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The Troggs Announce New Zealand Tour

The Troggs Announce New Zealand Tour

Tuesday 9th August, 2016 12:00PM

Update 28/10/16: This tour has been cancelled

British beat legends The Troggs have announced a six-stop New Zealand tour to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their smash hit 'Wild Thing'. Last time The Troggs were in the country was in 1983 when they toured with Christchurch rock 'n' roll icon Richie Venus, but this time round the band's line-up consists of original member Chris Britton (lead guitar), who is joined by long-standing members Dave Maggs on drums and Peter Lucas on bass, with recent recruit Chris Allen on vocals.

While in New Zealand the foursome will be delivering a raft of their greatest tunes including the likes of 'Love Is All Around', 'Feels Like A Woman', 'Louie Louie', 'With A Girl Like You', and many more. Here are the tour details...

The Troggs

Tuesday 29th November, Bodega, Wellington
Wednesday 30th November, The Cabana, Napier
Thursday 1st December, Totora Street, Tauranga
Friday 2nd December, Altitude, Hamilton
Saturday 3rd December, Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland
Sunday 4th December, Churchills, Christchurch

Tickets are available HERE at UTR 

Here, of course, is 'Wild Thing'...

Here is their 1966 cut 'I Want You'...

And here's the stomping 'Feels Like A Woman'...


On the 50th anniversary of Wild Thing
All their Greatest Hits Live in Concert including Wild Thing, With A Girl Like You, I Can't Control Myself, Love Is all Around and many more.

With those immortal words “Wild thing … you make my heart sing.” The Troggs hit bigger than Jupiter. ‘Wild Thing’ is the ultimate party song and with it The Troggs wrote themselves into the history books with a song that due to its timelessness and simplicity, every garage band has tried their hand at. Such was its appeal at the time that even Hendrix covered it with a legendary performance at Monterey in 1967.

Their follow up to Wild Thing, With A Girl Like You, shot to number one in New Zealand with its infectious and melodic "Ba ba ba ba ba ba ba's ". The Ba's are later rejigged and used on the more primal I Can't Control Myself that starts with the unholy "Oh nooooo" and the memorable line "Your slacks are low and your hips are showing". In the mid sixties The Troggs worked their formula to chart gold across the world.

Love Is All Around was a shameless smash ballad in 1967 and would be resurrected nearly 30 years later by Wet Wet Wet for the movie Four Weddings And A Funeral in 1994. Jump to 2003 and the romantic comedy Love Actually has rock and roll legend Billy Mack (played by Bill Nighy) on his comeback, adapting the song for the movie's majestic yuletide hit Christmas Is All Around.

"Teenage lust never sounded so good! Beat merchants turning three chords into pure gold” (Ultimate Classic Rock)

Wild Thing took the hicks from Andover England to the world stage and beyond. Their simple approach, and sometimes down right primitive execution, with guitarist Chris Britton mastering the knack of using as fewer chords as possible caught the ears of the world. Led by the inimitable, and one time bricklayer, Reg Presley, his gritty style and lascivious song writing took The Troggs from smash hits to perennial and sometimes risque favourites including I Can’t Control Myself (banned at the time in Australia), Give It To Me, 66-5-4-3-2-1, Lover, Come Now, Strange Movies, Evil Woman and the Black Sabbath sounding Feels Like A Woman. One infamous B-side I Want You “had a great heavy sound” says Chris, and Detroit’s sonic reductionists The MC5 felt strongly enough about it not only to record on their first album in 1969, but to appropriate the writing credit.

The Troggs are now Chris Britton (still) on lead (and stun) guitar , Dave Maggs on drums, Peter Lucas on bass and Chris Allen on vocals.

They still make everything groovy.


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