Skynyrd, Starship, 10cc for Gibbston

Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarists Mark Matejka, Ricky Medlocke, Gary Rossington and bass player Johnny Colt.
Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarists Mark Matejka, Ricky Medlocke, Gary Rossington and bass player Johnny Colt.

Gibbston near Queenstown will once again rock to a triple bill of classic anthems this summer, with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Starship and 10cc performing in February next year.

Greenstone Entertainment chief executive officer Amanda Calvert yesterday said the company was proud to follow the success of the 2013 Summer Concert Tour, headlined by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, Bachman and Turner, and America.

The classic rock lineup will play Taupo and Matakana before hitting Queenstown on February 15.

"This will be Lynyrd Skynyrd and Starship's first ever NZ performances, so along with 10cc, fans can re-discover an incredible collective catalogue of hits and finally experience the excitement of seeing these bands live in the backdrop of some of NZ's most stunning outdoor locations," Ms Calvert said.

Lynyrd Skynyrd shot to fame in the 1970s as a result of their driving live performances and signature tunes like classic rock anthems Sweet Home Alabama, Free Bird and Saturday Night Special.

As the band was peaking in 1977 three members were killed in a plane crash while on tour.

However, core members including vocalist Johnny Van Zant, co-founding guitarists Gary Rossington and Rickey Medlock got back together in 1987, added veteran musicians to the lineup and continued to tour and record.

Jefferson Starship halved their name to become Starship in 1984 and recorded a string of hits including We Built This City, Sara, No Way Out, Laying It On The Line, It's Not Over (Til It's Over) and Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now.

Since 1979 every Starship album has reached gold, platinum, or multi-platinum sales.

English group 10cc have sold more than 30 million albums with hits such as Dreadlock Holiday, The Things We Do For Love and I'm Not In Love. For the New Zealand concerts Kevin Godley will be joining co-founder Graham Gouldman on stage.

The Southland Times