The Church’s Steve Kilbey will perform with former bandmate Richard Ploog for the first time in nearly 25 years next month when the drummer — who left after 1990’s Gold Afternoon Fix — joins Kilbey and Mark Gable of The Choirboys for a “one-off special tour” called “Discover Australia: A Stumble Through Australian Pop History.”
The four-date trek will find Kilbey and Gable “stagger, sing, crash and stumble through every decade of the greatest pop and rock music that helped shape these two Aussie icons,” performing music by Ronnie Burns, Paul Kelly, the Bee Gees and more — including music by The Church and The Choirboys.
Ploog joined The Church in 1981, replacing founding drummer Nick Ward, and played with the band through the recording of Gold Afternoon Fix. He reportedly left over personal and musical differences.
This past month, Kilbey has been recording a new album with The Church — but without founding guitarist Marty Willson-Piper, whom Kilbey has said couldn’t make the sessions, and has suggested is out of the band for good. In a recent email newsletter to fans, The Church reports: “February sees The Church still working on their new album in Botany, doing vocals, guitars and drum overdubs. The band have approximately 18 new songs, could it be a double album?”
See full dates and a promo video for the Kilbey/Gable tour below:
Tour dates: Steve Kilbey and Mark Gable
March 6: Lizotte’s, Central Coast, Australia
March 8: Lizotte’s, Newcastle, Australia
March 9: Lizotte’s, Dee Why, Australia
March 15: Smiths Alternative, Canberra, Australia
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