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9 April 2016 - Tom running artist development seminar in Chch on May 2

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Christchurch artists may want to head along to Tom's “A Survival Guide for the Modern Music Industry” seminar in the Gloucester Room @ ITR, Christchurch 7pm. Touted as one of the best minds in NZ music today (he sure is!), you won't want to miss this. Limited attendance, RSVP as soon as possible if you're interested.

Read more about it here

3 April 2016 - Shihad. Three shows. One day.


"To launch New Zealand Music Month,iHeartRadio New Zealand and Radio Hauraki are embarking on their most ambitious event yet, which will see iconic New Zealand rock band Shihad play three free shows in three different cities on one day.

The live performances will be held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch on Sunday, May 1. Catch a lunch-time Shihad show at CPIT in Christchurch doors open at 11.00am, followed by a Wellington gig at Meow doors open at 3.00pm, then Aucklanders can catch Shihad at the Powerstation doors open at 7.00pm."

Strictly R18. Register to win your tickets at IHeartRadio

2degrees customers can also enter to win thanks to 2degrees Perks

8 March 2016 - Shihad to re-release S/T album with Blue Light Disco on Vinyl

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This April 15th sees the first-time ever vinyl release of Shihad’s self-titled third album in a deluxe 2LP set with an additional 10-inch of the 1998 Blue Light Disco EP. This attractive package is vinyl heaven for Shihad fans and vinyl junkies alike.

Shihad’s self-titled breakthrough album, often known as “ The Fish Album”, debuts on vinyl as a 2LP set – with the bonus Blue Light Disco 10-inch vinyl EP and also a Digital Download Card.

The third album is longer than their earlier vinyl reissues Churn and Killjoy, so it has been spread across two discs as to not diminish volume and audio quality. The presentation of the tracks over two vinyl discs allows the recordings to achieve maximum audio quality and the discs are able to track at 45rpm. The original recordings have been re-mastered by Tony ‘Jack the Bear’ Mantz, who has done all the previous Shihad vinyl reissues.

The two releases, Shihad’s self-titled album and the Blue Light Disco EP are packaged independently but are being sold in one set including a download card. They will be available digitally, but sold as two separate downloads.

Pre-order here: HERE

8 June 2015 - Shihad's PledgeMusic Campaign, Phil's Worrying Again & Jon's Got A Voice For Radio...

"Hello. We are running a Pledge campaign for UK and Europe as a means of properly releasing our album there Independently. Clearly that excludes our fans at home who already have the record and who can buy through traditional retail routes. So as part of our efforts and through Pledge we’re opening the campaign up globally so all have the chance to acquire something from our incredible archival catalogue . Hopefully there are things here which every Shihad fan will want a piece. Thanks for your ongoing support and we look forward to realizing our goal of a well funded, effective and independent release of FVEY in the UK and Europe in August 2015." Feel like getting your hands on some incredibly rare Shihad memorabilia? See what's on offer on their PledgeMusic page. Setlists, posters, drumsticks, and even your own private concert if you're really keen. Head to the website to check it out!

Meanwhile, Phil Knight's understated and brilliant mind has stepped out from behind his gat and started blogging again. What's Phil Worried About Today? To find out, check his website, YouTube Channel Facebook page Instagram and Twitter.

Finally, from fronting rock bands to fronting his own radio show, Jon Toogood has his own show called 'Planet of Sound' on Radio Hauraki on Saturdays from 5-6pm NZT, in which he plays "whatever he thinks rules". You can stream it on Radio Hauraki's website, or via the traditional radio airwaves through your local Hauraki frequency, and you can listen to the playlists on Spotify.

Support your heroes and get involved!

12 May 2015 - One-off Melbourne Show Announced

In The Dead of Winter, "we've just announced a one off Melbourne show this winter at The Corner Hotel on Saturday July 11th. Joining us are King Of The North & Captives". Don't miss out.

July 11th Corner Hotel, Melbourne (VIC). Tickets on sale May 15th from 9am. Tickets from Ticketscout

24 April 2015 - Auckland & Queensland Shows Announced

Attention, Auckland! SHIHAD annnounce KILLJOY live at the Powerstation. The 20th anniversary reissue of Killjoy has been remastered and is available now on Deluxe Vinyl LP, CD and digital formats and includes bonus track ‘N.I.L'. Catch Killjoy performed live in its entirety at The Powerstation this May! It's a one-off show so be in quick.

May 22nd The Powerstation, Auckland. Tickets from Event Ticketing.

Attention, Brisbane! "Hell yeah - we're excited to announce a one-off long lost weekend of Rock N Roll mayhem aimed at Brisbane. To celebrate the anniversary of one of our favorite albums KILLJOY we're set to 'tour' Brisbane over three huge nights performing large chunks of both FVEY and KILLJOY along with the choicest cuts from our other releases." With Special Guests on all dates Guards Of May & Street Pieces.

June 5th Hamilton Hotel, Hamilton (QLD). Tickets from Moshtix

June 6th Parkwood Tavern, Parkwood (QLD). Tickets from Moshtix

June 7th The Racehorse Hotel, Ipswich (QLD). Tickets from Moshtix

6 March 2015 - Killjoy - 20th Anniversary Remastered CD & LP



Listening to KILLJOY is like getting a big, beautiful punch in the face. It'll give you two black eyes but leave you smiling. It's that good. And now that Shihad's classic second album is turning 20, it's fitting it gets the re-mastered and reissue treatment to make it sound bigger and more imposing than ever. KILLJOY is volatile, catchy, and intense all in one.

This storm of sonic power isn't just one of New Zealand's finest rock albums - it's one of the country's best albums full stop.

If 1993 debut, CHURN, was the sound of Shihad’s roots, then KILLJOY was the blueprint for the band's trademark mix of melodic heaviness, pounding rhythms, and catchy songs that get people singing and chanting along.

Released in May 1995, KILLJOY peaked at No.4 on the album charts and went on to gain platinum status and win album of the year at the New Zealand Music Awards in 1996.

The album's four singles – ‘You Again’, ‘Bitter’, ‘Gimme Gimme’ and ‘Deb's Night Out’ - are among the band's most enduring tracks. Few songs have the chest beating intensity and unbridled power of album opener, ‘You Again’, with its punishing massacre of first up riffs through to its unhinged and fractured ending. And the simmering, dark beauty of ‘Deb's Night Out’ - the band's ode to bizarre and brutal Palmerston North band Skeptics - remains one of Shihad's finest moments.

While CHURN received some overseas recognition, it was KILLJOY that truly launched Shihad onto the international stage when they hit the road with Faith No More on a 38-date tour through Europe. It also led to the band's first tour of the US where they played everything from club dates in Los Angeles and New York through to influential heavy metal convention Foundations Forum alongside Motorhead and Monster Magnet.

The 20th birthday reissue of KILLJOY - available on re-mastered Deluxe Vinyl LP, CD, and Digital formats and includes bonus track ‘N.I.L’ - is testament to what a complete album it is from start to finish. Take your pick from the fiery spite of Bitter, the brooding and thunderous ‘For What You Burn’, or the raw slugging ferocity of ‘Silvercup’.

The thing about KILLJOY is that it sounded exotic, heavy and ahead of its time back in 1995, and now two decades on it sounds even better."

In stores from April 17.

Pre-order from:

Mighty Ape (NZ) - Link

Mighty Ape (AU) - Link

JB Hi-Fi (NZ) - Link

Check out the remastered versions of You Again, Bitter, Gimme Gimme and Deb's Night Out on YouTube.

13 March 2015 - A Movement - Shihad & Wellington Rock (Book)

Ian Jorgenson, photographer and founder of A Low Hum, has been busy putting together a set of ten photobooks documenting New Zealand music from 2000-2015. Book 4 is dedicated to Shihad & the Wellington rock scene and features 100 colour photos in an A5, high-quality print book. Other books in the set document different bands and events, including Kiwi bands Shihad has toured with (e.g. The Datsuns, The Mint Chicks) and a lot of NZ music history over the last 15 years. So if you're interested, buy one, buy more, or just buy the whole darn box set and make room for some beauty on your bookshelf!

Available for pre-order and Shipping on Monday, March 16. $27.95 + what looks to be free shipping for NZ, check website for international shipping prices.

Buy the book and browse the others in the series here on

19 December 2014 - FVEY (Deluxe Edition) On iTunes

Shihad have relesed the Deluxe Edition of FVEY on iTunes. You can get the entire FVEY album, with all of the bonus tracks and three music videos for $15.99. Treat yourself to an early Christmas present, and get it right here.

18 November 2014 - FVEY Gold, New Single

Shihad's latest album, FVEY, has been certified Gold. This comes hot on the heels of the news that Song For No One has been released as the latest single from the album. Go, request it from your favourite radio station now!

2 October 2014 - NZ Summer Tour

Massive NZ tour news!

Shihad are heading out on the road with 3 other bands for a 7 date NZ tour this summer.

Shihad will be touring with The Datsuns, I Am Giant & Cairo Knife Fight!

Stay tuned into this page for more detail as they come to light!

Dec 27 - Brewers Field, Mt Maunganui

Dec 28 - Coroglen Tavern

Dec 29 - Butlers Reef - New Plymouth

Dec 30 - Riwaka Hotel - Motueka

Dec 31 - The Square - Christchurch

Jan 02 - Waihi Beach Hotel

Jan 03 - Matakana Country Park

19 September 2014 - The Rock 1000 Charts

Here are the final standings for the 2014 edition of the Rock 1000 chart.

# Song Artist Rank in 2013 Rank in 2012 Rank in 2011 Album Year
11 The General Electric Shihad 30 9 63 The General Electric 1999
31 Home Again Shihad 8 17 11 Shihad (Fish Album) 1996
66 Pacifier Shihad 45 65 31 The General Electric 1999
79 Think You're So Free Shihad - - - FVEY 2014
117 My Minds Sedate Shihad 242 546 89 The General Electric 1999
136 Run Shihad 173 99 46 Pacifier 2002
171 La La Land Shihad 473 406 234 Shihad (Fish Album) 1996
213 You Again Shihad 158 159 403 Killjoy 1995
256 Wait and See Shihad 711 634 532 The General Electric 1999
265 Everything Shihad 318 371 490 Pacifier 2002
329 Comfort Me Shihad 654 554 389 Pacifier 2002
536 Right Outta Nowhere Shihad 501 New - Single Only 2012
583 Bulletproof Shihad 808 427 777 Pacifier 2002
598 Lead Or Follow Shihad 516 326 742 Ignite 2010
603 Debs Night Out Shihad 190 641 419 Killjoy 1995
626 Beautiful Machine Shihad 914 - - Beautiful Machine 2008
964 Engage Shihad 680 400 350 Ignite 2010
- One Will Hear Shihad 377 616 748 Beautiful Machine 2008
- Ignite Shihad 837 788 464 Ignite 2010

27 August 2014 - Australian FVEY Tour Announcement

The 2014 Australian FVEY tour was announced this afternoon on Facebook, see below for details & tickets.

