Live Concert Review – Grand Arena, Cape Town 7.11.2017

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Our evening started off with a long walk to the venue, due to the long queues that stretched for meters past the entrance to the casino.

We eventually arrive with quite a good view from the Golden Circle. I was eager to see what the opening band would be like, especially since I know that they have a female lead singer. The name of the band is The Sweet Resistance and they are a South African alternative pop rock band, but the lead singer Tash hails from Canada. They released their debut album in September 2016, titled “Where There Is Hope”.

The band opened up their set and the crowd was silent, trying to gauge the band’s performance. It didn’t take me long to realize that this band was a solid unit and not intimidated by their position as the supporting band for Live’s Reunion Tour.

The Sweet Resistance performed an impressive cover of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive”. View their performance here:

The band ended their set and I was so glad that I got introduced to them as I would definitely go and watch a performance of theirs if I get the chance.

The crowd naturally couldn’t wait for Live to take to the stage. You could see the happiness on each of the band members’ faces as they came on, grateful to be doing what they are doing, together again.

Live currently consists of Ed Kowalczyk on (lead vocal, rhythm guitar), Chad Taylor (lead guitar, backing vocals), Patrick Dahlheimer (bass) and Chad Gracey (drums).

The band  brought along two touring band members Zak Loy (rhythm guitar) and Adam Diaz (drums). The two drum sets on stage were a real treat and I can honestly say that I haven’t been to a live performance with a similar set-up.

The excitement in the air was tangible as the band opened their set with “All Over You”. The sound was incredible and honestly the best sound quality I have experienced at the Grand Arena.

“Pain Lies On The Riverside” is such a melodious song, due to the skillful layering of each instrument that the band plays and it translates so well during a live performance.

The band performed the ever-popular “Dolphin’s Cry” early on in the set, to my surprise and utter delight. Personally I think hearing this song live alone is an honour and worth every penny of the ticket price. It is such an iconic song of my youth and one of the songs that my generation use to relate to the band.

“Selling the Drama” did exactly that, the breakdown when the chorus hits is magical and it is a great song for the band’s guitarists to indulge in.

Live even treated us to their cover of Johnny Cash’s “Walk The Line”, which was a refreshing addition to their set and certainly one I didn’t expect.

Live performed “Sh*t Towne” which is about the town where the guys grew up and hated it at the time. The excitement on their faces was evident when they played that song and you could see the bond they share over that song. They like visiting their town in the current day, because there is more life there now in comparison to when they were growing up.

“I Alone” has become one of my all-time favourite songs and I can’t get the song to play loud enough. It is a raw and powerful song on all fronts, lyrically and musically. The song emits an energy, which you can only convey when you mean every word of what you are singing. I find that this song is more aggressive in nature in comparison to many of their other songs and it is one that will defy age. I was privileged to witness this song performed live and I couldn’t absorb that moment long enough.

“Lakini’s Juice” is a delightful, gritty piece of music, with that signature rift threaded between the lyrics and drums. A song that hits you right between the eyes and doesn’t let go until the last note.

After another song, the band left the stage and the audience had instant separation anxiety and started chanting for the band to return.

Ed lead the encore on his own for the first part of “Heaven” where he forgot the words to the song, it was an endearing moment and the audience actually seemed to enjoy it. I felt for Ed, but he handled it extremely well and I’m selfishly glad that I caught the moment  on video.

“Run To The Water”, is an invigorating song and one of the highlights of the band’s discography. I always find the song refreshing, because it is about seeking solace.

The band performed a tribute to Chris Cornell with a cover version of Audioslave’s “I Am The Highway” which was touching.

After the encore, the crowd could not wait for the band to play “Lightning Crashes”, because I heard quite a few audience members becoming impatient. Once the band played the first few notes of that song the crowd went hysterical.

Live Setlist Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino, Cape Town, South Africa 2017

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My friend and I at the Live Reunion Tour Concert at Grand Arena, Grand West Casino, Cape Town, South Africa

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It was a fabulous night of quality performances!
Rock Regards,
Lauren K
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Alien Ant Farm Review – Cape Town, South Africa – 4th of November 2017

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The evening started off calmly, up until a notorious South African band called “Half Price” took to the stage. I was impressed by their skills, because my first impression was that I shouldn’t have any expectations at all. Half Price proved me wrong. The band impressed with enthusiasm, attitude and solid musicality.

