Chisel sharpen up for London

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

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.

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