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THE ANIMALS – The Farewell Tour: The Final Encore – Massive 29 Date Tour Begins This Week

THE ANIMALS – The Farewell Tour: The Final Encore is upon us. After selling out every show of their February / March tour just a few months ago, the demand was too hard to ignore so THE ANIMALS return for a massive 29 date final tour!

The Animals’ impact and influence is undeniable. They created some of the most iconic songs in popular music history including – ‘We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place’, ‘The House of The Rising Sun’, ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’, ‘It’s My Life’, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’ and ‘Boom Boom’ and more all of which will be performed on this Greatest Hits Final Tour

The Animals were “one of the most important bands” in the British Invasion. The Beatles and Rolling Stones were the headliners, whilst The Animals were the backbone of blues!

Britannia Ruled the airwaves in 1964. In the front ranks, marching in formation behind the Beatles were The Animals who became the second British band to top the American charts after The Beatles. Featuring original member John Steel alongside Danny Handley, Bobby Ruiz and Barney “Boogie” Williams, music fans can expect a fantastic concert of the Best of The Animals.

John Steel first formed The Animals when he and Eric Burden met as art-school dropouts.

“We started off as the Pagan Jazzmen and we morphed into the Pagans, a slightly R&B rock outfit. We played a church hall in Byker [East Newcastle] and this kid from another band who was a rhythm guitar player came over and said, ‘Can I sit in?’ and there was an old upright piano, so we said, ‘Sure’. He hammered this piano with a left hand boogie style. We went, ‘Oh come on, you’re in the wrong band, you should be playing piano, not guitar!’ This was Alan Price and that’s how we became a keyboard driven band.”

When the band found a 1956 album by Joe Turner called Boss of the Blues, the guys lifted a couple of numbers off the album and called themselves the Kansas City Five and after many incarnations and members coming and going, finally settled on calling themselves the Alan Price Rhythm and Blues Combo – later changing their name to The Animals when they moved to London. According to folklore ‘animals’ described their wild stage act and the name stuck.

The Animals performed fiery versions of the staple rhythm-and-blues repertoire, covering songs by artists such as Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, Nina Simone.

Signed to EMI’s Columbia label, their first single was a rocking version of the standard “Baby Let Me Follow You Down” (retitled “Baby Let Me Take You Home”)

In June 1964, the transatlantic number-one hit “The House of the Rising Sun” was released, creating perhaps the first folk-rock hit. It topped the charts in the UK, US and Canada and tells a cautionary tale of a person’s life gone wrong in New Orleans.

Steel explains his memory upon first hearing the song.

“Well to be honest, the first time I ever heard it was on Bob Dylan’s first album, all acoustic. Then I learned that it had been around for donkey’s years and nobody knew who originally wrote it. I’m pretty sure regardless of all the stories, it was the first time any of us had heard it. We liked it. We loved that album. I knew there was something special – the rising sun stood out. Since then, it’s been sung by Led Zeppelin, Josh White, all sorts of people around the world.”

The track was reportedly recorded in just one take with producer Mickie Most. ‘House of the Rising Sun’ remains one of Steel’s favourite songs today and its longevity is not lost on him.

“One minute we were five working- class Geordie lads just having a nibble at the charts with ‘Baby Let Me Take You Home’ and the next minute we’re jetting off to America with a number one. It had an enormous effect on us and apart from that, it’s a bloody good song. I still think it’s the definitive version, in electric terms anyway.”

The other well-known hits The Animals still perform today are all classics in every sense of the word.

‘We Gotta Get Out of this Place’ was chosen as the anthem for the US armed forces during the Vietnam War and is still sung by high school kids on the last day of school.

“They’re not pop songs, they’re not la la la song,” says Steel when asked about the legacy of The Animals canon. “They’re songs about the dark side of life.”

Steel loves to perform with The Animals, the only remaining original member to do so. He is constantly amazed at the families and vast age ranges who attend their shows.

