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Legal Tender

When:

Sun 4 Oct 2009, 6:30pm

Where: Wellington Town Hall, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages Licensed

Listed by: Jane Torrance

Eighteen years is a long time to be causing mayhem. So, what better way for The Rock to celebrate its18th birthday than to get Australasia’s four hardest rockin bands together to help them cut loose on the LEGAL TENDER tour?

Very rarely do you get to see the likes of Shihad, The Living End, Airbourne and Luger Boa on one very large, very loud bill, but with The Rock’s Legal Tender Tour, that’s exactly what’s about to go down. It’s huge!

Shihad need no introduction. But in case you have been living under a rock, here you go:

* Seven legendary albums
* Three number one albums
* Three top 10 singles
* They hold the record for the most appearances on the NZ Singles Chart by a local act. 24 in total (19 as Shihad, five as Pacifier).

Arguably NZ’s most enduring rock band; these Wellingtonian boys have received no less than 10 Tui Awards in the prestigious New Zealand Music Awards, including two for International Achievement – making their mark in overseas territories.

The Living End is currently touring Europe on the back of their White Noise Album, voted by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top twenty albums of 2008. Last month front man Chris Cheney took away the coveted Song of the Year Award at the Australian APRA awards for White Noise. For a decade the Melbourne based trio have been regular visitors to New Zealand - last performing here at the Big Day Out earlier this year. They keep going from strength to strength at home and overseas. Their latest album White Noise confirms their status as one of Australia’s greatest ever rock acts.

And there’s more from over the Tasman. Airbourne played here in 2007 as virtual unknowns, with one ball-tearer of a show at The Kings Arms. New Zealand took to them like a duck to water. In fact their debut album Runnin’ Wild has sold more per capita here than anywhere else in the world. It’s just clocked Gold. They arrive in New Zealand fresh from Chicago where they have been recording their second album. Their latest single What’s Eatin’ You is already tracking up the kiwi charts and it will be a triumphant return for the Melbournians. Airbourne has shared the stage with the legendary Rolling Stones, Iron Maiden and even featured Motorhead’s Lemmy in the music video for Runnin’ Wild.

Rounding out the line-up is New Zealand’s Luger Boa whose debut album, Mutate or Die has been described as the most twisted and contagious record of the year. Luger Boa recently opened for none other than the Kings of Leon and ringmaster Jimmy Xmas knows exactly how to get a party started. Expect Luger Boa to set the tone for a massive night of high class rock.

From October 1 to October 11, join the crowd for two of New Zealand’s finest and two of Australia’s playing in seven sonic destruction test matches across the country. Forget the Bledisloe - this is high class rock ‘n’ roll!

The Rock’s Legal Tender Tour kicks off at Dunedin’s Edgar Centre on October 1, before heading to Christchurch, Napier, Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Wellington. All shows are licensed and all-ages.

Full event details can be found at www.therock.net.nz. Ticket sales from 13 July, 2009.

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