Kiwi rock veteran Jordan Luck is on a record-breaking tour of New Zealand – but he remembers when fans used to paddle to his Queenstown gigs in kayaks.
“Queenstown has always been a good hunting ground for me,” Luck says. “Back in the day I even recall some fans would kayak into the Bay, park up and walk across the road to watch me upstairs at the old Eichardt’s Tavern.
“I don’t know where they arrived from, but you had to admire their dedication.”
The wildman singer is rewriting history books by performing every night around the country for the entire month of May.
His 31 consecutive shows include two concerts on the Interislander ferry from Wellington to Picton.
And he says his ear-splitting new group The Jordan Luck Band will try to blow the roof off The Ram when they stop off in the resort tomorrow.
Luck, 49, insists he’s having a ball during his month-long spell on the road.
The gigs are going so well we’re thinking of extending the tour into June,” he jokes.
The gravel-voiced frontman shot to fame with previous band The Exponents who clocked up 18 Top 40 singles over three decades.
The group’s classic Victoria was voted the eighth greatest NZ song of all time in a recent public poll – and in 2007 Luck also became the first inductee into the NZ Music Hall of Fame.
Before Luck stopped gigging with the Exponents four years ago, the band had also opened for superstar acts such as the Rolling Stones, KISS and David Bowie on their respective NZ tours.
The singer plans to belt out a few Exponents hits with his new group, but is using the May tour to fine-tune songs for a new album.
“I like the way this band has a routine, you could even call it a regime, while on the road,” he says. “By that I mean we routinely make sure we enjoy ourselves as much as possible.”
Luck adds: “But seriously, the dates are proving great for knocking our new songs into shape and by the time we’ve finished this tour we’ll be ready to go straight into the studio and bash out an album in no time at all.”