One of the most iconic names in basketball history will be heading to Melbourne this month, with Shaquille O’Neal confirmed to play a one-off gig under his DJ Diesel moniker. It’ll be O’Neal’s first visit to the country in over 20 years, with his trip presented by the Australian Basketball Players’ Association and The Hour Group.
O’Neal will be in the country for two An Evening With Shaquille O’Neal speaking events, one apiece in Sydney and Melbourne. While in Melbourne, he’ll dust off his DJ Diesel name for an exclusive DJ set at 170 Russell on Wednesday, 24th August.
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“I’m really excited for this long-awaited tour to come to Australia!” O’Neal said in a statement. “It’s my first time back in such a long time and I can’t wait to see you Aussies down under.”
O’Neal launched his professional basketball career with the Orlando Magic in 1992. The popularity of the 7-foot-1 O’Neal resulted in the commencement of a music career the following year. His 1993 debut, Shaq Diesel, would ultimately go Platinum in the US, though his run of studio albums came to a halt in 1998.
O’Neal revived his music career in 2017, going on to perform at a number of high-profile events, including Lollapalooza, Tomorrowland, Imagine, and his own Shaq’s Fun House event in Los Angeles. O’Neal’s Melbourne appearance will see him supported by ryscu, Big Boss, Miicha, CHENDA, and Balaram, with tickets to the upcoming one-off gig on sale now.
DJ Diesel (AKA Shaquille O’Neal)
- Wednesday, 24th August – 170 Russell, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets on sale now.