Red Hot Summer Tour 2020

An article about the 2020 Hunters and Collectors Red Hot Summer Tour.

Author:  Orlander Ruming, Central West Daily.

Date: 2 August 2019.

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Red Hot Summer Tour 2020: The Living End and Killing Heidi to join Hunters and Collectors on tour

All Star Group: There’s a number of big names headed to Dubbo in the new year, with The Living End, Hunters & Collectors, Killing Heidi and James Reyne among them.

Hunters and Collectors, The Living End, Baby Animals, The Angels, James Reyne, Killing Heidi and Boom Crash Opera, all in the one place … and there’s wine.

Where do we sign?

The line-up for the 2020 Red Hot Summer Tour has been announced, with the Hunters and Collectors set to headline the 10th anniversary tour.

They’ll be joined by a squadron of Australian artists at the Dubbo leg of the tour, which will be held on Saturday, April 4 at Lazy River Estate.

Boom Crash Opera’s singer Dale Ryder said he was looking forward to playing at some incredible locations with incredible bands.

Boom Crash Opera will lead the show at the Dubbo leg of the tour.

“When you tour on your own you’re going from place to place, it’s a lot smaller, a little less glamorous. There’s a lot more work. This is half an hour on stage, whack it off and you’re done. You can go back have a glass of wine and a chat,” he said.

“Plus you get to watch a bunch of bands how good is that? We’re on first so then the hard work is done. The rest is great.”

Mr Ryder left the band for four years ago – due to scheduling issues – and only announced he would be joining it again in the last few weeks.

The Red Hot Summer Tour will be the first time he’s sung six songs in a row for a while. And the “high and mighty” songs, as Mr Ryder describes them, has meant spending time back at the gym to improve his fitness.

We’re going to have a bit of fun so come on down and enjoy yourselves.

Boom Crash Opera’s singer Dale Ryder
“You’re basically doing deep breathing for 30 minutes flat and yelling at the top of the voice and trying to entertain and trying to look good at the same time without falling and hurting yourself,” the 65-year-old said.

The band will also be back in rehearsals to fine tune their performance.

“But that’s all really. It’s what we do for a living and we’re not too bad at it,” Mr Ryder said.

Boom Crash Opera formed in 1984. However, the singer said even after 35 years he still got a thrill from performing.

Favourites: Hunters and Collectors will headline the Red Hot Summer Tour, which will be in Dubbo in October.

“Dancing in the Storm [is my favourite]. It’s one of those footy chants that riles me up and gets me going. I like the lyrics and it’s a good melody,” Mr Ryder said.

“I love the songs. I helped write the songs and helped put the band together so it’s not a chore at all, it’s a pleasure to sing stuff that you like and you’ve written and other people like. It’s a bit of a thrill, that never goes away.”

Boom Crash Opera will be first on the stage at the Red Hot Summer Tour.

“Hopefully there’ll be a big enough crowd because we’re going on first. And then we’ll just try to have a good time while working and getting paid for it. How good is that?” Mr Ryder said.

“We’re going to have a bit of fun so come on down and enjoy yourselves. Come down early and see us.”

Tickets for the Red Hot Summer Tour go on sale on Thursday, August 8 at 9am. Tickets are available at the Dubbo Visitor Information Centre or through the Ticketmaster website.