The Rock announces Rock 2000 live Spark Arena show with Villainy, Devilskin and more

The Rock radio station has announced it has upped the ante of its annual Rock 1500 music countdown by adding 500 more songs - making it The Rock 2000 - and is celebrating with a live show at Spark Arena. 

Popular Kiwi rock outfits Devilskin and Villainy will headline the November 6 gig, where they will be joined by Auckland four-piece Racing and '90s rockers Head Like A Hole. 

Last week the radio station rattled rock music fans when it announced the Rock 1500 would not go ahead as usual this year, before revealing their new plans early Monday morning. 

Listeners are encouraged to vote for up to 20 of their favourite rock songs ever starting from September 14, and the top voted tracks will play out over four weeks from October 12. 

The Rock station manager Brad King said he felt there was good reason to create a new and improved countdown for 2020, given the impact of COVID-19 on the nation. 

"It's such an iconic countdown for Kiwis across the country and we've all had a pretty messed up year so we wanted to make up for things by going bigger and better," King said in a statement. 

Last year, the Rock 1500 generated over 1 million votes, with Pearl Jam's 'Black' taking out the coveted number one spot. 

Tickets for The Rock 2000 live show go on sale to the general public on September 14.