Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Bill Haley Jr and Comets promise night of rock ‘n’ roll

21 February 2014

Bill Haley Jr and Comets promise night of old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll

Bill Haley and the Comets are rock ‘n’ roll legends - they were there at the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and changed the face of music forever.

And now Bill Haley’s son Bill Haley Jr, and his five-piece band, are coming to Rotorua’s Energy Events Centre for a rock ‘n’ roll celebration on Saturday 29 March.

They will be playing all the 50s rocker’s classics, including Rock Around The Clock; See You Later Alligator; Shake, Rattle & Roll; Chantilly Lace; Johnny B Good; That's Alright Mama; Kansas City and Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On.

Energy Events Centre operations manager, Joelene Elliott, says the band will be bringing the songs that many Kiwis grew up with and which earned Bill Haley and the Comets a place in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.”

But Ms Elliot says people can expect much more than just a regular concert. She says it promises to be a fun-filled 50s rock ‘n roll party.

“For one amazing night, locals will be transported back to the days of Richie and the Fonz, with hot rods and Harleys, big swinging dresses and gum-chewing waitresses.

“In keeping with an American diner theme, concert-goers will have the option of front-of-stage dining with a selection of American favourites on the menu including pre-ordered meals like T-bone steaks, and other options available on the night like barbecue ribs, burgers, hot dogs, shakes and Pepsi, or something stronger. There’ll also a dance floor and the chance to win prizes.

“Bill Haley Jr and the Comets are playing two solid hours of classic rock and roll, so we’re encouraging people to get into the spirit by dressing in 50s get-up. Put on your glad rags and dancing gear ‘cause there’s going to be a whole lot of shakin’ going on.

“This will be an entertainment highlight of the year, for both the audience and the band.”

Tickets to the 29 March Bill Haley Jr and the Comets show can be purchased from the Rotorua Convention Centre’s Ticketmaster outlet, online at or on 0800 111 999. Grandstand tickets are $79 or $69 for groups of six or more. Table tickets are $89 per person ($79 for groups of six plus), and $45 for the Americana meal option.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Before The Quakes

Remembering Christchurch: Voices from decades past: The Christchurch I lived in for my first 23 years was where four-year-olds walked alone to kindergarten, crossing roads empty of all but a couple of cars per hour. My primary school, Ilam, was newly built on a grassy paddock surrounded by rural land... More>>

6-11 October: New Zealand Improvisation Festival Hits Wellington

Wellingtonians will have a wide selection of improv to feast on with a jam packed programme containing 22 shows, three companies from Australia, two companies from Auckland, one from Nelson, one from Christchurch and seven from Wellington. More>>


Bird Of The Year: New Zealanders Asked To Vote For Their Favourite Native Bird

Te Radar, David Farrier, Heather du-Plessis Allan and Duncan Garner are just some of the New Zealanders championing their favourite native bird in Forest & Bird’s annual Bird of the Year competition, which kicks off today.. More>>


Werewolf Film: It Follows - Panic In Detroit

Philip Matthews: When you heard last month that Wes Craven had died and you wanted to pay homage, you could have sat down with any one of five of his films that helped reinvent American horror at least three times over three decades... Or you could just have watched one of the greatest recent horror films that would probably not exist without Craven. More>>


Werewolf Music: Searching For The White Wail - On Art Pepper, etc

If the word ‘hipster’ means anything – which it arguably doesn’t – it seems to be more of an impulse than a condition. One always headed for the margins, and away from the white-bred, white-bread mainstream... More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Leonardo da Vinci - The Graphic Work

The breadth of da Vinci’s work is incredible: from animals to weaponry, architecture to fabric, maps to botany. The works have been divided into themes such as Proportion Drawings, Anatomical Drawings and Drawings of Maps and Plans. Each section begins with a short essay. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader

Publication of this comprehensive 274-page account of the life and work of James Hector by the Geoscience Society of New Zealand marks the 150th anniversary of James Hector’s appointment as New Zealand’s first government scientist. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news