COLD CHISEL ANNOUNCE THEIR ‘ONE NIGHT STAND’ NATIONAL TOUR
Tonight, ahead of State Of Origin 1, and in front of an audience of 80,000 live spectators, more than 2.5 million TV viewers and many millions more online, the legendary Cold Chisel announced their One Night Stand tour of Australia. It will be a tour unlike any the band has previously undertaken and will include a number of unique performances and ‘firsts’ for an Australian band.
The band revealed tonight that they will ‘kick-off’ the tour with a special mini-concert at the NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, 4 October, where they will be the only artist performing. That same weekend they will play a full headline set at the 2015 Deni Ute Muster on Friday, 2 October. From there, Cold Chisel will traverse the nation (full details below), headlining festivals like The V8 Supercars Castrol Gold Coast 600 and the Decades Festival in Strathpine, Qld, playing arenas and a number of special performances – including being the first Australian band to headline the mythical Hanging Rock in Victoria and also Hope Estate in the New South Wales Hunter Valley. There are also big shows in new venues for the band, like 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville (Saturday, 7 November) and Perth Arena (Saturday, 14 November) which wasn’t completed when the band last played Perth in 2012. Cold Chisel is excited to confirm that The Living End will be joining them at the Decades Festival, Hope Estate and Hanging Rock.
Frontman Jimmy Barnes revealed tonight that the band felt compelled to undertake the tour as a direct response of the incredible reaction they received when they recently announced two special shows under the banner of ‘The Last Stand of Sydney’s entertainment centre’ to mark the closing of the Qantas Credit Union Arena (formerly known as the Entertainment Centre). Promising a show that referenced their classic 1983 Last Stand tour, which finished at the iconic venue, these two new shows captured the fascination of music fans around the country with all 20,000 tickets selling out within minutes – and with interstate fans screaming to be included.
“In March we played a homecoming show in Adelaide to 35,000 people,” said Barnes. “Then when we announced these two shows in Sydney the reaction was ballistic. The demand blew our minds, suggesting that it was time for us to get back out there.” The band then hatched the idea of One Night Stand, with each venue being a definite ‘for one night only’ experience – with the exception of Sydney where the tour concludes with the two already sold-out shows at QCUA.
Of course Barnes and his band mates Ian Moss (guitar/vocals), Don Walker (piano/keyboards), Phil Small (bass) and drummer Charley Drayton shouldn’t have been surprised by the excitement: With a history that spans forty years and a reputation forged through blistering live shows and a catalogue of much-loved songs and albums, Cold Chisel has become a part of the nation’s psyche. Their story is colourful, volatile and proud and their music continues to be ingrained in the hearts of generations of Australians. They’ve sold almost 7 million albums across bona-fide Australian classics like East, Breakfast at Sweethearts and Circus Animals, while songs like Cheap Wine, Choir Girl, When The War Is Over, Flame Trees, Bow River, Saturday Night and Khe Sanh remain the staple of radio playlists, pubs, jukeboxes, concert halls and karaoke bars across every part of the country.
Their reunion in 2009, for a one-off performance at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium, saw the band play in front of 50,000 people – the biggest crowd of their career. This sparked a renewed enthusiasm for working together again – onstage and in the studio. In 2011 they undertook the Light The Nitro tour, one of the biggest tours ever by an Australian band with over 285,000 tickets sold. And in 2012 they released the critically hailed and Gold-selling No Plans album, which debuted at #1 on the ARIA Australian Album chart.
After a three year break, 2015 feels like the right time to get back in the saddle.
“We love playing together,” said guitarist Ian Moss. “We’ve come to realise that there’s a certain magic and chemistry in Cold Chisel that we don’t get anywhere else and it makes a special connection with Australian audiences. We can’t wait to make that connection once again on our One Night Stand tour. See you there!”
Friday, 2 October 2015 – Deni Ute Muster, Deniliquin, NSW
Sunday, 4 October 2015 – NRL Grand Final, ANZ Stadium, Sydney Olympic Park, NSW
Saturday, 24 October 2015 – The V8 Supercars Castrol Gold Coast 600, Gold Coast, Qld
Saturday, 31 October 2015 – Decades Festival, Strathpine, Qld With The Living End, Something For Kate and more
Thursday, 5 November 2015 – Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Qld
Saturday, 7 November 2015 – 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville, Qld In association with Townsville Rockfest
Tuesday, 10 November 2015 – Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT
Saturday, 14 November 2015 – Perth Arena, Perth, WA
Saturday, 21 November 2015 – Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, Vic With The Living End, Mark Seymour & The Undertow and Stonefield
Saturday, 12 December 2015 – Hope Estate, Pokolbin, NSW With The Living End and more to be announced
Sunday, 13 December 2015 – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW
Thursday, 17 December, 2015 – SOLD OUT – QANTAS Credit Union Arena
Friday, 18 December, 2015 – SOLD OUT – QANTAS Credit Union Arena
COLD CHISEL: RECENT HIGHLIGHTS
6.7 Million albums sold in Australia
ARIA Hall of Fame Inductees
2011 Massive archival and digital release – 8 albums entering the ARIA Top 100 Album Chart
2011 ‘Light The Nitro’ tour sold 285,000 tickets (biggest ever tour by an Australian-based band). 170,000 tickets sold in the first day alone
2011 ‘All For You – The Best of Cold Chisel’ album has never fallen out of the ARIA Top 100 Album Chart (145 weeks so far). Officially Double Platinum
2012 Album ‘No Plans’ debuted at # 1 on ARIA Top 100 Australia Albums Chart. It was immediately certified Gold
2013 Cold Chisel honoured with its own stamp as part of the ‘Australian Legends’ Stamp Series
2014 ‘Khe Sanh’ added to the National Film and Sound Archive’s Sounds of Australia registry of historically, culturally and aesthetically significant sound recordings
2015 March 1 – Cold Chisel plays to 35,000+ people at Clipsal 500, Adelaide
2015 May: The band sells 20,000 tickets within minutes to their ‘Last Stand of Sydney’s entertainment centre’ shows, to mark the closure of the iconic venue (now known as Qantas Credit Union Arena)
2015 May: Cold Chisel announces its One Night Stand national tour
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