2012 Newspaper Articles
Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:37 AM
Six Burning Questions for Anthony Callea
1. In one of your new songs, I Don't Care What You Say, you sing about children suffering from pressure to conform. Are the lyrics based on personal experience?
This song means a great deal to me and I spent a lot of time working with Paul Mac and Cindy Ryan to ensure that it's honest and personal. Yes, it's definitely based on personal experience and I'm sure we can all relate to it in one way or another.
2. Who is your best friend and why?
My partner Tim. No one gets me and understands me like he does and I am extremely lucky to have him in my life. We spend a lot of time together and yet we still get on and enjoy each other's company. I hope he feels the same way, otherwise, that's awkward.
3. Where's home?
Melbourne. I love being home, especially after I have been away for a while. Don't get me wrong, I love being in a new place, experiencing new things and meeting new people, but it's always good to come home to my own bed and our dog, Oscar. And, let's face it, the Melbourne coffee.
4. What's the most romantic thing you've ever done?
Romance and I don't really work in the same sentence. Does buying a sky jump for Tim count as romantic?
5. Your debut single, The Prayer, was partly in Italian. Do you speak Italian?
I don't. I can probably understand it more than I can speak it. I blame my grandparents - they always speak to us in English and, growing up, I never needed to speak Italian to communicate with them. We recently had relatives visit from Italy and an iPhone translating app came in handy.
6. Where are you happiest?
There are two places. First, on stage. It's a privilege and an adrenalin rush, even though I always get nervous. The other is away on holidays with Tim, when we don't have to do a thing other than think of what to have for breakfast or what cocktail to drink next. A luxury hotel, a lounge by the pool and a drink in hand usually put a smile on my face.
Anthony Callea's new EP, Last To Go, has just been released on iTunes.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:25 AM
Anthony Ready to Take Off
Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:29 AM
Pop singer Anthony Callea has revealed a 'people's edition' of the video for his latest single 'Last To Go'. The EP was released last week and made it all the way into the top 20 on the iTunes album chart. It features seven tracks in all including previous single 'Oh Oh Oh Oh' and two acoustic versions. The 'People's Edition' video, meanwhile, features some of Anthony's friends, including a few familiar faces. Check it out .HERE
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:37 AM
Anthony Callea Last To Go - Track by Track
Pop Republic TV
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Anthony Callea is back with a slamming new EP, and its a killer! The lad himself has done a track by track rundown of the all songs on the EP - so check it out!
LAST TO GO is on iTunes now
Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:28 AM
Review - Last To Go EP – Anthony Callea
Let’s be honest: Anthony Callea’s make-or-break comeback single of last year, Oh Oh Oh Oh, wasn’t up to much. The inane lyrics weren’t helped by Callea’s strong vocals being drenched in every studio effect known to humankind.
It was a particularly puzzling release because Callea had a surefire pop hit in his arsenal — Last To Go, the title track of this newly released EP, does everything Oh Oh Oh Oh doesn’t, juggling some Guetta-fied vocoder and dancefloor beats with a gorgeous, soaring, hands-in-the-air chorus. It’s easily the best song the pocket rocket’s ever put his name to.
Elsewhere on this seven-song EP, Callea goes into ballad mode on Tangled, offers up another slice of camp dance pop with Last Night, collaborates with Paul Mac on the ace gay anthem I Don’t Care What You Say and even lays down acoustic versions of Last To Go and Oh Oh Oh Oh.
Posted 27 March 2012 - 05:23 AM
A new regular down at the GH and a good friend of ours, Anthony Callea was back again this Friday to perform with the Boylesque cast and also show off his new single.
If our crowd was anything to go by then Anthony has one amazing new tune on his hands and will be set for very big things.
Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:33 AM
Anthony Callea To Perform On Young Talent Time
Anthony Callea will head to the studios of Network Ten to perform his new song ‘Last To Go’ on Young Talent Time on Friday.
Fans across Australia will be able to see his last TV appearance before heading to the USA for shows in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Anthony will also perform his last Aussie show before the trip in Friday at Trak Nightclub in Melbourne.
