Top 10 worst New Zealand concerts

CIARA: A five-minute fizzer.
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CIARA: A five-minute fizzer.

American singer Ciara infuriated her New Zealand fans this week by performing for just five minutes at her Christchurch show.

One punter described it as the worst performance she has ever been to, but as can be seen by the following list, there are plenty of contenders for the worst concert ever performed in New Zealand.

From Liam Gallagher's drunken stumbling with Oasis, to Lou Reed's back-turning antics, here is our top 10 worst performances in Aotearoa.

Once you've had a read, contribute to our Stuff Nation assignment by telling us what the worst concert you ever went to was.

1. Oasis, Wellington, 1998

The British rockers turned in a lacklustre and confusing performance for their fans in Wellington.

The band's singer Liam Gallagher and his brother, guitarist Noel Gallagher, baffled fans by leaving the stage for five minutes following a heated argument.

Initially it was thought the argument was over the Queens Wharf Events Centre's sound system, but Noel later clarified:  "No, it was Liam, he was drunk".

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Liam was so intoxicated that Noel ended up singing most of the band's songs.

2. Lou Reed, Wellington, 1975

More than 2000 of Reed's fans who showed up for his August 5 show were left sorely disappointed.

As reported in The Evening Post the next day, promoter Ron Blackmore was forced to call off Reed's much-anticipated performance at 9pm.

Blackmore's explanation to the newspaper was that Reed, who had previously never missed a show, had "a very, very personal problem that should never have damned well happened. It's so personal and serious that I can't even tell you about it off the record."

It fuelled rumours he was too high on heroin backstage to make it out front to play.

On August 6, he made the decision to play and performed at the town hall that night. Some of the people who had bought tickets to the cancelled show turned up again but most did not.

3. Jimmy Barnes, Lower Hutt, 2013

The Aussie rocker was lacklustre at best when he performed at the Station Village on January 2.

BROTHERLY LOVE: Noel and Liam Gallagher.

BROTHERLY LOVE: Noel and Liam Gallagher.

His set meandered along and his cover of Bob Dylan's Seven Days was described by one reviewer as sounding like "Meat Loaf impersonating Van Morrison".

The hits came late in the set, when many people had already given up the ghost and gone home.

4. Christmas in the Park

JIMMY BARNES: Lacklustre at best.
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JIMMY BARNES: Lacklustre at best.

Every single one.

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Some of the bands on this list made their fans pay hundreds of dollars to watch them put on a shoddy performance, so at least Christmas in the Park is free.

But that's about where the value ends, as most kids look forward to the glow sticks and carnival rides more than Frankie Stevens blasting out the same cover year after year.

5. Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, 1986, Wellington

This was not a poor overall performance, it was more that Petty was good and Dylan was bad when they played at Athletic Park.

That was accentuated when Petty blazed into an extended version of Refugee three-quarters of the way though, leaving Dylan looking inadequate and hapless.

The sound engineer was apparently sacked, and the band was under-rehearsed.

6. Westpac Stadium's early years

The Cake Tin was plagued by acoustic and logistical issues during some of its early concerts.

Robbie Williams attracted 44,000 fans in 2001 but the promoter Manolo Eschave said there were a variety of issues which affected the performance, most notably the acoustics.

Many headlining acts then bypassed the stadium, but not Neil Diamond.

The ageing rocker played a show in 2005 but many of the 33,000 concert-goers were left asking for refunds after a bad echo ruined the performance.

7. Foo Fighters, Christchurch 2015

By all accounts, this was an electrifying show.

But more than 6000 fans missed the start of the show due to poor people management by security.

It's reasonably hard to enjoy a concert from outside the perimeter fence surrounded by people becoming increasingly agitated at not getting in.

8. Eric Clapton, Mission Estate, Napier, 2007

Clapton turned up in a foul mood and failed to even acknowledge the crowd. 

Apparently the recovered alcoholic was annoyed the organisers had bottled a special wine called Clapton Concert, to honour his visit. 

The crowd booed him at the end, claiming he was not wonderful tonight and didn't even play Tears in Heaven.

9. The Pogues, January 1988, Auckland

The Irish rockers were meant to play at the Neon Picnic, ahead of their own concert in Auckland but the picnic was cancelled due to poor ticket sales.

That left The Pogues lead singer Shane MacGowan on tour with too much time on his hands.

The notorious binge drinker arrived on stage with a cheap bottle of wine in his hand, looking as though he'd sunk a case before coming on stage.

His performance was incomprehensible - not only because of his accent. 

But few people complained - when you went to a Pogues concert you never really expected to be able to understand much.

10. The Clash, Wellington, 1982

Many people have called this the greatest concert they have ever been to.

But for a lot of people much of the concert was listened to from the foyer or further away.

Security was so tight for the British punk rockers one concertgoer was let in at a time, so many were outside when the music started and became increasingly rowdy.

They fought the law, but the law won.

 - Stuff

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