“When we play, it’s a mixed audience, we get people of our own generation – but there’s a lot of young people coming to see us! And they’re really getting off on it, they know all of the songs and lyrics. I love to see them, they’re down the front and when we go out after the show and sign CDs and things like that we’re meeting these people – they weren’t even born when we were doing this stuff! And I’m really enjoying meeting them. But we’re a real band, we’re a live band and there’s no backing tracks.

It’s just us onstage with our instruments, playing and we love what we do and I think it comes across. We get a standing ovation every time, so we must be doing something right I guess!”

THE ANIMALS – The Farewell Tour: The Final Encore Dates

Friday 25th May – MELBOURNE, The Palms at Crown

Tuesday 28th May – ADELAIDE, The Gov

Wednesday 29th May – RENMARK, Chaffey Theatre

Friday 31st May – LAUNCESTON, Country Club Showroom

Saturday 1st June – HOBART, Theatre Royal

Sunday 2nd June – BURNIE, Burnie Arts Centre / Town Hall

Thursday 6th June – BRISBANE, Princess Theatre

Friday 7th June – TWEED HEADS, Twin Towns

Saturday 8th June – D’AGUILAR, Dag Pun and Motel

Sunday 9th June – CALOUNDRA, The Events Centre

Wednesday 12th June – SUTHERLAND, Pavilion Performing Arts Centre

Friday 14th June – CHATSWOOD, The Concourse

Saturday 15th June – THIRROUL, Anita’s Theatre

Sunday 16th June – SPRINGWOOD, Blue Mountains Theatre

Wednesday 19th June – WYONG, The Art House

Thursday 20th June – KINGSFORD, The Juniors

Saturday 22nd June – CAMPBELLTOWN, The Cube

Sunday 23rd June – PENRITH, The June

Tuesday 25th June – MANDURAH, Performing Arts Centre

Wednesday 26th June – PERTH, Astor Theatre

Friday 28th June – WARRAGUL, West Gippsland Arts Centre

Saturday 29th June – BENDIGO, Ulumbarra Theatre

Sunday 30th June – FRANKSTON, Frankston Arts Centre

Tuesday 2nd July – MELBOURNE, The Palms at Crown

Wednesday 3rd July – NARRE WARREN, Bunjil Place

Friday 5th July – WARRNAMBOOL, Lighthouse Theatre

Saturday 6th July – BALLARAT, Wendouree Centre For Performing Arts

Sunday 7th July – GEELONG, Geelong Story House

Tuesday 9th July – ADELAIDE, The Gov

Tickets on sale NOW from: https://metropolistouring.com/the-animals-2024/

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ANDREW STRONG Announces September 2024 Australian Tour – Performing THE COMMITMENTS Soundtrack in Full

ANDREW STRONG Performs THE COMMITMENTS Soundtrack in Full 2024 Australian Tour

ANDREW STRONG, the Irish Singer and Actor finally returns to Australia for the first time since 2018 to perform THE COMMITMENTS iconic Soundtrack in Full.

ANDREW STRONG, the Irish Singer and Actor finally returns to Australia for the first time since 2018 to perform THE COMMITMENTS iconic Soundtrack in Full.

Born into a musical family, Strong who was only 18 at the time, is best known for his portrayal of Deco Cuffe in the 1991 Global hit movie The Commitments. With a career spanning over three decades, Strong continues to captivate audiences, selling out shows wherever he goes, with his soulful performances and dynamic presence and breathing nostalgia into such world-wide hits from the Soundtrack such as ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘Take Me to A River’, ‘Chain of Fools’, ‘Take Me to The River’ and More

THE COMMITMENTS was a film which captured many a phenomenon, though none more resounding than the talents of ANDREW STRONG. It was a dive into the gritty underground scene of Northside Dublin in the 1980s, one highlighted by a time of social unrest.

A huge commercial success in its own right; THE COMMITMENTS soundtrack spent 51 weeks in the ARIA Top 40 peaking at #1. It has sold well over 12 million copies world-wide and collected a string of major awards including 4 BAFTAS’s and a Grammy nomination.