24 Oct The Hi-Fi Brisbane, QLD, AU
25 Oct The Metro Sydney, NSW, AU
31 Oct Mojos Fremantle, WA, AU
01 Nov Rosemount Hotel Perth, WA, AU
06 Nov The Gov Adelaide, SA, AU
07 Nov 170 Russell Melbourne, VIC, AU


4 August 2014 - FVEY Streaming at are streaming Shihad's new album FVEY. CLICK HERE to listen!

Also, have announced that Jon Toogood and Karl Kippenberger will be doing a live chat online from Midday on Friday 8 August, as a part of the release of FVEY

27 July 2014 - Christchurch Charity Show Announced

Shihad will be playing a show in Christchurch on the 12th of September at Horncastle Arena (formally CBS Arena). This is a free gig and you need to enter a ballot to attend. It will also be broadcasts on SKY pay per view for $19.95. There are more details at

To enter the ballot you need like Sky Arena on Facebook and then fill in a form. The Competition is open to Kiwis and Aussies.

25 July 2014 - Brisbane Show Announced

Shihad will play a Show on the 9th of September at The Zoo in Brisbane. This show is with support from The Sinking Teeth, tickets are from $30 + BF.


26 June 2014 - Massive Album News!

Album artwork

Shihad's new album, FVEY (pronounced 'Five Eyes') will be released on 8 August. The first single, 'Think You're So Free' is released tomorrow. The Sundae Sessions footage will be available on from 8 August.

Also, the album will be released in the following formats: 11-track standard CD, 12 track + 1 video iTunes Digital, as well as a Limited Edition CD version, with 4 extra tracks and a 12 face poster fold insert, and a 180gm double gate-fold vinyl. Pre-orders start tomorrow, 27 June 2014

Jon talks about the new album and its release at

05 June 2014 - What's Phil Worried About Today?

Take a look through new and old posts on Shihads Tumblr

Also in other news, Shihad have played a gig for the closing of York St Studios as apart of the Barkers Sundae Sessions.

Stay tuned here for a link to view the sessions once up.

13 March 2014 - Upcoming show: April 17 gig in Melbourne, AU

Shihad is cranking up the live machine in an upcoming show in Melbourne on Good Friday Eve. Ahead of an imminent album release sometime this year, we're willing to bet that Shihad will be giving some of their new songs a test run...

  • April 17: Shihad, The Espy, Melbourne, AU, Shihad with support from Auckland band Villainy. Tickets are $31.95+BF from OZTix.

29 November 2013 - Press Release - Shihad in the studio recording new album with legendary producer Jaz Coleman

Legacy Award winning Kiwi rock band, Shihad will return to the studio next month to record their new album with Killing Joke frontman and producer, Jaz Coleman.

The as-yet-untitled album will be the band’s ninth studio album and their second collaboration with Coleman who also produced their 1993 debut, CHURN.

"It's surreal to come back to working together again after 20 years. Jaz is bringing the magic and it's sounding like the soundtrack to the end of the universe," says Shihad drummer and spokesman, Tom Larkin of the partnership.

Coincidentally, the new album will also be recorded at Parnell's York Street Studio where CHURN was recorded 20 years ago.

Jaz Coleman says, "20 years ago, I started York Street and Shihad were the first band to record there (CHURN), now full circle and back again, with a record that is already sounding explosive and we've only just begun pre-production!"

The album also sees the band continuing their relationship with Warner Music New Zealand.

Warner Music New Zealand’s General Manager, Phil Howling, says, “I’m very pleased to announce the re-signing of Shihad to the Warner Music NZ Roster. I honestly can’t imagine the label without them. We are also very much looking forward to the new album in 2014. The reuniting of Shihad and Jaz Coleman will be something truly special and we can’t wait for the results!”

Fans can look forward to a new single from the album early next year, with the album also set for release in 2014.

24 September 2013 - Shihad Unplugged concert in Auckland cancelled

The Big Band Build at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in October has been cancelled, as with the concerts that were going to be part of the event.

Shihad were due to play an unplugged set on October 16.

No word has been given as to why this the event has been cancelled as yet. Ticket holders will be refunded by NZTix and presumably TicketMaster will do the same.

We sincerely hope that Shihad resurrect this fantastic and unique concert experience some time in the future!

21 September 2013 - Upcoming shows in Auckland, Melbourne and Perth


Shihad are playing a few shows in upcoming months: details are below.

  • October 16: Shihad Unplugged, Auckland, NZ. Shihad's acoustic show is part of the Big Band Build, a charity event to help those in need of housing. Band members will be reportedly picking up a hammer and a few tools to help with the build, so if you're in Auckland, it might be worth checking out the fuss at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell when the build kicks off! Tickets available at NZTix or Ticketmaster.

  • November 4: Shihad, Melbourne, AU. Shihad with special guests All The Colours and Sinking Teeth. Tickets from OZTix.

  • December 7: Natural NZ Music Festival, Red Hill Auditorium, Perth, AU. An all-Kiwi music event, Shihad are on the bill with Kora, Tiki Taane, Home Brew, Stan Walker, 1814, Nesian Mystik, Optimus Gryme + MC Tiki, DJ Sir-Vere, Tali, Mike King and Box Party. Tickets on sale from Monday September 23. Find more info at Natural Music Festival Website.

See you in the moshpit!

12 August 2013 - Shihad Acoustic Gig

On 16 October Shihad will be playing an Acoustic gig in Auckland (Neither of the ticket sites mentioned seem to have tickets yet so still digging)

29 April 2013 - Where to buy Churn on Vinyl

Available in New Zealand at these stores:


  • JB HiFi – Queen Street
  • Real Groovy Records
  • Southbound Records
  • Rhythm Records


  • JB HiFi
  • Slowboat Records
  • Rough Peel Music


  • JB HiFi


  • Galaxy Records
  • Penny Lane


  • HiFi Gallery

New Plymouth:

  • Vinyl Countdown

Support your local record store.

26 March 2013 - Churn Re-release - Where To Get Your Copy

Mighty Ape have listed the vinyl re-release of Churn on their website, and it is available for pre-order. We understand that there is no planned Australian release, but with Mighty Ape being a New Zealand-run website with an Australian side, it appears all you Aussies might be able to get it from them.

Link to the NZ pre-order - [Here] NZ$29.99
Link to the Aus pre-order - [Here] AUD$23.99

25 March 2013 - Shihad To Release 20th Anniversary Remastered Edition Of Iconic Debut Album, Churn

Info straight from the record company below. As soon as we get information on where to get copies, we'll let you know.

Legendary New Zealand rockers, SHIHAD have sold more than a quarter of a million records worldwide (and counting), released nine full length albums and a greatest hits compilation and received the Herald Legacy Award at the New Zealand Music Awards in 2010.

This year, the band celebrates 20 years since the release of their debut album, CHURN with a limited edition release of the album on 180g vinyl, with all tracks remastered from the original tapes by Tony ‘Jack the Bear’ Mantz. With only 300 copies available, this special release is a must-have collector’s item for Shihad fans.

CHURN was recorded in February 1993 at York Street Studio with producer Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke and engineer Malcolm Welsford (who had worked with Shihad on their prior EP release DEVOLVE).

Known throughout New Zealand as a phenomenal live band, CHURN was produced with no intention of ever being played on commercial radio. In fact, Shihad had a creative freedom that some of the world’s biggest acts envied. In an interview in the San Francisco Examiner in 1995, Faith No More’s drummer Mike Bordin, rated CHURN as his #5 favourite album ahead of The Beatles’ LET IT BE which he rated as #6. And in an interview with Guitar Player in January 1994, Kirk Hammett of Metallica admitted to being a Shihad fan, describing them as “this great torqued-out band from New Zealand that sounds like Helmet meets early Killing Joke.”

CHURN went on to sell 10,000 copies in NZ, achieving Gold status.

CHURN – The 20th Anniversary Remastered Edition is released on vinyl only on April 19.

Shihad will be playing two shows in Auckland, supporting Black Sabbath at Vector Arena on April 20 & 22.


Side One 1. Factory 2. Screwtop 3. Fracture 4. Stations

Side Two 1. Clapper Loader 2. I Only Said 3. Derail 4. Bone Orchard 5. The Happy Meal

$30 pre sale at Mighty Ape

11 August 2012 - News Roundup

A lot is on the cards for the Shihad boys, with a string of dates announced for the Meanest Tour in Australia in September, and they're making an appearance back at New Zealand's CoroGold 2012 in Whitianga on December 30. Check the Gigs page for all the details.

Shihad's latest single Right Outta Nowhere is now available on iTunes NZ here and can also be found on the Australian release of the Meanest Hits CD.

20 July 2012 - Right Outta Nowhere the new single is up on soundcloud

The new single is up on Soundcloud at

Go give it a listen.

17 July 2012 - New Single

In Aussie Shihad have released a new single called Right Outta Nowhere. This is to support Meanest Hits in Aussie. There is currently no info yet on NZ details. It was recorded by Steve Schram at York St in 2011 and Jon recently finished the vocals for it.

4 May 2012 - Cinemas Showing the Movie and Dates has been given the list of which cinemas are going to be showing Shihad - Beautiful Machine. See the list below for where and when:

From 17 May:

Cinema 5 Whakatane, Circus Cinema Martinborough, Embassy 3 Wanganui, Event Albany, Event Broadway, Event Chartwell, Event Embassy Wellington, Event Highland Park, Event Manukau, Event New Plymouth, Event Queen St, Event Queensgate, Event St Lukes, Event West City, Event West Gate, Event Whangarei, Geraldine Cinemas Geraldine, Hollywood Sumner, Hoyts Hamilton Te Awa, Hoyts Octagon Dunedin, Hoyts Riccarton, Hoyts Sylvia Park, Hoyts Wairau Park, Majestic Cinema Taihape, Matakana Cinemas, Mercury Twin Whitianga, Methven Cinema Paradiso, Monterey Howick, Movieworld 3 Oamaru, NBS Theatre St James Westport, Odeon Cinema Gisborne, Paradiso Wanaka

From 24 May:

Picton Cinemas, Pukekohe Cinema 3, Reading Courtenay, Reading Invercargill, Reading Palms, Reading Porirua, Reading Rotorua, Regent Greymouth

From 31 May:

Regent Pahiatua, Regent Te Awamutu, Rialto Cinema Tauranga, Rialto Cinemas Auckland, Rialto Cinemas Dunedin, State Cinemas Motueka, State Nelson, Top Town 3 Blenheim

From Early June:

Village Theatre Takaka, Whangamata Cinemas Thames

20 April 2012 - Aussie Movie Premiere at Splendour Forum

Splendour have announced the Shihad Movie will debut Splendour Forum.

5 April 2012 - Trailer for the Movie is up

The Trailer for the Shihad Movie is up on the NZ Herald site. Go and spend 2 minutes and 17 seconds and have a watch.

28 March 2012 - Shihad Movie Site Up

The site for the Shihad Movie is up. Just has the date of 17 May on it thus far and gives you an idea of what the poster for the gig looks like.

27 March 2012 - Shihad Move Press Kit

Rialto Cinemas have released the Shihad Move Press kit. File:Shihad Movie Press Kit.pdf

21 March 2012 - Brewers Field gig moved to Brewers Stadium

Resource consent issues requires the move. Also the doors are now an hour earlier at 7 and the curfew is an hour earlier so everything will be running earlier.

