JETHRO TULL

The Best Of JETHRO TULL with IAN ANDERSON.
Please note that this wonderful night out is a theatrical show – not a typical rock performance.  Ian Anderson requests that all ticket buyers be seated 5 minutes prior to the 8pm performance time.  As a courtesy to both the performers and other patrons, late comers will not be permitted entry until a suitable program pause.
 Stewart & Tricia, in the UK in July, took the time to meet IAN ANDERSON at his country home.  A great catch up – and Stewart was delighted to hear that the December dates in NZ  will include THICK AS A BRICK  parts 1 and 2 in the first hour, and after interval, another hour of the best of JETHRO TULL. A theatrical experience indeed.
Seats are only available in Auckland’s 2nd performance on 21 December.
Poster PR 2nd showsAfter two magic years on the road with the Thick As A Brick shows, legendary Prog Rock icon Ian Anderson is finalising details of the set for his 2014 tour to New Zealand, following the release of a new concept album Homo Erraticus earlier this year.

Songs from Homo Erraticus – an ‘epic voyage into the Progressive Rock pantheon of strangeness’ according to Anderson – will be played along with a collection of his favourite Tull classics, including Thick as Brick 1&2, Living in the Past, Bouree, Teacher, Too Old to Rock ‘N’ Roll, Too Young to Die, My God, Aqualung and Locomotive Breath. The performance will be illustrated and complemented by videos and astounding theatrical settings ‘to bring a tear to the eye’, an enthusiastic Anderson declared.
Ian will bring his band of musicians featuring John O’Hara on keyboards, David Goodier on bass guitar, Florian Opahle on electric guitar, Scott Hammond on drums and Ryan O’Donnell on guest vocals.

JETHRO TULL Official web site:
Review:  The Greek Theatre.
Interview with Radio Newstalk ZB and Ian Anderson.  15th June 2014.
Ian Anderson advises you of his coming trip to NZ.  Take a 2 minute look.  17 June 2014

 

 

The IRISH ROVERS. Farewell to Rovin’ Tour

On sale now.
20 City tour from 25 September to 20 October 2014.
3 in 1IRISH ROVERSThe Irish Rovers cross New Zealand, the US and Canada for their Farewell To Rovin’ Tour which kicks off in New Zealand at the Regent Theatre, Palmerston North Thurs. Sept. 25th.
These last few years, the Rovers have sold out concert tours, returned to the radio airwaves, garnered rave reviews for their recent Gracehill Fair, Home In Ireland and Drunken Sailor albums, attracted the attention of a new younger audience, and were touted in the press as “internet sensations!” The excitement around the Rovers these days confirms that their music continues to hit a chord with fans of all ages.

If you’ve been waiting to see this iconic band, wait no longer as this is the last tine The Irish Rovers will tour New Zealand. “This makes it fifty years of the long tours”, says Rovers founder George Millar, “after this we’ll still be recording, performing at special events and the tours will be short and sweet. I think it’s wiser to leave those big tours to the younger bands.” Learn more at The Irish Rovers website: www.theirishroversmusic.com

PAUL POTTS ‘One Chance’

SingingPaul Potts, first ever winner of Britain’s Got Talent, has found global success with his albums, live shows and tours, impressing audiences worldwide with his powerful yet emotive operatic performances.

Six years later, and his feet are yet to touch the ground. Paul has already performed more live shows than any other contestant from a talent search programme, whilst in recognition of Paul’s meteoric ‘rags to riches’ rise to fame, his amazing life story was turned into the recently released film, ‘One Chance’, starring award-winning comedian James Corden as Paul, which has been very popular here.

Now embarking on an international tour that includes New Zealand this April, Paul Potts is set to once again remind audiences of his inspiring charm and rich, mellifluous classical prowess.

