Del Amitri are pleased to announce their first Australian shows in thirty years! The band will play theatres in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sidney in February 2023. In addition to these shows the band will set foot in New Zealand for the first time ever with shows in Aukland and Christchurch.
Those dates in full:
Astor Theatre, Perth – Thursday February 16th
Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide – Saturday February 18th
Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane -Tuesday February 21st
Palais Theatre, Melbourne – Thursday February 23rd
Auckland Town Hall – Saturday February 25th
Christchurch Town Hall – Sunday February 26th
Enmore Theatre, Sydney – Tuesday February 28th
Almost two decades on from their last album, Del Amitri easily remember the good old days, when a Glasgow indie band “who never really cut it as Orange Juice and Josef K copyists, which is kinda what we were” became, in effect, overnight successes.
Suddenly, after a still-born first album (1985’s Del Amitri), with 1989’s Waking Hours, hit single ‘Nothing Ever Happens’ propelled them to sharing a Top of the Pops stage with Phil Collins, then in the imperial phase of his solo career, newcomer Sinead O’Connor singing ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’, and the premier of Public Enemy’s ‘Welcome to the Terrordome’ video.
Two years later, Del Amitri were still regulars on the nation’s favourite chart show. Promoting 1992 hit ‘Always The Last to Know’, the band appeared on an episode alongside an En Vogue video (‘My Lovin’), Shakespears Sister (‘I Don’t Care’) and, performing smash US hit ‘Jump’, adolescent rap duo Kriss Kross, they of the backwards-jeans.
Still, “the Dels” had the last laugh. In America the song they were promoting on TVam, 1995’s ‘Roll To Me’, hit Number 10 on the Billboard Hot 10. It became a soundtrack favourite (everything from Family Guy to one-boy-and-his-dolphin “abomination” Flipper) and US jukebox staple that resonates (and generates royalties) to this day.
Equally, selling six million copies of half-a-dozen studio albums between that mid-Eighties debut and 2002’s Can You Do Me Good? does a great job of enabling you to, firstly, laugh about the cheap digs of Northern Irish comedians and, secondly, quit while you’re ahead.
Which is exactly what Currie and Harvie, the consistent core of the band since 1982, did after that sixth album.
Right time, right place, right band: Del Amitri are back and ready to rock with Fatal Mistakes. Although if you want to book them for a breakfast TV slot, they may have some questions.
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