Stevie Nicks with The Pretenders at Spark Arena, Auckland

Stevie Nicks spent a lot of time during last night’s concert at Spark Arena in Auckland talking about her friends. Tom Petty — just “Tom” to Stevie, of course — featured quite prominently in many of her anecdotes about her…

Ocean Colour Scene at the Powerstation, Auckland

Brit-rock heroes Ocean Colour Scene came to Auckland’s Powerstation on Monday night, and Crave! was there to cover the show. We’ll have a full review soon; in the meantime, here’s Steve’s photo gallery from the show.

Crave! episode 50: Lorde, Justice League, Murder On The Orient Express, Bad Moms 2, Mindhunter, Marlon Williams

Simon and Steve celebrate the 50th episode of Crave! by giving Justice League the kicking they both believe it deserves. Debbie The Guest Reviewer gives a very favourable review to Lorde’s first concert at Auckland’s Powerstation, Steve has a few…

Justice League: not great, but better than some

Let’s boil Justice League down to the essentials: you get lots of action, some characters who spark (The Flash particularly and Aquaman a little less so) and some who don’t (Batman and Cyborg). The story is rather predictable (hard not…

Lorde: a triumphant homecoming

It was hard to tell, at Lorde’s first night at Auckland’s Powerstation, who was having more fun — the singer or her audience. After a licensing balls-up that led to her first scheduled show at the club being moved to…

Marlon Williams: “Make Way for Love” preview, Auckland

“You can’t finish on too dark a note. I’m fine.” And so singer songwriter Marlon Williams summed up his new album “Make Way For Love”. Yes, he told us, most of it was a reflection on a relationship break up,…

The Bootleg Beatles: as close to a Beatles show as we’re ever likely to get

The Beatles stopped touring in 1966, but the demand for their music has waned little. Filling this gap in the market since the early 1980s has been The Bootleg Beatles, one of the earliest tribute acts and, on the strength…

Stairway To Heaven: an orchestral take on Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin Masters

Led Zeppelin Masters are not, the press release for this show went to great lengths to point out, a tribute band. They are, to be fair, exactly that, but the show they put on with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra brought…

Crave! episode 49: Thor Ragnarok, Alice Cooper, Robert Plant

Simon and Steve have been enjoyed Thor: Ragnarok enormously. Simon has a lot of very positive things to say about Alice Cooper’s most recent visit to New Zealand, although his support act Ace Frehley was less impressive. And Robert Plant’s…