Full disclosure for the above headline: This yarn is 100% in this writer’s wheelhouse and he too is FIRED UP.
Grinspoon, both the world’s most successful band to be named after a pioneering medicinal marijuana professor from Harvard and Lismore‘s chief export, have been tearing up the boards of Australian and international stages ever since they were discovered by Triple J‘s inaugural Unearthed competition way back in 1995.
Two years after their grand arrival on the Australian music scene, the band dropped their debut album ‘Guide to Better Living,’ which introduced the nation to tunes such as ‘Just Ace,’ ‘Dead Cat,’ and ‘Pedestrian,’ launching a thousand angry sweaty mosh pits and providing the soundtrack to an endless sea of poorly shot skate videos.
That album went platinum and sparked a career spanning seven studio albums, a raft of hit singles, and one particularly dumb drink order joke that I know for a fact Phil Jamieson both is aware of, and doesn’t find particularly funny.
20 years after ‘Guide‘ dropped (my youth! I mourns it!) the band are, at long last, punching their ticket on the nostalgia train by not only re-releasing the album in a deluxe and expanded format, but they’re also hitting the road to play the album in full. Which is gonna be SO GOOD.
The deluxe re-issue of the album comes in the form of a huge 49-track expanded release, with B-Sides, rarities, demo recordings, and previously unreleased live sets pumped in. Better still, it’s being put out on red vinyl for the very first time, which is gonna look real good nestled into your collection between Green Day and Groban, Josh.
The extensive album tour is set to take in every state and territory in the nation, with both major cities and regional centres copping dates.
The full tour dates are below. Album re-issue pre-sales are up right now ahead of a June 23rd release. Tickets for the tour go on-sale to the general public from April 10th.
All info can be found over at Grinspoon‘s official website.
GRINSPOON – ‘GUIDE TO BETTER LIVING’ 20th ANNIVERSARY TOUR
with guests Hockey Dad
Friday June 23rd – Kay St Entertainment Complex, Traralgon VIC
Friday June 30th – Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne VIC (Lic/AA)
Saturday July 1st – Village Green Hotel, Mulgrave VIC
Friday July 7th – Enmore Theatre, Sydney NSW (Lic/AA)
Saturday July 8th – Tivoli Theatre, Brisbane QLD
Saturday July 29th – One Tropical Day @ Darwin Ski Club, Darwin NT (Lic/AA)**
Thursday August 3rd – The Wool Exchange, Geelong VIC
Friday August 4th – Pier Bandroom, Frankston VIC
Saturday August 5th – Granada Tavern, Hobart TAS
Thursday August 10th – The Jack, Cairns QLD
Friday August 11th – Dalrymple Hotel, Townsville QLD
Saturday August 12th – Magnums, Airlie Beach QLD
Thursday August 17th – Villa Noosa, Noosaville QLD
Friday August 18th – Redland Bay Hotel, Redland Bay QLD
Saturday August 19th – Shaka Fest @ Miami Tavern, Gold Coast QLD**
Thursday August 24th – Dunsborough Tavern, Dunsborough WA
Friday August 25th – Metro City, Perth WA
Saturday August 26th – Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide SA (AA)
Thursday August 31st – The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Friday September 1st – Lismore City Hall, Lismore NSW
Saturday September 2nd – Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich QLD
Thursday September 14th – The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay NSW
Friday September 15th – Waves, Wollongong NSW
Saturday September 16th – UC Refectory, Canberra ACT
Wednesday September 20th – CSU, Wagga Wagga NSW
Friday September 22nd – Beer Deluxe, Albury NSW
Sunday September 24th – Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay NSW
** Hockey Dad not appearing.
SEE YOU IN THE PIT.
Photo: Nick Laham/Getty.