The Hard-Ons have officially launched their first tour with Tim Rogers on the mic, announcing four dates across Melbourne.
Following two singles and music videos for ‘Lite As A Feather’ and ‘Hold Tight’, Sydney punks the Hard-Ons and Tim Rogers will tour the country, playing four shows across inner and outer Melbourne (including Geelong), as well as gigs in Adelaide and up the east coast.
The tour will be in anticipation of their upcoming album I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken – their first with You Am I’s Rogers – as the Australian punk legends embark on a new era. It was announced back in August that the band welcomed longtime friend and fan Tim Rogers to their lineup as lead vocalist.
The key takeaways
- Tim Rogers-led Hard-Ons have announced their first national tour
- It’s in support of upcoming album, I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken
- They’ll play four Melbourne dates, as well as east coast, Adelaide shows
One of Australia’s most loved and influential bands from the mid- ‘80s through to now, The Hard-Ons came out of the multicultural South-West Sydney suburb Punchbowl and scored a never-bettered 17 consecutive number one hits on the Australian independent charts.
The band undertook their 19th European tour in 2018, including a set at Hellfest alongside Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Joan Jett. Soon to celebrate 40 years together, their new album with Rogers will be their 13th.
If Tim Rogers joining the Hard-Ons wasn’t mind-boggling enough – plenty of fans of both parties thought it was a prank when initially announced – the group’s new video, for the rousing “Lite As A Feather”, will no doubt cause more confusion. Featuring footage of the four band members playing along to the song in isolation but mixing up their roles, it shows Tim’s voice coming out from wannabe crooner Blackie, Blackie’s guitar riffs thrashed out by drummer Murray Ruse, bass player Ray Ahn doing a woeful job miming to Murray’s insane drumming and Tim pretending he’s Ray on the 4-string.
It’s the second single from the band’s forthcoming album I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken, which is their first album with Rogers, after their debut single ‘Hold Tight’.
Get ready and get excited, because this is Aus rock’n’roll and punk rock history being made right now.
I’m Sorry Sir, That Riff’s Been Taken Australian Tour will visit The Barwon Club Hotel in Geelong on Thursday, April 7, The Espy in St Kilda on Friday, April 8 and Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Saturday, April 9 2022.
Find Hard-Ons ticket details and follow the band here.