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Tate Sheridan to support Sir Elton John on his New Zealand Tour

Thursday 16 January 2020

Tate Sheridan to support Sir Elton John on his New Zealand Tour

Legendary pop-rock superstar Sir Elton John has just announced that the award-winning Australian muso Tate Sheridan will be the warm-up act for his epic 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' NZ tour next month. Kicking off at Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium on Tuesday February 4th, the tour will be taking in two Napier shows at Mission Estate Winery on 6th and 15th, before finishing off with three Auckland concerts at Mt Smart Stadium on the 16th, 18th and 20th February respectively.

Tate Sheridan originally caught Sir Elton's eye in 2015 when the then 23-year old was asked to open select Australia and New Zealand dates on the artist's national tour that December. As he joins this year's NZ dates, he will be performing songs from his latest solo work 'Angel Man' which captures the beautiful rustic tones of the old Americana, plus tunes from his impressive back catalogue.

"I'm thrilled to be opening for Sir Elton John once again, on his final New Zealand tour," said Tate. "He was probably my biggest childhood hero and his music has been a huge inspiration."

Tate Sheridan's musical background is vast; as a prodigious jazz pianist, he was awarded the 2014 ACT Critics Circle Artist of the Year for his dedication to jazz and pop music. In 2015, he became one of the youngest ever musicians to be nominated for the prestigious Freedman Jazz Fellowship and has already been awarded the Friends of the ANU School of Music's Bernhard Neumann Memorial Prize, the Winifred Burston Memorial Prize, and the Peter and Lena Karmel Anniversary Prize for his dedication to Australian music.

In recent years, Tate's musical endeavours have taken a change of direction, writing and recording in New York and Nashville. His vintage approach to recording has gained the attention of legendary Australian musicians including INXS principal songwriter, Andrew Farriss.