On 12 January 2009, The Baby Animals announced another Australian tour, playing 14 shows across Adelaide, Melbourne, Wollongong, Sydney, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and the Gold Coast during April 2009. Prior to embarking on this tour, it had become evident that the band could not sustain a creative partnership, owing to internal conflicts. With Celenza’s resignation and two day later self-reinstatement, and Parise’s resentments bubbling beneath the surface, Demarchi and Leslie decided to continue with a couple of hand-picked Sydney musicians, Matt Cornell (bass/ vocals) and Mick Skelton (drums).
The tour was a success with fans attending all shows and culminated in a sell-out show at the Metro Theatre in Sydney. There the band was joined onstage for a song by Richard Clapton and for the encore by Bettencourt for a version of Extreme’s “Get The Funk Out”.
In April 2013, the Baby Animals released their first new single – called “Email” – in nearly 20 years. It was followed by the release of a new album entitled This Is Not The End in late May.
Baby Animals are widely regarded as the rock’n’roll success story of the early 90’s, delivering such hits as Early Warning, Painless, Rush You and One Word, all of which remain radio staples today. They released the multiplatinum, three-times ARIA-award winning album Baby Animals, which for the 12 years from its release in 1991 through until 2003, carried the mantle of highest-selling debut Australian rock album, and the platinum follow-up, 1993’s Shaved And Dangerous. Disbanding in 1996, the band reformed in 2007 to record the acoustic album Il Grande Silenzo for Liberation Blue, playing select live shows thereafter…..