It’s been so long. 20 Years in fact since the inimitable Greg Johnson made his mark on the NZ Music scene with his breakthrough single Isabelle, which hit the charts and hearts of kiwis in the early 90’s. Liberty soon followed in the late 90’s and earned him a coveted Silver Scroll songwriting award.
Since then Greg has continued to endear himself to fans with numerous plaudits including two Tui NZ Music Awards, eight top 20 albums and an extensive collection of hits including Isabelle, Don’t Wait Another Day, Liberty, Save Yourself, It's Been So Long, Now The Sun is Out, Looking Out On Monday, I Got Opinions and more.
To celebrate both 20 years of music and his forthcoming 10th studio album, Exits, Greg is returning from home base LA and is hitting the road in November with a full electric band to perform his trademark melodic and comedic shows.
Greg is looking forward to returning to NZ to Tour:
“It’s been almost 2 years since I toured NZ and that was an acoustic band so this time we’re kicking it up to a five piece with drums and the full noise! I’ll be playing a number of tunes we’ve never done live before and of course the highlights from 20 years worth of albums as well.
“I’ve never been more amped about getting on the road and being back among my Whanau again!”
The Greg Johnson 20th Anniversary Tour kicks off on Wednesday 14th November in Hamilton at the Meteor Theatre and concludes in Christchurch on Saturday 1 December at Dux Live. Playing 10 shows all around the country, fans can see Greg and his full band in Matakana, Auckland (x 2), Waiheke Island, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
Supporting Greg on the tour will be old pals Ted Brown, and Kurt Shanks [Stellar*] playing material from their respective albums as a duo.
Band members on Tour with Greg are: Ted Brown (guitar, vocals, harmonica),
Wayne Bell (drums, percussion, guitars), Ben King (guitar, vocals) & Mark Hughes (bass).
Tickets for the 20th Anniversary Tour go on sale on Thursday 20 September. Tickets for the Matakana, Auckland (x 2 shows) & Waiheke Island shows will be available from Ticketmaster – 0800 111 999 / www.ticketmaster.co.nz. For the Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch shows tickets will be available from Ticketek – 0800 842 538 / www.ticketek.co.nz. Full show and ticketing info can be found at www.gregjohnsonmusic.com & www.radiolive.co.nz.
Tour dates are:
Wednesday 14th Nov Hamilton Meteor Theatre
Thursday 15th Nov Auckland Victoria Theatre (Devonport)
Friday 16th Nov New Plymouth Mayfair
Saturday 17th Nov Auckland Paddington Live (Parnell)
Thursday 22nd Nov Wellington San Francisco Bath House
Friday 23rd Nov Mt Maunganui Brewers Bar
Sunday 25th Nov Matakana Ascension Wine Estate
Thursday 29th Nov Waiheke Island The Osti
Friday 30th Nov Dunedin Sammy’s
Saturday 1st Dec Christchurch Dux Live
About the album Exits
Exits is self produced and was recorded over the past 12 months at Greg’s Birdhouse Studios in Santa Monica, the Lab in Auckland and St Croix in the Caribbean. The album features guest appearances from Geoff Maddock, Flip Grater, Darren Tehrani, John Kibler, Mike Considine, Marthe De La Torres, Richard Rudolf, Ted Brown, Wayne Bell, Mark Hughes & Sid Jordan.
Exits is currently available for pre-order off Greg’s website www.gregjohnsonmusic.com and will be released on Friday 9 November. Those who pre order the album will also get their name in the album credits, a deluxe version of the album and access to a password protected page on Greg’s website where he has been posting work in progress demos and videos of recording sessions.
The tour is proudly presented by Plus1.co.nz and supporters; Radio Live and Phantom.
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