Those of you swanning about various festivals in Sydney and the surrounds will have no doubt by now been made aware of Birdman: Or The Unexpected Virtue Of A Tony Hawk Pro Skater Cover Band. As far as goods go, they’re is as advertised as it gets.
The group of knockabouts has been treading the boards on various stages belting out tunes from the beyond iconic Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series soundtracks, conjuring up the furious sounds of a youth spent searching for that damned Secret Tape.
With the original THPS turning 20 this year (how), the group is apparently in the exact right place at the exact right time, because Birdman has been tapped by Tony Hawk himself to play a celebration of the game’s milestone anniversary in Hawk’s old stomping ground of San Diego.
Better still, they’re playing in support of punk rock icons Bad Religion.
We cannot state this firmly enough: Holy shit.
Hawk announced the gig on Instagram earlier this afternoon, confirming that the lads from Sydney who belt out classic hits from the likes of Goldfinger, Powerman 5000, Millencolin, Less Than Jake, Papa Roach, Rage Against The Machine and a whole swag of others.
Set for June 9th in the beautiful North Park in gorgeous San Diego, California (visit immediately, it’s so great), the show will serve as a benefit for the Tony Hawk Foundation, which engages disaffected and under-privileged youth in low socio-economic regions by building skate parks.
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It’s been twenty years since the release of THPS! In celebration, we are having a benefit concert on June 9 for @tonyhawkfoundation featuring Bad Religion & @birdmanthps at Observatory North Park. BIG surprises in store. Join us! Ticket link in bio (This is my attempt at Indy stiffy 20 years later btw)
Look at that, for god’s sake. Six knockabout dudes from Sydney supporting Bad Religion at a 20th anniversary celebration of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater. Un-bloody-real.
If you’re planning on being in San Diego in early June (which you should because, we repeat, it’s bloody spectacular), you can nab tickets to the giant celebration of trying to grab all the S-K-A-T-E letters via this link.
Jerry may have been a race car driver, but anyone going to this gig is fixin’ to have a good ass time.