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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers bring Bagrock to the masses

Friday 9 September 2011, 8:50AM
By Publicity-machine
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Scotland’s Live Act of the Year award winners (2007 & 2010) the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, will embark on their first ever NZ tour which will see them perform in Auckland, Hamilton, Hastings, Wellington, Queenstown, Christchurch and Dunedin this September and October.

An ensemble of pipers, guitarists, keyboards and drummers with musicianship of the highest order and a huge passion for pipes, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers won the UK primetime TV talent show When Will I Be Famous in 2007. They haven't stopped for a breath since (other than to inflate their bagpipes!) and their debut album, Bagrock to the Masses, went platinum in Scotland and was the highest selling album from any act on a Scottish label that year.

A fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary anthems, the classic Red Hot Chilli Pipers sound or ‘bagrock' includes Chilli style versions of Clocks by Coldplay, Queen's We Will Rock You, a rock medley of Deep Purple's Smoke On the Water, AC/DC's Thunderstruck and Scotland’s unofficial national anthem Flower of Scotland.

No strangers to Murrayfield, Scotland’s national rugby stadium, the Pipers often frequent the turf to inspire and motivate team and supporters alike and Flower of Scotland, being Scotland’s emotionally-charged version of the haka, will be heard resonating around New Zealand’s stadia over the next few weeks as Scotland participates in RWC pool games.

Darlings of the UK festival scene and appearing alongside rock group The Darkness (at their T in the Park show) the Chillis have fast become a global phenomenon, rocking from Bangkok to New York and everywhere in between. Now they are bringing bagrock to the NZ masses – and just in the nick of time to support their home team!

Joining the Pipers for shows in Auckland, Hamilton, Hastings and Christchurch is Scottish comedian Des McLean.

Hailing from Glasgow, DES McLEAN is cited by Billy Connolly as being his favourite comedian. Des famously recorded a series of wind-up telephone calls for Radio Clyde that became the most talked about feature on the station, fooling stars like Sean Connery, Rod Stewart and Joan Rivers. The CD releases of these calls and live DVD’s of his stand-up comedy have become best sellers across Scotland.

www.desmclean.com

Tickets on sale now:

Friday 30th September – AUCKLAND, Vector Arena
With comedian Des McLean & part of The Spirit of Bannockburn Scottish fan night on the eve of the Scotland v England game at Eden Park
Tickets $49 from www.ticketmaster.co.nz / 0800 111999

Saturday 1st October - DUNEDIN Town Hall
5pm early start due to pool game Scotland v England that night. Tickets $47 / $37 concessions from www.ticketdirect.co.nz, 08004ticket & from the Regent Theatre

Sunday 2nd October - QUEENSTOWN Revolver Bar
Tickets $25 early-bird before 24th September / $30 in advance / $35 on the door from www.ticketmaster.co.nz, 0800 111 999 or from the Quest store on Shotover St

Tuesday 4th October – CHRISTCHURCH, the Venue-Musicbar
Also performing is comedian Des McLean. Tickets $28 early-bird until Friday 16 Sept / $35 thereafter (credit card fees inclusive) from www.eventfinder.co.nz.
Door Sales are available on show night if not sold out prior.

Thursday 6th October – HAMILTON, House On Hood
Also performing is comedian Des McLean. Tickets $ 40 (+bf) from www.ticketek.co.nz, 0800-Ticketek & from House on Hood St & Ticketek outlets.
Door Sales are available on show night if not sold out prior.

Friday 7th October – HASTINGS, Hawkes Bay Opera House
Also performing is comedian Des McLean. Tickets $ 59.90 / HBOH Encore Club Special Price $53.90 / Groups 10+ $5.00 discount off each ticket, from www.ticketek.co.nz, 0800 TICKETEK, & from Hawke's Bay Opera House Box Office, 101 Hastings Street South, Hastings & Ticketek outlets.

Saturday 8th October – WELLINGTON, Bodega
Tickets $30 from www.ticketmaster.co.nz, 0800 111999, and from Bodega, 101 Ghuznee St


“No-one falls asleep at a Red Hot Chilli Pipers gig…..The Chillis give the jugglers on the Royal Mile a run for their money and – make no mistake – rock the house!” –
The Herald (Aug 2010)

“Full of Cheeky Vigour” - The Scotsman (Nov 2010)

“They skirled, they marched and most importantly, they rocked” – Edinburgh Evening News (2008)

For more RHCP information - www.redhotchillipipers.co.uk / &feature=related">www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YdkolAEHj4&feature=related