The gritty underground scene of Northside Dublin in the 1980s, the social unrest of the time…THE COMMITMENTS was a film which captured many a phenomenon, though none more resounding than the talents of ANDREW STRONG.
In 1991, Strong was introduced to the world through his portrayal of Declan “Deco” Cuffe, lead vocalist of fictional Irish soul band THE COMMITMENTSfrom the film of the same name. Now, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the award-winning film, Strong will tour New Zealand for the first time ever this March!
“Strong seems to reach into his own soul and pull us all in his desired direction” – My Event Guide
After the film, Strong would go on to pursue his career as a singer songwriter, eventually
returning to where it all began years later, performing the film’s hits “Mustang Sally”, “Try A Little Tenderness”, “Chain of Fools”, “Take Me To The River”, “In the Midnight Hour” plus more.
“The Dubliner’s throaty howl lent a raw edge to proceedings, and his charismatic presence kept the audience’s energy levels high.” – Belfast Times
Following the trials and tribulations of vocalist Deco, his band and their starry-eyed manager Jimmy Rabbitte. THE COMMITMENTS was released to critical acclaim (Collecting 4 BAFTA’s) with the sound track selling over 12 million copies. Andrew was nominated for a BAFTA AWARD for Best Supporting Role and also for a Grammy for his Contribution in The Commitments.
“His stage prowess outshines anything his character could have done” – Barefoot Review
A huge commercial success in its own right, THE COMMITMENTS soundtrack would go on to spend a total of 33 weeks in the NZ charts peaking at #1. Since announcing plans to mark 25 years since the first performing the music, Strong has sold out venues all over the world, testament to the impact the film, and music, had on the world. This will be Strong’s First Ever Tour of NZ and their first time the fans there have had to experience so many amazing songs – “Mustang Sally”, “Try A Little Tenderness”, “Chain of Fools”, “Take Me To The River”, “In the Midnight Hour” plus More.
ANDREW STRONG NZ TOUR DATES
Tuesday 6th March – Auckland – The Studio
Wednesday 7th March – Wellington – San Fra
Presale – Wednesday 22nd Nov 9am (local time through to onsale)
On sale – Friday 24th Nov 9am (local time)