AU ABROAD

Thirsty Merc Australian tour resumes tonight in Canberra.

Australian rock stalwarts Thirsty Merc have announced their Australian 'The Good Life' tour will resume tonight at the ANU Bar in Canberra following a fatal car crash last week.

The crash took the life of the band's stage manager Shane Cooper, and injured drummer Mick Skelton, putting him in intensive care for several days.

In announcing the tours return, the group also spoke of the difficulties after the incident: "It’s been a really hard time for us. There were moments where we seriously questioned whether we’d be walking out on stage at all for the rest of the year. We’ll always be thinking of Shane. We find some comfort in knowing that he had so many happy moments in his last days with us. Our thoughts are also with Mick every day as he continues to make a recovery - we’re sending him all the strength we can muster up."

The band will be donating some of the proceeds from every ticket sold on the tour to the families affected by the tragic crash. The Good Life tour is in support of Thirsty Merc's recent album Shifting Gears, and has dozens of dates remaining all over Australia.

A full list of show dates and locations can be found at www.thirstymerc.com