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Picture this – it’s 1988, David Lange is Prime Minister, commercial TV goes 7 days a week (except Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Christmas Day), Dave Dobbyn wins Best Album and Male Vocalist at the NZ Music Awards, Nintendo release the Game Boy… and in Wellington, Jon Toogood and Tom Larkin are busily creating a heavy rock band…. A monstrous band destined to become New Zealand’s most loved, respected and successful exports – KIA ORA SHIHAD!
Fast-forward to 2018 and Jon, Tom, lead guitarist Phil Knight (who they found through a music shop notice board ad) and fan-turned-bassist Karl Kippenberger (who joined the band in 1993) have released nine studio albums, five of which topped the charts in NZ. They’ve survived a name change propelled by ‘Jihad’ becoming a staple negative reference in the post-9/11 global vernacular (Shihad became Pacifier, then returned to Shihad) and weathered personal triumphs and tragedies; travelled all over the world with endless tours, sold out headline shows, shared stages at major local and international festivals and toured with musical heroes like Motorhead, Metallica, Faith No More and AC/DC to name a few!
Following a move across the ditch, Australia quickly adopted Shihad as their own, showering them with ARIA nominations, adoration and of course ownership of their global success.
Now, to celebrate 30 years of Shihad, the band are undertaking a New Zealand national tour which coincides with the release their classic album The General Electric on vinyl for the first time (celebrating twenty years since its release)! The General Electric was the LP that re-established Shihad’s position as sonic giants of the music industry, with hit singles ‘My Mind’s Sedate’, ‘The General Electric’ and ‘Pacifier’.
As special guests for the shows in Auckland and Mt Maunganui, Aotearoa freak-funk stompers Kora will warm up the joint with their infamously electric live show. Comprising literal brothers Fran, Stu and Brad Kora plus spiritual brothers Richie Allan and Dan McGruer, Kora have been finessing their inimitable heavy soul sound over the past 15 years, amassing multiple platinum certifications and #1s along the way.