Extreme & Living Colour Announce Australian Tour

13 April 2023 | 3:50 pm | Mary Varvaris
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"IT'S GONNA BE EXTREME. IT'S GONNA BE COLOURFUL." You don't want to miss out.


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Hard rock legends Extreme have announced their first Australian tour in five years, with fellow rockers Living Colour in tow, celebrating the 30th anniversary of their third album, Stain.

The co-headline run brings five epic September nights of shredding to theatre venues - a night of exceptional live music. Two iconic bands, one electrifying night. Tickets go on sale next Friday, 21 April, at 10 am local time. Find more information below.

Extreme swing between unapologetic fits of fret-burning hard rock and intimately introspective balladry. 

The iconic multiplatinum Boston quartet—Gary Cherone (vocals), Nuno Bettencourt (guitar), Pat Badger (bass), and Kevin Figueiredo (drums)—are one of rock’s most unpredictable, undeniable, and unbreakable groups whose songs course through the very fabric of popular culture. Who doesn’t know More Than Words?

Last month, Extreme released the first single from their upcoming album, Six, in Rise, which features the most baffling, mind-blowing guitar solo we’ve heard in a long time.

Bettencourt commented about the song, “When Eddie Van Halen passed, it really hit me. I’m not going to be the one who will take the throne, but I felt some responsibility to keep guitar playing alive. So, you hear a lot of fire on the record.”

“I feel like we need a good old-school rock album. SIX is definitely modern, but you can put on headphones and go on a journey from top-to-bottom. It’s like ‘EXTREME 2.0’.” Pre-order Six here and check out Rise below.

Formed in 1984 and spearheaded by guitarist Vernon Reid, Living Colour’s music became a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal.  

By 1986, the band started to solidify, with Corey Glover joining on vocals, bassist Doug Wimbish and drummer Will Calhoun anchoring the rhythm section that helped hone their unique blend of music with broad-based appeal. 

Doug Wimbish joined Living Colour in 1991, replacing bassist Muzz Skillings and has remained the band’s permanent bassist and band member since. 

Their debut album, Vivid, was released in 1988 on Epic Records and reached #6 on the Billboard Albums chart and eventually became a multi-platinum success. It featured Cult Of Personality, which was a #13 hit on the Billboard Singles chart and went on to earn the band their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. Their most recent album, Shade, was released in 2017.

Like the press release notes: "IT'S GONNA BE EXTREME. IT'S GONNA BE COLOURFUL." You don't want to miss out.



Wednesday 6 September - Regal Theatre, Perth

Tickets through Ticketek

Friday 8 September - Hindley Street, Adelaide

Tickets through Moshtix

Friday 10 September - The Forum, Melbourne

Tickets through Ticketek

Tuesday 12 September - Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tickets through Ticketek

Wednesday 13 September - Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane

Tickets through Ticketmaster