It would be good if people can put dates to things and pad this out and if necessary spin pieces off into their own pages, for instance the name change could be spun fairly easily. And also the album's already have their own pages. Also things don't need to be under specific date headings they can be more general of that time period.
- Shihad at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards receive the Legacy award. Videos: On the Red Carpet, Induction and Tribute and Nightline Interview
- Shihad tour for their first single One Will Hear The Other in Australia, this tour was with Horsell Common and The Galvatrons.
- Expected release of Beautiful Machine
- Release of Love Is the New Hate
- Release of Live
- Release of Pacifier
- Release of The General Electric
- Shihad play the 'Sweetwaters Festival' not only as Shihad, but are also asked by Neil Finn and Tim Finn to guest in there set to play Split Enz songs - 'Give It A Whirl', 'I See Red' and 'History Never Repeats' at the end of there set...
- Shihad fly to Melbourne for four days to play two shows. The first is at the 'Hi-fi Bar' in the city and the 'Meredith Festival' just outta town
- Shihad headline the 'bay 98 festival' as the midnight band to an audience of 10,000
- With the 'Blue Light Disco EP' out in Oz as well as NZ Shihad embark on a long awaited New Zealand tour, which introduced their mate 'officer Gabba' to there live audiences.
- Shihad end up winning three more awards to add to their parent's mantelpiece at The '97 NZ Music Awards. They were 'Johnny's' Top male Vocalist, Best Band and Best Video for 'Home Again', directed by Mark Hartley.
- Then it was off home to complete the 98 Orientation Tour. Also Shihad start demoing new material at OMW, their faithful Rehearsal space with Wildcard, engineer Dave Berry. 16 titles and still more to go.
January - February
- Shihad played throughout Australia for the Homebake Festivals, Ammonia support and a tour thru Victoria state with legends Midnight Oil.
- More touring in New Zealand, then a one off gig across the Tasman at the Rock Above the Falls, in Lorne, VIC. Featuring headliner Iggy Pop.
- Shihad plays Christchurch for World AIDs Day.
October - November
- It was back to Australia for the Livid Festival, followed by serious touring down the coast and another three songs played on national TV show "Recovery". Then it was back with old pals and new Oz label-mates Faith No More.
- The album Shihad receives Gold status in New Zealand.
- Shihad spent another six weeks in Europe, playing with Fu Manchu thru Scandinavia, then headlining the rest of Europa and finishing off in the U.K. at the Pheonix Festival and a now legendary gig at the Garage in London.
- Straight after that they returned to three sold out, low key shows in Australia, plus a top spot on "Recovery", a national music show where Shihad played three songs live.
- Shihad returned to Australia for three weeks of touring including dates with Tool. Then it was back to there homeland for a sold out tour throughout the country for six weeks.
- Shihad the album, received very strong reviews in New Zealand and Europe where it was nominated album of the month in Metal Hammer. During February and band toured promoting the record through Germany, France, Holland, Spain, Italy, and the UK, playing dates with English pop artists Ash before joining Silverchair on their first tour promoting their new album.
- Shihad played a number of key dates with Rocket From The Crypt and their now legendary sunset spot at the Auckland BDO with The Prodigy and Soundgarden.
- Whilst they put the finishing touches on their new album (half of which was mixed by Adam Kasper - REM, Soundgarden), Shihad continued to work live throughout Australia and New Zealand, again playing before boyhood heroes AC/DC, as well as alterna-noise merchants The Young Gods.
- Release of Shihad
- Before recording their third and most recent opus Shihad, Shihad performed live at the New Zealand Music and Entertainment Awards. The first band of their kind to perform at these awards, Shihad allowed themselves a wry smirk as they realized that their brand of hard melodic rock was being delivered, courtesy of the New Zealand government broadcaster, straight into the homes of middle New Zealand. In addition to this personal triumph the band picked up awards for Best Group, Best Album (Killjoy), Top International Recording Artist, and Jon Toogood grabbed the award for Best Male Vocalist.
- Again Shihad returned to New Zealand to re-charge their batteries for the next album (most of which was written in the US) and for the summer festival season. However, tragedy struck when manager Gerald Dwyer was found dead on the floor of his hotel room just hours after watching the band deliver a blistering set at the Auckland BDO. Skipping the Brisbane BDO to attend Gerald's funeral, the band rejoined the BDO tour in Sydney and worked their customary magic alongside Rage Against The Machine, Porno For Pyros, and The Jesus Lizard.
September - December
- The band finally inked a deal with Noise records in the US and they flew from Europe to play at the Foundations Forum alongside Monster Magnet and Motorhead. Yet again the music won over the press and Shihad remained in the states a further three months playing clubs around LA and New York and completing two national tours. The band received many accolades during this time; not the least of which included praise from Iggy Pop who came to see the band play in New York, and Paul Barker from Ministry who gave US magazine Pulse a list of his top 10 desert island discs which had Killjoy as #1.
- Release of Killjoy
February - August
- Shihad boarded a flight for Europe to join Faith No More on a seven week tour that visited every major city in Western Europe. Shihad remained in Europe after the tour for a further four months, solidifying their growing fan base and riding on the fanatic media support that accompanied the release of Killjoy. During this time Shihad played some of the biggest festivals in the world including Dynamo in Holland, the Phoenix festival in Britain, and the Roskilde in Denmark.
January - February
- Shihad exploded with appearances at several major festivals including BDO where they performed between Hole and Primal Scream and were consistently reviewed as the main attraction alongside US industrial rockers Ministry.
- Shihad had secured a deal for Europe with Noise Records and the band then spent two months in Europe on the road. The European press took to the band like wildfire.
- Killjoy, the follow up to Churn was recorded, it was a retro-cyber balls to the wall rock album. The layering and atmospherics of Churn were peeled back and replaced by a huge, fat wall of power and rhythm.
- Release of Churn
- The first single I Only Said reached #3 and the band spent the following 12 months touring Australasia expanding their fan base far in excess of what had been achieved during the previous two years.
- Tom Larkin was enlisted to play on Killing Joke's album Pandemonium - an experience that was amazing musically but personally disillusioning. Tom was asked to join Jaz Coleman and his cohorts on a year long international tour, but turned it down due to his increasing commitments with Shihad and Coleman's now apparent megalomania.
- The band's sound was rapidly changing. Local outfits such as the Skeptics and Bailter Space and Headless Chickens had a personal and musical effect on Shihad.
- Long serving bassist Hamish Laing left, Karl Kippenberger joined as replacement. Karl had a baptism of fire - his second live show with Shihad was before 20,000 during the band's first show with total rock legends AC/DC, the next night infront of 40,000!
- Management was picked up by Gerald Dwyer - former front man of local punk legends Flesh-D-Vice. Sold out national tours and gigs with Faith No More and Motorhead.
- Later that year Phil Knight joins Shihad.
- Shihad was formed by Tom Larkin and Jon Toogood while at Wellington High School.