English folk-punk singer-songwriter Frank Turner has been added to Counting Crows’ upcoming Australian and New Zealand tour.
Turner will join Counting Crows on all eight of the band’s headlining shows in March and April. However, he will not be performing at this year’s edition of Bluesfest in Byron Bay (or its satellite event in Perth), where Counting Crows are scheduled to perform alongside the likes of The Doobie Brothers, John Butler and many others.
Counting Crows’ tour – with Turner in tow – kicks off on March 23 at Christchurch Town Hall, with further headline dates in Auckland, Wellington, Adelaide and Melbourne, before concluding with shows at Sydney’s Enmore Theater on April 9 and 11. See dates and venues below – tickets for the remaining shows are on sale now.
The upcoming dates will mark Turner’s first visit to Australia in over four years. He last toured the country in late 2018. A planned 2020 tour was later canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since Turner last performed in Australia, he has released two more albums: 2019’s ‘No Man’s Land’ – a concept album about various women throughout history – along with last year’s ‘FTHC’.
The latter album saw Turner confront themes such as the death of his friend – Frightened Rabbit frontman Scott Hutchison – on ‘A Wave Across a Bay’, explore his new relationship with his trans parent on ‘Miranda’ and collaborate with Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil on ‘Resurrection’. In his home country, the album Turner scored his first ever number one album.
Counting Crows’ ‘Butter Miracle’ tour dates are:
Thursday 23 – Christchurch, City Hall
Saturday 25 – Auckland, Spark Arena
Monday 27th – Wellington, Michael Fowler Centre
Thursday 30 – Adelaide, Hindley Street Music Hall
Saturday 1 – Perth, Bluesfest*
Tuesday 4 – Melbourne, Palais Theater (sold out)
Thursday 6 – Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Friday the 7th. – Byron Bay, Bluesfest*
Sunday 9 – Sydney, Enmore Theater (sold out)
Tuesday 11 – Sydney, Enmore Theatre
*Frank Turner does not appear