21 March 2012 - And the Movie has a Facebook Page

21 March 2012 - Shihad's Beautiful Machine Documentary Trailer a Fan's first look

Well I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the 2 minutes and 17 seconds of trailer for the Shihad Documentary A Beautiful Machine. Unfortunately I was never left alone long enough to slip a thumb drive in and grab a copy, so you will just have to wait another week or two and have my description of it to tide you over. Firstly is it what I expected? Well umm I really don't know thinking about it, I never actually had any expectations as I really didn't really know it would be. That said I enjoyed it and it should be a good documentary, assuming it’s not like one of those action movie trailers where all the good bits are actually in the trailer. The trailer felt like a story in its own right, all happened a bit fast to get the whole story, so here hopes that it continues through into the full documentary. From day 1 they wanted a documentary that would have something in it for the hardcore fan base and that they could leave feeling they knew something more or have a new perspective on it all and also create such a movie that you take your Mum along to, as it would have a story that she could connect with even though she has never heard one note of Shihad. Firstly during the trailer I was going ohh haven't heard that before and here hopes that is a longer piece in the movie. To cover off the could I take my Mum along question well looking at the trailer I think I could as there does seem to be an under lying story that takes the band from back in day until now and through all the highs and lows along the way. It is not a live concert video sure there are clips, but if you want to see a Shihad live go along to gig, nothing compares to Shihad live and bouncing around in the mosh pit and getting all the bumps, bruises and cracked ribs. Shihad have opened themselves up during the making of this documentary to let us inside to see what makes them tick and allow us to see the journey thus far of a little band called Shihad.

And to address the elephant in the room it does appear to cover the "P" word and some stuff that happened on 11/9.

The random thought for the trailer is: Man they looked young.

The poster is also in its last stages as well. It for some reason reminds me of the limited edition poster they had at the Aussie Killjoy/TGE gigs. Think it is the silhouettes in front and a mosh pit behind. In the movie poster it is the four of them in silhouette and a city in the background, with an orange gradient. Then all the names and sponsors, the "normal movie poster" stuff, at the bottom.

They have had a media screening in Auckland of the whole thing and they have been getting great feedback and that it will have a greater audience than just the fans, so make sure you take along all your family and friends to it, when it comes out in May as part of NZ Music Month.

16 February 2012 - Meanest Hits NZ Tour

The dates (see below) have been announced for the Shihad Meanest Hits tour.

  • April 5 - Hamilton - Altitude
  • April 6 - Tauranga - Brewers Field
  • April 7 - Coroglen - Coroglen Tavern
  • April 8 - Auckland - The Powerstation
  • April 11 - Greymouth - Railway Hotel
  • April 12 - Nelson - Victory Room
  • April 13 - Christchurch - The Big Top
  • April 14 - Wellington - Station Village (Lower Hutt)

Presale on the 21st sign up at


The tour set is drafted to present the two dominant personalities of the Shihad live experience.

The first half set sees Shihad working at close quarters front of stage in homage to the close proximity, in-your-face intensity, of the rock bars and clubs where their music was informed. This part of the story recreates the unrefined fervor of the countless early career shit-hole gigs that gave potency to the bands live performance, while presenting the raw classics from their debut EP Devolve and their first three albums Churn, Killjoy and the self-titled Shihad.

The band’s work ethic and commitment was cast in this gritty reality of hauling gear up and down stairs, in and of venues on a merry go round of one night stands from Tutukaka to Thames, and from Poland to a small town in Texas.

Reflecting the band in transition, a second stanza embraces the big stage era where Shihad grew wings and a swagger and ramped up production. Incendiary live performances followed and nothing short of a legend status bestowed as they strode the many arena stages at home and abroad - the Big Day Out, Rhythm & Vines, Rippon, Rock am Ring, Roskilde etc. Albums from The General Electric, through to Ignite comprise this era and the many live favorites and radio hits within are given a thorough belting by Shihad while fittingly accompanied by aforementioned ramped up production.

SHIHAD - THE MEANEST. A not to be missed, one time only opportunity to see and hear Shihad carve their own way through one of New Zealand’s great Rock n Roll catalogues.

15 February 2012 - Latest News

Well tomorrow morning (15/2) at 9am Shihad will be announcing the details of a Tour starting in April on

The Medusa gig this Friday is sold out.

And finally apparently they will be recording their ninth album in Spain.

5 February 2012 - Another Gig

Bar Medusa has just said Shihad will be playing there on 17 Feb ( That is the day before Homegrown, so given that I am guessing Homegrown is now sold out so thus they can announce the competing warmup gig. Tickets will be on sale on Thu at 9am.

5 February 2012 - Movie Release Date

By the looks the movie will be out thee 17 May as part of NZ Music Month and will be Shihad: Beautiful Machine.

More details for now Shihad: Beautiful Machine


Home-grown documentary about legendary Kiwi group Shihad, chronicling their two decade rise to greatness.

"NZ's most successful rock band took their dreams all the way to the giddy heights of the US music scene. A terrorist attack, ill-advised name-change and swift-talk managers saw those dreams fall apart at the seams in one fated moment in LA's notorious 'Viper Room'.

"After multiple best-selling albums and a bond that has endured for over 23 years this documentary examines the notions of family, loyalty and success for four friends that almost took the biggest music industry in the World by storm." (

Starring John Toogood, Tom Larkin, Phil Knight, Karl Kippenberger

Directed by Sam Peacocke (feature debut)

Written by Sam Peacocke

Music, Documentary | Origin: NZ

4 February 2012 - Upcoming Shihad Shows in NZ

All has been quiet on the Wiki main page for a while, but the summer of gigs continues. Shihad are set to perform three upcoming shows in New Zealand:

  • February 18, 2012: Under 600 tickets are still available for Jim Beam Homegrown in Wellington.

Get your Jim Beam Homegrown tickets for $100 here from Homegrown site map and timetable available here.

  • February 23, 2012: Shihad play at Tillermans in Invercargill with support from Osmium and another TBA.

Get your tickets for Tillermans in Invercargill here from Ticketmaster.

  • February 24, 2012: Shihad play at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin for Orientadium 2012 with support from Cairo Knife Fight and Knives At Noon.

Get your tickets for Orientadium '12 in Dunedin here from TicketDirect.

Get into it!

12 October 2011 - Some Shihad Releases

Well Monday on iTunes will be having Devolve and all the early singles and EPs for the first time in digital format, so you will be able to get all the non album tracks you have always wanted to have. This will mean that all of Shihad's tracks that have been released will be in digital form. You will also be able to purchase the 100+ tracks in one bundle.

If that wasn't enough on 7 Nov Shihad will be releasing their Meanest Hits.

Legendary New Zealand rockers, SHIHAD have confirmed the tracklisting for their NOVEMBER 7 greatest hits collection, THE MEANEST HITS.

After winning the Herald Legacy Award at last year’s New Zealand Music Awards, the band who have sold more than a quarter of a million records worldwide (and counting), and with nine full albums under their belt, are finally releasing their first ever career retrospective album.

Fans can choose from a 20-track disc of their biggest hits or a limited edition deluxe package with 38 tracks, featuring all the hits and the band’s personal favourites.


  1. Home Again
  2. Run
  3. The General Electric
  4. You Again
  5. My Minds Sedate
  6. Comfort Me
  7. One will hear the other
  8. Pacifier
  9. Ignite
  10. Beautiful Machine
  11. Wait and See
  12. Debs Night Out
  13. Everything
  14. Sleepeater
  15. La La Land
  16. All the Young Fascists
  17. Bitter
  18. Alive
  19. I Only Said.
  20. It



  1. Home Again
  2. The General Electric
  3. You Again
  4. La La Land
  5. Pacifier
  6. Stations
  7. Rule the World
  8. Dark Times
  9. Ignite
  10. I Only Said
  11. Sleepeater
  12. Beautiful Machine
  13. Interconnector
  14. A Day Away
  15. Sport and Religion
  16. Bullitproof
  17. Alive
  18. Factory
  19. It


  1. Run
  2. My Minds Sedate
  3. Bitter
  4. Comfort Me
  5. Ghost from the past
  6. Thin White Line
  7. One will hear the other
  8. Wait and see
  9. Everything
  10. Engage
  11. Debs night out
  12. Yr Head is a Rock
  13. Saddest song in the world
  14. Lead or follow
  15. Gimme Gimme
  16. All the young Fascists
  17. Screwtop
  18. Derail
  19. Down Dance

7 July 2011 - Shihad to play Coromandel Gold NYE 2011/2012

Shihad will be playing at Coromandel Gold at Ohuka Farm in Whitianga to see in the 2012 new year.

Coromandel Gold - Double the Strength

Accept no imitations - Coromandel Gold is the ultimate music destination of the Kiwi summer.

The sellout festival returns with double the strength and double the summer vibes as it expands to a two-day celebration of sun, sand and beaches all guaranteed to get you in a Coromandel state of mind.

Set just three kilometres from Whitianga town centre, the lush surrounds of Ohuka Farm will again play host to Coromandel Gold, this time over the 30th and 31st of December. Jamaican reggae legend Horace Andy & Dub Asante joins an all-star line-up including; Shapeshifter, Kora, Shihad, The Black Seeds, Ladi6, TrinityRoots, The Adults, The Nudge, 1814, Optimus Gryme ft. Tiki and The Upbeats - with another homegrown heavyweight still to be announced.

All 12,500 tickets to last year's Coromandel Gold sold out in 36 hours before going on public sale, and this year's storming line-up is sure to deliver a similar result. Throw in more bar and food options plus a new campground equipped with hot showers, flush toilets and plenty of space, and every need will be catered for.

Pre-sale tickets to this year's festival are available from 9am on Thursday July 21st to members registered on the Coro Gold website. If not sold out, any remaining tickets will be available for public sale on Monday July 25th.

Don't miss your chance to purchase the golden ticket of the summer - register now at for the ultimate Coromandel summer experience.

To join the database click HERE

Shapeshifter, Shihad, Horace Andy & Dub Asante, The Black Seeds, Ladi6, TrinityRoots, The Adults, The Nudge, 1814, Optimus Gryme ft. Tiki and The Upbeats

30th & 31st December 2011 - Ohuka Farm, Whitianga.

25 June 2011 - TGE Live @ The Powerstation August 2010 available for download

Radio NZ has place 50:38 of the The General Electric at the Powerstation up on their site. Also listen at 4pm to hear what else they say ahead of time, as this download is purely the gig. I haven't listened the whole way through yet so don't know if the encores are there or not.

Direct download

25 June 2011 - Reminder - Live @ The Powerstation August 2010 will be played on Radio NZ

Just a reminder as this is coming up this weekend.

As some of you may be aware the Killjoy (Gig 20100806) and The General Electric (Gig 20100807) in Auckland last year were recorded and the schedule for them being aired on Radio NZ is set for June. The broadcast details are:

  • Killjoy 4:10pm Saturday June 18th, then repeated 8:06pm Friday June 24th
  • The General Electric 4:10pm Saturday June 25th, then repeated 8:06pm Friday July 1st

We are unsure how much of each show will be broadcast, but apparently will be streamed on Radio NZ's site for a few months after airing.

