Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals are set to perform in Brisbane early next year, as they embark on their first national headline tour of Australia and New Zealand since 2007.

Reunited this year after a long absence, the band will kick off the Australian tour ‘On The Steps’ of the iconic Sydney Opera House Forecourt followed by a performance in Brisbane at the Riverstage on Saturday 5 March.

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, Burn to Shine, Diamonds on the Inside and the Grammy nominated Lifeline, their last studio album together in 2007.

In more good news for fans, Ben Harper and 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, it will be the band’s first new album in eight years.

Brisbane 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 and The Innocent Criminals will perform at the Riverstage in Brisbane on Saturday 5 March. Tickets will go on sale from Monday 23 November.

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