Th’ Dudes reunite for Th’ Bliss Tour, performing five dates across New Zealand in April 2020. The news comes just days ahead of the band receiving the Legacy Award and being inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards.
Touring for the first time without founding member Ian Morris, Th’ Dudes – Peter Urlich, Dave Dobbyn, Lez White and Bruce Hambling – will be joined by Ian’s brother Rikki Morris, who was the original sound engineer for the group.
Originally formed as a high school band Krispie in 1975 and disbanding in 1980, Th’ Dudes had an incredible impact on the New Zealand music scene, with hits like ‘Be Mine Tonight’, ‘Bliss’, ‘That Look In Your Eye’, ‘Right First Time’ and ‘Walking in Light’. They won Top Group and Single of the Year for ‘Be Mine Tonight’ at the 1979 New Zealand Music Awards and stopped playing live in 1980, ahead of the release of their second album Where Are The Boys.
Since then, Th’ Dudes have only reunited for a tour in 2006 that saw 11 shows expanded to 17 due to the incredible demand for tickets, and visits to favourite holiday spots the following summer. Th’ Bliss Tour is the first chance to see Th’ Dudes live in concert in 13 years, for shows promising high energy entertainment and all the hits.
Th’ Dudes – Th’ Bliss Tour
9 April, Claudelands Arena, Hamilton – Ticketek
11 April, TSB Arena, Wellington – Ticketmaster
16 April, Town Hall, Christchurch – Ticketek
17 April, Town Hall, Dunedin – Ticketmaster
24 April, Town Hall, Auckland – Ticketmaster
Tickets on sale at midday on Monday 18 November
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