Grinspoon Get On The Road For 'Guide To Better Living' 20th Anniversary Tour

Wednesday 5 April 2017

Grinspoon Get On The Road For 'Guide To Better Living' 20th Anniversary Tour

If the news about the 20th Anniversary deluxe edition of Grinspoon's 'Guide To Better Living' makes you smile, then you'll surely grin even more with the announcement of an accompanying tour that will see the post-grunge Aussie rockers play the album cover to cover alongside other fan favourites throughout June, July, August and September.

The mammoth 'Guide To Better Living' tour takes in 27 dates across the nation, kicking off in Perth before going to Traralgon, Melbourne, Mulgrave, Sydney (two dates), Brisbane (two dates), Geelong, Frankston, Hobart (two dates), Cairns, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Sunshine Coast, Redland Bay, Dunsborough, Adelaide, Newcastle, Lismore, Booval, Bateau Bay, Wollongong, Canberra, North Wagga Wagga, Albury, Batemans Bay, Barooga and Newcastle. The band will also be headlining One Tropical Day as well as performing at this year's Shakafest.

It was in 1995 when Grinspoon – composed of Phil Jamieson on vocals, Pat Davern on guitar, Joe Hansen on bass and Kristian Hopes on drums – submitted the track 'Sickfest' to triple j’s Unearthed national band comp in its inaugural year. To everyone’s amazement, they won, and for the next two months the song was the station’s most requested track. Two years later, signed to Universal Music’s Grudge imprint, they released their debut album, Guide To Better Living.

Going on to achieve double-platinum accreditation on the back of five singles: Pedestrian, DC×3, Repeat, Just Ace and Don't Go Away, Guide To Better Living (GTBL) spent 36 weeks in the ARIA Top 50. Since then, it’s been a rolling success and yeah, occasionally, excess story with certified sales of well over half a million, seven albums all very familiar with the Top Ten, ARIA Awards, 13 ARIA nominations, more than 1,000 gigs, tens of thousands of international frequent flyer miles, seven appearances at the Big Day Out as well as slots at Homebake, Falls Festival, Splendour in the Grass, an NRL Grand Final and a Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Melbourne.

With the album chalking up two decades of acclaim, Grinspoon are bouncing back from hiatus to celebrate their debut album with the Guide To Better Living tour. Candidly chatting about the 20th anniversary of their monumental debut release, vocalist Phil Jamieson jests, “I hate nostalgia, it gets my goat. What I do love are tunes, and we’ve got tunes! NBT, Balding Matters, Scalped are probably what are considered to be album tracks or ‘filler’, but I can’t wait to spit ‘em out with as much venom as I did as a 19-year old. Then there is Railroader, Repeat, Just Ace, Champion, Boundary…it’s like a little treasure box of ditties! I don’t think I really knew what I was doing when I made Guide To Better Living, but I know that playing this album from start to finish is going to be one of the most challenging, enjoyable & kickass things I’ll ever do! Bring on the road, bring on the tour, bring on the shows…happy 20th birthday GTBL!”

The 20th anniversary edition of Guide To Better Living, which will be released on 23 June, is an expansion of the original 16-track album to a mammoth 49 track feast of rarities, live tracks and unreleased recordings. The album also appears on vinyl for the very first time in the form of a limited edition red vinyl pressing, coupling the original album with a second disc Live At CBGB’s – an incendiary 10-track live recording of the band taken from the fabled CBGB’s venue in New York.

Make sure you count yourselves in for what will be nostalgic performances from Grinspoon!

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