Legendary Australian musician ROWLAND S HOWARD is to be celebrated with a night at London’s Royal Festival Hall next year.
The Melbourne guitarist came to prominence after joining the band BOYS NEXT DOOR, who would morph into THE BIRTHDAY PARTY, launching the career of NICK CAVE.
Following The Birthday Party’s split in 1983, Howard would join CRIME & THE CITY SOLUTION with his brother Harry before forming THESE IMMORTAL SOULS. He would go on to collaborate with numerous musicians including LYDIA LUNCH, NIKKI SUDDEN, EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN, JEFFREY LEE PIERCE and HENRY ROLLINS.
Diagnosed with terminal liver cancer, Howard released his second solo album Pop Crimes shortly before his death in January 2010.
Howard’s song ‘Shivers’, written when he was 16 and first recorded with the band THE YOUNG CHARLATANS, has since become an Aussie standard.
The show Pop Crimes, at the Royal Festival Hall on 12 February, will feature Howard’s music performed by bandmates Harry Howard, Mick Harvey, Genevieve McGuckin and JP Shilo with Conrad Standish in place of the late Brian Hooper, along with special guests including Bobby Gillespie, Lydia Lunch and more to be announced.
Tickets are on sale here.
Howard’s two solo albums Teenage Snuff Film and Pop Crimes are being reissued in honour of the his 60th birthday, which would have been in October this year.