Icehouse founder and frontman Iva Davies has thanked the people of “this Great Southern Land’ after being awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday honours on the weekend.
In a statement, Davies said, “Over the past weekend Australia has done me a great honour in my award as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
“Whatever contribution I have made in the past, that has led my fellow countrymen and women to grant me this award, is more than matched by all the opportunities that this country, and their fellow citizens, have given me.
“I am a proud Australian and hope to continue to live up to the ideals that this Great Southern Land represents”.
Davies started Icehouse originally as Flowers in 1977 and changed the band’s name to avoid a conflict with an existing Flowers out of Scotland.
In the 80s, Icehouse became one of Australia’s most successful bands internationally. 1998’s ‘Crazy’, ‘My Obsession’ and ‘Electric Blue’ were Billboard Top 100 hits as were the ‘Measure For Measure’ and ‘Man Of Colours’ albums.
Davies reformed Icehouse in 2011 and reissued the back catalogue. The band has been touring to mark its 30th anniversary.
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