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The RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is back in 2019 and the Series One announcement is nothing short of massive! Featuring Australia’s favourite son Jimmy Barnes, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Living End, Diesel, Richard Clapton and Chocolate Starfish, the run of eight dates takes in South Australia, Western Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales and Queensland. With such a stellar line-up, it isn’t hard to see why the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR has earned the reputation as one of the best regional festivals on the touring circuit.

Promoter Duane McDonald, who established the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR over a 9 years ago, had a strong vision from the start about bringing world-class rock acts to regional areas. “Our ethos starting out was to take the type of artists you would see performing at festivals in metro centres, and bring them to the regions,” he says. “Music fans are everywhere, and just because they don’t live in a capital city doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have access to some of the best live acts. We are so proud to have grown the festival to encompass dozens of shows – across three different series annually – with bills that include some of the world’s most iconic artists. We are excited about 2019 and Series One is going to rock the socks off of music fans!”

Jimmy Barnes is synonymous with Australian rock’n’roll. He is also no stranger to the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR. As the legendary frontman of Cold Chisel, and though his own chart-topping solo career, his incendiary live show now includes classics like Khe Sanh, Flame Trees, Working Class Man and No Second Prize. Jimmy recently enjoyed his 15th #1 album in his homeland - surpassing the Beatles’ record. Over the last two years his two volumes of memoirs - Working Class Boy and Working Class Man have both been bestselling books and they have also both won ABIA Awards as Australia’s Best Biography. The associated Stories & Songs tours have attracted some of the best reviews of Jimmy’s already stellar career so he is literally in ‘Red Hot’ form right now. Any time in the company of Jimmy Barnes is the epitome of a rock experience, and his performances on the 2019 RED HOT SUMMER TOUR promise to deliver all that and more!

There is no doubt about it, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are responsible for some of the most anthemic punk and rock music of all time. Cherry Bomb is a track embraced by girls all over the world, young and old. Bad Reputation, was recently certified as a digital Gold Record. Joan Jett’s songs are all over TV and Film. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is one of the most respected performers of all time. Her music is pure Rock and Roll, and she likes her Rock and Roll serious. Joan Jett is as relevant today, as when she started out. Audiences at the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR will be treated to timeless rock anthems such as I Love Rock N Roll, I Hate Myself for Loving You, Crimson and Clover, Do You Wanna Touch, Cherry Bomb, Bad Reputation, and Little Liar, to name a few. Joan’s legacy has grown as a result of decades of hard work and unwavering dedication to her principles. Her live show has always been legendary. If you miss this – give up!

The Living End are considered Australian rock royalty, and for good reason. Their blistering live performances have seen them perform far and wide, and their reputation precedes them, they rock from the first note to the last. When The Living End first smashed onto the scene in 1997 with their double-A single Prisoner of Society and Second Solution, they embraced a new Australian sound and fans and critics sat up and listened. Since then they have released seven studio albums, two of which have debuted at #1 on the ARIA Chart – four of those are Platinum and two are Gold. They have been nominated for an incredible 27 ARIA Awards. They are close to releasing their eighth studio album and audiences at the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR will get to see the band in full flight!

As one of the country’s most revered guitarists, Diesel first burst onto the music scene as Johnny Diesel and The Injectors and instantly turned heads. When he went solo, he earned even more fans, both across the blues and rock scene and with hits like Tip of My Tongue, Cry in Shame, Come to Me and Never Miss Your Water, plus many more. He is the musician’s musician – his performances are multifaceted, audiences are treated to great vocals while being mesmerised by his guitar solos. RED HOT SUMMER TOUR audiences are certainly in for a treat.

Richard Clapton is an artist of legendary status. With songs such as Deep Water, Capricorn Dancer and Girls On The Avenue in his arsenal, Richard has captivated audiences for decades. He released his debut Prussian Blue in 1973 and has never looked back. Still making music and still performing to packed houses, he is a true pioneer of the rock scene. With a career spanning four decades, he has a wealth of experiences, all of which are channelled into every performance. His inclusion on the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR is an exciting one for music fans.

For music lovers looking for a special bit of concert showmanship, then look no further than Chocolate Starfish. Fronted by the enigmatic Adam Thompson, the band is known for their high energy live performances. With songs like Four Letter Word, Mountain and You’re So Vain, Chocolate Starfish powered onto the Australian music scene in the 1990s and quickly cemented themselves as an influential force. They produced two Top 10 albums and six Top 50 singles, and their inclusion on the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR again in 2019 is by popular demand.

