Unfortunately no shows at the moment due to the COVID19 lockdown.
You can however, watch our very special acoustic performance for Bendigo Venues & Events Play At Home Series
FLASHBACK: HARD ROCK HELL XI 2017
November was meant to see Black Aces return to Welsh heavy festival Hard Rock Hell for their 2020 edition. Alas, the COVID-19 pandemic put a swift stop to that, with band unable to travel, and the festival ultimately postponed to 2021. So we thought we'd wind the clock back to the last time Black Aces graced the HRH stage, which was during the Anywhere But Here UK tour in 2017, for Hard Rock Hell XI. The festival that year saw the band perform an unprecedented 3 times across the duration of the festival.
They kicked it all off in style smashing out a quick 3 song set on the main stage during the festival opening HRH Awards (watch exclusive footage of the bands soundcheck from that very night right HERE) in front of crowd featuring music biz heavy hitters and a collection of rocks elite, including the likes of UFO’s Michael Schenker and the one and only Dee Snider, the latter Tweeting that Black Aces were his new “go-to band”.
The next night the band hit the main stage once more, this time for a full length set, and in front of a full house no-less. The boys pulled out all the tricks, treating the crowd to a collection of Aces staples, a selection tracks from the then brand new album ‘Anywhere But Here’, plus a couple choice covers from The Rolling Stones and AC/DC and even kicking a few Aussie rules footy’s out to now very rowdy crowd. The band completed the set with Black Aces staple and crowd pleaser Soulstealer to furious applause.
The night however, was not over. Following the furious performance on the main stage, the band were quickly whisked away to the Bonga Wonga Club for a very special performance to HRH’s VIP’s, staff and artist’s alike. It was an all night party of booze and sweat, and the boys from Bendigo were in their element as they wheeled out little heard Black Aces songs, obscure covers from Aussie rock legends, a swampy Creedence number or two, plus some off-the-cuff blues complete with a harp solo by Alex. By the time the night was over the band were being hailed as HRH XI’s hardest working band and “diamond geezers” among the HRH crew.
And thus HRH XI came to an end for Black Aces. A weekend that really help put the band on map in the UK NWOCR scene. Here’s hoping the band can return for the postponed HRH XIV in 2021!!!
Remember to watch the bands full soundcheck from the HRH awards.
Relive the HRH XI 2017 action with Black Aces mini doco ‘Road to Hard Rock Hell’
INTERVIEW: PETE CHATS WITH DEVILS GATE MUSIC
Recently Pete had a chat with Dave over at Devils Gate Music about the early days of the band, the impact of COVID, musical memories, AC/DC and more! Here's a sneak peak...
The boys from Bendigo known as Black Aces should have been putting their feet up after kicking in some doors on their ‘Fear No Beer’ UK tour. We all know what happened next, and instead of counting the battle scars from a jaunt around this sceptered Isle, they are kicking their heels waiting on this pain-in-the-arse pandemic to bugger off. Aces drummer, and bloody legend, Pete McMillan, joined us through the old interweb for a chat about all things Aces related.
What are the origins of the band, how long have you been playing together?
"It all really started as Tyler’s high school band. He put it together with a few of his mates. It went through a few line-up changes in those early days. Things didn’t really start kicking-in in earnest until the band became a 4 piece, and not long after Tyler asked me to join. The boys had their first east coast Aussie tour booked and the drummer decided to leave a couple of weeks before it was due to kick off. I’d known Tyler for years at that point, my band had shared hometown stages with various versions of the Aces over the years. I can remember after a show one night sitting in the beer garden of the Newmarket Hotel, our favourite watering hole (and sorely missed), and Tyler walked up and asked if I’d be keen to fill in for this tour. Naturally, I said ‘No worries!’. We had 2 rehearsals and hit the road..."
CLICK HERE to read the entire interview....
THE LATEST EPISODE OF ACES CLASSIC ALBUMS IS HERE!!!
Aces Classic Albums, Episode 5 explores Rose Tattoo’s sophomore LP ‘Assault & Battery’. Of course, an episode of ‘Classic Albums wouldn’t be complete without a performance from the boys, with the band cranking out it’s own take on the album’s hard driving title track.