If you’ve been following us for a while now, you’d know that Devin Townsend was planning not one, but two Australian Tours, both of which are very different and today we finally get to see the first announcement come in with his solo acoustic Australian Tour being announced for September across the country.
The special event will feature Devin playing a bunch of songs from his career and offer fans the chance to get up close and personal with a Q&A session held at all venues. On the subject of the idea (of an acoustic tour and not a full band run), he stated:
Hello everyone, Devin here. I have been busy making my newest recording, EMPATH over the past year. It has been a complicated and enlightening experience in that I have gone back to my roots in terms of what my motivations are for making music, in hopes that I am able to move forward as a musician being as true as I possibly can to my motivations. The result is an album that I am exceptionally proud of, one that is uncompromised and diverse in ways that accurately represent where I’m at now at the age of 46. The past decade of relentless touring with DTP had been something that caught up with me in a big way, and as a result I felt I needed to step back from that world and analyse myself and make this music before stepping onto a stage again. The time has come however for me to take the next step in my career, and when asked about how I would like to do so, I decided the first thing I would do was a very intimate run of shows that allows me to play my music stripped back to just me and a guitar. The shows are at nice venues, and includes a spoken word element with questions from the audience as well as aspects of my entire career represented in this one show.
Before I tour with a band again, I wanted to have the opportunity to play for you, and meet up with the people who not only have made my work possible, but inspire me to continue. In a world of computers and social media, to be stripped of all the bells and whistles is a very important step for my reintroduction to the live concert world. I truly hope you’ll join me and I look forward to being the most honest I can be with you at these special shows.
Thank you to Andy Farrow and Northern Music, Thomas Waber and Inside Out records, as well as all who have supported me during this period. I have not been as proud of an album as I am of Empath in many years, and I really needed to get this out of my system.
See you at the shows.
Talking about his new album Empath (our review here) our reviewer scored it a perfect 10/10 and said: “Devin has managed to effectively blur the lines between styles, creating some of the most memorable music I’ve ever heard from him.” So if you too want to bask in the awesomeness of one of the world’s most eccentric talented musicians, grab yourself a ticket to the shows.
Tickets on sale via Troubadour Music
An Evening With Devin Townsend – Acoustic Australian Tour
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10 @ GOVERNOR HINDMARSH, ADELAIDE
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11 @ OLD MUSEUM, BRISBANE
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 13 @ YORK THEATRE, SYDNEY
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14 @ THORNBURY THEATRE, MELBOURNE
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 15 @ FREO SOCIAL, PERTH