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Saturday 4th February 2023, the Summer Concert Tour kicks off at the Taupō Amphitheatre. Year after year, tickets sell out and Taupō puts on a hot and sunny summers day!
The day is set to follow this schedule:
10:00am Express Entry Open
11:00am General Admission Open
11:30am Local Artist
12:30pm The Angels
2:00pm Stone Temple Pilots
3:30pm Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo
5:00pm ZZ Top
6:15pm Concert Ends
Taupō’s own “dynamic live looping indie-pop duo” False Heights, otherwise known as April and Ashley Pirie, will warm up the crowd at the 2023 Summer Concert before headline acts The Angels, Stone Temple Pilots, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and ZZ Top round out the day’s entertainment.
It’ll be 35 years since ZZ TOP played their epic New Zealand show where they performed to a reported crowd of over 80,000 at Western Springs in 1987. These Texan Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s are synonymous with beards, hot rod cars and spinning guitars. ZZ Top are famous for their mix of rock, blues, and boogie, with hugely popular albums such as Eliminator and Afterburner, which between them spent over two years on the NZ Charts, along with having produced instantly recognisable hits such as Sharp Dressed Man, Gimme All Your Lovin’, Legs and La Grange.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo are one of the most formidable power couples in rock history. With no less than 14 songs having reached the NZ Top 50 singles charts, and spanning a career of over 43 years, hit songs like Heartbreaker, Love Is a Battlefield and We Belong are just some of the classic’s that’ll rock concert goers when we welcome them back to New Zealand after last performing at the Summer Concert Tour 10 years ago in 2013.
Stone Temple Pilots bring a 90’s flavour to the tour with the band’s unique sound, considered to be a blending of alternative rock of the 80’s and 90’s with the hard rock of the 70’s. Lead singer Jeff Gutt is sure to get the crowd going with hits including Interstate Love Song, Plush and Vaseline, all of which have featured in the NZ single charts through the mid 90’s.
Originally scheduled to perform at the 2021 Summer Concert Tour, The Angels lay claim to being one of Australia’s longest-lasting bands, dating as far back as 1976 when they first released Am I Ever Gonna See You Face Again. Their relationship with the audience is everything to them, and their standard of live music is sure to have every show rocking when they perform the likes Take A Long Line and No Secrets.
You can buy tickets here.