ANDREW STRONG’s upcoming tour will be an unforgettable night for fans of THE COMMITMENTS film and its soundtrack, which celebrated the soul influenced sounds of Dublin. Strong’s powerful vocals and charismatic stage presence made him a standout in the film, and now audiences can once again relive the magic of one of the greatest soundtracks of all time.

“He sings like a Guinness-soaked angel” (glam Adelaide)

“Nothing is better than seeing an awesome singer backed by a big six-piece band who were super tight and had all the moves and grooves” (Hi Fi Way)

“Andrew Strong’s voice, as powerful as it was in ‘The Commitments’ over two decades ago, has aged like fine whiskey on oak, delivering a soulful and unforgettable performance” (100% Rock)

Watch the tour trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr5kHEXgQdw

Andrew Strong September 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Wednesday 4TH September ADELAIDE, The Gov

Saturday 7TH September PERTH, Freo Social

Wednesday 11TH September BRISBANE, The Tivoli

Friday 13TH September SYDNEY, Metro Theatre

Saturday 14TH September MELBOURNE, Northcote Theatre


Pre-sale: Thursday 9th May, 9am Local time
General Public: Monday 13th May, 9am Local time

From: https://metropolistouring.com/andrew-strong-2024/

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SWEET Announce ”The Farewell Tour – Greatest Hits” Australia November 2024

SWEET ‘’The Farewell Tour – Greatest Hits’’ Australia November 2024

The SWEET Farewell Tour performing all their timeless Greatest Hits including Ballroom Blitz, Fox of the Run, Love is Like Oxygen, Wig Wam Bam, Blockbuster, Teenage Rampage, Hell Raiser, Action + More

Few bands typified the Seventies as much as SWEET. The Glam rockers are a National British Treasure and a Rock Music Phenomena that took Australia by storm having 13 Top 50 Hits in Australia including two Number Ones. The Golden Thread that links the past through to the present and into the future is Andy Scott. The band today has an illustrious pedigree recreating “live” the high energy and soaring vocals associated with the SWEET sound that is the band’s trademark. SWEET are Andy Scott – Guitar and Vocals, Paul Manzi – Lead vocals, Bruce Bisland – Drums and Vocals and Lee Small – Bass Guitar and Vocals.

Journey back to the Seventies for a night of pure nostalgia as the SWEET perform all their timeless Greatest Hits on their Farewell Tour of Australia

“The Sweet delivered a hit-filled set stirring schoolboy memories”

“Supreme harmonies, faultless playing, and somewhat cheesy but fun sound effects between songs made for a thoroughly enjoyable evening.”

“The hits kept coming. The energy onstage was electric, Andy Scott shows no signs of slowing down”

SWEET The Farewell Tour: Greatest Hits Dates November 2024

Friday 8th MELBOURNE, Palms At Crown
Sunday 10th AIRLIE BEACH Music Festival
Wednesday 13th TWEED HEADS, Twin Towns
Thursday 14th TOOWOOMBA, The Empire Theatre
Saturday 16th BRISBANE, Princess Theatre
Monday 18th ADELAIDE, The Gov
Thursday 21st SYDNEY, Factory Theatre
Friday 22nd PENRITH, Penrith Panthers
Saturday 23rd THIRROUL, Anitas Theatre


Presale: Wednesday 8th May, 10am Local time
General Public: Friday 10th May, 10am Local time

From: https://metropolistouring.com/sweet-2024/

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THE ORIGINAL WAILERS + Special Guests The Elovaters (USA) Announce November 2024 Australian Tour

THE ORIGINAL WAILERS + Special Guests The Elovaters (USA) November 2024 Australian Tour

Reggae Royalty, Jamaica’s THE ORIGINAL WAILERS featuring Al Anderson return to perform BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS Greatest Hits. A unique experience of the biggest Reggae acts of all time is sure to have you swaying and singing along to songs that have captured fans from all generations.

