Friday 7 September 2012 at 8:00pm
The Metro Theatre
624 George St, Sydney, 2000, Australia
Tel: (02) 9550 3666
ate last year SHIHAD released a 38-song career retrospective double disc, The Meanest Hits in New Zealand. The response to the album and inevitable tour was nothing short of mind blowing. Now it’s Australia’s turn.
Coinciding with an impending main-stage performance at Splendour In The Grass 2012, SHIHAD announce the arrival of a new single – Right Outta Nowhere – available Tuesday July 17, the Australian premier of the documentary Shihad, The Beautiful Machine at Splendour In The Grass the Australian release of The Meanest in late August on Warner Music, and a September capitol city tour to do what they do best. Rock!
The new single will be added to the Australian version of The Meanest Hits released late August in the lead up to the September tour of the same name.
The Meanest Hits tour set is 90+ minutes and is drafted to present the two dominant personalities of the SHIHAD live experience.
The first half set sees them working at close quarters front of stage in homage to the close proximity, in-your-face intensity, of the rock bars and clubs where their music was informed. This part of the story recreates the unrefined fervor of the countless early career shit-hole gigs that gave potency to the bands live performance, while presenting the raw classics from their debut EP Devolve and their first three albums Churn, Killjoy and the self-titled Shihad. The band’s work ethic and commitment was cast in this gritty reality of hauling gear up and down stairs, in and of venues on a merry go round of one night stands from Tutukaka to Thames, and from Poland to a small town in Texas.
Reflecting the band in transition, a second stanza embraces the big stage era where SHIHAD grew wings and a swagger and ramped up production. Incendiary live performances followed and nothing short of a legend status bestowed as they strode the many arena stages at home and abroad – the Big Day Out, Rhythm & Vines, Rippon, Rock a Ring, Roskilde etc. Albums from The General Electric, through to Ignite comprise this era and the many live favorites and radio hits within are given a thorough belting by SHIHAD while fittingly accompanied by aforementioned ramped up production.
Shihad – The Meanest. A not to be missed, one time only opportunity to see and hear SHIHAD carve their own way through one of the great Rock n Roll catalogues.
Special guests The Snowdroppers accompany the East Coast leg.