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Rockers The Dead Daisies release new album Revolución ahead of October concert in Auckland

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Wal with the band last year with Marco Mendoz, Dizzy Reed and former singer and co-founder Kiwi Jon Stevens

Rockers The Dead Daisies return to Auckland in October on tour with the greatest rock and roll band in rock ‘n’ roll history – KISS.

Performing as part of one of the most spectacular shows this year, The Dead Daisies will join the extravaganza on Friday 16 October at Vector Arena in Auckland.

The band has just completed a USA tour with Whitesnake and European dates with KISS on their 40th Anniversary world tour which included playing the largest festivals on the continent.

The Dead Daisies were last in New Zealand in November 2014 and this year the tour coincides with the release of a new album Revolución, an album which Classic Rock Mag has described as “the best Rock album I have heard in a long time … an incredible energy”.

A rock collective comprised of musicians from the world’s biggest rock bands, The Dead Daisies line up is currently Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses) on guitar, Marco Mendoza (Thin Lizzy/Whitesnake) on bass, Dizzy Reed (Guns N’ Roses) on keyboard/vocals, Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/Billy Idol/Ozzy Osbourne) on drums, David Lowy (MINK/Red Phoenix) on rhythm guitar and featuring new lead vocalist John Corabi, former lead singer of Mötley Crüe, The Scream and Union. Corabi joined the band in time to work on the new album.

“The Dead Daisies have been an absolute blast for me so far. The guys are all great musicians, and also incredibly easy to work with. We’ve just smashed the US and we can’t wait to head to New Zealand with our friends KISS to continue the ‘Revolucion’,”

The album Revolución was launched in New Zealand last week. The Dead Daisies tour to New Zealand with KISS for one show only on Friday 16 October at Vector Arena, Auckland. Tickets are available at

The Lost Highway Church Tour 2015 – Review

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If you weren’t at Maroon 5, chances are you were here hanging with the cool kids. Well those already old enough to have adult ones if you get the drift

You see it was a mostly mature audience who packed Auckland’s Holy Trinity church in Parnell as Tami Nielson quipped ‘Going to church on a Saturday scores brownie points with God’

I don’t if that was true or not, however the majestic Holy Trinity cathedral did seem a little out of place for country music artists more known for their songs about ‘beer drinking & womanising’

As the quartet took to the stage for Travelling Creature (penned by Davidson & Williams) to warm up the lungs, it was clear it was probably the best Country music line-up seen on stage for a long time

Barry Saunders from The Warratahs (or ‘Tahs’) remained onstage, his boyish James Garner Maverick look and velvet dulcet tones stirring, as the audience reminisced the songs that had made the band well known in the 80s & 90s including hits Hands Of My Heart & Maureen musing ‘I recorded this song with my boy band 28 years ago’

Tami Nielson needs no introduction, however she did explain her ‘funny accent’ was by way of Canada. Her style, her big voice and song writing has earned her numerous accolades. Sh*t, what a voice, she could make American president Obama sit up and take notice. My idea is once the new flag’s been sorted just get her to sing the national anthem at International sports fixtures

Her hit song Walk was stellar live as was Woohoo a lively duet with stringed instrument maestro Dave Khan. Her light banter enchanting the crowd as she dedicated songs to her father who recently passed away on the touching Lonely and First Man

Marlon Williams and Delaney Davidson have a history recording albums together they have forged a path that has reignited the local Country music scene. I mean even the Aussies have unabashedly claimed Williams as one of their own

Williams possesses a voice that like Haley’s comet comes around once in a lifetime, his solo treatment of the classic MacColl folk song The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face is testament of this. Rambling through a mix of old and new songs off his new album, Williams ratified his Maori roots pulling out Christmas favourite O Holy Night with Tami Nielson sung in Maori and English, a timely reminder also that the festive season is just around the corner

This Church Tour 2015 has outdone itself with one of its strongest artist line-ups in its already impressive seven year history. I loved Delaney Davidson’s short but poignant set, especially his dark loop-pedal version of the traditional In the Pines, his earnest grasp of the blues is something that shouldn’t be underestimated

It’s only a matter of time before the Aussies claim all our top musicians, make sure you see them before they do

Kiwi Taika Waititi In Talks To Direct Thor 3


Taika Waititi & Rose Matafeo at last years Vodafone Music Awards – photo Wal Reid

Kiwi Director/Actor Taika Waititi is in negotiations to direct “Thor: Ragnorak,” the third installment in Marvel‘s “Thor” franchise.

