Sum­mer Tour

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Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vis­ited is set to hit New Zealand shores next month pre­sented by NZ pro­mot­ers Premium En­ter­tain­ment. Be­ing billed as ‘‘The NZ Sum­mer Tour for 2012’’ – this event is sched­uled to take place in Queen­stown at the Queen­stown Events Cen­tre Oval on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 5 (Wai­tangi week­end).

Stu Cook and Doug ‘‘Cosmo’’ may not have in­tended it, but their band Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vis­ited has taken on a star­tling life of its own. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame rhythm sec­tion (bass and drums re­spec­tively) from the le­gendary group Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vival launched the Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vis­ited project in 1995 to once again per­form live Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vival hits – touch­stones of a gen­er­a­tion. Though the pair ini­tially only planned to play pri­vate par­ties, Cree­dence Clear­wa­ter Re­vis­ited now per­forms up to 100 shows a year.

‘‘We never re­ally had any in­ten­tion of play­ing for the pub­lic,’’ says Stu. ‘‘But a friend wanted to pro­mote a cou­ple of con­certs. We got talked into it, but didn’t know how it would go over.’’

The Sup­port Act: MADE IN NZ, fea­tures national icons Jackie Clarke and Rikki Mor­ris on lead vo­cals with full back­ing band, cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of Ki­wis favourite New Zealand sum­mer hits – con­cert-go­ers will know the words for ev­ery song.

For the Queen­stown show only Spe­cial Guest Bex Murray will also per­form. Hail­ing from Lake Tekapo, Bex is a ris­ing star on both the New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional mu­sic scene. Her ac­com­plish­ments to date in­clude singing along­side Jackie Clarke, Frankie Stevens and Rob Guest. She has been on var­i­ous national tele­vi­sion shows in­clud­ing and has sung national an­thems at sev­eral in­ter­na­tional sport­ing events. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit: www.pre­mi­u­menter­tain­ment.co.nz. Like many other parts of the south­ern hin­ter­land gold is what ini­tially at­tracted folk to Ar­row­town af­ter it was dis­cov­ered by a shearer named Jack Tewa in the Ar­row River around May, 1861.

Although at­tempts were made to keep the dis­cov­ery se­cret by the end of the fol­low­ing year some 1500 min­ers were camped on the river. In the first gold es­cort in Jan­uary, 1863 some 12,000 ounces were car­ried out of the area.

To­day, Ar­row­town has a per­ma­nent pop­u­la­tion of ap­prox­i­mately 2,400 and vis­it­ing this unique set­tle­ment is like tak­ing a step back in time with its streets lined with quaint cot­tages and beau­ti­ful trees that pro­vide nat­u­ral shel­ter from the mid­day sun.

Buck­ing­ham Street, the town’s main street is home to a host of in­ter­est­ing shops and bou­tiques where it is easy to spend a few hours pe­rus­ing some of the won­der­ful items on of­fer.

Ar­row­town also has its own bou­tique cinema, a num­ber of art gal­leries and cafes that not only sell sump­tious food but also wine from the re­gions best winer­ies.

To cool off you can take a dip in the lo­cal swim­ming pool and af­ter­wards take the chil­dren along to the skate park. Ar­row­town has its own bowl­ing green while a visit to the li­brary is a must.

Other at­trac­tions in­clude gold pan­ning and tours around his­toric build­ings as well as the Chi­nese min­ers set­tle­ment and a trip to Mace­town and the back coun­try should be in­cluded on your ’to do’ list.

Ar­row­town is also lo­cated close to some of New Zealand’s best golf cour­ses, so make sure you pack the clubs and trundler.

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