|Born||21 February 1970|
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Ian Haug (born 21 February 1970) is a lead guitarist and backing vocalist in the Australian rock band Powderfinger. Mainstays Haug and bass guitarist John Collins formed the band in Brisbane in 1989. During a hiatus (2004–2006) in Powderfinger's career, Haug worked on a side project, The Predators, with Collins and original Powderfinger member Steven Bishop on drums and vocals. In April 2010, Powderfinger announced it would disband after their final tour in September–October.
Powderfinger was formed in 1989 by vocalist and guitarist Ian Haug, bass guitarist John Collins and drummer Steven Bishop, who took their band's name from the Neil Young song "Powderfinger". Before the band's formation, Haug had played in other Brisbane-based outfits. The band later sought an extra guitarist, Bernard Fanning, who Haug had met in a university class. Fanning took over the role of lead vocals from Haug, and at the same time Jon Coghill joined, replacing Bishop. Powderfinger's final line-up change came with the addition of guitarist Darren Middleton. The line-up of Coghill, Collins, Fanning, Haug and Middleton has remained unchanged since 1992.
In 2004, Powderfinger decided to take some time off to allow the band members to begin families and pursue side projects. In this downtime Haug formed The Predators with the original Powderfinger lineup of drummer/vocalist Steven Bishop and bassist John Collins. The band, like the other side projects for Powderfinger, was signed to the Dew Process record label. The Predators released a six track EP in 2006 and were joined live by drummer Ross McLennan.
In 2007, Haug reunited with Powderfinger to release their sixth studio album Dream Days at the Hotel Existence. They followed with their seventh studio album, Golden Rule in 2009. In April 2010, Powderfinger announced it would disband after their final tour in September–October.
Awards and nominations
|2004||Powderfiner – Bernard Fanning, Jon Coghill, Haug, Darren Middleton, John Collins||Songwriter of the Year||Won|
|"On My Mind" – Bernard Fanning, Darren Middleton, John Collins, Haug, Jon Coghill||Most Performed Australian Work||Nominated|
|2008||"Lost and Running" – Jon Coghill, John Collins, Bernard Fanning, Haug, Darren Middleton||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|Most Played Australian Work||Nominated|
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