Sat. May 11th-2019/ The Church “Starfish 30th Anniversary Tour “- (Partially Seated Show) In the Crystal Bay Club Casino Crown Room -21+ – On Sale Now!
Date: Sat. May 11th
A ringing 12-string guitar introduction. A dreamlike lyric that seems to hold the cosmos in its hands. It’s still the most recognisable, covered and widely beloved song in the catalogue of a band that’s released a remarkable 26 albums.
And it’s 30 years old this year. The song is Under The Milky Way, from The Church’s most successful album, the undisputed classic Starfish.
In 2018, the Australian paisley underground pioneers are enjoying a year of unique celebrations, which started with a sold-out appearance at the Meltdown Festival in London on the personal invitation of curator, The Cure’s Robert Smith, on 15 June.
Followed by a string of dates in the UK – including a sold-out fan convention in Shepherds Bush which saw the band perform their second album The Blurred Crusade in its entirety for the first time in that country – The Church arrive in the US on 30 September for a month’s worth of shows, with a return early in 2019 planned to complete the US circuit.
Starfish 30th Anniversary Tour USA 2018- 2019
For these shows, Starfish will likewise be performed in its entirety, along with a selection of other gems from the band’s career, which now spans an incredible 38 years.
The band will return briefly to the UK in late October as very special guests of Fields of the Nephilim, a band whose music displays similar spectral soundscapes and whose leader, Carl McCoy, remains a big fan of the band.
From there a flight home to a fast selling Starfish 30th Anniversary National Tour of homeland theaters in Australia awaits to conclude the year.
Starfish remains best known for its iconic singles Under The Milky Way and Reptile. But like all classic albums, it’s a journey – and it starts with Destination, the six-minute epic that opens the album. In between it takes you to all point of the compass: North, South, East and West.
The sound of Starfish is open and uncluttered. That was a change for the band after the dense orchestrations of the previous album, Heyday. All 10 songs are individually memorable, yet speak to one other, making for an entirely cohesive, satisfying listening experience.
From there, the list of hits, band and fan favourites is long. Myrhh, which leader Steve Kilbey described in his memoir Something Quite Peculiar as the definitive Church song. Ripple, from the masterful Priest=Aura. Almost anything from 1982’s The Blurred Crusade.
ExpectsongsfromHologramofBaal,itselfcelebratingits20t hanniversary.And,ofcourse,there’sThe Unguarded Moment, the single that launched the band onto world stages on its release on its release in 1981.
Price: $30 seated, $25 standing room + Ticket fees VIP meet and Greet packages available
Venue: Crystal Bay Club Crown Room