It may have been over a decade since Cold Chisel released a studio album (1998’s reunion disc, ‘The Last Wave of Summer’), but the Aussie rockers say they’ve been busy writing and recording on and off over the past year. The recordings will make up the band’s seventh studio disc, due for release sometime in 2012.
The news comes shortly after frontman Jimmy Barnes completed a 2011 tour, which saw him visit the UK for the first time in a decade.
Steve Prestwich, the band’s long-serving drummer, passed away in January 2011. However, he was present at the recording sessions and will feature on the album.
Between October and December 2011, Cold Chisel will be touring the whole of Australia – their biggest tour in 30 years – and plan on debuting a couple of the new songs during the long run of shows. Replacing Prestwich at the live shows will be Charley Drayton (DiVinyls, Keith Richards’ Expensive Winos).
Unsurprisingly, Chisel have no current plans to play any shows outside of Australia.