Hot on the heels of the announcement of Series One of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR, the festival promoters are excited to announce Series Two featuring the Ultimate Rock N Roll Line-Up. Kicking off in February 2019, Series Two of the coveted touring festival will see the return of the Queen of Rock Suzi Quatro, with special guests The Angels, Baby Animals, The Screaming Jets, Jon Stevens, Moving Pictures and Chocolate Starfish. 

Promoter Duane McDonald says the decision to bring Suzi Quatro back to Australia for Series Two of the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR in 2019 was an easy one. “Suzi is the Queen of Rock and audiences have always loved when she is part of the tour,” he says. “We are thrilled to have her return to play these special venues. To have such a top icon on top of this incredible bill certainly makes this one of the hottest shows this summer. This really is the ultimate rock n roll line-up – we can’t wait to head out for these shows, they are going to go off!”

After sold-out tours in 2014 and again in 2018, Suzi Quatro is back by popular demand to headline this ultimate rock n roll line-up. There are few female performers who have a career as successful and versatile as Suzi Quatro. When it comes to summing up her decades of music, there is no better way than to quote Suzi directly – “I will retire when I go onstage, shake my ass and there is silence”. It’s no surprise then to find out that Suzi has never stopped working in one guise or another, whether it is playing her solo rock show to packed houses, hosting her own show on the BBC Radio 2, performing on the West End or penning hit songs. To date, this enigmatic performer has sold over 55 million records, in fact, for a seven-year period in the 1970s she was featured in the British charts for an incredible 101 weeks. Her hits include The Wild One, 48 Crash, Devil Gate Drive, She’s in Love with You and If You Can’t Give Me Love to name a few.

When it comes to great Aussie rock, it doesn’t come much better than The Angels. It’s been over four decades since brothers Rick and John Brewster co-founded the iconic band and have penned some of Australia’s most anthemic tracks. The Angels are widely reputed for their killer live shows. With hits like Long Line, Marseille, Be With You, After the Rain, Shadow Boxer and Mr Damage to name a few. Recently they have been celebrating the 40th anniversary of their seminal album Face To Face with a massive sold-out national tour. Audiences need to get ready to rock when The Angels take to the stage at the 2019 RED HOT SUMMER TOUR.

Baby Animals burst onto the Australian scene in the 1990s with a solid rock force and a sassy lead singer. Suze DeMarchi proved that girls could rock just as hard as guys and the Baby Animals soon kicked some impressive rock butt with hits such as Rush You, Early Warning and One Word. The band scored themselves ARIA awards for best album and toured the globe. When they split in the mid-1990s they ended a special era of Australian music. The band’s recent reformation and inclusion again on the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR line-up is a rare chance for music fans to see their original rock at its best.

Aussie rock doesn’t get much more powerful than The Screaming Jets. After celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2014, they released a long-player of all new material in 2016 – Chrome – an album which showed the band were still rockin’ as hard as when they first crashed onto the scene in Newcastle back in 1989. In 2018 the band are gearing up for another album release – Gotcha Covered – which hits the shelves in July. With a swag of hits such as Better, Helping Hand, Sad Song, October Grey and Come On under their belt, The Screaming Jets are renowned for their pumpin’ live performances. They will certainly rock the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR in 2019.

For lovers of great music, a concert experience with Jon Stevens is up there with the very best. From his Noiseworks days – and hits such as Welcome To The World, No Lies, Touch and Hot Chilli Woman – to fronting The Dead Daisies and INXS, he has made an indelible impact with his amazing vocals. Jon also has an incredible solo catalogue, the most recent of which Starlight saw him do a run of sold-out dates last year. His live shows are dynamic, high energy and will keep audiences on their feet. Music fans are in for a treat as Jon takes RED HOT SUMMER TOUR audiences through his repertoire in 2019.

Moving Pictures are one of those bands whose songs are part of the Australian psyche. Their 1980s classic What About Me epitomised Australian music at the time. Their debut album Days of Innocence was a chart topper both in Australia and overseas. The group disbanded in the late 1980s but reformed again recently much to audiences delight! Their return to the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR line-up in 2019 is highly anticipated.

For music lovers looking for a special bit of concert showmanship, then look no further than Chocolate Starfish. Fronted by the enigmatic Adam Thompson, the band is known for their high energy live performances. With songs like Four Letter Word, Mountain and You’re So Vain, Chocolate Starfish powered onto the Australian music scene in the 1990s and quickly cemented themselves as an influential force. They produced two Top 10 albums and six Top 50 singles, and their inclusion on the RED HOT SUMMER TOUR again in 2019 is by popular demand.