Gig review: Stellar* in Auckland

BY TRACEY BOND
Last updated 09:59 22/10/2010
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BACK TOGETHER: stellar* briefly reunited to play three dates on their farewell tour.

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It's been a stellar ride for New Zealand electro-pop act Stellar* and for a few nights the band briefly reunited to celebrate the release of a new album - The Best of Stellar* - and to say a final farewell to fans.

Lead singer Boh Runga was in her element thoughout the show, at Auckland's Sale St bar, and repeatedly told the crowd how nice it was to see everyone.

"Feel free to sing along," she said, and they needed little encouragement.

 

Over the course of their time together the quartet produced three top 10 albums and seven top 20 singles, selling more than 100,000 records and in the process became a mainstay of the New Zealand music scene.

Sale St was taken on a magical trip down memory lane with Runga belting out hits Star and What You Do, and new song So Alive.

She reminisced about filming the video for Whiplash late at night along Auckland's Queen Street.

"You might have been in the video," she joked.

The band may have moved on - lead singer Boh has gone on to have a successful career as a solo artist and jewellery designer, Chris van de Geer and Andrew Maclaren are concentrating on production and songwriting  and Kurt Shanks is currently recording his own album - but they still remain passionate about the band which launched them.

"Thank you for coming to our last show." Runga said.

"If you want to know what we're up to in the future, check out Facebook." Maclaren told the crowd.

"Are you wearing any of your jewellery tonight, Boh?" Maclaren added with a cheeky smile.

There was a guest apearance by Kiwi icon Che Fu, who got on stage to belt out For a While with Runga and there were shout-outs to all the people over the years who helped make their success possible.

And with one last track, Violent, the band left the stage, the lights came up and a chapter of New Zealand musical history ended.

Stellar*
Where: Sale St, Auckland
When: Thursday, October 21

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