Familiar faces return

Anna Coddington
Anna Coddington
Auckland musician Anna Coddington clocked up the frequent flier miles between her adopted home and Dunedin last year, and by the looks of it is set to do likewise in 2012.

Chatting from Auckland, she says time with the whanau was a welcome break over Christmas.

"Raglan for Christmas and Wellington for New Year's. Two of my favourite places."

However, the music business rests for no-one, and Coddington has been preparing to hit the road.

"I've been getting ready for my Little Islands Tour and having lots of family time and going to some amazing gigs. I've seen Tuneyards, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Opossum, Ruby Suns, Lips and She's So Rad in the last few weeks. Lucky [me]."

She's off to Europe after this two-month New Zealand tour, but is looking forward to hitting the country with her regular band.

"I love my band so much! Ned Ngatae (guitar), Riki Gooch (drums) and Mike Hall (bass) all played on Cat & Bird (my latest album) so we've been playing as this lineup for over two years, and Ned and Riki have been playing with me for even longer."

She says she's also "really honoured" to have Bob Scott playing support. "I've been really enjoying his album and the latest Bats one", she said.

Coddington plays at Chick's Hotel, Port Chalmers, on February 2 and at the River House, Wanaka, on February 3.

Joy to the world
Joy Division and New Order bass player Peter Hook is coming to New Zealand for three shows in the North Island with his band The Light this April.

The band, simply called Peter Hook and The Light, plays the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures at Bodega, Wellington, on April 18, then plays second album Closer the following night .

Hook and co then take the Closer show to the Studio in Auckland on Friday, April 20.

David Lee Roth (left) and Eddie Van Halen on stage in New York recently. Photo by Reuters.
David Lee Roth (left) and Eddie Van Halen on stage in New York recently. Photo by Reuters.
Rockin' on
Hard rock fans, well, Van Halen fans anyway, have cause to celebrate as the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame inductees are set to release a new album. Called A Different Kind Of Truth, it will be released in New Zealand on February 6.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1974, Van Halen are said to have changed the rock 'n' roll landscape with the release of their self-titled 1978 debut album.

To date Van Halen has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.

Daryl Hall (left) and John Oates
Daryl Hall (left) and John Oates
Veterans return
Daryl Hall and John Oates return to New Zealand after a 30-year absence: the dynamic duo bring their stage show here next week.

The pair are coming off an extensive 2011 tour which saw them play venues from Tokyo to Nashville, including three sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl.

Hall and Oates play "A Day on the Green" shows at Church Road Winery, Napier on Saturday, January 28, and Villa Maria Estate, Auckland on Sunday, January 29, along with revered Australian band Icehouse.


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