In 2016 they became the first South African punk band to sign with an American digital record label, Punk Outlaw Records. Prior to that the band remained independent before that.

You can view a snippet of their performance below:

The second support band that took to the stage at Mercury was Made for Broadway.

Made For Broadway is a four-piece pop, rock, and punk band from Johannesburg, South Africa. The band formed in 2014, released 2 EPs and launched a local tour within the first 10 months. The band self-produced their debut album and created a tour to support it, which took them to California, USA.

I love the band’s energy and songwriting abilities.

You can see the band’s performance below:

By the time AAF was due to perform the excitement from the crowd was palpable. The audience started chanting for the band to start.

The band entered with a bang and launched their set with “Courage” which I find is more aggressive in comparison to the other songs on their “Anthology” album. It is a great song to get the crowd going.

“Sticks and Stones”, “Attitude”, “Whisper” and “Flesh and Bone” were the deeper cuts off of their debut album that they chose to perform. In my opinion those were great set list choices. I love the guitar intro to “Attitude” as it is really unique and instantly recognizable accompanied by structured drumming.

“These Days” was understandably another crowd favourite and AAF didn’t dissapoint with their performance of the song.

I wish I could tell you that I held my composure when the band performed “Movies” quite early on in the set, but I would be lying…

I had to record a second video, because I couldn’t stand still any longer and started jumping way too much, while recording the first one. A total failure, but totally worth it!

Needless to say the band ended their set with “Smooth Criminal”, hearing it live and seeing the crowd’s reaction was incredible. Added to that I think the crowd enjoyed every single song and wasn’t just waiting for the most famous song of all, which makes the entire experience more enjoyable.

Leading up to this concert, I think I was in the same boat as most people when I say that only “Smooth Criminal” came to mind when I heard the name “Alien Ant Farm”. At the time the band was at their peak I wasn’t listening to the rock music genre except for what was in the media at the time. Leading up to the concert I downloaded the band’s debut album and I enjoyed it immensely, although it made me feel like I had missed out on a great part of the punk rock era. This night made me feel like I could at least relive a part of what I had missed.

Shout-out to a friend who made this possible.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

 

Prime Circle Kirstenbosch Concert Review 10.01.2016

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I arrived to  a sold-out 6000 capacity crowd. It was heart-warming to see the support local music has gained. I have always wanted to watch Prime Circle at Kirstenbosch as I view it as their “home ground” of sorts.

Jono Grayson welcomed the crowd and played two songs. The crowd seemed enticed by Jono’s unassuming, humble nature. He has a charming voice and great potential if he continues to gain exposure and experience.

The Wintyr was up next and their music has an interesting ethereal vibe to it. It is a unique sound, especially for a South African band. I was really excited by the percussionist, the way he played took my breath away. You can view the band’s latest music video for their song “The Water” below.

It was time for Prime Circle to come on stage!

Prime Circle played their inspiring single “Doors”. They changed up their song “Out of this Place” accompanied by “Wild Lettuce” playing the australian didgeridoo, a really interesting take on a classic Prime Circle song.

View the performance here:

One of my favourite songs from the band’s “Let The Night In” album is “I Am”, a really upbeat and aggressive chorus interlaced by groovy verses. Their song “My City” was dedicated to Cape Town and I became really emotional seeing the massive crowd in front of me with bubbles floating through the air framed by the mountains in the background. The radio-friendly “Gone” and the romantic “Satellites” featured on the set list. “Blame It On Me” was performed by the band accompanied by an amazingly talented young lady, Jasmine Minter, who turned 16 years old on the day.

Watch a snippet of the performance here:

Her father Gavin Minter joined the band on percussion during a few songs. Dave Ferguson featured during a few songs and played the harmonica to perfection.

The band treated the crowd to a rare live performance of “My Inspiration” one of their albums off their debut album released in 2002. In my opinion this song shows off the strength in Ross’s voice.

View a few minutes of the performance:

Probably one of the most popular Prime Circle songs is the fiery “She Always Gets What She Wants” and it ALWAYS triggers a sing-along from the crowd. The band is gearing up for their first international release, which is well-deserved and a long-time coming. “She Always Gets What She Wants” will be the first single from the internationally released album and I hope it goes above and beyond what the song has achieved in South Africa.

