The rockers cap a reunion, and the 20th anniversary of their debut album, with elevation into the Australian recorded music industry’s Hall of Fame, which will take place during the 2023 ARIA Awards, set for Nov. 15 in Sydney.
“We’re all quite chuffed and honored to be in such esteemed company,” comments frontman Nic Cester in a statement issued by ARIA. “We are humbled to receive this recognition.”
Formed in Melbourne and led by Nic Cester (vocals/guitar) and his brother Chris Cester (vocals/drums), along with Cameron Muncey (vocals/guitar) and Mark Wilson (bass), Jet roared out the blocks with Get Born, their debut LP which dropped in 2003 — 20 years ago.
Packing a sound that fell somewhere between the steady, thump and grind of Iggy and the Stooges and the bombast of Oasis, Jet got away with the Get Born single “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” which enjoyed global exposure in an early Apple iPod campaign, and cracked the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart (peaking at No. 29).
Get Born also contained the singles “Look What You’ve Done,” “Rollover DJ “and “Get Me Outta Here.” At the 2004 ARIA Awards, the LP won six categories and it’s certified nine-times platinum in Australia, making it one of the top five highest-selling Australian rock albums of all time, the trade body reports.
Follow-up albums include Shine On (2006) and Shaka Rock (2009), all of which cracked the top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Jet was finally grounded in 2012, before briefly reforming in 2017 to play with Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band on their sold-out Australian tour of that year. A handful of dates followed, including a slot at Fuji Rock festival in Japan. Then, the act announced earlier this year a reunion tour.
Those dates are slated to kick off this Friday, Sept. 22 at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre, though Chris Cester won’t be on the road due to “family reasons,” according to a statement from the band.
“Throughout their career,” comments ARIA CEO Annabelle Herd, “Jet has achieved numerous accolades and milestones including seven ARIA Awards, chart-topping albums, and sold-out tours around the world. They changed the face of Australian rock music with a culture shifting album and have been a huge influence for other musicians over their career and that truly deserves our highest honor.”
Jet ends a years-long Hall of Fame drought. Organizers had shelved the segment, arguably the most important spot in the record industry’s flagship event, when the pandemic ruined the live experience. Those barriers are no longer a concern. The last artist elevated into the ARIA Hall of Fame was the late Indigenous artist Archie Roach, in 2020.
Herd adds, “We couldn’t be happier to welcome them to the ARIA Hall of Fame as the first inductees since 2020.”
As previously reported, the 2023 ARIA Awards will take place at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion.
ARIAs will premiere live on Stan for the first time (from 5pm local time). That live stream will be followed by a free-to-air feed from commercial TV broadcaster the Nine Network (from 7.30pm local time) with performances and moments available on-demand on the @ARIA.official YouTube channel.
The 2023 edition of the ARIAs marks the fifth year in partnership with streaming giant YouTube. Nominations will be presented 10am local time on Sept. 21, and streamed live on the ARIA Awards website.