Monthly Archives: January 2017

ALEXISONFIRE @ The Powerstation : 23 Jan 2017

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One of the most important acts to emerge from Canada’s underground music scene in the early 2000s, Alexisonfire released four hugely successful and critically acclaimed albums between 2002 and 2009, amassing a legion of devoted fans across the world. The band’s self-titled debut dropped in 2002 followed by 2004’s WATCH OUT, 2006’s CRISIS and OLD CROWS/YOUNG CARDINALS in 2009. They have since released limited edition vinyl box sets along with the album, LIVE AT COPPS featuring the final show of their 2012 10-year anniversary run, recorded on their home turf in Ontario.

Multi-award winners Alexisonfire has topped sales charts across North America and achieved a Top 20 ARIA Chart debut in Australia with 2009’s OLD CROWS/YOUNG CARDINALS. The band has multiple Gold and Platinum albums under their belt, have graced the covers of some of the world’s most respected music magazines including Kerrang!, Blunt Magazine and Big Cheese, and have taken in main stage slots at some of the world’s premier music festivals, from the UK’s Reading and Leeds to Riot Fest (US + Canada), Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), Soundwave Festival and more.

Alexisonfire will hold no prisoners upon touching down in New Zealand next year, delivering their trademark explosive sets to fans and once again demonstrating exactly why they’re one of the most important bands to emerge from the 2000s.

 

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THE MOCKERS @ The Powerstation : 20 Jan 2017

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Kiwi legends The Mockers reform their classic line-up for their first New Zealand tour in 30 years, to perform nine shows from January 19-29.

Plus1, The Sound and Phantom Billstickers proudly present The Mockers performing classic hits like Forever Tuesday Morning, Swear It’s True, One Black Friday, My Girl Thinks She’s Cleopatra, Shield Yourself, and many many more.

Joining forces for the Mockers reunion are NZ-based Andrew Fagan (vocals), Brett Adams (guitar), plus Geoff Hayden (bass) – travelling from London, and keyboard maestro – Australian-based Tim Wedde.

Special guests for all North Island shows are Delete Delete – featuring members of stellar* and elemeno p.

The Mockers enjoyed three Top 10 albums and six hit singles, and played to huge crowds across the country throughout the 1980s, riding a wave of New Wave pop success with the likes of the Dance Exponents and DD Smash.

The reunion will also serve as tribute to Mockers drummer and friend Steve Thorpe, who passed away in 1986. Special guest drummer is huge Mockers fan, Chris O’Connor from the Phoenix Foundation.

Says Fagan: “This reunion tour is a great chance for the band to reconnect from all corners of the globe after so long apart, and share the Mockers songs with the very supportive fanbase throughout New Zealand.”

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CLASH OF THE TITANS WITH DRAGON, MI-SEX & THE FEELERS @ The Powerstation : 6 Jan 2017

 

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Get ready to rumble: Clash of the Titans is back!

Dragon, Mi-Sex and The Feelers will go head-to-head in eight rip-roaring rounds of rock ‘n’ roll

It’s the stuff made of legends – the biggest and bloodiest battle of the bands in the southern hemisphere. It is Clash of the Titans. And it’s back!

Now in its third year, Clash of the Titans has rightfully gouged out a reputation as being one of the most epic tours in the summer music calendar. And in 2017, three of the biggest names in Australasian music – Dragon, Mi-Sex and The Feelers – will go head-to-head, thrashing it out in some of New Zealand’s most iconic live venues.

The eight-date tour, presented by Eccles Entertainment, kicks off in McEwan Park in Petone, Wellington on Wednesday, December 28 and criss-crosses both islands before ending with a final showdown at Black Barn in Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay on Saturday, January 7.

Dragon, Mi-Sex and The Feelers are forces to be reckoned with each in their own right. But together, under the same roof and battling it out back-to-back on the same stage, audiences across the country can expect a night of absolute rock ‘n’ roll mayhem.

Returning after their last Clash of the Titans stoush in 2015, The Feelers – led by founding members James Reid and Hamish Gee – are returning to the ring in 2017. With countless hits (‘Larger Than Life’, ‘Venus’, ‘Fishing For Lisa’ and ‘Pressure Man’ and more) under their belt and a reputation as a live act of epic proportions, The Feelers are guaranteed to fight to the bitter end.

After slaying on last year’s tour, the mighty Dragon are once again readying themselves to re-join the battle. Todd Hunter remains at the helm of this legendary band, which is behind some of New Zealand and Australia’s most memorable anthems, from ‘April Sun in Cuba’ and ‘Rain’ to ‘Are You Old Enough’ and ‘Still In Love With You’, Dragon is a band of survivors and they’ll be taking no prisoners.

The pioneers of new wave, Mi-Sex, are also returning to prove why they’re still considered one of the most important bands in Australasian music history. Now led by the enigmatic Steve Balbi, and armed with their biggest hits, from ‘Computer Games’ and ‘Blue Day’ to ‘People’, they’ll also unleash new material from their just-released album, NOT FROM HERE. Brace yourself for a full-on sonic assault like only Mi-Sex can deliver.

You have been warned – start your endurance training now! Clash of the Titans is not for the faint-hearted. But you are guaranteed a rip-roaring night of nostalgia and good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll this summer.

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