18 June 2011 - Killjoy Live @ The Powerstation August 2010 available for download

Radio NZ has place 50:38 of the Killjoy at the Powerstation up on their site. Also listen at 4pm to hear what else they say ahead of time, as this download is purely the gig. I haven't listened the whole way through yet so don't know if the encores are there or not.

Direct download

16 June 2011 - Reminder - Live @ The Powerstation August 2010 will be played in Radio NZ

Just a reminder as this is coming up this weekend.

As some of you may be aware the Killjoy (Gig 20100806) and The General Electric (Gig 20100807) in Auckland last year were recorded and the schedule for them being aired on Radio NZ is set for June. The broadcast details are:

  • Killjoy 4:10pm Saturday June 18th, then repeated 8:06pm Friday June 24th
  • The General Electric 4:10pm Saturday June 25th, then repeated 8:06pm Friday July 1st

We are unsure how much of each show will be broadcast, but apparently will be streamed on Radio NZ's site for a few months after airing.

16 June 2011 - The Adults album streaming

In the lead up to The Adults album being released on Monday 20 June it is currently available for streaming, so give it a listen

4 June 2011 - Some NZ dates

Shihad have one gig in Queenstown and one in New Plymouth coming up later in the year.

30 May 2011 - The Adults pre order links

The Adults debut album The Adults is out on the 20th June and you can now pre order if so wish. Please see the track list in the earlier news items.



25 May 2011 - Ticket Giveaway for Friday's Shihad Gig Extended

It looks like everyone who wants tickets have already brought them so we are extending this until 5pm Thursday. So if you don't have a ticket drop competition AT shihadwiki DOT com at line.

25 May 2011 - Ticket Giveaway

Some members of the Shihad Community have been kind enough to donate some tickets for the When I Grow Up gig on Friday. If you would like a ticket please in 50 words or less say why you would like a ticket to competition AT shihadwiki DOT com. We will send them out Wed night. They are e-tickets so you will need to print them out.

Normal competition stuff like and not limited to: judges decision final, can't convert to cash, we have no liability, can't sue us, you need to take responsibility for yourself and anything that happens to you, it is just a normal ticket to just see the show, you have to get yourself to the venue, if the people who gave us the tickets used them themselves that is between you and them nothing we can do sorry, is for one ticket, one entry per person etc

23 May 2011 - More Adults Release Details

As we know The Adults' first album The Adults is out June 20. The standard physical and digital download will contain 12 while a special iTunes edition will have 14 tracks. There are currently no pre sales link but we will post them as they become available.

On another Adults note Part Three or Three of The Stuff series is out.

16 May 2011 - The Adults One Million Ways video premiere details

The video for The Adults One Million Ways will premiere at the end of Nightline tonight on TV3. The Video will be in normal release from tomorrow.


15 May 2011 - Part Two of the making of The Adults up

Part Two of the making of the The Adults is up on Stuff.

14 May 2011 - The Adults First Single and Tour Details

An MP3 of the Adults first single One Million Ways is available on Amplifier for purchase for $1.99.

They will also be touring NZ in July over three weekends and there are more details on the tour here

14 May 2011 - Live @ The Powerstation 8/10 will be played in Radio NZ

As some of you may be aware the Killjoy (Gig 20100806) and The General Electric (Gig 20100807) in Auckland last year were recorded and the schedule for them being aired on Radio NZ is set for June. The broadcast details are:

  • Killjoy 4:10pm Saturday June 18th, then repeated 8:06pm Friday June 24th
  • The General Electric 4:10pm Saturday June 25th, then repeated 8:06pm Friday July 1st

We are unsure how much of each show will be broadcast, but apparently will be streamed on Radio NZ's site for a few months after airing.

5 May 2011 - Shihad the Movie Gig Announcement

After months of anticipation we are happy to announce that Shihad will be playing a gig that will be filmed for their upcoming Movie. It will be filmed at Wellington High School where it all started many moons ago. See you all there.


5 May 2011 - Details on The Adults album

It has been announced Jon's Solo project will release a self title album on the 20th of June. There is a three part series of videos on the Adults filmed by Zoe McIntosh and part one can bee seen on Stuff

Below is the press release from Warners:

The Adults Header.jpg The Adults Banner.jpg

After 22 years at the helm of New Zealand’s most loved rock band, Shihad frontman Jon Toogood has built up a treasure trove of musical connections. Lucky for us they have now collided, resulting in one hell of a project.

With a vast collection of musical ideas and a bit of downtime, Jon began work on a project which has now become The Adults, a celebration of his work with some of New Zealand’s brightest talents and an iconic Kiwi album in-the-making.

The Adults are Jon Toogood (Shihad), Tiki Taane, Shayne Carter (Straightjacket Fits/Dimmer), Anika Moa, Ladi6, Julia Deans, Gary Sullivan (JPSE/Dimmer), Nick Roughan (Skeptics), Ruban & Kody Nielson (The Mint Chicks), Warren Maxwell (Trinity Roots/Little Bushman), Ricki Gooch (Trinity Roots) Redford Grenell (Shapeshifter) and Steve Bremner.

With their debut, self titled album set for release on June 20, The Adults have given us a preview of what is to come with the tasty sweet soul of ‘Nothing To Lose’ which has gone on to become a #1 Alt radio hit and YouTube favourite

‘One Million Ways’ (the first official single) is one of the many standout tracks – infectious and epic in equal measure. Other highlights include the Anika Moa lullaby-esque ‘Sleep Me Tight’, good friend Julia Deans on the optimistic ‘New Beginning’ and co-pilot Shayne Carter on ‘Most Important’. The result is a collection of songs - beautiful in its eclecticism.

Check Part 1 of ‘Behind The Scenes / Making Of The Album’ at

The Adults – THE ADULTS – out 20 June, 2011

10 April 2011 - Shihad Playing London in June at the Southern Sounds Festival

Shihad will be playing at the inaugural Southern Sounds Festival. Shihad will be in the UK for this date solely and will not be playing any other gigs while they are over there. The Southern Sounds Festival appears to be a new festival on the London calendar which brings together NZ, Aussie and South African bands for the ex-pat community. Currently Shihad will be supported by INXS and Town Hall Steps, given that the festival is nine hours long we are guessing that more bands will be joining the line up.

5 April 2011 - First Video from Jon's Solo Album

The first song "Nothing to Lose" from Jon's Solo Project The Adults is up on You Tube. We have no official word on a release date yet.


The track features Ladi 6 on vocals, Shayne Carter (Dimmer/Straightjacket Fits) on guitar, Gary Sullivan (Dimmer/JPSE) on drums, Tiki Taane on keys & bv's and Jon Toogood on bass & bv's

3 April 2011 - Sleepeater wins Gold Axis Award

The Sleepeater website has won a Gold Axis Award at the 2011 CAANZ Awards. TVNZ will be producing a piece apparently for there On Demand Website covering why things won awards and the like

3 April 2011 - Shihad the Motion Picture update

The Shihad Feature Film is going well. (Producer) David White and (Director) Sam Peacocke recently returned from shooting interviews in the U.S.A. While there, they spoke to the likes of GGGarth Richardson, Angus Vail, Roe Gallo and Doc McGhee discussing everything from the name change to what it takes to break in America. All these interviews gave some amazing insights into the band and also the America music industry as a whole.

Sam and David will be heading to Melbourne next week to spend a little more time with the band before they're back and begin heading into post production, following a few more days shoot.

9 March 2011 - Engage Single Released on NZ iTunes

The Engage Single has been released on the NZ iTunes. It includes Engage and In The Future remix by Optimus Gryme.

27 February 2011 - Engage Video Up on You Tube

The Engage Video is up on You Tube. {{#ev:youtube|nikAxi9NYvQ}}

27 February 2011 - Warriors and Eels playing post support for Shihad at Eden Park

Shihad will be playing a gig at Eden Park on 12 March

24 February 2011 - Sleepeater up for People Choice Award at SXSW. Please Vote

The Sleepeater Video is up for the people's choice award at SXSW. So please vote for it at We have until 6pm US Central time on 1 March to do the voting so please do vote. It is listed under Sleepeater and the seventh one on the list.

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22 February 2011 - Engage Single Details

The Engage video will premier on the Top 40 on Channel Four on Thursday night. The Digital Single will be released on iTunes of 7 March and will include a remix on In The Future by Optimus Gryme.

8 February 2011 - Shihad to play Caxton St Seafood and Wine Festival

Every city in the world has distinct pockets of color, culture and character. London has Covent Garden, Paris has Montmartre, New York has Time Square and out of Brisbanes many precincts - one stands out from the crowd - Caxton Street.

On Sunday 1 May 2011, Caxton Street will be transformed into one of the greatest seafood and wine events Australia has to offer. Three stages of entertainment provide the soundtrack for Brisbanes biggest street party. Bring the family for a slice of musical culture under the Brisbane winter sunshine with jazz, blues and groove and pop from some of Australia's favourite recording artists. Then once the sun goes down, dance and rock out to your favourite tunes!

2011 First Line Up Announce!

  • Shihad (NZ)
  • Ash Grunwald
  • Evil Eddie
  • Joel Turner
  • The Radiators
  • Jimmy Z
  • James Johnston
  • The Optimen
  • Harmonic Generator (France)
  • Afrodisa
  • Revolucion
  • Nat Col and the Kings

More local & international acts to be announced

Second Announce 9th March, Third Announce 6th April

Downloadable, full event program available from 6th April from

Caxton St Seafood & Wine Festival, Brisbane, QLD, AU

8 February 2011 - Vote for Shihad albums in The Rocks 100 Biggest Albums of all time

You can vote for, Killjoy, The Fish Album, The General Electric, Beatiful Machine and Ignite this year. So get your votes in, voting closes on the 10th, with the countdown being played next week.

The Rocks Website

6 February 2011 - Some Engage Video Details

From what we hear the video shoot for Engage went well and we are looking for a debut in a couple of weeks time. Like the other videos C4 (which is on C42 now or something) will be doing a behind the scenes. When we get details on the premiere date/time and details of the digital bundle you will be the first to know.

1 February 2011 - Sleepeater Web Site up for award at SXSW

The Sleepeater website is up for the music award at SXSW 2011. The winners will be announced on 14 March. Fingers crossed for a great result.

1 February 2011 - Shihad Documentary Details

Some info on the Shihad Documentary

25 January 2011 - The Rock is looking for the most Hardcore Shihad Fans

The Rock is running a competition to find three hardcore Shihad fans to be involved in the Shihad Movie that is currently in the works. To enter and find more info please see The competition will close Midday Friday 28 January, so get your entry in quickly.

16 January 2011 - Some Engage Video details

Keeping an eye out on Twitter it looks like the production crew are on the lookout for an abandon house for the Engage video. So this will continue with the theme of videos of:

  • Lead or Follow - Gun Emplacement Tunnels
  • Ignite - Abandoned Gun Platforms

Filming will take place this week while the guys are over for the Auckland Big Day Out. We currently don't have any details on a release date for this.

