Tour news - Father John Misty, Cat Power, Converge, Jens Lekman, Paul Kelly & Neil Finn, Sabbath
Australian summer tour tsunami alert:
You might not guess it from the plaintive Americana-pop of his record earlier this year, Fear Fun, but ex-Fleet Fox Father John Misty was one of the clear highlights of the 2012 Splendour in the Grass festival. We wrote then:
What on record conjures visions of a polite, insular performance is on stage transformed into some snake-hipped, finger-snapping rock(-lite - in a good way) show from J Tillman and band. The thing glues together thanks to Tillman's ever-slippery lyrics and gorgeous voice, one he's not afraid to get ragged on sublime closer 'Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings', which ends in a hail of distortion. Also the festivals first on stage sighting of galaxy tights.
FATHER JOHN MISTY - AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2013
Sunday 17th February - The Hi-Fi, Melbourne
Tuesday 19th February - The Metro, Sydney
Wednesday 20th February - The Zoo, Brisbane
Currently riding high on their latest album All That We Love We Leave Behind, heavy dudes Converge have announced a run of Australian shows in February. Joining them will be their Massachusetts buds Old Man Gloom
CONVERGE - AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2013
February 12 - Amplifier, Perth
February 13 - Fowlers, Adelaide Lic / AA
February 15 - Billboard, Melbourne
February 16 - Manning Bar, Sydney
February 17 - Hi Fi, Brisbane
Tickets go on sale November 9.
One time Melbourne resident and full time Swede Jens Lekman will be returning to Australia in February. Lekman will play the newly announced Perth festival, as well as a weird pop-up place behind the Melbourne Recital Centre and a Valentine's Day Show in Sydney. Brisbane you just get the regular, sorry.
JENS LEKMAN - AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2013
Thursday 14 February 2013 - Oxford Art Factory, Sydney.
The "Jens Lekman I Know What Love Isn't" Valentine's Day Show.
Friday 15 February 2013 - The Garden Party, Southbank, Melbourne (behind Melbourne Recital Centre).
Saturday 16 February 2013 - The Zoo, Brisbane.
Monday 18 February 2013 - The Festival Gardens, Perth International Arts Festival.
Sydney, Brisbane and Perth Tickets On Sale Now.
Melbourne on sale mid-November.
Coming perilously close to her recent cancellation of her European tour due to health and financial problems, Cat Power (pictured) has gone ahead and announced an Australian tour around her Golden Plains appearance in March next year. Fingers crossed she'll be OK come the new year.
CAT POWER- AUSTRALIA 2013 TOUR
Tickets for all shows on-sale Friday 16th November.
Monday 25th February- Adelaide, Her Majesties Theatre
Tickets: www.bass.net.au Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th February - Perth International Arts Festival, Festival Gardens
Friday 1st March - Newcastle, Newcastle Panthers
Saturday 2nd March - Sydney, Enmore Theatre
Tuesday 5th March - Brisbane, The Tivoli
Thursday 7th March - Melbourne, The Forum
Saturday 9th March- Meredith Supernatural Amphitheatre, Golden Plains
Paul Kelly will team up with Neil Finn and Lisa Mitchell for a co-headline tour around the country. The trio will kick off the run with two shows at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne and finish with three stops at the Opera House in Sydney before a giant free show at the opening night of the Adelaide Festival. Kelly's new album Spring and Fall is out now.
PAUL KELLY, NEIL FINN & LISA MITCHELL - AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2013
Saturday, February 16 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Monday, February 18 – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday, February 27 – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Friday, March 1 – Elder Park, Adelaide
Sunday, March 10 – Opera House, Sydney
Monday, March 11 – Opera House, Sydney
Tuesday, March 12 – Opera House, Sydney
Thursday, March 14 – Kings Park, Perth
Tickets on sale 9am Friday, November 16.
And last week ageing metal lords Black Sabbath announced their first shows in Australia for nearly forty years. Three of the original four-piece will play a handful of arena dates in April next year. Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler and guitarist Tony Iommi will perform on the tour, while original drummer Bill Ward was not invited to the band's recent reunion shows.
BLACK SABBATH - AUSTRALIAN TOUR 2013
Brisbane - Entertainment Centre, Thursday April 25
Sydney - Allphones Arena, Saturday April 27
Melbourne - Rod Laver Arena, Wednesday May 1
Perth - Perth Arena, Saturday May 4
For complete tour and ticketing info: www.livenation.com.au
Correction: This article originally stated that Ronnie James Dio was a founding member of Black Sabbath. This is incorrect. Dio replaced Ozzy Osbourne as frontman from 1979 - 82, returning again from 91 - 92. He passed away in 2010.