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King Gizzard’s US Takeover Continues With Big 3-Hour Show Reveal

13 September 2023 | 8:55 am | Mary Varvaris

"New tunes, new places, big vibes, big love. 3 hours / no set break / endless party".

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King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard’s longstanding love affair with America continues, as the Aussie psych-rock favourites have announced four three-hour marathon shows across four US cities next August, September and October.

The band will be performing in some massive venues, including a 21,600-capacity Gorge Amphitheatre in George, Washington, Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens, New York, Huntington Bank Pavilion in Northerly Island, and the Germania Insurance Amphitheatre in Austin, Texas.

“Heads up on the biggest shows for next year,” the band wrote on Instagram overnight (13 August). “This is gonna be MEGA. New tunes, new places, big vibes, big love. 3 hours / no set break / endless party”.

In a press release, vocalist Stu Mackenzie added, “We’re planning a bunch of shows for next year as we speak — South America, more Europe and U.K. shows and a fat stack of USA shows. I thought we should give y’all an early heads up on a few of the larger USA shows.”

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King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard are touring in support of their 24th studio album, PetroDragonic Apocalypse; or, Dawn of Eternal Night: An Annihilation of Planet Earth and the Beginning of Merciless Damnation, released in June 2023.

The album finds the band at their most rocking, featuring the single Gila Monster, which The Music commented was “a welcome track for the fans who enjoy King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard the most when there are guitars”. PetroDragonic Apocalypse is “about humankind, and it's about planet Earth, but it's also about witches and dragons, and shit,” Mackenzie revealed earlier this year.

PetroDragonic Apocalypse debuted at #2 in Australia, while in the US, it hit #3 on the US Top Hard Rock Albums Chart. Spin reports that the band are working on an accompanying, electronic music-inspired follow-up LP to their latest album, due for release at some point this year.

“It’s definitely synth-y,” King Gizzard’s Joey Walker told Spin in a recent interview. He added, “I probably wouldn’t use the term ‘companion piece’ myself because I’m thinking of it like they are two records with completely different DNA and completely different personalities.”

In January, the Melbourne group returned with another live album, Live At Red Rocks '22. The release features performances from the band's October and November 2022 gigs at the iconic Colorado venue, where they played three-hour sets on 10 and 11 October, as well as 2 November.