James Burton: From Elvis To New Zealand (Interview)

Elvis Presley & James Burton

Elvis Presley & James Burton

Guitarist James Burton has one of the most incredible CVs in music history. His work with Elvis Presley and Rick Nelson alone would be more than enough to land him in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, but the “Master Of The Telecaster” has recorded with just about everyone over the past 60 years…Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, The Byrds, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Brad Paisley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Costello…the list is endless. The 75-year-old legend will be making his way to New Zealand soon as part of Elvis Presley’s TCB band along with pianist Glen D. Hardin, bass player Norbert Putnam and drummer Ronny Tutt. These were the guys who backed Presley from 1969 until his death in 1977. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda spoke to James Burton from his home in Louisiana recently and had plenty of questions about the hundreds of historic sessions he played on.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with James Burton.

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Neneh Cherry Coming To NZ For 1st Time

3.-NENEH_MONDINO_0131Plus1 is delighted to announce trailblazing trip-hop Goddess, Neneh Cherry is bringing her bold new sound to the James Cabaret in Wellington (Tues March 3) and Auckland Festival (Weds March 4).

Twenty-five-years since her globally explosive debut, and with a string of smash hits, the Grammy nominated powerhouse of reinvention is back with a unique brand of anarchic, post punk attitude and an acclaimed new album Blank Project, produced by Four Tet.

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John Legend Returns To Vector Arena

J LEGEND P14_D_0449The supremely talented, #1 charting neo-soul singer JOHN LEGEND is set to thrill his New Zealand fans this December. Legend today announced a one-off headline concert at Auckland’s Vector Arena on Wednesday December 10 in support of his fourth highly acclaimed album, Love in the Future, featuring double platinum RIANZ #2 single All of Me.

TICKETS ON SALE 10AM FRIDAY OCTOBER 31

 Fan Club pre-sale: 10am Mon Oct 27 until 10am Tue Oct 28

Spark pre-sale: midday Tue Oct 28 until midday Wed Oct 29

My Live Nation members’/Ticketmaster pre-sale: 2pm Wed Oct 29 until 5pm Thu Oct 30

Click here to read the entire press release for more details.

 

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Aloe Blacc – The Powerstation (Concert Review)

15In Australia, Aloe Blacc performed as part of the Soulfest show, but lucky fans in Auckland were treated to a complete side-show by the Los Angeles-based soul singer at The Powerstation. Along with songs from his latest album, Lift Your Spirit, Blacc brought a spirit of positivity and brotherhood that drew inspiration from the giants of rhythm and blues.

Click here to read the entire review and complete set list along with a photo gallery by David Watson.

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The Dickies Are Coming!

Dickies FBMetropolis Touring are proud to announce LA’s legendary original bubble gum pop-punk veterans THE DICKIES, live in Australia and New Zealand for the very first time! Formed in San Fernando in 1977, THE DICKIES were the first West Coast punk band to be signed to a major label. Often touted as LA’s answer to THE RAMONES, the band quickly gained their own fans and following, with their own take on trashy movies and pop culture, releasing classic albums The Incredible Shrinking Dickies and Dawn of the Dickies (1979).

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Hot Chocolate: Every 1’s A Winner! (Interview)

Hot Chocolate 2014English hitmakers Hot Chocolate will perform at Auckland’s Bruce Mason Centre tomorrow night and then move on to Wellington on Wednesday. Although singer Errol Brown is long gone, the core of the group…guitarist Harvey Hinsley, bassist Patrick Olive and drummer Tony Conner remain in tact. The band formed in 1968 and went on to have a string of hits including Emma, Brother Louie, Every 1″s A Winner and You Sexy Thing. In fact, the band proudly boasts that they have had a least one hit every year from 1970 through 1984. The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda recently spoke to Patrick Oliver about making thos hits with legendary producer Mickie Most.

Click here to listen to, or read, the interview with Hot Chocolate’s Patrick Olive.

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Eb & Sparrow & Aldous Harding – The Tuning Fork (Concert Review)

DSC_3689I always have a feeling of anticipation when I enter the doors of Auckland’s Tuning Fork. What treats will be turned up tonight in this intimate concert space? Will I carry a musical memory out with me that will stay with me? It has that sort of potential as a venue. It attracts up -and -coming artists , surprises, and those to watch out for. Last night I saw one such. And much else that was musically memorable.

Click here to read the entire review and view a photo gallery by Michael Flynn.

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Soulfest Ticket Winner Announced!

soulfest Poster2Congratulations are in order for Mel Walmsley, who was the first to correctly name Muhammad Ali, as the legendary sports figure whose daughter appeared with Angie Stone on the reality TV show, Celebrity Wife Swap. Thanks to all who entered the contest.  Angie Stone is just one of the many artists, including D’Angelo, Mos Def, Maxwell and Common, who will perform at Auckland’s Western Springs Stadium next Sunday, October 26th for Soulfest. Click here for more details about Soulfest. 

Click here to read the interview with Angie Stone. 

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Sarah Square Eye: Film File – October 18, 2014 (Film Reviews)

Sarah Bio PicSarah McMullan aka Sarah SquareEye reviews film and television for Radio NZ National every Friday afternoon. She watches them all first so you know if they’re worth your time and money.This week Sarah reviews Pride, Get On Up, A Walk Among The Tombstones and Annabelle.

Click here to read the reviews and view trailers for each of the films.

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The Delines and Nikki Lane – The Tuning Fork (Concert Review)

DSC_3489The Tuning Fork’s Americana Festival picked up where it left off the night before, but this time, the voices were distinctly female. The Delines’ bruised and heartbroken songs, sung beautifully by Amy Boone, contrasted nicely with the sassy Nikki Lane who rocked harder, but still revealed a vulnerable side.

Click here to read the entire review along with complete set lists and a photo gallery by Michael Flynn.

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