3Ds/Puddle/Street Chant gig (flying nun 30th?)...I too remember being misty eyed seeing the Clean for the first time ever there (Vehicle album release),
The 3Ds' gig was their early 2010 reunion gig, but it was just them and Street Chant, the Puddle didn't play.
The Clean played their first ever reunion show at Sammy's on May 4*, 1989, Vehicle came out in 1990, so I assume they would've done Sammy's that year, too.
The 1989 gig remains my #1 gig in terms of how electric the atmosphere in the venue was: it was packed to the gunnels and the place just went mental, when they came on and 'Tally Ho' started.
*I know, because I managed to rip a poster of a wall with "Sammy's, May 4" written on it.
I saw the 1993 Pavement gig Grant refers to and I beg to differ - they were bloody superb.
Unfortunately, when they came through a year later they were, indeed, pretty poor. In mitigation, the four NZ gigs were the last four gigs in a 100 gig world tour.
As a result, they were clearing sick of it all, on auto-pilot and just desperate to get home and off-tour.
I’m pretty sure Fugazi didn’t ever play at Sammys (they have an “all ages” policy for their gigs, so generally don’t play at licensed venues).
They definitely did play Sammy’s; I know, because I was there. I thought they were boring as hell and was mystified by the fact their drummer had a bell on a stand next to him, which I don’t recall him even hitting / ringing.
Edit: just remembered that Fugazi came through NZ at least twice in the '90s: in '94 it was at Sammy's, then the next time around at the venue Andrew mentions, presumably.
Kurt Vile is also playing Queenstown on Jan 14 and Dunedin on Jan 15. (Bloody JAFAs, always ignoring the South Island, grumble, grumble...).
Slightly off-topic, but: Michael Woodhouse has repeatedly said that Chris Brown has yet to apply for an exemption. Could it be that his management are under the illusion, as a lot of Americans, Brits and Europeans, than piddly, little NZ is part of Australia, so having applied to go to Australia, there's no need to apply to go to NZ as well ?
They quite possibly may try to fly out of Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane, then find, oops, we can't. Or they will fly out, but won't make it past customs.
I suspect that in the past, the ABs may've been told not to publically endorse, or do something that looks like endorsing, anything contentious, like politics.
About 20 years ago (possibly in an excellent cover story on him in the Listener by Denis Welch), Colin Meads said that he always made the point of going to a different voting booth as Jim Bolger on election day, so he could specifically avoid the chance of photo-op of he and Bolger together - and thus giving the impression of endorsement.
They very likely knew each other anyway, but at least Meads was wise enough to avoid publically being in Bolger's company.
I reckon National is trial-ballooning Richie for PM, actually
McCaw has, thankfully, publically stated he's not interested in going into politics.
I dunno what all the fuss is about. NZ had a PM nick-named "Piggy" decades ago...
I was talking to a mate about this the other day and he made the point that this issue is tailor-made for one Winston Peters.
He reckons that as the referendum(s) near, Peters will stir up the Grey Power sector of the electorate and really hype them up against it.
Also, he reckons that voter apathy will have an effect, because the only people will bother voting are a) the Grey Power sector, b) political geeks and c) people that want to have a free swipe at John Key. Collectively, this will result in them successfully voting for the status quo.
I pretty much agree with the general gist of your post Hadyn, but complaining about the National Party being linked to rugby is a bit like complaining about the Greens being popular with people in the arts - that's simply the crowd they attract, historically.
Also, to state the obvious, the explosion of social media has enhanced and made public those links. I expect that beforehand, plenty of All Blacks, rightly or wrongly, voted National, but didn't have the need or means to say they'd done so, publically.
Even if they hadn't said so publically, it'd pretty much be a foregone conclusion that, to use an above example, Dan Carter, would've voted National anyway, given he's from a small, rural town.
Their politics aside, I also have reservations about the ABs RWC squad, too. Too many ,such as McCaw are a yard off the pace, too many others are there on reputation not form (especially among the tight five) and others shouldn't even be there.
The recent win over a so-so Wallabies is a flash in the pan. We will struggle in the knock-out games, simple as that.