Fat­boy Slim on the way

Hamilton News - - FRONT PAGE -

With a ca­reer span­ning over four decades, one of the orig­i­nal god­fa­thers of dance mu­sic, Fat­boy Slim aka Nor­man Cook, is head­ing to Hamil­ton, with tick­ets still avail­able.

He was a key pioneer of the big beat genre of the 90s, with cer­ti­fied hits Right Here, Right Now, The Rock­afeller Skank and Praise You com­ing from four al­bums since 1996.

Ki­wis will need to Eat, Sleep, Rave, Re­peat in or­der to pre­pare them­selves for the mind and genre-bend­ing multi-visual ef­fects and stage pres­ence that comes with a Fat­boy Slim show. He has played to 250,000-plus peo­ple on Brighton Beach, head­lined fes­ti­val and arena shows around the world, but noth­ing of this mag­ni­tude and depth that goes into the heart and soul of New Zealand. Fat­boy Slim last per­formed in New Zealand at a sold-out head­line show at Vec­tor Arena in 2012, and prior to that was clos­ing out the Boiler Room at Big Day Out in 1999 (yes, that was 20 years ago). His reap­pear­ance on the tour­ing cir­cuit will no doubt spark the reap­pear­ance of ravers (young and old) across dance floors around the coun­try.

Cook’s suc­cess lies in his abil­ity to blend funky break­beats with the most catchy melodies and riffs, and he has reached a wider au­di­ence than many DJS by com­bin­ing el­e­ments of rock and dance mu­sic. Cook holds the Guin­ness World Record for the most top 40 hits un­der dif­fer­ent names, and as a solo act, he has won ten MTV Video Mu­sic Awards and two Brit Awards.

Photo / Sup­plied

British mu­sic sen­sta­tion Fat­boy Slim is com­ing to Claude­lands Event Cen­tre on Jan­uary 25.

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