In New Zealand Paul will be accompanied by a 10-piece orchestra.
PAUL POTTS performs the entire 2 hour show – he will be supported by New Zealand’s special soprano Anna Hawkins.
Anna HawkinsFrom Tauranga, Anna will perform a couple of songs on her own and a couple of duets with Paul. Anna has just returned from Japan playing “Christine” in Ken Hill’s PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, where she received rave reviews.

Check out this TV ad for Paul’s NZ Tour ….

BILL HALEY Jr & The Comets

IMG_1520Check out the definitive web site for this fabulous tour of NZ.

Reviving the look and sound made famous by his father — Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Bill HaleyBill Haley Jr & The Comets recapture the heyday and carry on the tradition Bill’s father started in the 1950s.

Bill Haley Jr & The Comets will perform favorites such as Rock Around The Clock, See Ya Later Alligator, Shake, Rattle & Roll, Rock This Joint, Don’t Knock The Rock and Rockit 88.

Bill Jr says don’t expect so much a tribute band, but rather a rock ‘n’ roll history show. Along with the behind-the-scenes stories, Bill Jr emphasises that he and his band mates perform the hits just as they sounded in the 1950s.  “We play as authentically as possible,” Bill Jr says.

The ORIGINAL Phantom Of The Opera by Ken Hill in Tokyo 2013

December will soon be upon us – we will then be in Auckland in rehearsal for our 16 performances in Tokyo:  19-29 December 2013 at Tokyo International Forum Hall C.

DIRECTOR/ACTOR.
Michael McLean (UK) as FAUST
Stewart & Toni Hill Stewart Macpherson & Toni Palmer – widow of the writer and director Ken Hill.  Toni played Madam Giry in the original UK production.  Stewart caught up with her in August 2013 for coffee at BROWNS in George Street, Edinburgh, during The Festival.

 

RICHARD CLAYDERMAN – The Romantique Concerts

World’s most successful pianist announces three NZ concerts
Accompanied on stage by:-
Violin    Vanessa Leighs
Cello     Margaret Guldborg
Viola      Alexa Thomson

  • WELLINGTON      21 June 2013                      Michael Fowler Centre
  • NAPIER                 22 June  2013                          The Municipal Theatre
  • AUCKLAND         23 June 2013                            The Civic Theatre

He never intended to be a performer – let alone become a superstar – but Richard Clayderman has outsold Bob Dylan, Coldplay, Adele, Jay Z and Lady Gaga. Today, his distinctive piano reinterpretations of familiar tunes from every era and genre are still heard in every corner of the world.  Whether we know it or not, his music has become the soundtrack of our lives.

Stewart and Tricia Macpherson proudly announce that Richard Clayderman – just weeks after the release of his latest album Romantique – will perform in three very special New Zealand concerts of the same title.

Featuring hits from his latest album Romantique, concertgoers can expect favourites including Spartacus Adagio, medleys from Les Miserables and West Side Story, his mega hit Ballade Pour Adeline, The Flower Duet, Adele’s Someone Like You, Hallelujah, You Raise Me Up and Puccini’s Nessun Dorma. He will be accompanied by a dazzling strings section.

Fans are urged to be quick as Richard’s concert sell out worldwide.

Described as doing more than anyone else to popularise piano since Beethoven, the shy Frenchman is arguably the world’s most successful pianist, having sold over 85 million albums. With his trademark style of smooth, lavishly orchestrated reinterpretations of popular hits, show tunes and well-known pieces from the classical repertoire, Clayderman has collected 267 gold and 70 platinum discs in almost every country in the world.  Not bad for a session musician who became a star by accident.

As a small boy, he could read music better than his native French. At 12 he won a place at the Paris Conservatoire and graduated with first prize. But instead of embarking on a career as a classical pianist, he became a studio musician to support his sick father and young family.

Until one day in 1977 when he received a call from French music producer Olivier Toussaint, who was looking for a pianist to play a brand new tune composed to celebrate his musical partner Paul de Senneville’s newly-born daughter Adeline.

Extraordinarily, and unlike any pop song before it, the popularity of ‘Ballade Pour Adeline’ spread slowly around the globe over the next five or six years, conquering one country after another until there was almost no corner of the world immune to its melodic charms.

