTERNATIONAL . They only pay commission and there owner Daniel Tonkins was a prick to me in Oct 2010 by wasting my time in an interview and laughing at me.
I have the memory of an elephant Mr.Tonkin and I have been to 49 nations just by doing odd jobs that pay hourly rate. So Up yours.
IT IS ILLEGAL NOT TO PAY PEOPLE AN HOURLY RATE
Business that don’t pay taxes and under pay staff
In 2011/2012 I worked in two shitty business in the Hills districts. Little Rock Café and Eurolounge.
I worked at the Shit Rock Café for 11 months. The Owner Anthony Bava paid me in an envelope every week. I never paid taxes and nobody in this business was paying taxes. I left because of bullying and I have never got back to their shitty business.
I did report my earning in my tax return.
Any business who pays staff under the table and not have employee paying taxes are doing dirty deeds,
I ended up working at Eurolounge for $13 an hour as a Dishwasher. Thanks to the Head Chef Alexander Hau. I got a pay rise in my last few weeks before this restaurant fell apart.
The Work and Travel Company
I had a shit time trying to find a job in the UK in 2015. So I though maybe If I pay a 3rd party I would get a job on arrival in the UK. Turns out the pricks at The World and Travel Company were asking me $1800 to do a working holiday in the UK when
So I just told this person TO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND DIE! Turns out allot of people have been conned by this company and they delete all negative facebook posts
In the end, I have worked hard for those years to get to my goal of being a waiter. I’ve had to deal with Avon Scams, Amway Pricks, A Chilean who never paid a wage, a café that paid no taxes, jobs that disrespect my religious view.
We all need to keep our ear opens and heads up at all times to avoid being conned. Scammers and conmen don’t just take our money, they just give us little or nothing back.
TO ALL SCAMMER FUCK OFF AND DIE
Overland Metalheads guide to renting and housemates.
I have lived away from my Mums house since April 2016. I have lived in Smethwick, Cairns, Melbourne and Sydney. In 2016 I have been paying rent to a private landlord in three different houses.
Rent in the UK is allot cheaper than Australia. I mean if you can find a room for 60-100GBP a week in any city (apart from London) then you are doing well. In Sydney if you can get a room to rent (for yourself) for $140 a week then you have caught a bargain.
In July-August 2015 I lived in Bearwood with a man called James. He was younger than me but he was also my landlord. He was such a good person to talk with and he never bitched and moaned about anything. I even brought him stuff for the house.
In 2016 I lived at 12 Bowden Road Smethwick with Romanian Couple and a Polish man called Marino. After 9 days I walked the fuck out of my Smethwick house because the Romanian guy (Dragos) & the Mario were confronting me about body odours and smells.
My landlord Kevin was a nice guy but he conned me to pay a deposit to secure the place (before I even got to the UK) and because I walked out without a months’ notice he only gave me back 190 quid. So I lost 3 weeks rent and a couple of quid for having a fucking xenophobic outburst against 2 immigrant pricks who have no damn right to be living in the UK, taking my jobs and PUSHING ME AROUND on my home turf.
So when you are looking for rooms to rent in the UK (or anywhere else) here are a few warning signs about horrible housemates as well as things that can rip you off
You will never ever have a decent conversation with a Pole, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Serb or whatever. You’re better off knowing phrases in their mother tongue.
When you live with Eastern Europeans, you are living in their world. They are homesick so they surround themselves with native products rather than buying British.
In the UK you are best to live with people who speak your own language. It doesn’t matter if they are: Indian, Pakistani, Black British, Ulster, Scottish and Welsh. If you both speak good English you will get along well.
2. The worst housemates are the pricks who NEVER clean up their mess or put things away.
Are you sick of coming home from work and you see on the dishwashing rack a whole bunch of plates, cutlery or cups that should be back in the cupboard. This is a sign that your housemates are too fucking lazy to put away their own shit.
If you can be ANAL about it, you’re better of asking nicely
Like: Livia could you please put away your dishes?
When I lived on Princes St in Flemington, my housemates would never clean out the sick or even clean the stove tops. I did my own cleaning and for the first 2 weeks I ate off paper plates.
