THE ART OF BANKSY
The exhibition in Auckland will take visitors on a journey, exploring the questionable genius of the world’s most infamous street artist with a retrospective of over 80 of the artists’ off-street masterpieces.
Most famously known for his stenciling technique, Banksy’s artwork combines dark humour with underlying political messages and social themes, which have made him one of the biggest contemporary artists of our time.
Curated by the artists’ former manager, Steve Lazarides, the exhibition presents the first collection of Banksy artworks to reach New Zealand shores, including the iconic ‘Girl with Balloon’, ‘Flag Wall’ and ‘Laugh Now’ pieces. The exhibition also includes three pieces that have never been publicly exhibited.
All pieces included in The Art of Banksy exhibition are original works and limited edition screen-prints by Banksy himself, which are all unique in their form.
Outside The Art of Banksy area, The BOX Cafe and Bar houses a selection of food and beverages to refresh your palette.
“This exhibition is a one off – never will you be able to see this amount of work in one place again. Once the show is over, the artwork will dissipate back to the other 40 collectors around the world, and the likelihood of them being brought together again in the future is very slim.”
– Steve Lazarides –
DUBLIN’s IRISH TENORS & THE CELTIC LADIES
Moving tirelessly from opera to pop, jazz to classical, each member of the Celtic Ladies and Dublin’s Irish Tenors showcase their unique talents during the Branson show from lively fiddling, to marvelous melodies, to perfected piano pieces. These two groups bring an excellent mix of traditional Irish tunes, adult contemporary and classical music. Hits throughout the show which are powerfully and beautifully sung by Dublin’s Irish Tenors and Celtic Ladies include: “Danny Boy,” “Cockles and Mussels,” “Twist & Shout,” “Hey Jude,” “Nessun Dorma,” “That’s Life,” “You Raise Me Up,” “Scarborough Fair,” “We Are the Champions,” “Smile,” “O Sole Mio,” “Loch Lomond,” “Rolling in the Deep” and “Ticket to Ride.” Each number carefully choreographed to combine different additional elements and actions such as dancing humor, special effects, sets and audience interaction enhance the total audience enjoyment of the show.
An Intimate Evening with the legendary voice of The Moody Blues, JUSTIN HAYWARD, is an acoustic performance where you can expect to hear most of the Moody Blues hits. Accompanied by virtuoso finger style guitarist Mike Dawes – who also opens the show, and keyboard player Julie Ragins this will be a real treat for everyone who appreciated great music performed superbly.
MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET
The hit Broadway & West End musical, MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET, is inspired by the true real-life event of 4 December, 1956 in which Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash & Carl Perkins all had a jam session in Sam Phillips fabled Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that amazing session to life with JASON DONOVAN playing the (almost) non-singing role of Sam Phillips. You’ll hear Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, That’s All Right Mama, Sixteen Tons, Great Balls Of Fire, Walk The Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going’ On, Who Do You Love?, Matchbox, Folsom Prison Blues, Hound Dog and many more. Coming to the Auckland Civic Theatre (only) directly from touring the UK.
JETHRO TULL – 18 to 23 April 2017
Ian Anderson and his stellar band will treat you to an evening of the very best of the Jethro Tull repertoire including Aqualung, Thick As A Brick, Bourée, Living In The Past, Locomotive Breath etc. Staged theatrically with a continuous video background in which other performers interact with Ian and the band, this is a stunning presentation not to be missed
Please note the St.James Theatre has become available and so due to the theatricality of this performance we are making the change from the Wellington Michael Fowler Centre to the St.James Theatre. Ticketek have re-allocated all tickets.
TOWER OF POWER – Wednesday. 5 October 2016
Stewart & Tricia Macpherson are absolutely thrilled to announce this American R&B-based horn section and band – a night to remember.
Performing since 1968, Tower of Power (or TOP for short) originated in Oakland, California.
The lead singer is Marcus Scott – known as the “Memphis Soul Man”. His sound is described as Electrifying Soulful & Compelling.
The band will perform the entire show – 1hr and 40 minutes … no interval.
The Tower of Power horn section has appeared on a numbr of other artists’ recordings, such as Aerosmith, Bonnie Raitt, David Sanborn, Elton John, Huey Lewis, Little Feat, Paula Abdul and Santana.
OH WHAT A NIGHT! 2016
In the 1960s, four scrappy young men from New Jersey — Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito — had the magic sound that propelled them from singing under streetlights to singing in spotlights. With songs like “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man,” the quartet found itself at the top of the charts. However, personal and professional problems threatened to tear the group apart.
No such thing with these 4 lads. They sound just like the originals and they come direct from the showrooms of Las Vegas. You’ll hear the authentic, sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest. The internationally acclaimed American cast perform the entire show – one classic hit after another including solo hits that range from the exuberant rock’n’roll nostalgia of Grease, to spine-tingling show-stealers such as My Eyes Adored You. Be in early for this fabulous hit show…. it’s a night out to remember.
FLASHDANCE The Musical. Civic Theatre Auckland. Now Playing!
Read this Review by Jenny Stevenson.
The pop culture phenomenon of FLASHDANCE is now live on stage, with the all-American cast. With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day, and a club dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. A 1 x minute video sneak preview:-
FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL features a score that includes the biggest hit songs from the movie, including the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock & Roll.”
The Atlanta Journal Constitution hailed it “an astonishing musical spectacle,” while Michigan Live dubbed FLASHDANCE “A super-sexy blockbuster!”
THE BEACHBOYS – Celebrating 50 years of Fun Fun Fun
From Left to Right:
Scott Totten, Tim Bonhomme,
Jon Cowsill, Mike Love,
Jeffrey Foskett, Bruce Johnston & Brian Eichenberger.
