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


Rotorua in for a hot August night

News Release

Monday 7 July 2014

Rotorua in for a hot August night

August 28 in Rotorua is shaping up as a hot August night when the city gets to experience its biggest ever tribute music show on stage at the Energy Events Centre.

Internationally acclaimed Neil Diamond tribute artist Peter Byrne, and a thirty-piece orchestra, will be performing a two-hour faithful recreation of Diamond’s famous 1972 concert from the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

The live album recorded at the historic concert and called Hot August Night, became Neil Diamond’s signature recording and went on to become one of the biggest selling albums in music history.

Recreating the original format of the Greek Theatre concert Rotorua’s own Hot August Night show will feature Diamond classics including Sweet Caroline, I am I said, Song Sung Blue, Holly Holy, Cracklin’ Rosie, Cherry Cherry and the Crunchy Granola Suite.

Peter Byrne delivers these epic numbers with the spontaneous energy and sensuality of Neil Diamond, coupled with his own brand of superb musicianship. His show has been endorsed by Neil Diamond himself who called it a “great tribute show.”

One Australian newspaper entertainment critic wrote that the day he saw a better Diamond, would be the day the man himself appeared on stage [The Mercury, Illawarra].

Byrne’s first performance of the Hot August Night production in 1995 was a 25th anniversary tribute to Diamond’s famous album, receiving a prolonged standing ovation from a 4000 strong audience at the Sydney Convention Centre. Since then the show has been performed every August to enthusiastic audiences across the world.

It will the first time the Hot August Night international stage show has been brought to New Zealand, with Rotorua being the first of just three New Zealand shows on the tour - the others being in Hamilton and Auckland.

Rotorua’s Hot August Night concert will be at the Energy Events Centre on 28 August, followed by a Hamilton show at the Founders’ Theatre on 29 August.

Grandstand seats for the Rotorua show start from $59.90, with seats at tables adjacent to the dance floor at $115 with a two-course dinner included. A full bar service will be available. There are also children’s, senior citizens’ and group rates on offer.

Tickets for the Rotorua show are on sale now from Rotorua Convention Centre‘s ticket office, or can be purchased online from by phone on 0800 842 538, for both the Rotorua and Hamilton shows.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news