3) Leaving food out created bad smells, attractive insects and pest and makes you sick.
Ok it’s alright to put biscuits in a jar and leave them on the counter but you wouldn’t want to be a total dipshit by leaving the jar lip off. Ants would crawl inside, the biscuits would go stale and there’s your $3 down the drain in uneaten food.
People who leave food out whether it’s in a pot or on a plate are nothing but a jackass who want to get salmonella poisoning. If you see food outside then tell the owner to put it away
3) Signing a lease agreement is bullshit.
You are better of being a lodger than a tenant. Reason being you don’t pay any bills, you buy your own stuff but your host has a few things you need.
When you live as a lodger you basically get a bed with clean sheets, cutlery to use, plates to eat off etc. You just have to pay for food and buy supplies for your host.
Signing a tenancy agreement is a deal with Jesus. It basically say Stay here for at least 6 months, put up with your other wanker flatmates, you break anything it goes out of your bond or deposit.
So whatever you do, don’t put a deposit down or sign a tenancy agreement of leasing agreement just stick 75 quid or 200 bucks in your landlord pocket and do your own thing.
4) Paying rent for 2 months up front is also shit
So when I moved to Princes St in Flemington, I had a special deal to stay in this house for 8 weeks @ $100 + $150 DEPOSIT. So I had to transfer $950 to my landlord on the day I moved into the house, rather than paying WEEK 2 WEEK.
I left that house on the 7th week. I may have lost $100 for not staying for another 7 days. But in the end I got my $150 back and it made up for leaving early.
5) If people are giving you the shits, then leave.
If I was in Australia and I had a huge meltdown over ass wipe flatmates complaining about B.O and room odours the only place I could go is my Dads' house in Cairns, My Mum's house in Sydney or my Cousins House in Melbourne. Yet again I could go back to the UK and try to get on their system.
But if things are giving you the shits, you need to get out, go away for a few days and then come back OR FIND A NEW PLACE
When I lived in Melbourne, I shared a bedroom with 7 other people and a house with 9 people. I was the only NATIVE English speaker in the house for sometime. So I just learnt to get along with everyone and nobodty bitched and moaned about B.O
6) Your own room is better than a shared room
So I am a guy who likes to please himself, have loud orgasm (when older women are giving me a rad Hand Job), but I prefer to visit women at their homes and not mine.
When you’re in a shared room with 7 other people, you got no privacy unless you get changed in the bathroom. Also attempting sex on a bunk bed shouldn’t be done, because either one of you are either going to hit your head on the ceiling or the other bunk.
Also when you live in a dormitory room for 2 months, you tend to get sick easily because if one person has the flu, you are bound to get the flu.
7) make sure you get a receipt.
When you pay your landlord a deposit or a bond, Make sure you get a receipt. If your landlord forgets about the bond and won’t give it back you have a receipt to say: "HEY HO I PAID THIS MUCH FOR THE BOND, I HAVE BEEN A GOOD TENANT, and NOTHING HAS BEEN BROKEN OR DAMAGED".
If you have been a bad ass and you have broken stuff in the house then you deserve to lose your bond as it’s to pay for damages.
8) Give plenty of notice when you are going to leave.
If you have to move out of town and go somewhere else (for work). Then you need to let your landlord known at least 1-4 weeks in advance. This is so you can get yourself out of the house on that very day and that your landlord can pay your bond back and your landlord can find a new tenant
Don’t be a dickhead like what I did just by walking out. You need to speak to your landlord and say I need to leave soon, how much notice do you need.
9) Make sure the weekday you move in is also the same weekday you move out.
In my opinion the best days to move into a room is either a Tuesday or Wednesday. Why do I suggest that? It’s so you have a date in your calendar on when you’re going to pay rent.
I moved into my recent room on a Wednesday. So every Wednesday I pay my landlord the rent. By paying my rent on Wednesday I know that I am having 7 days that pass before I have to pay rent again.
It's just it would be a waste of money if you were to pay your last week of rent in Wednesday and then move out Sunday.
So in Melbourne, I moved into my house on a Tuesday and I moved out on a Tuesday.
It’s OK if you pay your landlord every Monday as allot of them expect to be paid on Mondays.
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