Melbourne’s own rock legends Crowded House announce Australia and New Zealand tour

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Melbourne’s own rock legends Crowded House announce Australia and New Zealand tour

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Crowded House is set to tour their brand new album Gravity Stairs across Australia this summer.

Multi-platinum-selling rock band Crowded House is set to embark on their 2024 Australia and New Zealand Gravity Stairs Tour in support of their upcoming album, which will be released on Friday, May 31.

The highly anticipated tour kicks off on Saturday, November 9, in Wellington and wraps up on Saturday, December 14, in Meanjin/Brisbane.

Crowded House Gravity Stairs Tour

  • Fri 29 Nov | Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Boorloo/Perth
  • Wed 4 Dec | Opera House Forecourt, Eora/Sydney
  • Thu 5 Dec | Opera House Forecourt, Eora/Sydney
  • Tu 10 Dec | Rod Laver Arena, Naarm/Melbourne
  • Fri 13 Dec | Entertainment Centre, Mulubinba/Newcastle
  • Sat 14 Dec | Entertainment Centre, Meanjin/Brisbane

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Neil Finn, the band’s frontman, shared his excitement: “So looking forward to getting amongst our people having practiced on the northern hemisphere for a few months. The band will be running hot and we can’t wait to sing with you and elevate our collective spirits. Sing it if you want to be a part of Some Greater Plan.”

Produced by the band alongside Steven Schram (known for his work with Paul Kelly and San Cisco), Gravity Stairs showcases Crowded House’s current lineup: Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Mitchell Froom, and Finn’s sons Elroy and Liam.

The album title was inspired by an unnaturally heavy stone staircase near Neil’s vacation spot. Neil explained, “The Gravity Stairs are symbolic of the struggle to ascend, acknowledging the opposing forces of weight on the mechanics of living. It’s an act of will every day.”

Crowded House’s legacy spans nearly four decades, with over 15 million records sold worldwide, 13 ARIA Awards, an MTV VMA, and a BRIT Award. Their music has generated billions of streams and consistently sold-out tours across multiple continents.

Originally founded by Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, and the late Paul Hester, their self-titled debut in 1986 went platinum, featuring iconic hits like Something So Strong and Don’t Dream It’s Over.

In 1996, they performed a legendary concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House to over 150,000 fans, marking the start of a hiatus that ended after Paul Hester’s passing in 2005. They released Time on Earth in 2007 and Intriguer in 2010, returning to the Sydney Opera House for three unforgettable shows.

Neil Finn’s tenure with Fleetwood Mac in 2018 saw him touring globally before reuniting with Nick Seymour to revive Crowded House. Their 2021 album Dreamers Are Waiting received unanimous acclaim, leading to a successful world tour.

Neil Finn’s career, from Split Enz to Crowded House and his solo projects, is marked by his talent for crafting memorable melodies and lyrics. This tour promises to be another chapter in their storied legacy, and fans are eagerly awaiting the chance to see them live.

Tickets will be available to the general public on Thursday, May 30, at 12pm local time. Grab them here.