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Formed: 1991
From: Stockholm, Sweden
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Katatonia To Re-Issue "For Funerals To Come"

Katatonia has issued the following announcement about an upcoming re-issue of the "For Funerals To Come" album:

"The ultra-rare 1994 mini-album of death/doom metal mastery, 'For Funerals to Come', will be released on vinyl on November 7th (CD TBA) through Peaceville Records. 'For Funerals to Come' contains the trademarks of early era Katatonia with the haunting guitar melodies & slow tempo combining with the tortured vocals of Jonas Renkse to create an aura of melancholy & gothic darkness.

"This edition of 'For Funerals to Come' contains 2 extra tracks, 'Black Erotica' & 'Love of the Swan', & also features new liner notes from co-founding member, writer & guitarist, Anders Nyström and is limited to only 1500 copies. Pre-order your copy directly from Peaceville now!"

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Opeth and Katatonia Play To Music City

Their latest and most polarizing album, “Heritage,” just released to the world (and reviewed here,) Opeth began their fall North American tour with support from the well-established Katatonia. One of the first shows was in Nashville, TN just this Wednesday, the 28th, and the crowd didn’t react as divided as the internet let on that it would. The Cannery Ballroom turned out to be the perfect size for the show, with the crowd filling up all the way to the back.

Both bands had a very passionate crowd, eager to find a spot and keep it the entire show. When Katatonia came on, they walked out to fairly loud cheers, kicking things off with their concoction of chugging and atmospherics. During the set, the band was bathed in a dark red crimson light, with only faint hues of blue lights hitting them from the front, mixing with the music to make for an altogether dark experience. More...

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Opeth Stops By Philadelphia For A Sold-Out Show

Opeth’s latest album “Heritage” has divided the band's fan base in a way not seen since 2003 with “Damnation,” and even back then, it never got as heated as some of the discussions on “Heritage” going off in various forums, blogs, and web sites. With Opeth’s 10th studio album released just a few days prior, the band made a stop in rain-soaked Philadelphia on the first U.S. headlining tour in support of “Heritage.” With fellow Swedish act Katatonia as direct support, the Trocadero was sold-out for the show. What fans got was from both bands was a few solid hits and a mellow atmosphere that caught many off-guard. More...

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Katatonia Announces Headlining Shows

Katatonia has announced several special 20th anniversary North American shows in celebration of two decades of gloom and doom. The headlining “Last Fair Day Gone Night 2011” performances will take place in the United States and Canada while the band is in North America for the upcoming “Heritage Tour” with fellow Swedish heavyweight, Opeth. Full dates for “Last Fair Day Gone Night 2011” and the “Heritage Tour” can be seen below. Guitarist Anders Nyström issued the following statement in anticipation of the “Heritage Tour:”

"Both you and we know that North America damn well deserves to see more of Katatonia, right? So how could we possibly resist heading back to the States this fall when Opeth are giving us the opportunity to be their special guests? It was just a matter of time before it had to happen again. Yes we toured together in the same formation ten years ago in Europe, and not only was that tour very well received by both bands’ fans, but we also shared a great ride together as long time friends. Some people have even been calling this bill their ‘dream line-up’, so it's only fair that the loyal fans in North America now get their piece of the cake too! So come out and see us on this great tour and remember we're playing headlining sideshows as well! Looking forward! Cheers!"

Sept. 16 - Ottawa, ON - Zaphod Beeblebrox*
Sept. 17 - Quebec City, QC - Agitee*
Sept. 18 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes*
Sept. 19 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 20 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Sept. 21 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Sept. 22 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
Sept. 23 - Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Sept. 24 - Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall*
Sept. 25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s*
Sept. 26 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
Sept. 27 - Louisville, KY - Expo Five
Sept. 28 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
Sept. 29 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
Sept. 30 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Oct. 01 - Lake Buena Vista, FL - House of Blues
Oct. 02 - New Orleans, LA - Hangar*
Oct. 03 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
Oct. 04 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater
Oct. 05 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Oct. 06 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont Club
Oct. 07 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Oct. 08 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings
Oct. 09 - Regina, SK - The Exchange*
Oct. 10 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
Oct. 11 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Oct. 13 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 14 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 15 - Seattle, WA - Showbox SoDo
Oct. 16 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
Oct. 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
Oct. 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Mayan Theatre
Oct. 20 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Oct. 21 - Pomona, CA - The Fox Theater
Oct. 22 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
Oct. 24 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex
Oct. 25 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Oct. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
Oct. 28 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Oct. 29 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
Oct. 30 - Guelph, ON - Guelph Concert Theatre
Oct. 31 - Millvale, PA - Mr Smalls Theatre
Nov. 01 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!

