Disputin' Rasputin: Boney M disappoint with short show in Dunedin

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Angry concertgoers didn't feel they got their $90 worth when Boney M played for under an hour in Dunedin.

Boney M's promoters have asked the band to play longer sets on their New Zealand tour after fans complained their Dunedin concert was too short.

The German/Caribbean disco act, famous for songs like Rivers of Babylon and Rasputin, played for only 55 minutes on Wednesday, the opening night of their nine-date Greatest Hits tour.

The brief set at Dunedin Town Hall, which covered only seven songs, left many concert-goers feeling ripped off. Tickets to the show started at $90.

Dunedin concertgoers wanted more bang for their $90 tickets when Boney M came to town.

Dunedin concertgoers wanted more bang for their $90 tickets when Boney M came to town.

According to Eventfinda, the concert was supposed to go from 8pm until 11pm. A DJ opened the night, with the main act taking the stage at 8.50pm.

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They belted out seven hits to a receptive audience before retiring at 9.45pm.

Boney M fused disco and Caribbean beats to chart-topping success in the 1970s.
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Boney M fused disco and Caribbean beats to chart-topping success in the 1970s.

Concertgoer Melanie MacLeod of Dunedin said she was "totally disgusted" by the brevity of Boney M's set.

"We waited for an hour and a half listening to crap music that you couldn't even hear except the beat, to listen to 45 or 47 minutes of Boney M.

"Seven songs for $90! Ed Sheeran's $106 for two-and-a-half hours, I just went to Adele for $106 and she went for two-and-a-half hours as well. Absolutely disgusted", MacLeod said.

Che' Baker drove three hours from Invercargill to see the band, which featured original member Maizie Williams.

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What she saw of the band, she said, was great - and they fitted in her favourites Ma Baker and Daddy Cool.

"They played really great, everybody was enjoying themselves, but then everybody was like, 'What, is this a joke? Is it halftime?'"

"Everybody was quite shocked. There's not a lot you can do about it, but a lot of people were wondering whether to complain about it."

"The entertainment was great," she said. "[But] for $90, you expect a bit more bang for your buck."

The tour's promoter, Mitch Lowe of Classic Promotions, said future shows would see Boney M take the stage earlier to ensure a longer set.

"While the band performed an hour of their Greatest Hits, which was incredible and the crowd loved it, we will be asking the band to extend their set for the duration of the tour of New Zealand. 

"Regarding the on stage time, tickets currently say doors open at 7.30pm, we will now be getting Boney M on stage at approximately 8.15pm for each show. 

"We would like to apologise for the late start time last night and are working to rectify this for the rest of the tour so everyone can enjoy the show and all the hits!"

Boney M play Christchurch's Horncastle Arena on Thursday night, followed by shows in Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Rotorua, Wellington, Auckland and Whangarei.

There are currently several versions of Boney M touring the world, each with different members of the original line up.

The group touring New Zealand currently is headed by original member singer Maizie Williams.

 - Stuff

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