Powderfinger’s Bernard Fanning spoke to Ryan, Monty & Wippa only hours after they announced their final tour which will then lead to the band parting ways.
Twenty years after forming the band in the suburbs of Brisbane, the group made up of five members, Bernard Fanning, guitarists Darren Middleton and Ian Haug, bassist John Collins and drummer Jon Coghill have called it quits. Bernard Fanning, Powderfinger’s frontman told Ryan, Monty & Wippa that it shouldn’t be a sad day. “For us it’s supposed to be a celebration, I mean there’s a certain amount of sadness I ‘spose but we’re also excited.”
The band gained national success from their third album ‘Internationalist’ in 1998 and since then has won many awards including Australia’s most coveted ARIA award 15 times over.
Powderfinger has announced a farewell tour rocking the country at over BLAH venues confirming to Ryan, Monty & Wippa that the last official show will be in Victoria’s small country town of Ballarat.
“But I think we’ll probably do a show in Brisbane after that. That will be more of a final kinda show for family and friends, and maybe the fan club I imagine.” Fanning comments. What’s next for the lead vocalist? When Ryan Shelton suggested to Fanning he could go on a gap year overseas he responded that the change was similar to finishing school.
“We have been talking about (breaking up) over the last 6 years but over the last 6 months we have been talking about it more seriously …..We all think (Golden Rule) is our best record, and we thought it’s the perfect way to go out.”