SEMINAL Australian rock band Hunters & Collectors are well and truly recapturing their groove.
Not only is Mark Seymour’s much-loved band performing at Saturday’s AFL grand final but they were also named today as the headline act for A Day on the Green at Wahgunyah’s All Saints Estate next year.
The February 8 gig, part of the band’s A Day on the Green National Tour, will be one of several gigs in the band’s first tour since 1998.
The Hunters and their three support acts — You Am I, Something for Kate and British India — make the Border concert all-Australian.
Something for Kate and British India both appear on the Hunters’ 30-track, double-CD tribute album Crucible, which will be released tomorrow, featuring 15 tributes from the likes of The Living End, Birds of Tokyo, Neil Finn and Eddie Vedder and Paul Kelly as well as 15 original Hunters & Collectors recordings.
The Hunters’ tour will kick off on the Australia Day long weekend and will stretch across several weekends until mid-April, followed by indoor concerts in Sydney and Melbourne.
It comes amid a flurry of activity for the band.
As well as releasing an album and playing at the MCG on Saturday, they will support US rock legend Bruce Springsteen at two of his February concerts in Melbourne.
When they called it a day in 1998, Hunters & Collectors had played almost 2000 shows in 15 countries over 17 years.
The multi-platinum selling band released five top 10 albums boasting classic songs like Throw Your Arms Around Me, Talking to a Stranger, Holy Grail, When The River Runs Dry, Do You See What I See and Say Goodbye.
Mark Seymour says the band’s reputation was built up through constant touring.
“Just this relentless approach to getting out there and playing for years and years and years,” he said.
“It was very much about being in a pub and having thousands of people jammed into a room, with this big, incredible sound.”
You Am I have continued their 20th anniversary celebrations by saddling up to join the tour after the reissue this year of their first three albums.
Something for Kate’s Leave Your Soul to Science release topped the ARIA album chart last year, the latest of a string of Top 5 albums while British India’s past three albums have all debuted in the ARIA Top 10.
For event information, go to adayonthegreen.com.au.