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Kevin Parker Shares Desire for ‘Smaller’ Tame Impala Shows in The Future

Tame Impala’s profile has grown so massively in recent years that their iconic live show can no longer be confined to a sweaty club.

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Tame Impala are set to make their return to Australian stages in December of 2021.

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Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker has noted his desire to return to shows of old, noting in a recent interview how club shows are something he misses about the current era of the band.

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald in the wake of the band’s multiple ARIA Award wins, Parker noted how it’s been quite a while since his live performances were on the small side of things, with the nature of the live shows in 2020 giving him an example of what once was.

“I miss those smaller shows, those sweaty, intimate shows – it’s a vibe that can’t be replaced,” he explained. “It’s not the same in an arena or a stadium.

“This year has been all about having a good excuse to do something you wouldn’t normally do so if it’s an excuse to do some smaller shows, I would love that.”

Since the release of Tame Impala’s Currents in 2015, Parker has effectively become a household name, with his stage show outgrowing the venues he once played in. In fact, 2019 saw him become only the second Australian act (after AC/DC) to headline the massive Coachella festival, while a run of Australian arena shows have been postponed from April this year to December of 2021.

Elsewhere in the chat, Parker also attempted to clarify the status of Tame Impala following the project’s win for Best Group, despite the fact that he is often considered the sole creative behind the name.

“The music sounds like a band, which I guess has always been the source of confusion for people,” he noted. “For all intents and purposes, I am a solo artist – I make music in my studio by myself and I bring it to the world.”

Tame Impala are set to return to Australian stages in late 2021, performing a run of shows in support of The Slow Rush, which was released in February of 2020, and recently brought in a massive five wins at the 2020 ARIA Awards.

Tame Impala 2021 Tour Dates

Rescheduled dates

Tuesday, December 7th, 2021
Moved from Tuesday, December 8th, 2020
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW (All Ages)

Thursday, December 9th, 2021
Moved from Thursday, December 10th, 2020
Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)

Sunday, December 12th, 2021
Moved from Sunday, December 13th, 2020
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)

Monday, December 13th, 2021
Moved from Monday, December 14th, 2020
Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021
Moved from Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
Adelaide Entertainment Centre Arena, Adelaide, SA (All Ages)

Saturday, December 18th, 2021
Moved from Saturday, December 19th, 2020
RAC Arena, Perth, WA (All Ages)

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