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  • October 1986

    October 1986

    Dave Dobbyn & Herbs release "Slice of Heaven"

    "Slice of Heaven" is a single by New Zealand singer/songwriter Dave Dobbyn with the band Herbs, released in 1986 on the soundtrack of the animated motion picture, Footrot Flats: The Dog's Tail Tale. The single was No. 1 on New Zealand music charts for eight weeks and in Australia for four. It also appeared on Dobbyn's 1988 album, Loyal.

  • 1987


    All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup

    In a country where rugby became a surrogate for religion, hosting and then winning the first Rugby World Cup was a big deal. For much of the 20th century the All Blacks vied with South Africa’s Springboks for the unofficial title of the best team in international rugby. Without a world cup to bring the top teams together in a single competition, such claims were difficult to prove. When the All Blacks triumphed in 1987, the Springboks were absent because of the country’s apartheid policy.  But the photographs of captain David Kirk holding the Webb Ellis Cup aloft in 1987 became one of our most famous sporting images.

  • Drumshop 1988

    Drumshop 1988

    Auckland Drumshop Opens

    Auckland Drumshop opened on Karangahape Road in October 1988

  • 1988


    Midnight Oil's "Beds Are Burning'" reaches No.1 on NZ charts

    "Beds Are Burning" is a song by the Australian rock band Midnight Oil, the first track from their album Diesel and Dust. This song was the second from the album to be released as a single and is among the band's best-known songs outside.  It reached No. 1 in New Zealand and is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll.

  • 1989


    The Proclaimers "I'm Gonna Be (500 miles)" hits No.1 in NZ

    "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" is a song written and performed by Scottish duo The Proclaimers and first released as the lead single from their 1988 album Sunshine on Leith. The song has since become their most popular song worldwide, initially becoming a number 1 hit in New Zealand in early 1989.

  • Dunedin 1989

    Dunedin 1989

    Dunedin Rockshop Opens

    Dunedin Rockshop opened in St Andrews Street.

  • Piano Store 1989

    Piano Store 1989

    Piano Store in Auckland Opens

    Rockshop opened a Piano Store on Karangahape Road in Auckland.

  • 1990


    Nelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years behind bars

  • 1991


    Wellington Rockshop Relocates

    Wellington Rockshop relocates to a new site in the Breeze Plaza, Manners Mall.

  • 1991


    The Exponents release "Why Does Love Do This To Me"

    "Why Does Love Do This To Me" is a song by New Zealand pop band The Exponents. It was released in 1991 and is among The Exponents' most successful and best known songs.

  • 1996


    DLT & Che Fu 's song "Chains" reaches No.1 on NZ Charts

    'Chains' is a Hip hop song by New Zealand DJ DLT (musician) featuring singer Che Fu. The song reached no 1 on the New Zealand charts. It was Che-Fu's first song after leaving Supergroove and marked the beginning of his solo career.

  • 1997


    Christchurch Rockshop Relocates

    Christchurch Rockshop relocated to Manchester Street.

  • 1997


    Bic Runga releases her song "Sway" off the award winning album "Drive"

    "Sway" is a song by Bic Runga. It was released as the second single from her debut studio album, Drive (1997).

    At the New Zealand Music Awards of 1998, the song won three awards, 'Single of the Year', 'Best Songwriter' and 'Best Engineer'.

  • 1998


    The Feelers release their award winning album "Supersystem"

    Supersystem is the debut album by the Feelers. Since its release it has sold over four times platinum in the NZ Music Charts and is the winner of five NZ music awards in 1998. Singles include "Pressure Man", "Venus", "Friend" and "Supersystem".

  • Hamilton 1999

    Hamilton 1999

    Hamilton Rockshop Opens

    Hamilton Rockshop opened on Barton Street with a Piano City section.

  • 2000


    Takapuna Rockshop Relocates

    Takapuna Rockshop moves from Lake Road to Anzac Street and adds Piano City section to the store.

  • 2001


    "Lydia" by Fur Patrol wins NZ single of the year

    "Lydia" is a single by New Zealand band, Fur Patrol, released in 2000. It reached number one on the RIANZ chart in New Zealand.  In 2001 it won Single of the Year at the NZ Music Awards.

  • Botany 2001

    Botany 2001

    Botany Rockshop Opens

    Rockshop opens Botany Rockshop in Botany Town Centre, Auckland.

