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Lee Fields Announces Auckland Headline Show

Lee Fields Announces Auckland Headline Show

Chris Cudby / Monday 2nd October, 2023 9:49AM

Last here in Aotearoa during the distant age that was 2017, living legend of US soul Lee Fields has announced his eagerly awaited return, lighting up Tāmaki Makaurau's Hollywood Avondale with band on 10th December. A key figure in soul, funk and blues whose meteorically impactful oeuvre encompasses more than five decades, from his debut single (a cover of James Brown's 'Bewildered') in 1969 up to and beyond his insta-classic 2022 album Sentimental Fool, Fields has worked with such fellow greats as Kool & The Gang, Sharon Jones, B.B. King, Clarence Carter, Dr. John, Bobby Blue Bland, Bobby Womack and manymore, releasing via Big Crown, Truth & Soul, Ace Records, and Daptone Records — including numerous albums with The Expressions. Sampled by J. Cole, Travis Scott, Rick Ross, and A$ap Rocky, Fields' influence remains indelible. Do not miss Fields with band this summer, brought to you by Banished Music and Strange News Touring...

“I feel like this album depicts me as the full character that I am. I’m all about emotions… On this record I go deeper than I’ve ever gone.” – Lee Fields on Sentimental Fool

Lee Fields
Sunday 10th December - Hollywood Avondale, Auckland
Tickets available via Banished Music

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Press release:

When it comes to the soul greats alive today, there is one name that towers head, shoulders, and impossibly immaculate hair above the rest… Mister Lee Fields.

Banished Music and Strange News Touring are ecstatic to announce that Fields and his untouchable band are heading back to New Zealand for the first time in five long years. Catch this raw and soulful, funky and heartfelt performance, Sunday December the 10th in the hallowed hall of the Hollywood Avondale.

Across twenty albums, over forty singles, and a touring schedule that would make artists half his quiver in their boots, Lee Fields has proved his staying power again and again. His work has been sampled by the likes of J. Cole, Travis Scott, Rick Ross, and A$ap Rocky.

Finding early inspiration in the music and the moves of funk legend James Brown, Fields soon earned the nickname “Little J.B.” for the vocal and physical gymnastics that were a convincing match for those of his hero. The first Lee Fields single landed in 1969, kickstarting a career that has seen him work with everyone from Kool & The Gang to French house DJ Martin Solveig, El Michels Affair to Sharon Jones. Since returning to the studio in the 1990s, he has worked with labels such as Big Crown, Truth & Soul, Ace Records.

Now, Lee Fields is nestled back in at his spiritual home of Daptone Records. Here to play songs from throughout his storied career, and on the back of the 2022 Daptone album and instant classic Sentimental Fool, as well as slow burning scorcher of a new single Waiting On The Sidelines, don’t you dare miss Lee Fields and his formidably funky band at Hollywood Avondale this December.


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