Date / Venue: Wednesday June 15th, 2016 - Civic Theatre, Auckland
For the first time ever, Brandy Norwood or better known as Brandy made her way to New Zealand to perform at Auckland’s Civic Theatre. Brandy first entered the music scene in the 90’s and released her first album ‘Brandy’ in 1994, a collection of street-oriented, rhythm and blues with a hip hop edge. ‘Never Say Never’ which was her second album, sold 16 million copies worldwide with 2 number one singles and also earning Brandy her first Grammy award. After the success of her second album, Brandy released 4 more albums and is currently playing ‘Roxie Hart’, on Broadway’s musical ‘Chicago’.
The Civic Theatre was buzzing with crowds of people before the doors even opened. Once we were allowed in, music from the 80’s and 90’s could be heard before stepping through the door. DJ Reminisce was the support act for Brandy and he was prepping the audience to be in for a good night. People of all ages were enjoying the music that was being played through the room. Everything from Bell Biv DeVoe to R-Kelly to Mariah Carey, we were being transported back in time. After an hour of ‘taking us back’, DJ Reminisce had finished off his set so the stage could be ready for the main act to make her way.
There was some delay for Brandy making her way to the stage as she was due to perform at 9pm. Music was being played in the meantime as we patiently waited with excitement to see what she would bring to her show. Unfortunately, after almost an hour, Brandy made her way to the stage and opening her concert off with her record ‘Afrodisiac’ from the same titled album that was released in 1994. She did however apologise for being late as she wanted to make sure that everything was up to scratch for her fans. She went onto perform hits such as ‘What About Us’, ‘Full Moon’ and ‘Who Is She to You’, with the audience singing along and dancing the night away. After performing such hits, Brandy announces that she wanted to take us back, performing records such as ‘Top Of The World’ feat Mase which was on her album ‘Never Say Never’, ‘Sittin’ Up In My Room’, which was produced by Babyface and recorded for the soundtrack album to the movie ‘Waiting To Exhale’ and then slowing it down with ‘Almost Doesn’t Count’ and ‘Have You Ever’ which are also singles from her ‘Never Say Never’ album.
After leaving the stage for a minor costume change, the singer came back out with a bow to her head and the instrumentation intro to Whitney Houston’s ‘How Will I Know’ before performing the hit record and bring the audience back to their feet to dance along with her. Brandy went on to perform a few more records in dedication of Whitney and how much of an inspiration she was to her, hits such as ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, and then saying a few words of how much she meant to her and finishing it off with ‘Exhale (Shoop Shoop)’
After leaving the stage, Brandy returned to perform a couple of her records from her latest album ‘Two Eleven’ which was released in 2012. Before ending the performance of her last song, she wanted to introduce her band as well as her dancers and just like that, left the stage. Of course not without an encore, replying to the screams from the audience to perform one last song.
Despite the delay in start time, Brandy came out entertaining and performing with enthusiasm and energy. Her voice did not disappoint as well as the choreography that went along with each hit she performed proving she still had what it takes to stay in the music scene. The live band and backup singers were also entertaining, helping make the show what it was. Brandy showed her fans that she still has a lot to offer and that she wasn’t going anywhere anytime soon. You could see that she was having a good time on stage and she transmitted that same energy across, onto her audience.
In the mid to late 90's, when grunge began to wither away and MTV strived to find the next easy to access label to attach to new batch of up and coming rock bands, global attention started to shine on the Alt Rock scene.
The I Love The 90s Tour returns to Auckland next year March 23rd at Auckland’s Spark Arena, with a completely off the chain lineup featuring classic Hip Hop crew Naughty by Nature. Vin Rock from the Grammy Award winning rap group speaks fondly of this country and love of our people.
The Soundsplash Festival is returning to Raglan in January 2018. Local reggae favourites Katchafire are returning to feature on the bill. We sent a few questions over to lead vocalist Logan Bell ahead of the festival.
Following 2015’s Kitty, Daisy & Lewis'The Third', the sibling trio are back stronger than ever, harnessing their ability to create pop-infused soul, blues, rock n roll and a large mix of genres to perfection, in the shape of their fourth studio album, Superscope.
Kylie Price has just released her new album Bones. Last week she appeared on theNZ Entertainment Podcast, where she sang a new song I Dont Want To Go off the album while talking shop about her dream gig to play with Ed Sheeran and her Philipino roots.
Last week I caught up withPeter Hook ahead of returning down under for Australasian leg of the Joy Division and New Order Substance tour. We had a great chat about the spirit of punk, what it takes to write a book and why shows like the X-factor are so unhealthy…
Long established as one of New Zealand’s finest acts, South Pacific reggae-soul legends, The Black Seeds are set to tour the country in September, following the release of their long awaited 6th studio album Fabric, (out today - Friday September 8th).
Jacqueline Nalpant is a Booking Agent for the Paradigm Talent Agency, and is heading to New Zealand early next month where she'll be one of the speakers for the Going Global Music Summit (Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd September at Roundhead Studios, Auckland).
Since making her musical debut with her song Drift early last year, fast attracting a solid fan base and over 1 million plays across Spotify and Soundcloud in just a few months, Madeline North, better known by her musical moniker So Below, has once again blessed us with a moodier, masterful electro-pop banger, titled Ruin.
Since forming in 1998, the Antwerp, Belgium based trio Triggerfinger have long become a mainstay on the rock scene, building a solid reputation across Europe, the US, Canada and beyond, as one of the hardest-driving and sharpest dressing bands around.
Popular metalcore group Northlane are on their way to New Zealand. The Sydney band are touring North America taking in countries like Chile and Mexico as they head our way down-under next month to play Wellington’s San Fran then Auckland at the iconic Kings Arms.
Returning to New Zealand for the first time in three years, Australian metalcore band In Hearts Wake are on their way to our shores next month for a quick run of shows supporting their label cohorts Northlane.
Courtney Marie Andrews has landed in New Zealand, and set to play two concerts this week with Joe Pug - tonight at San Fran in Wellington (Wed July 19) and tomorrow night at The Tuning Fork in Auckland (Thu July 20).
Auckland two-piece Skinny Hobos, Alex Elvis and Texas Holdom, are heading on a 5 date New Zealand tour with headliners Decades, Bakers Eddy and Dead Favours. Kicking off tonight in Hamilton (July 14), the tour will also take them to Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and finishes up in Dunedin.
Have you ever considered sharing your most personal experiences with the entire world? Well come this Friday 14th July, that’s what Emma Cameron, the rocking front-woman of kiwi band Decades is about to do, when they release their long-awaited full length debut album, The Truth And Other People, so we sat down with the cheerful front woman to discover just what truth this album reveals..
Whilst Sonny Landreth is a well known slide-guitar master, zydeco enthusiast and phenomenal blues legend, what you may not know about him, is that he is one of the nicest gentlemen in the entire universe.
He was always the boy next door type energy, that type of person you just always wanted to be around. From day one, Shay Taylor has always been one to break the mold and live life in such a vibrant and contagious manner, that no matter who he spoke to, they walked away feeling great!
Anthonie Tonnon is taking his new Extended Player and single to Australia, and to New Zealand towns that missed the first run of dates, or sold out too quickly. He’ll also be appearing at three summer festivals this February.
After a stand of three Auckland concerts that sold out in minutes in January, Connan Mockasin is hitting the road across Aotearoa for the first time in eight years this summer for a select run of headline shows.