* Katatonia headlining “Last Fair Day Gone Night 2011” date

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Katatonia Cancels Unirock Festival Appearance

Katatonia has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's appearance at the Unirock Festival:

"It is with great regret that Katatonia are forced to cancel their September 9th appearance at the Unirock Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

"Due to a conflict with the festival’s promoter who were not able to fulfil their contractual obligations, our agent and management decided to pull out as we can’t afford to risk financial loss.

"We hereby apologize to any fans who were expecting us to appear and we’ll do our absolute best to schedule a new tour date for Turkey in the near future."

Katatonia will also be heading to North America this fall with Opeth for the "Heritage" tour. Full details are available by heading over to this location.

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Katatonia Releases iPhone App

Swedish dark metallers Katatonia have posted the following statement online, announcing the release of its new iPhone/iPad app:

"Some of you might have missed that there is a Katatonia dedicated iPhone/iPad app to grab. All features that Katatonia.com have can now also be found in the app and there's also a smooth integration between Facebook and Twitter accounts. Furthermore, this free app will be expanded on the following areas: songs (full songs to be on rotation), videos (hooked up directly to our YouTube account), photos (hooked up directly to our Flickr account), tour dates (all upcoming shows with ticket links) and maybe most important of all — the very latest news of the band delivered to you as they happen. So, if you haven't grabbed it already, go ahead! Remember it's free to keep up with all the latest updates in the world of Katatonia directly in your iPhone."

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Katatonia Comments On Tour With Opeth

Swedish act Katatonia has announced its return to North American shores this fall with fellow countrymen Opeth on a six week run, dubbed the “Heritage Tour,” which will conquer over 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada beginning in September.

Guitarist Anders Nyström issued the following statement in anticipation of this monumental combination of Swedish metal heavyweights:

"Both you and we know that North America damn well deserves to see more of Katatonia, right? So how could we possibly resist heading back to the states this fall when Opeth are giving us the opportunity to be their special guests? It was just a matter of time before it had to happen again. Yes we toured together in the same formation ten years ago in Europe, and not only was that tour very well received by both bands’ fans, but we also shared a great ride together as long time friends.

"Some people have even been calling this bill their ‘dream line-up’, so it's only fair that the loyal fans in North America now get their piece of the cake too! So come out and see us on this great tour and remember we're playing headlining sideshows as well! Looking forward! Cheers!"

Katatonia last toured North America in the fall of 2010, a headlining run on the “Night Over North America” tour, in support of the 2009 release "Night Is The New Day."

The "Heritage" tour dates are as follows: More...

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Opeth Reveals Complete U.S. Tour Dates

Swedish progressive metal veterans Opeth have revealed the full tour schedule for their forthcoming trek across North America. Supporting them on the run will be Katatonia.

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Opeth To Tour North America With Katatonia

Swedish metal act Opeth has revealed the first batch of dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America with support on the trek coming from fellow Swedish dark rockers Katatonia. Opeth will be touring in support of its upcoming new album "Heritage," which is set to hit store shelves on September 20, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. You can view the currently announced dates in the list below, with additional Canadian and American dates to be announced in the coming days.

09/19 Worcester, MA – Palladium
09/20 Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre
09/21 New York, NY – Webster Hall
09/22 New York, NY – Webster Hall
09/26 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
09/28 Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
09/29 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
10/06 Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
10/08 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
10/16 Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
10/21 Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
10/25 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater

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Musicians Comment On New Morbid Angel Album

Morbid Angel's new album "Illud Divinum Insanus" will be out in less than a week, and Season of Mist has now asked a series of famous names in the metal what they thought of the influential extreme metal act's new opus. The commentary from the various musicians can be viewed below, or you can check out Metalunderground.com's review here.

"The new Morbid Angel album will cause 3rd World War. After June 7th, the extreme metal scene is never gonna be the same again... And I already can't wait the moment I'll be sitting on my sofa listening to 'Illus Divinum Insanus' while the world burns! Ha!" - Nergal, Behemoth.

