Chisel sharpen up for London
Chisel have been booked to play at London’s premier music event, Hard Rock Calling – the band’s first gig in the northern hemisphere in almost 30 years. In an extraordinary international return for the famed Australian band, Cold Chisel will play their ’70s style rock and blues as special guests of US rock legends Soundgarden, who have been confirmed to headline the opening night on July 13. Also appearing on the opening night’s bill are Iggy Pop and The Stooges. The other two nights in Hyde Park feature music legends Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, John Fogerty, Jimmy Cliff and Paul Simon – who will perform his classic album Graceland. With crowds of up to 75,000 expected for each day, Barnes described the invitation to play as ‘‘an honour’’. Cold Chisel’s 2011 tour of Australia and New Zealand was the biggest ever by an Australian group – drawing more than 300,000 fans across 36 shows. The band is about to return to local stages for its first of only four gigs to launch No Plans – its first new studio album in 14 years – at the Byron Bay Bluesfest next weekend.
Cold Chisel play the opening night of the Byron Bay Bluesfest, at Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, from April 5-9. John Fogerty plays the festival on Easter Saturday and Easter Monday. Visit bluesfest.com.au for tickets and the full program.