Posted by: sabrina | September 16, 2009

The tales of me and Mick and Mac

FLEETWOOD MAC are coming to New Zealand for the first time in almost 30 years.

Fleetwood Mac are off to our shores (pic: stereogum.com)

Fleetwood Mac are off to our shores (pic: stereogum.com)

That is somehow a sensation, whether you are a fan of their music or not.

(I mean, for me it was even a sensation to hear they‘re still around, but anyway, that‘s another story.)


It does not happen very often that big acts like Mac are landing (or should I say stranding) at our shores in order to perform.

I always thought the reason for that would be that New Zealand -although beautiful- is so small and too far from other places (especially American artists seem to start their world tours in the States before moving on to Asia and Europe and finally coming to Oz… and then here).

But there may also other reasons be playing a part in the rockstars‘ touring manners. According to an Emily Watt story in today‘s DomPost, rockstars have to deal with visa matters just like anybody else when they visit New Zealand, no matter how famous or un-famous they are. In other words:

Rolling Stones-superstar Mick Jagger (pic: topnews.in)

Mick Jagger (pic: topnews.in)

Mick Jagger is just like me and you.

Sweet as – although I don‘t really agree to that, because I am pretty sure that man has consumed more illegal substances just averagely per day than I ever will in my whole life (but that‘s again another story).

Anyway, speaking of Mick Jagger, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Bon Jovi and Co., Emily Watt wrote in her story in today‘s DomPost: „They are known worldwide for the individual style […], but stars must […] prove their ‚jobs‘ could not be done by a Kiwi.“

Musicians (as well as other artistic performers, such as models, dancers, ect., by the way) have to get

New Jersey giants Bon Jovi (pic: telegraph.co.uk, PA)

New Jersey giants Bon Jovi (pic: telegraph.co.uk, PA)

approved by the Service and Food Workers‘ Union before they are able to get a temporary working visa which allows them to perform in New Zealand. Well, Mick, sorry to say that but you are just like me: have to pay some money before you can cross the border. But what makes the difference between you and me, is that I don‘t have to pay for background singers or roadies – because I don‘t have any.

Anyway – on exception there is. If you can prove that you are actually a member of AC/DC (try to wear your school uniform an a funny hat), you will not have to pay the fee. And why is that? Because then you‘re an Aussie.

Aussie bands like AC/DC don't pay to rock (pic: assets.thequietus.com)

Aussie bands like AC/DC don't pay to rock (pic: assets.thequietus.com)

(Sometimes I really don‘t wonder anymore, why all the rest of the world thinks, New Zealand is a part of Australia…)

read Emily Watt’s story on STUFF.CO.NZ


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