Tribute show ready to rock Mata­mata fans

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

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.

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