Ath­letes take over Auck­land QUEEN DAD

World Mas­ters Games, Fri 21–Sun 30 Apr This in­ter­na­tional sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion is out to prove that age truly is just a num­ber. It’s com­mon to deem ath­letes “old” by sport­ing stan­dards at 30, but the World Mas­ters Games be­lieves in a whole other ethos: fi

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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.

“We have be­come good at think­ing big when it comes to ideas for Auck­land. But what about the ben­e­fits of think­ing small? Wouldn’t it be nice if a park bench, or row of street trees ap­peared each time an apart­ment build­ing cropped up in your neigh­bour­hood?

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