Legendary rocker Phil Collins will bring his comeback tour Down Under next year, headlining two New Zealand shows.
Off the back of sold out dates around the world, the Against All Odds singer will perform at Christchurch Stadium on February 4 and Napier's Mission Estate on Waitangi Day.
Collins famously came out of retirement in 2016 and started touring his Not Dead Yet: Live show.
"It's time to do it all again and I'm excited. It just feels right," he said at the time.
Promoter Paul Dainty said he was "absolutely thrilled" about the tour.
"It's a big show with big production values, a spectacular band, and beautiful video and lighting. People who get to go are going to be so pleased in many respects."
"It's taken this long to get Phil back - it's been more than 20 years since he was in our part of the world. This could be the farewell," he said.
Pink and Ed Sheeran bypassed Christchurch for their 2018 shows in favour of Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium, but Dainty said that after Neil Diamond's Christchurch show nearly sold out in 2017, it made sense to bring Collins back to the city. Diamond eventually cancelled his performance due to ill health.
"We did look at Dunedin, but we've done Dunedin before. We like Christchurch, and with that Neil Diamond show being close to being sold out, we thought we could come back to with Phil."
"We like the venue, we like the city, and it works well."
A huge fan of both Collins and his progressive rock band Genesis since her teenage years, Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel is also celebrating the announcement.
"Phil Collins had joined a band called Genesis, and I remember buying their first album after Peter Gabriel left, A Trick of the Tale. I remember I was just so taken with this voice," she said.
The mayor is confident Collins' only South Island show will be a "sell-out", saying "there's something about an outdoor performance that you don't necessarily capture otherwise".
"It's huge for Christchurch. I'll certainly be queuing up on September 5 from 10am to buy my ticket."
Throughout his 50 year career as a solo artist and with Genesis, Collins sold more than 280 million records, won seven Grammy Awards, one Oscar, and landed seven Top 10 singles here in New Zealand.
In the time since his return, he's gone on to sell out a five-night run at Royal Albert Hall in London, 10 arena shows across France and Germany, and headline a 65,000-capacity show at Hyde Park.
Saturday, 19th January
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Monday, 21st January
Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney
Friday, 25th January
Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Monday, 28th January
RAC Arena, Perth
Friday, 1st February
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Monday, 4th February
Christchurch Stadium, Christchurch
Wednesday, 6th February
Mission Estate Winery, Napier
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