The popular Kiwi actor has directed & written several episodes of the TV series “Flight of the Conchords” and in addition to writing and directing the mockumentary“What We Do in the Shadows” about vampires flatting in Wellington had a hit with the indie comedy “Eagle vs. Shark.” Waititi, also penned the script for Disney’s upcoming animated movie “Moana.” starring Ballers star Dwayne Johnson

He also acted as the character Tom Kalmaku 2011’s “Green Lantern” opposite Ryan Reynolds and will host this years Vodafone Music Awards

Kenneth Branagh directed 2011’s original “Thor” and Alan Taylor helmed “Thor: The Dark World” in 2013. The first film grossed $449 million worldwide and the sequel took in $645 million.

Chris Hemsworth will return as the titular superhero. Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif) will be back to star as well. Thor: Ragnorak” hits theaters on Nov. 3, 2017.

Ekko Park Release New Album ‘Know Hope’


NZ Entertainment Podcast past studio guests Ekko Park release their highly anticipated second album Know Hope on Friday 30th October, and we can’t wait

The sophomore album includes the hit radio single Validation and new radio single Probable Cause.

To celebrate the release of Know Hope Ekko Park will embark on a nationwide tour with Dead Letter Circus (Australia) playing at the Kings Arms Auckland on Thursday 19th November, Allen Street Rock Club Christchurch on Friday 20th November and Bodega Wellington on Saturday 21st November. Tickets on sale now from

Since the release of Ekko Park’s excellent debut album Tomorrow Tomorrow Today in November 2013 and the nomination for Best Rock Album at the 2014 New Zealand Music Awards, the band has had a whirlwind 23 months. With an honest, unique and energetic brand of rock ‘n’ roll Ekko Park has played sold out tours of NZ, headlined a tour of the UK & Ireland, supported international touring acts as well as playing several big local festivals including Homegrown.

Know Hope is the culmination of all of these experiences. The band wrote the album while on tour and this energy and perspective is really captured both lyrically and sonically. Joe Walsh comments: “Know Hope is the sound of 4 guys who have really become a unit, channelling all the touring and live experiences…”

Recording of the album, produced by Greg Haver (Manic Street Preachers, Bullet For My Valentine, Super Furry Animals) and mixed by Adrian Hall (Depeche Mode, Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Goldfrapp) began in June. “Initially we recorded the single Validation together and we were so energised by the whole process that we knew it was the formula for our second record” says Joe. “As we played these songs live it was clear just how big the raw energy was and that was exactly what we wanted to capture on this record.” After three sessions at Neil Finn’s Roundhead Studios, Ekko Park relocated to a kiwi bach on the Coromandel Peninsula where they recorded the album. “Being by the ocean and having no distractions helped create the album’s unique energy and forged its identity. It wouldn’t be the same album if it wasn’t made there.”

Adding to their considered approach to this album, the band will be making the packaging (a poster inspired by Joe’s lyric in street art) themselves. This will be a limited edition and an extremely unique accompaniment to the music.

P is for ‘Pinball’ Joe Naufahu On Game Of Thrones


Kiwi actor and gym owner Joe Naufahu has booked a multi-episode arc on the upcoming sixth season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones. As usual, character details are being kept under wraps.He is best known for his role as Liscus on Spartacus and for his stint on the local series Go Girls and also starred in the critically acclaimed drama as one of our favourite film characters Pinball on The Last Saint, which marked his brother Rene Naufahu’s directorial debut. Naufahu joins fellow Kiwi Keisha Castle-Hughes for the sixth season of the popular fantastical series, we can’t wait to see how he goes in this role if Pinball is anything to go on

Mitimiti – Atamira Review

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In a perfect world ‘theatres would be the modern marae’ according to choreographer Jack Gray, it’s no surprise then that his latest work Mitimiti embodies this sentiment

Exploring his Te Rarawa whakapapa, Mitimiti exposes the relationship between earthly elements and its inhabitants, the perfect juxtaposition of dance and movement creating the mauri or life force