"No other band in the entire Extreme Metal genre but Morbid Angel would have ever dared to make 'Illud Divinum Insanus'. There are going to be quite a few unimaginative underground purists who think they know better what kind of album Morbid Angel should or should not be putting out, but with 'Illud Divinum Insanus' Trey and David prove that they answer to no one but themselves. It is an incredibly well written, performed, recorded and produced record." - Karl Sanders, Nile.

"One of the best death metal releases since their last album with Vincent. I'm not too much into the techno bits but I am a dude who will appreciate and respect bands doing new things, progressing... So it's all good. Vincent's vocals of course are still as good as they come. And the riffs are definitely there, Trey always delivers. New drummer is killer too!" - Mikael Akerfeldt, Opeth.

"The ultimate voice of death metal is back, as hellish as ever!" - Mikael Stanne, Dark Tranquillity.

"Glad to see Morbid Angel are back! We had our share of criticism when we first incorporated electronic elements in our sound and we know it takes courage and passion to follow one's own stream of inspiration. This time the guitar work is more impressive than ever and those 11 songs are a real 'tour de force'. With this new album they're not afraid to take the hit from the more conservative audience but that's what it means to be extreme!" - Vorph, Samael

"Innovation, wits and a feral 'no compromise' attitude is what brands the greatest of bands. 'Illud Divinum Insanus' is all that and a leap further! Hail Morbid Angel!" - Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen, Ava Inferi, ex Mayhem. More...

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Tentative Tracklist For New Katatonia DVD Revealed

Swedish metal act Katatonia has revealed the tentative track listing for its forthcoming live concert DVD. The DVD was filmed during the band's recent concert in London, England which was part of the band's 20th-anniversary celebrations. You can view the tentative track list for the as-yet-untitled release as well as footage from the event below.

Set 1: Last Fair Deal Gone Down
1. Dispossession
2. Chrome
3. We Must Bury You
4. Teargas
5. I Transpire
6. Tonight's Music
7. Clean Today
8. The Future Of Speech
9. Passing Bird
10. Sweet Nurse
11. Don't Tell a Soul

Set 2
12. Brave
13. Nephilim
14. My Twin
15. I Break
16. Right Into the Bliss
17. The Promise of Deceit
18. Wait Outside
19. The Longest Year
20. July
21. New Night

Encore:
22. Dissolving Bonds
23. Forsaker

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Katatonia To Release Special Edition Albums

Sweden’s Katatonia has announced that it will release special editions of the critically acclaimed albums, "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" and "Night is the New Day," on April 25th, to coincide with a series of special shows to mark the band’s 20th anniversary in May.

The special 10th anniversary edition of "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" will be presented in deluxe mediabook packaging, as a two-disc edition containing tracks from the now hard-to-find singles, "Teargas" and "Tonight’s Music." 2009’s "Night is the New Day" will include bonus tracks from the "The Longest Year" EP. Both titles will be presented with newly updated cover artwork courtesy of original artist Travis Smith. The artwork can be found after the jump.

Performances for the 20th anniversary “Last Fair Day Gone Night Tour 2011” are scheduled for Luxembourg, Germany, Holland, France, England, and Greece, and the band will perform two sets at each show. The first set will see the band play "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" front to back. The second set will consist of a mixed set of carefully picked songs from the band’s extensive catalog. Dates are as follows:

May 4th – Kulturfabrik – Luxembourg
May 5th – Stollwerck – Cologne, Germany
May 6th – Koko – London, UK (Live DVD recording)
May 7th – De Kade – Zaandam, Holland
May 8th – Alhambra – Paris, France
May 14th – Fuzz Live Music Club – Athens, Greece More...

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Kimaera To Play Unirock Open Air Fest

Lebanon based metal act Kimaera has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Unirock Open Air festival:

"Kimaera s officially confirmed for Unirock open air festival taking place in Istanbul - Turkey on 9, 10, and 11 September. The festival is also featuring Opeth, Katatonia, Mayhem, Eluveitie and many more..."

Additional details on the festival are available at this location. You can also check out behind the scenes footage of Kimaera filming a music video for "The Taste of Treason" at this location.

