Hoodoo Gurus have announced an updated run of tour dates to celebrate 40 years since their first ever live show, with a five-date national tour supported by The Dandy Warhols now set to kick off next April.
The band formed and played their first show in 1981, releasing their first ever single ‘Leilani’ the following year. The Gurus will start their commemorative run in Perth on April 2, before running through Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart (for a new show announced today) and Sydney, finishing up in Brisbane on April 14.
In a statement, frontman Dave Faulkner said: “Let’s face it, folks – 2021 is a write-off. We had high hopes earlier in the year that the pandemic would be behind us by now but… Well, you know as well as I do. Delta skelter, dashed hopes, spilt milk, whatever, we won’t let it break us.
“Stay strong, stay safe and stay put – we’ll get everything back on track in 2022. As the song says, all the good times we had we’ll have again. Believe it.”
Tickets for the rescheduled shows (and the new one Hobart) are on sale now via Frontier Touring, with tickets to the old dates remaining valid.
On their decision to recruit The Dandy Warhols for the run, the Gurus said: “Between the two of us, there are gonna be plenty of opportunities for crowd singalongs, and after the turmoil of the last year and a half, that’s gonna be incredibly therapeutic for everyone. You can be certain that both of our bands will be fired up and rarin’ to go.”
To mark the announcement, their Gurus shared a new single, ‘World Of Pain’, ahead of what will be their first album in 11 years this December. The track features The Bangles’ Vicki Peterson and John Cowsill of The Beach Boys on backing vocals. Listen to that below.
Hoodoo Gurus have released a few loose singles over the last two years, with 2020 seeing them share the anti-Trump anthem ‘Hung Out To Dry’ and ‘Get Out Of Dodge’. Their last full-length album was 2010’s ‘Purity Of Essence’, though they shared the ‘Gravy Train’ EP in 2014.
The rescheduled dates for the Hoodoo Gurus’ 40th Anniversary Tour with The Dandy Warhols are:
Saturday 2 – Perth, Belvoir Amphitheatre
Tuesday 5 – Adelaide, Entertainment Centre Theatre
Wednesday 6 – Melbourne, Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Saturday 9 – Hobart, City Hall
Tuesday 12 – Sydney, Hordern Pavilion (SOLD OUT)
Wednesday 13 – Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
Thursday 14 – Brisbane, Riverstage