Within a proverbial blink of an eye, the legendary punk / pop / metal / psych hybrid Sydney band the Hard-ons turns 30 in 2014. To be precise, on the 21st of July 2014 the middle-aged yet brilliant trio will celebrate the 30th anniversary of their inaugural public appearance. In 1984, on that day, the multiracial band of bare-chested teenage misfits climbed onto a pub stage for the first time. It is fair to say, they have not looked back.
To celebrate this milestone of 30th anniversary, the Hard-ons welcome the temporary return to the band, original member Keish de Silva. Together, as a four piece consisting of original members Peter “Blackie” Black, Ray Ahn, Keish de Silva as well as current member Murray Ruse, the Hard-ons will for the first and last time in their career, tour the breadth of Australia and play entire sets consisting of only songs from their first incarnation pre-initial break-up; the years spanning 1984-1993! The set which the Hard-ons will play will be made up entirely of songs most requested by their fans from an on-line fan opinion poll! This first formative decade had given the band a record 17 consecutive number 1s on the Australian alternative charts, as well as several notable hits abroad. Never finding nostalgia anything but distasteful, the Hard-ons have however rightly succumbed to the need to pat themselves on their collective backs for a job well done in the past 30 years, the 6 years when the band was in uncertain hiatus (1994-1999) notwithstanding, AS WELL as give something unique and special back to their unwavering loyal fans. Make no mistake: these upcoming shows will be never-to-be-repeated historical events.
To help celebrate this occasion the Hard-ons will have in tow a brand-new 2CD remaster/reissue set of their major-label breakthrough album “Yummy” as well as a split 7″ single with Australian jazz legends “The Necks” (!!!). Never to rest on their laurels, the band will have available three more split 7″ singles AND a BRAND NEW album with the current line-up just after the tour as well!!! It is reassuring and refreshing to reflect upon an utterly unique Australian musical career. The Hard-ons are proof that you don’t have to get high rotation on radio nor be flavor of the month to have a fruitful and eventful career in music. You just have to have talent. And to have a go.
The bassplayer’s brother
Custom-Made Touring, RiSH Publicity and The Music,
by arrangement with Artist Voice, Present…
HARD-ONS 30TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Thursday 29th May 2014
Adelaide, Enigma Bar – SA
Thursday 5th June 2014
Newcastle, Small Ballroom – NSW
Friday 6th June 2014
Penrith, Tattersalls Hotel – NSW
Saturday 7th June 2014
Sydney, Manning Bar – NSW
Thursday 12th June 2014
Ballarat, Karova Lounge – VIC
Friday 13th June 2014
Geelong, The Wool Exchange – VIC
Saturday 14th June 2014
Melbourne, Corner Hotel – VIC
Sunday 15th June 2014
Castlemaine, Bridge Hotel – VIC
Thursday 19th June 2014
Byron Bay, The Northern – NSW
Friday 20th June 2014
Coolangatta, Coolangatta Hotel – QLD
Saturday 21st June 2014
Brisbane, Prince of Wales – QLD
Tickets on-sale Thursday 3rd April 2014, 10AM AEDT.