And to be clear, that’s 18 bands that will be supporting them, not including the 7 DJs they will also be taking on the road. The Living End are gearing up for an absolutely massive tour. Supporting the Aussie rock icons on the 39-show tour will be acts such as Something for Kate, Phil Jamison and The Beards.
In what has got to be some sort of national record, the Retrospective tour will see TLE perform for 7 nights in one city at a time. They are planning on smashing out an entire album for each show. The supports for each city have been chosen well, depending on which city the show is in.
Perth will be treated with the onstage stylings of local outfits Sons of Rico, The Growl and The Novocains, as well as a very special DJ performance from Gyroscope’s very own DJs Brad & Zok. The first leg of the tour will be taking place in Perth.
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Area 7, but the ska/punk outfit are well and truly back for the Adelaide leg of the tour, along with up-and-comers City Riots. Radelaide’s DJ set will be masterfully handled by both The Beards and newbies Dangerous!
Sydney will keep the Area 7 fury going as well as performances from Melbourne outfit Even, with Cabins providing the local flavour. Mix master for the evenings will be 2manyPJ‘s aka none other than Grinspoon‘s Phil Jamison.
For the hometown hurrah, TLE have invited seminal Aussie rock group Something for Kate to take the stage, and fellow Melburnians Ivy and The Big Apples. Area 7 will once again return with their 90s rawness, teaming up with The Meanies to blow Melbourne’s mind. While in town, TLE will be performing an unheard of 11 shows at the Corner Hotel.
The Smith Street Band – the band everyone is talking about – has been wisely chosen to open for the under 18 daytime performance that has recently been announced, along with fellow natives Kingswood, and the Dave Larkin Band, as well as Money for Rope. Melbourne, your DJ duties will be handled by none other than Cosmic Dolphin, otherwise known as Johnny Mackay from Children Collide.
Now, there’s already a lot to process in this article, so if you want to check out a comprehensive list of all the dates, cities and venues, click right here.
Tickets are on sale now and are limited, so get it into gear already! Ironic isn’t it? A retrospective tour being one of the most forward thinking and progressive we’ve seen. Makes you think. Anyway.