Powderfinger announce details of their biggest tour to date - Sunsets – The Farewell
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sydney, Australia, Friday, 9 April, 2010 - Australia's biggest band, Powderfinger, announced details of their most extensive Australian tour to date at a press conference today together with the news that they will be disbanding following the tour.
OzTix will be coordinating retail ticket sales for the following shows:
Sunday, 3 October, 2010 - Showgrounds, Mackay
Saturday, 9 October, 2010 - University of Southern Qld, Toowoomba
Tuesday, 12 October, 2010 - University of Canberra
Wednesday, 13 October, 2010 - Sports Ground, Albury
Friday, 15 October, 2010 - Showgrounds, Bendigo
Saturday, 16 October, 2010 - North Gardens, Ballarat
Tickets for Sunsets – The Farewell Tour go on sale 9.00am, Friday, 30 April, 2010.
This will be Powderfinger’s first major national tour since the hugely successful Across the Great Divide tour with Silverchair almost 3 years ago.
MC, James Mathison, welcomed the media to The Annandale Hotel in Sydney’s inner west, where Powderfinger sat on a same stage they first played on almost twenty years ago, and announced the details of their upcoming Sunsets tour before Bernard Fanning read a Statement on behalf of his fellow band members - Jon Coghill, John Collins, Ian Haug and Darren Middleton.
In that Statement, the band advised details of their most extensive tour of Australia ever - The Sunsets tour will include shows in 21 different cities across every state and territory and be stretched over a seven week period from early September through to late October.
The band’s final announcement today was that they would be disbanding following the completion of the Sunsets tour. In the prepared statement, the band advised that “the “Sunsets” tour will be Powderfinger's last ever run of shows. We have decided, after much deliberation and agonising, that after this final tour we will call it a day as a recording and touring band. With the completion of our last album, Golden Rule, we feel that we have said all that we want to say as a musical group. We firmly believe that it is our most complete and satisfying album and can't think of a better way to farewell our fans than with music that we all believe in and also with, hopefully, our best tour to date” (See over for the full Statement)
Joining Powderfinger for all but the first three shows on Sunsets will be old friends, JET.
Taking on the support slot on the first three shows (Newcastle, Gold Coast and Brisbane) will be THE VINES in a rare live performance.
The band also announced today that they would be partnering with an organisation called Yalari on the tour. Yalari sponsors Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from regional, rural and remote areas to attend boarding schools all around the country so they can receive the a first class education through full boarding scholarships at the highest achieving secondary schools. Yalari is an organisation that looks to the improvement of the standard of living of Aboriginal people all around Australia by lifting education standards and creating inspirational incentives to children that would not ordinarily be afforded these types of opportunities.
‘I’m really excited and humbled by the support Powderfinger, such a great Australian band, is giving Yalari. The credibility of Powderfinger, and their awareness of Indigenous issues in this country, goes a long way with their fans so I’m really looking forward to sharing more about Yalari with a whole new bunch of people. Through this partnership I feel we are all further along the road towards a better future for Indigenous people in Australia. And I know the children on Yalari scholarships are going to have a great time at the concerts and meeting the band backstage” said Waverley Stanley, Founding Director, Yalari Limited.
Powderfinger’s extensive career spans nearly two decades with sales in excess of 2.5 million albums in Australia alone. Winner of 16 ARIA Awards, the band holds an unprecedented three successive ARIA Awards for Album of the Year. Powderfinger has achieved 6 No. 1 ARIA Album Chart debuts and recently scored 2 entries in the Triple J Hottest 100 of all time (2009) – These Days (#21) and My Happiness (#27). Powderfinger’s 7th studio album, Golden Rule, was released to critical acclaim in November, 2009, debuting at No. 1 and spawning the radio and chart hits, All of the Dreamers and Burn Your Name. The 3rd single from the album, Sail the Widest Stretch, will be serviced to Australian radio today, Friday 9 April.
Tickets for Sunsets – The Farewell Tour go on sale 9.00am, Friday, 30 April, 2010
Featuring JET & THE VINES
Wednesday, 1 September, 2010
Friday, 3 September, 2010
Saturday, 4 September, 2010
Tuesday, 7 September, 2010
Thursday, 9 September, 2010
Friday, 10 September, 2010
Tuesday, 14 September, 2010
Thursday, 16 September, 2010
Saturday, 18 September, 2010
Friday, 24 September, 2010
Sunday, 26 September, 2010
Tuesday, 28 September, 2010
Friday, 1 October, 2010
Sunday, 3 October, 2010
Thursday, 7 October, 2010
Friday, 8 October, 2010
Saturday, 9 October, 2010
Tuesday, 12 October, 2010
Wednesday, 13 October, 2010
Friday, 15 October, 2010
Saturday, 16 October, 2010
Good morning everybody and thank you for coming out to see us this morning. I am going to read a statement on behalf of the band which will include a few announcements with regard to what we have coming up.
We will be supported on all but 3 of those shows by JET and on the first three dates will be The Vines. The opening spots are to be taken by various other local Australian bands. The tour is titled “Sunsets” and will be one on which we play songs from each of our 7 albums, spanning our whole career.
After a career that has lasted for over 20 years, 7 studio albums, a live album, two DVD's, 30 odd video clips, around 1,000 shows, 16 ARIA Awards and hundreds of thousands of kilometres travelled around the globe on local, national and world tours, we believe that the time has come to call an end to what we think has been an extremely privileged and rewarding run.
We have always maintained that the important factor for us as a group is that our music remains relevant and that we continue to have fresh ideas that inform our new songs. With the completion of our last album, Golden Rule, we feel that we have said all that we want to say as a musical group. We firmly believe that it is our most complete and satisfying album and can't think of a better way to farewell our fans than with music that we all believe in and also with, hopefully, our best tour to date.
Following the release of our last few albums there has been speculation in the press that we were ‘breaking up’. We have only come to this decision to disband following our run of Festival shows this last summer and even toyed with the idea of delaying this announcement until our tour was over. Finally we decided that it was much better mannered, and made a lot more sense, to give people the opportunity to come and celebrate with us as we make our way around the country one last time.
There will be more news to follow over the coming weeks re fundraising initiatives, support band announcements and fanclub pre-sale.