Hunters & Collectors Return With Epic Secret Show

An article on the massive 2014 return of Hunters and Collectors at a secret show in Castlemaine.

Author:  Shane O’Donohue, Mushroom.

Date: 24 January 2014.

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Hunters & Collectors last night proved they’ve lost none of their fire with a secret warm-up show at Castlemaine’s Theatre Royal, ahead of their first Australian tour in 15 years.

Billed as Scar Stories – the night was a fundraiser for the cancer awareness group of the same name – the iconic Melbourne seven-piece powered through a two-and-a-half hour, 26-song setlist of radio favourites and back catalogue gems.

Highlights included opener “Talking To A Stranger” – their 1982 debut single, remixed by the Avalanches on recent H&C tribute album Crucible – a ferocious “Say Goodbye”, the now-traditional sing-along for “Throw Your Arms Around Me”, the band’s covers of Sardine V’s “Stuck On You” and Ray Charles’ “I Believe”, and a gloriously noisy “42 Wheels”.

After splitting in 1998, Hunters & Collectors re-formed last year to perform at the 2013 AFL Grand Final. They kick off a winery tour this Saturday for a day on the green, support Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at AAMI Park in February and play theatre shows in Sydney and Melbourne in April.

Talking To A Stranger
Blind Eye
Inside A Fireball
True Tears Of Joy
This Morning
Where Do You Go?
Stuck On You (Sardine V cover)
Crime Of Passion
Say Goodbye
The Finger
What’s A Few Men?
Holy Grail
Back In The Hole
42 Wheels
When The River Runs Dry
Do You See What I See?

Little Chalkie
Throw Your Arms Around Me
Hear No Evil
Everything’s On Fire
The Slab

Skin Of Our Teeth
I Believe
Head Above Water
Carry Me

25/01 The Hill Winery (18+) Geelong, VIC
01/02 Bimbadgen Winery (18+) Hunter Valley, NSW
02/02 Sirromet Wines (18+) Brisbane, QLD
08/02 All Saints Estate (18+) Rutherglen, VIC
22/02 Leconfield Wines (18+) McLaren Vale, SA
01/03 Petersons Winery (18+) Armidale, NSW
08/03 Robert Oatley Vineyards (18+) Mudgee, NSW
15/03 Josef Chromy Wines (18+) Launceston, TAS
22/03 Rochford Wines (18+) Coldstream, VIC
29/03 Kings Park & Botanic Garden (18+) Perth, WA
04/04 Enmore Theatre (AA) Sydney, NSW
05/04 Enmore Theatre (AA) Sydney, NSW
11/04 Palais Theatre (AA) Melbourne, VIC
12/04 Palais Theatre (AA) Melbourne, VIC