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2 top gay musicians visit NZ in musical May

Fri 2 May 2008 In: New Zealand Daily News View at Wayback

Each May is New Zealand music month, when local artists and bands are played and spotlighted with live concerts and broadcasts - but May 2008 is also a rare opportunity for Kiwis to experience two of the world's most respected LGBT entertainers live in concert - k d lang and Sir Elton John. 'Out' lesbian singing star and four-time Grammy Award winner k d lang will perform two concerts next week - one in Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on Monday 5 May, and on at Auckland's ASB Theatre on Tuesday 6 May. lang will perform songs from her latest album Watershed, along with hits that have made her one of the biggest recording artists of recent times. The Australian newspaper said her performance at her 16 April show there "comes so close to perfection that it's hard not to dissolve into gushing clichés," and her new CD reached number one in the Australian album charts. Last week she joined pro-Tibet protesters in Canberra as the Beijing 2008 Olympic torch relay made its way through the Australian capital. Sir Elton John visits Auckland for a one-off concert at the Vector Arena on Wednesday 14 May. It's the third time Sir Elton has visited New Zealand in as many years. Despite wet weather, thousands of people enjoyed his outdoor concert in Taranaki last December. The sun and two rainbows came out when the openly gay singer-songwriter took to the stage. Sir Elton plays a concert in Austria tonight, then travels to Singapore, then Australia for a Sydney performance next week. After Auckland on the 14th, he's due in Darwin and Hong Kong later in May, then will perform more than a dozen Las Vegas concerts in June.    

Credit: News Staff

First published: Friday, 2nd May 2008 - 3:05pm

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