Full details will follow, but it is with great pleasure that we can confirm GLENN will be visiting New Zealand in July.
Saturday, July 19th, 2008 - G-taranaki Festival - New Plymouth, New Zealand
More information available at the newly opened festival website:
Excellent! Will that be the only NZ date?
Joe Satriani and former Guns n' Roses guitarist, Gilby Clarke, are now also on the bill.Quote
For Glenn Hughes, it will be his first time in New Zealand since Deep Purple came in 1975. "Taranaki sounds both intriguing and wonderful," he said. "To be able to meet, play, talk and interact with the local musicians and musical youth will be a very rewarding experience for me."
Tickets go on pre-sale today and general release on April 28th.
You can read more about the festival here:
shame it'll be the middle of winter here, but hey ho....
it will be just a great concet
More on the festival...Quote
Uli Jon Roth, Vernon Reid, Alex Skolnick and fretless harp guitarist, Tim Donahue, have been added to the lineup of artists that will perform at the G-TARanaki first international guitar festival, set to take place July 14th-19th in Taranaki, New Zealand.
All of the acts are giving exclusive New Zealand shows, which involve full concert performances, workshops, forums and jam sessions. Joe Satriani will be also giving fans an intimate "Club Joe" workshop before his headline show.
Venture Taranaki events development manager Garry Sharpe-Young says the event is already proving historic. "Not only do we have these amazing artists all coming out to Taranaki to perform, we have a number of unique and never to be repeated collaborations, duets and jams happening," he says.
"Glenn Hughes is playing a full electric set with a unique Kiwi band featuring guitar virtuoso Kara Gordon and Vernon Reid will be playing with some of New Zealand's finest too. The musical spread of the event is huge — metal, rock, jazz, blues, folk and classical. Many of these artists are breaking U.S. tours to play here, so we are honored."
thanks david for ur effort
If GH is playing NZ in July, then is it perfectly safe to assume that he'll return to AUSSIE SHORES in that same time-frame??
Any further news here? That one date in NZ looks lonely all by itself
Thought we would have maybe heard about some Aussie shows by now? Getting worried
I have heard a rumour that Glenn might be doing a question and answer session for a limited audience and that he would play a few acoustic songs at that. Just a rumour at this stage as he flies in on the saturday of the show and gone the next day i believe. I look forward to meeting any fellow forum members at this show, i personally can't wait it's been a lifelong quest to get to see Glenn so i'm praying nothing goes wrong.
On the wire today...Quote
Legendary vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes will perform with a unique, Kiwi-based band when he plays the G-TARanaki International Guitar Festival on July 19th at the New Plymouth TSB Stadium in New Zealand. Although he will be utilizing his regular Swedish keyboard player Anders Olinder, he will also be joined by three New Zealanders, guitarists Kara Gordon and Simon Koretz, plus drummer Nathan Koretz. Gordon is a winner of the recent Rock2Wgtn guitarist competition while the Koretz siblings regularly perform with their own Hamilton-based band 8FORTY8 as well as regularly performing tribute sets to Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Dream Theater.
Other G-TARanaki performers include Uli Jon Roth, Joe Satriani, Gilby Clarke, the Alex Skolnick Trio, fretless harp guitarist Tim Donahue, Kiwi icon Gray Bartlett, Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Matthew Marshall, Brian Hatcher, Darren Broughton, Ross Halliday, Frank John and a host of others.
On the wire again today...Quote
Axes go under hammer for charity
A range of rock memorabilia will go under the hammer for charity to kick off Taranaki's international guitar festival next month.
Among the haul are guitars signed by Irish supergroup U2 and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young, photos signed by Pink Floyd and Bon Jovi and a signed Elton John CD.
The rock auction is being held at the official launch of guitar festival G-TARanaki and money raised will go to the Taranaki Cancer Society.
Taranaki Cancer Society special events co-ordinator Kelly Batley says the auction items are sourced by the Helping Hand Group, an organisation that helps charities arrange events and raise money. Ms Batley says the funds will go towards the society's new centre, presently being built in New Plymouth.
It gets 80% of the auction's takings.
Previous auctions have seen a U2-signed guitar return $37,500, a Roger Federer-signed tennis racquet net $16,000 and a guitar signed by The Rolling Stones raise $55,600.
"It's hard to know what we might get. It really depends on the night and who is bidding," says Ms Batley.
She hopes the auction might attract some serious collectors and people from outside Taranaki have been invited. The auction is being held at Puke Ariki on July 14, the night the five-day G-TARanaki festival opens.
While the event is "invite only", anyone who is keen to bid on any of the items should contact the Cancer Society. Bids will be taken prior to the auction as well as on the night and details about the items going under the hammer can be found at http://www.taranakicancersociety.org.nz/.
Ms Batley says the society would also be keen to hear from anyone who has rock memorabilia they might want to donate to the auction.
The auctioned items will be on display throughout the festival along with an exhibition of rare guitars at Puke Ariki. The G-TARanaki festival being held in New Plymouth features a string of international performers, including guitar legend Joe Satriani, Guns n' Roses guitarist Gilby Clarke and former Deep Purple and Black Sabbath bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes.
The festival will include two major concerts at the TSB Stadium.
There will also be classical performances, acoustic midnight sessions, workshops, clinics and panel discussion forums.
Venture Taranaki events project manager Garry Sharpe-Young said yesterday tickets to all events were selling well.
Okay starting to get really excited now, just a couples of weeks to go till I see my all time musical hero. I have had it confirmed that glenn will do a Meet and greet session at 1 or 1.30pm on the Friday and then the show on Saturday. I just got to figure out what to get signed, probably go for my vinyl copy of Play Me Out but then again maybe he could sign me and i'll get it turned into a tattoo, crazier things have happened. Oh and i also know where he's staying while he's here.
I really want to attend Glenn's Q&A session this weekend but sadly I already purchased my tickets well before the offer was advertised on Ticketek. What day is his Q&A session? If it means having to pay an additional 1 dayer so be it. He's the sole reason why I'm going to G-Taranaki.
And what to have signed. Well let's see. I'll start with Hughes/Thrall, HTP and more.
And I'm still waiting for FUNK. It's taken far too long and I wait with baited breath to check out the album. It's long overdue
Jumping on the bus from Auckland tomorrow seeing as I'm currently a disqualified driver. And the irony is I got busted on Desert Road on the way back from Rock2Wgtn