Monthly Archives: March 2017

JIMMY BARNES WITH SUPPORT FROM DECADES @ The Powerstation : 29 Mar 2017

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On the back of his nationwide Working Class Boy: An Evening of Stories and Songs spoken word tour, which saw standing ovations across sold out venues, Eccles Entertainment is excited to announce that Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes will be play one show only at Auckland’s Powerstation on Wednesday 29 March.

Jimmy Barnes is the heart and the soul of Australian rock & roll. After 40 years on stages with both Cold Chisel and as a solo artist, Jimmy is an icon who has been through it all, and lived to tell the tale. Along the way he has sold more records in Australia than any other domestic rock & roll artist. Jimmy’s live shows are legendary for their intensity and unrivalled volume.

Jimmy will be performing all the classics from his iconic catalogue, alongside a full band in what will be a night of explosive rock n roll. Those who have seen Jimmy Barnes perform live before know how much he gives during his performances and this show is set to be no exception.

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MIDGE URE @ The Powerstation : 17 Mar 2017

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Plus1 proudly presents UK legend Midge Ure performing seven shows around New Zealand in March 2017 as part of his retrospective Something From Everything Tour – covering 40 years of his influential music.

The former Ultravox frontman will be accompanied by the India Electric Company – multi-instrumentalists Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe – with Ure and co performing at least one song from each album.

Midge Ure’s Something From Everything Tour features concerts in Auckland, Tauranga, Wellington, Nelson, Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin.

The setlist stretches right back to 1977 with punk supergroup the Rich Kids, through to Visage (Fade to Grey), and the many hits of Ultravox – gems like Vienna, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, Reap The Wild Wind and many more. Plus key songs from his acclaimed solo albums like The Gift (with the infectious ‘If I Was’), Pure, and Answers to Nothing.

Ure says the three-piece approach is a lot of fun and adds colour, texture and depth to each song’s essential elements – a distinctly different approach to his solo tour here in April 2015.

“We’ve played some wonderful shows around Europe and the United States, and I can’t wait to bring the band Downunder for our Kiwi friends.”

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MESHUGGAH @ The Powerstation : 9 Mar 2017

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In 2017, Swedish progressive metal pioneers MESHUGGAH will be entering their 30th year of existence, defying expectations on record as to the limitations of metal, and then proving their virtuosic prowess by taking their cathedral-complex compositions to stages all over the world – this leg of the tour being only part of a lengthy world tour – for which they are well known.

It all began with 1991’s Contradictions Collapse, but the MESHUGGAH legend was established through the likes of 1995’s groundbreaking Destroy Erase Improve and the band’s third record, 1998’s Chaosphere. In 2002, MESHUGGAH issued Nothing, which sold over 110,000 copies in the US and garnered the band an arena tour slot with TOOL, high validation from the biggest and most discerning progressive metal band on the planet at the turn of the decade. Catch Thirtythree, obZen and 2012’s immense Koloss solidified the band’s reputation as creative mavericks raising the reputation of what metal could be, resulting in status as the creators and godfathers of an entire progressive music style known as djent – even if the band has a somewhat ambivalent relationship with that tag or tags of any sort.

The Violent Sleep of Reason, the band’s eighth full-length studio album, finds MESHUGGAH building upon their legacy for fearless metal sculpting within the context of extreme metal, but also recapturing some of the magic and excitement specifically within the aspect of performance, finding flow and groove that would be a challenge for any lesser band to locate, given such technical geometric madness at mischievous hand.

They are bringing that legacy to Australia and New Zealand and visiting iconic venues such as The Powerstation in Auckland, The Tivoli in Brisbane, The Enmore Theatre in Sydney, 170 Russell in Melbourne and Metropolis in Fremantle.

