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Bodyjar Announce Final Tour EVER

Written by Toby Smith on September 4, 2009

Repent sad sinners ! Repent !! … But fear not … your last chance for a final redemption is at hand. This ain’t just another Farnsey-style farewell tour. This is it ! … for real !! The final … the ultimate … the one & only … the mother-freakin last ! The mighty BODYJAR are calling it a day for real. Melbourne’s own punk-rock reprobates … not quite a force of nature, but close enough, have decided to dis-band.

For over a decade BODYJAR have experienced the complete gamut of rock … from playing to 3 people at the humble Tote Hotel, Collingwood to playing in front of 45,000 punters in Korea and selling out shows in Japan. They’ve been in the Who Weekly crossword, been referenced on “Neighbours”, ignored by “Home And Away”, and seemingly less importantly, ignored by Australian commercial radio … cos in the end the JAR still managed to pick up a couple of Gold Records along their way without any real support from mainstream radio. Guess there’s no fooling punters who know great music when they hear it.

Viva the underground !

BODYJAR had the privilege of producing numerous releases including two albums working with punk legends Bill Stevenson (Black Flag / Descendents) and Stephen Egerton (All), as well as working closely over many years with rip-snorting punk song-smith Phil Rose of seminal Aussie pop-punk band Nursery Crimes. BODYJAR also released albums internationally and locally on classic punk labels such as ‘Revelation’, ‘Burning Heart’ and ‘Shock’. US skate legend Steve Cabellero personally insisted that BODYJAR accompany his video parts in the Tony Hawk video game. Hell the boys even got to hang with the farewell king … Farnsey !

Make no mistake though, BODYJAR are one of the most respected punk bands in the world… the band can count amongst it’s fans members of Millencolin, Bad Religion, The Foo Fighters and NO FX. So why quit now ?

Front man Cam dissects the situation, “It’s been amazing. We’ve done so much stuff as a band … way more than we ever thought we would. As far as we’re concerned the last studio album Bodyjar made, our self-titled album, was the best of our career. It might not have sold the most copies, but it was brutally honest and it covered a lot of territory, musically and emotionally. It just feels like a good time to put a full-stop on it all. We wanna go out on our own terms. What better way to finish up than with a national tour where we crank out some old tunes one last time and say thanks to all the folks who have supported us over the years.”

You don’t last long in the fickle Australian music industry without killer songs and great live performances …and BODYJAR have consistently delivered the goods on pallets throughout their career… ‘One in a Million’, ‘Lights Out’, ‘Not the Same’, ‘Glossy Books’, ‘Fall to the Ground ’ etc etc etc…

You’d be mad not to pay your respects and imbibe yourself…


FRI 30 – KAROVA LOUNGE, Ballarat VIC – & thru the venue (03) 5332 9122 & New Generation 03 53332444

SAT 31 – NATIONAL HOTEL, Geelong VIC – and thru the venue (03) 5229 1211


FRI 13 – CORNER HOTEL, Richmond VIC – Corner Box Office 11am-8pm Mon-Sat, 03 9427 9198 or

SAT 14 – REPUBLIC BAR & CAFE, Hobart TAS – and the venue 03 6234 6954

FRI 20 – COOLANGATTA HOTEL, Coolangatta QLD – and all oztix outlets

SAT 21 – THE Hi Fi, Brisbane QLD –, tel 1300-THEHIFI (8434434), Rocking Horse Records, Butter Beats , Sunflower Pacific fair, Disasterpiece , Mosh Pit Music Kill The Music , Gooble Warming , Rockaway Records

SUN 22 – SANDS TAVERN, Maroochydore QLD –

WED 25 – HARP HOTEL, Wollongong NSW – Venue: 02 4229 1333 Oztix: 1300 762 545
THUR 26 – CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, Newcastle NSW – & & 1300 GET TIX (438 849)

FRI 27 – ANNANDALE HOTEL, Sydney NSW – or ph 02 9550 1078

SAT 28 – FISHOS, Manly NSW – & 1300 GET TIX (438 849)


FRI 4 – FOWLERS LIVE, Adelaide SA – 08 8225 8888 & 1300 GET TIX (438 849)

THUR 10 – POW, Bunbury WA –

FRI 11 – DUNSBOROUGH HOTEL, Dunsborough WA –

SAT 12 – ROSEMOUNT HOTEL, Perth WA – ‘A Not So Silent Night’ event –

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