 

THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS

 

THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS originated in Dublin more than a decade ago with the sole intent of showcasing to the world the finest young exponents of Irish singing.

As time has evolved personnel in the troupe have changed, with many international performers of Irish descent joining the company to continue the tradition of Irish tenor singing that focuses on purity of voice. Under the tutelage of the Producer of the world-famous Irish dance company, Spirit Of The Dance, the company now boasts a pool of Irish tenors who, when playing large arenas are expanded to twelve performers. See http://www.spiritartists.com/the-twelve-tenors.html

In this 2-hour concert performed entirely by THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS, you’ll be thrilled to hear Irish favourites such as “Danny Boy”, “The Rose Of Tralee”, “MacNamara’s Band”,”Phil The Fluter’s Ball”, “Galway Bay” and “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”, as well as more contemporary songs like “You Raise Me Up”, “We Are The Champions”, and favourites such as “You’ll Never Walk Alone” “The Rhythm Of Life” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.  There’s even some fabulous Beatles songs including “Hey Jude”– all performed by young, handsome, sparkling performers much acclaimed in Europe. And of course there wouldn’t be a show without “O Sole Mio”, “Funiculi, Funicula” and the spine-tingling “Nessun Dorma”! As the International Post wrote after experiencing THE SEVEN IRISH TENORS –  “they are simply breathtaking”

THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER

 

They’re back, for two shows only in which they perform the entire concert. Its the hit line-up of Tim Hauser, Cheryl Bentyne, Janis Siegel and Alan Paul, so from their extensive repertoire you can expect to hear songs such as Route 66, A-tisket A-tasket, Java Jive, Operator, Birdland and The Boy From New York City. As Janis said “People see in us something that they wish there was more of in the world, which is harmony,” said Siegel. And no matter how technologically advanced the music business becomes, I think people will always still want to hear the sound of the human voice, especially raised in harmony.” Book for this thrilling concert today.

Check out our dedicated web site:  THE MANHATTAN TRANSFER

An Intimate Evening with RICK WAKEMAN

Stewart Macpherson is so very proud to announce that 37 years after his last visit to New Zealand, legendary keyboard maestro, composer and songwriter RICK WAKEMAN will be giving three very special and unique one-man shows in New Zealand this October.
English born Wakeman, best known for his role as the former keyboardist in the progressive rock band YES, was last in New Zealand in 1975 when he performed Journey To The Centre of the Earth with the Auckland Symphonia at Western Springs, Auckland.

Fast forward to 2012 and Wakeman returns in what will be a rare and intimate trio of concerts in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch from October 6-8 known as “An Intimate Evening With Rick Wakeman”.  The one-man show is described as “an entertaining evening with Rick performing on a grand piano interspersed by ludicrously ridiculous, albeit true, funny anecdotes”.

Simon Sweetman’s interview with Rick is not to be missed … enjoy a great read ….

Wakeman boasts a long catalogue of impressive musical plaudits; 50,000,000 record sales around the world, which have included more than 150 record and CD releases, soundtracks for more than 25 films, and more than 4,000 world-wide concert performances.

His name has appeared on the credits of albums as a session musician with Al Stewart, Elton John, Lou Reed, John Williams, Cat Stevens (including the classic piano on Morning Has Broken), Marc Bolan, Marsha Hunt, Mary Hopkin, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie. With all of this success it’s understandable how he has endeared himself to all genres and all ages, a rare accomplishment in this day and age!

Rick is looking forward to bringing his one-man show to New Zealand:  “ I have been really rather fortunate to have reached an age where people stop trying to tell you what you should be doing. I think they have now come to the conclusion that I’m not going away, so they might as well let me get on with what I want to do!   This means that I have been able to dip my toes into the world of comedy, stand-up, television, acting and writing which means full days and a full life. I’ve also been able to diversify as regards concerts and these vary from shows with my band to full blown concerts with band, symphony orchestra and choir.

