Live, Music News, Past Tours, Tours - Australian — June 27, 2012 at 6:42 pm

The Tea Party – The Reformation Tour, Australia – new Melbourne show added


Thanks to the overwhelming support by fans in Melbourne & Brisbane, the SOLD OUT sign is up at The Palais & The Tivoli, with the other states soon to follow suit.  For those lucky folk in Melbourne however, The Tea Party are set to rock the southern state once more with a 2nd show on Sunday July 15 at The Hi-Fi. Stuart Chatwood says, “We asked Paul Dainty, the promoter, if he could accommodate a club show for us on this tour.  While we love doing theatres, there’s something about rolling up your sleeves and playing a packed rock club.  It speaks to the roots of this band, the immediacy, the excitement…. we wanted to give fans the opportunity to see us in a different environment as opposed to just doing a repeat of the first SOLD OUT show at the Palais”.  Tickets for The Hi-Fi show go on sale Monday July 2 (details below).

During this tour, The Palais (Melb) & Hordern Pavilion (Syd) shows will be recorded for a forthcoming Double Live Record.   Fully funded by some dedicated Tea Party fans through, the band will release a CD and Deluxe Gatefold Double Vinyl record (available through the Pledge site).  Fans have happily snapped up pledged goodies on top of the live record, such as signed photos/setlists/drumheads/drumsticks, handwritten Thank You notes, producer credits, VIP Soundcheck tickets, Sennheiser Vocal Mics & headphones and plenty more… a few items are still available so get in quick.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Steve Hoffman Fund for Cancer Research.

Australian fans of THE TEA PARTY can rejoice at the news that the iconic rock trio will hit Australia to tour Nationally in July 2012. The Multi-Platinum selling Canadian band has had a long history and love affair with Australian audiences, which began with the band’s first major label album recording – 1993’s ‘Splendor Solis’ (‘The River’, ‘Save Me’, ‘A Certain Slant of Light’). Picked up & championed by Triple J, this album achieved Gold selling status. This early success was followed by the critically acclaimed and Platinum Award selling release ‘The Edges of Twilight’ (‘Fire in the Head’, ‘The Bazaar’, ‘Sister Awake’, ‘Shadows on the Mountainside’). The success of these albums cemented the band’s fan base and saw The Tea Party tour Australia 12 times between 1994 and 2004.

After 15 years together, with 8 albums under their belts (1.6million + sold), and countless tours through Canada, the United States, Europe & Australia, The Tea Party went their separate ways in 2005. Creativity amongst the members continued with Jeff Martin (vox/guitar) basing himself in Australia & touring consistently in solo/band mode with The Armada & 777. Stuart Chatwood (bass/keyboards) took to composing video game soundtracks, including all 8 titles in the series of The Prince of Persia which have gone on to sell over 10 million copies, and Jeff Burrows (drums/percussion) continued to perform (with band Crash Karma) whilst maintaining a Radio career. Reuniting for a series of Canadian shows and festivals in 2011, The Tea Party’s renowned & powerful blues – rock – Indian/Middle-Eastern sound (utilising 12 string guitars and exotic instruments such as sitars, sarods, harmoniums and goblet drums etc) received an overwhelmingly positive response from fans & media alike which reignited the fire that once was;

“That they could come back after the better part of a decade apart and still sound so fresh, vibrant, powerful and relevant is a testament to the enduring power of the music, a sound that seems to exist in a separate universe than temporal or stylistic concerns. These guys just simply came back and reclaimed the majesty and grandeur of the best guitar-driven rock throughout the post-’60s era.” BUFFALO NEWS (New York) – July 2011 As Jeff Martin himself states, “The seven years apart has done wonders for The Tea Party. With a renewed sense of purpose and vitality, the band is more powerful than ever with our collective eye firmly on the future.”

July 2012 will see The Tea Party return to Australia for a handful of shows around the country on their ‘Reformation Tour’. In what will be their first National tour in 8 years, fans can expect the fire to explode the very best of The Tea Party once again … don’t miss!

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MELBOURNE – Palais Theatre – Saturday 14 July **SOLD OUT**
or phone 136 100

MELBOURNE – The Hi-Fi – Sunday 15 July – on sale Monday 2 July. or phone 1300THEHIFI – 1300 843 443

BRISBANE – The Tivoli – Tuesday 17 July **SOLD OUT** or phone 132 849

SYDNEY – Hordern Pavilion – Saturday 21 July or phone 132 849

ADELAIDE – Thebarton Theatre – Tuesday 24 July or phone 08 8225 8888

PERTH – Metro City – Thursday 26 July and oztix Retail Outlets or phone 1300 762 545

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