Craig Barman March 31, 2010 at 12:16pm
Subject: Niagara & the Hitmen hit Melbourne
Niagara is on 2SER-FM in Sydney tonight from 9.30pm.
Wayne DZ is staging a 90-minute Detroit rock special at 107.3 on your dial or on the Net. Niagara is also opening her exhibition at Outre in Melbourne at 7pm. First gig of the tour at the National Hotel, Geelong, tomorrow night.


Detroit art punk rock queen Niagara will team
with iconic rock and roll soldiers the Hitmen
for a seven-date Australia tour in April.

Niagara made a name as the femme fatale of Detroit bands
Destroy All Monsters, whose ranks included late Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton.
Destroy All Monsters released a string of singles and toured the US and England extensively in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, keeping alive the legacy of the Stooges.


Her next band was Dark Carnival, a travelling carnival of high-energy underground artists. Membership included Niagara and Ron Asheton, as well as Stooges drummer Scott Asheton and Dead Boys guitarist Cheetah Chrome as well as a string of Detroit musical luminaries. The band issued albums on French and Australian labels Revenge and Zeus, as well as US imprint Sympathy For the Record Industry

Since the ‘90s, Niagara has concentrated on her exploding career as a pop art painter and has dipped back into music only rarely. Niagara exhibits to vast acclaim around the world and her artworks command huge prices. She was recently commissioned to provide a design for her own line of Vans shoes. The tour will coincide with exhibitions at the Outre galleries in Melbourne and Sydney.

The St Valentine's Day Massacre Tour will promote the CD of the same name, released locally on Savage Beat/Shock. The album captures the one-off February 2008 show at The Crest Hotel at Sylvania in Sydney when Niagara was lured out of retirement, with the Hitmen as her backing band.

Fans can expect more of the same with a two-hour show comprising a Hitmen set followed by a high-energy bracket from Niagara, reprising songs from Destroy All Monsters, Dark Carnival and the Stooges.

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