Rock legends the Eagles and pop star Katy Perry are both
being targeted by the new head of Dunedin's Forsyth Barr
Terry Davies yesterday told the Otago Daily Times his
staff were working to secure the signatures of the United
States-based music acts for concerts this year.
Perry has already confirmed she is planning New Zealand shows
at the conclusion of the Australian leg of her tour in
November. Dates are yet to be announced.
The Eagles, who this year are touring the United States,
Britain and Europe, are rumoured to be discussing at least
one New Zealand show - in Auckland or Wellington - in
November or December.
Asked if he was in talks to secure Perry's signature, Mr
Davies said: ''Yes, we are. We would be silly not to, knowing
it's such a successful show, and we don't want Dunedin to
''We would love her to come to Forsyth Barr Stadium - we are
in the mix.''
He would not be drawn on other details, but confirmed DVML
staff were also chasing the Eagles.
Fairfax reported yesterday two promoters were vying to bring
them to New Zealand for a one-off show in Wellington or
Mr Davies said DVML had ''certainly registered our interest''
in bringing the band to the stadium, and was continuing to
''We'll be doing everything we can to secure this once the
tour has been confirmed,'' he said.
''We know that our residents would be keen to see this
legendary group under the roof.''
Mr Davies, who began as DVML chief executive only last week,
has already said he hoped to secure at least one A-grade
concert every two years at the stadium, as well as targeting
more performers of the calibre of Neil Diamond or Sir Elton
Mr Davies said he expected a concert by the Eagles - if
confirmed - would probably attract a crowd of 20,000 to
25,000 in Dunedin.
That was down on the 35,000 at Sir Elton's 2011 performance
at the stadium, which Mr Davies said was also considered a
''B-grade'' event - but not performance - for the venue.
Perry, announcing her forthcoming Australian shows in
February, tweeted: ''And don't worry, New Zealand ... I'm
coming to see you Kiwis too! Dates announced soon!''