Mockers tour after 30 years

By HANNAH WALKER

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The Mockers are back in town, for one night only....
The Mockers are back in town, for one night only....

Lovers of 80s punk rock can break out their leather jackets as legendary Kiwi band The Mockers will be back in action in New Plymouth later this month.

The Forever Tuesday Morning hit makers are coming together for the first time in 30 years for a reunion tour.

Frontman Andrew Fagan says the band are "ready to go hard" when they play The Mayfair in New Plymouth on Thursday, January 26.

Andrew says the band did many tours around New Zealand throughout the 80s, and always felt at home in Taranaki.

"We always had a big following in New Plymouth, so we are thrilled to be coming back to play our fans again."

Die hard fans of the punk rock band are in for a treat, says Andrew as the performance is going to be "pure Mockers".

"We have put in a lot of effort to re-create an authentic performance, that sounds just as it did in the 80s."

The line-up for the reunion tour includes original band members. New Zealand based guitarist Brett Adams will join Andrew along with bass player Geoff Hayden, travelling from London, and keyboard maestro Tim Wedde, travelling from Australia. Chris O'Connor from the Phoenix Foundation will be taking on the drums to play tribute to original drummer Steve Thorpe, who passed away in 1986.

"Not only is this reunion tour a chance for fans to come together from all over the country, it is also giving us the chance as a band to reconnect."

Performances for the reunion tour start on January 19 and will see the band play in nine shows.

"Just like in the old days, it's one performance after another. We can't wait. We are hoping to bring back valuable memories for our fans with this tour. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again in New Plymouth."

The Mockers will be playing one R18 show at The Mayfair in New Plymouth on January 29. Tickets are available from www.ticketek.co.nz and some door sales will be available.

- Stratford Press

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