Tickets to Simple Minds, The B-52s, Models and Machinations go on sale on Monday, 22 August at 10am and are available through this link. You can also get some details on public transport too and from the event there as well.
Aug 11, 2016
In one of the upcoming summer’s more captivating tours, the majestic Simple Minds will team with the party vibes of The B-52s for a huge Australian tour in February 2017.
Both bands, who are much-loved by Australian fans, will roam through A Day On The Green wineries nationally including Leconfield Wines, McLaren Vale on Sunday February 5.
Scotland’s Simple Minds and Athens, Georgia natives The B-52s may be from opposite sides of the globe, but what they have in common is that elusive combination of critical acclaim, cult status and mainstream success, including in Australia.
Australia was the first country in the world to embrace Simple Minds, giving the band its first ever hit single ‘Love Song’ and first Gold album ‘New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84). The love affair has continued ever since through countless chart-toppers like ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’, ‘Alive and Kicking’, ‘Promised You A Miracle’, ‘Glittering Prize’ and ‘Waterfront’ spanning eight Top 20 albums and hugely successful concert tours. When the B-52s – Fred Schneider, Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson and Keith Strickland – toured Australia for A Day On The Green in 2009, the response was over-the-top! Irreverent and hugely entertaining, the band’s cosmic appeal was irresistible.
The B-52s put Athens, Georgia on the musical map with their quirky and unconventional take on the new wave sound of the era. Their irrepressible live shows and massive hits like ‘Rock Lobster’, ‘Private Idaho’, ‘Roam’ and the barnstorming ‘Love Shack’, which notched up eight weeks at #1 on the Australian charts, have endeared them to audiences worldwide.
In January 2013, Keith Strickland announced that he had made a decision to stop touring with the band saying: “I will continue to be in The B-52s – I will just not tour. My barnstorming days have come to an end, but I wholeheartedly support Cindy, Fred and Kate’s decision to continue.”
The B-52s said: “It has been seven years since we have toured Australia and we are just thrilled to be returning! Yes – we’ll be coming back to ‘wonder down under’ on an amazing tour with Simple Minds. Come party with us!”
Simple Minds and the B-52s will be joined by two of the 80s most innovative and eclectic bands Models and Machinations. Models’ induction into the 2010 ARIA Hall Of Fame was recognition of the status this pioneering Melbourne band has always held. Machinations reigned as one of the country’s best dance/funk bands through the 80s with hits ‘Pressure Sway’, ‘No Say In It’ ‘Average Inadequacy’ and ‘My Heart’s On Fire’.
Retired Glam Adelaide Music Editor....or 'Rock Journo' as I prefer to call it. Couldn't play or sing well enough to get into a decent band, so I write about them instead. Currently on Sabbatical, occasionally returning.
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