THE BEACH BOYS are coming to NZ with one exclusive concert this year in one of the country’s greatest beach locations – Mt. Maunganui, Tauranga. Captained by Mike Love, and helmed by long-time Beach Boy Bruce Johnston, the current line-up continue the legacy of this iconic American band.
Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy nominated “Good Vibrations.” Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.”
Even more than the Beatles, The Beach Boys found through their music the key to unfading youth—and they made copies for everyone. To these guys, the beach isn’t just a place where the surf comes to play—it’s where life is renewed and made whole again.
10cc In Concert. November 2015
10cc, comprising of Graham Gouldman, Rick Fenn, Mick Wilson, Mike Stevens and Paul Burgess, were hot favourites when they performed in NZ to over 50,000 people at Summer Concert Tour last year.
Fans will now have the chance to hear hits such as Kiwi favourite Dreadlock Holiday, The Things We Do For Love, I’m Not In Love (featured in films such as Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and more recently the Disney blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy), Art For Art’s Sake, Rubber Bullets, I’m Mandy Fly Me and Donna, up close in personal in theatres.
And in a rare double-bill, 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman will open the show with his Heart Full of Songs acoustic set, performing hits he wrote for other artistes, such as Bus Stop and Look Through Any Window (for The Hollies), No Milk Today (Herman’s Hermits) and Heart Full of Soul and For Your Love (The Yardbirds)
10cc have sold over 30 million albums worldwide and are gave us some of the most lyrically dexterous and musically varied songs of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Don’t miss….
SPANDAU BALLET – Soul Boys Of The Western World
Stewart & Tricia Macpherson and Paul Dainty have announced that Spandau Ballet, one of the most successful and influential British bands of the 1980s, will bring their ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’ Tour to Vector Arena on Sunday May 10, 2015. Ensuring there is something for every fan of 80’s music. Stewart Macpherson is pleased to announce the special guest is PHIL MADSEN.
All five original band members of Spandau Ballet, Tony Hadley, John Keeble, Gary Kemp, Martin Kemp and Steve Norman will come together to perform their smash-hit anthems for Australasian audiences for the first time since their 2010 Reformation World Tour which saw the band reunited. Ahead of their 2015 concert tour Spandau Ballet were in New Zealand, having attending a special screening in Auckland of their new film ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’ which was the 2nd highest grossing film in the UK when it was released there earlier this month.
The band’s visit also promoted their brand new best-of album The Story – The Very Best of Spandau Ballet which also features 3 brand new tracks, in stores now and online via Warner Music New Zealand.
SPANDAU BALLET are excited to be coming back to NZ – they will be performing on MOTHER’S DAY. Go on – take your Mum with you. She’ll love it.
See this review from a very recent gig in Belfast, Ireland.
What about this ad made for THE BREEZE. Fabulous.
SPECIAL GUEST: PHIL MADSEN.
Stetson Group regret to advise that they have had to cancel Nik Kershaw’s scheduled appearance at the ‘Soul Boys Of The Western World’ concert by SPANDAU BALLET at VectorArena on Mother’s Day, Sunday 10 May. Any of Nik’s fans that now wish for a refund may contact www.ticketmaster.co.nz. The original line-up of SPANDAU BALLET will be in full force, and will now be preceded by renowned New Zealand singer-songwriter Phil Madsen.
Auckland born singer-songwriter Phil Madsen, is no stranger to the stage, Phil has been performing with his family since the age of four.
He will be well known to many New Zealanders, with two top-20 hits under his belt, regular performances at Coca Cola Christmas in the Park and with key New Zealand orchestras. The power of Phil’s performance of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody at last years SkyCity Starlight Symphony was recognised by the Sunday Star Times “Even Freddy Mercury refused to sing Bohemian Rhapsody live because the notes were too difficult but Phil Madsen sang it all the way through, perfectly, and the crowd went wild.”
Dancing On The Moon off 2010 album Mr Yellow Tree, has already received significant local and international airplay and earned Phil a top-five nomination in this year’s APRA Silver Scroll Awards. Phil also performed this single at the 2009 Coca Cola Christmas in the Park.
LET IT BE – A Musical Journey not to be missed.
This limited season of LET IT BE is in Auckland only, at the beautiful Civic Theatre. March/April 2015.
If you ever saw The Beatles “live” then this concert musical is what it sounded like; If you never got to see The Beatles “live” then this is what you missed!
An international cast of performers who genuinely sound like the Fab Four, in a magical stage setting, take us on a journey from Liverpool’s Cavern Club to the last studio sessions. This is not a tribute band, this is a full stage presentation as seen on Broadway, and coming to Auckland direct from London’s West End. Over 40 of The Beatles Greatest Hits are performed “live” in a full 2 hour show.
Need convincing? See this audience reaction from the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.
SLASH- World On Fire Tour 2015
The Stetson Group are pleased that one of the world’s hottest guitarists will perform for us in two full-throttle, smokin’ hot concerts in NZ next February. He’s sold over 100 million albums, has a Grammy award and countless other accolades. This concert will feature hits from his time with Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver and and his previous two solo albums – Slash (2010) and Apocalyptic Love (2012) as well as his new album World On Fire.
SLASH, featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators plays Claudelands Arena, Hamilton on 17 February, and Wellington’s TSB Arena on 18 February.
Watch this live video from Roxy LA. “Bent To Fly”
Auckland’s Special Guests: New Zealand’s very own – DEVILSKIN.
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.
After 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.
The 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’
Paul 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.
From 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
Check 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 Haley — Bill 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.
Michael McLean (UK) as FAUST
|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.