Piping hot Scottish Bravehearts plan RWC bedlam


Scotland’s secret weapon for the Rugby World Cup is on its way to Queenstown. 

Kilted rockers the Red Hot Chilli Pipers will blow up a storm at Revolver on Sunday, October 2 – the night after their countrymen tackle arch rivals England in Auckland. 

The bagpipe and guitar-toting band blasts out a madcap selection of rock classics such as Deep Purple’s Smoke on the Water, Voodoo Chile by Jimi Hendrix and Queen’s We Will Rock You. 

The Glasgow-based outfit is touring New Zealand during the RWC to whip the Scottish fans into a frenzy. 

“Queenstown won’t have seen anything quite like it,” Revolver boss Johnno Stapleton says. 

“Everyone in the area who has even a drop of Scottish blood in them won’t want to miss this.” 

The wacky pipers – whose rousing sound is known as ‘bagrock’ – have released three best-selling albums.
They have a tartan army of superstar fans including Scottish actor Ewan McGregor from Star Wars and former James Bond idol Sir Sean Connery. They’ve also played private gigs for rock royalty including Sir Paul McCartney and Phil Collins. 

Tickets for the show go on sale from Quest and Ticketmaster on Monday. They cost $25 in advance (until September 24), $30 in advance thereafter and $35 on the door.