Atamira’s fluidity is captivating, graceful and sensual. The evolution of life in Mitimiti translates wonderfully onstage while Francois Richomme’s syncopated soundtrack is tantamount, for me its kinetic role in the show as equally mesmerising

Mitimiti is the birth place of noted artist Ralph Hotere, his drawing ‘Tumoana, I Runga O Hione Hei Tangi’ appears briefly while international artists from Australia, Guahan and Kiowa nations also pay homage with their contributions

The show is a rich tapestry of sight and sound. The karanga and haka feature but are not overdone, video footage shot up on huge draping sheets overhead enhance the overall experience and for some this may be their only foray onto a modern ‘marae’ type milieu

As it is a gallery type show I would suggest to get in early to seat yourself on the floor as the show is quite long (there is limited seating upstairs)

There is so much going on its almost quite hard to take all in, the story and choreography open to interpretation but its message of unity is hard to ignore. Mitimiti is rewarding and every bit as captivating as its Hokianga namesake

Mitimiti is on until Saturday Oct 3rd – for more details see

NZ Tech Podcast 251: iPhone 6s/6s Plus, Vertu’s $15000 phone, Xtracta, Podcast Day, a drone 1.8km up?


We’re hands on the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and discuss Vertu’s new $15000 phone, Office 2016, International Podcast Day, Kiwi Artificial Intelligence (AI) startup Xtracta, Vocus/M2 merger, and we ponder if a pilot saw a drone 1.8km up.

This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Brett Roberts and Jonathan Spence (Xtracta). Published by Podcasts NZ – home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.

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Anna Coddington & Lips – Review


Coming off the end of their nationwide tour it was time to sample the sultry sounds of siren Anna Coddington & her two pals, NYC based Fen (American) & Steph (Kiwi) who also double up as the lively Electronic Indie duo Lips. It seemed only fitting then that the trio should go out on a bang, one big blow out to celebrate the finale of their ten date jaunt around the country. First there was Wellington then on to the South Island, traversing the East Coast before landing at Auckland’s Tuning Fork.

Rodney Fisher of Goodshirt fame massaged the crowd with his simplistic acoustic set that would hold up in any venue. His holistic approach and humour were appreciated as he ended his short set with a brilliant as f**k version Fiji Baby, an unsung genius

As Anna made her way on stage sartorially cool in polka dots and a bow tie she asked the audience ‘do you want to hear a new song or old one?’ the soft lull of new song Lantern pierced the seated crowd in the hall, it was a mood setter for the rest of the night, as she hit her straps on the 2013 hit single Bird In Hand with Lips lending a hand, quipping beforehand ‘ It was my Silver Scroll song but Lorde had a song called Royals’

Lips weren’t to be outdone. I enjoyed their quirky indie pop songs, whilst the frugal use of electronic beats to retain its acoustic soul worked wonderfully. Songs like Traces of Teddy and Everything to Me have that first time appeal, easy to listen to and with Coddington on guitar and their three part harmonies, it was a very strong musical offering

Crowd faves were a many, The Runner, Super, Make You Mine latest single Slate plus her upcoming newie Release Me, were well received. It could be said her latest work has a very strong Soul influence, the Funk nuances adding to her current mature sound. Her penchant for telling stories was not wasted as she hinted at the crowd her Yealands’s wine had gone missing another appeared as if by magic, while Fen and Anna swapped instruments it was apparent all three were having fun as if cocooned in their own world


Fen’s drumming was refreshing, punchy energetic giving the set a lift as and when needed, coupled with Steph Brown’s snug vocals she also wasn’t to be out done a pretty good raconteur herself, and of course Anna Coddington her music, like her wine gets better with age – Please do it again soon

NZ Tech Podcast 250: Apple’s iPhone malware nightmare, Amazon’s US$50 tablet, Uber vs Everyone Else


Apple’s worst malware nightmare hits iPhones, iPads and iPods, Amazon’s US$50 tablet, Uber vs Everyone Else, the new Microsoft Band, Oyster shutting down, HP’s cool little Windows tablet with stylus and keyboard, new Apple iPhones, iOS 9 and watchOS 2.

This NZ Tech Podcast hosted by Paul Spain (@paulspain) with guests Tim Hayward (2degrees), Alastair Cooke. Published by Podcasts NZ – home of NZ’s favourite podcasts.

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