Due to a serious family illness George Thorogood & The Destroyers will no longer be able to perform at next year's Summer Concert Tour. Greenstone Entertainment, promoters of the upcoming sold out Summer Concert Tour, have today confirmed two new artists as part of the annual Whitianga Summer Concert Tour for Sunday 28th January 2018.
In a statement from George Thorogood & The Destroyers management, “Due to a family illness, George Thorogood and The Destroyers will be unable to perform at the upcoming Summer Concert Tour. The Summer Concert Tour will proceed as planned. We sincerely appreciate the support of our loyal fans during this difficult time.”
Greenstone Entertainment are pleased to announce that taking the place of George Thorogood & The Destroyers will be The Orchestra starring former members of Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).
We send our best wishes to George Thorogood & The Destroyers and family at this time and completely understand that family must come first. We’d like to reassure our fans that the Summer Concert Tour will go ahead as planned featuring Colin Hay of Men At Work fame and Alanis Morissette.
— Amanda Calvert, CEO of Greenstone Entertainment
When asked for input from fans on who they’d like to see at furture Summer Concert Tours, the Electric Light Orchestra have been right up the list and on Greenstone’s radar for some time. This change of circumstances has enabled organisers to include them in the 2018 line up as opposed to future years.
Members of The Orchestra include Mik Kaminski “The Blue Violin” and Louis Clark “Keyboards and Arrangements” formerly from the original ELO of the 70’s and 80’s. Their show will feature all of those instantly recognisable hits including Telephone Line, which spent 20 weeks in the NZ Charts and peaked at No 1, along with other NZ Top 10 chart toppers, Don’t Bring Me Down, Evil Woman, and Livin’ Thing. An additional fourth international act has also been confirmed for the tour, Santa Barbara-born and now Nashville-based band, Fairground Saints.
THE ORCHESTRA Starring Former Members ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (ELO)
Not all rock was created equal and The Orchestra Starring Former Members Of Electric Light Orchestra is living proof. With a pedigree reaching into the 70’s and 80’s with former members of Electric Light Orchestra and ELO Part II, The Orchestra Starring Former Members Of Electric Light Orchestra has launched their 2018 tour, heralding a continuing era of unparalleled symphonic rock.
All six members of The Orchestra Starring Former Members Of Electric Light Orchestra were formerly ELO Part II, with two of the six members - Mik Kaminski (the famous “Blue Violin”) and keyboardist Louis Clark - dating back to the Electric Light Orchestra in the 1970s and 1980s. The former members of ELO and ELO Part II, touring domestically and internationally since 2001 as The Orchestra Starring Former Members of Electric Light Orchestra, are known as the “all time masters of symphonic rock” with the use of strings, synthesizers, and exquisitely layered vocals. For many people, the “ELO SOUND” is as close as they will ever get to classical music. ELO hits from yesteryear are the cornerstone of The Orchestra Starring Former Members Of Electric Light Orchestra’s repertoire, including Strange Magic, Do Ya, Don’t Bring Me Down, Evil Woman, Livin’ Thing, Turn to Stone, Sweet Talkin’ Woman, Telephone Line, Ma-Ma-Ma Belle, Mr. Blue Sky and Roll Over Beethoven. Call that sound The ELO Phenomenon … because fans all over the world say I “Can’t Get It Out of My Head!”
Bringing concert goers harmonies straight from Nashville. This band’s unique California country sound, layered three part harmonies, and solid musicianship is nothing short of impressive.
Alanis Morissette last performed on New Zealand soil back in 1998. Her 1995 debut album, Jagged Little Pill, featuring hit songs "You Oughta Know", "Hand In My Pocket" and "Ironic", peaked at No. 1 on the NZ charts, and ranks at number 33 in the top 1000 bestselling albums of all time in New Zealand. Hit singles "Hands Clean", "Thank U"and "Ironic" have also reached No. 1, 2 & 3 respectively on the New Zealand singles charts.
Alanis has sold over 60 million albums worldwide and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2015. She has achieved 7 Grammy Award wins, along with Rolling Stone magazine having ranked her Jagged Little Pill album on its Women in Rock – The 50 Essential Albums list.
Since 1995 Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise, 14 Canadian Juno Awards, 7 Grammy Awards (with an additional 14 nominations) and a Golden Globe nomination.
Colin Hay of Men At Work fame
Who can forget dancing and singing along to Australian 80’s legends- Men at Work - when Colin Hay pumped out hit after hit tunes from their No. 1 selling Business As Usual album. As frontman, guitarist and principle songwriter for eighties hit machine Men at Work, Colin Hay is responsible for some of the most identifiable sounds in pop music, including hit songs "Down Under", "Be Good Johnny" and "Who Can It Be Now" to name just a few. Business As Usual spent an incredible 75 weeks in the New Zealand charts, ranking in the top 100 bestselling albums of all time in New Zealand. In 1982 Men at Work won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Men at Work’s second album, Cargo, also peaked at No.1 on the NZ album charts in 1983.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, he’s made 13 solo albums and toured solidly and successfully to a broad American, UK and Australasian fan base. Highlights in Colin’s career include touring with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band in 2003 and 2008, performing on Scrubs and Men at Work playing at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics in Sydney.His new album Fierce Mercy explores themes of love, loss and mortality, but always with the singular perspective and insightful wit that defines Hay’s work. Hay's everyman charm, familiar voice, and clever observations continue to resonate with audiences across the globe. Hay is at the absolute peak of his craft. As a writer and vocalist, he has never been more masterful.
Ticket Exchange Forum
When the concert sold out earlier this year Greenstone Entertainment set up a ticket exchange forum. The link to the ticket exchange forum is available on this Greenstone Entertainment Summer Concert 2018 Ticket Exchange Forum Facebook link.
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