Space truckin’ in The Mount

New Zealand's only dedicated Deep Purple Tribute band, Tony Painting and The Power with vocalist Leon Ruwhiu, will be rocking out at Totara Street in Mount Maunganui on March 18. Supplied Photo.

All you children in time and highway stars, get ready to rock with New Zealand's only dedicated Deep Purple tribute band in Mount Maunganui.

The gloriously hard rocking music of the legendary English outfit will be loving re-created when Tony Painting & The Power with vocalist Leon Ruwhiu hit the stage at Totara Street on March 18.

Lead guitarist Tony Painting says next week's gig in the Mount is part of an 11-show tour of the North Island which kicked off earlier this month.

“You will be taken on a journey through all of Deep Purple's mile stone albums, from Shades of Deep Purple to Perfect Strangers.

“I grew up with Deep Purple, their songs are that strong they still hold up today and the band is still attracting a younger audience. They're definitely a bit different than the pop stuff you get today.”

Tony says their two and a half hour show covers all those classic tunes Deep Purple fans will be expecting to hear like ‘Hush', ‘Speed King', ‘Space Truckin', ‘Smoke on the Water' and ‘Burn' just to name a few,

“We faithfully recreate Deep Purple's music with no detail missed, this hour show will keep the most novice of Deep Purple newbies happy while totally satisfying the Deep Purple purest.”

Tony Painting & the Power with Leon Ruwhiu is also set to play Whakatane Hotel in Whakatane on April 29.

SunLive has one double pass to give away to one lucky reader who can name the legendary English hard rock band Tony Painting and The Power will be paying tribute to?

Enter online at www.sunlive.co.nz under the competition section. All entries must be received by Wednesday, March 15.

The Deep Purple Tribute Show featuring Tony Painting and the Power with vocalist Leon Ruwhiu plays Mount Maunganui's Totara Street on Saturday, March 18. Tickets cost $25 on the door or $20 online from Eventfinda.



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