Kevin Parker’s Tame Impala reschedule headline tour for The Slow Rush to December

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Kevin Parker and his Tame Impala band mates will rock RAC Arena in December.
Camera IconKevin Parker and his Tame Impala band mates will rock RAC Arena in December. Credit: Noam Galai

Tame Impala fans will have to wait even longer to catch the world-conquering Fremantle band on their biggest headline tour of Australia and New Zealand.

The ARIA Award-winning group, led by studio wizard Kevin Parker, was due to kick off the tour promoting latest album The Slow Rush in Auckland on April 16 before finishing with their first ever performance at RAC Arena in Perth on April 29.

Now, Tame Impala will start in Auckland on December 5 and play Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide before finally rewarding Perth’s patience on December 19.

The tour was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis and subsequent Government restrictions on non-essential gatherings — the expected full house at the 15,500-capacity RAC Arena far exceeds any official limits on indoor events.

The Tame Impala tour is promoting its latest album The Slow Rush.
Camera IconThe Tame Impala tour is promoting its latest album The Slow Rush. Credit: Tame Impala

Promoters announced today that Texan instrumental trio Khruangbin are unable to play the rescheduled dates and a new support act will be unveiled soon.

Fans have been advised to hold on to their tickets.

People unable to attend the new dates should seek a full refund from their point of purchase.

Earlier this month, Tame Impala’s 2015 single The Less I Know the Better took out top spot on Triple J’s Hottest 100 of the Decade.

“I can’t describe how much of a big thing that is to me,” Parker said after the win.

The 34-year-old, who splits his time between homes in South Fremantle and Los Angeles, admitted that he had an inkling the hit from chart-topping album Currents might win.

Kevin Parker from Fremantle psych-rock band Tame Impala.
Camera IconKevin Parker from Fremantle psych-rock band Tame Impala. Credit: Neil Krug

“It’s a song that has hung around for long enough,” he said. “It’s like the little song that could.

“I think it has aged well.”

While Tame Impala have had 11 entries in the annual Hottest 100, this was the band’s first No. 1.

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