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Broken Hearts: An Ode To Anti-Love Metal

February 14th is a date that means different things to different people. For some, Valentine’s Day is that special occasion to show someone how much you care, while for others it’s an unfortunate reminder of just how long that unused condom has been stashed in your wallet. For every lucky gentleman who has found the lady he can sexually accost without fear of court mandated harassment classes, there’s that lonely soul who will spend Valentine’s Day with nothing but music out the speakers and a bottle of Jack.

No matter which side you fall on, heavy metal has got a song to match your mood and help you head bang through the gooiest of all the holidays.

Whether any given track is purposefully over the top and funny, depressing enough to make you pull out the eyeliner and candles, or just plain outright disturbing, metal is no stranger to the anti-love song. So for those of you will be spending Valentine’s Day alone, or just simply think the holiday is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell chocolates and greeting cards, here’s a series of anti-love anthems to get you through the day.

For those who still have a heart and haven't devolved into extreme cynicism, you can also check out our companion listing of pro-love heavy metal music at this location.

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Metalunderground.com is no stranger to aberrant sexual behavior, as we have the honor of being home the infamous “I’d put my tongue in her butt” forum thread. The following, um, “tongue-in-cheek” songs are all dedicated to everyone who has ever contributed a post to that thread.

Whether 80’s glam rock parody/tribute act Steel Panther is singing love songs or anti-love songs is a matter of some debate. What could be more loving than each band member’s willingness to sleep with anything that moves, regardless of VD status? Take the particularly touching song “Turn Out The Lights,” in which we are informed that front man Michael Starr is in desperate need of some physical attention, even though his partner actively disgusts him. What’s a horny rock star to do? Look no further than the title for the answer:

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Metalcamp 2011 Lineup Announced

Zonaria is the latest act to be confirmed for this year's edition of the Metalcamp festival, which is set to take place from July 11th - 16th, 2011 in Tolmin, Slovenia.

The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ABINCHOVA
ACCEPT
ACHREN
AIRBOURNE
ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ARCH ENEMY
ARKONA
AVA INFERI
BLIND GUARDIAN
BRAINSTORM
BREZNO
BULLDOZER
DEATH ANGEL
DEICIDE
DIE APOKALYPTISCHE REITE
HATE
HEAVEN'S GREY
IMPERIUM DEKADENZ
IN EXTREMO
IN SOLITUDE
KALMAH
KATATONIA
KREATOR
KYLESA
MERCENARY
MOONSORROW
MOONSPELL
OBSCURA
OCTOBER FILE
RISING DREAM
SERENITY
SUICIDAL ANGELS
TAAKE
THAUROROD
THE OCEAN
VANDERBUYST
VIRGIN STEELE
WATAIN
WINTERSUN
ZONARIA

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Katatonia Announces Last Fair Day Gone Night Tour

Sweden dark metal act Katatonia has issued the following update about 20th anniversary shows in Europe:

"20 years of Katatonia going strong calls for a celebration and we'll be doing just that by throwing five very special anniversary gigs in Europe this coming May presented as the 'Last Fair Day Gone Night - An Evening With Katatonia' tour 2011.

"We've decided to play the entire 'Last Fair Deal Gone Down' album front to back as that's the one album that got us true worldwide recognition for the first time, but 2011 is also the album's 10th anniversary so re-visiting this album seems more fitting than any other record we've done. A second set will follow that will see us play a mix of tracks from the rest of our catalogue. We'll be doing some fan favorites classics but also look into a couple of obscure B-sides and such that we've never or hardly played live before. Together you should get over two hours of live music on this last fair day gone night. Besides the standard tickets, which will go on sale this Wednesday, January 19th, we've decided to reserve 70 tickets per show for VIPs who will be up for some real nice treats.

"If you're one of those VIPs, you will receive a Katatonia tour messenger bag upon arrival filled with exclusive items such as a t-shirt exclusive to that particular show, an exclusive VIP laminate, a + 20-page tour programme (that we're all busy writing as I'm typing this), a limited-edition vinyl of our latest album 'Night is The New Day' and a bunch more cool Katatonia merch items.

"But that's not all; all VIP's will have a dedicated meet-and-greet with the whole band so we can shake hands, have your picture taken and hang out for a chat! After that you can watch us soundcheck for about an hour where you'll hear some songs from the set list and watch us prepare the show. Then it's dinner time so you can go out and grab a bite while you'll be confident to learn that your VIP laminate will allow you back inside the venue a bit earlier than anyone else, so you'll have a smooth and free picking to where you like to position yourself.

