Australian promoter Michael Chugg. Photo supplied.
The promoter organising the Paul Simon concert has promised
the sound quality in Forsyth Barr Stadium will be music to
''We've checked everything out and we're very happy with
it,'' Chugg Entertainment chief executive Michael Chugg said
from Sydney yesterday.
Mr Chugg (65) said he was aware of some criticism of the
sound system at the Elton John concert at the stadium in
''I had a long talk with Elton [John] after he played in
Dunedin and [he] said he really enjoyed it and that the crowd
''Elton was very happy with his concert there.
''Our production people have also spent a lot of time with
Elton's production people, making sure everything goes as
well as possible.
''We talked about problems with the sound and we're going to
be using some acoustic draping and a redirectional PA (public
''It doesn't have the `splash' of other sound systems,'' he
''Paul's show will not be as rock and roll as Elton's. It is
very light and high and there's a lot of up and down stuff in
''The show is amazing. He does all his greatest hits and
Graceland and Simon and Garfunkel stuff and his newer stuff.
''Paul will be supported by Rufus Wainwright, playing solo on
the piano. We're still negotiating on another support act,
too, and we hope to make an announcement on that in the next
couple of weeks.''
Simon was looking forward to doing some sightseeing in
Dunedin while he was here, Mr Chugg said.
''Paul will be coming to Dunedin the day after his last
Australian concert, on the 5th of April, and will fly out the
day after the concert. He's hoping to have a bit of a look
around before his next concert in Auckland on the 8th.
''I'm really looking forward to this Dunedin concert, too. I
haven't been to Dunedin since I toured Rory Gallagher there
in the early '70s.''
Mr Chugg has been involved in the music industry for more
than 40 years and has previously toured acts including
Coldplay, the Police, Frank Sinatra, R.E.M., Bon Jovi, Kylie
Minogue, Elton John, Billy Joel, Madonna, Sting, AC/DC, Guns
N' Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Santana, Kiss, Pearl Jam and