Cat Power to Aus: “I will hit your shore as planned”

Fear not Australia: Cat Power will “hit our shore” as planned. That’s the latest missive from the notoriously enigmatic Chan Marshall, who recently cancelled gigs in Europe, prompting fears her February/March national tour was in doubt.

In an all-caps note posted to Instagram, Marshall said she was battling bankruptcy and her struggles with a skin condition called angioedema. She said she got sick a day after her new album Sun cam out and had been “struggling to keep all points of me in equilibrium: mind, spirit, body”.

But writing on Twitter today, Marshall said she was on the mend, and will visit Australia as planned. She’s scheduled to perform at Golden Plains Festival in March in addition to sideshows in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Newcastle and two theatre dates as part of Perth Festival.

While her most recent tours of Australia have been free from drama, Marshall has a history of unpredictable live performances. On her now infamous 2004 tour of Australia, she abandoned her show at Sydney’s Metro to lie in the audience and chant “ad infinitum about the need to ‘fuck the pain away’.”

Sun is Cat Power’s first album of original material in seven years. FL reviewer Doug Wallen described it as “a Cat Power party album [full of] unabashed pop hooks and a buzzing, agitated momentum”.

Cat Power Golden Plains sideshows

Monday, February 25 – Her Majesties Theatre, Adelaide

Tuesday, February 26 – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth

Wednesday, February 27 – Perth International Arts Festival, Perth

Friday, March 1 – Panthers, Newcastle

Saturday, March 2 – Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Tuesday, March 5 – The Tivoli, Brisbane

Thursday, March 7 – The Forum, Melbourne

Saturday, March 10 – Golden Plains Festival, Meredith

Tickets on sale Friday, November 16.