Iconic local artists, Paul Kelly and Neil Finn announced today that they will be doing a tour together across the country in February and March next year, including three dates at the Sydney Opera House.
Already confirmed for the free opening night of the Adelaide Festival at Elder Park on 1st March, the duo announced at a press conference this morning that they will kick off a national tour in Melbourne with two dates at The Palais, before heading to Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and Perth, along with two performances at ‘A Day On The Green’ in Rutherglen and then Armidale.
An integral part of the Australian music scene for over 30 years, Paul Kelly has performed solo, along with leading several groups, including the Dots, the Coloured Girls and the Messengers. He’s had eighteen studio albums as well as several film soundtracks (including Lantana and Jindabyne) and is responsible for hits such as ‘Before Too Long’, ‘Dumb Things’ and ‘To Her Door’.
His latest album, Spring and Fall, was released last month, along with the first single, ‘New Found Year’.
The NZ-born singer-songwriter that we love to claim as our own, Neil Finn has had a not dissimilar journey, with his work spread across solo projects as well as group collaborations and iconic bands such as Split Enz and Crowded House, which gave us songs like ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’, ‘Something So Strong’, ‘Better Be Home Soon’, ‘Four Seasons In One Day’ and ‘Message to My Girl’. More recently, he formed the band Pajama Club with his wife Sharon, with whom he released a self-titled debut album in September last year.
Neil is currently writing and recording a new solo album, the first in over ten years, with Dave Fridmann of Flaming Lips, Mercury Rev and MGMT, which is due for release in late 2013.
Special guest in Melbourne, Brisbane and the ‘A Day On The Green’ shows in Rutherglen and Armidale will be fellow singer songwriter Lisa Mitchell, who released her second album Bless This Mess in October following her platinum selling debut album Wonder.
Tickets for the tour go on sale at 9am Friday 16th November. There will be a pre-sale through Live Nation starting at 9am (Melb/Syd time) on Monday 12th November.
Tour dates for Paul Kelly & Neil Finn
Sat Feb 16 – The Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Mon Feb 18 – The Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Wed Feb 27 – Brisbane Convention Centre, Brisbane
Fri Mar 1 – Adelaide Festival, Elder Park, Adelaide
Sat Mar 2 – A Day On The Green, Rutherglen, Victoria
Sat Mar 9 – A Day On The Green, Armidale, NSW
Sun Mar 10 – Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Mon Mar 11 – Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Tue Mar 12 – Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Thu Mar 14 – Kings Park, Perth
Paul Cashmere caught up with Neil and Sharon Finn last year to talk about the Pajama Club. Check out their Noise11.com interview.
Watch the video on Noise11.com: Pajama Club, Neil and Sharon Finn
Noise11 also spoke to Lisa Mitchell recently about her latest album, Bless This Mess
Watch the video on Noise11.com: Lisa Mitchell