Ben Harper’s first-ever acoustic headline tour
Ben Harper will return in November to perform his first-ever acoustic headline tour in Australia.
While Harper tours often enough to make Australia his second home, his most recent visits playing with full band lineups – Innocent Criminals, Relentless 7 and Fistful of Mercy – and have been made for one off shows at Bluesfest last year, Splendour 2010, and a trip supporting Pearl Jam in 2009. This tour in November will be the first time he has made a solo acoustic visit. And he’s promising to deliver a two-hour plus show performing a selection of career highlights from his 1994 debut Welcome to the Cruel World, to his latest album, Give Till It’s Gone.
When FL spoke to a very open and honest Harper last year he admitted that he’d “made records that I have known haven’t been better than Fight for Your Mind. Matter of fact, I’ve probably never admitted it until now, [but Give Till It’s Gone ] may be the first record that rivals Fight for Your Mind.” He also spoke about his vast array of song styles from southern Gospel, to funk, blues, reggae, and rock and roll explaining that “If I am heartfelt, and feeling these different styles and rhythms and sounds and melodies and lyrics, if it’s genuine, and it’s un-contrived and it’s urgent and bloodthirsty, well then, why can’t I put these different styles together? Even if it is Walk Away and Like A King, why not? Why can’t my voice be the thread?”
Ben Harper acoustic headline tour:
Friday 9 November – Convention Centre, Brisbane
Saturday 10 November – The Plenary, Melbourne
Monday 12 November – Opera House, Sydney
Tickets On Sale 9am, Wednesday 11 July