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Violent Femmes playing Sydney Opera House in December

Violent Femmes playing Sydney Opera House in December
28 Aug 2014

Acoustic group Violent Femmes are set to play Sydney Opera House at the tail end of this year. The 8pm concert is taking place in the Opera House Concert Hall.

The gig is to mark the 30th birthday of their debut album, Violent Femmes, which came out in 1983 and was a multi-million seller.

The group taking to the stage on December 29th will feature Gordon Gano on vocals and guitar and Brian Ritchie on the bass, while Brian Viglione, who unlike the other two is new to the band, will be playing drums.

The punk-flavoured band will play right through Violent Femmes - including tracks like Gone Daddy Gone and Blister in the Sun.

The band will also throw in songs that appeared on their second LP record, Hallowed Ground, which came out in 1984.

The band first came together in the early 1980s and were discovered busking by The Pretenders. They later released their debut album, which went on to sell more than nine million copies.

When they first did a tour of Australia, back in the early 1990s, the group actually had support from Nirvana.

The forthcoming gig is tied in with Sydney Opera House contemporary music programme, Music at the House.

"One of the pivotal bands that paved the way for the recent explosion of literate, ambitious and exciting indie-rock that we’ve programmed so much of, the Violent Femmes’ searing, caustic and energising work struck a deep chord early on in Australia," commented head of contemporary music, Ben Marshall.

On a personal note, he said that the band is the first he ever saw live. He also called the upcoming concert hall event "a real moment [that] will be an incendiary summer concert this December."

Of course, though people in the UK think of December as a winter month, it is actually part of the summer down under, one good reason to consider a trip to Oz at that time of the year, if you fancy a good chance of seeing some sun!  ADNFCR-408-ID-801745073-ADNFCR

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