Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Hoodoo Gurus kick off US tour tonight

On the road in support of their latest release, “Purity Of Essence,” Australia’s favorite sons, the Hoodoo Gurus, kick off their US tour tonight in New York City at The Bell House in Brooklyn.

“Yes, the Gurus are back in the USA, baby - AND THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL!”, writes frontman Dave Faulkner. “We got into New York City last night after two hectic weeks happily sampling the delights of Spain, France and, lastly, London.”

“Tonight we play our only NY area show of the tour at The Bell House in Brooklyn (just across the Brooklyn Bridge from lower Manhattan). Supporting are the wonderful 'The Master Plan' featuring members of our old friends The Fleshtones and The Dictators. To add to the incest factor here, I have to confess, I'm even featured on their latest album singing lead on one song. It should be a great night in a cool venue.”

Hoodoo Gurus
U.S. Tour 2010

Oct 5 – Brooklyn, NY -- (The Bell House)
Oct 7 – Boston, MA -- (Showcase Live)
Oct 8 – Philadelphia, PA -- (World Café Live)
Oct 9 – Washington, DC -- (IOTA Bar)
Oct 12 – San Diego, CA -- (Belly Up)
Oct 14 – San Francisco, CA -- (The Rrazz Room)
Oct 15 – Petaluma, CA -- (Mystic Theatre & Music Hall)
Oct 17 – Los Angeles, CA (The Viper Room)

The Gurus do more than just rock on the road, they also get out and see the sights. “Highlights of the tour, so far, were revisiting the astonishing art collections at the Prado in Madrid and the Musée D'Orsay in Paris,” writes Faulkner. “Best meal of the tour? Angouleme in France (near Bordeaux) at the club La Nef. Their catering is rightly legendary in music circles and the local wines were excellent too, as you'd expect from that part of the world. We also had great wine in Spain too, with the best being a lovely red from the Ribera Del Duero region.”

Travelling around the globe can be challenging, at times. “The definite lowlight was losing my passport (and with it my U.S. work visa) somewhere in Spain,” notes Dave. “The Australian and U.S. authorities in Paris all bent over backwards to expedite my replacement passport and visa, so I narrowly avoided a very pathetic, premature end to our overseas jaunt. A big thank you to them for saving my bacon at the eleventh hour!”

“Gig-wise, I think the show in Valencia, Spain was our best performance though I reckon we gave a good account of ourselves everywhere (despite the occasional technical hitches with unfamiliar gear). Last Sunday, in London, we had "a cracker" too. That means it was good, for those who aren't familiar with the lingo.”

The Gurus have never taken their fans for granted. “We've been very touched to hear about the great distances many of you have traveled, or will travel, to see us on this tour,” Faulkner writes. “From everyone's comments about the shows, it seems like everyone's having a good time on this tour - I know we are. So, if you're reading this and you're near one of the gigs we're playing, jump on your bike and come on down. You KNOW you'll be glad you did.”

For a taste of some live Gurus, check out the band’s FULL SET at last year’s Sound Relief benefit concert in Australia here.

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Hoodoo Gurus – What’s My Scene
Sound Relief Concert, Sydney Cricket Ground – March 14, 2009

Hoodoo Gurus – I Hope You’re Happy
Sunrise TV– Channel 7 - Sydney, Australia - March 16, 2010

Hoodoo Gurus – Only In America (2010)

Hoodoo Gurus – Bittersweet (1985)