Celebrity con­cert by John Rowles

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One of New Zealand’s most pop­u­lar and en­dur­ing artists will give a onenight only per­for­mance in The Globe next month.

John Rowles, whose im­pres­sive ca­reer ex­tends six decades, will re­live his amaz­ing life in en­ter­tain­ment on Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 20, at The Globe.

Dur­ing his ca­reer, John has lived around the globe but, at 68, is now back in Auck­land and has ac­cepted an in­vi­ta­tion to sing his favourites to a Palmer­ston North au­di­ence.

John was the guest artist for a mil­len­nium con­cert in Manawatu in 2000 and gave a sold-out per­for­mance in the Re­gent on Broad­way 10 years ago. Next month’s Globe con­cert is his first visit back to Palmer­ston North since then.

John is most fa­mous for such Top 20 hit num­bers as If I Only Had Time, Ch­eryl Moana Marie and Hush, Not a Word to Mary, but his reper­toire ex­tends far be­yond that. Dur­ing his ca­reer he’s been based in Las Ve­gas and Hawaii but now he prefers Auck­land to con­tinue his ca­reer here.

Globe Theatre man­ager Bruce War­wick, who is the show’s pro­moter, says John’s con­cert is a great way to start the year.

‘‘He’s an ac­com­plished artist who has a spe­cial abil­ity to en­gage with his au­di­ence. John was a top per­former at Las Ve­gas and Ne­vada and he’ll bring that pro­fes­sion­al­ism, charm and razzma-tazz to his con­cert in Palmer­ston North,’’ Bruce says.

‘‘We have cho­sen the in­ti­mate set­ting of The Globe so John can get close up and per­sonal with his au­di­ence.’’

John pre­dicts he’ll live to a great old age. ‘‘Singers nor­mally live a long life. It’s all the breath­ing we do, ex­er­cis­ing your lungs con­stantly,’’ he says.

He as­sures his lo­cal au­di­ence they’ll be im­pressed when he ex­er­cises his lungs on Fe­bru­ary 20.

De­spite his good looks – in Las Ve­gas he was la­belled a mati­nee idol – John has never se­ri­ously con­sid­ered be­ing an ac­tor. Be­cause he reg­u­larly per­forms at night he en­joys a leisurely morn­ing. John tells a won­der­ful story about cinema great John Wayne ask­ing him if he could ride a horse.

John replied he could ride and John Wayne told him to con­tact his agency.

‘‘I slept in in­stead,’’ he said. ‘‘I could have been one of his In­di­ans.’’ For­tu­nately for Palmer­ston North au­di­ences he didn’t.

Book­ings at The Globe be­tween 10-2pm, phone 351-4409 or book via the web­site www.glo­bethe­atre.co.nz.

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