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.