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Iva Davies Issues Icehouse Update After ‘Very Concerning Few Months’

16 January 2023 | 2:12 pm | Dan Cribb

“We thank the thousands of ticket holders who retained their tickets for these shows for having faith in us."

(Pic by Cybele Malinowksi)


After being forced to postpone two shows last year due to health concerns, Icehouse have confirmed their rescheduled gigs next month will be going ahead.

The Aussie legends called off their Melbourne and Brisbane Great Southern Land shows last minute after Iva Davies contracted COVID.

“After what has been a very concerning few months since I contracted Covid-19 and lost my ability to sing for several weeks, I’m pleased to say that my voice has returned,” Davies said.

“The ICEHOUSE band members and I are looking forward to performing in Melbourne and Brisbane in February with such Special Guest Artists.

“We thank the thousands of ticket holders who retained their tickets for these shows for having faith in us. These will be exhilarating shows for us all.”

The special guests include main support Eskimo Joe across both shows.

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Australian indie darlings Frente and anthemic alt-rock quartet Motor Ace will open the show at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl on February 11, while Karen Lee Andrews signs on for Brisbane’s Riverstage concert on February 18.

Original ticket purchases will be valid for the new date without the need for exchange. For more info on the shows, click here.

Back when Icehouse postponed the shows in November, 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 want to thank everyone who has sent well-wishing messages for my recovery."

Around the same time, the singer 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.”