Tribute show ready to rock Matamata fans
Matamata music fans only have a few days to wait before ABBA Salute perform in town, with a special tribute to Neil Diamond adding to the show’s appeal since they first appeared here in 2009.
Promoter and performer Bernie Cook said the tribute band was really looking forward to playing in Matamata, following the success of the 2009 show that played to more than 500 people.
‘‘ABBA’s music is gold – it appeals to so many people both old and young. It is really universal and the appeal is undoubtable,’’ Mr Cook said.
The show will begin with a short set from Auckland-based trio The Custodians, playing 70s and 80s classics from the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and The Police before the tribute to Neil Diamond begins, he said.
‘‘The Neil Diamond set proved very popular at our first show in Rotorua last week and we expect it will prove just as popular in Matamata,’’ Mr Cook said.
‘‘Neil Diamond comes from the same era and fans of ABBA are also fans of Neil Diamond so ABBA one.’’
Then it will be on to the ABBA classics like Waterloo, Mama Mia, Fernando, Take a Chance on Me and SOS to name but a few, he said.
Mr Cook said the ABBA music was complex and different to much that was produced in the era it came from.
‘‘Bjorn and Benny’s writing was very talented. Their music is not like a lot of other groups that tend to follow a formula,’’ Mr Cook said.
‘‘They have a complex and varied genre but the harmonies they have developed connect with people instinctively.’’
Mr Cook said the band encouraged the audience to be part of the show as well. ‘‘Everyone is there to have fun and enjoy themselves,’’ he said.
Saturday’s show at the Memorial Centre, begins at 7pm with doors open from 6.15pm. The show is being organised by the Rotary Club of Matamata, with profits going to local charities. Tickets are on sale from Paper Plus and Tainui Press for $15 each. Door sales may be available if the event has not sold out prior to the evening.