After a string of triumphant dates across North America, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will embark on a headline tour of Australia and New Zealand early next year, marking their first since 2007.

Reunited this year after a long absence, the band kicks off the Australian tour on the iconic Sydney Opera House forecourt, followed by performances in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, before wrapping up in Melbourne.

Tracing their roots back to 1993, the Innocent Criminals (percussionist Leon Mobley, bassist Juan Nelson, drummer Oliver Charles, keyboardist Jason Yates and guitarist Michael Ward) were involved in many Ben Harper projects before going on hiatus in 2008. The band toured nonstop, earning legions of fans thanks to explosive live performances and a succession of acclaimed studio albums including Fight For Your Mind, The Will to Live, and the Grammy nominated Lifeline – their last studio album together in 2007.

In more good news for fans, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals are now wrapping up recording of their new album Call It What It Is (due for release in April 2016 on Stax Records), and it will be the band’s first new album in eight years. Australian audiences will be among the first to hear new songs from the album, along with classics such as ‘Burn To Shine’, ‘Steal My Kisses’ and ‘Diamonds In The Inside’.

BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS TOUR DATES:

Wednesday 2 March
‘On The Steps’ Opera House Forecourt, Sydney

Saturday 5 March
The Riverstage, Brisbane

Tuesday 8 March
Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Perth

Friday 11 March
Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaie

Saturday 12 March
Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne

Tickets on sale 10am Monday 23 November. For more info, head to www.benharper.com or www.livenation.com.au.