Un-beknown to the eager fans staring intently at the stage waiting to see James frontman Tim Booth and guitarist Adrian Oxaalappear on stage, Tim & Adrian were actually standing quietly in a dark corner, having a chat while Adrian gently strummed the guitar….They then proceeded to walk right through the audience and joined the rest of the band onstage
Date / Venue: Sunday November 11th, 2018 - The Powerstation, Auckland
Two years has passed and the British rock sensation James has returned to our shores for their New Zealand/Australia 2018 tour. They performed their latest album, Living in Extraordinary Times, as well as songs from their enormous catalogue over the years. If their majorly successful album Girl at the End of the World which debuted at number two in the UK album charts didn’t captivate you enough, their live show surely will. This is a sight you are not going to want to miss.
Setting the scene for the night was our very own Tablefox. With slick bass, snatched drums, smooth vocals and unique guitar riffs, Tablefox worked the stage effortlessly as the crowd grew. Playing one of their hit songs Cigarette Glowand also performing a cover of David Bowie’s Heroes, which the crowd,myself no exception, were gagging over. A perfect complementto the vibe James emits, like coffee to a cigarette.
An entrance like no other, as frontman Tim Booth walks through the front doorcutting a path through the crowd in a large fur coat, while his band entices him to the stage. Singing as he walks through an array of people, he carries out the opening song Lose Control in the audience before joining his fellow band members on stage. This stunning entrance was met with a thunderous response from the crowd, adulation that filled the venue from the sticky floors to the high ceilings.
David Baynton-Power snatched all the attention as he rolled into Hank with heavy drums to match the powerful message Hank delivers. Jim Glennie added to the angst with low, rumbly bass and a look that gave me chills. Adrian Oxaal is clearly no stranger to the guitar as he slides through the song focusing on both the crowd and his band members while he picks away. Ricky is more than capable of filling in for Saul Davies (due to vertigo), on rhythm guitar and proves that during Hank, and throughout the entire show.
Mark Hunter makes his presence known to the crowd through keys that elevate the status of the band giving it the James feel. Andy Diagram (the show stealer) was breath takingly talented when playing the trumpet, Andy adds a special sound to the band while still dancing around the stage and directing the audience.
A mighty combination of talent in one band is almost overwhelming as there’s so much to see and hear, but they fit together like a jigsaw puzzle. Both musically and as a family.
Tim was in his element dancing on stage, moving like I’d never seen before. A lady next to me described Tim as having “liquid hips” and I couldn’t agree more, it was spectacular. It was not long before Tim was back amongst the crowd and this time Andy came along too, and the two played to each other in the audience. It’s rare for a band to be so involved with the audience in this way, it’s amazing to be a part of and is extremely memorable.
After playing their set, James bowed out, immediately wedemanded their return through a round of applause and the classic “one more song” chant. They returned and played Many Faces. The crowd sung along with every word an acappella ending ringing out, it was amazing to be part of such a loving and fun group of people for the night. “There’s only one human race, many faces, everybody belongs here.”
Set List: Lose Control Hank Extraordinary Times Waltzing Along 7 Leviathan How Was It For You Come Home Feet Of Clay Heads What’s It All About Stutter Star Frustration Sit Down Encore: Many Faces Tomorrow Sometimes
Artists: Mike Garson (piano / keys), Lee John (drums), Gerry Leonard (lead guitar), Carmine Rojas (bass), Mark Plati (guitar), Bernard Fowler (vocals), Corey Glover (vocals), Joe Sumner (vocals), Gabi Moreno (vocals), Alistair Riddell (vocals)
Date / Venue: Saturday May 5th, 2019 - Aotea Centre, Auckland
Hot on the heels of a triumphant performance to a capacity crowd at Homegrown, rockers Villainy have just announced a nationwide tour, which will coincide with the release of their highly-anticipated third album, Raised in the Dark.
Who Loves NZ The Most? Following a Sold-Out Winter Tour in 2018, Kiwi icon's The Jordan Luck Band today announce their massive 19 date New Zealand Winter(ish) Tour. Trekking the whole country; the massive NZ tour begins the last weekend of April with shows through to late June 2019.
Due to incredible demand, internationally renowned award-winning musician, comedian, actor, writer and composer TIM MINCHIN has today announced a third and final Auckland show as part of his Australasian tour of his live show BACK.
Legendary, GRAMMY-award winning band FLEETWOOD MAC today announced an Australian and New Zealand tour, set to kick off on August 9 with two shows in Auckland on September 16 and 19, along with a welcome return to Dunedin on September 21.
Timaru’s iconic Soundshell in Caroline Bay will host two of the most well-known bands in New Zealand in a one-day entertainment extravaganza this January. Katchafire and The Black Seeds will headline the R18+ event at the Soundshell on Saturday, January 26, 2019. They’ll be joined by The Butlers.
In true kiwi summer tour tradition Marlon Williams will now take The Tūrangawaewae Tour to a further six markets this February making it a total of 12 shows - Marlon’s most comprehensive New Zealand tour ever!
One of our writers sat down with Amy Mansfield, writer of I Didn’t Invite You Hear To Lecture Me, ahead of the Basement shows. Most students throw out their study notes, but not Amy. She has kept hold of them for the past 20 years--vertibiam quotes from her lectures that are too good to ever get rid of. The play was shown throughout the Auckland Fringe Week 2018, and even in some personal living rooms, the vibe is very independent and witty.
