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2008-02-27

POWDERFINGER TO PLAY THE O2 WIRELESS FESTIVAL! NEW SINGLE AT RADIO NEXT WEEK!

Hi all

It’s been a great six months for UK Powderfinger fans, with news just in that the band will be performing at the O2 Wireless Festival in London on Sunday 6th July alongside Counting Crows and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals. All the fun will be taking place in Hyde Park from midday – click here for more details and ticket info. Tickets are sure to go quickly, so get cracking!

In other exciting news, we can now reveal that Who Really Cares (featuring the sound of insanity) is to be the next Powderfinger single. It’s one of the most rockin’ songs off Dream Days at the Hotel Existence, so we are very excited about this and its upcoming film clip. You should start hearing this floating across your airwaves and on your tube from next week. We’ll be in contact again with more details of where to buy the single with exclusive bonus tracks.

Finally, a huge thanks to all our Adelaide fans who turned out en mass, despite pouring rain, at the Clipsal 500. The weather didn’t dampen the spirits of the HUGE crowd, but it did dampen Cogs – near-horizontal rain made for a wet drummer!

Cheers
Ms Fanclub xox
 

 

2008-02-05

Merch specials!

Hi all

We hope you’ve recovered sufficiently from the Australia Day Hottest 100 countdown! This year saw Powderfinger enter the Triple J Hottest 100 chart twice – at number 15 for Lost and Running and number 66 for I Don’t Remember. Thanks to everyone who voted, it was certainly an interesting countdown!

We’ve also got a fantastic merch special for the month of February. Purchase any T Shirt during the month and receive a free Trucker cap! Offer is only available while stocks last. Head on over to the Hotel Existence Shop to peruse the goods.

Want to join the Secret Service online Street Team to help spread the Powderfinger word and go in the draw to win lots of goodies? Just email team@secret-service.com.au for all the juicy details!

Finally, it was with great sadness that we heard about the death of our mate Heath Ledger last month.

“On behalf of the group I just wanted to say a few words to farewell our friend Heath Ledger who passed away suddenly at the end of last month. We first came across Heath when director Gregor Jordan asked us to contribute some music to his film Two Hands. We were proud to be a part of it and given his performance, it was clear to us all that Heath was destined for success on the world stage. In the next few years we occasionally ended up in the same city somewhere on the globe and would catch up for a beer and a chat and we watched his steady ride to the top of his profession with pride. We just wanted to let his family and friends know that our thoughts are with them and that our memories of Heath are happy ones. RIP.”
Bernard Fanning on behalf of Powderfinger.

2008-01-29

Information on the Prime Minister's apology to the Stolen Generation

As you many know, the Prime Minister will apologise to the Stolen Generation when Parliament reconvenes in February. Our friends at Reconcile.org.au have provided us with some info to help you stay informed.

Apology to stolen generations – questions and answers

This material has been prepared by Reconciliation Australia to help Australians understand the background to the apology that will be made to the stolen generations by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

1. Who are the stolen generations?
2. How do we know these people’s stories are true?
3. Why is it important to apologise to the stolen generations?
4. Why should Australians today apologise for something we aren’t responsible for?
5. What does an apology mean to me as a non-Indigenous Australian?
6. Why should we apologise when many Aboriginal people are actually better off because they were removed from dysfunctional families?
7. Will an apology lead to claims for compensation from members of the stolen generations?
8. Why is the word ‘sorry’ important as part of the apology?
9. Why didn’t the former Australian Government say sorry?
10. Will the apology mean that reconciliation has been achieved?
11 . How did the compensation fund work in Tasmania?



1. Who are the stolen generations?
The term ‘stolen generations’ refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who were forcibly removed from their families and communities by government, welfare or church authorities as children and placed into institutional care or with non-Indigenous foster families. The forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children began as early as the mid 1800s and continued until 1970.

This removal occurred as the result of official laws and policies aimed at assimilating the Indigenous population into the wider community.

The 1997 Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, conducted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission found that between 1 in 10 and 3 in 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were forcibly removed from their families and communities in the period from 1910 to 1970.

The Western Australian and Queensland governments have confirmed that in that period all Indigenous families in their States were affected by the forced removal of children. It’s not possible to know precisely how many children were taken because government records of these removals are poor and many government files are inaccurate.

The stolen generation should not be confused with other government policies which aimed to help Aboriginal children from remote areas to go to school with their parents full consent. It should also not be confused with the removal of Indigenous and non-Indigenous children from dysfunctional families under welfare policies that continue to apply today.

2. How do we know these people’s stories are true?
All State and Territory governments have acknowledged past practices and policies of forced removal of Indigenous children on the basis of race. As part of this formal acknowledgement, all State and Territory governments have apologised for the trauma these policies have caused.

The report of the Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families, called the Bringing them Home report, contains extensive evidence of past practices and policies which resulted in the removal of children. It also details the conditions into which many of the children were placed and discussed the negative impact this has had on individuals, their families and the broader Indigenous community.

