|MERCURY REV CONFIRMED TO SUPPORT COLDPLAY ON THEIR AUSTRALIAN TOUR, ALONG WITH DECODER RING.
THE VIVA LA VIDA TOUR KICKS OFF IN JUST SEVEN DAYS!
The “Countdown To Coldplay” is almost over, and with just seven days until the first Australian concert date, performing to 17,000 fans at Perth’s Burswood Dome, Coldplay have today announced that at their request, American rock band Mercury Rev will be joining the ‘Viva La Vida’ tour of Australia.
Mercury Rev, veterans of the American rock scene, formed in Buffalo, New York in the late 1980’s and have surprised and enlightened listeners for over a decade and a half with their maverick musical explorations. With their early records, Mercury Rev offered experimental, psychedelic rock, which gradually shifted to a melodic, ornate sound.
Over the years, Mercury Rev have seen numerous line up and directional changes. Most notable was the departure of original vocalist David Baker to make way for lead guitarist Jonathon Donahue to take the reigns. NME (UK) Magazine named ‘Deserter’s Songs’, the first release under the new line-up, their 1998 Album of the Year. The writer stated that Donahue’s earnest, high-pitched vocals and concentration on relatively concise, melodic songs gave the band’s material an entirely new feel and much increased popularity. The band now remains the triangular core of Jonathan Donahue, Grasshopper and Jeff Mercel.
Mercury Rev have not performed in Australia for over three years. This tour with Coldplay will come off the back of their latest acclaimed studio release “Snowflake Midnight” and there is no doubt that their extensive repertoire; an eclectic mix of psychedelic rock and dream pop will add a unique sound to Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” tour.
Coldplay will now be supported by both Sydney outfit Decoder Ring and Mercury Rev on their eleven massive Arena shows across Australia, making this one of the biggest rock concerts the country will see in 2009. The tour kicks off in Perth on Friday 27 February and concludes at Sydney’s Acer Arena on Sunday 15 March.
With less than seven days until Coldplay touch down in the country, the anticipation felt by over 150,000 ticket holders is palpable. Only limited tickets are available for all shows, so if you haven’t secured your tickets yet, get in quick.
Coldplay – ‘Viva La Vida’ Tour Dates
Friday 27 February Perth, Burswood Dome
Saturday 28 February Perth, Burswood Dome
Tuesday 3 March Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Wednesday 4 March Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Thursday 5 March Melbourne, Rod Laver Arena
Sunday 8 March Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Monday 9 March Brisbane, Entertainment Centre
Wednesday 11 March Sydney, Acer Arena
Thursday 12 March Sydney, Acer Arena
Saturday 14 March Sydney, Acer Arena
Sunday 15 March Sydney, Acer Arena
Tickets for all shows are on sale now through
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Coldplay Australian Viva La Vida Tour 2009