Monthly Archives: November 2014

Jimmy Barnes 30:30 HINDSIGHT Tour : 25, 26, 28, 29 Nov 2014

Jimmy Barnes



30:30 HINDSIGHT CELEBRATING 30 YEARS WITH AN NZ TOUR with special guests The Dead Daisies



25 Nov 2014 @ Claudelands Arena, Hamilton

26 Nov 2014 @ ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre, Auckland

28 Nov 2014 @ Horncastle Arena, Christchurch

29 Nov 2014 @ Dunedin Town Hall, Dunedin

30 years on and Jimmy Barnes is still rocking! To celebrate this extraordinary milestone Jimmy will be returning to New Zealand for four theatre shows in November.

In honour of celebrating 30 years as a solo artist, Jimmy will perform two of his classic albums in full, “For The Working Class Man” & “Freight Train Heart” plus his hits.

Over his 40 year career, Barnes has gone on to become the Australian artist with the highest number of hit albums with 14 Top 40 Albums for Cold Chisel and 13 charting solo albums in Australia – not to mention ten number ones.

His popularity in New Zealand has not wavered, with regular visits here on his always popular summer tours and an impressive chart history. Jimmy has had seven Top Ten albums in New Zealand with his solo work alone & his brand new album “30:30 Hindsight” entered the chart at #20.

This special 30th Anniversary release “30:30 Hindsight” (Liberation Music) revisits some of Barnes’ biggest hits, featuring collaborations with his favourite artists, including Shihad, Jon Stevens, Keith Urban, Bernard Fanning, and Tina Arena.  The new recordings are brilliantly complemented by the original hit versions selected from Jimmy’s lengthy and hugely successful solo career.

Barnes explains the thought process behind creating a collaborative album of his own tracks:

“I wanted to do something special for the 30th anniversary…  There was talk of a tribute album, but that idea would have taken me out of the picture. So then I thought of a much better idea – I’ll get all my favourite artists and sing with them!”

Barnes’ 40 year career means he is no stranger to the stage, having recently shared the bill with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

As successful as his body of studio work has proven so far, what the stats and official accolades don’t show, but everyone knows, is that Jimmy Barnes is primarily a primal live act. Along with all the hit records and anthemic songs, there’ve been literally thousands of live shows. And as the majority of us have witnessed firsthand, there’s nothing quite like experiencing Jimmy Barnes in concert. He never leaves anyone in any doubt of exactly who is, and always has been, the hardest working man in rock & roll.  It’s what’s made Jimmy Barnes arguably the most revered and loved entertainer Australia has produced (thank you, Scotland!).

Joining Jimmy in New Zealand is special guests The Dead Daisies. A rock super-group comprised of musicians from the world’s biggest rock bands, their live show is not to be missed. The Dead Daisies are fronted by legendary Kiwi singer Jon Stevens, with Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses on guitar, Marco Mendoza of Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake on bass, Dizzy Reed of Guns N’ Roses on keyboard/vocals, Brian Tichy of Whitesnake, Billy Idol, and Ozzy Osbourne on drums and David Lowy of Doc Neeson’s Angels on Rhythm Guitar.

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The Rolling Stones @ Mt Smart Stadium : 22 Nov 2014

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones have confirmed their return to Auckland, playing one show only at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday 22 November 2014.

Mick Jagger commented: “Can’t wait to reconnect with all our friends in New Zealand. It’s been a while since we’ve played to you all, so we are looking forward to being back on stage & playing your favourite songs.”

Keith Richards added: “We all had such a ball this year and so we wanted to keep it going! The energy between the band is better than ever and we’re all looking forward to coming back Down Under. I can’t wait to get back on the stage with the boys”


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Hunters & Collectors @ The Powerstation : 21 Nov 2014

Hunters and collectorsWhether you were too young to have ever have witnessed them live or remember the band’s urgent sound, Australia’s extraordinary Hunters & Collectors legacy has never faded. Formed in 1981 in Melbourne and led by front man/guitarist Mark Seymour, across 10 studio albums (such as 1986’s Human Frailty and 1989’s Ghost Nation) the ‘Hunnas’ became renowned the world over for their electrifying, sweat-soaked sound, built up over year upon year of gigs – almost 2,000 shows, in fact. They disbanded in 1998, later inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 2005.

There was a one-off reunion by the band to perform at the massive Australian Black Saturday fire disaster fund raiser Sound Relief on March 15th, 2009.   The band sounded amazing but no further reunion was in the wings.

Music fans have recently been reminded about our love for Hunters & Collectors late last year with the release of the tribute album CrucibleThe Songs of Hunters & Collectors (out now via Liberation).   The 30-track LP comprises some of the biggest names in contemporary music including Paul Kelly, The Avalanches, Birds Of Tokyo and The Living End covering their favourite Hunters & Collectors song. They were joined on the disc by two long-time, international fans in Eddie Vedder & Neil Finn. On Crucible the two friends joined forces to perform arguably the Hunters’ most enduring classic, ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’. The second disc is the Hunters original versions of these songs including ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’, ‘Talking to a Stranger’,‘ Holy Grail’, ‘When The River Runs Dry’, ‘Do You See What I See’, ‘Say Goodbye’ and many more.

“When Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder calls himself an unabashed fan, you know Hunters & Collectors deserve respect.” – Newcastle Herald

“It remains a ritual of homegrown rock. A heaving sweaty mass of blokes bellowing, ‘You don’t make me feel… like I’m a woman anymore!’, as a band – which includes French horn, trumpet and trombone – blasts back at them. But this is Hunters & Collectors, taking a lap of honour a decade-and-a-half from their heyday, and still able to conjure a power that can alternately pin you to the wall.” –  The Music

The band have been persuaded to perform one very special headline show at Auckland’s iconic Powerstation.

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Kimbra @ THe Powerstation : 18 Nov 2014

KimbraNew Zealand’s leading lady, KIMBRA, is set to bring her signature electric and powerful performance to the stage this November.

Embarking on a mid-October US tour which includes a sold out show at Hollywood’s iconic Roxy Theatre, the ever-stylish singer-songwriter, Kimbra, returns to her native New Zealand in support of her brand new album, ‘The Golden Echo’ (through Warner Music Australia), playing Auckland’s Powerstation.

Winner of the ARIA Award for ‘Best Female Artist’ for two years in succession, as well as five Tui awards at the New Zealand Music Awards, last week Kimbra offered her highly-anticipated sophomore album, ‘The Golden Echo’, which shot into in the ARIA and RIANZ charts at #5 this week.

‘The Golden Echo’, featuring singles ‘90’s Music’ and ‘Miracle’, was co-produced by Kimbra and Rich Costey and the wonderful kaleidoscope of collaborators include members of the Mars Volta, Muse, Foster the People, and Daniel Johns of Silverchair.

“The Golden Echo is hugely ambitious, unerringly sophisticated and loaded with the kind of episodic segues and codas that confirm a rare surfeit of ideas and, crucially, the production expertise to make them fly.” Rolling Stone Australia

“…an album that’s less of a sophomoric follow-up and more of a bonafide pop classic.” The Guardian

‘…it’s pure Kimbra, and it’s a brilliant, tumbling trip of a record from beginning to end.” Fasterlouder

“…a sound palette that surprises and delights,” The New Zealand Herald

Kimbra emerged with her debut album ‘Vows’ in 2011. The album is home to singles: ‘Settle Down’, ‘Cameo Lover’ (for which she won the grand prize in the International Song Writing Competition 2011), ‘Good Intent’ and ‘Two Way Street’; all of which ranked in Triple J’s Hottest 100. The album debuted in the US Billboard Top 200 at #14 and achieved platinum status in both New Zealand and Australia.

In 2012 Kimbra followed up with the #1 worldwide smash hit, ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’, her duet with Gotyé, which topped the charts in eleven countries. The massive single retained the #1 ARIA spot for an impressive eight weeks, was the biggest selling single in the US in 2012 and won two GRAMMY Awards.

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