“Over the last couple of decades, the one man show, ”An Intimate Evening with Rick Wakeman” has surprised even me as to its popularity and has been performed in the UK, America, South America and Eastern Europe and I am really thrilled to be coming back to New Zealand, (which is also my wife’s favourite country), to perform the shows there.”

More information , including a full discography , can be found on Rick’s website rwcc.com.  Also visit www.rickwakeman.co.nz  and follow him on Twitter @GrumpyOldRick .

Keep your eyes open for the new NISSAN JUKE.

OH WHAT A NIGHT! 2013 Tour

In 2012 they came from Las Vegas and played 10 NZ Cities – to rave reviews.  Now OH WHAT A NIGHT! returns to play 7 additional Cities in 2013. Oh What A Night! is a show that celebrates the hits of Franki Valli & The Four Seasons in an entertaining format that internationally has had the audiences singing along, clapping and cheering for more.
  The fourseasoned performers – George Solomon, Brandon Albright, Paul Holmquist and Rick Morgan – not only sing the hits and hit the high notes for which Franki Valli is famous; they also dance expertly and entertain with humorous banter in the great Vegas tradition. This award-winning 2 hour tribute show covers the gamut from earlier hits such as Sherry, Rag Doll and Walk Like a Man, through to 1970s favourites Who Loves You, and Grease, as well as the more melodic love songs, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and My Eyes Adored You.

Listen to this interview with GEORGE SOLOMON on Hawkes Bay MORE FM, prior to the 2012 tour.
George Solomon’s Radio interview.

 

The greatest Hits of THE NEW SEEKERS and PAPERLACE …..

SMASH HITS 70’s: The Greatest Hits of the New Seekers and Paper Lace

Get ready to sing along. Some of the most iconic 70’s songs of all time will be performed “live” across New Zealand this April and May by the singers who made them famous so many years ago: The New Seekers’ Eve Graham and Paper Lace’s Philip Wright.

Eve Graham’s remarkable vocal talents have been adored by fans for more than four decades, and the Scottish-born star’s musical journey has seen her perform around the world and on a variety of stages: from American Bandstand and the Sonny and Cher Show, to The Two Ronnies and Morecambe and Wise.

In a career that produced a string of memorable hits, such as Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma; Nickel Song; Circles; Never Ending Song Of Love and Beg, Steal or Borrow, Eve is probably best remembered for her performance of I’d Like To Teach The World To Sing, the famous soundtrack to Coca-Cola’s ‘Hilltop’ commercial – the company’s most successful campaign in its history.

“The Nickel Song” – Eve Graham at The Royal Albert Hall, 1972
“Look What They’ve Done To My Song”  – Eve at The Royal Albert Hall, 1972
“The Night Chicago Died” – Paperlace live in 1974
“Billy Don’t Be A Hero”
– Paperlace live on BBC’s Top Of The Pops 1974
Click on our YouTube link to view the television commercials of smash hits 70’s

PAPERLACE:

Joining Eve on the New Zealand tour will be Philip Wright and Paper Lace, whose memorable compositions such as Billy Don’t Be A Hero; Hitchin’ A Ride and The Black Eyed Boys led them to 70’s superstardom and sold millions of copies around the world.

The classic The Night Chicago Died reached number one in the American Charts, achieving platinum sales and winning the title of largest selling single worldwide in 1974.

After re-releasing two magical albums in 2010, vocalist Philip Wright and original bassist Cliff Fish have joined forces with Phil Hendricks and Paul Robinson to recreate the authentic live sound of Paper Lace for the Smash Hit’s 70’s New Zealand tour.

 

YES – First time in NZ. One Show Only. 1 APRIL

The world’s most quintessential prog-rock band YES will perform in New Zealand for the first time on 1 April, 2012. 

YES – The Legendary, Grammy® Award winning prog-rock band that has defined many a generation features a lineup of guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire, drummer Alan White, singer Jon Davison and keyboard player Geoff Downes..