The Inquiry took evidence from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, government and church representatives, former mission staff, foster and adoptive parents, doctors and health professionals, academics, police and others. It received over 777 submissions, including 535 from Indigenous individuals and organisations, 49 from church organisations and 7 from governments.

3. Why is it important to apologise to the stolen generations?
The Bringing Them Home report found that the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families and communities has had life-long and profoundly disabling consequences for those taken and has negatively affected the Indigenous community. For many of the children, removal meant that they lost all connection to family, traditional land, culture and language.

It never goes away. Just ‘cause we’re not walking around on crutches or with bandages or plasters on our legs and arms, doesn’t mean we’re not hurting. Just ’cause you can’t see it doesn’t mean … I suspect I’ll carry these sorts of wounds ’til I the day I die. I’d just like it to be not quite as intense, that’s all. Confidential evidence 580, Queensland. Bringing Them Home Report

The reality of Australia’s stolen generations is not a thing of the distant past. Children were being inappropriately removed from their families by Australian authorities until 1969. Many people affected by the tragedy of the stolen generations are still alive today and live with its effects.

The Bringing Them Home report recommended that the first step in healing is the acknowledgment of truth and the delivery of an apology. It is the responsibility of the Australian Government, on behalf of previous Australian governments that administered this wrongful policy to acknowledge what was done and apologise for it.

This issue is a ‘blank spot’ in the history of Australia. The damage and trauma these policies caused are felt everyday by Aboriginal people. They internalise their grief, guilt and confusion, inflicting further pain on themselves and others around them. It is about time the Australian Government openly accepted responsibility for their actions and compensate those affected.
Archie Roach and Ruby Hunter (In Buti A, Bringing them home the ALSA way)

4. Why should Australians today apologise for something we aren’t responsible for?
Individual Australians are not providing the apology. The apology is being provided by the Australian Government in recognition of policies of past governments. Similarly, the former Australian Government apologised to Vietnam veterans for the policies of previous governments. The current Government is apologising for wrongful policies of governments. No individual Australian is being asked to take personal responsibility for actions of past governments.

5. What does an apology mean to me as a non-Indigenous Australian?
Following on from apologies already made by all State and Territory governments and the churches, an official apology to members of the stolen generations by the Australian Government is an important step towards building a respectful new relationship between us as Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Respectful relationships are essential if we are to solve persistent problems.

In this way, the apology will allow us to work together more effectively towards closing the 17-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children - the starkest evidence of how government policies have failed. It is an important starting point in healing the wounds and an historic step forward for our nation that we can be proud of.

The apology is not an expression of personal responsibility or guilt by individual Australians. But it does reflect our Australian values of compassion and a fair go, and allows the victims of bad policy to feel that their pain and suffering has been acknowledged. It’s important that Australians understand the background to the apology so they understand why it’s a good thing for the nation – it is this understanding that will realise the great potential of this historic moment to move our nation forward.

These days I don’t understand why it should be such a big deal to say sorry for the injustices that have been done to Indigenous people. I know some people feel differently but, to me, saying sorry just feels necessary as a first step towards moving forward together. Daniel Johns, lead singer of Silverchair

6. Why should we apologise when many Aboriginal people are actually better off because they were removed from dysfunctional families?
It is true that some Indigenous children were removed from their families on genuine welfare grounds. It is also true that some children who were removed received some advantages, for example in education, but the overwhelming impact of the forced removal policy was damaging.

People involved in the removal of children genuinely believed they were doing the right thing. But as we now know, they were not.

It’s important to understand that the “stolen generations” refer to those children who were removed on the basis of their race alone. In contrast with the removal of non-Indigenous children, proof of neglect was not always required to remove Indigenous children. That one of their parents was of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent was enough.

The predominant aim of the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was to absorb or assimilate children with mixed ancestry into the non-Indigenous community. As Brisbane's Telegraph newspaper reported in May 1937:

Mr Neville [the Chief Protector of WA] holds the view that within one hundred years the pure black will be extinct. But the half-caste problem is increasing every year. Therefore their idea is to keep the pure blacks segregated and absorb the half-castes into the white population. Perhaps it will take one hundred years, perhaps longer, but the race is dying.

The Bringing Them Home report found that many children were removed solely on the basis of skin colour. Because of this, siblings from the one family who were considered to be of lighter skin colour would be removed when others were left.

The suggestion that stolen generations children were better off is untrue on any reasonable assessment of the cases where they were placed in situations of deprivation, neglect and abuse. People who were removed gave evidence to the Inquiry of their mistreatment under State care - this ranged from inadequate food and clothing, to physical, sexual and psychological abuse.

Almost a quarter of witnesses to the Inquiry who were fostered or adopted reported being physically abused. One in five reported being sexually abused. One in six children sent to institutions reported physical abuse and one in ten reported sexual abuse.

7. Will an apology lead to claims for compensation from members of the stolen generations?
The Bringing Them Home report recommended the establishment of a national compensation fund for people affected by the forcible removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. The aim of the fund would be to offer reparation to those affected and avoid the courts having to deal with costly individual litigation.

An official apology is not directly related to compensation. All State and Territory governments have apologised and this has not triggered any rush of compensation claims.

The Tasmanian Government has chosen to set up a compensation fund for members of the stolen generations in that State. It has provided $5 million in capped payments to be divided among eligible people and their families. http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/speeches/stolen.html

The Government of South Australia is also considering establishing a fund.

Queensland and New South Wales have ruled out stolen generations compensation funds, although both States are providing reparations for policies under which Aboriginal people could be put to work but not paid.

The West Australian Government announced in late 2007 the ‘Redress WA’ program to provide monetary and emotional support to people who were abused as children in State care, including members of the stolen generations.
http://www.redress.wa.gov.au/

The Australia Government has said it will not establish a fund at the national level but will direct funds to counselling services for members of the stolen generations and services that help people who were removed as children to find their families and communities.

Reconciliation for me is about recognising the past. Acting in the present. And building a better future. The Hon. Paul Lennon MP, Premier of Tasmania

8. Why is the word ‘sorry’ important as part of the apology?
The word ‘sorry’ holds special meaning in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. In many Aboriginal communities, sorry is an adapted English word used to describe the rituals surrounding death (Sorry Business). Sorry, in these contexts, is also often used to express empathy or sympathy rather than responsibility.

During the 2007 election campaign, then Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd also recognised the significance of the word sorry:

“… simply saying that you’re sorry is such a powerful symbol. Powerful not because it represents some expiation of guilt. Powerful not because it represents any form of legal requirement. But powerful simply because it restores respect”

9. Why didn’t the former Australian Government say sorry?
In 1997, the recommendation of the Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families for an official apology was not taken up by the new Australian Government led by John Howard. Mr Howard argued that it was not appropriate for the current Government to apologise for the actions of past governments. He also said he was concerned that a formal admission of wrongdoing would lead to compensation litigation.

All State and Territory governments did issue formal apologies in the period following the Inquiry and these did not generate a rush of compensation claims.

In 1999, the Australian Government moved a motion for reconciliation with an expression of:

“deep and sincere regret that indigenous Australians suffered injustices under the practices of past generations, and for the hurt and trauma that many indigenous people continue to feel as a consequence of those practices.”

10. Will the apology mean that reconciliation has been achieved?
An apology from the Australian Government to the stolen generations is one important step in achieving the overarching objective of reconciliation which is to close the 17-year life expectancy gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children. It is important because it removes a barrier to us establishing a more respectful relationship as Indigenous and non-Indigenous fellow Australians.

Closing the life expectancy gap involves consistent, long term action by governments, and by all Australians, in health, education, housing, employment etc and also in building respectful relationships that generate better outcomes for us all.

Aboriginal academic Marcia Langton suggests that a formal apology will achieve two things: firstly it will aid in the restoration of a sense of dignity and legitimacy to those who have suffered, and secondly it will acknowledge the serious harm done by previous governments to a class of people on the grounds of their race.

True reconciliation between the Australian nation and its indigenous peoples is not achievable in the absence of acknowledgment by the nation of the wrongfulness of the past dispossession, oppression and degradation of the Aboriginal peoples. Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia, 1997

Case Study: Canada's ‘Common Experience Fund’

Canada’s Indigenous population shares some of the experiences of Indigenous Australians. From the early 1880s, Indigenous Canadian children were removed from their homes on the basis of their race and placed in church-run, government funded residential schools. From 1920 until early 1970 this removal was experienced by practically all Indigenous children. These schools were created to encourage assimilation and to suppress Indigenous culture and language.

The United Church of Canada recently apologised for this “horrendous period of Canadian history” and the Canadian Government also extended a formal apology in the form of an action plan. The action plan included a statement of reconciliation in which the Canadian Government recognised and apologised for “the single most harmful, disgraceful and racist act” in their history.

The apology led to a range of lawsuits and helped Ottawa’s Government to come to a settlement with First Nation representatives. As a result of the settlement, the Canadian Government provided a $1.9 billion compensation fund for the ‘common experience’ of all people who were affected by the removal of Indigenous children. All residential school survivors are entitled to apply for the ‘common experience payment’. If the applicant is successful they receive a standard $10,000 in compensation and a further $3,000 for each year they were placed in the school. The Government has also provided an extra $3 billion in compensation to survivors who suffered sexual and physical abuse in the residential schools.

Currently 85,080 applications for the ‘common experience’ payment have been received. Of that number, 56,625 have been processed with 46,910 being successful.

11 . How did the compensation fund work in Tasmania?
The Tasmanian Government has provided a $5 million compensation fund for members of the stolen generations and their families.

The commitment to establish the fund was announced by Premier Paul Lennon in 2006 with an invitation for applications to be submitted by members of the stolen generations. A total of 151 were received by independent assessor Ray Groom who reviewed the applications at the request of the Premier.

In announcing the final distribution of the fund in January 2008, Premier Paul Lennon said it was “an important step forward for reconciliation”. He noted that “no amount of money can make up for Aboriginal Children being removed from their families simply on the basis of race” but suggested that the payments are “a clear statement that Tasmanians, through their Government and Parliament, are deeply sorry for the forced separation of Aboriginal children from their families”.

Of the 151 applications submitted, 106 were successful. 84 of the successful claimants are Aboriginal Australians who were removed from their families as children and the remaining 22 claimants are the children of stolen generations.

Of the $5 million dollar compensation fund, $100,000 has been allocated to children of members of the stolen generations, with individual payments capped at$5000, up to a maximum of $20,000 per family.

The remaining $4,900,000 from the compensation fund is to be split between the 84 members of the stolen generations, with each receiving approximately $58,000.

The payments through the Tasmanian Government’s compensation fund are far less than the $525,000 awarded last year to stolen generations member Bruce Trevorrow by the South Australian Supreme Court. The court held that Bruce’s forced removal from his mother at 13 months of age, and placement in to a white family breached many of the common law duties owed to him by the state. The Court awarded Mr Trevorrow $450,000 for injuries and losses suffered as a result of his removal, and an extra $75,000 in damages for his unlawful removal and false imprisonment.



2008-01-07

WIN FLIGHTS AND TICKETS TO SEE POWDERFINGER AT THE CLIPSAL 500 IN ADELAIDE!

Happy new year!

It’s that time again when there’s a summer festival just about every weekend, the smell of barbeque is permanently in the air and the head and body are still recovering from the silly season’s festivities. Which means it’s again time to vote for TRIPLE J’S HOTTEST 100! Powderfinger are giving you the chance to win flights, accommodation and tickets to see them perform at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide on 22 February just by voting for their awesome single LOST AND RUNNING!

To enter, simply head over to the Triple J website and vote for your 10 favourite songs of 2007 (making sure that Lost and Running is amongst them, of course!). Then simply forward your voting confirmation email to comps@powderfinger.com and you’ll be automatically entered in the draw! Please title your entries POWDERFINGER HOTTEST 100 COMPETITION and include your full name, address, daytime phone number and date of birth. Voting is open from today and you have three weeks to get your entries in.

The winner will be jetting to Adelaide (accommodation included) to watch Powderfinger headline the massive Clipsal 500 on Friday 22 February, alongside Kisschasy and Expatriate.

We hope you all had a fantastic New Year’s Eve. Thanks for all your support in 2007, and here’s to a huge 2008!

Cheers
Ms Fanclub xox

 

2007-12-07

FREE RINGTONE OF POWDERFINGER AND SILVERCHAIR SONG

FREE RINGTONE OF POWDERFINGER AND SILVERCHAIR SONG


While on the tour Silverchair and Powderfinger had a lot of down time in the tour bus to get creative (and maybe a little silly!) and for the very first time ever you can download a free Powderfinger and Silverchair co-written song!

As a special tribute to Silverchair’s beleaguered tour manager, Jake Denny, the bands collaborated on the anthemic ‘Jake you took us the long way’ which is available now for free from the Across The Great Divide Shop. When Jake was asked what he thought of the bands’ tribute, he replied “I ain't saying sh*t”.


The full, and somewhat ridiculous, version of the song can also be viewed as part of the behind the scenes shenanigans on the special limited edition 3 disc Across the Great Divide Live DVD release (not manufactured again after the 2007 holiday season).

2007-12-04

WIN THE ULTIMATE POWDERFINGER PACK! NOBODY SEES OUT NOW & ATGD ON YOUR TELLY!

Hi folks

Can you believe it’s December already? What a massive Powderfinger year 2007 has been! There’s plenty more Powderfinger action to cram in before Santa comes crawling down your chimney though!

The awesome Nobody Sees is out now as a digital-only single, which means you’ll have a new Powderfinger song floating across the airwaves this summer. As reported last week, iTunes and Bigpond are both selling the single with some extra special live tracks. The incredible clip for the song, shot recently in Melbourne, will also be available to purchase from Saturday.

Click here to view the Nobody Sees ecard

 

Vote for Nobody Sees on your radio and go into the draw to win a bumper prize pack consisting of every single Powderfinger merch item from the recent tour, as well as a signed copy of Dream Days at the Hotel Existence! To enter, simply vote for Nobody Sees at any of the below radio or TV stations. Send us a screen shot of your voting form (press the PrtSc button and paste this into the body of an email) and you’ll be entered in the draw! Please send your entries to comps@powderfinger.com and title them NOBODY SEES COMPETITION. Please ensure your entries are no more than 500KB.

Channel V
MTV
JTV
MAX
Nova Sydney
Nova Brisbane
Nova Melbourne
Nova Perth
Nova Adelaide
Hot 30.com (select your city)
2Day FM Sydney
B105 FM Brisbane
Fox FM Melbourne
SA FM Adelaide
92.9FM Perth
Triple M Sydney
Triple M Melbourne
Triple M Brisbane
Triple M Adelaide


Powderfinger and Silverchair’s Across The Great Divide Tour DVD came out on Saturday as well, and is sure to be the best stocking-stuffer going this Christmas. You can catch a sneak peak at the highlights this Saturday 8 December at 9.30pm when Channel Ten screen a special one-hour Across The Great Divide feature.

Click here to buy the Across The Great Divide Tour DVD. Or get your copy from one of our fave indie retailers and receive a free tour poster! Offer available at Hum on King, Hum on Oxford, Mall Music and Redeye Records (NSW); Skinny’s Music and Rockinghorse Records (QLD); Big Star (SA); and 78’s Records and Planet Music (WA).

The UK may not have much heat or sunshine at the moment, but luckily for fans over there, they do have Powderfinger. Not only is Dream Days at the Hotel Existence out now, but they are also about to receive a good dose of Aussie rock as the band prepare for their first UK and Irish shows in years. There’s not long to get your hands on tickets!

6 December - Hammersmith Apollo, LONDON, UK
NEW SHOW!!

Apollo venue box office: 0844 844 4748
Stargreen: 020 7734 8932
24 HR CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260
BUY ONLINE: www.gigsandtours.com

7 December - Hammersmith Apollo, LONDON, UK
SOLD OUT

8 December – Birmingham Academy, BIRMINGHAM, UK
PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

Birmingham Academy Box Office: 0844 477 2000
24 HR CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260
BUY ONLINE: www.gigsandtours.com

10 December - Manchester Academy, MANCHESTER, UK
PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

Manchester Club Academy Box Office: 0161 832 1111
24 HR CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260
BUY ONLINE: www.gigsandtours.com

11 December – ABC, GLASGOW, UK
BUY ONLINE: www.gigsinscotland.com OR Ticketmaster

12 December – Tripod, DUBLIN, IRE
SOLD OUT


Brisbanites – our favourite record label, Dew Process, is having a very special Xmas bash at The Zoo on Tuesday December 11 featuring The Grates, Dr Dog, Whitley and Yves Klein Blue. Get along for a dose of special Christmas cheer. Click here for tickets.


Cheers
Ms Fanclub xox

 

2007-11-28

NOBODY SEES & ATGD TOUR DVD OUT THIS SATURDAY!

While last weekend was dominated by Kevin07 and his cohorts, this Saturday will also see another reason to celebrate with not one but TWO Powderfinger releases hitting stores! The third single from Dream Days at the Hotel Existence, Nobody Sees, will be released as a digital single, while the mammoth 3 disc Across The Great Divide Tour DVD hits stores the very same day.

Our favourite ballad from the album (which turned out to be a huge live favourite on the ATGD tour!), Nobody Sees, will only be released online from Saturday, and as usual we have a few special treats for you.

Buy your single through iTunes to receive live versions of Nobody Sees and Wishing On The Same Moon, recorded live at June’s MTV/Nova Brisbane Powerhouse session, or buy your track from Bigpond to receive a gratis live version of Head Up In The Clouds, recorded at the very same session. The amazing video will also be available from all online retailers from Saturday 8 December.

Relive the joy of 2007’s rock ‘n roll highlight with your very own Across The Great Divide concert in your lounge room. The limited edition 3 disc DVD set features a full concert set from Powderfinger and Silverchair (including the duet Substitute), as well as a hilarious 90 minute behind the scenes feature documentary. Cogs dancing in his underwear? Check. General backstage mayhem? Check. Pranks on Silverchair? Check. The doco has it all plus more.

This DVD package is available for a limited time only and will not be re-pressed in 2008! Get your copy now!

Don’t forget to head over to the ATGD website for a FREE ringtone download of a song Powderfinger and Silverchair wrote together! Could it be this year’s Crazy Frog?

The band are currently packing their warmest woollies for their tour of the UK and Ireland, which kicks off next week. A very limited amount of tickets are available to some shows – get in quick! Dream Days at the Hotel Existence is now also available in the UK!


Click here to buy from HMV
Click here to buy from Itunes


Thursday 6 December - Hammersmith Apollo, LONDON, UK
NEW SHOW!!

Apollo venue box office: 0844 844 4748
Stargreen: 020 7734 8932
24 HR CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260
BUY ONLINE: www.gigsandtours.com

Friday 7 December - Hammersmith Apollo, LONDON, UK
SOLD OUT

Saturday 8 December – Birmingham Academy, BIRMINGHAM, UK
PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

Birmingham Academy Box Office: 0844 477 2000
24 HR CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260
BUY ONLINE: www.gigsandtours.com

Monday 10 December - Manchester Academy, MANCHESTER, UK
PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE

Manchester Club Academy Box Office: 0161 832 1111
24 HR CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260
BUY ONLINE: www.gigsandtours.com

Tuesday 11 December – ABC, GLASGOW, UK
BUY ONLINE: www.gigsinscotland.com OR Ticketmaster

Wednesday 12 December – Tripod, DUBLIN, IRE
SOLD OUT


Finally, we have some new Powderfinger ringtones available at the Hotel Existence Store! Click here to buy.

Christmas really has come early this year folks. Enjoy your Powderfinger-filled weekend!

Cheers
Ms Fanclub xox

 

2007-11-23

PRE-ORDER TO WIN AN AMAZING �ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE� PRIZE PACK

The Across The Great Divide final show is coming to your loungeroom this Christmas with the release of a deluxe triple DVD.

This special three disc release is strictly a limited edition and will not be manufactured again after the 2007 holiday season. Fans can pre order the DVD from www.acrossthegreatdivide.com.au/shop and will go in the draw to win a special ‘Across The Great Divide’ prize pack consisting of:

1 x signed ‘Across The Great Divide’ tour programme
1 x signed copy of Silverchair’s album ‘Young Modern’
1 x signed copy of Powderfinger’s album ‘Dream Days At The Hotel Existence’
1 x Silverchair T-shirt
1 x Powderfinger T-shirt
1 x signed ‘Across The Great Divide’ tour poster
1 x ‘Across The Great Divide Tour’ stubby holder
1 x ‘Across The Great Divide Tour’ T Shirt


(due to overwhelming demand the bonus T-shirt offer has sold out and is no longer available).

The first two discs of the Across the Great Divide Tour DVD feature full length live sets from both bands, including the duet ‘Substitute’, recorded at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on 18 and 19 September, 2007. Both discs have been mixed in the U.S. in 5.1 surround sound by the people who have each mixed studio albums for these bands.

The third disc of this limited edition set is a candid 90 minute documentary film featuring all the hilarious action behind the scenes as this special tour makes its way Across the Great Divide.

Your Access All Areas pass is a 3 disc limited edition package which also includes a colour booklet featuring candid backstage shots. This is a must for every music fan and anyone that wants to relive this extraordinary tour.

The Across the Great Divide DVD will be released by Universal Music Australia on Saturday, 1 December 2007.

PLEASE NOTE - This release is a PAL version and it will not work on NTSC TVs. NTSC is used mainly in the U.S.A, Japan, Mexico and Canada.

2007-11-19

POWDERFINGER AND SILVERCHAIR TOUR ANNOUNCES ONE MORE GIG � IN YOUR LOUNGEROOM!

2 bands, 34 shows, 26 towns, 24,467 kilometres, 20 arenas, 13 big top shows, 1 amphitheatre, 65 crew, 1,155 security, 5 stadium trucks, 9 outdoor trucks, 1,050 portaloos and most importantly over 220,000 screaming fans … this was the Across The Great Divide tour!

After embarking on the biggest concert tour this country has seen in a decade - across, around and ALL over Australia from Darwin to Ballarat to Toowoomba to Tasmania - the tour’s final show is coming to your loungeroom this Christmas with the release of a deluxe triple DVD.

This special three disc release is strictly a limited edition and will not be manufactured again after the 2007 holiday season. Fans can pre order the DVD from 12noon (Qld time), Monday, 19 November from www.acrossthegreatdivide.com.au/shop to receive a FREE Powderfinger or Silverchair T Shirt (stocks and sizes are strictly limited).

Come and play with Australia’s two biggest rock bands – POWDERFINGER and SILVERCHAIR - as they take you on a personal journey with this massive touring juggernaut.

The first two discs of the Across the Great Divide Tour DVD feature full length live sets from both bands, including the duet ‘Substitute’, recorded at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne on 18 and 19 September, 2007. Both discs have been mixed in the U.S. in 5.1 surround sound by the people who have each mixed studio albums for these bands.

The team behind the filming, PVC LIVE, have created concert specials for the likes of U2, Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their coverage of the Melbourne show featured an extraordinary 24 cameras so these concert DVD’s are on a whole new scale for Australian bands … just like the tour itself!

The third disc of this limited edition set is a candid 90 minute documentary film featuring all the hilarious action behind the scenes as this special tour makes its way Across the Great Divide.

Your Access All Areas pass is a 3 disc limited edition package which also includes a colour booklet featuring candid backstage shots. This is a must for every music fan and anyone that wants to relive this extraordinary tour.

Kicking off the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in SILVERCHAIR’s hometown before moving to POWDERFINGER’s backyard, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE bridged the gap between the country and the big smoke with this rock & roll tour. It also shone a light on the important cause of Reconciliation in which both bands strongly believe.

Silverchair’s Daniel Johns said "It was an amazing tour but so much went on that it all seems like a bit of a blur to me now. I'm looking forward to watching these DVD’s so I can find out what actually happened."

“Across The Great Divide was ten weeks of hotels, concerts, planes, eye make up lessons, laughs, learning, homesickness, euphoria, sweat, no blood (that I recall), and maybe a few tears when it all came to an end. They were the best shows of our lives and it was such a great experience meeting the people we did and seeing all four corners of our country. Most importantly we started a few conversations about reconciliation along the way and as a complete bonus the silverchaps didn't bust any of our gear on the load out! Onya Fellas. Thanks for coming Australia” said Powderfinger’s Bernard Fanning.

 

2007-11-01

POWDERFINGER MAX SESSION ON YOUR TV THIS SATURDAY!

On Wednesday night Powderfinger brought Breast Cancer Awareness Month to a close with an incredible live concert on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. In what was the biggest MAX Session in history, the band performed a swag of their greatest hits in front of an invite-only crowd consisting of breast cancer sufferers, carers and family, as well as a few lucky fanclub members. Tune in to MAX (Channel 805 on Foxtel and Austar) ON SATURDAY 3 NOVEMBER AT 7.30PM EST to catch all the action. Watch out for the very special finale!

In other TV news, make sure you tune in to JTV to catch Powderfinger perform live at JTV’s recent AWOL Concert in Karratha, as part of Ausmusic Month. You can catch the whole show in all its windy entirety at 11.25pm Thursday 25 November on ABC TV, replayed at 9.30pm on Tuesday 20 November on ABC2.

UK fans get a chance to get their hands on Dream Days at the Hotel Existence this month, when the album is released on 26 November with a special bonus track – the band’s awesome cover of Portishead’s Glory Box (also available in Oz on the No Man’s Woman compilation). The 26th is also the magic day to download your copy, complete with not one but two extra tracks – Glory Box and Down By The Dam. The ‘Finger boys will be touring Blighty and Dublin in support of this release – tickets are almost sold out, so hurry!

6 December – Hammersmith Apollo, LONDON, UK
NEW SHOW!!
Apollo venue box office: 0844 844 4748
Stargreen: 020 7734 8932
24 HR CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260
BUY ONLINE: http://www.gigsandtours.com 
 
7 December - Hammersmith Apollo, LONDON, UK
SOLD OUT

8 December – Birmingham Academy, BIRMINGHAM, UK
PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE
Birmingham Academy Box Office: 0844 477 2000
24 HR CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260
BUY ONLINE: http://www.gigsandtours.com

10 December - Manchester Academy, MANCHESTER, UK
PLEASE NOTE NEW VENUE
Manchester Club Academy Box Office: 0161 832 1111
24 HR CC Hotline: 0871 2200 260
BUY ONLINE: http://www.gigsandtours.com

11 December – ABC, GLASGOW, UK
BUY ONLINE: http://www.gigsinscotland.com OR Ticketmaster

12 December – Tripod, DUBLIN, IRE
SOLD OUT

Finally, we want your help to create the most definitive Powderfinger history ever. Send your notes, concert stubs, old posters, tales of meeting the band and anything else you find interesting to history@powderfinger.com. We’ll publish the best at www.powderfinger.com/history.

Cheers
Ms Fanclub xox

Upcoming Shows

Dream Days At The Hotel Existence launch parties SOLD OUT!
Splendour In The Grass SOLD OUT!

Sunday July 6, 2008

O2 Wireless Festival - Hyde Park, London, UK

With Counting Crows and Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals.

For info visit www.o2wirelessfestival.co.uk 


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Discography

Across The Great Divide Tour DVD

Release Date: December 01, 2007

  1. DISC ONE – POWDERFINGER Head Up In the Clouds
  2. Waiting For the Sun
  3. Lost and Running
  4. Nobody Sees
  5. Love Your Way
  6. Thrilloilogy
  7. I Don’t Remember
  8. Already Gone
  9. Who Really Cares (featuring the sound of insanity)
  10. The Crux
  11. Black Tears
  12. These Days
  13. My Happiness
  14. Bless My Soul
  15. Sunsets
  16. (Baby I’ve Got You) On My Mind
  17. Substitute (with Silverchair)
  18. * Disc includes exclusive photo galleryDISC TWO – SILVERCHAIRYoung Modern Station
  19. Israel’s Son
  20. Emotion Sickness
  21. Without You
  22. Reflections Of A Sound
  23. Insomnia
  24. Ana’s Song (Open Fire)
  25. Those Thieving Birds (Part 1)
  26. Strange Behaviour
  27. Those Thieving Birds (Part 2)
  28. The Greatest View
  29. Luv Your Life
  30. Straight Lines
  31. The Door
  32. Mind Reader
  33. If You Keep Losing Sleep
  34. Freak
  35. Substitute (with Powderfinger)
  36. * Disc includes exclusive photo gallery
  37. DISC THREE - BEHIND THE GREAT DIVIDEAn Access All Areas pass with Behind the Great Divide,
  38. a 90 minute behind the scenes documentary of the tour.Segments:
  39. “Two Bands”
  40. “Hello Newcastle”
  41. “This Is Very Exciting Stuff”
  42. “You Might Need The Wide Lens”
  43. “Shambolic Jam”
  44. “A Four Nugget Experience”
  45. “Curse Your Stormy Weather”
  46. “Jake You Took Us The Long Way”
  47. “That’s My Favourite Tambourine”
  48. “They Were So Much Better Than Shelbyville”
  49. “Bye Everyone, Thanks For Coming”
  50. “That Will Never Make the DVD”
  51.  

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Dream Days At The Hotel Existence

Release Date: June 02, 2007

  1. Head Up In The Clouds
  2. I Don't Remember
  3. Lost And Running
  4. Wishing On The Same Moon
  5. Who Really Cares (featuring the sound of insanity)
  6. Nobody Sees
  7. Surviving
  8. Long Way To Go
  9. Black Tears
  10. Ballad Of A Dead Man
  11. Drifting Further Away

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Fingerprints: The Best Of Powderfinger 1994-2000

Release Date: November 01, 2004

  1. Bless My Soul
  2. My Happiness
  3. Waiting For The Sun
  4. Pick You Up
  5. Passenger
  6. Don't Wanna Be Left Out
  7. These Days (Two Hands version)
  8. The Day You Come
  9. D.A.F
  10. My Kind Of Scene
  11. Like A Dog
  12. Already Gone
  13. Process This
  14. Belter
  15. Living Type
  16. Thrilloilogy
  17. Sink Low

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These Days: Live In Concert DVD

Release Date: October 04, 2004

  1. Disc 1:
  2. 1. You Are My Sunshine
  3. 2. Rockin' Rocks
  4. 3. Sunsets
  5. 4. Love Your Way
  6. 5. Waiting For The Sun
  7. 6. Thrillology
  8. 7. Since You've Been Gone
  9. 8. Stumblin'
  10. 9. These Days
  11. 10. Rita
  12. 11. Jc
  13. 12. Passenger
  14. 13. Pockets
  15. 14. Rockin' Rocks
  16. 15. Like A Dog
  17. 16. My Happiness
  18. 17. Waiting For The Sun
  19. 18. Love Your Way
  20. 19. (Baby I've Got You) On My Mind
  21. 20. Sunsets
  22. Disc 2:
  23. 1. Love Your Way
  24. 2. Since You've Been Gone
  25. 3. Waiting For The Sun
  26. 4. A Song Called Everything
  27. 5. Sunsets
  28. 6. How Far Have We Really Come
  29. 7. Rita
  30. 8. Inner City Blues
  31. 9. (Baby I've Got You) On My Mind  

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These Days: Live In Concert

Release Date: September 06, 2004

  1. Disk One (Live On Vulture Street)
  2. Rockin' Rocks
  3. Waiting For The Sun
  4. Love Your Way
  5. Since You've Been Gone
  6. Thrilloilogy
  7. My Kinda Scene
  8. Stumblin
  9. These Days
  10. Rita
  11. Pockets
  12. Passenger
  13. Like A Dog
  14. On My Mind
  15. My HappinessDisk Two (Low Key)
  16. Love Your Way
  17. Since You've Been Gone
  18. Waiting For The Sun
  19. A Song Called Everything
  20. Sunsets
  21. How Far Have We Really Come?
  22. Rita
  23. Inner City Blues
  24. On My Mind

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Vulture Street

Release Date: July 06, 2003

  1. Rockin' Rocks
  2. (Baby I've Got You) On My Mind
  3. Since You've Been Gone
  4. Love Your Way
  5. Sunsets
  6. Don't Panic
  7. Stumblin'
  8. Roll Right By You
  9. How Far Have We Really Come?
  10. Pockets
  11. A Song Called Everything

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Odyssey Number Five

Release Date: September 04, 2000

  1. Waiting For The Sun
  2. My Happiness
  3. The Metre
  4. Like A Dog
  5. Odyssey #5
  6. Up & Down & Back Again
  7. My Kind Of Scene
  8. These Days
  9. We Should Be Together Now
  10. Thrilloilogy
  11. Whatever Makes You Happy

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Internationalist

Release Date: September 07, 1998

  1. Hindley Street
  2. Belter
  3. The Day You Come
  4. Already Gone
  5. Passenger
  6. Don't Wanna Be Left Out
  7. Good-day Ray
  8. Trading Places
  9. Private Man
  10. Celebrity Head
  11. Over My Head
  12. Capoicity
  13. Lemon Sunrise

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Double Allergic

Release Date: September 02, 1996

  1. Skinny Jean
  2. Turtle's Head
  3. Pick You Up
  4. D.A.F
  5. Boing Boing
  6. Give
  7. Oipic
  8. Living Type
  9. JC
  10. Glimpse
  11. Take Me In
  12. (Return Of) The Electric Horseman

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Parables For Wooden Ears

Release Date: July 18, 1994

  1. Walking Stick
  2. Tail
  3. Hurried Bloom
  4. Fathers' Pyramid
  5. Bridle You
  6. Citadel
  7. Sink Low
  8. Grave Concern
  9. Solution
  10. This Syrup To Exchange
  11. Namaste
  12. Blanket
  13. Save Your Skin

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