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Born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, guitarist, singer and songwriter Deniz Tek’s career has now extended over three decades.

Best known in Australia as a founding member of the influential 70s rock band Radio Birdman, Tek has pursued an ongoing musical path that has seen a significant number of solo releases as well as frequent touring and recording with figures emanating from Detroit’s iconic bands The Stooges and MC5.

February 22nd marks the long awaited Citadel Records release of Detroit, Tek’s first solo album in more than 10 years. Apart from luminous flashes of keyboards and harmonica, Detroit is at its heart, a guitar album, with Tek’s vocals and signature guitar playing set against a rock solid rhythm section of veteran musicians.

Mixed at one of America’s oldest recording studios, Houston’s historic Sugar Hill, the album sounds raw and real with its themes often hard edged. Both sonically and lyrically, it will stand as a major evolutionary step forward for Tek’s music as well as being a look back to his early days in Ann Arbor and the Motor City.

“The thrill and drill of Tek’s performance was as true as the one I watch repeatedly, on YouTube, by Radio Birdman from Australian TV in 1977. Catch that one anytime. See the legend live every chance you get.” David Fricke - Rolling Stone US - 2012.

In support of the album, Deniz and band will tour Australia in February / March before heading to Europe and the US. Joining him on all Australian dates are fellow Citadel label-mates Leadfinger who will be promoting their new album No Room At The Inn. Pip Hoyle from Birdman will join Deniz at all gigs (excluding Coffs Harbour).

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Tour Dates: February / March


Fri 22nd: Nowra - North Nowra Tavern


Fri 1st: Sydney - The Square

Sat 2nd: Newcastle - Great Northern

Thu 7th: Coffs Harbour – Plantation Hotel

Fri 8th: Lismore - Bowling Club

Sat 9th: Brisbane - Beetle Bar

Fri 15th: Melbourne - The Tote

Sat 16th: Castlemaine - The Bridge

Sat 23rd: Wollongong - Barcode