Ian Moss to launch regional leg of national tour in Newcastle after new solo-album release

WORTH THE WAIT: Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss is set to release his cracking new solo album in March. Picture: Daniel Boud.
WORTH THE WAIT: Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss is set to release his cracking new solo album in March. Picture: Daniel Boud.

In 2007, Cold Chisel guitarist Ian Moss told the Sydney Morning Herald: "I haven't made my definitive album yet".

Now, after more than a decade, it appears Moss has made his ultimate creation.

The 62-year-old will unveil his self-titled solo album next month and has announced the regional shows of his national tour will kick-off from Newcastle on Friday, August 3. 

The extensive regional tour will cut through NSW and Victoria over four months to round out 2018, and the Hunter will get the first taste of individual Moss. 

A work in the making for quite some years, the album is his first solo release in nine years and the first of completely original material in longer than two decades.

"I have had this habit of getting great ideas, and they've laid moribund for a long time, on the wrong side of the finishing line,” Moss told the SMH’s Spectrum

Busy with Cold Chisel in recent years both recording and performing live, Moss has finally put together some of his career-best work that’s never originated into recorded material. 

The album is said to be his finest collection of songs since his multi-platinum, 1989 ARIA award-winning solo debut, Matchbook.

“It’s a little overdue,” Moss said of the record, which even features a song – My Suffering – that was written by his late Cold Chisel band-mate Steve Prestwich.

“It means a lot to me that there’s a little bit of Steve on this album,” said Moss. 

“I can’t wait for people to hear this record. I’m really proud of it.”

Vance Joy Tour 

Aussie folk artist Vance Joy has announced a string of Australian performances to add to his huge 2018 world tour. 

Ahead of the release of his new album Nation of Two on February 23, Joy announced he will stage five capital city shows across the country in September. 

The new album is his second full-length studio release and follows his debut platinum record Dream Your Life Away from 2014. 

The Australian shows will follow the North American leg of his tour, so the performances should be massive with his backing back alongside.

Bill Murray project comes down under

Known more for his acting than his vocal talent, 67-year-old Bill Murray is set to tour Australia later this year with his classical crossover band Jan Vogler and friends. 

Vogler, a famous cellist, met Murray while travelling in New York. The two became curious about each other’s respective interests and quickly developed the idea of working together on a project.

They released an album New Worlds in September and have decided to bring the creation to Australia and New Zealand.

It’s said to showcase the core of the American values in literature and music. It’s described as a show that communicates the bridges artists have built between America and Europe.

The band will play two shows at the Sydney Opera House on November 9-10 and tickets are now on sale. 

Unwritten Law new record

Californian punk-rock band Unwritten Law are playing the Small Ballroom in Islington on Thursday night and frontman Scott Russo has revealed the band’s working on a new album.

They’re touring Australia to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of their self-titled record, also known as the the Black Album. 

But fans can expect new music from the band for the first time since their 2011 release of Swan.

“We actually are writing a new record right now, we’re seven songs deep,” Russo told Heavy Magazine. 

“It’s kind of ironic that we’re doing this tour right now, because some of the stuff [new songs] is fairly reminiscent to the self-titled record.”  

The Small Ballroom gig has been sold-out for weeks. 

Sunset Junkies debut single

The music producer who worked with Silverchair at their heights, David Bottrill, has put his signature on the debut single of Brisbane metal and melodic-rock band Sunset Junkies. 

The band’s single Inertia dropped last week and their frontman Byron Short has revealed Bottril was brought in after the song blew out to more than 200 tracks following recording, including dozens of vocal layers.

"To our delight, David Bottrill, a world-renowned producer, mixer and studio engineer who had previously mixed some of our favourite records by the likes of Tool, Silverchair, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson and Muse replied to us within days with an offer we couldn’t refuse,” Short said. 

“We now had what I considered to be a killer band with a killer track with a killer mix.”

The singer, guitarist and main songwriter, Short has released five solo studio albums himself and tried his hand at various genres.

But he said Sunset Junkies’ Inertia was only born after buying an Ibanez 7-string guitar.

"Having released a string of solo albums that really only hinted at a heavy side and focused more on a singer-songwriter aesthetic ... I felt like a part of me was screaming out to create something extremely dense, layered and heavy which still leaned on the catchy songwriting sensibility I had cultivated my entire working life."

The band will launch the single at the Stag & Hunter Hotel in Mayfield on Saturday, April 7. 

Dead Love to play the Lass 

Sydney grunge band The Dead Love have released a new summer anthem Ordinary and will return to Newcastle to showcase the song in March.

They’ll play The Lass O’Gowrie on Sunday, March 11, as part of a national tour.