The new Tame Impala album Currents isn’t out until July 17, but the Australian band has already had a big first half of 2015. Their singer Kevin Parker in particular has been very busy, not only with his band’s hotly-anticipated third record but appearing on several songs on Uptown Special, the outstanding new album from “Uptown Funk” mastermind Mark Ronson. In a new interview with the Australian radio station Triple J, Ronson says that Parker will join him on select live dates of his upcoming Australian tour.
"I wasn't going to come to Australia and do shows if Kevin [Parker] couldn't come do shows with us. He's such an important part of this record," Ronson told the radio station. "So that's massive, the fact that we're going to be able to play [Uptown Special songs] 'Daffodils', 'Leaving Los Feliz', and 'Summer Breaking' for the first time."
Parker isn’t the only guest Ronson is bringing along for his series of dates down under. The producer told Triple J that his full band will also include Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow, Daniel Merriweather, Theophilus London, Keyone Starr, MNDR and Alex Greenwald when he hits Australia for four shows in July.
"I've got the best band I've ever put together," Ronson said. "These are the biggest shows we've ever played... I'm about to go into the studio and rehearse for like a month just for these shows.”
The Australian concerts aren’t the only shows Ronson has lined up this summer. He’s also scheduled to perform at England's Lovebox 2015, as well as the Glastonbury Festival, which takes place June 24-28. Tame Impala is also scheduled to perform at Glastonbury and Ronson hinted that Parker will join him for that performance as well.
Listen to Ronson’s full Triple J interview -- in which he also discusses his A$AP Rocky collaboration “Everyday” and jokes about all the Australian artists taking over his London studio -- by clicking here. You can browse his out Australian dates below, and revisit his Kevin Parker collaboration “Daffodils” in the video embedded above.
Mark Ronson in Australia
Jul 22 - Metro City - Perth
July 24 - Splendour in the Grass - Byron Bay
July 28 - Hordern Pavilion - Sydney
July 29 - Margaret Court Arena - Melbourne