THE POET, STORYTELLER, ESTEEMED ACTOR AND COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR RETURNS TO NEW ZEALAND
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & THE STRANGERS
TOURING OCT 2019, TICKETS ON SALE FROM 17 JUNE, 2019
One World Entertainment is proud to announce the awaited return of the legendary Kris Kristofferson & The Strangers to New Zealand. The three time Grammy winner, Rhodes scholar, actor and undisputed country music living legend kicks off his tour in Dunedin on October 8th before traveling to Christchurch, Wellington, Palmerston North, ending in Auckland on October 13th. Tickets are on sale from 17th June.
Wednesday 8th October Dunedin Regent Theatre
Friday 11th October Wellington Michael Fowler Centre
Saturday 12th October Palmerston North Regent Theatre
Sunday 13th October Auckland Logan Campbell Centre
Kris will be accompanied on stage by The Strangers. One of country music favourite bands, The Strangers are best known as the back-up band for singer-songwriter Merle Haggard. Coming to New Zealand will be Scott Joss (fiddle and vocals), Doug Colosio (keyboards & vocals) and Jeff Ingraham (drums).
Kris Kristofferson has accomplished more in his lifetime than most performers can ever dream. He has recorded over 30 albums throughout his career and written some of the greatest songs of all time, including Me and Bobby McGee, Help Me Make It Through the Night, Sunday Morning Coming Down and For the Good Times. Artists who have recorded and achieved chart success with a song written or co-written by Kristofferson include Jerry Lee Lewis, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Janis Joplin, who recorded Me and Bobby McGee – a song forever linked to Janis. By 1987, it was estimated that more than 450 artists had recorded Kristofferson’s compositions.
He is an award-winning actor and appeared in over 70s films – include his Golden Globe winning performance in the 1976 version of A Star Is Born, alongside Barbra Streisand. Other films include Blade trilogy, Lone Star, A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, Blume In Love, Cisco Pike, and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. Recent films include Fast Food Nation, Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story, The Jacket, Silver City, He’s Just Not That In To You, and Dolphin Tale.
Music fans will not want to miss the opportunity to see Country Music Hall of Fame’s Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers live on stage performing the hits from the Kristofferson songbook.
KRIS KRISTOFFERSON AND THE STRANGERS – NZ TOUR 2019
Presale tickets on sale from June 6th with general tickets on sale
from June 17
DUNEDIN – Tickets from TicketDirect
CHRISTCHURCH – Tickers from Ticketek
WELLINGTON – Tickets from Ticketmaster
PALMERSTON NORTH – Tickets from The Regent Theatre
AUCKLAND – Tickets from Eventbrite
For all media enquires please contact:
Chris Henry // 818
+64 21 670 604
BIO: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON:
Kris Kristoffersonhas been making things happen his entire life. Born in Texas and raised in a military family, he was a Golden Gloves boxer who studied creative writing at Pomona College in California. The Phi Beta Kappa graduate earned a Rhodes scholarship to study literature at Oxford, where he boxed, played rugby and continued to write songs. After graduating from Oxford, Kristofferson served in the army as an Airborne Ranger helicopter pilot and achieved the rank of Captain. In 1965, Kristofferson turned down an assignment to teach at West Point and, inspired by songwriters like Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, moved to Nashville to pursue his music.
“When I was in the army, I was one of the few people outside of his personal friends who knew about Willie Nelson,” Kristofferson recalls. “I listened to a disc jockey who happened to be a Willie fan. He would play Willie’s songs and talk about him all the time. By the time I got to Nashville, he was a superhero to me. For guys like me, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson were two gods we worshipped. Then Willie and I got to be best friends. I came from a position of idolizing him to finding out he’s the funniest son of a bitch you could be around.”
Heralded as an artist’s artist, the three-time GRAMMY winner has recorded 30 albums, including three with pals Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jenningsas part of the Highwaymen. Kristofferson has spent three decades performing concerts all over the world, in most recent years in a solo acoustic setting, which puts the focus on the songs. “There’s an honesty in the sparseness. It feels like direct communication to the listener,” he says. “I still have more fun when I’m with the band, but being alone is freer, somehow. It’s like being an old blues guy, just completely stripped away.”
Many would have hung their hat by now. Instead, Kristofferson barely has paused for breath. He’s released several recent high watermarks including the increasingly intimate A Moment of Forever (1995), The Austin Sessions (1999) and This Old Road (2006), and he produced some of his finest work with the deeply personal Closer to the Bone (2009) and Feeling Mortal (2013). Kristofferson has reached living legend status, but that hasn’t changed or hindered his creativity. His current CD, The Cedar Creek Sessions, was recorded live at Austin’s Cedar Creek Recording Studio in June 2014. Released in time for Kristofferson’s 80th birthday in 2016, the double-CD set is a snapshot of the legendary songwriter in the twilight of his life.
In addition to many other awards, Kristofferson is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, winner of the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriter Hall of Fame, and was honored with the American Veteran’s Association’s “Veteran of the Year Award” in 2002. For Kristofferson’s 70th birthday in 2006, his friends and admirers gifted him with a tribute CD, The Pilgrim: A Celebration of Kris Kristofferson. Stars including Willie Nelson, Russell Crowe, Emmylou Harris, Gretchen Wilson, Rosanne Cash, and Brian McKnightrecorded 17 of Kristofferson’s compositions for the tribute. In 2007, Kristofferson was honoured with the Johnny Cash Visionary Award from Country Music Television and in 2009 BMI lauded Kristofferson with the Icon Award. He received the FrancesPreston Music IndustryAward from the T.J. Martell Foundation in March, 2012. In 2014, Kristofferson was honored with a GRAMMY LifetimeAchievement Award and the PEN Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award.
ABOUT ONE WORLD ENTERTAINMENT:
With Andrew McManus at the helm, One World Entertainment has had a fundamental role in entertaining Australians and New Zealanders for more than two decades. Touring artists include KISS, Fleetwood Mac, Motley Crue, Guns n Roses, Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Blondie, Simple Minds, Stevie Nicks to name a few, plus the festival brands Raggamuffin and Under The Southern Stars.
For more information: http://www.oneworldentertainment.com.au