Lady Killers pre­pare songs for show

South Waikato News - - Out & About - MIKE MATHER

Three of the coun­try’s best-known songstresses say they will be em­bark­ing on an ex­ploratory mis­sion when they hit the stage at The Plaza Pu­taruru.

Tina Cross, Suzanne Lynch and Jackie Clarke are united once more un­der their ban­ner of The Lady Killers for what has been dubbed the Live and Kick­ing tour: a se­lec­tion of North Is­land dates that in­cludes The Plaza on Fri­day, June 10.

The trio have just marked their 10th an­niver­sary per­form­ing as the Killers – they formed ini­tially as a quar­tet with Taisha Kuhtze in 2006 – with a se­ries of sold-out con­certs in Auck­land.

Now they are tak­ing the show on the road, although it is a show that they are still re­fin­ing and fi­nal­is­ing.

It’s also a bit of a gam­ble. Get­ting the mix of songs and the amount of in­ter-song ban­ter just right is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment in con­nect­ing with au­di­ences.

‘‘Turn­ing 10 was a real facethe-mu­sic mo­ment. We wanted to know if it was a good idea to get back to do­ing con­certs and get­ting out there,’’ Clarke said.

‘‘We are able to per­form a huge va­ri­ety of ma­te­rial now. We have all been lis­ten­ing to a lot of mu­sic.’’

Adds Lynch: ‘‘We wanted to keep push­ing our­selves. It was our an­niver­sary to­gether and the aim was to do some­thing spe­cial for our­selves and our au­di­ences.’’

The trio will be in­ter­pret­ing Queen, The Beach Boys, Meghan Trainor, Dolly Par­ton, James Bay, Neil Young and Michael Jack­son among oth­ers.

There will be some more per­sonal num­bers too – Cross will per­form her own song Walk Away, a do­mes­tic vi­o­lencethemed song; while Lynch has the Neil Finn-penned Ray of Hope as her sig­na­ture tune.

‘‘We of­ten get to­gether and work­shop a lot of new songs and de­cid­ing to in­clude them in the set list or not,’’ Clarke said.

‘‘We have to do quite a lot of work on a song be­fore we go ‘Nah’.

‘‘There’s a real sci­ence to get­ting the whole thing bub­bling along. It’s all just test­ing the wa­ters. But we find that if we are hav­ing fun the au­di­ence are too.’’

Tick­ets to the June 10 event avail­able from The Plaza or via eventfinda.co.nz.

The Lady Killers – Jackie Clarke, Suzanne Lynch and Tina Cross.

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