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Texas Announces 35th Anniversary Australian Tour Dates

17 July 2023 | 10:59 am | Mary Varvaris

Texas are returning down under for two theatre shows to celebrate their 35th year as a band.

Texas' Sharleen Spiteri

Texas' Sharleen Spiteri (Source: Supplied)

Scottish rock legends Texas, led by the endlessly charismatic vocalist Sharleen Spiteri, are heading to Australia in early 2024 for two very special shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

Texas are returning down under for two theatre shows – at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on Wednesday, 31 January, and Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on Thursday, 1 February, to celebrate their 35th year as a band that tours the globe and makes music.

Next year marks 35 years since Texas dropped their debut single from their first album, I Don’t Want A Lover, which is certified Gold in Australia after peaking at #4 on the ARIA Singles Chart in 1989. Named “Britpop’s greatest survivors” by The Music’s Cyclone Wehner, Texas’ return to Australia will certainly prove that statement.

Launching in the mid-'80s, Texas' core has always been Spiteri, a one-time teen hairdresser and bassist Johnny McElhone, previously a co-founder of the cult-adored Altered Images. They enjoyed immediate success with 1989's debut, Southside, on the back of the bluesy I Don't Want A Lover. However, Texas didn't become chart fixtures until album four, White On Blonde, in 1997. You can read The Music’s 2017 interview with Spiteri here.

In addition to the upcoming Australian anniversary performances, the band will also be celebrating their 35th year with a new 2LP & 2CD compilation album titled, The Very Best Of 1989 – 2023, which will take fans on a journey through more than three decades of hits that made Texas a multi-award-winning unit selling more than 40 million sales across ten highly acclaimed albums. Pre-orders are available now.

“Not bad for a hairdresser fae Glasgow!” Spiteri exclaimed in a statement. “But I gotta be honest: I still feel like I'm really close to the beginning. And the energy and the vibe between us all – as a band, I don't think we've ever been happier, and I don't think we've ever been tighter. And I don't think we've ever been more definite about who we are.”

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You can buy pre-sale tickets to Texas’ upcoming Australian shows at 10 am this Thursday, 20 July. General public tickets go on sale on Friday, 21 July, at 10 am. All tickets will be available via MJR Presents.


Australian Tour 2024

Wednesday 31 January - Forum - Melbourne

Thursday 1 February - Enmore - Sydney