Current Tours, Live, Music News, Tours - Australian — May 21, 2014 at 10:53 am

KING BUZZO announces first solo & acoustic tour of Australia this August


Frontier Touring is thrilled to announce that rock’n’roll royalty Buzz Osborne, King Buzzo is headed to Australia with a ten-date solo acoustic tour of Australia this August!

With a career spanning 31 years, 30 albums, and over 2,000 live performances, this tour marks the first time that the monarch of metal has performed acoustically in such a unique and intimate setting.

Buzz is the front man & founding member of Melvins, whose dark and sludgy sound influenced the works of many acclaimed grunge and metal bands including Nirvana, Soundgarden, Green River and in many ways nurtured the Seattle music scene itself.

Last year the band released their nineteenth studio album Tres Cabrones (out now through Ipecac Recordings), a psychedelic hard-rock gem that saw original drummer Mike Dillard re-join Buzz and Dale Crover for a collection of tracks that playfully referenced both the punk aesthetic of the band’s roots and their current layered and exploratory sound… all done with a pierced tongue planted firmly in cheek.

Buzz also picked up the guitar to join Mike Patton, Dave Lombardo and Trevor Dunn in experimental metal supergroup Fantômas, a band that allowed each member the creative freedom to explore their many influences – both in and outside of music.

Their debut and subsequent releases received heavy praise for their innovation – second album The Directors Cut (out now through Ipecac Recordings) climbed to #18 on the ARIA Albums Chart and scored rave reviews from NMEPitchfork and Drowned In Sound who called it “a genre breaking, irreverent album that bridges everything from metal, jazz, sludgecore, grunge, and abstract electronica… one of the most challenging, and rewarding albums of the year”.

King Buzzo’s solo and acoustic debut This Machine Kills Artists (out May 30 through Ipecac Recordings, listen to ‘Instrument Of God’ here) has actually been a long time coming – Buzz wrote a vast majority of the Melvins’ songs originally on acoustic guitar before transferring to electric – “What I’m doing, it’s not folk music, it’s not heavy metal. It’s ‘molk,’ how ’bout that?”

Across seventeen tracks, This Machine Kills Artists uses absolutely no electric guitars, amplifiers or direct boxes, offering a surprising new side to the grunge progenitor and a rawness that spotlights his skill as a songwriter. Rolling Stone premiered track ‘Dark Brown Teeth’ (listen here), remarking that it “still has the doomy, ill-angled, Beefheartian edge his band is renowned for”.

This Machine Kills Artists continues Osborne’s approach of redefining and subverting whatever musical genre he deems fit. This artist feels vibrant and unshackled, machines be damned’– Smells Like Infinite Sadness ?????

After an extensive 38-show tour of the United States, King Buzzo will now bring This Machine Kills Artists to Australian audiences for the first time with a series of shows that are guaranteed to bring the house down.

Adelaide, Geelong, Melbourne, Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth are all set firmly within Buzz’s sights – make certain you’re there for this rare opportunity to see a metal powerhouse like you’ve never seen him before.


Frontier Members pre-sale via 

Mon 26 May (12noon AEST) to Tue 27 May (12noon AEST)
(or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)

General public on sale from 10am local time, Thursday 29 May

Wed 13 Aug               Adelaide | Enigma Bar                                 (18+) | Ph: 1300 438 849

Thu 14 Aug                Geelong | Barwon Club                               (18+) | Ph: 1300 762 545

Fri 15 Aug                  Melbourne | Ding Dong Lounge                 (18+) | Ph: 1300 762 545

Wed 20 Aug               Newcastle | The Small Ballroom                 (18+) | Ph: 1300 762 545

Thu 21 Aug                Sydney | Newtown Social Club                   (18+) | Ph: 1300 724 867

Fri 22 Aug                  Wollongong | Anita’s Theatre                     (18+) | Ph: –

Sat 23 Aug                 Canberra | Transit Bar                                 (18+) | Ph: 1300 762 545

Sun 24 Aug                Brisbane | Black Bear Lodge                      (18+) | Ph: 1300 762 545

Tue 26 Aug                Perth | Astor Lounge                                    (18+) | Ph: 08 9370 5888 |

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