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Fred and Toody (from Dead Moon)


Sat 17 Dec 2016, 7:00pm

Where: Blue Smoke, 3 Garlands Road, Woolston, Christchurch

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: actionman67

Fred & Toody Cole from legendary Portland group Dead Moon will play three New Zealand shows in December.
For those who are new …. Fred & Toody are the epitome of D.I.Y. rock and roll, a rock and roll love story in MONO with a canon of unforgettable songs and tales that defy description.
Now a duo, grandparents of four, legends, lifers, and lovers Fred and Toody Cole keep on rocking in their stripped down but no less intense duo Fred and Toody

They have visited NZ numerous times since their first visit in 1992. At the same time Nirvana were reaching great heights with Nevermind and asked Dead Moon to do an arena tour with them, but they had already committed themselves to a 20+ date tour of New Zealand that took them to the main centres as well as Haast, Wanganui, and Greymouth.

This time, their shows will be of a semi acoustic nature – at least on paper – we’re not sure if they know how to play quiet, and dipping into Fred Cole's 50 + year career which goes from his groups from the 60s to now including The Weeds to The Lollipop Shoppe to Zipper The Rats to Dead Moon and more recently Pierced Arrows. Reports of their recent performance from Gonerfest 2016 indicate they are unmissable.

Recent visitor to New Zealand and owner of Portland's Mississippi Records, Eric Isaacson, says that Dead Moon are one of the most important groups to ever come out of Portland IF not the most important. He is also the official Dead Moon / Fred Cole archivist.

Pearl Jam, Cat Power and The Black Lips have all covered songs written by Fred Cole.

“One of my favourite Dead Moon songs is I Won’t Be The One. It’s a look back at their times in life and music, but also Toody’s ode to Fred. Her soul and his unlying guitar”. Maria Robinson - publicist

Dead proof of the legend that the music industry, studio polish, singing or even the very idea of songwriting are all irrelevant, and giving hope to every band thrashing it out in garages, ill attended venues, and bedrooms.. Cult is alive. Cult doesn’t care. Cult thrives despite trends and publicity. A zombie Gollum that pulses globally ignoring geographical and time challenge, and a rare beast in today's slick packaged social medium diet. The Revenge starts as most Dead Moon songs do, curdles its way to those vocals, does some minimum twists and then ends. It almost doesn’t even matter what song it is.. The only thing that is important is that it is Dead Moon..and it couldn't be anyone else..unmistakable, baffling,distilled and irresistible. Delaney Davidson - musician

19yrs old I'd recently discovered punk, I was a late bloomer and that book "please kill me" was going around Auckland. This is pre-internet Auckland, and no one was giving out precious information for free, so when someone at the Kings Arms asked if I was going to the Dead Moon show I said "Who's t that? I know the Dead Boys but who's Dead Moon?" this was met with "Oh My God you don't know who Dead Moon is????" But no one would actually tell me anything. For weeks leading up to the show I started to hear crazy rumours, mostly about the wild drummer and how he had a burning candle sitting in a skull atop his kick drum that band played along until it went out, the ritual was so alluring. When I finally got to see them live they blew me away with a raw power I've truly yet to see since! They were undeniable. 54/40 Or Fight is my favourite song as I have a penchant for historically lit songs and now being an Oregon resident I feel close to this one. Fiona Campbell - musician & tour manager

54/40 Or Fight , easily one of their best, pure rock 'n' roll energy. The riff, the voice, the works. If this song was a burger it would be the top line meal,with all the extras included... Being lucky enough to experience Dead Moon live a few times this song always stands out amongst an already impressive set of life affirming tunes. Brian Wafer – the one and only

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