Tiki Taane to give encore at scene of arrest

By Genevieve Helliwell

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Nine months after prominent Kiwi musician Tiki Taane was arrested in a Tauranga club, the music star will return to the stage which thrust him into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons.

And the 35-year-old will sing the controversial song that was at the centre of the incident.

"Absolutely, because everyone wants to hear it now and I'm going to give them what they want," he told the Bay of Plenty Times yesterday.<inline type="photogallery" id="9392" align="outside" embed="no" />

Taane, who moved to Papamoa in January last year, was busy preparing for his return show at Illuminati Superclub in Tauranga CBD. Last time he played there, he was arrested.

"Last time it was so epic and this time I hope it's epic as well," he said.

"Yeah it caused a bit of controversy and controversy ruffles a lot of feathers but rock and roll is about ruffling feathers. When I walk down the street people stop me and shake my hand, hardcore gangsters stop me and shake my hand and even police come up to me but at the end of the day, it's music and I was singing a lyric that I've been singing since I was 14 and I'll continue singing it for another 20 years."

Illuminati's owner Glenn Meikle said he was unaware Taane intended to sing the song at his club again.

"I hope he doesn't as it's disrespectful to the police for a start. Sure people have rights including freedom of speech but that doesn't mean you should be disrespectful."

Mr Meikle said he had worked hard to build up a good working relationship with police over the past six months, particularly in relation to the intoxication laws and host responsibilities, and he didn't want to damage that.

"Of course I can't tell any artist what to sing but I will be asking Tiki on this occasion not to sing this particular song because if he does we're the ones left picking up the baggage with the police if things get out of hand."

Police did not want to comment on Taane's repeat performance in Tauranga. Before his gig at Illuminati, Taane will perform with Shapeshifter at Brewers Field in Mount Maunganui. He is the sound engineer and has been involved with the group for the past 12 years.

Taane produced three top 10 albums last year, including his own In The World Of Light, which reached No1 status. He won three awards at the Vodafone Music Awards in November, including best male solo artist and two for his album.

His focus is now on releasing an acoustic album, due out in October. Next month Taane will perform in the More FM Summer Vineyard Tour, around New Zealand.

Taane travels around the world almost every weekend making music but manages to spend time bicycle riding with his son Chico, who is almost 3.

"We go to the skate park all the time and he thinks we're in a bike gang called the Papamoa Riders. It's really cool. People come up to us and have a chat. I love it here, the people here are lovely."

- BAY OF PLENTY TIMES

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