FLY FROM HERE is the first album YES has recorded for close to a decade and The return of Horn along with the Maestro’s that make up YES has brought back the fluid freedom that their music’s ingenuity is best known for. (See reviews below of their recent UK performances)

YES holds a shrewd insight and creative vision that challenges audiences as they stretch the boundaries of music, and their new album FLY FROM HERE was produced by the legendary Trevor Horn in the spirit that YES was founded.

YES’ performance will feature the title track from that new album as well as the hugely successful and indelible catalogue of music from hit albums such as DRAMA, FRAGILE, CLOSE TO THE EDGE and 90125. 

YES’ remarkable career has served to re-define the boundaries of rock for more than four decades. YES has played the role as a dominant driving music force selling over 30 million albums, reaching platinum status multiple times worldwide. Their symphonic use of sound and innovative musical styles have made each of the group’s player’s a virtuoso in his own right.

This will be YES’ first visit to New Zealand, and they will perform the entire concert at the Vector Arena on Sunday, 1 April 2012.

See a review of 2 of their very recent performances –  Hammersmith Apollo gig on 11 November 2011 and their Manchester Apollo performance on 13th November 2011.

THAT’S COUNTRY – 12 City March 2012 tour:

It’s time for New Zealand country music fans to celebrate! We’re on the road – now!

At long last, and in celebration of the 2 DVD/CD combo’s of this much loved and iconic 80’s television show, you get to see some of the original stars “live on stage” for the first time that the show has ever been taken out of its Christchurch Town Hall environment.

As was the case on TV, Ray Columbus hosts the show in his inimitable cheeky style, and welcomes some of the biggest names to ever appear on “That’s Country” – the irrepressible Suzanne Prentice, the wild man from Australia – Jade Hurley, and our own Toni Williams who was the star of the recent Country Music Awards.  These Artists are supported by backing vocalists, Echo’N Harmony.  In addition excitement has peaked at the announcement that Legends Award Winner, and current chart-topper, Dennis Marsh is to appear as Special Guest on this tour.

This is a truly “live” concert tour, and the singers will be accompanied by members of the original band that appeared on the television show.  Gary Sammons, Doug Petrie, Brian Ringrose, Paddy Long and the MD will be Mike McCarthy.

Re-live some of the greatest country music ever written, songs like “Country Cookin’ “, “It’s A Heartache”, “Try A Little Kindness”, “You Don’t Know Me” and much, much more when the genuine and OFFICIAL “That’s Country” tour comes to town!

All performances are at 7.30pm.  The above performers perform the entire show.  You can also purchase  A “COMBO” CONSISTING OF A DVD AND CD at the the theatre.

 

Ray Columbus in rehearsal at The Civic Theatre, Invercargill,  1 March 2012.

 

 

 

On the road – and being St.Patrick’s day – the
Band celebrated after the New Plymouth performance.
Gary Sammons, Doug Petrie and Paddy Long.

 

 

THE COMBO DEAL – DVD/CD SET:

Following up the double platinum success of last year’s “That’s Country” DVD release comes “That’s Country Encore” a 23 track DVD featuring more outstanding performances from the original high rating and much loved television show. The content was selected from the many episodes now held at the TVNZ Avalon archives and includes exceptional live performances from the legends of New Zealand country music along with international guest stars from Nashville and Australia.  Like the previous release the DVD package will also include a CD version of the show’s music for the fans to enjoy.  This product will be on sale at all concerts.

Starlight Express

The fastest show on earth!

