|Tue 14 Feb 2017, 7:30pm|
In one of the upcoming summer’s more captivating tours, Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce that the majestic Simple Minds will team with the party vibes of The B-52’s for a huge Australian and New Zealand tour in February 2017.
Both bands, who are much-loved by Australian and New Zealand fans, will play indoor concerts at Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena, Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, Auckland’s Vector Arena and Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena as well as roaming Australia on a day on the green outdoor show dates nationally.
Scotland’s Simple Minds and Athens, Georgia natives The B-52s may be from opposite sides of the globe, but what they have in common is that elusive combination of critical acclaim, cult status and mainstream success throughout the world.
Simple Minds have had an impressive career spanning from their first ever single ‘Love Song’ and continued through countless chart-toppers like ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’, ‘Alive and Kicking’, ‘Promised You A Miracle’, ‘Glittering Prize’ and ‘Waterfront’ as well as eight Top 20 albums and hugely successful concert tours.
Their 16th album Big Music, released 18 months ago, rekindled the band’s energy and attitude and won rave reviews:
"Their best album in 30 years." - Mojo
"Simple Minds at their ideal fighting weight." - Q Magazine
"Big Music is the genuine article: a remarkable record that can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any of Simple Minds' first five albums." - Record Collector
"One of the world’s great live bands." - BBC
After touring Big Music extensively, and buoyed by the record’s success, Simple Minds are currently working on a new album. They will be back on the road in 2017 with Australia and New Zealand one of their first ports of call, having not toured down under in four years. Throughout their lengthy career, the band has retained its enviable reputation as one of the great live concert bands.
When The B-52’s – Fred Schneider, Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson and Keith Strickland - toured Australia and New Zealand for a day on the green and indoor shows in 2009, the response was over-the-top! Irreverent and hugely entertaining, the band’s cosmic appeal was irresistible.
“From the moment The B52s came out everybody was up out of their seats and off their picnic blankets dancing. This was the band’s final date in their A Day on the Green tour and the band members played it for all they were worth.” - Stuff.co.nz
"Who else offers helium-voiced go-go girls, a camp, barking (in every sense) frontman and sprawling sci-fi new wave? Yes, they look and often sound fantastic, with steely surf guitar riding waves of propulsive rhythms to the Love Shack and back." - Sydney Morning Herald
"With their big wigs, wacky tunes and goofball dance moves - all of which sit comfortably within the band's friendly brand of psychedelia - their credentials as dance-floor favourites are impressive." - The Australian
The B-52’s put Athens, Georgia on the musical map with their quirky and unconventional take on the new wave sound of the era. Their irrepressible live shows and massive hits like ‘Rock Lobster’, ‘Private Idaho’, ‘Roam’ and the chart topping ‘Love Shack’ from arguably the bands most well-known album Cosmic Thing.
In January 2013 Keith Strickland announced that he had made a decision to stop touring with the band saying: “I will continue to be in The B-52s - I will just not tour. My barnstorming days have come to an end, but I wholeheartedly support Cindy, Fred and Kate's decision to continue.”
The B-52’s said:
“It has been seven years since we have toured Australia and New Zealand and we are just thrilled to be returning! Yes - we’ll be coming back to ‘wonder down under’ on an amazing tour with Simple Minds. Come party with us!”
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