Cold Chisel's summer Blood Moon tour is coming to Hope Estate at Pokolbin

Cold Chisel. Picture: Daniel Boud
Cold Chisel. Picture: Daniel Boud

Cold Chisel are heading to Hope Estate as part of their Blood Moon Tour 2020.

They will be joined in the Hunter Valley on January 18 by Birds of Tokyo and Busby Marou.

Since their legendary Last Standway back in 1983,Cold Chisel has reformed for just four national tours, but they almost always played indoors and those gigs didn't happen over the holidays.

Now, for the first time ever, the band will be playing 14 outdoor shows in Australia and New Zealand during summer. Between New Year's Eve and the second weekend of February, they'll do gigs on the beach, gigs by the river and gigs in the bush.

It's called the Blood Moon Tour 2020 - named after a rare lunar eclipse where the sun, earth and moon all briefly align before returning to their own orbits.

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"You might get to see a blood moon once in your life," explained the band's main songwriter and piano player, Don Walker.

"Apparently there's going to be one just before dawn when we're in Melbourne on this tour but we didn't actually know that when we chose the name. Maybe it's a sign."

Fittingly, the tour will boast a series of line-ups that are as rare and memorable as a Blood Moon. In Sydney,Cold Chisel will be joined by the Hoodoo Gurus. Paul Kelly will be welcomed on four shows including Tamworth where he will be joined by country music icons Kasey Chambers and Troy Cassar-Daley. Both WA shows will feature a "Best Of The West" line-up that includes hometown heroes like Birds Of Tokyo, Jebediahand Gyroscopewhile other guests to appear on at least one show include The Teskey Brothers, Busby Marouand The Detonators. Kiwi band The Mutton Birds will reform just for the New Zealand gig while Birds of Tokyowill feature on seven different gigs andMagic Dirton six. Every line-up is unique.

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"We've only done four tours since the early 80's so we need to make each of them count," said the band's frontman Jimmy Barnes.

"We knew that if we were going to get the band back together for another full tour it would have to be something really special. We wanted great line-ups and unusual places so that people would remember these gigs for a long, long time."

Catch Cold Chisel at Hope Estate on Saturday, 18 January with Birds of Tokyo and Busby Marou. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, October 16, at 2pm (local time) with general public on sale from Monday, October 21, at 11am (local time) via coldchisel.com/tour-2/ and ticketek.com.au

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