Bernard Fanning is coming to Nambour in July.
Bernard Fanning is coming to Nambour in July. CONTRIBUTED

Eye of the Tiger scene to be recreate as Fanning hits Rocky

IT'S been eight years since the first solo effort from Bernard Fanning was projected into our living rooms, and since then Australia has been patiently waiting for more.

ARIA and APRA-winning Tea and Sympathy was very well received by listeners, and now the former Powderfinger lead singer is back in the spotlight with a new sound, titled Departures.

The singer-songwriter has said this album is much more energetic which would make for a really dynamic show when played alongside songs from Tea and Sympathy.

Pulse recently got the opportunity to chat with Fanning ahead of his two-month national tour, which has already sold out eight shows. He and his band will perform in Rockhampton on August 20.

Fanning told Pulse one of his band members was originally a Rocky boy and had some fond memories of the Pilbeam Theatre.

"Our bass player is actually from Rockhampton and he said the last time he played on the Pilbeam Theatre stage was in his school band performing Eye of the Tiger, so we're going to try and re-create that scene for him," he laughed.

Speaking about the making of this album, Fanning said they had been happier times for him although the lyrics didn't always convey that.

"The music may be lighter but the lyrics are still melancholy," he said.

"We've got three new guys (in the band) and there's a lot of energy and we're looking forward to tying in all the elements."


WHAT: Bernard Fanning The Departures Tour with Big Scary and Vance Joy

WHERE: Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton

WHEN: Tuesday, August 20, 7.30pm

TICKETS: All tickets $69.90, go to

Being a stalwart in the Australian music scene, Fanning couldn't give enough praise to his support bands on this tour, being Big Scary and Vance Joy.

"Big Scary are going to be really great, they've got a lot of potential; as soon as you hear them you know that they're sincere," he said.

Since Departures' first single, Battleships, hit the airwaves and TV screens, Bernard has claimed the No.2 Most Added Track to Australian Radio on week of release, and has since hit back with a second single, Tell Me How It Ends, last week.

Upon uploading a new video for almost-title-track Departures (Blue Toowong Skies) recently, fans clicked through in force, with the video generating tens of thousands of views in just a few days.

The track itself was written in memory of Fanning's father and older brother.


Tickets to Bernard's national tour are on sale now.

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