  • 2001


    Zed wins three NZ Music Awards for their album "Silencer"

    Silencer is the debut studio album by New Zealand rock band Zed.  The album was first released in New Zealand on 27 August 2000, via Universal Music Group. The album debuted at number one on the Official New Zealand Top 40 Albums chart, quickly achieving triple platinum status, and creating six hit singles. "Renegade Fighter" was also the number one song in New Zealand for the year 2000.  In 2001, Silencer earned the band three wins at the New Zealand Music Awards including 'Album of the Year', 'Top Group', and 'Top Male Vocalist'

  • 2002


    Goodshirt's "Sophie" reaches No1 on the NZ charts

    Goodshirt first came to prominence in 2000 with the independent release "Green". After a string of further singles, the band's debut album Good was released in August 2001.  A few more singles were released off the album and one of these, "Sophie", reached number one on the New Zealand singles chart in 2002.

  • Rockshop Online 2003

    Rockshop Online 2003

    Rockshop Website with Online Purchasing Launches

    We launched our first website with the ability to purchase online.

  • 2003


    The Datsuns win four NZ Music Awards for their album "The Datsuns"

    The Datsuns is the self-titled debut album of The Datsuns. In 2003 they won four NZ Music Awards including Album of the Year.

  • 2005


    Fat Freddy's Drop wins four NZ Music awards for their album "Based On A True Story"

    Based on a True Story was the first studio produced album by New Zealand group Fat Freddy's Drop. It was recorded in Wellington and released on the band's own label, The DropBased on a True Story utilized the band's trademark dub, reggae, soul and funk influenced sound, and has been successful both in terms of sales and of critical reception. The album followed years of regular touring within New Zealand, a live album, several singles, and appearances on numerous compilation albums in New Zealand and internationally.

  • New Plymouth 2005

    New Plymouth 2005

    New Plymouth Rockshop Opens

    The New Plymouth Rock Shop opened on the 18th of April, 2005. The store is located in the heart of the New Plymouth Downtown shopping district, with ample parking in front of the building. New Plymouth is a thriving musical community bustling with all year round activities. Festival of the Lights, Americarna Classic Car Festival, WOMAD, Festival of the Arts, the list goes on…

    The New Plymouth Rockshop is proudly involved with all these festivals and the store has become the hub of the local musical community. We are known to cater to all levels of musical ability, from beginners to seasoned professionals. In addition to full repair and maintenance services we also offer regular Workshops on topics as varied as Finger-style Guitar, How to play Drums and/or Bass and How to use Recording gear. In our continued efforts to reach out to the local community we have now introduced a full pick-up and delivery service to all local schools in the area.

    We have over 300 square meters of floor space crammed full of great brands and three full time staff who are all consummate professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge and know-how to the area.

  • 2006


    "Bathe in the River" single released by Mt Raskil Preservation Society, featuring Hollie Smith

    "Bathe in the River" is a single released by New Zealand group Mt Raskil Preservation Society, featuring singer Hollie Smith. It appeared on the soundtrack for the New Zealand film, No. 2.  Songwriter Don McGlashan won the 2006 APRA Silver Scroll for "Bathe in the River".

  • 2007


    The Mint Chicks win five NZ Music Awards for their album "Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No!"

    Crazy? Yes! Dumb? No! is the second full-length album released by The Mint Chicks and was originally released in New Zealand on the Flying Nun label. The album was produced by singer Kody, guitarist Ruban Nielson, and their father Chris Nielson. Despite its humble beginnings (the album was recorded between Kody Nielson's garage and his father's bedroom) the album dominated the Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2007, earning five awards as well as achieving Gold status in the Chicks' home country of New Zealand.

  • 2007


    Led Zeppelin album "Mothership" is No 1 Album in NZ Charts for 2007

    Mothership is a greatest hits compilation album by English rock group Led Zeppelin. The songs included were chosen by the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, Robert PlantJimmy Page and John Paul Jones, and represent eight of the band's nine studio albums.

  • 2007


    Apple CEO Steve Jobs announces the iPhone

  • 2008


    Flight Of The Conchords win four NZ Music Awards

    Flight of the Conchords is a New Zealand-based comedy duo composed of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement. The duo's comedy and music became the basis of a BBC radio series and then an American television series that aired for two seasons on HBO. They used to refer to themselves as "New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo", but now speak of themselves as "the almost award-winning fourth-most-popular folk duo in New Zealand." 2008 saw them win The Best Comedy Album at the 50th Grammy Awards, only with four NZ Music Awards.

  • Hastings 2008

    Hastings 2008

    Hastings Rockshop Opens

    We opened another store in the Hawkes Bay, this time on Heretaunga Street West, Hastings.

    In the heart of Hawkes Bay wine country.

    Situated along Heretaunga Street West, and at 290 square metres floorspace Hastings Rockshop is packed to the gunnels with all your favourite brands.

    We can cater from the most experienced of musicians to those just beginning, to schools and churches for all your musical needs.

