If interest in the comedy/music of Tenacious D has waned over the years, as has been speculated, no one told the mob that showed up at Auckland’s Town Hall to see them this Monday night. Encouraged by the enthusiastic crowd, and assisted by a man dressed as Sasquatch, Jack Black and Kyle Gass entertained themselves and their rabid fans for just under 90 minutes.
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R&B veteran Bobby Womack brought a classic soul revue to Auckland’s Civic Theatre. With a set list and a red suit rooted firmly in the 1970s, Womack and his excellent band played two hours of vintage rhythm and blues.
Uber-nasal American singing voices generally send me screaming from the room but there’s something endearing about They Might Be Giants that keeps me bopping happily along for an epic two hour set that spans 30 years and 16 albums. The band are famous for contributing the Malcolm in the Middle theme song Boss Of Me to the theme tune canon, and have released albums for both adults and children.
Before Tool had even played a note a pre-recorded voice told the audience: “Think for yourself. Question authority”. But what seemed to go unsaid was…”Just don’t practice this philosophy at one of our concerts”
There’s nothing like a good blast of vintage punk rock on a Sunday night and that’s just what The Buzzcocks delivered to their fans at Auckland’s Powerstation…22 short, sharp songs performed with plenty of energy and enthusiasm.
With all the big-name classic rockers who have appeared at Auckland’s Vector Arena in the recent past, you might think that audiences would be getting a bit jaded about 60+ year old rockers showing up to strut their stuff one more time. But that certainly wasn’t the case tonight. You could feel the anticipation in the crowd. Black Sabbath is no ordinary band and this show felt like the second coming.
Ahh, the life of a concert reviewer is a strange one. Less than 48 hours ago I was rocking out to Robert Plant as he performed a searing version of Led Zeppelin’s Rock & Roll. Now, I’m in the same venue, sitting politely among a somewhat more sedate and well-dressed crowd, waiting for the operatic baritone Josh Groban to take the stage.
It must be both a blessing and a burden to have the legacy of a band like Led Zeppelin behind you. A blessing in that it enabled you to present your music to a huge audience and a burden in that that audience will often simply demand that you relive past glories. Robert Plant did a superb job of walking that fine line between satisfying his own musical curiosity while keeping the fans happy who wanted to revel in the majesty that was Led Zeppelin.
There are a few advantages to being located “at the end of world”. One of them is that international tours often finish their runs in Auckland, and the artist is inspired to celebrate musically. It happened this past Saturday when Wilco and Mavis Staples joined forces on The Band’s The Weight, and it happened again tonight when Paul Simon brought Rufus Wainwright to the stage to sing The Boxer…then continued with two more classic tunes that were not on the set list.
With a chilly wind, dark clouds and a sprinkle of rain threatening to make Bonnie Raitt’s outdoor show at Matakana something for the hale and hearty, it was a pleasant surprise to see a bright sunshine-filled sky as the clouds parted and warm weather made for a perfect autumn day as 13th Floor photographer Michael Flynn and I made our way north at 4pm on Sunday afternoon. What we found when we got there was a generous crowd of fans basking in the late afternoon sun, ready for a little blues and rock to go with their wine and beer.