Cold Chisel tour to hit Busselton on New Year's Day

Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will perform with his band Cold Chisel in Busselton on New Year's Day.
Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will perform with his band Cold Chisel in Busselton on New Year's Day.

Cold Chisel are set to hit the stage at Barnard Park in Busselton on New Year's Day as part of their Blood Moon Tour 2020.

The much loved Australian rock outfit will be joined by Birds of Tokyo, Jebediah, Gyroscope, Carla Geneve and The Southern River Band for a festival kicking off from 2.30pm.

Front man Jimmy Barnes said they had only done four tours since the early 80's and wanted to make each of their 14 shows across Australia count.

"We knew that if we were going to get the band back together for another full tour it would have to be something really special," he said.

"We wanted great line-ups and unusual places so that people would remember these gigs for a long, long time."

Since forming in Adelaide in 1973 and blasting onto the national scene in the late 70s, Cold Chisel created a uniquely Australian fusion of rockabilly, roughhouse soul, and blues.

Between 1978 and 1983 the original line-up of Don Walker, Jim Barnes, Ian Moss (guitar/vocals), Phil Small (bass) and Steve Prestwich (drums) recorded five studio albums that became Australian classics.

1978's self-titled debut and 1979's Breakfast At Sweethearts initially received little support from mainstream media but eventually went gold based on nonstop touring.

1980's East was their huge commercial breakthrough and 1982's Circus Animals finally saw them top the charts.

However by the time Twentieth Century was released in 1984 the band had already flamed out, making their unforgettable Last Stand in arenas around the country.

In 1998 Cold Chisel reformed briefly for a chart topping album and tour called The Last Wave Of Summer.

An 'unplugged' style run of dates called Ringside followed five years later, then in 2011 the group was working on a new studio album that became No Plans when Steve Prestwich sadly died from complications during surgery for a brain tumour.

Eventually Charley Drayton agreed to step in to help complete what Steve began and he's played drums with the band ever since, including on the record breaking Light The Nitro Tour and 2015's platinum certified The Perfect Crime.

The band is currently putting the finishing touches to some more new music they recorded earlier this year with Charley and they plan to release at least some of it before the Blood Moon Tour.

Presale tickets will be available from Wednesday October 16 and tickets go on sale Monday 21 October from ticketmaster.com.au/by-the-c-cold-chisel-busselton-01-01-2020/event/1300574995DC7316.