"The London, U.K. show will be filmed for a DVD. Last but not least; right now we're very busy talking to all our equipment endorsers for them to make some goods available that we'll combine into one 'grand prize'! All VIP's will automatically enter into a draw for one lucky guy or girl to win this ultimate prize, which we'll reveal the details about in the next coming weeks. See it as a nice extra bonus already and you can't get disappointed….

"Head over to the tour dates for more detailed information. VIP tickets are on sale as of now and standard tickets will go up on sale this Wednesday.

"If you chose to get a VIP ticket, you should be prepared to be at the venue around 2 p.m. on show day. Exact times will vary per show but you'll be notified in advance of all confirmed details. We hope you're just as much excited about this special celebration as we are! See you at the show and let's have a toast for the last fair day gone night!"

The dates are as follows:
May 4, 2011 - Kulturfabrik - Luxembourg, Luxembourg
May 5, 2011 - Stollwerck - Cologne, Germany
May 6, 2011 - Koko - London, UK
May 7, 2011 - De Kade - De Kade, The Netherlands
May 8, 2011 - Alhambra - Paris, France

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Katatonia Announces South American Shows

Sweden's Katatonia has issued the following announcement about upcoming South American tour dates:

"There's been quite a few rumours going on about us touring South America and we're very happy to announce that those rumours are true! We're all very excited and can't wait to get our asses over and enjoy all the good things South America has to offer. Tour dates are as follows and ticket links will be up soon."

Feb 20th – Mexico, Mexico City, Circo Volador
Feb 22nd – Columbia, Bogota. Teatro La Mama
Feb 24th – Chile, Santiago de Chile, Teatro La Cupula
Feb 25th – Argentina, Buenos Aires, Roxy Live
Feb 26th – Uruguay, Montevideo, VENUE TBC
Feb 28th – Brasil, Sao Paolo, Hangar 110

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Katatonia Performance Footage Avaialble

Footage has been posted online of Katatonia performing at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.

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One Without Announces Supporting Shows

Sweden's One Without has announced the following upcoming dates supporting Katatonia:

3/11/2010 KB in Malmo
4/11/2010 Brewhouse in Gothenburg

One Without will also be supporting Evergrey on the following dates:

16/12/2010 The Matrix in Bochum GERMANY
17/12/2010 Baroeg in Rotterdam THE NETHERLANDS
18/12/2010 The Rock Temple in Kerkrade THE NETHERLANDS
19/12/2010 Rockfabrik (Rofa x-mas festival) in Ludwigsburg GERMANY
20/12/2010 TBA

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Katatonia Announces Shows In Portugal

Sweden's Katatonia has checked in with the following announcement about two upcoming live shows in Portugal:

"Since we missed Portugal on the ‘New Night Over Europe’ 2010 tour back in spring, we are happy to announce our return for two shows in November. November 26th, Incrível Almadense, Lisbon (Almada), Portugal and November 27th, Hard Club, Porto, Portugal."

The upcoming Katatonia tour dates are as follows:

11/3 2010 KB Malmo, SWEDEN
11/4 2010 Brewhouse Göteborg, SWEDEN
11/6 2010 Aalborg Metal Festival Aalborg, Nordjyllan, DENMARK
11/10 2010 Klubi Tampere, FINLAND
11/11 2010 Nosturi Helsinki, FINLAND
11/12 2010 Rytmikorjaamo Seinäjoki, FINLAND
11/13 2010 Lutakko Jyväskylä, FINLAND
11/26 2010 Incrível Almadense Lisbon, PORTUGAL
11/27 2010 Hard Club Porto, PORTUGAL
12/2 2010 Platen's Bar Linköping, SWEDEN
12/4 2010 Göta Källare Stockholm, SWEDEN
12/10 2010 ASB Showgrounds Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
12/12 2010 Arena Joondalup Perth, AUSTRALIA
12/15 2010 Adelaide Entertainment Centre Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
12/17 2010 Melbourne Showgrounds Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
12/18 2010 Entertainment Quarter, Hordern Pavilion & Surrounds Sydney, AUSTRALIA
12/19 2010 RNA Showgrounds Brisbane, AUSTRALIA
12/21 2010 Mood Indigo Mumbai, INDIA

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