The Roots - Australia & New Zealand


Date Venue Status
Fri 29 Jul, 2005 The Arena, Brisbane
Sat 30 Jul, 2005 Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Sun 31 Jul, 2005 Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
Mon 01 Aug, 2005 Metro Theatre, Sydney
Wed 03 Aug, 2005 Metro City, Perth
Fri 05 Aug, 2005 Metro Nightclub, Melbourne
Mon 08 Aug, 2005 Town Hall, Wellington
Tue 09 Aug, 2005 St James Theatre, Auckland

Touring Australia & New Zealand 2005

Big news at hand for music fans down-under. The Roots are heading back to Australia and New Zealand and for the first time their headline tour will include dates in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth in addition to Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland and Wellington.

The Roots are true hip-hop stars. Forming in 1987, they have achieved credibility and respect in a musical realm often scorned for celebrating drugs, guns and girls.

Rolling Stone has proclaimed them “pioneers of the live-rap movement”. “The Roots have opened the door for a new breed of artist, stressing the importance of original music and intelligent content… They are without a doubt one of the most important bands around, not just as emcees, but as musicians and role models.”

Throughout their career, The Roots have produced seven albums, including the critically acclaimed, Grammy-winning Things Fall Apart (UMA, 1999). Their latest release, The Tipping Point (UMA) debuted at #4 on the overseas Billboard Chart, scoring them two Grammy nominations and earning them 42nd place in Blender Magazine’s Top 50 CDs for the year 2004.

Live, The Roots are mind-numbingly awesome. ?uestlove has described touring as the band’s “bread and butter”. On the road up to 250 days a year, The Roots have played shows all over the world, from America to Europe to Australia, at clubs, theatres, festivals and even Grammy after-parties. In 2003, The Roots were voted one of the “Twenty Greatest Live Acts in the World” by Rolling Stone readers. Unlike many of their hip hop compatriots The Roots are also well-known for performing lengthy shows. Their upcoming tour will see them performing an approximately two hour set.

Touring for The Roots this winter is Ahmir ?uestlove (drums), Thompson (musical director/ drums), Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter (mc), Leonard “Hub” Hubbard (bass), James “Kamal” Gray (keyboards), Kirk “Cap’n Kirk” Douglas (guitar), Frank “Knuckles” Walker (percussion) and Maimouna Youssef (vocals). To ensure you don’t miss out on seeing The Roots in all their glory.

P- MONEY will be supporting The Roots

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