Choose from any current and legendary New Zealand recording artiste or top-tier act from around the world. Here are some of our personal favourites...
Todd Hunter (bass) reformed Dragon in 2006 with a line-up of Mark Williams (vocals, guitar), Bruce Reid (guitar), and Pete Drummond (drums). The new line-up released Sunshine to Rain on the Liberation Blue label. On 1 July 2008, Dragon were inducted by Richard Wilkins into the ARIA Hall of Fame, Dragon were joined on-stage by James Reyne and Ian Moss to perform "April Sun in Cuba" and "Rain". The band has gone from strength to strength. They continue to tour and appear at festivals and other major events around New Zealand and Australia, proving to be hugely popular with 'people of a certain age' and the next generation.
Speaking from personal experience, nothing warms the heart more than being privileged enough to hang out side of stage at a Dragon show, with the band cranking out "RAIN" and all their other hits and the crowd are singing so loudly to every song that they almost drown out the band!
Tiki's distinctive writing skills are now coming into their own in the form of his first solo project, Past, Present, Future. He is renowned for his ability to write tracks covering many genres that also celebrate his culture and beliefs. Past Present Futures follows in this thread. Many of the country's most talented musicians have collaborated on various tracks on the album, each bringing their own unique vision and sound to the project. The results are astounding. Tiki tours constantly throughout NZ and Australia, The UK and Europe and he has gathered a huge following of loyal fans around the world.
If you were to look at the New Zealand music charts anytime in the mid-80s Kiwi band The Narcs were consistently riding high. In the golden age of touring bands, The Narcs filled pubs and concert halls, opened for overseas acts like Queen and Elton John, toured relentlessly up and down New Zealand and across Australia with bands like Dave Dobbyn’s DD Smash, Midnight Oil, Cold Chisel and Split Enz and were in the vanguard of bands who made music video hip.
The Narcs’ big year was 1984 when they stormed the New Zealand Music Awards broadcast nationwide from Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre and owned the night claiming 5 RIANZ music awards on the back of the release of their album “The Great Divide” and the single “(You Took Me) Heart and Soul”. A CBS record deal at the time saw “Heart and Soul” released in 9 countries around the world. Apart from Split Enz no other New Zealand band had achieved a global reach before the rise of the internet.
The band started as a 3 piece in Christchurch in 1980, scoring a residency at Doodles Night club in Christchurch. It wasn’t long before their hard-edged Australasian rock had The Narcs ﬁlling Friday & Saturday nights at the likes of the Hillsborough Tavern and Aranui Hotel. Their ﬁrst recordings “First Chance To Dance”, Here She Comes”, “Over My Head”, “Stay Away” and “No Turning Back” helped deﬁne the Kiwi pub rock sound which ﬂowered with the rise of Hello Sailor, DD Smash, The Exponents and Pop Mechanics. The mainstay trio of Andy Dickson (guitar, lead vocal), Tony Waine (bass) and Steve Clarkson (drums) moved from Christchurch and were joined in Auckland by keyboardist Liam Ryan. The band had a slew of radio and video hits including “(You Took Me) Heart and Soul”, “Lazy Susan”, “Diamonds on China”, “Abandoned By Love”, “Missing In Action” and “It’s Got To Be Love”. The Narcs’ legacy includes two EP’s, several singles, a shared live album with Coconut Rough, three studio albums – “The Great Divide” (1984), “The Narcs” (1986) and “Push The Boat Out” (1996), The band had a reputation for highly successful national tours and dynamic live performances.
The Narcs returned to the live concert scene playing at Mills Reef Winery in 2014 and then in 2016 with more spirit than ever, featuring guest drummer Peter (Rooda) Warren of DD Smash performing to a rousing response along with Mental As Anything at the SnapaRock concert at Nelson’s SnapaFest 2016.
Shorrock, the founding frontman of ‘70s hitmakers Little River Band (later known as LRB) , The Twilights and Axiom, has carved out an astonishing career around the globe and in particular the U.S., where LRB shifted the bulk of its 25 million-plus career album sales. The living legend has the unusual distinction of having been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame on two occasions, both as a member of LRB, and as a solo artist.
“I’ve been lucky enough, I’ve never had a proper job over my career,” he quips. “It’s one of the measures of success as far as I’m concerned. People say, ‘what’s your success down to’? It’s about surviving and keeping busy in the entertainment industry. It’s something I think a lot about now, being 72 and being a so-called ‘rock legend,’ which I find amusing.”
The veteran singer isn’t caught reminiscing on “Rise Again,” a collection of new songs from different writers. It’s a textured reflection of a mature, evolving artist who has enjoyed the rare sight from the summit of showbiz.
Available with a full live band (Glenn + 5 musicians) for a full concert-length show of 60-90 minutes or 'unplugged' with two acoustic guitarists/vocalists and drummer, 45-60 minute set featuring of all the LRB hits.
‘Legend’ is a word suffering from chronic overuse syndrome these days, but when it comes to Jordan Luck, the word regains it’s full meaning and one the NZ public associates with this true blue Kiwi artist. This affection is obviously felt amongst his musical peers as well who bestowed Jordan the honour of Inaugural Inductee into the New Zealand Rock n Roll Hall Of Fame and in 2015, The NZ Music Legacy Award.
As front man and pop-writing genius with the legendary Exponents, he clocked up a staggering 18 Top 40 singles over the years, with ‘Victoria’ recently voted by the public as the 8th greatest New Zealand song of all time.
These days on any given weekend you will hear packed stadiums of sports fans singing in unison (if not in-tune) ‘Why Does Love Do This To Me?’ a song that seems to have taken on the mantle as the ‘unofficial’ alternative NZ national anthem.
THE JORDAN LUCK BAND is the new super deluxe Frankenstein incarnation backing the iconic kiwi singer these days. Every gig, the band play the best of all those iconic tracks we know and love as well as a collection of recently penned and possible future stadium sing-a-longs of tomorrow. Meticulously designed by Jordan himself from the ground up, this band has just the one purpose...to bring Jordan’s blend of pop rock genius from the past, present and future… back to the masses!