Bristow opening for her idol Olivia Newton-John

SHARE

Former Gore singer/songwriter Jackie Bristow is to open for a concert by her childhood idol Olivia Newton-John in the United States in May.

Bristow is on a nationwide tour of New Zealand with Australian musician and longtime collaborator Mark Punch.

Newton-John’s concert will be held in Peoria, Illinois, in May, Bristow said.

“It’s pretty cool; she’s one of my childhood idols.”

Scooping the opening spot for Newton-John comes on the back of scoring the opening of two concerts for blues singer/songwriter Bonnie Raitt, in Wellington and Auckland. The Wellington concert is on March 30 and the Auckland performance on April 1.

Initially she had not intended to tour New Zealand this year but once she was secured as the opening act for Raitt, that plan changed.

The entertainer has had a busy year, which included releasing a new album and touring extensively. Bristow’s extensive touring schedule has prompted her to consider moving from Los Angeles to Nashville, as she considers it to be more central as a base for touring.

The New Zealand tour will take in centres from Leigh in the north to Invercargill in the south. The tour includes the two Raitt concerts.

Bristow’s album Shot Of Gold was released in New Zealand and the United States last year.

In 2016, Bristow toured parts of the US, opening for Tommy Emmanuel and the Steve Miller Band. She had previously played support for such legendary names as Rick Springfield, Phoebe Snow, Raitt and Art Garfunkel, to name a few.