A look back at 2016's
25th Anniversary celebrations...
Pictures from Batten Down the Hatches 2 CD Album Launch
at Brew Craft Beer Pub, Tauranga, with special guests
John Michaelz, Marion Arts and Robbie Laven.
Pics by Colin Lunt www.clc-photographic.com
More images from KOKOMO's sold-out opening show for the 2016 National Jazz Festival, which featured special guests Roger Bullot, Grant Winterburn, Nigel Gavin, Marion Arts, Robbie Laven, Tracie De Jong, Damian Forlong, Rob Smith, Brian Geoghan, Dave Proud and John Nicholson, courtesy of Colin Lunt at www.clc-photographic.com
Derek was interviewed by the Bay's
Paradise 105.4 FM to promote
the Tauranga album launch.
Click on the link above to listen,
to him talk about the launch,
and sing and play "Plastic Jesus".
Click to read KOKOMO's 25th Birthday Honour
This 2016 article published in the Weekend Sun, was written about
Derek and the band's anniversary by the inimitable Colin Lunt
Sunday May 15th 2016
Album Launch for 2-CD retrospective,
"Batten Down the Hatches"
I've been playing the collection for the last few days. I know I'm biased but it sounds fantastic - covering the years from "Crawling to the Border" to "We're All Strangers Here". Derek even included my favourite "Hesitation Blues" as well as a host of new mixes ... and a couple of beautiful tracks from Sonia's album.
"Batten Down the Hatches"
The 33-song, 2-CD collection celebrating 25 great KOKOMO years.
Buzzing about Easter's show at the National Jazz Festival.
Shane Davies and his team at Tauranga's Soundtree Productions filmed the whole event. Here's “You're Not The Only One” (from 2003's Songs Of Love And Not) with guest appearances from Grant Winterburn (piano), Nigel Gavin (guitar), Damian Forlong (trombone) and Robbie Laven (sax).
Second up is "World's Most Jealous Girl" which started the concert - enjoy!
And a few social media comments from concertgoers:
Some brilliant memories of an outstanding concert ....Thanks guys sterling performance, very nice touch to have the two young Bullot 'Kokomolettes' debut in the finale... Sweet!! Wish I could b there! Beautiful xxx ... Woohoo go sonny and ella ... Congrats you guys and what an amazing milestone ... Great to see Marion, Brian, Pom in those pics ... Thanks Kokomo, 25 years of doing the biz and doing it well. I enjoyed last night immensely, rock on ... Awesome night .... Happy birthday Kokomo! ... A wonderful night ... Fantastic ... What a fabulous performance from Derek, Kokomo and their many guests last night. Brilliant concept, brilliant performances! ... What a 25th Concert, performance interaction you gave last night. Remember early start at Auckland Easter show, outdoor stage, that was great then but no comparison to what you gave last night. Thank you ... It was the most amazing night the band was fantastic and all the guests, they should all be very proud of themselves .... Everyone raving this morning .... True kiwi legends. Proud to know you all.Saw your show last night - best ever - fantastic night ... Great night, love the new cd ... This was the finale and the whole house ended up on their feet. It don't get any better than this!!