Ronan Keating to play two NZ shows

Ronan Keating will play two shows in New Zealand. Photo / Supplied
Ronan Keating will play two shows in New Zealand. Photo / Supplied

The mega-selling Irishman with the golden voice and occasional quavering lilt is heading to New Zealand this summer.

Ronan Keating, along with fellow Irish musician Sharon Corr of the Corrs as his special guest, plays shows at Wellington's TSB Arena on February 2 and Auckland's Vector Arena on February 3.

The former Boyzone band member, who has sold more than 22 million records worldwide and is currently a judge on X Factor Australia, will be accompanied by his seven-piece band and a string quartet for the shows.

The concerts will take in the 34-year-old's entire solo career, with performances of hits such as When You Say Nothing At All, Life is a Rollercoaster, and If Tomorrow Never Comes, as well as songs off his latest solo album, When Ronan Met Burt (as in songwriter and composer Burt Bacharach), where the pair teamed up to do versions of songs such as Walk on By, I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself, and Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do) from 1981 film Arthur.

Meanwhile, guest Sharon Corr, the singer, songwriter and violin player of family band the Corrs who have been on hiatus since 2006, released her first solo album, Dream Of You, last year.

Keating was last in New Zealand for the 2010 Music Awards, when he presented an award alongside Brooke Fraser during which he let rip with a dubious clanger that is too rude to mention here.

He last performed in New Zealand in February last year at Villa Maria Estate in Auckland.

Tickets go on sale December 2 from Ticketek (Wellington) and Ticketmaster (Auckland).


- NZ Herald

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