Presented by Frontier Touring, Triple M (AU) and The Rock (NZ) and ALWAYS LIVE (Melbourne)
Yep, it's all over the news – Melbourne's iconic indie punk band The Meanies are opening for the Foo Fighters on Friday in Geelong. And of course, they're pretty chuffed about it, especially since it's been 30 years (nearly to the day) since they first played with a young Dave Grohl when he was in Nirvana. As Wally Meanie sez, “Thirty years since we opened for Dave’s old band, happy anniversary pal!”
In this time of Foo frenzy, let it be noted also that the Meanies are about to undertake their own tour as well, to belatedly celebrate their most recent album Desperate Measures. Check out the details below.
ONLY in these crazy times might a band tour its 'new' album two years after it was released, but that's what the Meanies will be doing when they hit the road to finally give Desperate Measures a proper live airing. Desperate Measures was released in July 2020 (on Cheersquad Records & Tapes), by which time the shit had already hit the fan. Their BETTER LATE THAN NEVER DESPERATE MEASURES TOUR was first announced a year ago when things looked like they'd cleared. It got bumped a couple of times and announced again in November 2021 for this year. Then Omicron came along, blowing out January and causing another reshuffle. So here we go again.
ABOUT THE MEANIES – Starting out in '88, following on from the late '80s GOD/Bored scene and anticipated the subsequent successes of Spiderbait and Magic Dirt, the Meanies are genuine Melbourne icons and national treasures. Arriving at the same time as grunge, they defied the odds with a pop punk-meets-hardcore sound that pre-empted what was to come out of the US on labels like Epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords. They became Triple J and Big Day Out faves (they did the BDO in 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1999!) and kings of the all-ages circuit, and they toured their arses off, playing with the likes of Nirvana, The Lemonheads, Redd Kross, Beastie Boys, Pearl Jam and Bad Brains along the way. They toured Europe, the US, and Japan and retain an international following. And like their older and uglier brethren The Cosmic Psychos, The Meanies are now enjoying a late-career revival, which began with the release of their first album in 21 years, It's Not Me It's You in late 2015 on Poison City Records. Desperate Measures was released in July 2020.
THE MEANIES' BETTER LATE THAN NEVER
DESPERATE MEASURES TOUR 2022
Fri 4 – supporting Foo Fighters, GMHBA Stadium, Geelong VIC
Sat 5 – Ninchfest, St. Andrews Beach, VIC
Thu 10 – The Zoo, Fortitude Valley, QLD + Some Jerks + Blussh
Fri 11 – Eleven Dive Bar, Maroochydore, QLD + Some Jerks + Blussh
Sat 12 – Spring Loaded Festival, Bribie Island, QLD
Sun 13 – Miami Marketta, Gold Coast, QLD
Fri 18 – The Tote, Collingwood, VIC + Stiff Richards + Persecution Blues + Maggie Alley
Sat 19 – The Tote, Collingwood, VIC + Ute Root + Sidesplitter + Cheeky Geezers
Fri 25 – Barwon Club, Geelong, VIC + Poppin’ Mommas + Eyeroll
Sat 26 – The Eastern, Ballarat, VIC + The Dawdlers + The Shorts
Wed 30 – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW + Hellebores + I Hate People
Thu 31 – Lansdowne Hotel, Sydney, NSW + Chinese Burns Unit + Blitz Babiez
Fri 1 – Manly Leagues Club, NSW + Chinese Burns Unit + Shitaki
Sat 2 – Yours & Owls Festival, Wollongong NSW
Sun 3 – The Basement, Canberra, ACT + Sketch Method + Charlotte & The Harlots
Sat 9 – Spring Ditch, Stanley VIC
Easter Thu 14 – Jive, Adelaide, SA + Cull The Band + The Vains
Sat 23 – Uncaged Festival, Sydney NSW
Sun 24 – Uncaged Festival, Brisbane QLD
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS + THE MEANIES
GROHL, HAWKINS, MENDEL, SHIFLETT, SMEAR & JAFFEE BRING ROCK & ROLL BACK DOWN UNDER WITH THE FIRST FULL CAPACITY STADIUM SHOW BY ANY INTERNATIONAL ARTIST IN AUSTRALIA SINCE 2020
An Always Live Event
Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce Rock & Roll Hall Of Famers Foo Fighters will return to Australia next month, with a history-making performance at Geelong’s (VIC) GMHBA Stadium on Friday 4 March.
Tickets go on sale Friday 25 February (12pm AEDT) via frontiertouring.com/foofighters.
The 12-time GRAMMY winning band will arrive in Australia next week, with this exclusive, one-off concert – Foo Fighters’ first performance down under since 2018. This will be the first time a full-capacity stadium show by any international music artist has taken place in Australia since the COVID pandemic first hit back in March 2020.
After two years of live music virtually being on hold, and with our international borders now re-open for business, Foo Fighters will arrive in Victoria next week to celebrate the State’s extraordinary reputation as the live music capital of Australia. Foo Fighters’ record sales in Australia stand in excess of 1.8 million, with eight #1 albums – the most #1 debuts in any territory for the band, who’ve visited our shores 12 times so far throughout their 27-year career.
News of Foo Fighters' upcoming Geelong concert is announced today in partnership with the Victorian Government’s contemporary live music major event ALWAYS LIVE – a brand new, State-wide celebration of contemporary live music taking place later this year. Bringing together icons of Australia’s music scene with emerging local talent and some of the best global acts on the planet, the ALWAYS LIVE program will feature shows of all scales and styles, created and curated for Victoria’s special venues, places and stages. Supported by the Victorian Government, the impetus for ALWAYS LIVE was initially conceived by legendary former Mushroom Group Chairman Michael Gudinski.
Foo Fighter’s latest and tenth studio album, Medicine At Midnight, was released in February 2021 on Roswell Records/RCA Records/Sony Music, debuting at #1 in Australia and featuring fan-favourite tracks that have already become staples of the FF live set such as ‘Shame Shame’, ‘No Son Of Mine’, and the album’s title track.
This week the band celebrate the theatrical release of their cinematic horror comedy film STUDIO 666, which sees Dave Grohl grappling with supernatural forces as the band attempt to record their much-anticipated 10th album – head HERE to buy tix, with the film in cinemas for one week only! Back in October 2021, Grohl also hit book bestseller lists across the globe with The Storyteller – a fascinating collection of his life memories and stories.
Foo Fighters will be joined in Geelong by very special guests Amyl and The Sniffers – whose 2021 album Comfort to Me debuted at #2 in Australia, #21 in the UK, and #18 in the US, and was BBC6’s Album of the Day – as well as Melbourne punk royalty The Meanies, who’ve been kicking out the jams for three decades now, most recently heard on 2020’s Desperate Measures.
Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of history when the Foo Fighters bring their incredible rock’n’roll marathon live experience back to Victoria at long last. Tickets are on sale this Friday 12pm, and are expected to sell out quickly… act fast!
Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee.
With special guests Amyl and The Sniffers + The Meanies
Presented by ALWAYS LIVE, Frontier Touring, Triple M and K rock 95.5
GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Friday 25 February (12pm AEDT)
Details at frontiertouring.com/foofighters
Friday 4 March
GMHBA Stadium | Geelong, VIC
Licensed All Ages
Ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100