13 January 2011 - Enter to win a chance to watch the TGE set from the side of the stage

The NZ Herald is running a competition for the chance to watch Shihad play the The General Electric in full from the side of the stage at Big Day Out. Enter Here

This You Tube clip should help answer the question: {{#ev:youtube|_1XqbopXH5M}}

10 January 2011 - Ignite goes Gold

To start the year off on a great note we have heard that Ignite has gone Gold in NZ.

22 December 2010 - Engage is the fourth single and video gets funding

Engage is going to be the fourth single with a TV, Radio and iTunes release. Currently there are no dates. The video has received NZ on Air funding in the December 2010 funding round.

21 December 2010 - Vote for Shihad in the JJJ Hottest 100!

To promote a bit of Had Squad activity get a vote down on this!

Simply Click Vote Now, then scroll down till you find,

'Shihad - Lead or Follow'

go back up to your shortlist, tick the song and hit NEXT

(you can also vote for up to 9 of your other favourite songs for the year if you so wish)

Fill out your details, hit send!

Then please make sure you confirm your vote (you will recieve an email from triple j asking to confirm your vote, click that link) and you are done!

20 December 2010 - Auckland BDO 2011 6-7 on the Orange stage

Shihad will be playing the Auckland BDO on the Orange stage from 6 until 7. See the full timetable showing all the bands giving them pre and post support over at the BDO Website.

11 December 2010 - Shihad win Best Rock Artist

Shihad have won at the 2010 Rock Awards Best Rock Artist. This goes with their 2009 Best Rock Artist - Local

9 December 2010 - Ignite Special Edition with bonus The General Electric album

Shihad on December 30 will be releasing a Limited Tour Edition of Ignite which includes a copy of The General Electric (which you can see live in full at the 2011 Auckland Big Day Out). It will be physical only and TGE will be reconfigure to fit in a Super Jewel Case to match the NZ release of Ignite.

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4 December 2010 - Shihad win Best Live Performance at Wellingtonista Awards 2010

At the Wellingtonista TAWA awards won "Best Live Performance" for their Killjoy Gig at the San Francisco Bathhouse.

1 December 2010 - Ignite Single iTunes URL

The iTunes URL is

22 November 2010 - Ignite Single Details

The Ignite Single will be released exclusively on the NZ iTunes on 29 November. It will include the radio edit, a downbeat remix by Kyle Bourke (You Tube) and a copy of the music video.

22 November 2010 - Behind the scenes on the Ignite Video

C4 has a behind the scenes of the Ignite Video

14 November 2010 - Killjoy Sydney now on MoshCam

MoshCam videoed the Killjoy gig in Sydney and it is now up for all to watch.

13 November 2010 - Ignite Video on YouTube

Watch it now on You Tube and all done in one take with a steady cam

11 November 2010 - NZ Summer Dates

This summer, Shihad will be embarking on a 3 date tour across summer hotspots in NZ. Playing with Shihad will be The Naked And Famous and Cairo Knife Fight.

All promoting new releases and fresh off the back of a successful year of local and international performance, these holidays catch this unique trio together, live in concert. Three world class rock bands of local origin in one arena, if you like your hooks big and your guitars even bigger, it doesn't get much better than this.

Here are the dates + More info

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11 November 2010 - Ignite to Premiere on C4 Top 40 this Saturday

The Ignite Video should Premiere on C4 Top 40 this Saturday

26 October 2010 - Some BDO Details

From the Road Runner Interview they are on the Main Stage at 6 or 7 and playing the TGE then 3 or 4 new songs. So maybe an 1:10 or 1:15 long set by my math

20 October 2010 - wins won Gold in the Small Scale Website category at the best awards.

18 October 2010 - Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 features Sleepeater

Pro Evolution Soccer 2011 features Sleepeater in its official soundtrack

12 October 2010 - Radio stations have the third single

Radio stations have the third single and is available for play at any stage, so get listening

7 October 2010 - Shihad tickets for the Auckland Big Day Out go on sale at 1 past midnight

Tickets for the Auckland Big Day Out where Shihad will be playing The General Electric in full go sale at one past mid day night Friday on You can also buy tickets from 9am on Friday at where you if you buy before 31 October you will go in the draw for a trip for two to the Melbourne Big Day Out. Make sure you don't miss out. All times are NZ time.

7 October 2010 - Shihad on the radio today

Shihad are on the radio today:

  • George fm at 9.30
  • Kiwi fm at 1pm

6 October 2010 - Keep your ear out on the radio next week

It might be worth your while listening to the radio next week.

2 October 2010 - This week's Sunday News has an interview

This weeks Sunday News will have a Shihad interview it apparently, so keep you eyes peeled.

30 September 2010 - has a Twitter account now has a Twitter account @shihadwiki. We will try and remember to post there when we add new news items or when we come across something juicy to share in the Twittersphere.

30 September 2010 - Shihad gets new chart record with Ignite

Shihad now have a new NZ Chart record, they are equal for the most number one albums for a NZ artists with four. What sets Shihad apart is they got their four number ones in their debut week.

Fir the full write please see:

28 September 2010 - Ignite goes to #1

Ignite in its debut weeks goes to #1 on the NZ Chart.

28 September 2010 - Shihad to play TGE at the Auckland Big Day Out

Shihad will be playing the General Electric at the Auckland Big Day Out.

28 September 2010 - Guns N' Roses/KoЯn shows

Shihad are supporting Guns N' Roses and KoЯn.

  • Wednesday December 01 Reid Park, Townsville
  • Tuesday December 07 Adelaide Entertainment Centre
  • Saturday December 11 Perth Motorplex

Andrew McManus Presents can announce that Shihad, one of New Zealand’s greatest rock bands, will be sharing the bill with global rock legends, Guns N’ Roses and Korn, this December in Townsville, Adelaide and Perth. Shihad will also perform with Korn for their solo shows in Sydney and Melbourne this December. Shihad have had three #1 albums and also hold the record for the most Top40 Single Chart appearances for a New Zealand artist. Fans can expect to hear all their biggest hits and also songs off Shihad’s just released eighth studio album, Ignite.

Andrew McManus Presents is proud to announce that global rock legends, Guns N’ Roses will perform in Australia for not only the V8 Supercar Championship for the Sydney Telstra 500, but now also stand alone shows in Townsville, Adelaide and Perth in December 2010. Tickets go on sale from noon Tuesday 7th September. Special guests will be explosive hard-rock band KoRn.

The enigmatic front man and legendary voice of Guns N’ Roses, Axl Rose will be joined by the current line up of Tommy Stinson on bass, Dizzy Reed on keys, Bumblefoot on guitar, Chris Pitman on keys + bass, DJ Ashba on guitar, Richard Fortus on rhythm guitar and Frank Ferrer on drums.

Promoter, Andrew McManus says, ‘this is a very exciting tour for us, I saw Guns N’ Roses perform in Helsinki earlier this year and I’ve never seen a bigger crowd, it was a wild concert with over 60,000 fans going freakin’ berserk! They were really well behaved and were there purely to give the band as much energy back as the band gave them, which believe me was a ton full! I got goose bumps hearing the crowd leave the venue all as one singing 'Sweet Child O’ Mine'.

Guns N’ Roses last toured Australia in 2007 and have sold more than 100 million records worldwide since forming in 1985. With hits including Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Sweet Child O’ Mine and November Rain, Guns N’ Roses provided the anthems that shaped a generation.

Joining Guns N’ Roses on this tour will be Grammy award winning metal band KoRn who have sold in excess of 30 million albums and played countless sold-out shows worldwide.

This show is not for the faint hearted and not to be missed!

22 September 2010 - WA Dates

Hot on the heels of the SOLD OUT run of Killjoy and General Electric album shows comes news of SHIHAD’s national tour in support of IGNITE – their new album slated for a September 24th release through iconic rock label Roadrunner Records.

Those in the know describe ‘Ignite’ as harkening back to many of the original raw ...elements of Shihad – the rumbling and slow spiralling heavy groove unfolding under the thick crackle of a duelling Telecaster and SG all underpinning Jon Toogood’s engaging vocal.

Shihad IGNITE tour With special guests Emperors Tickets on sale Thursday 23 September. Presented by Street Press Australia and Faster Louder.

Thursday 25 November – Prince of Wales, Bunbury Tickets from & the venue

Friday 26 November – Rosemount Hotel, North Perth Tickets from , Star Perth, Planet Mt Lawley & Mills Fremantle

Saturday 27 November– Indi Bar, Scarborough Tickets from , Star Perth, Planet Mt Lawley & Mills Fremantle

Sunday 28 November - Mojos, North Fremantle Tickets from , Star Perth, Planet Mt Lawley & Mills Fremantle

20 September 2010 - Thank You

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to Shihad Wiki, be that editing, sending us stuff, donating or giving us moral support. As today The Boys have said thanks to all of the blood, sweet and tears that have gone into this site, with a thanks in the Ignite liner notes.

20 September 2010 - iTunes corruption issue

The iTunes corrupt audio IS being fixed as we speak, it will be replaced and all purchasers will get replacement files. But YOU need to Report the problem to iTunes in the first instance. For information on how to report an issue with an iTunes purchase, click here

19 September 2010 - iTunes NZ is saying that Ignite is available for download

People who preordered on iTunes are saying they have an email saying that they can now download Ignite. Enjoy people enjoy.

19 September 2010 - JB HiFi NZ Competition Details

Page B1 of today's Sunday Star Times has a JB HiFi ad and it says: Buy the album at JB HiFi and be in with a chance to win a signed guitar. Says see in store for more details. Assuming it's signed by Shihad and it's a Fender. Gorilla Drums and Guitar are helping out given their logo on the ad.

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17 September 2010 - Jon and Karl busy on Monday

Jon and Karl have a busy Monday (20/9) ahead of them:

  • 7.15am - ZM Breakfast show
  • 8.15am - TVNZ Breakfast
  • 8.45am - Bfm on air
  • 11.30am - The Rock live with Tracey
  • 3.00pm - Radio Hauraki
  • 5.15pm - C4 Select Live

16 September 2010 - has a Shihad competition

If you sign up to's email list before 9am 22 September you can go in the draw to win a Shihad T-Shirt. See the site for the Shihad top and more.

16 September 2010 - Shihad supporting KoЯn

Shihad will be supporting KoЯn in Sydney on 4 Dec and Melbourne on 5 Dec.

16 September 2010 - iTunes Release Dates

Ignite will be available on iTunes from the 20th for everyone with the exception of Aussie and the USA. Aussie can buy it on iTunes from the 24th and people in the USA from early November (don't shot the messenger). Just search for "Shihad Ignite" in iTunes and both the standard and deluxe editions will be available.

16 September 2010 - Stuff has article on the Movie has an article on the Shihad movie and says that they are planning on filming a gig for it. *cough* 31 Aug news item *cough*

15 September 2010 - Shihad the Motion Picture update

By all accounts this is progressing well and interviews are currently being filmed across NZ, Aussie and North America. Look out for it in 2011.