    We provide quotes, onsite visits and professional advice for all installations and queries.

  • 2009


    Ladyhawke wins six NZ Music Awards for her album "Ladyhawke"

    Ladyhawke is the debut album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Ladyhawke, released on 19 September 2008.  The album incorporates 1980s-influenced new wave and synthpop, as well as indie rock. It was promoted by five singles: "Back of the Van", "Paris Is Burning", "Dusk Till Dawn", "My Delirium" and "Magic".  The album reached number one on the New Zealand Albums Chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ).  The album won six awards at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards

  • 2009


    Midnight Youth release their award winning album "The Brave Don't Run"

    The Brave Don't Run is the debut album of rock band Midnight Youth, released on April 27, 2009. The album debuted at number two on the New Zealand Album Chart on May 3, 2009, The album features two gold singles in NZ, featuring "The Letter" & "All On Our Own".

  • Nelson 2010

    Nelson 2010

    Nelson Rockshop Opens

    The Nelson Rockshop opened on 28th July 2010 to serve Nelson and the greater Marlborough and Tasman Regions.

    The store is a large format store (over 400sqm) stocking a diverse range of rock n roll equipment as well as brass, woodwind, recording DJ & PA digital equipment.

    Headed up by 20yr Christchurch Rockshop veteran, Brent Frampton and two local staff, the Nelson store can cater for all your musical equipment, care and repair, and sound installation needs.

  • September 2010

    September 2010

    Lower Hutt Rockshop Relocates

    We relocated our Lower Hutt store from Dudley Street round the corner to the more prominent site at 1 Margaret Street.

  • 2011


    The Naked And Famous win 7 NZ Music Awards for their album "Passive Me, Aggressive You"

    Passive Me, Aggressive You is the debut studio album by New Zealand indie electronic band The Naked and Famous. The album was released on 6 September 2010 in New Zealand, where it debuted at number one. The album spawned four singles: "All of This", "Young Blood", "Punching in a Dream" and "Girls Like You"; with "Young Blood" peaking at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart.  2011 saw them win seven NZ Music Awards.

  • Hornby Opens 2011

    Hornby Opens 2011

    Christchurch Rockshop - Hornby Opens

    We opened a new Christchurch store in the Western suburb of Hornby.

  • 2011


    All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup for a second time

  • KBB K rd 2011

    KBB K rd 2011

    KBB Music Opens on Karangahape Road

    KBB Music opened a store at 136 Karangahape Road in Auckland.

  • Rockshop Radio 2011

    Rockshop Radio 2011

    Rockshop Radio Launches

    The Alternative Alternative...

    Rockshop Radio is an alternative radio station broadcasting to the central Auckland area, streaming to Rockshop stores across New Zealand and going out to all lovers of good music on the world wide web. 

    We seek to inspire and entertain through programs that reflect the diversity of musical tastes that exists today. 

    We play the music you didn't know you wanted to hear!
    Tune in throughout the Auckland CBD on 107.1 FM

    We are transmitting by Low Powered FM Transmitter so reception may vary. If you can't tune in via radio, tune in online below.

    Click on the link below to stream Rockshop Radio through iTunes

    Your computer may ask you if you want to listen through iTunes or ask what application you want to open it in - select iTunes. This will also save the location in your Internet Songs playlist in iTunes. You can download iTunes here...

  • New website 2011

    New website 2011

    Rockshop Website Upgrade Launches

    To celebrate our 25th Anniversary we launched a brand new website taking online musical instrument sites to the next level, not only nationally, but globally.

  • KBB Wellington 2012

    KBB Wellington 2012

    KBB Music Joins Wellington Rockshop

    KBB Music opened a store-within-a-store at Wellington Rockshop.

  • KBB Takapuna 2012

    KBB Takapuna 2012

    KBB Music Takapuna Opens

    KBB Music opened right next to Takapuna Rockshop on Anzac Street in Takapuna, Auckland.

  • KBB Christchurch 2012

    KBB Christchurch 2012

    KBB Music Christchurch Opens

    KBB Music opened a store right next door to Christchurch Rockshop in Hornby.

  • 2012


    Six60 win six NZ Music Awards for their album "Six60"

    Six60 is the self-titled debut studio album by New Zealand rock band Six60. Released on 10 October 2011, it debuted at No. 1 on the New Zealand albums chart and was certified Gold in its first week. The album includes the songs "Rise Up 2.0" and "Don't Forget Your Roots".  At the 2012 NZ Music awards Six60 walked away with six awards for their debut album.

