[Slowhand] Clapton playing New Zealand January 27 2007 (and
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Mon Jun 19 11:01:30 EDT 2006
OZZIE OZZIE OZZIE, OY OY OY!!!!!!!
congrats to our suffering friends from down under, you FINALLY got your
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From: "JP Hansen" <jp at hansen.net.nz>
To: <slowhand at planet-torque.com>
Sent: Sunday, June 18, 2006 9:59 PM
Subject: [Slowhand] Clapton playing New Zealand January 27 2007 (and
>I can't believe it... He hasn't been here since 1990.
> Only one NZ concert, then off to Australia according to the report.
> Mission Estate Winery Concert promoters are predicting a sellout in
> the wake of the announcement guitar legend Eric Clapton will be
> taking centrestage in Napier next January.
> It will be Clapton's only New Zealand performance as part of his
> massive world tour, which is receiving rave reviews.
> When tickets go back on sale to concert club members from noon
> tomorrow it is expected frantic inquiries will come in from Kaitaia
> to Bluff.
> The 61-year-old blues and rock icon, nicknamed ''Slowhand", signed on
> the dotted line about a fortnight ago, and a delighted Mission chief,
> Peter Holley, and Sport and Entertainment's manager of operations,
> Garry Craft, made the official announcement today.
> Getting an artist of Clapton's stature was a major coup in what was a
> tough business, Mr Craft said.
> "January 27 will be his only New Zealand appearance, then he is off
> to Australia," he said.
> SEL managing director James Erskine said the status of the annual
> concert, now in its 15th year, was reflected in its being able to get
> hold of an artist of Clapton's stature.
> "Artists have told us of the fantastic feeling they get on stage
> here," Mr Craft said.
> "This concert is unique, it is a total package, and I'm sure Eric
> will enjoy it."
> The promoters were able to secure an early signing as Clapton's world
> tour was bringing him down under during summer. They began
> negotiations last November.
> Clapton is presently taking a break after a string of concerts in the
> US and next month will begin the European leg.
> Clapton has been touring with a backing band which includes fellow
> ace guitarists Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II, with The Robert
> Cray Band as the opening act.
> Mr Craft said the lead-in acts to Clapton's Napier concert had not
> been finalised and would have to be approved by Clapton's management.
> This year's concert headliners, Olivia Newton-John and Chris De
> Burgh, failed to fire the crowd. But Clapton's show will be more
> closely aligned to what Rod Stewart's, with a mix of rock, blues and
> quiet numbers.
> The Surrey-born musician started out in 1963 with blues-orientated
> rock band The Yardbirds, before joining John Mayall and The
> Bluesbreakers in 1965.
> A year later, in what was arguably one of the first supergroups, he
> joined with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker to form Cream. Iconic songs
> such as White Room and Crossroads followed, and adulation for
> Clapton's guitar playing was at its height.
> He later played with Blind Faith, before shifting to the US and
> stepping into the background as a member of Delaney and Bonnie and
> Friends. He moved on to form Derek and The Dominos and created one of
> the great anthems of the era in Layla.
> As a solo performer, he struggled with drugs and alcoholism and
> supported the creation of The Crossroads Centre - a drug/alcohol
> rehab centre. He has also supported charity and relief-fund concerts.
> He is a Grammy-Award winner and has an unprecedented three inductions
> into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
> It will be Clapton's first New Zealand stage appearance, although he
> has visited for trout fishing.
> Despite that last sentence I saw him back 16 years ago (his 2nd
> concert in New Zealand as a solo artist), and I saw the very first
> Mission Estate concert (with Ray Charles) about 14 years back, so it
> could be a great road trip down to Napier if I can score tickets.
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