In one of the upcoming summer’s more captivating tours, Frontier Touring are thrilled to announce that the majestic Simple Minds will team with the party vibes of The B-52’s for a huge Australian and New Zealand tour in February 2017.
Both bands, who are much-loved by Australian and New Zealand fans, will play indoor concerts at Melbourne’s Margaret Court Arena, Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, Auckland’s Vector Arena and Christchurch’s Horncastle Arena as well as roaming Australia on a day on the green outdoor show dates nationally.
Scotland’s Simple Minds and Athens, Georgia natives The B-52s may be from opposite sides of the globe, but what they have in common is that elusive combination of critical acclaim, cult status and mainstream success throughout the world.
Simple Minds have had an impressive career spanning from their first ever single ‘Love Song’ and continued through countless chart-toppers like ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’, ‘Alive and Kicking’, ‘Promised You A Miracle’, ‘Glittering Prize’ and ‘Waterfront’ as well as eight Top 20 albums and hugely successful concert tours.
After touring Big Music extensively, and buoyed by the record’s success, Simple Minds are currently working on a new album. They will be back on the road in 2017 with Australia and New Zealand one of their first ports of call, having not toured down under in four years. Throughout their lengthy career, the band has retained its enviable reputation as one of THE great live concert bands.
When The B-52’s – Fred Schneider, Cindy Wilson, Kate Pierson and Keith Strickland – toured Australia and New Zealand for a day on the green and indoor shows in 2009, the response was over-the-top! Irreverent and hugely entertaining, the band’s cosmic appeal was irresistible.
The B-52’s put Athens, Georgia on the musical map with their quirky and unconventional take on the new wave sound of the era. Their irrepressible live shows and massive hits like ‘Rock Lobster’, ‘Private Idaho’, ‘Roam’ and the chart topping ‘Love Shack’ from arguably the bands most well-known album Cosmic Thing.
In January 2013 Keith Strickland announced that he had made a decision to stop touring with the band saying: “I will continue to be in The B-52s – I will just not tour. My barnstorming days have come to an end, but I wholeheartedly support Cindy, Fred and Kate’s decision to continue.”
The B-52’s said:
“It has been seven years since we have toured Australia and New Zealand and we are just thrilled to be returning! Yes – we’ll be coming back to ‘wonder down under’ on an amazing tour with Simple Minds. Come party with us!”
Simple Minds & The B-52’s
Frontier Members pre-sale runs from Thu 18 Aug
General public on sale from Mon 22 Aug
10am AEST Aus shows)
12noon NZST (NZ shows)
Tue 14 Feb
Auckland, NZ (All Ages)
Thu 16 Feb
Christchurch, NZ (All Ages)
Frontier Members pre-sale runs via frontiertouring.com/simplemindsb52s
Thursday 18 August (AUS shows: 12pm AEST | NZ shows: 2pm NZST)
to Friday 19 August (AUS shows: 12pm AEST | NZ shows: 2pm NZST)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
General public on sale: Monday 22 August
(Aus shows: 10am AEST | NZ shows: 12pm NZST)