After a massive 2018, which has already seen Aussie hiphop royalty Butterfingers release new music, head out on tour and play a string of killer showcases at BIGSOUND, the legendary group have today announced the 15 Years of Fatboys Australian tour. The epic run kicks off on March 1, 2019 at The Villa in Noosa, before moving through to the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney, Adelaide, Frankston, Geelong, Belgrave, Dunsborough, Perth, Hillarys, Melbourne, Hobart, Townsville, Airlie Beach, Toowoomba, Ipswich, and wrapping up at The Northern in Byron Bay on April 26, supported nationally by Melbourne MC, Fresh Violet.
With years of experience under their belts, their tongues inserted firmly and permanently in their cheeks, and an undeniable sense of rhythmic brilliance, Butterfingers are thrilled to bring their breakout album Breakfast At Fatboys back out on the road in 2019. They have also announced that the classic album will be released on orange vinyl for the first time ever, to coincide with the tour. Excited to kick things off, Evil Eddie enthuses, "We're super stoked to be hitting the road for the anniversary tour of Breakfast At Fatboys, and can't believe it's been 15 years. It's a good long list of shows, and there's going to be songs in the set we haven't played live since the original album tour in 2004." Set to play the album from start to finish, then sprinkle in some newer tracks and some old fan faves, Butterfingers are no strangers to the wild live scene of the Aussie hip-hop world.
Upon release, Breakfast At Fatboys was a triumph for the group, as their cheeky, eclectic brand of stomping hiphop became hugely popular across the country and beyond. Their first two singles, Overtime and I Love Work, both featured on the debut album, made it to triple j's coveted Hottest 100 countdown at #38 and #15 respectively and Yo Mama dropped in at #17. The album become a favourite on the station, earning the Feature Album accolade in addition to a nomination for Best Independent Release at the 2004 ARIA Awards and a guest programming slot on Rage.
There's a lot for fans to look forward to at these anniversary shows, as the group plan a few special moments for audiences across the country. Eddie reveals, "Playing some of those old tunes that we haven't touched for so long is the obvious one but there's a specific track with the classy title of Piss On Ya that always gets requested at shows but since it features a female emcee who isn't a regular member of the band, we've hardly ever performed it live. Fortunately we are taking a female emcee from Melb known as Fresh Violet on the road with us and I'm hoping we can twist her arm to make a cameo on the track… We're looking forward to all the shows, but The Zoo show in Brisbane will be like a big warm hug cause that's where we really cut our teeth, and The Corner in Melbourne is a classic live venue and that's gonna be awesome too."
Tickets to the 15 Years of Fatboys national tour will be available for fan and venue presale from 9am LOCAL Thursday 8 November and general public from 9am LOCAL Thursday 15 November.
Stream: BREAKFAST AT FATBOYS
BUTTERFINGERS 15 YEARS OF FATBOYS NATIONAL TOUR
FRI 01 MAR | THE VILLA, NOOSA QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95439 | 1300 762 545
SAT 02 MAR | MIAMI MARKETTA, GOLD COAST QLD | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/c09d8c30-e619-4aa1-ace8-0118bdf59832 | 1300 762 545
SAT 09 MAR | THE ZOO, BRISBANE QLD | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/57f6f97d-e85d-4e15-91bc-564191523ffc |1300 762 545
THU 14 MAR | UNI BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-special-guests/108156?offercode=BUTTER | 1300 GET TIX
FRI 15 MAR | CAMBRIDGE HOTEL, NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+
Tickets available from: https://events.ticketbooth.com.au/event/butterfingers-15-years-of-breakfast-at-fatboys-tour/pre-sale
SAT 16 MAR | MANNING BAR, SYD NSW | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95499 | 1300 762 545
THU 21 MAR | THE GOVERNOR HINDMARSH, ADELAIDE SA | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95551 | 1300 762 545
FRI 22 MAR | PELLY BAR, FRANKSTON VIC | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95449 | 1300 762 545
SAT 23 MAR | GEELONG HOTEL, GEELONG VIC | 18+
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SUN 24 MAR | SOOKI LOUNGE, BELGRAVE VIC | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95453 | 1300 762 545
THU 28 MAR | DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN, DUNSBOROUGH WA | 18+
Tickets available from https://tickets.oztix.com.au/outlet/event/bddb42c8-42da-44ff-80d5-7ffab03963f4 | 1300 762 545
FRI 29 MAR | BADLANDS BAR, PERTH WA | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95456 | 1300 762 545
SAT 30 MAR | BAR1 NIGHTCLUB, HILLARYS WA | 18+
Tickets available from https://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/butterfingers-15-years-of-breakfast-at-fatboys/108114 | 1300 GET TIX
FRI 05 APR | THE CORNER, RICHMOND VIC | 18+
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SAT 06 APR | GRANADA TAVERN, HOBART TAS | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95460 | 1300 762 545
FRI 12 APR | DALRYMPLE HOTEL, TOWNSVILLE QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95462 | 1300 762 545
SAT 13 APR | MAGNUMS, AIRLIE BEACH QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95463 | 1300 762 545
THU 18 APR | SPOTTED COW, TOOWOOMBA QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95464 | 1300 762 545
SAT 20 APR | RACEHORSE HOTEL, IPSWICH QLD | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95465 | 1300 762 545
FRI 26 APR | THE NORTHERN, BYRON BAY NSW | 18+
Tickets available from http://tickets.oztix.com.au/?Event=95466 | 1300 762 545
Question: What inspired the 15 Years of Fatboys tour?
Evil Eddie: Well, we've only recently reformed, we're still putting together our new album and when we realised that our debut 'Breakfast At Fatboys' was fifteen years old, it felt a good reason to celebrate.
Question: What should we expect from this upcoming tour?
Evil Eddie: The plan right now is to play the album start to finish which means re-introducing a whole bunch of tracks that haven't played live for a looooong time and then, in the encore I guess we get to goof off and throw in whatever else feels good at the time.
Question: How are you preparing for hitting the road March and April 2019?
Evil Eddie: Just juggling rehearsal and writing new material for upcoming album. The biggest challenge really is keeping focus on both at once but I'm feeling confidant and it's all coming together.
Question: Which is your favourite song to perform live and why?
Evil Eddie: Everytime. That was our first ever single and I don't think we ever done a show without playing it. People would riot. And I get a kick out giving the audience what they want.
Question: If you could have anyone, in the world, attend a show, who would it be?
Evil Eddie: Rick Rubin or Jimmy Iovine. Both are powerful people within industry who I respect so, y'know, it couldn't hurt having them there.
Question: Do you prefer performing live or recording?
Evil Eddie: Performing. You don't often get an adrenalin rush when you're recording. I do sometimes get when I'm writing though. Writing and performing. Recording is like a necessary evil.
Question: How has your life changed in the past 15 years?
Evil Eddie: I have kids which is a pretty massive change but other than that nothing.
Question: How did the band originally come together?
Evil Eddie: We all happened to be a punk band prior to the formation of Butterfingers but how we met before that, I honestly can't remember.
Question: Which music/artists are you currently listening to?
Evil Eddie: New Logic album is getting a few spins. Same with the new QOTSA record.
Question: If you could collaborate with another artist, who would it be?
Evil Eddie: Josh Homme.
Question: Can you share your socials?
Evil Eddie: Facebook.com
Question: What's next for you?
Evil Eddie: New album. I absolutely ready to explode waiting for this thing to come out. Can't wait.
Interview by Brooke Hunter