Australian power trio MANDRAKE will join CHEAP TRICK and THIN LIZZY on their upcoming Sydney dates — Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9. They will also support DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan on the New South Wales leg of his much-anticipated "Gillan's Inn" solo tour mid-January 2007.

MANDRAKE will play a one-off Sydney show at The Pine Inn (Concord) this coming Saturday (November 4) in support of its newly released, self-titled EP. $10 admission also scores you a free copy of the EP as well as the chance to see the band stretch out with a spectacular two-and-a-half-hour show.

MANDRAKE has enjoyed a blaze of success since its DEEP PURPLE/STATUS QUO tour last April, winning the praises of many top-shelf promoters who find them the perfect choice as openers for the growing number of classic rock acts coming to tour in Australia.

Said bassist George Passas: "It takes a rare breed of band to be able to say it all in the mere 30-40 minutes you're given on stage as support act to world renowned artists with a cult-like following of very devoted fans AND consistently walk off stage at the end of your set to incredible applause, AND on top of all this sell dozens of CDs and T-shirts after your show when an hour ago you were unknowns.

"This band is chuffed at the interest we've generated in such a short time, and blessed to be awarded such top-line gigs. We're having a ball and it must be showing!"

In other news, MANDRAKE is one of the finalists in BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi's "Black Sunday" radio show unsigned band competition featured on Planet Rock.

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