Monthly Archives: May 2015

Anika Moa @ The Powerstation : 28 May 2015

anika_-_queen_tour_a3Anika Moa to play ‘Queen At The Table’ album release show in a very different POWERSTATION set up.

Anika and band take the show off the big stage @ the POWERSTATION and on to the floor, playing the show in the middle of the room, among the audience. The set up will turn the big venue into a more casual space. Creating a great set up to see Anika & band deliver the new material up close…. Very close indeed, With the room re worked in this format, capacity will be limited capacity.

Queen At The Table was recorded at Auckland’s The Lab studio with Taite award nominee producer Jol Mulholland (The Mots, Gasoline Cowboy, Fuce, Mullholland) taking on production duties, giving the album a synthy, electronic touch and as always, Anika shines on Queen At The Table with her soaring vocals, tender voice and personal lyrics. Moa released her fifth studio album Queen At The Table April 10 and has received rave reviews.

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Backstreet Boys @ Vector Arena : 12 May 2015

backstreet boysThe Backstreet Boys are reuniting in New Zealand for the first time in nearly a decade.

Backstreet’s back and they’re bringing Kevin. One of the most successful groups of all time the Backstreet Boys are bringing their ‘In A World Like This Tour’ to New Zealand this May.

After reuniting with original member Kevin Richardson in 2013, all five original members recorded a new album, In A World Like This, filmed a revealing documentary ‘Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of’ and embarked on a sold out tour across Europe and North America to rapt crowds celebrating 20 years making musicl; and now it’s New Zealand’s turn!

Last spotted in Auckland in 2010 as a four-piece, this time all of the boys are back live onstage, doing what they do best, entertaining the fans with smash hit after smash hit including ‘Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)’, ‘Incomplete’, ‘I Want It That Way’ and ‘Larger Than Life’.

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Motley Crue @ Vector Arena : 9 May 2015

motley crueLegendary rock icons MÖTLEY CRÜE recently confirmed their highly anticipated, first-and-last-ever New Zealand concert date in Auckland on Saturday May 9, 2015 as part of their Final Tour, bringing along shock-rocker ALICE COOPER as very special guest.

The Final Tour marks the end of an era for the band, bassist, Nikki Sixx says of the band’s visit, “We’re truly excited to come to New Zealand with the Final Tour and celebrate 34 years of Mötley Crüe with our fans in New Zealand.  It’s the Final Tour but it’s not a farewell because our music will live on long after we’ve stopped touring.  We can’t wait to see everyone out there in May.”

Ensuring they farewell New Zealand in epic style, the inimitable Alice Cooper will accompany Mötley Crüe as their very special guest.

New Zealand rock band, Devilskin has been confirmed to open for the Crüe/Cooper double down in May. The four-piece band formed in 2010 has gained a reputation for delivering high-energy performances with sonically-blistering sets.  Devilskins debut #1 album ‘We Rise’, is now certified platinum. In a league of their own, Devilskin write melodic songs layered with soul, passion and power. However, its lead singer Jennie Skulander’s incredible voice that sweeps from whisper to roar, rips with power, drips with melody that sets Devilskin apart from other rock bands.  The band who have been touring consistently throughout 2014/15 are about to embark on international showcases in London and Los Angeles before returning home to open for Mötley Crüe and Alice Cooper.

Thirty-four years into one of the most tumultuous and staggeringly successful careers in the history of rock music, Mötley Crüe continue to command unwavering allegiance from fans of all ages. The classic line-up of Vince Neil, Tommy Lee, Nikki Sixx and Mick Mars still packs a powerful punch and they’re ready to show New Zealand audiences why Mötley Crüe will go down in history as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.

 

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America @ Vector Arena : 6 May 2015

PrintIt’s been 45 years since their debut on the music scene and now classic rock favourites America will return to New Zealand in May 2015, playing their greatest hits collection for their multitudes of loyal fans.

With their timeless sound, uplifting music and positive messages, America will bring their show to Auckland’s Vector Arena on Wednesday 6 May.

Supporting America for their New Zealand concerts is Grammy nominee and Brit Award Winner, singer/songwriter and violinist Sharon Corr from the hugely successful Irish vocal group The Corrs. Now a solo singer, Sharon has released two albums ‘Dream Of You’ and ‘The Same Sun’. The Celtic pop-rock star has sold over 45 million albums worldwide with her band and continues to travel the globe with her violin and performing her moving lyrics to fans.

Founded in the 1960s, America quickly found success with a string of #1 and top 10 hits, earning a Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 1972 and six certified gold and platinum albums throughout their career.

From their signature song ‘A Horse With No Name’ to other hits such as ‘I Need You’, ‘Ventura Highway’ and ‘Don’t Cross The River Man’, America is set to thrill their New Zealand fans, taking them on a musical journey through the decades.

“We cannot wait to return New Zealand! Our fans in New Zealand have always been so supportive of the band; it will be a thrill to play for them again. There’s nothing like seeing thousands of fans singing along to the hits we created,” says founding member Gerry Beckley.

“New Zealand is one of our favourite places to visit so it is very exciting to return. I hope our Kiwi fans are ready to have some fun – this tour is for them!” says Dewey Bunnell, founding member of America.

Since they first made their mark on the charts, America’s audiences have continued to expand, with fans all over the world, even 45 years down the track. This popularity is a testament to the band’s charm. With their folk jazz and rock sound, their songs transcend the years and the band remains at the forefront of music fans’ minds.

America began when Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (and former band mate Dan Peek) met at high school in London in the late 1960s. The trio found success with their first #1 single ‘A Horse With No Name’ and became a household name. With a catalogue of hits and accolades to follow, the mid 70s saw Peek depart the band with Beckley and Bunnell carrying on as a duo. With a shift in sound and direction, America continued to reach the top of the pop charts in the 1980s and saw the band embrace this change successfully, their music continuing to resonate across the world.

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