Celebrity concert by John Rowles
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.