“My music will go on forever” Bob Marley

BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS have sold more than 250 million albums worldwide and along the way produced classic after classic – Is This Love, Could You Be Loved, Three Little Birds, One Love, No Woman No Cry, Get Up, Stand Up, Buffalo Soldier, I Shot The Sheriff, Jamming, Get Up Stand Up, Redemption Song to name a few. This will be an unforgettable experience as THE ORIGINAL WAILERS perform all these Anthems.

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain” Bob Marley

Bob Marley left his body behind in 1981, but his music is still with us. His spirit comforting us and lifting our spirits. Join THE ORIGINAL WAILERS as they carry on Marley’s message of love and unity and in an experience which will no doubt have the audience singing along, clapping hands and smiles beaming.

“One love, one heart, Let’s get together and feel alright”.

Watch the tour trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQz-140pz2E

THE ORIGINAL WAILERS November 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Friday 15th – PERTH – Freo Social

Sunday 17th – PERTH – Rosemount Hotel

Wednesday 20th – ADELAIDE – The Gov

Thursday 21st – BRISBANE – The Triffid

Friday 22nd – MELBOURNE – Northcote Theatre

Saturday 23rd – SYDNEY – Metro Theatre

With Special Guests The Elovaters (USA)

Tickets on sale now from: https://metropolistouring.com/original-wailers-2024/

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CRADLE OF FILTH and INFECTED RAIN Announce Australian Invasion September 2024 Tour

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CRADLE OF FILTH and INFECTED RAIN Australian Invasion September 2024 Tour

It has been many years since CRADLE OF FILTH last darkened our horizon and we can now hail their return this September to commemorate the release of their “Best Of” Live album, Trouble & Their Double.

Belched from the fiery depths into the rustic charms of the Witch County, Suffolk, UK, CRADLE OF FILTH are undisputed giants of the heavy metal realm. Imperious purveyors of a perennially unique strain of dark, dastardly and wilfully extreme metal, with deep roots in the worlds of gothic horror and occult curiosity. Led by the inimitable Dani Filth, the band has weathered decades of tumult and trial, earning a formidable reputation as both a singular creative force and one of the most riotously entertaining live bands the metal world has ever produced.

Thus far into their distinguished and highly influential career CRADLE OF FILTH continue to show their ferocious efficacy with no signs of slowing down as they maintain their unparalleled fusion of gothic grandeur and blackened metal. Filth’s influence is felt far and wide as Dani recently teamed up for a collaborative song with pop megastar Ed Sheeran, which is set to appear on their upcoming album.

No doubt CRADLE OF FILTH will ignite the flames of anticipation with their impending arrival as they descend on our land for a trip through the darkness as we embrace the chaos and bear witness to their infernal live presence.

And this time they will not be coming alone, rapidly rising Moldovans, INFECTED RAIN. will be chaperoned by the innovators of extreme for their debut tour of Australia.

INFECTED RAIN are led by the enigmatic, charismatic and multi-talented Lena Scissorhands, who has cemented her place as one of the greatest frontwomen in Metal. INFECTED RAIN accent the introspective musical journey as they wind between effectively-placed progressive, electronic and even nu-metal features amid ethereal passages, bolstered by subterranean heaviness and rhythmic grooves topped by Scissorhands’ hair-raising screams and haunting vocals.

CRADLE OF FILTH and INFECTED RAIN September 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Tuesday 24th – PERTH, Metropolis Fremantle

Wednesday 25th – ADELAIDE, The Gov

Friday 27th – MELBOURNE, Northcote Theatre

Saturday 28th – SYDNEY, The Metro

Sunday 29th – BRISBANE, The Triffid


Presale: Wednesday May 1st, 10:00am Local time

General Public: Thursday May 2nd, 10:00am Local time

From: https://metropolistouring.com/cradle-of-filth-2024/

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AMARANTHE Announce August and September 2024 First Ever Australian Tour

After conquering stages across the globe and on the back of their stunning new album The Catalyst, Swedish metal virtuosos AMARANTHE are finally set to embark on their first ever tour of Australia.