“Consider Me” is a social and environmentally conscious song reminding us to be less selfish. “Time Kills Us All”, another crowd favourite and a truly ethereal experience. At the end of the set the crowd sang along to a lyric sheet and the band recorded the crowd singing.

The band accompanied by guest artists provided an exceptional evening of entertainment. Ross was in a lively mood and Dale was in beast mode on the drums, a treat to watch!

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Huge shout-out to Bizcommunity Lifestyle for the tickets!

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Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Scott Stapp Kirstenbosch Concert Review 15.12.2015

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One day I was surfing the internet as I always do and I came across an article on Loudwire.com about Scott Stapp. He announced that he was embarking on a brand new tour, which is great, but normally all I see is a list of US tour dates (based on previous experiences). Can you imagine my surprise when I read that he was coming to SOUTH AFRICA! I couldn’t believe it. This artist that I have been listening to/following since I have been a teenager is coming to my home town.

We arrived at the venue very early. We were treated to an entertaining performance by Van Coke Kartel. Van Coke Kartel is an Afrikaans alternative rock band from Belville, Cape Town, South Africa. The band consists of Francois Badenhorst (vocals, guitar), Wynand Myburgh (Bass), Jedd Kossew (guitarist, vocals), Dylan Hunt (drummer).

Van Coke Cartel was on point and ready to get the crowd warmed up. Van Coke Kartel played “Môregloed“, the super-fun “I Want Brandy” and the energetic “Dis ‘n Land”!

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The clouds started sneaking over the mountain about 40 minutes before Scott Stapp was scheduled to perform. About 15 minutes before he was due to come on the stage it started raining. Luckily it stopped a few minutes after the band finished preparing the stage. Scott Stapp started with “Bullets” which is a fantastic opener. I knew from the get-go that I wouldn’t be able to sit down for much longer. I remained seated for the lead single from Scott’s second solo album “Slow Suicide” and one of my all-time favourites “My Own Prison”. “My Own Prison” is such a unique song lyrically and I will always be inexplicably drawn to it. The crowd in front of the stage seemed to be having so much fun, I just HAD to join in and I’m so glad that I did!

I arrived at the front of the stage for the hard-hitting track “What If”, I only started to appreciate the song years after it released. “Faceless Man” was next and it is a spiritual and mystical song. You can’t deny the power the song has, I’m captivated every time I listen to it. “Proof of Life” is the title track from Scott Stapp’s second solo album and lyrically it feels very autobiographical to me. “Justify” a song from Scott’s debut solo album was an interesting entry on the set list and a nice change of pace. “Overcome” from Creed’s last album “Full Circle” was an expected and in my opinion crucial part of the set list. I feel that it is Scott’s own anthem and personal creed. “Only One” is a beautiful love song from Scott’s second solo album. “What’s This Life For” is a question that I think the majority of human beings have asked themselves at one point in time and it resonates with me, because it is such a daunting question to ask. “One” is a timeless song which translates very well live. It has become my new favorite song after the concert. This song is proof that music can unite people. “Society blind by color, Why hold down one to raise another”. “Arms Wide Open” was a clear crowd favorite! The crowd sang along as one unit. “Higher” really amped up the energy to another level with the crowd bouncing along to the chorus.

The band left the stage leaving the crowd wanting and they returned to the stage for the encore. The crowd was demanding “One Last Breath” for their next performance. The band complied, to the crowd’s delight. I will never forget the music video for this song for as long as I live. At the time it was really impressive and I still enjoy it to this day. The classic “My Sacrifice” ended off my too short night. I think the song speaks for itself and I find myself thinking of another music video that has been imprinted on my brain.

The musicians that make up the rest of the band that Scott brought along really made a beneficial impact on the whole performance. They delivered each song as if it were their own and added to the ambiance of the night.

Scott has a massive stage presence and you can feel the power of his voice and emotions while watching him perform. I admire his perseverance through the years to strive to become a better man/husband/father, so that he can enjoy his life with his family. I’m in awe of the number of times Scott had to pick himself up to start over and relieved that he has gained clarity regarding his bipolar diagnosis in order to become healthy again. Watching Scott perform live I have once again realized how much the lyrics of each song mean to me and I felt very nostalgic.

