The Church is plotting a return to North America this October with a tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of Starfish, the band’s fifth album — which, in 1988, broke the Aussie rockers in the United States, thanks to radio and MTV hits “Under the Milky Way” and “Reptile.”
Though the tour hasn’t formally been announced, we’ve been able to confirm 20 dates advertised as Starfish 30th Anniversary concerts in the U.S. and Canada via venue and ticketing websites.
A poster advertising one of the concerts says the band will be “playing the entirety of their classic, ground-breaking album Starfish and a selection of band and fan favorites.”
The trek opens with The Church performing Starfish at the Music Tastes Good festival in Long Beach, Calif., on Sept. 30, then continues Oct. 1 in San Francisco through Oct. 26 in New York City, and includes two-night stands in Seattle and New York, as well as three Canadian concerts. It’s not known if this is this the full itinerary, or whether more dates will be announced.
The Church released Starfish in February 1988, with first single “Under the Milky Way” breaking into the U.S. Top 40, peaking at No. 24 on that chart and No. 2 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The follow-up single, “Reptile,” hit No. 27 on Mainstream Rock Tracks. The album did even better in the band’s native Australia, reaching as high as No. 7 on the album charts.
However, the Church lineup that recorded Starfish no longer exists. Drummer Richard Ploog left in 1990, while Marty Wilson-Piper parted ways with the band in 2013; the current lineup features drummer Tim Powles and guitarist Ian Haug in their places.
See full dates — and hear “Under the Milky Way” and “Reptile” — below.
The Church ‘Starfish’ 30th Anniverary Tour dates:
Sept. 30: Music Tastes Good Festival, Long Beach, CA
Oct. 1: The Chapel, San Francisco, CA
Oct. 3: Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
Oct. 4: The Fox Cabaret, Vancouver, BC
Oct. 5: The Triple Door, Seattle, WA
Oct. 6: The Triple Door, Seattle, WA
Oct. 9: Belly Up, Aspen, CO
Oct. 11: The Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO
Oct. 12: Washington’s FoCo, Fort Collins, CO
Oct. 14: recordBar, Kansas City, MO
Oct. 15: Turf Club, St. Paul, MN
Oct. 16: Turner Hall Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 17: Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL
Oct. 19: Beachland, Ballroom, Cleveland, OH
Oct. 20: Horseshoe Tavery, Toronto, ON
Oct. 21: Cafe Campus, Montreal, QC
Oct. 23: The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
Oct. 24: World Cafe Live, Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 25: City Winery, New York City, NY
Oct. 26: City Winery, New York City, NY
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