Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Big Day Out NZ has had its day

The Auckland leg of the Big Day Out has been going for 18 years and organiser Ken West says it has been incredible, but now it must come to an end.

West says the compounded stress of the day in Auckland on a Friday and then on the Gold Coast on a Sunday has taken its toll.

Big Day Out cancelled in New Zealand, as of next year
“In terms of what has been put on the line every year for Auckland, flying everything through, it has felt the risk of taking it on next year would be too great,” he says.

For music fans this end of an era is surreal. The Big Day Out has been an integral component of the New Zealand festival scene, but West says getting past the inaugural Big Day Out was odd.

“I had never dreamt this event would go for 20 years,” he says.

“I’m happy I don’t have to think about it [the decision to cancel the Auckland Big Day Out] anymore, because I’ve been thinking about it for a long time.”

“I have found over that time I wouldn’t have swapped any part of it.

“I love New Zealand audiences, and I mean that, it’s not a spin, otherwise I wouldn’t have kept doing it.”

Watch the interview on 3 News here

Shortly after this announcement was made, a petition was started on Facebook to 'Keep Big Day Out in New Zealand' with a growing number of fans 'liking' it.

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Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Monday, January 16, 2012 on IAMAUTO

WILL.I.AM UNVEILS IAMAUTO CAR is getting behind the wheel of a new business venture. The enterprising Black Eyed Peas frontman debuted his new automobile on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

The white futuristic vehicle, which he calls IAMAUTO, was developed to create more jobs in the East Los Angeles neighborhood where he grew up.

“I’m a big technology freak and a geek and I invested my money in building my own vehicle ’cause I want to bring jobs to the ghetto that I come from,” explained will. “I invested in making a demo to start the Black Eyed Peas, now I want to invest to have a car company in the neighborhood where I come from.”

The vehicle was built using OEM parts from Chrysler and features a Beats by Dr. Dre sound system. “It’s sick, it’s really fresh,” said will, who will drop his solo album #willpower later this year.

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dragon will roar at AmeriCARna

Glenn Shorrock, the original voice of Australia's Little River Band, and Mark Williams, the front man for legendary rock band Dragon, will perform at the TSB Stadium on February 23.

Americarna is a huge celebration that is based around American vehicles.

Americarna 2012 will bring up to 600 cars and some 2,000 entrants together to enjoy organised cruises throughout Taranaki and the opportunity to showcase their vehicles to the locals.

Over four days entrants will be spoiled with entertainment, food, shopping and great Taranaki hospitality. Including a concert on Thursday night at the TSB Stadium which is opposite registration. Glenn Shorrock and his band. Glenn is the “original” voice of Little River Band. They will play all LRB hits along with some Beatles numbers and a number of other hits that will have us all up going for it. Supporting act is kiwi Mark Williams who has had No1 hits in NZ.

As for the talent, Shorrock is the singer behind hit songs including Help Is On Its Way, Reminiscing, Cool Change and Lonesome Loser and will be backed by his own world-class band during Americarna.

Williams, who comes from Northland but has ties with Taranaki, Tainui and Tuwharetoa is a member of New Zealand's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ticket information below:

Until next time keep rockin'
The 0800 Jukebox crew.