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Steely Dan and Steve Winwood


Fri 4 Nov 2011, 7:00pm–11:30pm

Where: Spark Arena, 42 Mahuhu Cres, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Gold : $146.10
  • Silver: $111.60
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: FrontierTouring

After dazzling audiences with their first ever New Zealand shows in 2007, jazz rock icons Steely Dan are returning for an encore tour in November.

And in a real treat for music lovers, legendary British vocalist Steve Winwood will be the special guest in his first ever visit to New Zealand.

The Frontier Touring Company and Roundhouse Entertainment are thrilled to announce Steely Dan and Steve Winwood will play arena concerts in Auckland and Christchurch and a day on the green in Napier. The chance to see two of music’s most revered and multi-Grammy Award winning artists on one stage is undoubtedly a night not to be missed.

Steely Dan – Walter Becker and Donald Fagen – had critics raving on recent US shows with The New York Times stating that Fagen “was deep in the music… a cross between Count Basie and Ray Charles.” The Chicago Sun-Times proclaimed: “This was different. This was live. This was vibrant. This was a cascade of color carried along by Fagen, Becker, eight brilliant supporting musicians and three superb backing vocalists.” The Los Angeles Times raved: “Everyone gathered Friday evening was a believer – and they were treated to something close to rapture.”

Steely Dan has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the '70s with hits including ‘Do It Again’, ‘Reelin’ in the Years’, ‘Rikki Don't Lose That Number’, ‘F.M.’, ‘Peg’ and ‘Hey Nineteen’. They reunited in the early '90s and have toured throughout the decade and beyond, releasing the four time Grammy winner Two Against Nature in 2000 and its acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003.  

Donald Fagen and Walter Becker will be joined by an awesome group of players, now dubbed the Miles High Big Band, including Keith Carlock (drums); Jon Herington (guitar); Freddie Washington (bass); Jim Beard (keys); Michael Leonhart, Walt Weiskopf, Roger Rosenberg and Jim Pugh (horns); plus their backup trio, named the Embassy Brats, singers Carolyn Leonhart, Cindy Mizelle and Catherine Russell.

Steve Winwood was just a teenager when he rocketed into the international spotlight as the prodigious singer of the Spencer Davis Group. The blues and R&B-influenced rock of ‘Gimme Some Lovin’ and ‘I’m a Man’ had Winwood’s singing drawing comparisons to that of his idol Ray Charles - despite his tender age.

Seeking a wider artistic palette, in the next decade Winwood formed Traffic with friends Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason and then the “supergroup” Blind Faith with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Rick Grech, producing some of the most inventive and arresting music of the time.

With 1977’s Steve Winwood a rich solo career launched in earnest. Arc of a Diver (1980) featured the hit ‘While You See a Chance’, whilst Talking Back to the Night (1982), Back in the High Life (1986), and Roll With It (1988) produced era-defining songs including ‘Valerie’, ‘Higher Love’, ‘Back in the High Life’, and ‘Roll With It’.

Later albums Refugees of the Heart, Junction 7, About Time and 2008’s Nine Lives (which gained his highest ever Billboard album debut at #12) all continued to display Winwood’s supreme musical talents. This will be his first New Zealand tour.

2010 Tui award winner and now expectant parent Anika Moa will join Steely Dan and Steve Winwood on tour. Since September last year she has performed in every nook and cranny from Southland to the farthest reaches of Northland.

Her new song “Give My Heart To You” was recently released to radio and is now exclusively available on line. Recorded in January with long time collaborator and producer extraordinaire Andre Upston at Radio NZ  - it’s a breezy number to cuddle up to for the ensuing winter ....

Over the next few months Anika will be working on a Te Reo album and getting ready to hit the road again when Spring breaks. But before then you can see her live with her small band on the upcoming November tour.

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