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Iconic Aussie rockers Spiderbait plan Bar on the Hill assault


It’s been two decades since Black Betty put iconic Aussie rockers Spiderbait in the international spotlight.

Although the single was originally released by Ram Jam in 1977, it wasn’t until 2004 that it received the “revved up” treatment from Kram and the gang.

And, to celebrate the milestone, Spiderbait is hitting the road in August for an extensive run of shows to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of its seminal album Tonight Alright and standout track Black Betty.

The band, supported by garage rock duo Polish Club, will perform at Newcastle’s Bar on the Hill on Friday 30 August.

Tickets go on sale from 10am on Wednesday 22 May at frontiertouring.com/spiderbait.

“I can’t believe it’s 20 years since we released Black Betty and it went to number 1,” Kram said.

“Since then, the song has become a bit legendary for us and racked up more than a hundred million streams on Spotify and 75 million views on YouTube, which is nuts.

“The whole ride has been so awesome and was so unexpected.

“So, to mark this mad milestone of our biggest hit, we’re touring to celebrate Black Betty and its 20th anniversary.

“We’re super pumped and can’t wait to see y’all out there.

“Nothing beats seeing ‘live’ music.”

“I’m really excited to bring everyone along with us and leave them with a big smile,” Janet added.

“It feels like we’re throwing a party in the machinery shed on the farm like the old days.”

“I loved touring this album 20 years ago, we went back to a raw guitar, bass and drums,” Whitt chipped in.

“That approach comes naturally to us.”

Recorded in California, Tonight Alright leant into the hard rock sound of the early 2000s.

The album debuted at No.14 on the ARIA Album Chart that year.

Ironically, defying age and genre, Black Betty arrived 15 years into Spiderbait’s storied career.

The song continued to climb the charts after release, reaching the top of the ARIA Singles Chart two months after its debut and hitting the US Top 40 Rock Chart.

Renowned for its dynamic on-stage energy, Spiderbait is without doubt one of the country’s most beloved “live” acts.

Most recently touring Australia in 2022, the trio shows no sign of slowing down, their intensity and camaraderie endearing them to fans right across the globe.

The story of Spiderbait is an unlikely but heart-warming one.

Three friends from a small Australian country town taking on the music scene and emerging triumphantly 30 years later, friendship intact, and now one of the biggest and best rock bands on the national landscape.

They’ve released seven acclaimed albums, all of which have racked up Gold, Platinum or Double Platinum status and combined Australian sales of more than a million units.

Spiderbait has also chalked up almost every Australian accolade possible, taking home multiple ARIA Awards, topping charts and becoming the first Australian band to take the crown in Triple j’s prestigious Hottest 100 of 1996 with Buy Me A Pony.  

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