The War on Drugs are returning to Australia and New Zealand for the first time since 2018.
The acclaimed US rock band will tour the two countries this December, playing shows in Wellington, Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth (see full dates below).
To make up for their lengthy absence, The War on Drugs are bringing two special guests – US indie favourites Spoon and Australian singer-songwriter Indigo Sparke – along for the tour.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 26th at 1pm local time. The My Live Nation pre-sale begins on Thursday, May 25th at 12pm local time.
Led by Adam Granduciel, The War on Drugs have risen to become one of the finest purveyors of timeless rock of their generation. They’re belatedly touring Australia and New Zealand in support of their stellar 2021 album, I Don’t Live Here Anymore, which earned the Philadelphia outfit some of the strongest reviews of their career to date. I Don’t Live Here Anymore became the band’s third consecutive top 40 album in Australia.
In an interview with Tone Deaf about the album, Granduciel expressed disdain for those who question the continuing relevancy of guitar music.
“I feel like for 10 years, everyone’s been saying, ‘there’s no more guitar music,’” he said at the time. “But the whole time everyone’s playing the fucking guitar though… There’s always been other things in music but there’s so many people playing guitar and making great records.”
The War on Drugs 2023 Australia & New Zealand Tour
With special guests Spoon & Indigo Sparke
Ticket information available via livenation.com.au or livenation.co.nz
Friday, December 1st
Anderson Park, Wellington, NZ
Saturday, December 2nd
Spark Arena, Auckland, NZ
Monday, December 4th
Sydney Opera House Forecourt, Sydney, NSW
Thursday, December 7th
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC
Saturday, December 9th
Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD
Monday, December 11th
Kings Park and Botanic Garden, Perth, WA