14 September 2010 - gets a lick of paint for the new album

With only days to the release of Ignite Karl has given a lick of paint and changed it around a bit ready for the new album. So head over to and have a look for yourself.

13 September 2010 - Ignite advertising Posters seen in the wild

With only a week to go until the release of Shihad's eight studio album Ignite posters advertising it have been seen in the wild.

13 September 2010 - Aussie JB HiFi Pre Order Competition

If you are in Aussie Pre Order Ignite from JB Hifi and go into the draw to win a large signed poster. Buy from here

2 September 2010 - Rip It Up: Shihad Exclusive article in the August/September edition, plus competitions to win signed mags and posters!


The Rip It Up Website is offering you the chance to win a signed magazine, so head on over to the site and follow the links to get yourself in the draw!

Also, to celebrate the news of Shihad's Legacy Award and upcoming induction into the NZ Music Hall of Fame, Rip It Up are giving you the chance to win an awesome A1 signed poster. Read how to enter on the Rip It Up Poster competition page, and follow the links!

The August/September edition of Rip It Up Magazine is gracing bookstores all over New Zealand, and it features an in-depth article about Shihad, features Jon Toogood as guest editor (including a walk-through of some of the pivotal Shihad tracks), Jon reveals his top three albums blasting on his stereo this month, the top 5 epic Shihad guitar riffs, and more!

And if you miss out on winning a copy of the mag, you have until the end of the month to pick it up from any good bookstore.

2 September 2010 - Sleepeater Optimus Gryme Remix

A bit of a preview has been released as a part of a mixtape.

If you're into some fine dubstep, you'll be pretty keen on this.

Check it out here.

1 September 2010 - Sleepeater up for Best Video

The Sleepeater video is a finalist in the Best Music Video at the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. So Congrats to Sam, the rest of team, the boys and the 100+ people who all got wet.

1 September 2010 - Congratulations Shihad

Shihad have won the Legacy award at the NZ Music Awards. They will officially receive it on 7 October and be inducted into the NZ Music Hall of Fame.

31 August 2010 A heads up

We have come across some info, but none of it has been confirmed, so we can't say anything. What we will say is it might be worth while directing some money towards your Shihad savings bank account with a target of December. If it doesn't pan out you will have some extra money saved for the Xmas Visa bill and for having drinks in the sun on a summer's afternoon.

31 August 2010 Ignite Limited Edition Info

The physical limited edition will be a run of 5000

31 August 2010 NZ TV News on Wed 1 September

We have had a heads up that it is worth watching the 6pm News. We haven't had confirmation if it is both channels or not.

31 August 2010 Ignite is available for preorder

19 August 2010 First Remix Up

Shihad are doing a Limited Edition of their new album with some remixes on it and the first one by Naked and Famous of Lead or Follow is up on Shihad's Facebook page

10 August 2010 - NZ and WA Dates

Look for dates coming up during the summer these should be coming along soon.

9 August 2010 - Aussie Ignite Tour

Press Release from Road Runner Records

They’re back.

Hot on the heels of the SOLD OUT run of Killjoy and General Electric album shows comes news of SHIHAD’s national tour in support of IGNITE – their new album slated for a September 24th release through iconic rock label Roadrunner Records.

Those in the know describe ‘Ignite’ as harkening back to many of the original raw elements of Shihad – the rumbling and slow spiralling heavy groove unfolding under the thick crackle of a duelling Telecaster and SG all underpinning Jon Toogood’s engaging vocal.

Joining Shihad on the Ignite tour to round out a smokin’ bill are Trial Kennedy and Black Devil Yard Boss (BDYB).

Trial Kennedy barely need introduction after their incendiary debut album ‘New Manic Art’ ripped through Australian rock airwaves in 2008; and word is TK will be playing cuts from an imminent new release.

BDYB features ex-Mammal members Pete Williamson and Zane Rosanoski and ex-Pete Murray’s Stonemason bass player Michael Davids. The debut BDYB EP is released on August 13th and their first single ‘One Dead Letter’ is spinning on triple j radio.

Shihad IGNITE tour

Tickets on sale Monday 23rd August

Presented by Street Press Australia and Faster Louder.

Thur 4th Nov – ANU Canberra Tickets on sale from , The ANU Bar and Ticketek phonecharge 132 849 or

Fri 5th Nov - GAELIC CLUB Sydney Tickets on sale from or phonecharge 1300 762 545, Moshtix outlets, or phonecharge 1300 438 849 and Ticketek phonecharge 132 849 or

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2 August 2010 - VIP Ticket Details for Aussie Gigs

From Thanks for the email. The info we have gotten back this afternoon is "the premium ticket holders will be given a laminate when they collect their tickets at the box office, which will allow them to access backstage 1/2 hour after the show, and they go backstage to meet the band and get their poster signed.(posters will be backstage)"

Hopefully this clears things up, and if you have any further questions just let us know

19 July 2010 - New Album Title and Release Date Announced, Lead Or Follow Video Out

The new album will be called Ignite and is currently scheduled for release on the 20th of September. Also, check out the video for Shihad's new single Lead Or Follow, by clicking here. Warner Music NZ's press release

25 June 2010 - NZ Gets TGE & Killjoy Tour

In support of this stone cold fact, this July and August, Shihad will embark on a series of two-night performances in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland. Night one will consist of a full song-by-song live run through of Killjoy, with Shihad repeating the process with The General Electric on night two. Suffice to say all dates on this highly anticipated tour will sell-out.

Already renown as one of the best live bands in the world, this July and August Shihad will perform some of the most unique and compelling performances of their astonishing career. Come and witness!

Tickets are only $50 for these iconic shows, available from Real Groovy and Ticket Master

26 May 2010 - The General Electric, Melbourne Show SOLD OUT

After less then 10 hours of going on sale, The General Electric Melbourne show has completely sold out.

All premium tickets have also now sold out as have the double passes.

Get in quick for any remaining tickets!

23 May 2010 - Killjoy & The General Electric to be played on back to back nights

Shihad will be playing Killjoy and The General Electric over 2 nights in both Melbourne and Sydney.

This will be the first times some songs have ever been played live, so make sure what ever you do, get there.

Check out the gig pages for more information on this event.


4 May 2010 - Shihad: The Movie

Press Release

Fans, friends, family! As you know SHIHAD have been one of the most successful rock bands to have emerged from this part of the world To celebrate and document 21 years SHIHAD are making a feature length, full noise, access all areas documentary movie on the band.

The SHIHAD movie will be a hundred minutes of the band live in concert, and of the bands own story including a series of interviews with Jon, Tom, Karl and Phil. The film producers will talk to some of the managers, producers and people who have helped shape their sound, and also meet some of the friends and family who have watched four schoolboys from suburban Wellington grow into one of the world's greatest rock acts.

This is your chance to be a part of SHIHAD history.

We want to know: the songs you want to see, the stories you want to hear, and the people you want us to talk to.

We are looking for archive material, and lots of it! We'll need photos, videos, recordings – anything you have in your own collection or anything else you think should be a part of SHIHAD: The Movie.

Please send all of your archives to:

Shihad – Beautiful Machine

ION Films

PO Box: 7291 Newtown Wellington New Zealand

Or email:

Grant Roa

4 May 2010 - Shihad sign to Roadrunner Australia

To rock fans the country over, Shihad are a band that that have continually delivered the goods. However, despite their reputation as one of the most loved (adopted) local artists of the last two decades, they never let the grass grow under their feet and their forthcoming album is just as anticipated as classics like Killjoy, The General Electric and their last album Beautiful Machine.

With this in mind, Roadrunner Records are proud to announce this week that they have inked a deal with the NZ rockers and will be releasing their new album in Australia in September this year.

“Roadrunner Australia is extremely excited to be working with the mighty Shihad, after being fans for many years. We look forward to working with them on the new album and sharing in a new chapter for the band .” Ben Ralph – General Manager, Roadrunner Australia

"Roadrunner is a label that we grew up admiring from our early days as a young, spotty and reasonably proficient speed metal band - We've come close a couple of times over the years to inking with them in various OS territories so it's great to finally get a chance to work together - They are by far the world’s leading rock label, so it makes launching a new Shihad project with such a dedicated and vibrant team f#@king brilliant - Bring it on...!" Tom Larkin - Shihad

First taste from the new album will be the single Sleepeater, which opens with a slow burning mantra and warm guitar undercurrent uncoiling into a trademark booming chorus. The video is reverentially innovative, featuring Shihad fans being subjected to the elements on slo-mo, high definition video and is sure to become a viral fixture.

Stay tuned for news of some special live performances…

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28 April 2010 - Shihad featured on

Shihad has been featured as a main article for their latest video Sleepeater on, this has been creating an awesome amount of publicity for the band.

If you still have not seen the final edit of the video check it out here, ShihadWiki YouTube

17 April 2010 - ShihadWiki Interview with Sam Peacocke - Question

With the release of the video for Sleepeater, ShihadWiki have managed to score an interview with Sam Peacocke, director of both the Sleepeater and Beautiful Machine music videos. Also, Patrick Herd, the man responsible for the water and air cannons in the Sleepeater video, is happy to answer any questions you have. Head on over to this thread at and post your questions for these two fine folks!

7 April 2010 - Listen to Sleepeater

Check it out here... .... NOW!

29 March 2010 - Sleepeater Single/Video

Sleepeater's video will be released on the 12th of April, keep tabs on for info on the date.

22 February 2010 - Cold Heart played live for the first time, and Jonny covering We Will Rock You

Cold Heart and Empty Shell / We Will Rock You

Filming was done for the Sleepeater Video and we think its going to come out pretty well. This should be out within the next 6 weeks

16 February 2010 - Homegrown Festival now Sold Out

As the header now states, Homegrown is now all sold out, so good luck at paying stupid prices on Trade Me for tickets.

16 February 2010 - Get your self in the Sleepeater video at Homegrown Festival

Get yourself into Shihad's new video for their upcoming single ‘Sleepeater'. Head along to Jim Beam Homegrown in Wellington and look for the Sleepeater video booth right outside the TSB Arena.

If you're too much of a star to queue then listen to The Rock for your chance to win a VIP pass to the front of the line.

Award-winning Director Sam Peacocke is at the helm of this ground breaking concept, which will see all participants feature in their own personalised Shihad ‘Sleepeater' video!

In addition, everyone who takes part in the shoot will receive a free download of the street track ‘Cold Heart', a preview from the upcoming Shihad album.

10 February 2010 - Loud As Fuck

Shihad are going to be releasing a new DVD intitled "Loud As Fuck."

Shooting starts in February 2010, shoot ends May 2010. It is set to contain live footage and documentary footage.

Producer: Laurence Alexander Writer/Director: Graeme Tuckett

24 January 2010 - Call for donations

In March, Shihad Wiki will be celebrating its 3rd Birthday. We are now running our bi-annual donations appeal.


Click the above link to make a fast, easy and secure donation to Shihad Wiki.

Your donations help us keep the site running and to provide downloadable material for all users. We now have over 20 gb of downloadable materials. You can donate how ever much you like, anything is appreciated.

If you need any help with donating in this method or any other method, please contact webmasters User:Kinopus or User:Karit and they will be more then happy to help.

