About Jon Toogood

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Jon Toogood is the founding member of two bands, Shihad and The Adults, a solo artist, multi instrumentalist, radio presenter, mentor, theatre performer and voiceover artist.

Shihad formed 25 years ago in Wellington New Zealand. The band has since:

- Sold more than 250,000 albums with two albums certified double platinum and five albums certified gold in New Zealand and Australia
- At the 40th Anniversary of the official New Zealand Music Charts Jon was presented with awards for the most singles in the charts by a NZ artist with 25 singles & most number 1 albums by NZ artists with 5 number 1 albums.
- Written more NZ radio hits than any other artist in NZ music history
- Inducted into the RIANZ NZ Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 with a Lifetime Achievement Award - the youngest inductees so far.
- Since 1992 the band has toured extensively worldwide with bands such as AC/DC, Metallica, Guns'n'Roses, Faith No More, Silverchair, Midnight Oil, 30 Seconds To Mars.
- Won numerous NZ Music Awards for best album, best band, best male vocalist, best single and best rock artist.

“Jon Toogood is still New Zealand’s best frontman.’’ – Lumiere magazine, 2014

“When you talk about modern legends of New Zealand Music, Shihad will always be one of the first names - likely the very first name - that will be mentioned” – Campbell Smith, Vodafone New Zealand Awards spokesperson, 2010

Recent highlights
• Shihad FVEY album released in 2014 to rave reviews in both Australia and New Zealand and makes Rolling Stone Magazine’s best albums of 2014 list - http://www.fasterlouder.com.au/reviews/music/40651/Shihad--FVEY
• FVEY named one of the albums of the year by The Australian newspaper http://www.theaustralian.com.au/summerliving/shihad-war-on-drugs-halfway-and-velociraptor-among-the-indie-albums-of-2014/story-fnqqy7yi-1227151499475
• FVEY makes Rolling Stone Magazine’s top albums of 2014 list - http://rollingstoneaus.com/music/post/2014-in-review-albums-of-the-year/1036-33-shihad-fvey
• FVEY debuts number 1 in New Zealand and top 10 in Australia. Album to be released in Europe in May 2015.
• Recently nominated for Best Album and Best Live Act in the sixth annual Rolling Stone Awards -


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Jon Toogood, unplugged, playing solo. A couple of hours of songs and a lot to say. Jon Toogood detaches himself from the Shihad electric wall of sound, with an unplugged solo set, delivering music in tribute to those who influenced him on his unique musical journey, some tracks from his solo side project – “The Adults”, as well […]