By Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner

As a prelude to Australian rock group Silverchair’s stateside tour dates in November and December, which already includes four sold out shows in California, the group swept the 2007 ARIA Awards, receiving five awards – Best Group, Album Of The Year (Young Modern), Single Of The Year (“Straight Lines”), Best Rock Album, and Highest-Selling Single — more than any other artist this year. Most significantly the band took the prestigious Album Of The Year award. While the group has had five chart-topping albums during the course of their career, this was actually the first time that any Silverchair release has received that honor; The ARIA Awards are the equivalent to the Grammys.

Silverchair now goes down in the record books as the most successful artist in the entire history of the ARIA Awards with 19, eclipsing John Farnham’s previous record of 18, reports ARIA.

The ARIAs capped the busiest few months of Silverchair’s entire career. The Newcastle trio toured non-stop over the past 16 weeks racking up nearly 60 shows around the world, including international festival appearances and their hugely successful “Across The Great Divide” tour with co-headliners Powderfinger. Those shows came to an end on Oct. 26 in Silverchair’s hometown.

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Silverchair U.S. itinerary:

14 – CA Anaheim, House Of Blues
15 – NV Las Vegas, The Joint
16 – CA San Diego, House Of Blues
18 – CA San Francisco, The Independent
20 – CA Los Angeles, The Wiltern
21 – AZ Tempe, Marquee Theatre
23 – UT Salt Lake City, The Venue
24 – CO Boulder, Fox Theatre
26 – OK Oklahoma City, Diamond Ballroom
27 – TX Austin, La Zona Rosa
28 – TX Houston, Meridian
29 – LA New Orleans, House Of Blues

1 – FL Orlando, House Of Blues
2 – SC North Myrtle Beach, House Of Blues
4 – VA Norfolk, ODU Constant Convocation Center
7 – OH Columbus, Newport Music Hall
8 – OH Cleveland, House Of Blues
11 –IN Indianapolis, Music Mill