Singers ride into town on rave reviews

A worker takes a break during the build-up to tonight's concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium featuring Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders. Photo: Gregor Richardson
A worker takes a break during the build-up to tonight's concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium featuring Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders. Photo: Gregor Richardson
Tonight's 24 Karat Gold concert at Forsyth Barr Stadium brings together two of rock's most compelling women - and judging by the rave reviews from fans who attended the Auckland concerts earlier this week, it will be a unique pairing not to be missed.

The duo have just completed a sold-out tour of the United States, which received rave reviews....
The duo have just completed a sold-out tour of the United States, which received rave reviews. Photo Getty
Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders, fronted by Chrissie Hynde, will take to the stage in Dunedin for a South Island exclusive show.

Fans at the Auckland concerts said Hynde opened the show with ''a hiss and a roar'', playing some great classics, and Nicks came on later with a voice that was ''still fantastic''.

The duo have just completed a sold-out tour of the United States, which also received rave reviews.

Nicks is a multiplatinum-selling artist, dubbed ''the reigning queen of rock and roll'' by Rolling Stone Magazine.

She has had six top 10 albums and eight Grammy nominations for her classics, including Landslide, Gold Dust Woman, Rhiannon, Edge of 17 and Gypsy.

The Pretenders is an English-American band that crosses the bridge between punk, new wave and pop music with hit songs like Brass In Pocket, I'll Stand By You, Back On The Chain Gang and Don't Get Me Wrong.

Hynde is one of contemporary music's greatest songwriters and the band has sold more than 25 million albums.

DVML spokeswoman Kim Barnes said yesterday tickets were still available for the show.

Enterprise Dunedin director John Christie said there had been a general increase in visitor numbers in the city, but it had not caused a shortage of accommodation.

''There are no issues around capacity. The city still has a lot more capacity for accommodation, even with this concert.''

Ms Barnes said the gates would open at 6pm and The Pretenders would take the stage about 7pm.

Road restrictions will be in place around Forsyth Barr Stadium from 4pm.

john.lewis@odt.co.nz

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