Athletes take over Auckland QUEEN DAD
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When your dad is Roger Taylor, aka the drummer for the late Freddie Mercury and Queen, you’re pretty set to have a career in the music biz. Drummer Rufus Taylor (above, third from left) has followed in his dad’s footsteps and plays in rock band The Darkness, which is touring New Zealand in April.
Can you tell us what to expect from the show? A lot of high energy. One of the great things about being in a band with Justin [Hawkins, the lead vocalist] is that you never know what the fuck’s gonna happen next. So it’s a gamble but it’s always fun, everyone always enjoys themselves. ———
Do people always seem to link you to your father’s career and do you want to be separate from that?
I’ve had it all my life. People always compare me to him or think I’ve got certain jobs because of him, but none of those people have a fucking clue what they’re talking about. It gets slightly irritating but I’ve left it behind me and realise people make judgements before they know me. ——— How did you leave it behind you? When I was younger I removed myself from any affiliation with him for that reason, but then later on he asked me to back him up on the Queen tour and all of those thoughts came into my head, but you know what, I thought, ‘Fuck you’ [to the critics]. I never thought I’d ever get to do this in my lifetime and always looked up at it with a thing of amazement and inspiration, but never did I think I’d actually get to be on stage with him. I’d be an idiot if I said no, because at the end of the day you’re going on tour with your old man, it’s the dream. ——— What band would you talk about on a first date? Led Zeppelin. I know everyone says them, but there’s a reason why everyone does, and that’s because they’re arguably the greatest rock band ever. In terms of everything, the sound that they created, the feel of it all, as musicians, as songwriters – they’re the fucking pinnacle really. ———
What’s the best bit of advice your dad has ever given you?
One of the most important ones musically – always play for the song, never play for yourself. ———
And finally, any pre-show rituals?
Whisky. A generous double on the rocks to take the edge off.
The Darkness play the Powerstation, Thu 20 Apr
People were invited to choose from 11 different concepts for the Auckland Council-owned land on the corner of Ponsonby Road and O’neill Street, which is currently occupied by Nosh and Liquor King.
Chris Bailey, chairperson of the park’s community-led design facilitation group, says Landlab received over 30 percent of the total 1200 votes cast. He says he loved all of the designs and Landlab’s design had a bit of everything. “I think it was a brilliant amalgamation of all the aspects of what the community wanted. It has a flexible space for events or market days, or other acts, plus it meets the need for a place to rest and relax – that was the primary thing that the community wanted.”
The next stage will be to present the final design and pricing information to the Waitemat aˉ Local Board for future planning.