Other ways you can contribute to Shihad Wiki is get an account and start editing.

Ongoing and new things we want to achieve:

  • To upload photo/scans of set lists and details of set lists
  • Upload photos
  • Make sure the lyrics are correct
  • Add things to the Shihad Bio/History
  • Have the best collection of Shihad tabs on the net
  • Even upload videos and audio from gigs (you will need a separate user/pass for this let me know and I can set that up for you are well)
  • Page documenting Phil's video series
  • Does anyone else have any ideas for additional content which should be on the Wiki? Even if you can't do the idea yourself suggest it

22 January 2010 - Shihad to play Masterton

Shihad has announced a warm up gig in Masterton for their tour with AC/DC which kicks off the following night, this is one of the smallest venues Shihad has played in NZ in the past decade fitting only 200. If your in the area make sure you check it out.

12 January 2010 - Shihad to support AC/DC on Black Ice tour in NZ + Homegrown Doco

This news is a bit behind the times, but if you have been living under a rock, Shihad are supporting rock gods AC/DC on their tour of NZ. Playing with them are The Checks, who have supported bands like Muse and REM in the past.

In other news, Shihad did a documentary for C4 back in 2005 for their Homegrown series. It's around 45 minutes long and details a huge amount of how they have come from Devolve to Love Is the New Hate.

NZ On Screen Website

7 January 2010 - Cold Heart Release

What is believed to be the first single off the yet to be named album rumoured for release in April is Cold Heart. You can listen to it by going to and clicking play on the Shihad/Cold Heart banner on the right hand side of the page.

18 November 2009 - Online Merch Update

For those of you who have missed out on merch at the shows Shihad have a special clearance offer running on t-shirts, there are only limited numbers so get in quick!


• Buy ANY 2 t-shirts and receive a FREE Girls ‘Beautiful Machine’ tee in either beige or black (just email with size and colour details)

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30 September 2009 - QLD Tour Announced for November + Legal Tender + New Single Sleepeater

Shihad have announced they are playing 3 shows in Queensland this November, touring with the Galvatrons. Tour kicks off in Loganholme then moves to Fortitude Valley and winds up with a free shows at Fisherman's Wharf Tavern on the Gold Coast.

The Rock FM's 'Legal Tender' tour kicks off the first leg of the tour tomorrow night in Dunedin.

Show schedule/start times: 6.30 PM Doors Open 7.00 PM The Farrelly Brothers 7.30 PM Luger Boa 8.10 PM Airbourne 9.10 PM The Living End 10.10 PM Shihad

Watch out for Shihads brand new song Sleepeater being played at these shows. Follow this link to see a recording done of the song at the sold out show at the Annandale Hotel on the 19th of September. Sleepeater + Gimme Gimme.

13 September 2009 - NSW tour next week


Thats right guys, the Friday show at the Annandale is now Sold-Out!

Tickets are selling like hot cakes for the Thursday night show in Newcastle as well as the Saturday show at the Annandale, so make sure you grab a ticket for you and your friends before these shows sell out too!

Tickets are available from &

3 September 2009 - Wellington concert change of date

The Wellington show on the Legal Tender tour has be changed to the 4th of October now. Everything else remains the same. Reason is unknown as why dates have changed.

28 August 2009 - November Gigs Postponed Until 2010

We have just received notification that the 7 shows 7 albums November event planned by Shihad to celebrate their 21st birthday has had to be postponed until sometime in 2010, for various reasons. We will update you with more information when we get it.

13 August 2009 - New Shihad song Sleepeater gets funding

Shihad have received funding for what would seem the first single off their yet untitled album to be released in March 2010. It is not known yet who is directing the video for this.

2 August 2009 - The Rock FM : Legal Tender Tour

Eighteen years is a long time to be causing mayhem. So, what better way for The Rock to celebrate their 18th birthday than to get Australasia's four hardest rockin bands: Shihad, The Living End, Airbourne and Luger Boa together to help them cut loose on the LEGAL TENDER tour?

The Rock Programme Director Brad King says with such a massive line-up, things are likely to get out of hand.

"We can't think of a better way to celebrate our 18th birthday than cutting loose with four of the greatest rock acts in Australasia," he says.

"Very rarely do you get to see the likes of Shihad, The Living End, Airbourne and Luger Boa on one very large, very loud bill, but with The Rock's Legal Tender Tour, that's exactly what's about to go down. It's huge!"

From October 1 to October 11, join the crowd for two of New Zealand's finest and two of Australia's playing in seven sonic destruction test matches across the country. F**k the Bledisloe - this is rock 'n' roll!

The Rock radio station was established in Hamilton in 1991 by Nevada Enterprises. In 1999 The Rock relocates to Auckland, gets stuck in traffic, but still manages to broadcast in 20 markets from Northland to Southland. 2007 sees The Rock's ratings soar and the station beats chatterbox Newstalk ZB to become the Number 1 Radio station in New Zealand. Fast forward to 2009 and The Rock is now the Number 1 Music Station nationwide and Morning Rumble the Number 1 Music Breakfast Show nationwide. This tour is about The Rock's coming-of-age, hence Legal Tender.

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2 August 2009 - 2 show WA tour + extra Annandale Show

Shihad will be heading west on a two show tour in Perth this October, playing at Amplifier Bar on the 16 & 17th.

On the 16th they're playing with Young Revelry & Kill Teen Angst.

And the 17th with The Devil Rides Out & Brutus


Plus another Annandale show has been announced for the 19th of September.

4 June 2009 - Australian Tour details, NZ tour confirmation + New Album

The Australian tour in September is a go. 4 dates at this stage; Newcastle, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Tickets for these shows are on sale from the 9th of June.

This will be a warm up tour for the 7 date NZ tour which is soon to be announced publicly. This is the info we have so far.


7 shows

1 album will be played in entirety at each show from Churn to Beautiful Machine

Shihad have also announced that they are releasing a new album in March 2010, stay tuned for more information. Jon has also received funding for his solo album.

6 May 2009 - Sounds Of Spring

Shihad will be playing the Sounds Of Spring festival in September, along with The Living End and Frenzal Rhomb. Check out the link below for more information.


22 April 2009 - Sweet F**k all on the news front

Not a lot of news going around at the moment, Tom is now a proud father of a baby girl, congratulations goes out to them.

Rumoured 21st events have been now rumoured to have been moved from September to November.

6 March 2009 - New Album? Solo Project? Concerts!

As heard from an interview with Jon on NZ radio station "The Rock," Shihad are apparently working on new material in the studios, he also mentioned that he has been working on some solo songs, which could lead onto a possible solo album at some time.

Also as a reminder that the AUT concert in Auckland is on tonight, Shihad on at 11pm ish, and also that the Dunedin gig at Carisbrook is on tomorrow after the Highlanders V Crusaders game. Shihad will be on around 9.30pm.

18 February 2009 - Sweet-Picks Cancelled

"It is with regret that the UCSA wishes to advise that the Sweet Picks event has been cancelled. The event organiser, Mission Controlled, has informed the UCSA that it is no longer able to meet its contractual obligations."

10 February 2009 - Rock n Rally Cancelled

"Due to unforeseen circumstances the Rock N Rally Charity event has been forced to cancel.

If you have purchased your tickets over the phone or on the web, the credit card used to make the purchase will be automatically refunded within 14 days. If you purchased at one of our outlets please return to point of purchase to claim your refund."

5 February 2009 - Shihad with Mint Chicks at AUT Orientation 09

Shihad, The Mint Chicks and Afratone will play at this years student orientation in Auckland. This gig will make it the 3rd Auckland gig for March. For more information click the link below.

3 February 2009 - Super Rare Framed Shihad Poster

This could be a once in a life time to take a very rare part of Shihad/Martin Emond's history home. This massive framed poster was once hung in the Illict Store in Christchurch. Click on this link for more details.


31 January 2009 - Shihad and Supergroove at Sweetpicks? Sweeet!

Canterbury University will play host to a new festival this year in the Ilam Oval. There are going to be four acts playing, but currently Shihad and Supergroove are the only ones announced. So be sure to be there on the 28th of Feb as this day will go off!


25 January 2009 - Shihad to rock Dunedin and Auckland

Shihad have booked a slot to play after the rugby at Carisbrook in Dunedin on the 7th of March and on the 19th of March in Auckland at the Rising Sun with guests Spacifix. Click on the links to find out more info.

6 December 2008 - STS-126: Beautiful Machine by Shihad

Max Q Entertainment who makes a lot of Nasa mission videos has done one featuring Beautiful Machine on their recent mission STS-126. The video turned out pretty dam cool, so we thought we'd share it on here.


6 December 2008 - Shihad Wiki has had over 20000 hits now!

Thanks to everyone who has visited this site since its creation. Makes all our work worthwhile. We are currently in the process of making a ShihadWiki YouTube account, which will feature all of the official videos and a few other things that you probably haven't seen before.

It has been a very slow few months on the Shihad news front. There has been one more concert announced since our last update.

29 October 2008 - A handful of gigs and an interview!

Well, it may of been a dead news month, but here's a post and a half that's bound to make a few people happy.

Shihad are to embark on a 4 show tour in Queensland in November, no support acts have been announced at this stage, check the following pages for ticket information etc.

Shihad have also announced another show on their NZ Summer Tour, this is happening in Whitianga, which for those of you who don't know is on the Coromandel. They will be joined with a solid line up consisting of The Datsuns and Deja Voodoo. Tickets for this show are now on sale, as are the ones for the Hawea show.

Shihad will be playing 2 shows at the Adelaide International Guitar Festival. One show consisting of Shihad material and the other a full tribute show to AC/DC.

And last but certainly not least; We finally have the fully Shihad Wiki interview up on YouTube for you all to watch, we tried to include as many questions as we could so hopefully you won't be disappointed. A full copy of this interview will be avaliable for download off the Wiki in a few days.

1 October 2008 - Hawea Confirmed and recap of what is happening this NYs

Shihad have now confirmed a date at Hawea. They will be playing with Supergroove and Elemeno P. Tickets will be $70 from the usual outlets.

Shihad are also playing Rhythm and Vines in Gisborne on the 31st of December. No more dates have been said at this stage, but if they happen we will keep you informed.

16 September 2008 - Shihad Online Merch Store now has an online merch store, they have a few goodies up already which include T-Shirts, Hoodies and their latest CD " Beautiful Machine."


Also the official forums will be down later on this week (thu-fri) as they are going to get a new upgrade of software and a brand new skin that's a bit more current with the new albums theme.

13 September 2008 - Shihad Wallpapers

We now have a good collection of downloadable wallpapers for your desktop. Check them out here - Downloads.

On other non-related Shihad news, a band that a lot of Shihad fans also like has reformed. Weta is doing a few shows in November.

20 Nov 2008 - Galatos - Auckland 21 Nov 2008 - The San Francisco Bath House - Wellington

The above shows have been confirmed and a Christchurch show is reportedly on the cards.

Weta's Official MySpace

16 August 2008 - Peoples Choice award at VMAs

Shihad are in the running for the Peoples Choice Award at this years Vodafone Music Awards. Anyone can vote this year and you can vote once a day. So lets make everyone know that Shihad is in fact the most awesome band in the country.

