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The Headless Chickens


Fri 28 Nov 2008, 8:00pm

Where: Powerstation, 33-35 Mt Eden Rd, Eden Terrace, Auckland

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $49.50
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: CRS

Friday 28 November 2008 sees a special reunion of the Headless Chickens’ classic line-up from the hit-making era of their Body Blow album – and a welcome return of the Chickens’ unrivalled brew of dastardly electronics, danceable beats and sharp pop songs.

The Headless Chickens return to the Powerstation in Auckland for their first shows in so long that nobody’s counting. The following week they fly over the Tasman to perform in Melbourne and at Sydney’s Homebake Festival.

The Chickens were possibly the most challenging chart-topping act of the nineties. A string of hits on both sides of the Tasman included “Cruise Control”, “Donde Esta La Pollo”, “Gaskrankenstation”, “Juice”, “Mr Moon” and the NZ number one “George”. An enormously popular touring act with a flamboyant live show, the Chickens built a huge fanbase in New Zealand and Australia (where they toured ten times) before they splintered apart and the band petered out before the end of the decade.

After a decade away, this group that saw its way through tragedy (the suicide of founding member Johnny Pierce) and triumph (their NZ number one triumph with “George” remains the only chart-topping song for their legendary label Flying Nun) is now back to strut around the farmyard in their own inimitable style.

Chris Matthews and Fiona McDonald are back to share lead vocal duties, while the muscular rhythm section of Bevan Sweeney and Grant Fell lay the base for the sonic mayhem wrought by Matthews, Michael Lawry and Anthony Nevison.

"This is neither a rock band with some gee-whizz samples or a bunch of art-boffins making whoopee with guitars . . . Body Blow sounds like no one else on earth." (Rip It Up, November '91)

Tickets on sale 6 October from Ticketmaster and Real Groovy.

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