UPDATE (1/4): Veteran Aussie rockers Hoodoo Gurus have announced that their forthcoming 40th anniversary tour has been sadly postponed due to a positive COVID case within the camp.
Announced this morning, the band revealed that their Aussie tour – which is set to kick off tomorrow, following months of delays – has been pushed back to as-yet-unspecified dates due to drummer Nik Rieth testing positive for COVID.
“Just when you think you’ve seen it all,” says frontman Dave Faulkner. “It goes without saying that we are devastated at this terrible turn of events. All four band members and our road crew are triple-vaccinated and we have been scrupulous in trying to avoid exposure to SARS-CoV-2 but, despite our best efforts, this sneaky virus got past our guard.
“It’s early days yet but Nik is currently doing well so we are hopeful he will make a speedy recovery. Brad, Rick and I are all still fit and healthy however it wouldn’t surprise us if one or all of us also turns out to be COVID-positive in the coming days. We spent several hours rehearsing together on Tuesday, the day before Nik started feeling unwell. As close contacts, we are all currently self-isolating as required by NSW Health guidelines.”
“We’ve been dreaming about doing this tour for so long that it’s especially heartbreaking to have come so close. Hopefully we and The Dandy Warhols can reschedule for later this year or, heaven help us all, early next year,” Faulkner concludes. “We’ll let you know exactly when as soon as possible and full refunds will be available at that time for anyone who wants one but, as the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait” so please #keepyourtickets if you can. The Hoodoo Gurus have been going for 40 bloody years and after all this time we’ve learned not to worry – because we know that this too shall pass.”
As Faulkner alluded to, the tour was set to see them performing alongside US rockers The Dandy Warhols, whose performances would’ve been their first in Australia since December of 2019.
“All good things come to those who wait…and wait….and wait…I am as disappointed as I imagine everyone else is to hear we have to reschedule this tour yet again,” explains Zia McCabe. “I have to believe that the pent up energy that’s been building and building is going to explode into a truly massive concussion of rock and roll when we finally get to play these shows! Save your tickets friends, it will be worth the wait.”
Though rescheduled dates are yet to be announced, ticketholders are advised to hold onto their tickets if possible, with current tickets set to be valid for the upcoming dates.
It’s news that would shock no one, given the current climate of touring, but veteran Aussie rockers Hoodoo Gurus have today announced their forthcoming 40th anniversary tour has now been shifted to April of 2022.
Originally announced back in May, the Hoodoo Gurus were set to take to the stage this December, celebrating the ruby anniversary of their first show with a run of tour dates supported by US outfit The Dandy Warhols.
Unfortunately, with current border closures ensuring that touring for anyone – let alone an incoming US group on support – is an impossibility, the Aussie icons have today announced their forthcoming dates will be pushed back a few months.
Set to kick off on April 2nd in Perth, the tour will see the group heading to all their originally planned venues – including shows in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane – along with the inclusion of a new show in Hobart on April 9th.
“Let’s face it, folks – 2021 is a write-off,” frontman Dave Faulkner said in a statement. “We had high hopes earlier in the year that the pandemic would be behind us by now but… well, you know as well as I do. Delta skelter!, dashed hopes, spilt milk, whatever, we won’t let it break us.
“Stay strong, stay safe and stay put – we’ll get everything back on track in 2022. As the song says, all the good times we had we’ll have again. Believe it.”
All previously-purchased tickets remain valid for the new dates, though anyone unable to attend is advised to submit a refund request prior to November 3rd.
Though it’s currently been 11 years since the group last released a studio album, the last few years have seen a handful of new songs arrive from the ARIA Hall of Famers, including “World of Pain”, which arrived in May, and is on track to appear on the band’s forthcoming record.
Hoodoo Gurus – 40th Anniversary Tour
Postponed – Rescheduled Dates to Be Announced
With very special guests The Dandy Warhols
Saturday, April 2nd, 2022
(Originally Saturday, December 11th, 2021)
Belvoir Amphitheatre, Perth, WA
Tuesday, April 5th, 2022
(Originally Thursday, December 9th, 2021)
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre, Adelaide, SA
Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
(Originally Friday, December 3rd, 2021)
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, April 9th, 2022 (New Show)
Hobart City Hall, Hobart, TAS
Tuesday, April 12th, 2022 (Sold Out)
(Originally Saturday, December 4th, 2021)
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Wednesday, April 13th, 2022
(Originally Sunday, December 5th, 2021)
Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
Thursday, April 14th, 2022
(Originally Wednesday, December 1st, 2021)
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD