The Darkness cancels Australian tour with Joan Jett

My heart is breaking for you, Jettheads! The Darkness have canceled their tour with Joan Jett in Australia and New Zealand. Their drummer, Ed Graham, is having health issues.

Here’s the band’s statement, from The New Zealand Herald:

“It is with great regret that we are having to cancel The Darkness’ planned April dates in Australia/New Zealand. As some of you may be aware, Ed has had some prior history with hip problems, which resulted in extensive surgery a few years ago, and caused him to miss some US dates in 2012.”

Over the past few weeks, Graham’s condition had worsened and had been advised to rest and undergo tests before “potentially taking a backwards step and making matters worse”, the statement said.

Read the rest HERE. Get well soon, Ed!

Here’s Joan’s statement from blackheart.com:

“I wish Ed a speedy and successful recovery from his injury. I am very disappointed that we will have to cancel the tour and I look forward to rescheduling as soon as possible.” -Joan Jett

According to iTunes, the Australian reissue of The Blackhearts’ Greatest Hits album, including the new tracks “TMI” and “Reality Mentality,” is still on track to be released this Friday, March 15th. PREORDER HERE! I’ll keep checking until then and will let you know if it changes. Meanwhile, our friend Jasmine found the album cover and sent me the image (thanks Jaz!):

Greatest_Hits_Australia_March_15_2013

 

New song “Any Weather” in the works for Australia?

OK, this is weird: There’s a poster of Joan’s tour with The Darkness floating about, and it looks like Australia is getting a new version of the Greatest Hits package in March that will contain a new “hit” song called, “Any Weather”.

This is from McManus Entertainment’s Facebook pageDarkness_tour_poster_Australia:

 

Look at the closeup of the bottom:

Thanks to @JettheadAl for the tip!

What puzzles me is:

1. How can a song be a “hit” when no one  has ever heard it? I suppose it could be an unreleased cover of a hit song, but still.

2. Why hasn’t joanjett.com or blackheart.com announced this?

I hope someone at Blackheart can confirm if this is true–it just looks odd to me. I hope it’s true though!

Joan Jett coming to AUSTRALIA with The Darkness in April 2013

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are supporting The Darkness (@TheDarkness) on their headlining tour in Australia this April! Read more here. (But ignore the title of the article for now–I don’t think Lady Gaga will be there, although if I hear differently I’ll let you know).

I’ll post the details about the Melbourne show when they are announced. I hope they add more dates!

From http://joanjettbadrep.com/LiveDates/:

Date Venue City Website
2-Apr-2013 AEC Adelaide, SA, Australia Website
3-Apr-2013 Riverstage Brisbane, QLD, Australia Website
5-Apr-2013 Hordern Pavilion Sydney, NSW, Australia Website
6-Apr-2013 TBA Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Congratulations Australia! Who’s going?