Following sell out shows across the country earlier this year in celebration of Baby Animals’ 30th Anniversary, Baby Animals and Killing Heidi will unite once again, due to popular demand, for a massive tour – “Back To Back 2020”, presented by Triple M.
The tour will run from July 3 to September 12, taking in Melbourne, Emu Plains, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Newcastle, Thirroul, Canberra, Sunshine Coast, Miami on the Gold Coast, and winding up with two final shows in Vic, 11th and 12th September.
General public tickets on sale from 10am on December 19.
Baby Animals and Killing Heidi feature two of Australia’s most formidable frontwomen, Suze DeMarchi and Ella Hooper respectively. Between the two bands, the setlists read like a page from the Aussie rock songbook – Early Warning, One Word, Painless, Rush You, Weir, Mascara and more.
Ella Hooper said today, “Killing Heidi and Baby Animals just feels like a match made in heaven, if I do say so myself, and the crowds response was so enthusiastic the first time we played together that we couldn’t resist having another go – AND extending the tour! When do you get to see two hard rocking female fronted bands back to back that happen to span two of rock’s funnest and most vibrant era’s – the 90’s and the Naughties! It’s a pretty powerful night out. We love it.”
Baby Animals have been one of Australia’s biggest bands since they burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut. The band was touring with Van Halen in the US when they heard the album had topped the charts. Baby Animals spent six weeks at number one in Australia – keeping Nirvana’s Nevermind out of top spot.
Baby Animals went eight times platinum and won three ARIA Awards – Best Album, Best Debut Album and Best Debut Single. It was also declared one of the Top 25 albums of 1992 in UK rock bible Kerrang!, and Baby Animals performed Painless on Late Night With David Letterman.
Baby Animals was later featured in The 100 Best Australian Albums, with the book explaining: “Baby Animals exploded on the Australian music scene with a bracing fusion of heavy metal bravura, a touch of glam dynamics and a look and a swagger.”
Fierce and uncompromising – the first single from the band’s second album was called Don’t Tell Me What To Do – Suze DeMarchi was also featured in the book Rock Chicks, The Hottest Female Rockers from the 1960s to Now. “Baby Animals was like a breath of fresh air,” the book stated, “a hard-rocking band fronted by a guitar-wielding, tattooed temptress who could rock with the best of them.”
It’s been twenty years since Hooper Siblings Killing Heidi released their disarming folk pop song, Kettle on triple j unearthed. The band soon expanded into colourful teenage power pop and burst onto the national and international stage with their breakthrough debut album Reflector, released in March 2000.
Anthemic singles Mascara and Weir made Reflector a blow-out success and cemented the work as one of Australia’s most loved pop albums.
The early naughties belonged to Killing Heidi with Weir placing #2 and Mascara #14 in triple j’s Hottest 100. Reflector went onto to take out four ARIA awards and reach 4 x platinum status. The Hooper siblings also won the critically-acclaimed APRA songwriters of the year award.