  • Albany Opens 2013

    Albany Opens 2013

    Albany Rockshop & KBB Music Opens

    We opened a brand new purpose-built store incorporating both Rockshop and KBB Music in Albany, Auckland.

    Located in the ever expanding hub of Albany, Albany Rockshop/KBB Music opened its doors in April of 2013 and they haven’t looked back since! Offering a huge selection of instruments, we have something here for everyone!

    Managed by Sammy Davis, Sammy is a devoted Prince fan who plays Drums, Guitar and Piano and has an extensive passion for and all round knowledge of all things music! In his spare time, he enjoys recording/producing/playing music for like-minded musicians and friends, watching classic comedy with a good beer and trying to learn to play every Prince song ever written!

    Our Assistant Manager, Rhys Bills-Strange, is our resident DJ, Audio Engineer, Live Sound, and Recorder specialist. In his spare time he enjoys consuming/making music, and consuming/making quality craft beer – sometimes at the same time! Come and see him for all your technical enquiries.

    Charlie Hares, the latest addition to our team, is an enthusiastic Drummer and Guitarist who enjoys reading up about the latest gear, jamming and recording with friends and catching as many local gigs as possible. He is the man to see when looking for a new amp or a peculiar guitar effect to spice up your current rig.

    Here at Albany Rockshop/KBB Music we strive to deliver the best price, best service, best products, and best deals all year round, so pop on in and see the team at Albany today!

  • 2013


    Christchurch Rockshop & KBB Music Relocates

    We relocated Christchurch Rockshop & KBB Music into a bigger & brighter premises in the same block. Rockshop & KBB Music now sit side by side with the two stores joining internally.

    The Hornby Store opened on the 28th March 2011 as a result of the main Christchurch store being closed by the earthquake on Feb 22nd 2011

    In November 2013 the store expanded into the adjacent building allowing our sister company KBB Music to exist in the same building as ours. Rockshop Christchurch also extended it's floorspace making room for a wider selection of just about everything that makes the Rockshop great.  More PA, more drums, more guitars, more basses, more keyboards, and a wall of ukeleles!

    Rockshop and KBB Music are still situated opposite the well known Dressmart mall and The Hub which is Hornby's massive mall complex.

    There is plenty of parking with close to 30 parks in and around the store.

  • KBB Nelson 2013

    KBB Nelson 2013

    KBB Music Joins Nelson Rockshop

    KBB Music opened a store-within-a-store at Nelson Rockshop.

  • 2013


    Lorde releases "The Love Club" EP and single "Royals" goes to No1 on NZ charts

    The Love Club EP is the debut extended play (EP) by New Zealand singer Lorde.

  • 2013


    Shapeshifter wins two NZ Music Awards for their album "Delta"

    Shapeshifter are a live drum and bass act from New Zealand. They are known for their live shows and blend of heavy soul with drum and bass. They have made appearances at Glastonbury, The Big Chill, Big Day Out, Parklife plus sold-out performances across Europe, Australia and New Zealand. 2013, Shapeshifter released their 5th studio album titled "Delta" which includes lead singles Monarch, Diamond Trade and Gravity. It was recorded in Berlin, Germany and Wellington, New Zealand and was released on 31 May followed by a NZ wide tour. The album has been mixed by NZ drum and bass producers The Upbeats. "Delta" won two NZ Music Awards in 2013.

  • 2014


    KBB Music Takapuna Relocates

    KBB Music is relocated into Takapuna Rockshop creating a store-within-a-store environment.

  • K Rd Acoustic 2014

    K Rd Acoustic 2014

    Rockshop Acoustic Shop Opens in Auckland

    We opened a dedicated Acoustic Guitar store with NZ's widest range of Acoustic Guitars, Ukuleles, Banjos and more...

  • 2015


    All Blacks win the Rugby World Cup for a third time

  • 2015


    Broods win four NZ Music Awards for their album "Evergreen"

    Evergreen is the debut studio album by New Zealand music duo Broods, which was released on 22 August 2014. Following the release of their self-titled EP, Broods, earlier that year, the album includes two songs from that EP and the new single "Mother & Father".  Upon its release, Evergreen debuted at number 1 on the New Zealand Albums Chart and was certified gold by Recorded Music NZ.  2015 saw Broods win four NZ Music Awards for their debut album.

  • KBB Napier 2016

    KBB Napier 2016

    KBB Music Joins Napier Rockshop

    KBB Music opened a store-within-a-store at Napier Rockshop.

  • 2016


    Dave Bowie released his last album "Blackstar"

    ★ (pronounced and stylised as Blackstar) is the twenty-fifth and final studio album by the English musician David Bowie. It was released worldwide on 8 January 2016, coinciding with Bowie's 69th birthday.