Bryan Adams at Matakana Country Park

It would be very easy to sneer at Bryan Adams. He is responsible, after all, for some profoundly cheesy and saccharine songs; it’s hard, indeed, to forgive such cheese as (Everything I Do) I Do It For You — no,…

Crave! episode 52: Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens, Sia, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Paddington 2

Steve has had the great good fortune to be at Paul McCartney’s recent Auckland concert, while Simon enjoyed Cat Stevens’ show at Spark Arena a couple of nights earlier. Both were outstanding shows, but Steve’s a little less convinced about…

Paul McCartney at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland — a classic show from a veteran performer

There was a moment in the middle of a vicious reading of Helter Skelter, half-way through the encore — the half-hour encore to a show whose main set had lasted two and a half hours — when I realised: this…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Not the last Star Wars film, but a very good one.

The first Star Wars film, the one we now know as Episode IV, was a very different creature from its most recent sequel, The Last Jedi (Episode VIII, in case anyone’s still bothering to keep track of such things). A…

Cat Stevens/Yusuf, Auckland, December 14 2017

Several songs in this beautifully played concert by Yusuf/Cat Stevens were greeted with cries of joy. Father and Son, Wild World and Miles from Nowhere were embraced like childhood friends. Someone near me kept calling out “You’re a legend!”. Stevens…

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – where’s Han Solo when you need him?

Exciting sequences, memorable visuals, and the full return of a long lost character – Star Wars The Last Jedi has all that. But it also has some tedious storytelling which at times had me looking at my watch. Two and…

Human League at the Logan Campbell Centre, Auckland: concert review

Many thanks to Andrea Rabin for this guest review! When David Bowie said that ‘’I have seen the future of Pop Music” – he wasn’t wrong. 20 million album sales and as part of their 40th anniversary, The Human League…

Sia at Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland, with Mø, Charli XCX and Theia: photo galleries

Sia’s show at Auckland’s Mount Smart Stadium, as part of her Nostalgic For The Present Tour, was a challenging shoot, but Steve captured some great images of the concert, as well as images of Sia’s three opening acts, Mø, Charli…

Crave! episode 51: Harry Styles, Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders, Ocean Colour Scene, Miller, Wonder

Music is to the fore again in the latest episode of Crave!, with a review of Harry Styles’ first solo concert in Auckland from our guest reviewer Debbie, and Simon and Steve’s thoughts on the recent double-bill of The Pretenders…

Harry Styles at Spark Arena, Auckland: a boy-band singer on the cusp of something much better

Harry Styles

What you took away from Harry Styles’ first solo concert at Auckland’s Spark Arena last night would very much depend on the expectations you took into the show. If you were a young woman who wanted to spend some quality…