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Dig It Up!


Thu 18 Apr 2013, 8:00pm

Where: The Tivoli Theatre, 52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley, Queensland

Restrictions: 18+

Dig it Up! was a gas. Everybody said so. The multi-band / multi venue Invitational hosted by the Hoodoo Gurus in celebration of their thirty year recording history, took flight in April 2012 and never looked back. Bands, punters, the venues everyone was thrilled with their respective days begging the question, should we do it again? Chief Guru Dave Faulkner decides...

"Last year's Dig It Up! was such an incredible event that our only concern was what could we possibly do to match it? We had no intention of doing anything unless we could maintain the same standard, with that standard being rock 'n' roll perfection. Well, I can confidently state that this year's line-up will live up to everyone's high expectations. There were a lot of people kicking themselves afterwards for not going last year because everyone who went said it was the gig of the year. I confidently predict Dig It Up! 2013 will be the gig of the year THIS year."

The Hoodoo Gurus are once again at the helm of Dig it Up! and this time they have elected to perform their second album Mars Needs Guitars, in it's entirety. In addition the Gurus will also perform a selection of smash hits.

With special guests Blue Oyster Cult and Flamin' Groovies.

Between 1972 and 1978, San Francisco’s Flamin' Groovies – featuring core members Cyril Jordan (guitar/vocals), Chris Wilson (vocals/guitar) and George Alexander (bass/vocals) – produced some of the decade’s most vital recordings, including the classic singles Shake Some Action and Slow Death. The band’s 1976 masterpiece album (also titled Shake Some Action) combined the early pop and R&B leanings of both The Beatles and The Rolling Stones with the focused energy of the emerging US and UK alternative rock scenes, landing the band god-head-status for a new generation of music fans looking for the sort of kicks not heard of since the high of the mid-sixties. Sire Records label-mates the Ramones’ 1976 London debut was in support of the Flamin' Groovies while Australia's Radio Birdman were the support act to the Groovies for their one and only European tour in early 1978. Dig It Up! will be the first time since 1981 that the Jordan/Wilson/Alexander line-up of the Flamin’ Groovies have appeared anywhere in the world.

Blue Oyster Cult may be the ultimate ‘cult’ band. Revered by punks, metal heads, sci-fi geeks and horror movie fans alike, B.O.C. have carved out a 40-year career via a string of complex hard rock albums and killer live shows. The author Steven King adores them and so does Dave Graney. Their best known track Don’t Fear The Reaper, was a U.S. top twenty hit in 1976 and the album it came from, Agents Of Fortune (featuring a collaboration with songstress Patti Smith) achieved platinum status while the overall catalogue sales are in excess of 24 million. They also provided Radio Birdman with the album title Radios Appear, a lyric taken from the track Dominance and Submission. This will be the first-ever Australian tour for Blue Oyster Cult and it’s all thanks to Hoodoo Gurus.