Scott come back, I miss you!

Thank you for sharing your talent with us, I think I speak for everyone present that we hope you will return very soon.

In a surprise twist… I was lucky enough to have been 1 of 3 winners in a competition to win a dedication from Scott Stapp. Scott dedicated a song to ME!

View the video below:

View the live performance of “My Sacrifice”. Scott points in the direction of my camera towards the end.

Scott Stapp performing “What If”:

Watch the epic opening song “Bullets”:

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One Republic Cape Town Concert Review 21/06/2015

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In November of 2014 I purchased Golden Circle tickets for One Republic’s concert on the 21.06.2015. There was no real build-up to the concert, because I had purchased the tickets so long ago. I normally do some research before a show, so I didn’t know what to expect which can sometimes be a good thing.

Gangs of Ballet was the support act for One Republic’s South African tour. The band started their set at 08:00 and performed their live staples such as “Hello Sweet World”, “Don’t Let Me Go” and “House and Money”. Gangs of Ballet hail from Durban and the band consists of Brad Klynsmith (Vocals/Electric Guitar), Jono Rich (Keyboard) and Josh Klynsmith (drums). All three musicians have studied Music at University level. Their sound is difficult to attribute to one genre, but they experiment with an eclectic mix of alternative, melodic, anthemic, electronic and dance music. Their musical influences include; Coldplay, Radiohead, Muse, The Killers, Civil Twilight and Isochronous. The band delivered a passionate performance, but I struggled to hear some of the vocals which might be due to where I was standing in front of the speakers which was very LOUD at times much to my delight! I was pleased that the support act was a well-known and experienced band, because it demonstrates the talent that South Africa can produce.

At 09:00 it was One Republic who finally took to the stage or so we thought?? We were treated to the band’s shadows behind a white sheet which really amped up the anticipation. They opened with “Don’t Look Down” and went straight into “Light It Up” which was fitting.

As soon as the sheet came down the crowd went crazy and wholeheartedly sang along with “Secrets”.

The band went off stage for a few minutes when the on-screen choir started singing the intro to “All The Right Moves”. It was really remarkable the amount of variables evident on each song that One Republic produces and you only realise that once you see them play live. You tend to take it for granted when you are listening to their albums. Each band member is capable of playing four instruments or more depending on the demands of each song, additionally they use their hands as instruments as well. They slowed it down with the song “What You Wanted” and played a crowd favourite followed called “Stop and Stare”. The popular song “Something I Need” didn’t disappoint at all.

The band moved their set to the middle of the runway with a cool acoustic setting. Ryan introduced “Apologize” on the piano to a very receptive crowd. A real treat was when Ryan did a cover of George Ezra’s “Budapest” with a twist. The band went on to play “Preacher” a really emotional song which will ring true to a lot of people, I was surprised how much I liked this song when I first heard it while listening to “Native”. Next up was “Good Life” accompanied by imagery of the band and all their adventures during their world tour including the places that they visited. Among the shots were images of Cape Town which was a proud moment for all of us.

The band went off stage except Zach Filkins who stayed behind,  to treat us in playing witness to his extraordinary guitar skills with a Spanish guitar medley. It was jaw-dropping! The band re-entered to play “Counting Stars”, one of my favourite songs. They continued with “Can’t Stop”,  “Au Revoir”, “Feel Again” and the current hit “I Lived” a very emotional song layered with a catchy melody.

The encore started with the anthemic “Love Runs Out” during which Ryan came over to our side of the stage, looked me right in the eyes and took my hand, (*faints*) I don’t remember much after that 😀 .

[I have a ring on with red cross with blue background and he grabs my hand first, view below:]

Ryan took us by surprise when he did a rendition of Louis Armstrong’s “Wonderful Life”. The last song was Alesso’s remix of “I Lose Myself” during which the crowd was showered with confetti. I’m so glad that they decided to play the remixed version, because it took the energy of the crowd to another level. View the video of the performance here:

Ryan is a very energetic frontman affecting everyone around him and I was in awe of his exceptional vocal delivery which was on point the entire time!

