Date / Venue: Saturday September 9th, 2017 - Spark Arena, Auckland
If someone had told me in 1989 that I would lose my sacred long locks and sport a coiffure like singer Peter Garrett, I would have balked at the idea. But this was the predicament I (and others in the crowd) faced watching one of Australia’s most iconic bands on their The Great Circle Tour.
Held in the same esteem as classic acts Cold Chisel, Aussie Crawl or Hunters & Collectors, the band’s political and social injustice oozed from their songs, as Garrett’s imposing figure dominated the stage with his trademark algospasmic dance moves,perfecting the art of ‘cool’.
The band wasted no time jumping into Redneck Wonderland, Read About It, Put Down That Weapon & the timeless Truganini. “Kiaora everybody” he motioned from the stage, he had the Kiwi vernacular down pat, saying they had always known they “Would be back” while noting being back after such a long time “Does have something special about it”.
Running the gamut of songs from their albums spanning four decades, the show peppered with Garretts self-deprecating humour, including his fear of “Playing on cruise ships,” andan anecdote offering a Trump voter his You’re Fired Trump tee shirt asking “Would you wear this tee shirt with pride?” adding, “Usually they would change sides straight away.”
Midnight Oil’s love affair with Aotearoa continued as Shipyards of New Zealand and Hercules, a song dedicated to “The people of New Zealand, and those who were on the Rainbow Warrior”, rang out across Auckland’s Spark Arena.
Rob Hirst kicked off their acoustic set, the sleeveless drummer showing his talent singing lead on When the Generals Talk, a fusillade of rhythm. Kiwi Bones Hillman strutted his acoustic bass guitar, while guitarists Martin Rotsey and Jim Moginie duelled away to “soar & swing” as Hunters & Collectors’ Jack Howard replied with tasty brass bits.
The band back after last playing here in the early nineties at Mountain Rock Festival was the call up for fans after their notable absence. References to “Aotearoa” and our ‘hongi’,even rattling off place names such as Gisborne, Hamilton &New Plymouth, seemed ex Labour MP Garret had more of a feel for this country than our own politicians.
The magic of the 80s was relived as one lone Australian flag flew in the Arena, the audience had to wait briefly to hear the classic radio hits of yesteryear, as the as the crowd bandied for a sing song including The Dead Heart, Power and the Passion, Blue Sky Mining & Forgotten Years, then Garrettparted with “Untilwe rub noses again”.
The band couldn’t help themselves as they replied to the crowd’s chants of “encore” with a passable Counting the Beat, by The Swingers, a subtle River Runs Red, and ending with Dream World and Best of Both Worlds. It was an excellent end to a fantastic night highlighting the band’s longevity from their humble beginnings in Narrabeen, Sydney in the early 70s.
If Peter Garrett was third option for preferred prime minister for this country, he’d get my vote – even with his anti-Trumpism and pro Greenie leanings, he’d win hands down. Now, about that citizenship Pete?
After their 2012 Mercury Prize-nominated debut and 2015’s Top 20 follow-up Born Under Saturn, musical adventurers Django Django are back for 2017, exploring new sounds with their brand new album Marble Skies
After stunning, sold-out concerts across the US, legendary Led Zep drummer Bonzo's greatest legacy - his son Jason - brings his critically acclaimed concert, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience, to New Zealand for just two performances.
Playing their breakthrough debut self-titled album in its entirety, pop rock sensations We The Kings will return to New Zealand and Australia to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their breakthrough self-titled debut album.
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!
One month on from the release of their third album [Wade Waist Deep], American rock band Thomas Wynn & The Believers are back on the road, breaking beyond the southern rock scene with complex, pulsing rhythms and breathtaking harmonies.