About The Feelers & Stellar - All The Hits Summer Tour
From busking on street corners to becoming pioneers of the kiwi music industry THE FEELERS are thrilled to announce a comprehensive NZ tour this summer; joined at select locations by iconic NZ band stellar* who celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album MIX.
Schoolboy friends James Reid and Hamish Gee started a legacy that has spawned some of the greatest songs written in New Zealand. They will be bringing their anthems to New Zealanders alongside their mates stellar* in a nostalgic reunion of two illustrious NZ bands. THE FEELERS will also be dropping a new single appropriately titled SUMMER RIDE.
Band member Hamish Gee states, “The band can't wait to get back on the road. It's been a few years since we've played a large summer tour and we're excited to be test driving a couple of new tracks, as well as smashing out all our favorite hits from the past two decades. So stoked to be playing alongside our great mates stellar*”.
With seven Top 20 hits under their belts, Boh Runga and the stellar* boys are promising a setlist to match the tour’s “All The Hits” tag. Says Boh, “This is going to be a tour to remember! Summer will be kicking in, we’re celebrating the 20th Anniversary of our Mix album, the band is sounding better than ever, and we get to have fun all over Aotearoa with our old pals The Feelers. Bring it on!”
Playing with THE FEELERS is guitarist Andy Lynch (Zed) and bass players Clint Harris (Opshop) or Dave Gent (The Exponents).
THE FEELERS have amassed some remarkable statistics including a quarter of a million album sales, five multi-platinum albums, five number one albums, seven number one singles, and they remain the largest selling NZ band ever signed by Warner Music NZ in their 48-year history. They have also accumulated 5 NZ Music Awards, 3 APRA most played song of the year awards and more radio airplay than any other New Zealand artist or band since radio stats began in 1999.
Some of the many hits they promise to play at the upcoming gigs include, Pressure Man, Venus, Communicate, Larger Than Life, One World, Astronaut and of course the 2011 Rugby World Cup song Right Here, Right Now, a cover of the Jesus Jones hit song.
stellar* still features the same line-up that released their first single on Sony Music NZ, 'What You Do (Bastard)', 21 years ago. That’s Boh Runga (vocals, guitar), Andrew Maclaren (drums, programming), Kurt Shanks (bass) and Chris van de Geer(guitar).
With the band celebrating the 20th Anniversary of their Mix album – expect to hear live many favourites from that album - including Violent, Part Of Me, Every Girl, Undone and more.
About The Feelers
Schoolboy friends James Reid and Hamish Gee started a legacy that is hard to match. Twenty-Five years ago they formed one of our best-loved bands The Feelers and started on a journey that has spawned catalogue of some of the greatest songs written in New Zealand. They truly are a household name.
Along the way they have amassed some remarkable statistics, a quarter of a million albums sold, five multi-platinum albums, five number one albums, seven number one singles, the largest selling NZ band ever signed by Warner Music NZ in their 48 year history, 5 NZ Music Awards, 3 APRA most played song of the year awards and more radio airplay than any other New Zealand artist or band since radio stats began in 1999.
The Feelers have gone from busking on street corners to becoming pioneers of the kiwi music industry, thanks largely to the song writing genius of James Reid.
A lot has happened in the lives of James and Hamish and they want to celebrate alongside New Zealanders with a National Tour playing in cities and towns from Invercargill to Whangarei. You CAN expect ALL of the gems written throughout their illustrious career and will play their genuine HITS from their massive catalogue of songs.
Along for the ride will be guitarist Andy Lynch (formerly of Zed) and bass player Clint Harris (Opshop). “It’s great to have the four of us playing together, we are having a lot of fun, and can guarantee delivering a performance each night to be proud of.
Some of the many hits along the way have been, Pressure Man, Venus, Communicate, Larger Than Life, One World, Astronaut and of course the 2011 Rugby World Cup song Right Here, Right Now, a cover of the Jesus Jones hit song,
Another classic track Stand Up written by The Feelers was the “Official Soccer World Cup Song” for The All Whites campaign during 2010 and was awarded the 2005 APRA “Most Played Radio Song”.
stellar* first burst on the scene with five radio hits in 18 months - 'Violent', 'What You Do (Bastard)', 'Undone', 'Every Girl', and 'Part of Me' - all reflecting the unique blend of rock and electronica on 1999's Mix album.
Their reputation as innovative hit makers was embedded with 'All It Takes', 'Taken' and 'Star' off 2001's Magic Line album, and 'For A While' (feat. Andy Lovegrove) and 'Whiplash' off 2006's Something Like Strangers, their third and final studio album.
They became Sony Music NZ's highest selling Kiwi band, collecting eight NZ Music Awards along the way. All three albums charted within the top 10 of the NZ Album Chart – the first two reaching No. 1 - all securing their status as a classic mainstay in the New Zealand music scene. In October 2010, stellar* released an 18-track Best Of album, featuring a new single, 'So Alive’.
In December they will celebrate the release on vinyl for the first time of their debut album Mix, released by Sony NZ to coincide with the album’s 20th Anniversary. The band promise lots of songs off Mix will be played live on the Feelers / stellar tour.