"I and the band are hugely disappointed."
Icehouse have been forced to postpone another date on their Great Southern Land 2022 - The Concert Series run due to Iva Davies’ ongoing health issues.
Last week the Aussie legends rescheduled their Melbourne show after the vocalist tested positive for COVID-19. They’ve today announced that this Saturday’s show at Brisbane Riverstage will now also take place in 2023.
"Despite getting good care from my doctor since I was diagnosed with Covid-19, my condition hasn't improved,” Davies said.
“As with so many other Covid sufferers, the effects of the infection are lasting a lot longer than I hoped. The difficulties I am having with breathing mean that I cannot sing for the duration of an ICEHOUSE performance. I and the band are hugely disappointed not to play Riverstage as we have a long history with the venue - it has always been a special venue for its location plus the Brisbane crowds are always welcoming.
“We always want to give the concert-goers the best ICEHOUSE performance but as that isn't going to be possible next weekend, we have made the very difficult decision to postpone until next February by which time we will be able to deliver the full ICEHOUSE concert in good health to our Brisbane friends and fans. I want to thank everyone who has sent well-wishing messages for my recovery."
The Brisbane date has been rescheduled for Saturday, 18 February 2023, with the full line-up for the new show expected to be announced soon. At this stage, Icehouse’s Sydney show on December 12 will go ahead as scheduled.
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Recently, Davis revealed to The Music that David Bowie knew the words to Great Southern Land.
Along with many great stories he shared, this one stuck out: "We were on stage in Hamburg, and my bass player came over to me mid-song and kinda nudged me and said, ‘Don’t look now, but Dave’s over there.’ And I had absolutely no idea what he was talking about. And there was Bowie side of the stage, under a peaked cap, singing Great Southern Land along with me! I guess he’d been doing a bit of homework.
“Bowie had basically chosen us to be the support band, and I guess he happened to be in Germany and have a night off in the same place where we were playing and was checking our band out. I think our first show with him was either in Germany or Rotterdam – I’d have to go back and look at the records.”