‘Last To Go’ was written by Anthony, David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii and produced by DNA.
Anthony Callea tour dates are:
April 6, Melbourne, TRAK
April 19, Los Angeles, Tigerheat
April 21, Los Angeles, Cherry Pop @ Ultra Suede/Factory Nightclub
April 27, Las Vegas, Krave Nightclub
Posted 04 April 2012 - 05:37 AM
Big Checkpoint Charlie
What started out as the most talked about after party from the producers of Rogue has now become a stand alone boutique event of its own. Introducing from the UK -D’Johnny as well as a line of 15 of the best house DJs in Melbourne and Sydney, Big Checkpoint Charlie sure does have the goods to keep any size queen happy. Not only does the event feature the biggest DJ line up of Australian DJ talent, but an awesome special guest performer too – Anthony Callea – who will be singing a few of his latest tracks live.
This is a no-risk winner if you wanna dance, put your hands up and feel good
Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:32 PM
Anthony Callea - music update
• Skinny flat white Anthony Callea (in joke) is becoming quite hot property in the clubs of America. He only arrived back from the US over the weekend, but he's shuttling back there later this month for more live dates. In the meantime, local audiences will catch him performing his latest single 'Last To Go' on Channel 10's 'Young Talent Time' this Friday night and later on that night at the Big Checkpoint Charlie Dance Party at Melbourne's Trak Lounge.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:51 AM
NEW MUSIC: Anthony Callea Performs New Single ‘Last To Go’ with some Aussie Dancers
Music News, New Music
If you watched Young Talent Time first Semi-Finals, Australian Idol runner-up performed his latest single ‘Last To Go’. Accompanied by contestants of the show, Callea goes down the pop dance route with an anthemic melody. This single is one for the radios and dance clubs.
Buy his single on iTunes.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:52 AM
If you are looking for a weekend of gastronomic delights and superior entertainment, then come along to the NoosA International Food & Wine Festival from May 17 to 20.
Not only will your General Admission ticket gain you entry to the wonderful culinary events of the Festival, but you will be treated to fabulous live concerts featuring some of Australia’s top musical performers.
The Festival kicks off on Thursday, May 17 with The Cook, The Chef & The Orchestra Gala Concert featuring food icons, Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant. Their unique on-‐stage cooking show will be accompanied by the Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra conducted by musical funnyman, Guy Noble. Queen of the Flute, Jane Rutter, will also serve up some magic. Concert tickets are just $55 for adults (incl. 2 food/wine tickets) and $20 for children under 13.
On Friday, May 18, the Festival moves into overdrive with the fabulous Welcome Party & Concert which includes an amazing night of entertainment thanks to ARIA award winners -‐ the sensational Anthony Callea and pop goddess Jessica Mauboy. Local band PocketLove will warm the stage (and the audience) for the stars. Put on your dancing shoes and don’t miss THE Party of the year. Tickets are at $65 for adults (incl. 2 food/wine tickets) and $20 for children under 13.
The Festival continues to deliver world class entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday. Queens of the Beehive, The Fabulous Singlettes will get the ball rolling on Saturday, May 19 with their impeccable harmonies and camp take on the hits of the ‘60’s and 70’s. Then hip Martini Club, will have the crowd dancing in the aisles with their jazzy Latino dance music.
The 2012 Festival ends on an amazing high with a performance by world renowned “electro-‐pop giants”, Sneaky Sound System featuring Miss Connie and Black Angus who will be preceded by X Factor favourites, the talented Audio Vixen.
General Admission tickets for both Saturday and Sunday include not only the great concerts, but also Celebrity Cooking Chef Demonstrations (including International Chefs from the S. Pelligrino Best Restaurants in the World list), admission to exhibitions in the Grand Marquee as well as forums and debates in the Courier Mail Life Annexe. Tickets are great value at $65 for adults (incl. 2 food/wine tickets) and $20 for children under 13.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:54 AM
What an entertaining festival
IF you are looking for a weekend of gastronomic delights and great entertainment, get to the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival from May 17-20.