AMARANTHE have walked their own unique path from the start. With a sound that combines the sharpest, cutting edges of modern melodic metal, electronic rock and razor-sharp pop, their impact was immediate and undeniable. Their music is absurdly infectious, genre defining and is led by the unique 3-way vocal assault of the electrifying Elize Ryd, Mikael Sehlin & Nils Molin who deliver an unprecedented aural attack that is complimented by scything guitars and pulsating keyboard passages.

Now 7-albums deep into their career, amassing hundreds of millions of streams and captivating metal enthusiasts worldwide since 2008 AMARANTHE have been an unwavering breath of invigorating fresh air. Now the time is right for AMARANTHE to showcase their incomparable sound and blistering live show to Australian audiences.

Expect to hear a setlist full of AMARANTHE’s hit global anthems ‘Drop Dead Cynical’, ‘Digital World’, ‘Damnation Flame’, ‘Re-Vision’, ‘The Nexus’, ‘Archangel’ and more! Sweden’s masters of thunderous, melodic futurism are about to show fans what has made them one of Metal’s most exciting acts.

AMARANTHE 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Tuesday 27 August – The Gov, ADELAIDE

Wednesday 28 August – Metropolis Fremantle, PERTH

Friday 30 August – Metro Theatre, SYDNEY

Saturday 31 August – Northcote Theatre, MELBOURNE

Sunday 1 September – The Tivoli, BRISBANE


PRESALE: Wednesday 27th March 11am AEDT (Brisbane 10am local / Adelaide 10:30am local Perth 8am local)

GENERAL PUBLIC: Thursday 28th March 11am AEDT (Brisbane 10am local / Adelaide 10:30am local Perth 8am local)

From: https://davidroywilliams.com/tours/amaranthe/ and https://metropolistouring.com/amaranthe-2024/

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KIM WILDE Announces 2024 Greatest Hits Australian Tour

Since the 1980’s UK pop icon KIM WILDE has thrilled fans across the globe with her infectious hits and engaging live performances. WILDE makes her long awaited return to Australian shores with her first tour in eight years and will deliver a nostalgic and memorable Greatest Hits package.

Mention KIM WILDE and people’s eyes light up. The blonde singer with the siren voice and girl-next-door appeal is one of pop music’s most dazzling stars. The French consider her the “Brigitte Bardot of Rock”; German fans still revere her as the sexiest glamour girl to come out of the 80s and in Australia she has always been very close to our hearts having charted three number one mega-hits – ‘Kids In America’, ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’ and ‘If I Can’t Have You’ as well as another 6 Top 40 hits including ‘Cambodia’, ‘You Came’, ‘View From A Bridge’, and ‘Chequered Love’.

To put her amazing career in perspective she has sold over 30 Million records globally and is the most successful British female artist of the 80’s! WILDE has exhibited a great deal of versatility as the only person in history to obtain a #1 U.S. charting single and a Gold Medal at the Chelsea Flower Show.

The Australian tour marks yet another significant milestone in WILDE’s long and distinguished career and highlights her enduring popularity and influence in the pop music world. Australia fell deeply in love with WILDE in the 80’s and it’s a love affair that has never ended!

Kim Wilde October 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Thursday 17th October BRISBANE, The Tivoli

Friday 18th October TWEED HEADS, Twin Towns

Saturday 19th October SYDNEY, Enmore Theatre

Sunday 20th October WOLLONGONG, Anita’s Theatre

Tuesday 22nd October PERTH, Astor Theatre

Thursday 24th October ADELAIDE, The Gov

Saturday 26th October MELBOURNE, Palais Theatre


PRESALE: Wednesday 13th March 11am AEDT / Brisbane 10am local / Perth 9am local

GENERAL PUBLIC: Thursday 14th March 11am AEDT / Brisbane 10am local / Perth 9am local

From: https://davidroywilliams.com/tours/kim-wilde-2024/ and https://metropolistouring.com/kim-wilde-2024/

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SMOKIE Announce October / November Greatest Hits Australian Tour

SMOKIE Greatest Hits Australian Tour

SMOKIE have sold over 30 million CDs, records and albums! They celebrated their 45th Anniversary last year and continue to be one of the most successful bands in the world today performing their hits that have become bonafide pop /rock classics!

