Lionel Richie and John Farnham.
One stage, two music legends, three special shows.
Christchurch. New Plymouth. Auckland.
All the hits - All night long.
New Zealand tour announced for March 2014
Dainty Group is proud to announce superstars Lionel Richie and John Farnham will perform in a co-headlining tour across New Zealand in March 2014 with tickets going on sale on Friday 29th November.
Lionel Richie and John Farnham will perform their sets with their own band and singers.
Promoter Paul Dainty said: “I am always thrilled when a superstar wants to tour. But when two legends agree to take their magic on the road together – that’s an honour.”
Five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie is a music icon known for his solo hits and as a member of the Commodores. Collectively he has sold more than 100 million albums, and written and recorded chart-topping hits including “Hello” “Easy” and “All Night Long.”
John Farnham, a master performer whose classic album “Whispering Jack” is owned by millions, has a long-held nickname that still says it all: The Voice. This year, Farnham was voted best Australian singer of all time in a poll of 100 singers and musicians.
Lionel Richie and John Farnham promises to be a unique, not-to-be-missed concert event.
Farnham, a wide-eyed soul fanatic who has performed on the same stage as his heroes Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder, reveals a co-headlining tour with the legendary Lionel Richie was also on his wish list.
“You never think these dreams will actually come true,” John said, laughing.
Speaking about John, Lionel said, smiling “He pours his heart into a ballad and gives everything to an anthem.”
Richie’s New Zealand shows come off the back of a US tour where the music legend received five-star reviews.
Lionel Richie rose from humble beginnings in Tuskegee, Alabama, to become one of the most influential figures in music. Richie was singer, songwriter and frontman of the legendary band The Commodores, with hits including “Brick House” “Too Hot To Trot” and “Machine Gun.” He also wrote classic ballads while in The Commodores, including “Easy” “Sail On” and “Three Times A Lady.”An Oscar and Golden Globe winner, Richie went solo in 1982 and dominated the decade with hits like “Truly” “You Are” “Say You Say Me” “Ballerina Girl” “Running With The Night” and “Dancing On The Ceiling.” His latest album, Tuskegee, featuring duets with country superstars including Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton and Shania Twain, went to No.1 on the Billboard chart, and sold more than one million copies.
John Farnham is a former child star who released his first hit, “Sadie The Cleaning Lady” in 1967.A five times King of Pop winner, Farnham parlayed his teen idol fame into stage musicals, cabaret, and a stint with the Little River Band, fronting hits like “The Other Guy” and “Playing To Win.”“Whispering Jack,” released in 1987, rebooted Farnham’s career as a headline act. Hits including “A Touch Of Paradise” “Pressure Down” and “Chain Reaction” followed, including the hugely popular chart-topping single “You’re The Voice”.A 15-time ARIA Award winner, Farnham was named Australian of the Year in 1988, made an Officer of the Order of Australia, in 1996, awarded a Centenary Medal in 2001, and inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2003. Farnham holds the box office record for most number of arena shows by an Australian performer. His 2002 juggernaut tour, which ran the length and breadth of the continent for six months, was one of the highest grossing tours in Australian history.
Lionel Richie and John Farnham promise two incredible performances of hits - old, new and reimagined.
New Zealand Tour dates:
Thursday March 20 – Christchurch, CBS Arena
Saturday March 22 – New Plymouth, TSB Bowl of Brooklands
Sunday March 23 – Auckland, Vector Arena
Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday 29th November.