James Blunt One Show In New Zealand In 2014
JAMES BLUNT ONE SHOW IN NEW ZEALAND IN 2014
WITH SPECIAL GUESTS BUSBY MAROU
The Frontier Touring Company is delighted to announce the return of James Blunt to New Zealand in 2014. Beginning the tour in Auckland, Blunt and his band will play one show only in New Zealand next year, with guests Busby Marou.
The timing for this exciting announcement could not be better, with Blunt’s brand new ‘Moon Landing’ releasing tomorrow (Friday 18th October) through Warner Music. With just under 4 million views already, check out the official video for the single ‘Bonfire Heart’ here.
James Blunt shot to fame in 2006 with the smash singles ‘You’re Beautiful’ & ‘Goodbye My Lover’ from his platinum selling album ‘Back to Bedlam’, one of the UK’s best-selling albums of the 2000’s. For fourth studio album Moon Landing, Blunt wanted to go back to sounding… like himself. ‘I was playing a lot of ukulele - mainly because it makes me look bigger,’ says James. He also returned to producer Tom Rothrock, and to working with just the two of them in the studio, occasionally bringing in selected musicians from the Back To Bedlam sessions.
Picking up a guitar and writing his first song at 14, Blunt wrote his university dissertation on the music industry, took that guitar to the war in Kosovo, and always dreamed of making music, saying what success has meant, more than anything, is freedom. ‘What it allowed me to do was go on tour with a band. That was absolutely amazing’. But it also meant much more than that, with three world tours, four number one singles, five Grammy nods (plus two BRITS, two Ivor Novellos and a host of MTV awards), a six-piece band, seven whole years on the road, nearly 17m albums and 20 million singles sales worldwide following.
Bringing a full band with him for the tour and renowned for his charm and grace on stage, audiences will surely be captivated when he returns for his first visit since 2011, playing songs from his highly anticipated new album as well as a collection of hits. ‘There's just something romantic, old-school and lonely about the moon landings,’ he explains. ‘A nostalgic memory of something huge that we can hardly believe we once achieved, and for some sad reason, can't achieve again – like first love.’
It’s an exciting week for Australian duo Busby Marou, with their new album ‘Farewell Fitzroy’ (out now through Warner Music) debuting at #5 on the ARIA album chart this week, they have also been confirmed as special guests for this Australian/New Zealand tour with James! Two years on from their acclaimed self-titled debut, Farewell Fitzroy is 12 tracks of folk-pop and country-tinged song craft, distinctly Australian storytelling, and the gifted musicianship of Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou.
“Marou's sometime-falsetto and Busby's earthy, clear lead vocals combine in heavenly harmony, and their guitars do likewise.” – The Australian (4.5 stars)
James Blunt is certain to make audiences swoon at these theatre shows and tickets won’t last, so be sure to grab yours when they go on sale on Tuesday October 29th.
Frontier Members pre-sale via www.frontiertouring.com/jamesblunt
Wed 23 Oct (2pm NZDT) to Thu 24 Oct (2pm NZDT)
General public on sale from Tue 29 Oct (9am local time)
Wed 28 May Auckland | Civic Theatre (All ages)
Ticketmaster.co.nz | Ph: 0800 111 999