The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Palace Complex, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia (4 / 5 September 1997)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion show at The Palace Complex, St Kilda, Melbourne, Australia on 4 and 5 September 1997.

A second date at The Palace Complex was added on Friday, 5 September 1997 and the band performed live Saturday morning on Recovery / ABC, Melbourne (6 September 1997). The original show scheduled for Friday at Selina’s, Sydney was moved to Saturday with the Saturday show at The Roxy, Brisbane being cancelled.

Scheduled Tour Dates:

3 September 1997: Ozone, Perth
4 September 1997: The Palace Complex, Melbourne
5 September 1997: Selinas, Sydney
6 September 1997: Roxy, Brisbane

Actual Tour Dates:

3 September 1997: Ozone, Perth
4 September 1997: The Palace Complex, Melbourne
5 September 1997: The Palace Complex, Melbourne
6 September 1997: Recovery / ABC, Melbourne
6 September 1997: Roxy, Brisbane
6 September 1997: Selina’s / Coogee Bay Hotel

nb. Location of photos is unconfirmed but it is believed they’re from this show.

“Hard times are easy to Imagine because it did take some time before the magic of the Blues Explosion rubbed off on a larger audience.

The first time they performed in Australia was four years ago as tour support for Beck. Even then, there were the makings of an Incredible outfit. Their most recent album, Now I Cot Worry, finally gained them national radio airplay, and a much larger audience, and their subsequent live shows won them even more fans. Working with 60-year-old north Mississippi bluesman R. L. Burnside he of the propulsive, droning slide guitar extended their musical and historical base even further. But did the band have difficulty convincing others to believe In the power of the Blues Explosion? “I think we were beUeving In ourselves right from the start,” Spencer says. “We just did what we wanted to do and I hope that we stayed true to that ideal. I think that any success we had, maybe it’s due to that conviction.” The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion play the Palace, St Kilda, next Thursday and Friday. headline acts The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Palace, St Kilda, 7nw.s.” – The Age, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Friday, August 29, 1997)

Live Photos: Scotti (http://www.fantasticmessrecords.com/)
Tour Itinerary Photo: Tom Windish (https://www.instagram.com/tomwindish/)

These shows were the Thursday and Friday before their performance of 2Kindsa Love / Flavor on Australian TV show Rage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbwxLGohUM0).

This is from the Now I Got Worry-era and the tour poster features an image also used as a promotional photo.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Australian Tour (POSTER, AUSTRALIA)