Meshuggah’s drummer Tomas Haake says that they are keen to make sure that when they come down under, their erudite and intelligent fan base “get something that they don’t really hear in any other bands. On the first album you still hear a lot of METALLICA and ANTHRAX and Bay Area kind of thrash metal influence. We knew that we sounded a bit like that, but we were aiming for something we hadn’t heard in any other band. And that’s still the main fuel. We’re not trying to write your average metal song. We’re not trying to write catchy songs. We’re not trying to write hit songs (laughs). We’re just trying to write something that is cool, that we haven’t heard before, and hopefully our fans haven’t heard before. And that gets harder and harder, because by now, there are so many fucking awesome musicians and so much great music out there. But it would seem like the followers that we do have, the people that have kept buying our albums and stayed with us for a lot of years, are not typical metal fans. The crowd we have is diverse. We have a lot of geeks and nerds and weirdos, and they are beautiful ones, you know? We have a lot of people with talent, and a lot of people that are interested in music as art, and not just an event.”

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SUBLIME WITH ROME @ The Powerstation : 3 Mar 2017

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One of the most notable and successful ska-punk bands of all time, Sublime has sold over 17 million albums worldwide with songs like What I Got, Doin’ Time and Date Rape all in constant radio rotation across the globe. To this day, the group’s multi-platinum landmark debut album ‘40oz. to Freedom’, lo-fi follow up ‘Robbin’ the Hood’, and multi-platinum self-titled major label debut (a virtual greatest hits set in itself) are all widely regarded as music collection staples.

Formed in Long Beach in 1988, Sublime’s final performance was in the spring of 1996 after the death of original singer Bradley Nowell. In 2008 Rome, a 20-year-old northern California native, was introduced to Gaugh and Wilson. In 2011, a handful of jam sessions led to an impromptu show at a small club in Nevada flooring a packed-house crowd. The trio later performed a one-off at the Smokeout Festival and was a surprise special guest at the infamous KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show, before officially dubbing themselves Sublime with Rome.

In 2015, Sublime with Rome resurfaced with ‘Sirens’, the effervescent follow up to the band’s 2011 debut ‘Yours Truly’. “We had more time, we know each other better now, and we’re even better musicians,” said Rome Ramirez last year, who was just 20-years-old when he embarked on this journey. Now 28, the singer, guitarist, and songwriter is truly flourishing.

With bassist and co-founder Eric Wilson anchoring the group, Sublime With Rome are armed with a sound that makes a real statement… their statement.

And while Ramirez pays the utmost respect to the original Sublime entity, since, as he admitted in the past, they were the first band that made him want to make, as opposed to just listen to, music, he knows Sublime With Rome are worthy of fans’ undivided attention. “I want fans to say, ‘I went to see Sublime With Rome and the new album is sick as fuck.’ We can do that by continuing to make better and better records,” he said.

“Sublime has so many fans and attracts new fans every year who were never able to see Sublime perform live after Bradley passed away,” said Troy Nowell-Holmes, Bradley Nowell’s widow. “One of the inspirations for forming ‘Sublime with Rome’ was to bring Brad’s spirit in his music back to the fans and to give the new fans a glimpse of what it was like to see Sublime live.”

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE @ The Powerstation : 1 Mar 2017

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Iconic metal giants, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, will be returning to New Zealand in March 2017, in support of their seventh album Incarnate. The Massachusetts powerhouse will be bringing along the atmospheric, boundary-pushing metallers FALLUJAH for their first ever trip down under.

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE re-defined heavy metal with the release of their landmark debut,

Alive or Just Breathing, defining ‘metalcore’ single handedly and influencing a legion of bands to follow. Fast forward to 2016 and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE continue to reign the metal world with the release of their seventh full length album, Incarnate, featuring some of their most crushing and influential work gaining praise from fans and critics alike.

“Incarnate is a brash reaffirmation of this band’s superiority over their peers.” – The Guardian

Killswitch Engage are really masters of their craft – Metal Injection – 9/10

Melding brutality and brains into an unstoppable sonic force, San Francisco’s FALLUJAH will be making their highly anticipated live debut on New Zealand shores. Dreamless, FALLUJAH’S latest full length, represents a band at the peak of their songwriting ability breathing new life into the metal world.

Prepare for relentless energy, effortless defiance, crushing riffs and a live show that will leave you wanting more.

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