Ch-Ch-Ch Boogie is one of the pre-show songs about trains that sets the mood in the arenas for a fabulous night of spectacle and fun in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s amazing roller-skating musical STARLIGHT EXPRESS. People left the arenas buzzing with excitement about what they’d seen. The reviews were uniformly appreciative, with superlatives such as “magical”, “high-energy”, “spectacular”, “awesome” etc., which is always very satisfying for us as Producers to hear and experience. Here is what one reviewer wrote. “If you’re looking for deep and meaningful you’ve come to the wrong place, but the show never pretends to be anything other than what it is – a spectacular, feel-good entertainment with catchy tunes, bubblegum romance, outrageous costumes and rollerskates. The musical score – delivered ‘live’ by an impressive though unseen band – always strikes the right emotional chord and there is an appealing musical playfulness in many of the songs. The large cast are all highly accomplished singers and dancers with standout performances coming from some of the veterans of the show’s extensive world tour. Alongside these seasoned professionals the large Kiwi contingent more than holds its own.”

The 7 Irish Tenors

The 7 Irish Tenors toured NZ during November 2009.

Sensational. At every performance, a standing ovation for the wonderful Seven Irish Tenors!

There was a lot of blarney, but also every song was instantly recognised from, ‘Irish Eyes Are Smiling’ and ‘Danny Boy’ thru to Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’, The Beatles ‘Twist & Shout’ and, of course. a superb rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’. And at every performance the tenors came out front of house to meet their patrons, and autograph the CD of the show – now available from our SHOP under CD’s for sale.

Burn The Floor

The international dance sensation Burn The Floor visits New Zealand direct from its record-breaking run on Broadway! You’ve seen Ballroom dance on shows like “Dancing with the Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Now, with Burn The Floor,  you will feel, live on stage, all the passion, the drama and the sizzling excitement of 20 gorgeous champion dancers, in a true theatrical experience, a performance with a grace and athleticism that The New York Times calls, “Dazzling!”

From Harlem’s hot nights at The Savoy, where dances such as the Lindy, Foxtrot and Charleston were born, to the Latin Quarter where the Cha-Cha, Rumba and Salsa steamed up the stage, Burn The Floor takes audiences on a journey through the passionate drama of dance. The elegance of the Viennese Waltz, the exuberance of the Jive, the intensity of the Paso Doblé – audiences will experience them all, as well as the Tango, Samba, Mambo, Quickstep and Swing.

Burn the Floor-it’s Ballroom.  Reinvented for 2010

Following their New Zealand tour, the Company fly to London – to open at the Shaftesbury Theatre, West End.

www.burnthefloor.com

Spandau Ballet and Tears for Fears

The ultimate 80s double bill spectacular. Two of the UK’s hottest 80’s band, played together in the same concert, for the first time in NZ on 29 April, 2010.

Fresh from sell-out shows in London’s 02 Arena, both bands were visiting Australia, and we managed to convince them to play one date in Auckland’s Vector Arena.

The original members of both bands played all their hits, so it was effectively 2 shows for the price of one.

All five original members of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman of Spandau Ballet performed Gold, True, Lifeline, I Don’t Need This Pressure On, To Cut A Long Story Short, and Only When You Leave, amongst others, in a 2-hour set. Opening the night were Tears For Fears whose hits include Shout, Mad World, Mother’s Talk, I Believe, Head Over Heels, Woman In Chains, Sowing The Seeds Of Love, and Everybody Wants To Rule The World.

Emerging from Soho’s ultra hip Blitz Club in 1979, Spandau formed at school in North London before becoming the hottest unsigned band on the planet. From underground, fashion and music obsessed working class Londoners, to global superstars, the band set the pace, the styles and the sound of the 1980s. Not only did their albums sell by the millions, but their look and style impacted on the fashion world and beyond. They created their own style, combining creativity with entrepreneurship and the spirit of the youth of the early 80s.

Tears for Fears, made up of duo Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, enjoyed similar success in the 80s when British bands were setting the commercial and cultural bar in regards to pop music. They have sold in excess of 22 million albums worldwide spawning massive the hits Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Shout and Head Over Heels. Roland and Curt split in 1990 after their meteoric rise through the pop charts only to reunite and release a new album in 2004. Since then Tears for Fears have continued to sell out shows throughout the world and maintain their status as one of pop music’s more productive musical collaborations.