Taupo rocks again big line-up named


Taupo is set to host some big name rock stars at its sum­mer con­cert in­clud­ing Ala­nis Moris­sette.

The Jan­uary con­cert will also fea­ture Ge­orge Thoro­good & The De­stroy­ers and Colin Hay of Men At Work fame.

CEO of Green­stone En­ter­tain­ment Amanda Calvert said it had been 20 years since Ala­nis Moris­sette last toured New Zealand and al­most a decade since Ge­orge Thoro­good & the De­stroy­ers set foot here.

‘‘Our on­go­ing phi­los­o­phy is to pro­vide great value for money to our fans with ticket prices re­main­ing at $99, free en­try to kids 14 and un­der with an ac­com­pa­ny­ing adult, and the abil­ity for con­cert go­ers to bring along their own food and non­al­co­holic bev­er­ages.

‘‘Th­ese three leg­endary acts have a huge list of hit songs which will be sure to have every­one on their feet in Jan­uary for an­other spec­tac­u­lar Sum­mer Con­cert Tour.’’

My Mu­sic mu­sic shop owner and sum­mer con­cert fan Ja­son Hose said he is a reg­u­lar to the sum­mer con­certs and is hang­ing out for the next big one.

‘‘You would be crazy not to go.

‘‘Peo­ple were brought up on all their mu­sic, you just have to go. How many par­ties have you been to where their mu­sic has not been played.’’

‘‘This is a mas­sive line up for any mu­sic lover,’’ he said.

When Moris­sette was last in New Zealand, the then 24-year-old pop­star had just re­leased her fourth stu­dio al­bum, Sup­posed For­mer In­fat­u­a­tion Junkie. She had been rid­ing on the suc­cesses of her 1995 al­bum, Jagged Lit­tle Pill, from which many of her best known hits were re­leased.

The star last re­leased a full al­bum in 2012, and was in­stead spend­ing more time on pod­cast­ing, now re­leas­ing monthly talks called Con­ver­sa­tion with Ala­nis Moris­sette.

Her last New Zealand per­for­mance turned some­what chaotic as the pop-star put on a free con­cert in Auck­land. Soar­ing tem­per­a­tures be­came too much for some fans, who had packed into Aotea Square. Hoses were even­tu­ally brought in to douse the 15,000 strong crowd.

Con­certs will held in Queen­stown, Taupo and Whi­tianga.

Green­stone con­cert club pre-sale tick­ets are avail­able at 7am Au­gust 3 - 7am Au­gust 7.

Gen­eral ticket sales open 7am Au­gust 9.

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