Australian rockers Powderfinger have announced they are hitting the road for the last time in a tour which will wrap up their 21 year career.
The five-piece band, which formed in Brisbane in 1989, announced the Sunsets tour at the iconic Sydney venue The Annandale this morning.
Lead singer Bernard Fanning read out a statement at the press conference saying the tour will visit 21 Australian cities.
“The Sunsets tour will be Powderfinger’s last ever run of shows. We have decided, after much deliberation and agonising, that after this final tour we will call it a day as a recording and touring band,” he said.
“With the completion of our last album, Golden Rule, we feel that we have said all that we want to say as a musical group.
“We firmly believe that it is our most complete and satisfying album and can’t think of a better way to farewell our fans than with music that we all believe in and also with, hopefully, our best tour to date.”
The Sunsets tour begins in September and will go for seven weeks, visiting every Australian state and territory.
Fanning also announced that after a short break he will begin work on a second solo album.
Powderfinger has maintained its original lineup of vocalist Bernard Fanning, guitarists Ian Haug and Darren Middleton, bass player John Collins and drummer Jon Coghill.
The band has released eight albums over a 21-year career.
But it was their third album, Internationalist, released in 1998, that propelled them to more mainstream fame in Australia with tracks like Passenger, The Day You Come and Already Gone.
Their rock’n'roll sound and Fanning’s distinctive vocals won the band 16 ARIA awards and many of their albums have reached multiple platinum status.
They have received both acclaim and criticism for allowing politics to influence some of their music in songs like The Day You Come and Black Tears.
Powderfinger is the only band to have topped the triple j Hottest 100 poll in consecutive years, in 1999 and 2000 with the songs ‘These Days’ and ‘My Happiness’ respectively.
Last year the band had two songs in the triple j Hottest 100 of all time.
Fanning says they have had enormous amounts of fun over the past two decades.
“After a career that has lasted for over 20 years, seven studio albums, a live album, two DVDs, 30-odd video clips, around 1000 shows, 16 ARIA Awards and hundreds of thousands of kilometres travelled around the globe on local, national and world tours, we believe that the time has come to call an end to what we think has been an extremely privileged and rewarding run,” he said.
In 2005, Fanning took a time out from the band and released his solo album Tea and Symphony
Its lead single, Wish You Well, took out the number one spot in that year’s Hottest 100 countdown.
While the band has only ever flirted with international success, they have always had a strong following in Australia from both mainstream and alternative music lovers.
Philanthropy has held strong for the band, who in the past have supported Wave Aid for Boxing Day tsunami victims and Young Care.
On their Sunsets tour the band says they are partnering with the Yalari group, which supports education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from rural and remote areas.
The Vines and Jet will support Powderfinger on their final tour.