It was a cold bleary eyed Saturday night as the clock struck midnight, and counted towards 1am… the time set forth to conjure Richard Shaw, guitarist for legendary UK black metal act Cradle of Filth. We talked ahead of their sold out, first ever performance here in New Zealand.
NZ is about to get OBESSED, with the newest in kiwi music. Local Tauranga sweetheart, Amelia McNabb comes to us fiercely, independently, and with more fire in her lungs than I've heard from any kiwi artist in while. THIS is what we’ve been waiting for.
Elgusto, one part of the innovative electronic/dance music duo, Hermitude, sat down with one of our interviewers this past week; chatting about their loaded schedule, the bands ethos, how they communicate an instrumental show, and their creative collaborations.
Catching up with friends who are musicians at their gigs is always an odd, awkward, rushed affair between sets, pack-down, or a series of inaudible shouts as another band plays. So with the release of the new Seas of Conflict single Monachopsis, I thought it was time I simply scheduled time for a chat, not only once but twice--due to technical issues--with guitarist Declan Storrie.
I recently ventured back to my old festival haunting grounds - or at least the successor thereof. It was a hot Sunday afternoon and after juggling band members between their Festival One main stage duties and their prior commitments off-site, I managed to sit down with the guys and gal from Amanaki - one of the few hardcore-metal acts to perform at the mostly radio-friendly festival.
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus are gracing our shores on the 28th of November at Galatos. After a 4-year hiatus, they have burst back onto the scene and headed straight for the spot they are most familiar with, number 1 on the Billboard Christian Rock Charts.
Breakups are never easy - whether it's a romantic tryst, a teenage crush, or with a young Mark and his favourite band Dream Theater, that dark moment when founding keyboardist Kevin Moore left the group in 1994.
There's no denying that at my core, I'm a lover of progressive music - whether that means I love "prog" music or not is a question for another day, and is a topic which I touched on whilst talking to Steven Wilson the other week regarding the upcoming To The Bone show at Auckland's Bruce Mason Centre.
Auckland-based quartet Openside have added an extra date to their first, all-ages, nationwide tour. The group headlines The Seamless Tour will now perform a final show in Tauranga on July 20th featuring special guests DUNES .
Consisting of drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla, This Way Northwill be a part of a very special night in Auckland called ‘Sass the Patriarchy’ an event they have been running in Australia.
As the days and nights get colder, we need something more to laugh about than the unpredictability of Auckland weather and lucky for us, The New Zealand International Comedy Festivalreturns (kicking off this Thursday 26 April).
I Am Giant’s have recently released their third and final album ‘Life in Captivity’. Featuring the singles ‘Dead Flower’, ‘Playing With Fire’ and ‘Don’t Look Back’, the band are currently touring New Zealand; their final tour and last hurrah in NZ.
Andrew Fagan returns with a satirical take on today’s social media preoccupied society. Being an amateur social anthropologist, it is a topic close to his heart. Listen to new track On Channel Me below, off Fagan’s forthcoming solo album Act Normal, due for release in October on Southbound.
Brisbane’s own indie rock royalty, The Grates, have been invited along for the ride, and will treat their hometown crowd to classics from their extensive and impressive catalogue of tunes including 19-20-20 and Turn Me On.
Pixies, one of the most influential alternative rock bands of all time, have announced a second show for Brisbane fans due to overwhelming demand. Following on from Melbourne’s second show announced on Friday (on sale 12pm today!), Brisbane fans have been just as eager to see catch the influential music pioneers, selling out the Fortitude Music Hall date on March 13. A second show has been added at the same venue on Thursday March 12 as part of their mammoth world tour, Come On Pilgrim… It’s Surfer Rosa.
The Ugly Kings, featuring Devil Electric guitarist, Christos Athanasias, are four powerhouse blues rockers drawing influence from an eclectic and dynamic musical background. They offer a powerful injection of energy and emotion to the modern rock scene, formulating what can only be described as power blues. They have released a new music video for Black Widow, featuring an award winning burlesque dancer Ferri Maya. Plus announced a live show this weekend!
Fame and fortune on the Kiwi music scene are a step closer for the top 10 acts just announced in Smokefreerockquest, New Zealand’s biggest live, nationwide all original music event for high school students.
Pluto’s nascent trajectory has covered the spectrum of the New Zealand musical stratosphere, bursting brightly onto the scene in 2001 just to have their star seemingly burn out just as abruptly in 2009. It would have been a suitably intriguing end to befall one of the finest, most exciting and alluring bands New Zealand has ever produced.
Exhilarating and high energy New Zealand rock band, Written By Wolves, have just released their killer new track, Tell Me What You’re Running From? This is the first single from the band’s upcoming new album, set for release later this year.
Australia’s foremost authority on progressive rock, Caligula’s Horse, are just weeks away from kicking off their Let It Grow tour which will celebrate their cult classic The Tide, The Thief & River's End and breakout progressive masterpiece Bloom by playing them back to back!
Within the four walls of The Fortitude Music Hall, lies The Outpost. Brisbane’s newest 300 capacity multipurpose venue that will feature a diverse program of artists, an impressive drinks menu featuring a cocktail list curated by the talented team at Proof & Company.
After spending the past year pulverizing the world with their stupefying live performances, Tropical Fuck Storm return home to tour their new album Braindrops and put the Antipodean public to the sword! Braindrops, the follow up to 2018's epic odyssey, A Laughing Death In Meatspace, will be released on Flightless Records in August
It’s been 20 years since The Flaming Lips released the one-of-a-kind aural hallucination that is The Soft Bulletin. To celebrate the anniversary of its release, The Flaming Lips will play a special show at Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall.