Bernard Fanning Releases Single ‘America (Glamour And Prestige)’ + New Shows

Bernard Fanning releases ‘America (Glamour And Prestige)’, the second official single to be lifted from his recently released solo LP Brutal Dawn, out now via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia. Brutal Dawn is the second installment in a two-album coupling with 2016’s Civil Dusk.

After selling out shows across the country for the ‘Brutal Dawn’ headline tour, three new dates have just been added for Thursday, October 12 at Rosemount Perth (4th & final show), Thursday, October 19at The Triffid Brisbane (4th show) and Thursday, November 2 at The Factory in Sydney (3rd & final show). Special guests Gabriella Cohen has been added to support in Sydney and tickets are on sale now.

The expanded tour will now see Bernard Fanning and The Black Fins, Salliana Campbell on fiddle and backing vocals, Matt Engelbrecht on bass, Andrew Morris on guitar and Declan Kelly on drums perform some 18 shows across the country throughout October and November. In addition, every state will feature a different powerhouse local female artist to open the show. 


Speaking of the new single, Bernard says, “America is a song that looks at the contradictions and absurdities that a first trip to the USA brings for a naive bumpkin from the South Pacific. It´s a song with its tongue firmly in its cheek and plays with the idea of being both over and underwhelmed (whelmed?), on arrival there after a lifetime of absorbing American music, television, film and literature. It especially takes the piss out of some of the people we met in the music industry who couldn´t have more perfectly rounded out the cliche of the big talking, cheesy, star making Svengali. 

America (Glamour and Prestige) was completed last in the sessions for Brutal Dawn and features the powerhouse drumming of Midnight Oil legend Rob Hirst, who like most of the guest artists on this project, just happened to be in town. 

It was such a pleasure to just sit and watch Rob play. All of that energy and drive that is so familiar from the songs he is renowned for, was immediately there when he began playing on this track. He really gave it a kick up the arse.”

Last night Bernard Fanning and The Black Fins became a part of Australian sporting history, as they took to the stage at Suncorp Stadium to perform to a capacity crowd of more than 50,000 as part of the pre-match entertainment for the game that’s stops the nation; The decider of this year’s State of Origin series, WATCH THE PERFORMANCE HERE.

Bernard Fanning and The Black Fins will also be returning to the UK in early December. Bernard is excited to announce he will appear at Whelans in Ireland, Dublin and The Garage in London, to showcase songs from Civil Dusk/Brutal Dawn alongside some old favourites spanning his twenty-five-year career.

Head over to for details, tickets are on sale now.


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