The wait is finally over, TEG LIVE & SONY Music are proud to announceBODY COUNT’S eagerly-awaited return to Australia in June seeing the band perform in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne for the first time in 22 years to celebrate the release of their highly anticipated album Bloodlust.
The Australian Bloodlust Tour will be the first BODY COUNT shows in the world to support the release of the new album. Ice T says “We can’t wait to come back to Australia! It’s been over 20yrs… Don’t miss this concert.”
Bloodlust was released on Friday andfeatures guest collaborations from Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), D. Randall Blythe (Lamb Of God) and Max Cavalera (Sepultura). The razor-sharp collection of social right hooks and body blows that paint a picture of an America in utter and complete shambles has had critics praising the record far and wide.
BODY COUNT, the gangster-metal collective that made music fearsome to mainstream America, their renegade track Cop Killer sending politicians, parents and law enforcement officials into a proverbial tailspin when it was released unto the world a quarter-century ago. That’s not to say Ice-T and BODY COUNT have been silent over the past 25 years, but as Ice is quick to point out, you can’t start a movement if people aren’t willing to move.
“The ‘60s was real music, and BODY COUNT was born into that – I’m going to tell you how I feel about shit, that’s who I am and who I will always be. Now, in 2017, let’s see if people are really as pissed off as they act like they are. We’re dealing with a generation that has never known rage. They grew up on Obama, they’re soft today.” says Ice T
BODY COUNT were born of a day when hip-hop was the soundtrack of the streets, brought to life by Bloods, Cripps and gang bangers who lived and died by a code of street justice today’s reality stars and internet wannabes can’t begin to fathom. It wasn’t the sound of middle class American kids playing dress-up and feeling fashionable. And heavy metal? It wasn’t pretty and clean for mainstream America to swallow like a watered down shot with your favourite spray of sugary sweet soda as a chaser. Metal was about long hair, middle fingers and a vocal indifference to societal norms. Maybe we can blame BODY COUNT for how far we’ve fallen – after they united metal and hip-hop like napalm, politicians took note and launched careers around warning labels and lyrical witch hunts.
BLOODLUST AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES:
THURSDAY 1 JUNE – TIVOLI THEATRE, BRISBANE FRIDAY 2 JUNE – MARGARET COURT ARENA, MELBOURNE SATURDAY 3 JUNE – HORDERN PAVILION, SYDNEY