21 July 2008 - NZ Tour Lowdown and Downloads

Well half the NZ tour is already over, and what a half its been!

Seen a lot of people from the Had Squad rocking it.

We have a present for all of you who love the had.

To download the recording of the Dunedin gig follow this link. Gig 20080717

A video of the Dunedin and Wellington gig plus a special interview done with the band and an awesome photo gallery will be released onto a special DVD created by the fans for the fans sometime after the tour is over. We will keep you posted!

(if you have any pictures from any of the gigs email them through to us

14 July 2008 - Beautiful Machine video to be released this week on C4

You may have read earlier that Shihad have had funding for a new video clip and its finally hitting the tv at some time this week. This was directed by Sam Peacock. Keep your eyes pealed.

13 July 2008 - NZ Dates + Shameless self promotion

In other news, there is a big reminder that if you have not yet got tickets to the NZ gigs these are almost all gone, with Dunedin, Christchurch and Auckland being this coming week.

I also have one spare ticket for the Christchurch show for sale. So help me out as I need the cash for the other shows.

Buy Nicks ticket!

13 July 2008 - Shihad to play another show in WA

Shihad will be playing at this years Hyperfest in Perth. This is to be held on the 31st of August and features other bands such as Birds of Tokyo and The Getaway Plan. Tickets are expected to be on sale from the middle of this month for a very cheap price of only $10!

31 Aug - Midland Gate (Hyperfest), Perth, WA, AU

03 July 2008 - Grazzhopper festival in October

Shihad will play in Geelong this October as apart of Grazzhopper Festival. The festival is being held at Beckley Park. Other bands playing include, Grinspoon, Faker, Operator Please, Dukes Of Windsor, The Galvatrons and Mammal.

Tickets are on sale now.

3 Oct - Beckley Park (Grazzhopper Festival), Geelong, VIC, AU


08 June 2008 - Shihad to support Gyroscope on their Aussie tour this August

"Gyroscope on the move.

Having gone number 1 with their new album, Breed Obsession, Perth band Gyroscope is hitting the road with a national tour, kicking it off at August's Splendour in the Grass.

Supported by Shihad and Sugar Army, Gyroscope will play a string of dates in Sydney, including The Metro, on August 26.

See Gigs for full dates.

08 June 2008 - Beautiful Machine to be third single

Shihad are shooting their third video off the album for Beautiful Machine in NZ on Tuesday in Auckland the video is to be directed by Sam Peacock who has done videos for King Kapisi and the Mint Chicks who have both had cool videos in the past.

22 May 2008 - Shihad to play headlining show in London

Shihad and COG are to play a headlining show at Shepherds Bush Empire on the 5th of July tickets are avaliable now from

This show is bound to bring heaps of ex-pat kiwis and aussies from all over England, so be in quick!

20 May 2008 - Shihad Wiki Shihad interview

We here have got an interview set up with the boys from Shihad. And we thought we'd pass the interview onto the fans to ask a few questions. So if you've ever had a question you want to ask the boys go ahead and email us on

17 May 2008 - UK Show

Shihad are heading up to the northern hemisphere in July for a festival called GuilFest, this is located in Surrey, England. Cog are also heading up to this festival with them. Hopefully a few more dates will be announced.


16 May 2008 - WA Tour Dates

Shihad are going over to Western Aussie for a 3 gig visit. Not a lot of details have been released about these gigs yet, but here are the dates.

6 May 2008 - NZ Tour announced

Shihad are coming over to NZ for a 6 stop tour this July. They are touring with the Mint Chicks, Luger Boa and comedian MC Dai Henwood.

Tickets are on sale tomorrow (7 May), the price is unknown at this stage.

More info to come.

28 April 2008 - Vampires Video

In regards to the news post below, it seems Homegrown was filmed for the new upcoming video for Vampires.

26 April 2008 - Homegrown Set Filmed

The set at Homegrown was professional filmed. There is currently no information on the destination of the video. It is Shihad's 20th birthday this year so maybe it is time for the mythical Shihad DVD which has been talked about for a very long time. Here hopes the C4 people are no where near it and don't butcher it like with the Aoeta Square gig in 2005 by chopping songs out and rearranging the set order.

24 April 2008 - NZ, UK & US Tour rumours + Biography

In a recent article on Jon and Karl have talked about plans for touring NZ in winter, a UK tour is on the cards and that they'll only look at playing US shows if someone else gets elected into parliament. Apparently there is also a biograpghy on the way, nothing was said as to when this will be released.


21 April 2008 - Beautiful Machine Aussie tour announced

Shihad will be touring some main centers of Australia throughout June. Click the below dates for more info.
13 Jun - Bar 388, Brisbane, QLD, AU
14 Jun - HiFi Bar, Melbourne, VIC, AU
20 Jun - The Gaelic Theatre, Sydney, NSW, AU
21 Jun - Live On Light Square, Adelaide, SA, AU

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21 April 2008 - Beautiful Machine released!

Beautiful Machine was released in New Zealand today! The lyrics have all been corrected on the site, so if you don't have the album yet, feel free to check out the songs off of the Beautiful Machine album to see what our favourite lads are now singing about. Don't forget to get your hands on a copy of the Limited Edition release of the album too, for the bonus disk!

18 April 2008 - Lyrics & 'Had Squad

We have got some of the lyrics for the new songs up on the Beautiful Machine page which you can study up before singing them all on Monday.

Also we would like to make note that there is now a MySpace page for the 'Had Squad street team, join up if you would like to be apart of promoting the band in greater depth.

17 April 2008 - Vampires to be second single

Shihad record label have confirmed that Vampires will be the second single off this album.

17 April 2008 - Beautiful Machine iTunes release

The iTunes release will feature 3 new tracks that are not being released in anyway other then on iTunes.
The tracks are:

  1. Violence + Bloodshed
  2. Easy Life Romance
  3. No Religion (Getting Nowhere Fast)

This will be available to download from next week.

11 April 2008 - NZ Ltd Edition Special Order

Marbecks online store is offering for a very limited time the chance to order the 2CD Digipak Beautiful Machine. This comes with a free T-Shirt.

10 April 2008 - 'Had to play HiFi

Shihad will be playing at the Hifi Bar in Melbourne on the 14th of June. We are unsure if there is a tour surrounding this or if its a one off. Tickets for this gig go on sale on April 28.

Click here for up to date details.

7 April 2008 - Vodafone Homegrown Sells Out

Yes, thats right unfortunately Vodafone Homegrown, in Wellington this month has now sold out. So for those who have missed out on tickets, take out your life savings and be prepared to fork out big bucks on Trade Me. C4 is giving away VIP passes, so head over there and see if you can win one.

6 April 2008 - Aussie Release Date Slips

The Beautiful Machine release in Aussie has slipped to 16 May. NZ is still on track for 21 April. Speculation is that there is a delay in getting a single release to help the Aussie sales. In NZ Shihad will sell single or not so chances are that is why the NZ date is still the same.

4 April 2008 - Violence + Bloodshed!

You can now listen to another new song, Violence + Bloodshed. Although this is not featuring on any of the new releases at this stage, it was written whilst Beautiful Machine was. Check it out, its pretty cool.

3 April 2008 - Rip It Up gives 4.5/5

I guess it's a bit hard to review an album from a band that you're a huge fan of because it's always going to be slightly biased. But many time a band's fans can also be their their harshest critics. Not so for this record from Shihad because once again as they have done time and time before, they have completely re-invented their sound. This is why they are this country;s best band and also one of the greatest groups in the world today. There's been a mixed reaction to Beautiful Machine's first single, ' One Will Hear The Other' . Maybe it's due to their last effort Love Is The New Hate being quite a dark and heavy piece of work and certain fans expecting something in similar vein. But what you've got there is an amazingly crafted melodically driven album album, which displays Shihad for the competent and versatile group they are. I think the record will surprise many in a good way as some tracks showcase a side that we haven't yet seen from Shihad. The title track ' Beautiful Machine' is one of my favorite songs on the album. With the keys is has flickers of the Who's 'Baba O'Rielly', ' Count It Up', which you've probably become familiar with, is a short sharp rip-snorter of a rock track that will suit just nicely in a smelly club late at night. They've even (from memory) for the first time ever incorporated a string arrangement in the beautiful ' Waiting Around For God'. There are not many outfits that can go from songs like ' You Again' and ' All The Young Fascists' to a ballad like ' Waiting Around For God'. That thought made me appreciate a band that don't have just the one trick like so many now days. Shihad have a whole fucking bag of them. I could just talk though every track on Beautiful Machine but it may start to get a bit laborious. I will say though keep an eye out for ' When You Coming Home?' which i think may become the favorite of many. Rumour also has it there's a nationwide tour in the works for later this year. I'll see you there.

Reviewer - Jono Pyror for Rip It Up Magazine

For this article see the April/May issue of Rip It Up - In stores now, there is also a lovely Beautiful Machine ad, which you can cut out and put in your bathroom.

In other news, we previously mentioned that Count It Up will be the next single off Beautiful Machine, this is incorrect, it is only getting a small amount of radio play, and will not be released in any way at this stage.

28 March 2008 - Conformation of Release Dates

Shihad's MySpace page now states that Beautiful Machine is now to be released on the 21st of April in New Zealand and the 26th of April in Australia. It also appears that Beautiful Machine will have a UK and Holland release, speculated rumor of the release for that is currently 28th of April.

22 March 2008 - Release Date Made Earlier?

Shihad's MySpace page states that Beautiful Machine is now to be released on the 21st of April, 5 days earlier then originally stated. Both versions of cover art have now been released, looks like they gave the guys from Tool a ring, but all looks good.

12 March 2008 - Count It Up announced as the 2nd single off of Beautiful Machine

Radio Station The Rock aired the new single Count It Up at 8pm on the 12th of March. We hope to bring you details on a music video shortly.

Beautiful Machine Special Signed Edition Pre Order (Limited Time Only)


JB Hi-Fi online store is taking pre-orders for the limited edition of Beautiful Machine which features a second disc of 6 B-Sides and currently, JB Hi-Fi are selling this signed by the band for only AU$19.99. This will sell out quickly we guess so get in quick!

JB Hi-Fi - Beautiful Machine Special Edition

Beautiful Machine Release Date Announced

Shihad have set their release date for the new album, it will hit stores in New Zealand and Australia on the 26th of April, the same day as they play Home Grown Festival in Wellington.

Vote for One Will Hear the Other in AU

Request or Vote for Shihad's " One Will Hear the Other" using the links below:

Triple J Super Request
JTV Video Requests (Hottest 20)
Nova 969 Sydney
Nova 100 Melbourne
Nova 106.9 Brisbane
Nova 93.7 Perth
Nova 91.9 Adelaide
Hot 30
Channel V What U Want Vid Requests

One Will Hear The Tour

Shihad are on tour through out Australia as we speak, covering NSW, VIC, SA, ACT and QLD, this tour runs through till the 16th of March. Click on tour poster below or go to our Gigs page for more details on these gigs.