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Star power: Rock concert series finally set to roll into Queensland

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Under the Southern Stars will finally get off the ground in March 2022 after two years of postponements, bringing rock hall of famers Cheap Trick alongside alt-rock royalty Bush, Stone Temple Pilots, and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club for three dates across Queensland.

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The event was rescheduled to May 2021, tipped as the first international tour in Australia since the outbreak of the pandemic, but ultimately falling foul of Covid-19.

Third time lucky, the rescheduled tour has added an extra date and another international act Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to the bill.

The San Francisco rock group, who were hailed as the saviours of rock music in the early 2000’s, went on to write eight studio albums with hits such as ‘Beat the Devil’s Tattoo’, ‘Spread Your Love’, and ‘Whatever Happened to My Rock ‘N’ Roll (Punk Song)’.

“Australia, we know some of what you’ve been going through over the past years. More important than music or festivals are people,” said Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

“We are happy to be invited along with the other bands and hoping to be able to bring a bit of music your way in March,” they said.

‘‘To say we’re excited by finally being able to announce Black Rebel Motorcycle Club as a new addition and fourth high profile international rock band joining our already stellar line-up is an understatement,” said promoter Andrew McManus.

They are added to a bill headlined by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick, the Illinois classic rockers who have racked up around 5,000 live shows over almost 50 years, writing singles ‘I Want You to Want Me’, ‘Surrender’, and ‘The Flame’.

Cheap Trick will be one of the headliners of Under the Southern Stars (Image: Supplied)

Under the Southern Stars will also see one of the 1990’s most successful bands take the stage, British grunge outfit Bush released singles such as ‘Glycerine’ and ‘Machinehead’ and sold over 10 million albums in the process.

Continuing the international calibre of the tour are Stone Temple Pilots, the Californian alt-rockers whose debut album Core rocketed them into stardom in the 1990’s.

“Under the Southern Stars will without a doubt rock audiences to the core and give them what they’ve all craved since March 2020 – a line up that features the bands and the music they love,” said McManus.

“Both Australian and International artists up in front of them in the flesh and playing their hits, live. It has been way too long.”

The tour will be supported by Australian acts Rose Tattoo and Electric Mary.

Under the Southern Stars has suffered a series of misfortunes trying to get off the ground.

The tour was the first international tour to secure an exemption from the Australian Border Force Commissioner early in 2021, only to be postponed again.

McManus said at the time people’s safety was not something he took lightly, with the third postponement ensuring the tour could go ahead smoothly.

Under the Southern Stars 2022 will be held at Kings Beach Amphitheatre, Caloundra on 25 March; Southport Sharks, Gold Coast on 26 March; and Brisbane Riverstage, Brisbane on 27 March. 

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