Paul Kelly announces massive Australian tour for November

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Paul Kelly takes Life Is Fine on the road with some very special guests.

Paul Kelly’s latest album Life Is Fine sees the songwriter in typically incredible form. Every song is a killer and, as we said a couple of weeks ago, it already sits up there with the best albums he has made over the past 30-odd years.

It was also the number one album in the country in its week of release, which marked the first time Kelly has ever hit the top of the ARIA Charts. 

We now get the chance to see plenty of these songs performed live, with Kelly embarking on a massive tour of Australia, which sees him hit 13 cities and town across the country with his enviable songbook in tow.

UPDATE (5/9): After selling out a number of dates around the country, Kelly has added a string of new shows to his tour.  These are the final dates he'll add, so get your tickets quickly. Full details below.

 

If you’ve seen Kelly before, you know that these shows are going to be special. His songs are a part of our lives. They remind us of good times and bad. They’ve been there for us for so long and continue to be so.

If you’re a Paul Kelly fan, you’ll have a personal story attached to so many of his songs. To witness him perform them live is a special experience, and to see him in the venues selected for this tour will be extra special.  

Kelly also brings some incredibly special guests along with him for these shows.

American songwriter Steve Earle is one of the only living songwriters with a track record as impeccable as Paul Kelly’s. He slogs away, making album after album – this year’s So You Wanna Be An Outlaw is his 17th studio effort – and touring relentlessly, preaching his politcal Texan blues to enraptured audiences the world over.

 

You know him best for ‘Copperhead Road’, ‘The Devil’s Right Hand’, 'Johnny Come Lately' and ‘Guitar Town’, but the man doesn’t write bad songs. His catalogue is a monumental tome of quality American songwriting up there with the best of them.

Also playing the majority of the dates are the excellent Middle Kids, who are going from strength to strength as they make continue their ascent to the top ranks of Australian indie bands.

Kicking off the tour in Darwin and North Queensland are the perennially popular Busby Marou, while Sahara Beck has been tapped for support duties in Rockhampton.

The full set of dates are as follows:

Friday 3 November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin (with Busby Marou) (NEW SHOW)
Saturday 4 November – Entertainment Centre, Darwin (with Busby Marou) (SOLD OUT)
Tuesday 7 November – Convention Centre Great Hall , Cairns (with Busby Marou)
Wednesday 8 November – Entertainment Centre , Townsville (with Busby Marou)
Thursday 9 November – Great Western Hotel , Rockhampton (with Sahara Beck)
Saturday 11 November – Brisbane Riverstage (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids)
Sunday 12 November – Regional Botanic Gardens, Coffs Harbour (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids)
Tuesday 14 November – Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids)
Wednesday 15 November – Newcastle Entertainment Centre (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids)
Friday 17 November – Royal Botanic Gardens , Melbourne (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids) (SOLD OUT)
Saturday 18 November – MONA Mainstage & Lawns , Hobart (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids) (SOLD OUT)
Sunday 19 November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt , Sydney (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids) (SOLD OUT)
Monday 20 November – Sydney Opera House Forecourt , Sydney (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids) (NEW SHOW)
Wednesday 22 November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre , Adelaide (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids) (SOLD OUT)
Thursday 23 November – Adelaide Entertainment Centre Theatre , Adelaide (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids) (NEW SHOW)

Saturday 25 November – Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids) (SOLD OUT)
Friday 26 November – Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, Perth (with Steve Earle and Middle Kids) (NEW SHOW)

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