Category: Live music

Crave! episode 55: Queen + Adam Lambert, Robbie Williams, Black Panther, Fifty Shades Freed, Hibiscus and Ruthless, Lady Bird

Simon and Steve have been busy this week. Following their recent meeting with Robbie Williams, Simon’s been to see him perform at Spark Arena, where just a few days later Steve caught up with Queen + Adam Lambert, and it’s…

Queen + Adam Lambert: They were, indeed, the champions

Adam Lambert is a very brave man. Replacing Freddie Mercury in Queen is challenge such that only two men so far have attempted it; Paul Rodgers managed only a couple of years, but Lambert, who also clearly appreciates what a…

ROBBIE WILLIAMS – media conference, Auckland February 13

Two birthday cakes, apparently both vegan, one bearing a large “RW”, adorn the table where Robbie Williams is to give a media conference in Auckland on the day of his 44th birthday. For at least 20 minutes before he appears,…

Crave! episode 54: Foo Fighters; The Stranglers; Laneway 2018; Darkest Hour; I, Tonya

Steve and Simon both find themselves slight disappointed with largely impressive musical events this week, for very different reasons. Steve just couldn’t quite engage with Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters at Mount Smart Stadium, while Simon hugely enjoyed The Stranglers…

Foo Fighters at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland: concert review and photo gallery

A Foo Fighters show is a difficult thing to pin down, much like the band itself. Originally a personal endeavour by Dave Grohl, late of the Nirvana drumkit, the Foo Fighters have become a six-man band, but, on the strength…

THE STRANGLERS, with The Rutz, Auckland February 2: Kick Ass, but with a question

Third song in, and singer guitarist Baz Warne decides it’s time to say hello. He tells the crowd in the Auckland Town Hall that back in 1979 The Stranglers were supposed to play at this venue. Management decided it wasn’t…

Laneway 2018, Auckland — a hot, hot day out

Pond (photo: David Watson)

  On what must have been the hottest day of the summer in Auckland, St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2018 took place yesterday in Albert Park, perhaps the ideal location for a hugely successful event. The idea behind Laneway is a…

Roger Waters at Spark Arena, Auckland: concert review and photo gallery

A bass player isn’t usually the member of a band that you’d most likely want to follow. But most bands aren’t Pink Floyd. Roger Waters, Pink Floyd’s bassist, and to many the creative heart of the band for many years,…