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Michael Paynter 'Weary Stars' National Tour

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Michael Paynter's Brisbane bound plane has been delayed. He's running behind schedule, but this 27-year old veteran of the Australian music scene takes it all in his stride. With a career spanning well over a decade, you'd be hard pressed to find a more adversity filled journey and a more optimistic, philosophical and determined singer.

Long-term fans will know Paynter's smashing pop rock tones from longer before his critical and controversial acclaim on popular show The Voice Australia. Currently touring nationally to promote his new single 'Weary Stars', Paynter will be touring Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Newcastle and some regional towns through NSW & VIC. Fans in WA will be pleased to know Paynter has just released one more date in Perth: February 22.

Michael Paynter
Michael Paynter National Tour dates

"I've got a lot of friends in Perth, and I'm excited to be heading over there. We've just confirmed a date there today. I always like to end the tours in Perth so I can spend a few extra days there and catch up with everybody."

With no shortage of friends or fans, Paynter's support is heartfelt, strong and unwavering. From a thriving community on his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, he reflects on the loyalty of his fan base, "I'm feeling excited, I'm feeling extremely excited - I can probably upgrade the adjective. It's been a long time coming, to be honest more than anything I am looking forward to getting out and meeting people face to face and just sort of being able to say thank you for supporting me for this long."

His journey has been public, challenging and Paynter has never lost sight of his love of music and adoring fans. Through the heartache of empty bank accounts to pouring a better part of a decade into his career with no album, 'Weary Stars' marks the start of the journey and is a pivotal and incredibly emotionally charged song, it invokes huge passion for Paynter each time he performs it.

"I think that there are a lot of people that just assume when you sign to a label (referencing his time with Sony Records), you have a garage full of Maserati's. I mean I had one!" Paynter produced a platinum selling single 'Love the Fall' with The Veronica's during his stint with Sony Records, but an album was never released.

"It's just not the case at all. There's a lot of great things about being signed to a major label, there's also a lot of really terrible things. It sort of goes hand in hand. I've been gigging professionally - in terms of my only income since I was about 17\18. A lot of people are like that, that is not unique to me. It's part of what makes me good at what I do, my experience, my hardship, what I've endured and my success is not about if they are playing you on the radio, if a certain magazine is talking about you. I know this is fleeting."

A Melbourne boy, Paynter says the recent Melbourne gigs went really well. Fans feel a sense of attachment and Paynter loves touring with Icehouse, "I've known the boys for a long time and we always have a good time." Back for shows in Melbourne in February, this passionate singer sees 'Weary Stars' as a real labour of love, including the making of the film clip.

"I was really nervous about the filming, as I haven't done it in so long. It was shot in Avalon, Victoria and done relatively low cost. The good thing is that it looks expensive! It was hard work, we had to push the piano up and get all the equipment in place. I love singing the song though, it holds a lot of emotion for me."

A talented musician (he also moonlights on the piano, guitar and drums), he advises it's all about striving forward . "I'm very persistent. I don't give up. If I set my mind to doing something then I am going to do it. I like to prove people wrong or and show that can achieve it. I know the real measure of success is the people that love your music and whether they stick around."

With trips to Los Angeles back on the cards, Paynter is excited about touring with The Veronicas again. "I love it over there. The experiences I've had have definitely shaped and enriched me musically."

Also a singing teacher to children in Melbourne, Paynter encourages his students not to give up as well. It is this unbridled enthusiasm, maturity and desire to overcome against all odds that has seen him produce a highly anticipated single and album of the same title, due for release January 31. With a birthday just two days before his launch date, he laughs at the prospect of turning 28.

"Well, it's not really a milestone birthday is it? Also I'll be on the road. I have to say I am excited about being able to go to the over 28 clubs in Werribee and Mentone! He jokes about perhaps celebrating his 30th birthday two years early, "that wouldn't really work well for me, as I like delayed gratification too much."

Michael Paynter, Weary Stars
Michael Paynter 'Weary Stars'

In the case of 'Weary Stars' and the upcoming launch - it's been a 10 year wait, and for Paynter, it's a huge case of delayed gratification and one in which he really feels alive. "I'm really looking forward to saying hello to fans, signing some things and having a good time with people."

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Wed 12 Feb Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane
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Thu 13 Feb The Toff In Town, Melbourne
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Fri 14 Feb The Basement, Sydney
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Thu 20 Feb Brass Monkey, Cronulla NSW
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Fri 21 Feb Lizotte's, Dee Why NSW
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Sat 22 Feb Lizotte's, Kincumber NSW
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Sun 23 Feb Lizotte's Newcastle
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Fri 7 Mar Forest Edge Music Festival, Neerim East VIC
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Wed 19 Mar Belmont Sailing Club, Belmont NSW with Icehouse
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Thu 20 Mar Rooty Hill RSL, Rooty Hill NSW with Icehouse
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Sat 22 Mar Astor Theatre, Perth
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Thu 27 Mar Jive, Adelaide
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Michael deserves the success and release of his album "Weary Stars" - It should never have been such a labour of love, but it will go without saying the music will be top notch ... Hope his next round of tour dates take him futher than the capital cities and have him take a leap of faith and venture to the major regional state centres - especially in Queensland.
by colle (score: 0|3) 2647 days ago
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