New York Dolls Shows Go Up In Smoke
The New York Dolls have pulled Australian tour dates from their website following revelations yesterday the band were visiting Australia in October for a series of cigarette trade shows.
The iconic US outfit were scheduled to play Peter Stuyvesant Trade Events in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, but those dates have now been removed, and it’s unclear whether they’ll take place.
As reported yesterday, the shows exploit a loophole in the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992, which strictly limits sponsorship and promotional activities for cigarette companies. The invite-only events are reportedly held in “top secret” circumstances, raising the ire of anti-smoking lobbyists and independent Senator Nick Xenophon, who has previously called on the government to “pull the pin” on such events.
The New York Dolls were also scheduled to headline this year’s The Boroughs, a series of New York-themed parties in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, as well as a standalone show at Brisbane’s The Hi-Fi on October 13, but those dates have also been taken down. Speaking to M+N yesterday, a spokesperson for tour promoters Big Dog/Killrockstar said there was “no connection at all” between The Boroughs and the Peter Stuyvesant Trade Events.
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