Concert Review: Zed – Powerstation September 28, 2019

Celebrating 20 years since they began cranking out hits, the four members of Zed led a roomful of fans at Auckland’s Powerstation through more than 90 minutes of nostalgic bliss.

Let there be no mistake, this show was all about reliving the past and both the band and the audience were totally up for it.

This show was originally scheduled to take place at Galatos, but was wisely upgraded to The Powerstation.

Opening acts Beachware and She Loves You did a great job of getting the crowd in the mood…I especially enjoyed She Loves You.

But, let’s face it, everyone was there to hear Zed and no one left disappointed. The band, who split up around 2005, sounded well rehearsed and seemed to really enjoy playing together again.

And why not? They have a handful of Kiwi pop gems in the arsenal. First single, Oh Daisy, was brought out fairly early in the set, while favourites Glorafilia and Renegade Fighter were saved to the end.

Along the way we were treated to Zed’s cover of The Beach BoysDon’t Worry Baby (from the band’s This Little Empire album, and a joyous version of She’s A Mod, a tribute to Ray Columbus, who managed the group.

Good fun from beginning to end, with everyone in the room feeling like they were 17 again.

Marty Duda

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Zed set list:

  1. Driver’s Side
  2. Starlight
  3. She Glows
  4. Downtown
  5. Oh! Daisy
  6. Cold
  7. Hard To Find Her
  8. Holding Out
  9. Come On Down
  10. Never Too Late
  11. S.P.S.
  12. Firefly
  13. Don’t Worry Baby
  14. She’s A Mod
  15. Glorafilia
  16. Crawl
  17. Creep
  18. Renegade Fighter