Ahead of their upcoming Australian tour, the rebooted Divinyls featuring founding member, guitarist and songwriter Mark McEntee has introduced the band’s cracking new vocalist Lauren Ruth Ward and all Australian rhythm section via a sneak peek performance clip taken at recent rehearsals in Perth, Western Australia.
The new combination featuring McEntee, Lauren Ruth Ward and Aussies J Cortez and Malcolm Clarke rip through a snippet of the classic Divinyls track Boys In Town breathing a new energy into the song, paying homage to the past but definitely dragging the material kicking and screaming into 2019.
“For true fans of Divinyls music, this is a chance to relive some of those great songs live again,” states McEntee. “It’s not about replacing anybody,” he continues, “this tour is about getting the chance to play and bloody celebrate these great songs again, live and loud, and hopefully people are interested in that.” On the addition of Lauren Ruth Ward McEntee adds, “I’d never seriously thought about getting Divinyls back on the road until I heard Lauren sing, there had been offers, but this girl is the real thing and I just had to jump on the opportunity.”
Lauren Ruth Ward is a force of nature. Having moved to Los Angeles in 2015, the Los Angeles-based artist quickly built a large and loyal local following with her 70s-tinged psych-blues swagger and voice of gold. As a young up and coming artist Lauren brings her own voice and message to Divinyls, while at the same time respecting the legacy and lyrics of the late great Chrissy Amphlett.
The reformed Divinyls hit the road in late February with only one thing to prove, how great these enduring anthems still are and how much they still mean to so many.
WEDNESDAY 27TH FEBRUARY– WINTERSUN HOTEL- GERALDTON
FRIDAY- 1ST MARCH – GATE ONE THEATRE – PERTH
SATURDAY 2ND MARCH– DUNSBOROUGH TAVERN- DUNSBOROUGH
SUNDAY 3RD MARCH– GATE ONE THEATRE – PERTH
WEDNESDAY 6TH MARCH- THE GOV – ADELAIDE
THURSDAY 7TH MARCH– FORUM- MELBOURNE
FRIDAY 8TH MARCH– UNI BAR- HOBART
SATURDAY 9TH MARCH– SALOON BAR- LAUNCESTON
SUNDAY 10TH MARCH– LORNE HOTEL-LORNE
WEDNESDAY 13TH MARCH– ANU- CANBERRA
THURSDAY 14TH MARCH– WAVES- WOLLONGONG
FRIDAY 15TH MARCH– ENMORE THEATRE – SYDNEY
WEDNESDAY 20TH MARCH– COOLANGATTA HOTEL- COOLANGATTA
THURSDAY 21ST MARCH – EATONS HILL HOTEL – BRISBANE
FRIDAY – 22ND MARCH – VILLA NOOSA HOTEL NOOSAVILLE
SATURDAY 23RD MARCH– RACEHORSE HOTEL- IPSWICH
MONDAY 25TH -MARCH DISCOVERY – DARWIN