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John Rowles - The Final Bow Farewell Tour


Sun 24 Jul 2011, 7:30pm–10:00pm

Where: TSB Theatre - TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St West, New Plymouth, Taranaki

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $65.00
  • Concession: $55.00
  • Additional fees may apply


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Listed by: sandra roberts

Due to John Rowles losing his voice last week as the result of a virus, his New Plymouth concert has been rescheduled to July 24. All tickets remain valid.

For 45 years, New Zealand has watched the ‘Kawerau Kid’ John Rowles scale the highs and lows of the global music industry. Now in his 65th year, Rowles has decided to go out on top in true show biz fashion with one final tour of New Zealand theatres in his farewell tour, entitled ‘Now is the Hour’.

When asked the big question, "why?", he answers candidly, “I’ve given my life for the stage, for my fans, for my music. It means a lot to me to travel our beautiful country and perform one last time for all those people who have supported me over the last 45 years, and most importantly to know I’ll be giving them 100%. The voice feels great, I feel great and the time feels right.”

The farewell tour is intended to take in over 20 New Zealand cities and towns over the remainder of 2011. He’ll then turn his attention to taking the farewell tour to Australia, where he remains a popular draw card, then onto Hawaii, where he lived and performed for the better part of 20 years, and finally the UK where it all began with ‘If I only had time’ in 1968, and where a number of offers of package tour options with other '60s and '70s artistes are on the table for 2012. "This tour is going to take two years to complete as I want to do things in a comfortable manner and take my time to enjoy the experience and say thanks to the public the only way I know how, by putting on the best shows I can.”

When the curtain falls on his illustrious performing career, Rowles wants to spend more time with his two boys Dane and Blake, who are growing up fast, and complete writing his autobiography ‘If I only had time’, which will released in New Zealand through New Holland Publishing in 2012. “These stories have been with me for a long time and I’m looking forward to telling them in my own words”.

“It’s a hell of a way to make a living, but looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. Guys like me, we live for the stage, and we live for singing our songs. It's going to be a sad day when I take my final bow but I feel blessed that I’ve been given the opportunity to finish things off in the best possible way.”

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