Empire of the Sun: Ice on the Dune Tour
Presented by Live Nation
Mon, September 16, 2013 at 7:00pm
$33.50 to $43.50
Advance Student/Educator Rush is available for Empire of the Sun.
Policy: 2 tickets per valid ID; $20 per ticket, cash only; available only at the State Theatre Box Office; student/educator must be present with valid ID at time of purchase; rush tickets limited to certain sections in the theatre;resale of rush tickets is strictly prohibited and all tickets are subject to availability.
After headlining numerous summer festivals, Empire of the Sun will launch an extensive North American headline tour that will give fans the opportunity to see the Australian band in more intimate settings. The band is touring in support of its new album, Ice On The Dune (Astralwerks), the follow-up to the 2008 BRIT-nominated, global smash Walking On A Dream. "Alive," the collection's first single, is currently No. 1 on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart. The "Alive" video – produced by Kelvin Optical, Inc., a division within Bad Robot – has more than five million views.
In 2008, two of Australia’s leading musician/producers, Luke Steele (The Sleepy Jackson) and Nick Littlemore (Pnau), created a vision that seemed to come from an alternative reality – a post-apocalyptic psychedelic adventure known as Empire of the Sun. The resulting album, Walking on a Dream, went on to sell more than a million copies worldwide and contained the singles "We Are The People," "Standing on the Shore" and the RIAA certified Gold hit "Walking on a Dream." The album helped spearhead the then-burgeoning EDM movement and earned eight ARIA awards and two BRIT nominations. The adventure continues with Ice On The Dune, which Steele and Littlemore produced with the Walking on a Dream production team.
Empire of the Sun made its U.S. television debut on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!' last month and kicked off the new monthly Jimmy Kimmel Live Stream concert series thereafter. You can view the band performing "Alive" here.
The group will headline the HARD Summer 2013, Made in America, Life is Beautiful and Breakaway festivals. Rolling Stone observed, “they pumped up the jams from their just-released dance-pop tour de force Ice on the Dune with a foggy, laser-laden spectacle to dazzle 4 a.m. candy flippers" in a review of the band's Bonnaroo set while Billboard noted, "Empire of the Sun's crowd never wavered, and soaked in the gonzo electro-pop act." "Imagine if the centurion world of 'Sparta' was transported into the computer game Tron and then cast the replicants from 'Blade Runner' as backup dancers: that might give you some indication of the spectacle of an Empire Of The Sun show," said MTV Australia, covering the band's performance at the Sydney Opera House. "[Luke] Steele effortlessly held the audience in the palm of his hand with his theatrical performance."