Side-By-Side - Old Friends Reunite at Bimbadgen
John Butler Trio and Missy Higgins will be joining forces in February for a massive national tour – including A Day on the Green concerts at Bimbadgen on Saturday, February 16th. Billed as the Coming Home tour, the name reflects both the title of John’s imminent new album and the fact that it will finally reunite two artists whose early careers were closely intertwined. In 2004 Missy was supporting John Butler Trio at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on the night that her debut hit Scar went to number one and a few months later they were both pivotal early drivers for the “Wave Aid” tsunami benefit show at the SCG. The pair won their first ARIA Awards as Best Male and Best Female artists in 2004 and 2005 respectively and even shared their first Rolling Stone cover.
Since those early days, John and Missy have done numerous benefit gigs together and have stood side-by-side for several environmental campaigns, but this will be their first national tour together in nearly 15 years. The duo will be joined on stage by special guests Dan Sultan and up-and-coming singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly.
John Butler Trio has expanded to a five-piece band for the duration of the Coming Home tour - hence the name JBT+. They’ll be taking the JBT live experience to a new level, and when they play Bimbadgen, it will also be with an ARIA number one album award in hand for their latest release, HOME.
“These shows take on an even greater meaning to celebrate not only our number one album but also that the JBT community of friends, fans and supporters have achieved this around an album that celebrates self-reflection, triumphs, anxieties, redemption and the lived experience of being human,” says Butler.
“I can’t wait to join Missy, Stella and our friends around the country to embrace our positivity and humanity.”
After the Top 5 success of her recent album Solastalgia – and the birth of a baby girl recently, Missy Higgins can’t wait to get out of the house and back on the road! “I have great memories of all those gigs I did with John Butler when I was first starting out, and it will be great to play some really special venues together again after all these years,” says Missy. As we go to print, there are still tickets available – but they are selling fast! For more information and tickets visit www.adayonthegreen.com.au
Header Image: John Butler. Photo by Kane Hibberd
Above Image: Missy Higgins. Photo by Cybele Malinowski