Aerosmith Set Times Announced - 6-Hour Rock Marathon
Aerosmith Set Times Announced
6-Hour Rock Marathon
FORSYTH BARR STADIUM, WEDNESDAY, 24TH APRIL
It’s just two weeks away from the biggest rock band on the planet playing in New Zealand and the promoter of AEROSMITH’s concert announces that gates will open one hour before the six-hour rock marathon kicks off so fans can prepare for their huge day out in Dunedin.
Gates will open at 4pm, with Australian rockers Diva Demolition to take the stage at 5pm. They will be followed by Kiwi favourites Head Like A Hole at 5.50pm, then the Dead Daisies at 6.45pm. Grammy and ARIA award winners Wolfmother will hit the stage at 8pm for an hour-long set, followed by Rock and Roll Hall of Famers AEROSMITH at 9.30pm. They will perform a spectacular 90-minute set.
“This is a megaload rock concert,” says promoter Andrew McManus. “We are thrilled with the lineup. Fans of rock will not be disappointed. They’ll only be disappointed if they don’t go.”
As a sign of support of this enormous gig, Dunedin City Council has agreed to allow bars to stay open into Anzac Day. The licenses have been extended to 1am so revellers can wind down after their hard day!!
Legends. Icons. Idols. These are the words used to describe those rare bands that have been adored for a lifetime and immortalised as distinct creators of rock and roll. The band members are legends, icons and idols, dynamic in the present; as cool and innovative now as they were thirty years ago. They are a phenomenon, a force of nature, trail-blazing, unstoppable and show no signs of slowing down.
With Steven Tyler on vocals, Joe Perry and Brad Whitford on guitars, Tom Hamilton on bass, and Joey Kramer on drums, they’ve outdone the trends and fads of rock and roll to become one of the most powerful and electrifying forces in popular music.
Aerosmith emerged in the early ‘70s with a sexy swagger and thrusts of metal and glam, creating quintessential power ballads such as Dream On. A string of gold and platinum albums followed including Get Your Wings, Toys In The Attic and Rocks.
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 Dude Looks Like a Lady, Rag Doll, Angel, Love In An Elevator and Grammy Award-winning Janie’s Got a Gun. The band were a driving force of the video medium, leading the look, style and attitude of the ‘80s MTV generation. Their videos are classics and Aerosmith continued to make cutting edge videos throughout their career.
1993’s Get a Grip was the band’s first album to debut at number one on the Billboard charts and reached number three on the Australian album chart. The album featured two Grammy Award-winning singles, Livin’ On The Edge and Crazy. This was followed up by another number one album in 1997, Nine Lives, featuring the hit single Pink which saw them win their fourth Grammy Award. 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. This reached number one all over the world including the US and New Zealand. The song was nominated for an Academy Award and opened the band up to another new generation of fans.
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”.
The band continued to release albums and tour throughout the 2000’s as well as release solo albums and pursue solo projects. In 2012, Aerosmith released their 15th studio album, Music From Another Dimension! and kicked off their “Global Warming” tour which will see them play to Australian fans in April and May.
Aerosmith have sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, won more than 30 awards including four Grammy Awards and are the best-selling American rock band of all time. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group. With such an unstoppable passion for creating great music, a unique creative vision and an unyielding appreciation for their fans, there are no limits to what the future holds for Aerosmith.
Joining Aerosmith in Dunedin is Grammy and ARIA album of the year award winners, Wolfmother. They are coming out of recording hiatus to perform exclusively with Aerosmith. Forming in the early noughties, Wolfmother released their self-titled debut album in October 2005 resulting in close to two million sales worldwide, shows all over the world, multiple ARIA Awards and a Grammy including numerous performance accolades with icons including Jimmy Page & AC/DC to Lenny Kravitz requesting Wolfmother as guests.
Following a brief hiatus, the band returned in 2009 with a fresh line-up and the band’s sophomore album “Cosmic Egg” debuting in the upper echelons of charts in over 13 countries including Australia, USA, UK, Canada and Denmark. "Cosmic Egg” also saw the inclusion of many of it's songs included within a variety of major films. Wolfmother recently completed a sold out headline and festival tour across Europe and the UK and have since been hard at work writing and recording their third album due for release in 2013.
The Dead Daisies feature New Zealand-born former INXS frontman Jon Stevens on vocals and David Lowy on guitar. Jon Stevens is one of Australasia’s most popular and respected singers. He has had a remarkable career; from lead singer of rock band Noiseworks to successful solo artist. Jon and David first met in 2006 but it wasn’t until 2012 that they started writing songs together. With a mutual love of classic late ‘70s and early ‘80s rock and soul, The Dead Daisies were born. “Bad Company meets Foreigner via The Faces kind of vibe, big choruses, powerful melodies and strong hooks,” says Jon.
Diva Demolition and Wellington rabble rousers Head Like a Hole complete the line-up.