Benatar hits Taupo with her best shot

IRIS RIDDELL
Last updated 09:03 19/02/2013
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Neil Giraldo and Pat Benatar take the stage at the Taupo Summer Concert, wowing a crowd of more than 12,000 people.

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The stage was set and the crowd was swinging as the Taupo Summer Concert unfolded under clear and sunny skies on Saturday.

America and Bachman & Turner warmed up the 12,000-strong crowd for headliners Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo who put on a "breathtaking" performance, Taupo Summer Concert director Amanda Calvert said.

"It was a fantastic weekend. The crowd was really well behaved, it was a wonderful family event and everything went to plan.

"America and Bachman & Turner are still at the top of their game, and Pat and Neil just blew the crowd's mind - Pat's voice is still as good as it was in her younger days. It's still all there," she said.

While last year's concert experienced a few technical issues with the sound system, Ms Calvert said it all went off without a hitch this time round.

"We were two whole days ahead of our build schedule during set-up. It goes to show that every year it gets easier and we definitely proved that. It was a 100 per cent improvement on last year."

Ms Calvert said she loved bringing international acts to Taupo, and hearing the disbelief in people's voices when they heard the lineup.

"They never believe we're bringing the real deal here, they always assume we're getting a cover band. We've had two sellout years in a row now - not bad for little old Taupo."

Ms Calvert said the organisers were extremely appreciative of the support they receive from the community, both through the sale of locals' tickets through the i-SITE, which sold out, and the volunteers from St Patrick's Catholic School, Laughton Street Kindergarten, Taupo Playcentre and the Taupo Moana Rotary Club.

"They were amazing. St Patrick's handled rubbish collection, the kindergarten and playcentre ran the gates, and Rotary was on carparking."

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