Smokie’s Greatest Hits Tour will feature every single hit record they had including their Australian Top 10’s – ‘Living Next Door to Alice’, ‘Lay Back in the Arms of Someone’, ‘Needles and Pins’, ‘Oh Carol’ plus many more of their hits that became radio staples. SMOKIE’S All The Best compilation sold a staggering 230,000 copies in Australia!

It’s a not to be missed, sound and lighting spectacular, with hit after hit Smokie proving once again just why they deserve the name of being one of the greatest “live” bands in the music business today!

There’s no smoke without fire, so the saying goes – and SMOKIE are still a must-see band firing on all five cylinders!

“Nostalgia at its best. A 5-Star show” (Belfast Telegraph)

Watch the Tour Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPo1jbZ8-5o

SMOKIE October / November 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Friday 18th October – Melbourne, Palms at Crown

Saturday 19th October – Melbourne, Palms at Crown

Sunday 20th October – Adelaide, The Gov

Wednesday 23rd October – Perth, Regal Theatre

Friday 25th October – Brisbane, The Tivoli

Saturday 26th October – Tweed Heads, Twin Towns

Sunday 27th October – Toowoomba, Empire Theatre

Friday 1st November – Sydney, Enmore Theatre

Saturday 2nd November – Canberra, Southern Cross Club


Presale: Tuesday 5th March, 9am Local time

General Public: Friday 8th March, 9am Local time

From: https://metropolistouring.com/smokie-2024/

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ELECTRIC SIX Announce August / September 2024 Greatest Hits Australian Tour

ELECTRIC SIX Announce Greatest Hits Australian Tour

The disco-punk band at the end of the world, ELECTRIC SIX return after a completely Sold-Out tour in 2023.

An ELECTRIC SIX show is a concert, a theatrical experience and an art exhibit.

It will be the ultimate audio-visual extravaganza as they power through their Greatest Hits including such tunes as ‘Danger! High Voltage’, ‘Gay Bar’, ‘Dance Commander’, Synthesizer’, ‘Down at McDonaldz’, ‘I Buy the Drugs’ and more.

Renowned for their dynamic live shows and eclectic musical style, ELECTRIC SIX seem to have something for everyone: the funky popping rhythms and falsetto vocals of disco combined with dirty rock guitar, catchy melodic hooks and a maverick attitude channeled through provocative lyrics about the seedier side of life. It’s not that serious or deeply meaningful, but it sure is a lot of fun! With a discography spanning almost three decades, the band continues to captivate audiences with their genre-defying music and infectious passion.

Trashy, disco fun is what ELECTRIC SIX are made of. Join them as they dazzle you with their Greatest Hits for a night that you won’t forget anytime soon!

“Gay Bar starts and the packed crowd at the front explodes into a mosh pit. I haven’t been in a pit in ages, but the riff and nostalgia of the song takes over. What a song. What a bar”

“A raucous and eclectic crowd were in the mood to party… and there wasn’t a soul in the place who left without a huge smile, such is the effect of Electric Six” (The Razors Edge)

“One of the best shows I have seen” (HiFi Way)

ELECTRIC SIX August / September 2024 Australian Tour Dates

Thursday 22nd August – BRISBANE, The Triffid

Friday 23rd August – SYDNEY, Metro Theatre

Saturday 24th August – MELBOURNE, Croxton Bandroom

Friday 30th August – ADELAIDE, The Gov

Saturday 31st August – PERTH, Rosemount Hotel

Sunday 1st September – PERTH, Freo.Social


Presale: Friday 1st March, 9am Local Time

General Public: Monday 4th March, 9am Local Time
From: https://metropolistouring.com/tours/electric-six-2024/

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