I really appreciate the production that went into setting up the venue and the ambience of the show. I can understand why I paid the asking price, which is really important for the band(s) and production team to take into account. As a concert goer you NEVER want to feel ripped off. I had a fabulous time and I would love for the band return to South Africa ASAP.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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PS: Thank you to my fiance for all the photos and videos he took, so that I could just enjoy the show.

OneRepublic Setlist Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino, Cape Town, South Africa 2015, Native World Tour

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Me patiently waiting for the show to start!

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Thirty Seconds To Mars Cape Town Concert Review – 23/11/2014

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I purchased tickets for the concert on the 13th of December 2013. I was super excited about it, because I missed their last concert in Cape Town in 2010 and I was REALLY looking forward to it.

Fast forward to May 2014, when the band announced that they would have to postpone their tour due to medical reasons concerning one of the band members. I was devastated as I had put in leave especially for the concert and I had looked forward to it for so long. I had to wait until the 23rd of November 2014 to see them perform.

On the 21st of November 2014, 30 Seconds to Mars had a scheduled concert in Johannesburg. I found out over social media that Shannon Leto was not present, due to him taking ill. I was really disappointed, because I wanted to witness the chemistry between the band members on stage. The band consists of three members and it made the set-up lopsided if one band member was absent.

On Sunday the 23rd of November 2014 I started preparing for the concert, in a despondent mood. I was sad that Shannon wasn’t going to be there and I was feeling a little ill myself.

My sister and I arrived at the venue and we got a relatively good spot in the golden circle. I sat down waiting for Beatenberg to start their set. Beatenberg consists of Matthew Field (vocalist, guitar), Ross Dorkin (bass guitar) and Robin Brink (drums). The band started at 7:30 sharp, which was pleasant. They opened the set with their hit “Chelsea Blakemore” and continued to play some more songs from their debut album which included “Beauty Like A Tightened Bow”, “Rafael”, “Southern Suburbs” and “Cavendish Square”, closing their set with “Pluto”.

Beatenberg ended their set at 08:00 and then the wait began for the band we have all been waiting for. The lights went down, and the pulse-inducing opening sequence started. It took a few minutes before Tomo appeared and another minute or so before the enigmatic Jared Leto appeared with a crown adorning his captivating locks. My ears started buzzing from all the loud screams that filled the arena. I could barely breathe when Jared Leto appeared. For four years he only existed on my laptop screen, on a television screen or on the silver screen. If there is one thing that Jared Leto knows how to do is market himself. He had the audience in the palm of his hand for the entire show.

Anyone who has been to a concert and bought Golden Circle tickets knows that you have to take ownership of your spot on the floor or the other concert-goers might just take the chance to nab your spot which is located closer to the stage. During Jared Leto’s acoustic set he asked the audience to move closer to where he was standing at the walkway in front of the stage. At first everyone was indecisive, but when he insisted the audience obeyed. We moved closer to him and found ourselves in a better place than before.

It was fascinating the amount of interaction that Jared maintained with the audience throughout the show. The band released colourful balloons which reflects the artwork on their latest album cover and they floated around during the majority of the show, additionally streamers were blown into the air to the crowd’s delight.

The band’s opening song was “Up In The Air” and at first Jared’s voice sounded a bit sharp, but it warmed and softened more with the songs which followed. The crowd chanted along with “This Is War” and I loved their performance of “Conquistador” one of my favourite songs. Jared came up close and personal to the crowd during “Kings and Queens”, by the looks of where I was standing he seemed a bit nervous when the audience started tugging and pulling at him. The crowd bounced and danced through “Do or Die”. Jared gave a beautiful and touching performance of “City of Angels”. Things started heating up when he started to sing “End of all Days”. He pulled and tugged at his clothing suggestively to the delight of the female audience. Besides that distraction he delivered the vocals for the song perfectly.

The frontman then started his acoustic set singing a song which his grandfather used to sing to him called “Save Me”. The audience performed the intro for “Alibi” and Jared sang his heart out. The crowd were delighted when he went into a performance of “The Kill (Bury Me)”. During his acoustic set, the hormones of some ladies’ was at its peak. An indication of this, is the amount of suggestive and daring signs members of the crowd were holding up.

The mood turned romantic when the intro to “Bright Lights” started and everyone got their cellphones and lighters up.