A general admission ticket gains entry to the wonderful culinary events of the festival and live concerts featuring some of Australia's top musical performers.
The festival starts on May 17 with The Cook, The Chef and The Orchestra Gala Concert featuring Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant.
Their cooking show will be accompanied by the Queensland Virtuosi Orchestra, conducted by musical funnyman Guy Noble, with queen of the flute Jane Rutter.
Concert tickets are $55 for adults and $20 for children under 13.
On Friday, May 18, the welcome party and concert will feature ARIA award winners Anthony Callea and Jessica Mauboy (pictured).
Local band PocketLove will warm up the audience.
Tickets are $65 for adults (including two food/wine tickets) and $20 for children under 13.
The festival continues to deliver world-class entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday.
The Fabulous Singlettes will get the ball rolling on Saturday, May 19, with their harmonies and camp take on the hits of the '60s and '70s.
Then Martini Club will have the crowd dancing with their jazzy Latino dance music.
The festival ends with a performance by electro-pop group Sneaky Sound System featuring Miss Connie and Black Angus who will be preceded by X Factor favourites, the talented Audio Vixen.
General admission tickets for both Saturday and Sunday include not only the concerts, but also celebrity cooking chef demonstrations (including international chefs from the S. Pelligrino Best Restaurants in the World list), admission to exhibitions in the grand marquee as well as forums and debates.
Tickets are $65 for adults (including two food/wine tickets) and $20 for children under 13.
The Noosa International Food and Wine Festival is supported by the Queensland Government, through Events Queensland.
Stay up to date with all the Festival news, highlights and pics at facebook.com/ NoosaFoodWineFestival.
Follow on Twitter at twitter.com/noosafoodwine.
Check out the full program at noosafoodandwine.com.au.
Visit the website for online ticket bookings or call 5455 4455 for further information.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 09:55 AM
Sunday Herald Sun
Anthony Callea with Tim Campbell, Kimberley Cooper and Nick Bishop. Supplied
ANTHONY Callea played a gig last week at the famous West Hollywood nightclub Cherry Pop with some well-known faces in the crowd.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton was there to see Callea perform some new tracks from his EP Last to Go.
Actors Nicholas Bishopand Kimberley Cooper, as well as Callea's partner Tim Campbell, were also in the crowd.
In total, Callea performed four shows and one in Las Vegas yesterday.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:05 AM
Time to Relax and Indulge
THIS is not the time to worry about the waist-line with the Noosa International Noosa Food & Wine Festival kicking off on Thursday.
Over four indulgent days notable chefs and winemakers, industry legends, media personalities, foodies and families will converge in Noosa to celebrate anything and everything culinary.
Most events will take place in the Noosa Heads Lions Park and include celebrity chef cooking demonstrations, culinary and produce exhibitions, riverside picnics, a special mini garden by the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Foundation, forums, debates and a food critics' competition, food from some of Noosa's favourite restaurants and wine from 60 of Australia's top wineries presented in a new village wine marquee.
The entertainment starts on Friday night with performances from PocketLove and Don't Fret before the dynamic Anthony Callea performs.
It continues over the weekend with retro-queens the Fabulous Singlettes, hip Latino band, Martini Club and X Factor Favourites Audio Vixen plus international stars Sneaky Sound System.
The Sunbus shuttle will run from collection points at the Noosa Junction Transit Centre and The J on Friday afternoon from 4.30pm and all day Saturday from 9.30am and 10am on Sunday.
Tickets ($65) can be purchased at the gates on the day.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:06 AM
Happy Hounds Strut their Stuff
HUNDREDS of happy hounds yelped, yipped, yodelled and yanked at their leads during yesterday's RSPCA Million Paws Walk around Albert Park.
Dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds made the most of the biggest annual doggy day out on the canine calendar.
Dogs in prams, in their owners' arms, and some even taller than their little masters joined in the biggest day of fundraising for the animal welfare organisation.
