Legendary Australian artist Archie Roach has announced his final national tour ever, Tell Me Why – The Final Round 1990-2020.
2020 Victorian Australian of the Year Archie Roach is an iconic piece of Australian music history, and is set to commence his final tour in May this year. The tour will celebrate his life, memoir, and his latest album Tell Me Why.
The album and the tour will take viewers on a journey through Roach’s life, depicting the strength, love, and resilience he has exhibited throughout his existence.
While it’s no secret that Archie Roach has had a rough few years with his health challenges including a stroke and lung cancer, it hasn’t been easy for him to announce this last national tour.
“Releasing my debut album, Charcoal Lane back in 1990, was the most amazing experience in my life. I never imagined that I would be here three decades later still recording and singing on stages in Australia and the world,” Roach explains.
“Music has kept me going, kept me alive. It’s something that I have come to love, especially the relationship I have with those who come to my shows. I am also most grateful to all the people that I have worked with through the years.”
Joining Roach onstage will be his five-piece band, including the inimitable jazz composer and improviser Paul Grabowsky, guitarist Stephen Magnusson, violinisht Erkki Veltheim, bassist Sam Anning, drummer Dave Beckwill, and special guest vocalist Emma Donovan.
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With such a captivating life, from being a stolen child and alcoholic teenager, to becoming a musical idol, social advocate, and a First Nations leader, this tour is sure to be a exceptional spectacle.
As iconic musicians such as Paul Kelly, Dan Sultan, and A.B. Original have paid tribute to the celebrated musician, this tour stands for Roach to pay tribute to his own life, in his own way, for one last time.
Check out ‘Tell Me Why (feat. Sally Dastey)’ by Archie Roach:
Tell Me Why – The Final Round 1990-2020
Saturday, May 9th
Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT
Friday, May 15th
Arts Centre Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets: Arts Centre Melbourne
Saturday, May 23rd
Perth Concert Hall, Perth, WA
Tickets: Perth Concert Hall
Friday, June 26th
Theatre Royal, Hobart, TAS
Tickets: Theatre Royal
Saturday, June 27th
Theatre North, The Princess, Launceston, TAS
Tickets: Theatre North
Friday, July 3rd
Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide, SA
Tickets: Adelaide Festival Centre
Friday, July 10th
State Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tickets are on sale now with more dates to be announced.