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Steve Hughes, known to the world for the last two decades as the cutting edge stand up comedian who pulls no punches when it comes how he sees the state of current events, was one of the leading lights of the early heavy metal scene in Australia.

Way back in '82, a bunch of rag tag metalheads from the Western Sydney wastelands began to communicate with the rest of the world’s emerging metal scene. They were the first. Steve was at one time a penpal with arguably one of black metal’s most iconic figures, Bathory’s Quorthon!

While everyone was into Rose Tattoo, Buffalo or AC/DC, Steve and his mates went after the heaviest stuff they could get their hands on and finding nothing local to satisfy their hunger, created it themselves. Enter, Slaughter Lord. ‘perhaps the earliest and undoubtedly one of the most legendary of Australia’s extreme metal contingent’ - Brian Giffin: The Encyclopaedia Of Australian Heavy Metal

After Slaughter Lord, Steve pummelled his drums for Australia’s most internationally recognised metal act of the era, Mortal Sin, and then moved onto black metal mystics, Nazxul before ultimately landing behind the kit playing with indie rockers, Presto.

Then in 1999, Steve packed up and moved to Ireland to begin his stand up career. While in Dublin, the opportunity to play with Ireland’s biggest metal export, Primordial, lit the creative fires in Steve and ultimately led to the creation of Eternum some 17 years later. It was a slow burning fire.

While making people laugh in comedy clubs, metal festivals and the like, Hughes never lost his metal roots and eventually, piece by piece crafted the songs featured on his debut record Alone But For The Breath Of Beasts.

Teaching himself guitar, Steve wrote all the songs himself and even recorded them alone. Literally. The drums on Beasts were recorded live with no backing track. Steve memorised the songs in his head and played the drums with no guides, no click tracks, nothing. Then he filled in the guitars and vocals only calling on fellow Nazxul band mates Pete Petric for a few guest solos and Lachlan Mitchell to produce.

In 2021 things have come full circle for Steve Hughes. Musician, Comedian and back to Musician. Although anyone who is a fan of Hughes knows the two are inextricably linked. Heavy Metal Comedy was the name of one of his official comedy releases after all, but the themes in Steve’s comedy have always been aligned with some of those that are deeply rooted in heavy metal lyrics. Tyranny, globalism, oppression, the NWO, you know, all the good conspiracy stuff. Go watch another of his stand up releases Conspiracy Realist for more.

Tour dates

CHESTER - St Mary's

  • Date: 10/11/2021 07:30 PM
  • Location: St Mary's Hill, Chester CH1 2DW, UK (Map)

Price: £17.50

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Past Events

GLASGOW - Glee Club 07 Nov 202111 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, UK
EDINBURGH - Stand 06 Nov 20215 York Place, Edinburgh, UK
ABERDEEN - Breakneck Comedy Club 05 Nov 20212-8 King Street, Aberdeen AB24 5AX, UK
LONDON - Leicester Square Theatre 28 Oct 20216 Leicester Place, London, UK
BATH - Rondo Theatre 27 Oct 2021St. Saviours Rd, Bath, UK
BLACKBURN - King George's Hall 17 Oct 2021Northgate, Ewood, Blackburn BB2 1AA, UK
LEICESTER - Just The Tonic 15 Oct 202154 Belvoir Street, Leicester, UK
LIVERPOOL - Slaughterhouse 14 Oct 202113-15 Fenwick Street, Liverpool, UK
BIRMINGHAM - Glee Club 13 Oct 202170 Hurst Street, Birmingham, UK
NOTTINGHAM - Glee Club 12 Oct 2021Castle Wharf, Canal Street, Nottingham, UK
CAMBRIDGE - Junction 09 Oct 2021Clifton Way, Cambridge, UK
WORCESTER - Huntingdon Hall 08 Oct 2021Deansway, Worcester WR1 2ES, UK
WARRINGTON - Pyramid 07 Oct 2021Palmyra Square South, Warrington, UK
HULL - Polar Bear 04 Oct 2021229 Spring Bank, Hull, UK
LEEDS - The Wardrobe 03 Oct 20216 St Peter's Square, Leeds, UK
NEWCASTLE - Stand 02 Oct 202131 High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
SALFORD - The Lowry 01 Oct 2021The Quays, Salford, UK
BRISTOL - Comedy Box 23 Sep 2021210 North Street, Southville, Bristol, UK
CARDIFF - Glee Club 22 Sep 2021Mermaid Quay, Cardiff, UK
NORWICH - Interlude Festival 12 Aug 2021Theatre Street, Norwich, UK
Are You Serious? 12 Aug 2021