Rodney Times : February 6th 2014
2 RODNEY TIMES, FEBRUARY 6, 2014 NEWS www.rodneytimes.co.nz Editor Geoff Dobson Rodney Times Orewa office Ph (09) 426 5024 DDI (09) 421 9134 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Chief Reporter Caralise Trayes Ph (09) 421 9130 email: email@example.com Sales Manager Pauline Caley Ph (09) 426 5024 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Distribution Ph (09) 426 5024 or (09) 525 2022 email: email@example.com Classifieds Ph 0800 022 812 Fax 0800 022 815 email: firstname.lastname@example.org 43,793 Audited Circulation (ABC for 12mths to 31 Dec 12) Delivered each Tuesday/ Thursday from the northern boundary at Wellsford up to Mangawhai Heads, down to the southern Albany Heights boundary including Kumeu, Helensville, Hibiscus Coast, Warkworth, Wellsford and the Kowhai Coast. Orewa Office: Cnr Alice Ave & Florence Ave, Orewa. P.O. Box 79. Ph (09) 426 5024. www.rodneytimes.co.nz Lynyrd Skynyrd ready to rock By CHRIS THOMPSON When guitarist Rickey Medlocke and the rest of Florida southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd walk on stage at the Matakana Country Park Summer Concert, it’ll be their first New Zealand tour. Together with English art rock band 10cc – one of Medlocke’s favourite bands – and American rockers Starship, Lynyrd Skynyrd is set to play there on Sunday. Lead guitarist Rickey Med- locke spoke to the Rodney Times from his studio in Fort Myers, Florida. ‘‘We are so excited and so looking forward to this,’’ he says. ‘‘Everybody’s really getting geared up for and talking about it. ‘‘We’re just excited to be coming to that part of the world and bringing Lynyrd Skynyrd music there for the very first time.’’ Medlocke, who was born and raised in Jacksonville, where the original Lynyrd Skynyrd band is from, has had two spells with the band. A member of the original southern rock band Blackfoot, Medlocke first switched to Lynyrd Skynyrd in 1971 when lead singer Ronnie Van Zant needed a drummer. He features in the posthumous Skynyrd’s First . . .and 5476439AA ➤AIRCRASH Guitar maestro: Rickey Medlocke, back left, is in the Lynyrd Skynyrd lineup coming to Matakana. Last and Street Survivors albums. He returned to Blackfoot in 1972 as vocalist and guitarist, making eight albums before his 1996 return to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Three band members were killed in a plane crash in Mississippi in 1977, including Ronnie Van Zant. The only founding member in the band is guitarist Gary Rossington. Although Medlocke is skilled at a range of instruments, the six-string is his real calling. ‘‘The guitar has been such a part of my life. I started playing when I was 5-yearsold. It never ceases to amaze me that when I pick up a guitar I feel like I’m 17 again. ‘‘I pick up the guitar every day and I play it for an hour. You never stop learning in your life.’’ Medlocke, who turns 64 two days after the last show of the tour in Queenstown, is wellknown by fans for his high onstage energy. ‘‘‘Personally, I put out so much energy when we perform. It’s very important for us to be 100 per cent on it. The Matakana Country Park Summer Concert is on Sunday with performances by Lynyrd Skynyrd, 10cc and Starship following Wanakaborn Jody Direen at 11.30am. Air disasters have robbed the world of some great musicians in their prime. On February 3, 1959, dubbed The Day the Music Died, a plane crash over Iowa during a storm killed rock stars Buddy Holly, 22, and Ritchie Valens, 17. A helicopter carrying blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, 35, crashed in Wisconsin in 1990, killing all five on board. Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay singer Otis Redding, 26, died in a Wisconsin plane crash three days after recording the Grammy Award winning song. Popular big band musician Glenn Miller, 40, disappeared while flying over the English Channel in 1944 to entertain troops in Paris. R&B singer and actress Aaliyah was one of nine in a fatal plane crash in the Bahamas in 2001, and Jenni Rivera, the Latin Grammy nominated singersongwriter, died in a 2012 plane crash in Mexico. A similar fate befell rock singer Jim Croce and country singer Patsy Cline, both 30, rock and roll musician Ricky Nelson, 45, and Ozzy Osbourne’s lead guitarist Randy Rhoads, 25. THE COFFEE CLUB SILVERDALE OPEN DAILY FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH OR JUST COFFEE & CAKE All SuperGold Card holders get 20% off the bill! This offer is not available in conjunction with any other discounts and is not available on public holidays. BUY ONE BREAKFAST, GET ONE FREE! Not available with VIP, other offers or on public holidays. Discount applies to lower priced item. Expires 13-04-14. Silverdale Town Centre (Beside Stella Maris School) Ph: 426 1440 BUY ONE LIGHT MEAL, GET ONE FREE! 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