Aerosmith heading to play Dunedin
40,000 expected at only NZ gig in DunedinCAROLINE KING
Aerosmith will finally walk this way to perform their first ever concert in New Zealand.
The best-selling United States rock band, with more than 150 million albums sold worldwide, will perform one show at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on April 24.
Up to 40,000 fans are expected to pack the stadium to see the band headed by front-man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler.
The Grammy Award-winning band, which formed in 1970, boasts hits including Dream On, I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, Walk This Way and Janie's Got a Gun.
Promoter Andrew McManus said he was "thrilled" to be able to bring Aerosmith - who are doing three shows in Australia - to New Zealand.
"They are one of the greatest rock and roll bands in the world and I can't wait for them to rock out with their loyal Kiwi fans."
He said there would also be "a cracking line-up" of New Zealand and Australian bands joining Aerosmith on stage. "You really don't wanna miss a thing," he said.
The Press understands Steve Tyler's daughter, Liv, fell in love with the South Island while filming Lord of the Rings here and this is the reason only a South Island date has been announced.
With Steven Tyler on vocals, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford on guitars, Tom Hamilton on bass, and Joey Kramer on drums, Aerosmith have outlasted the trends and fads of rock and roll.
Aerosmith emerged in the early '70s with a sexy swagger and thrusts of metal and glam.In 1986 Steven Tyler and Joe Perry appeared on Run DMC's cover of Walk This Way introducing the band to a new generation of fans. Aerosmith returned to the charts in the late '80s with smash hits like Love In An Elevator and Grammy Award-winning Janie's Got a Gun.
In 1998 Aerosmith released the huge worldwide smash hit I Don't Want to Miss a Thing from the film Armageddon starring Steven Tyler's daughter, Liv. In 2001 Aerosmith were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and were included in both Rolling Stone's and VH1's lists of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
Last year Aerosmith released their 15th studio album, Music From Another Dimension! and kicked off their Global Warming tour.
The band holds the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Supporting the group is Australian hard rock act Wolfmother, the Dead Daisies - featuring New Zealand-born former INXS frontman Jon Stevens - Wellington-based Head Like a Hole and Diva Demoliton.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on March 4 through TicketDirect. Prices are yet to be confirmed.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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