NZ Youth Choir and the Rolling Stones
Sunday 22 March 2015
NZ Youth Choir with the Rolling Stones at Mt Smart Stadium, Saturday, 22 November.
Reviews on NZYC’s performance with the Rolling Stones at Mt Smart Stadium, Saturday, 22 November
3 News: “The encore break was mercifully short considering the cold temperature, and it was broken in the loveliest way possible – with the New Zealand Youth Choir singing ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’. That together with ‘Satisfaction’ formed a nicely epic one-two punch to end the night on.”
The Sydney Morning Herald: “The New Zealand Youth Choir joined in for You Can’t Always Get What You Want – a special moment on a night when the local air was filled with songs and the age of everyone on stage was just something to talk about later. After 50 years, the Rolling Stones look like they’re having more fun than ever.”
Times Online: “The New Zealand Youth Choir, highlighted on stage, gave an admirable introduction to You Can’t Always Get What You Want, followed immediately by the finale Satisfaction that brought the show to a close – with fireworks, of course.” (Tony King)
Elsewhere: “And whether it was ticking off the classics – Jumping Jack Flash, Sympathy for the Devil and Brown Sugar in the closing overs – or bringing on the New Zealand Youth Choir for the choral part on You Can’t Always Get What You Want, this was a night of great rock’n’roll entertainment . . . with some glam’n’glitz jackets on Jagger.”
New Zealand Herald: “With a high-calorie Brown Sugar dusted off, it was back for the encores, a grand You Can’t Always Get What You Want came enhanced by the New Zealand Youth Choir (ancient anthems a speciality clearly).”
New Zealand Herald’s Luana Prictor interview: Luana Prictor is high on the excitement of singing with the Rolling Stones in front of more than 36,000 people. Luana Prictor said the concert was run like clockwork. The 22-year-old Auckland soprano is a member of the New Zealand Youth Choir, which backed the Stones for one of their encore songs, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, at Saturday night’s concert at Mt Smart Stadium.
Prictor – the daughter of Pauline Prictor, nee Yandall, a member of popular 1970s group the Yandall Sisters – said she was pleased with how the choir sang. “It was incredibly exciting. To be honest, I haven’t really processed it in my mind. It was quite surreal. “Everything was very hush-hush and security everywhere. Then you go out on stage and there’s thousands and thousands of people.”
Prictor said the concert was run like clockwork. “They were incredibly efficient. We rehearsed with the musical director beforehand, then they took us up for a sound-check. That was the only opportunity we got to see the band. There was no partying afterwards, unfortunately.”
TVNZ ‘Breakfast’ interview on Monday 24th November – Click here