Grinspoon back with anniversary tour

April 27, 2017

Special performance: Grinspoon are playing at Barooga in September to celebrate the 20th anniversary of thier first album, Guide to Better Living.

Almost 17 years since they rocked the stage at Thompsons Beach for Peaches and Cream, post-grunge Aussie rockers Grinspoon are returning to the region.

The band recently announced a performance at the Barooga Sporties on Thursday, September 21, as part of their 27-date national tour to celebrate their 20th anniversary deluxe edition of the album that kick started their career, Guide to Better Living.

Supported nationally by Hockey Dad, they’ll be playing the album cover-to-cover, alongside a selection of later favourites from their albums that followed.

The tour takes in 27 dates across the nation — the first tour of such scale since the band went on hiatus in 2013, broken only for a support slot on Cold Chisel’s Perfect Crime tour of Australia in 2015.

Ahead of the 20th anniversary of their monumental release, vocalist Phil Jamison jested he ‘‘hated nostalgia, it gets my goat’’.

‘‘What I do love are tunes, and we’ve got tunes!

‘‘NBT, Balding Matters, Scalped are probably what are considered to be album tracks or filler, but I can’t wait to spit ’em out with as much venom as I did as a 19-year-old.

‘‘Then there is Railroader, Repeat, Just Ace, Champion, Boundary — it’s like a little treasure box of ditties!

‘‘I don’t think I really knew what I was doing when I made Guide To Better Living, but I know that playing this album from start to finish is going to be one of the most challenging, enjoyable and kickass things I’ll ever do.

‘‘Bring on the road, bring on the tour, bring on the shows — happy 20th birthday GTBL.’’

To accompany the tour, an expanded, multi-format reissue of the album will be released on June 23.

Guitarist Pat Davern said it was a real honour to be releasing the 20th anniversary of Guide to Better Living

‘‘It was an amazing time in the band’s life,’’ he said.

‘‘Going back and listening to the album and watching old footage reminds me of what was an unbelievably exciting time in all our lives.’’

Grinspoon — comprised of Jamieson, Davern, Joe Hansen and Kristian Hopes — was formed in 1995 in Lismore.

The same year, they won acclaim for their track Sickfest, submitted to Triple J’s Unearthed national band competition, which won and was the station’s number one request for two months.

They released Guide to Better Living in 1997, which went double platinum and spent 36 weeks in the ARIA top 50.

Grinspoon has received 13 ARIA nominations and made seven albums, with certified sales of more than half a million, along with appearances at many festivals and an NRL Grand Final and a Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony in Melbourne.

●Grinspoon will play at the Barooga Sports Club on Thursday, September 21 at 8pm and tickets are available from

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