New York’s legendary riff lords Helmet are set to make a triumphant return to the stage, with two New Zealand shows in which they will play their iconic album Betty in its entirety, alongside their other well-known tunes.
The alt-metal rockers will play The Bedford in Christchurch on April 21 and the Kings Arms in Auckland on April 22. This is Helmet’s first ever performance in Christchurch.
With no opening act, the first half of the show will be dedicated to the 1994 classic, critically acclaimed album, Betty. Tracks like ‘Wilma’s Rainbow’, ‘Milquetoast’ and ‘Biscuits For Smut’ will be brought to life in recognition of one of the most exciting hard rock records of the 90s.
The second half of the show will include a selection of all-time, back catalogue favourites, and tracks from their new record Dead To The World.
Across 27 years and eight studio albums, Page Hamilton and his band Helmet have set the standard for uncompromising and sonically brutal guitar driven rock. Established in 1989, Helmet took the hard rock blueprint of forbearers like Zeppelin, AC/DC and Wire and set it aflame, bringing raw power, volume and an almost mathematical sense of swing to the well-worn form, igniting an all-consuming firestorm that continues to burn incandescent to this day.
Helmet’s albums, including Betty, Meantime, and Aftertaste, rewrote the rulebook for guitar bands in the 90s.
Friday April 21st: The Bedford, Christchurch
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