Competitions to find the cutest dogs and the best tricks held a packed audience. Agility tests and working dog competitions to round up sheep and ducks were also a hit.
And celebrity dog owners including singer Anthony Callea and his rescue dog Oscar proved another popular attraction. Many dogs sported jumpers and jackets, some dressed as their favourite super hero.
Posted 13 June 2012 - 10:09 AM
Tina Arena and the WA Symphony Orchestra
The West Australian
This Friday night concert, the first in Australian pop songstress and French chanteuse Tina Arena's 2012 Australian tour, offered a near-capacity Riverside Theatre audience a feast of stylishly performed pop, musical, R & B and film classics in lush orchestral arrangements by conductor/arranger Nicolas Buc.
And a feast of classically-inspired Australian couture as Arena trotted out a dazzling succession of dresses and gowns in black satin, sequins, gold lame and grey silk chiffon by Australian designers Amaline Vitale, Steven Khalil, Janet Hine, Sharon Brown and Gwendolynne Burkin.
But the music's the thing, and for nearly two hours Arena, supported by her own band and the WA Symphony Orchestra, mesmerized adoring fans ("We love you Tina," shouted one punter, unable to contain his excitement) with her ability bring out the emotional core of a song with understated elegance.
As the often harder-edged sounds of musical director and keyboardist Paul Gray, backing vocalist Natasha Stuart, guitarist John Bettison, bassist Nick Sinclair and drummer Gordon Rytmeister melded seamlessly with WASO's brilliantly realised orchestral textures, Arena's expressive rubato flirted with Buc's rock-steady pulse to create an erotically-charged atmosphere that was enhanced by Arena's fluid physical gestures.
Arena's voice is redolent of both youthful pop and mature cabaret, which is probably the ideal place to be for such a broad repertoire – there’s less chance of falling into parody.
And here Arena never did, neither in the soulful Living A Lifetime Together which followed Buc's orchestral homage to Arena, the "Arenature" as he's dubbed it, the Lulu and Dusty Springfield classics Oh Me Oh My and Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself and the wonderful Clouds, Cry Me A River and The Man With The Child In His Eyes.
Nor in musical numbers such as Don't Cry For Me Argentina, My Husband Makes Movies and Maybe This Time.
Nor in film numbers such as I Want To Spend My Lifetime Loving You (The Mask of Zorro), which Arena performed together with guest artist Anthony Callea – as she also did the latters' hit, The Prayer – and Golden Eye.
And certainly not in Arena favourites such as Wasn’t It Good, Sorrento Moon, Burn and the more recent self-penned Symphony Of Life.
The sole French language song for the night was the powerful Je m'appelle Baghdad, written by a French song-writing team during the second war in Iraq and championed by Arena in France, where it subsequently became a big hit.
As a second and final encore, I half expected Callea to rejoin Arena for that Bocelli favourite Con te partiro (Time To Say Goodbye). Instead, we had Arena pulling out all the stops for a wonderful take on Blondie's Call Me. The standing ovation that followed was well-deserved.
Posted 18 June 2012 - 06:47 AM
Anthony - Contemporary Vocal Ambassador. Royal South Street Society Australia's foremost Eisteddfod
ANTHONY AT ROYAL SOUTH STREET
Anthony competed in the Contemporary Vocal and Country Music section in Royal South Street in 1996, 1997 & 1998. We are delighted to have him on board as our Contemporary Vocal Ambassador.
“The one thing I remember vividly is receiving my adjudicators crit and it saying that I over Americanise with my diction when singing which is quite funny now when I think about it. Just in the past couple weeks I performed in the US and one of the comments that was made was how I sounded American when I sung but totally Aussie when I spoke, so obviously nothing has changed. I also remember driving to Ballarat with my vocal coach and warming up in the car with a few of her other students that she had entered into the eisteddfod.
I believe it’s so important as a young performer to be able to have opportunities to showcase an individuals talents in a positive, nurturing and supportive environment. For me, live performance from a young age is so valuable and the more experience you have under your belt the more equipped you are when you reach the next stage of your career if you choose to be a professional performer.”
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