A record crowd of up to 40,000 fans could pack Forsyth
Barr Stadium when Aerosmith headlines a major rock event in
The best-selling United States rock band - with more than 150
million albums sold worldwide - will perform its only New
Zealand show at Dunedin's roofed stadium on April 24, it has
The Grammy Award-winning band, headed by frontman and
American Idol judge Steven Tyler, boasts hits including
Walk This Way, Love in an Elevator and I
Don't Want to Miss a Thing.
Joining them at the stadium will be Australian hard rock act
Wolfmother alongside the Dead Daisies - featuring New
Zealand-born former INXS frontman Jon Stevens -
Wellington-based Head Like a Hole and Diva Demolition.
Tyler, calling from his home in Maui, Hawaii, told the
Otago Daily Times his interest in performing in New
Zealand- and, in particular, the South - was piqued by
descriptions provided by his eldest daughter, Liv, one of the
stars of the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
"Liv did a couple of great movies down there. She said New
Zealand was gorgeous and green and was a place you have to
"The promoters mentioned going to Australia [the band will
perform three shows there] and I thought that since we're
going to be in that neck of the woods we might as well spread
it out a bit.''
Details of the deal were announced by promoter McManus
Entertainment and labelled a ''major coup'' by Dunedin Venues
Management Ltd chief executive Darren Burden.
He said the show would be as big as it gets for the stadium.
"This is right up there ... it's good for the stadium and
absolutely fantastic for the city,'' he said.
The size of the show meant there would be standing room only
on the stadium's playing surface, lifting the venue's
capacity to 40,000 fans, he said.
The event was expected to begin in the afternoon and continue
late into the evening.
Tickets would go on sale on March 4, although prices and
other details were yet to be confirmed.
However, with expectations fans would travel from around New
Zealand and even from Australia, Mr Burden said he was hoping
for a sellout.
Aerosmith formed in 1970 and would appeal to a wide age
range, including Dunedin students, fans from elsewhere in New
Zealand and even some ''die-hard'' supporters from Australia,
''I think you will find there will be an awful lot of people
that travel from all around New Zealand to come to this,'' Mr
McManus Entertainment New Zealand general manager Jackie
Sanders hoped the mix of support acts would also ''tip the
balance and take this to a gig where it's going to be a
The announcement caps a stellar start to the year for the
company running the stadium, which has so far secured
headline events including Nitro Circus, Ride the Rhythm,
Winery Tour, the Warriors, All Whites and Phoenix, and Grammy
award-winning artist Paul Simon.
Ms Sanders said Aerosmith had time for only one show in New
Zealand before continuing its Global Warming tour in
Australia, and Vector Arena in Auckland was considered too
small for the ''pretty huge'' show.
Promoters had assessed outdoor stadiums across the country
before settling on Dunedin's roofed venue, because of the
weather guarantees it offered, she said.
Equipment would be flown into North Island centres or
Christchurch and then trucked or shipped by sea to Dunedin,
''We are pretty confident we have made the right decision in
coming to Dunedin and it's going to work for everybody,'' she
Mr Burden would not discuss details of the ''confidential''
deal between the parties, or say if DVML was guaranteed to
make a profit.
Tourism Dunedin chief executive Hamish Saxton said news of
Aerosmith's show would also be welcomed.
''I am certain the visitor economy will be delighted by
another event of this magnitude hitting town ...there will be
many businesses looking forward to this event.''