After the song ended Jared started calling audience members up onto the stage, which obviously resulted in a lot of excitement. It was a great end to an amazing night and it went by so quickly.

After the show Jared and Tomo were signing Mars’ shirts and if you paid a fee, they would sign it for you. The queue for their signatures was insane! There were about 600 people if not more who got their merchandise signed. The wait wasn’t long though (no photos allowed) and concert-goers passed the time by chatting about the concert and thinking about what they were going to say to Jared when they got to the front. Most people fantasies’ were never realised as everyone went quiet when they saw him. 😀 I was one of those people, I was wracking my brain trying to think about what I was going to say. When I finally got to the front all I could manage was “Thank you, Tomo” and “Thank you, Jared”. Jared was busy signing when I spoke and he made a point to look up at me with those icy blue eyes and said “Thank you very, very much”. He hardly spoke to me, but the look on his face was one of endless gratitude for his fans and his lifestyle/career. My sister was waiting outside for me and was in a place where she could see Jared, she noticed that he made an effort to look up at each and every person when the alternative was to sign as fast as he could without looking up and finish up earlier.

I stand corrected, but from what I could tell and a few audience members would agree with me, but Thirty Seconds To Mars is the only international band to visit Cape Town thus far to take time out of their schedule to do a signing session.

I was sad that Shannon wasn’t there, but at the end of the night Jared and Tomo as well as the rest of the crew made up for it. It was one of the happiest moments of my life and I enjoyed every second of their concert. When they return I will fight tooth and nail to get a ticket if it comes to that.

Thank you to Thirty Seconds To Mars for making such an effort to come and perform for us as often as you can.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

 

 

Thirty Seconds to Mars Setlist GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Cape Town, South Africa 2014, Love Lust Faith + Dreams

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The Fray Concert Review @ Grand Arena in Cape Town

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I had purchased tickets for The Fray in March 2014, so I couldn’t believe how time had flown when the 20th of September 2014 rolled around. It was the first time that I had purchased seated tickets for a show at the Grand Arena and the view wasn’t bad at all. The Golden Circle and general standing sections filled up quite quickly the closer it got to 20h00.

Jeremy Loops kicked off the show in his unique way, a true one man band and excellent multi-tasker I might add. He played all of his singles, which was a real treat. He played “Mission To The Sun (Howling)”, “Down South”, “Power”, “I Wrote This Song For You” and “Skinny Blues”. It was a great performance and he even pulled out a kids toy to create the unique sound effects in one of his songs.

Here is a great video for you to watch if you are not familiar with Jeremy Loops’ music.

We had to wait about 45 – 50 minutes for the band to start, but at least the wait was worth it in the end. The Fray started with a bang, playing “Closer To Me” and “Heartbeat” followed shortly after.  Isaac Slade explained where he wrote the song Heartbeat and it was right here in Cape Town atop Table Mountain! The band was really complementary about South Africa, which the locals really appreciated. Isaac was so enthusiastic that he got down from the stage ran through the Golden Circle crowd right to the passage between Golden Circle and General Standing and made his way back to the stage. It seemed like it was a spontaneous decision which made it all the more exciting. I was really jealous of all the people in that section who got to get up close and personal with Isaac. Here is a great video of the concert posted by Ian Landsberg on YouTube.

The band consists of Isaac Slade (lead vocals, piano), Joe King (Rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Dave Welsh(lead guitar) and Ben Wysocki(drums). Dave Welsh really impressed on the guitar and I was in awe watching him. I never knew that Joe had such a beautiful voice and his performance on “Ungodly Hour” really impressed the audience. Ben looked so at ease and relaxed as if he was playing to an audience of 50 people. It looks like Joe King had a blast in South Africa, just by the looks of his Instagram account! (http://instagram.com/p/tL5a_Hs1SO/)

The anticipation in the air was palpable as the audience was waiting for the band to start playing “How To Save A Life”, the audience erupted when they heard the first few unmistakable notes.

Here is the set list of the concert:

The Fray Setlist GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World, Cape Town, South Africa 2014, Helios Tour

It was a really enjoyable and special night and I never imagined The Fray will come and play for us in South Africa, but I’m really glad that they did!
You can follow the band on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheFray
Thank you!
Rock Regards,
Lauren K