James Concert Review – Cape Town, 24.11.2018

It was a beautiful evening when I arrived at Kirstenbosch Gardens and the enthusiasm of the crowd was evident as the winding queue portrayed.

We entered the venue and managed to find a little spot atop the hill of the venue, with an incredible view of the city and the stage below us.

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Watershed started their set at 19:00 and it is always lovely to be able to watch a local staple perform at Kirstenbosch. It allows us to appreciate our local talent and show our support.

James is an English rock band from Manchester, which was formed in 1982. Lead singer Tim Booth departed from the band in 2001 and the band became inactive. In 2007, the band reunited and went on to produce six more albums.

Tim Booth is a very entertaining frontman, with a ton of energy, but with no tolerance for cellphones. He expressed his desire for the audience to “live in the moment” instead of taking videos/pictures to post on social media later on. He performed two songs amidst the crowd, but didn’t want to spend time with “one-armed people”. Considering the world we found ourselves in, it is refreshing to be reminded that the world doesn’t revolve around social media.

“Getting Away With It All (All Messed Up)” was a true crowd pleaser as it should be. It is an enigmatic song and one of the band’s most popular tracks.

“Say Something” was another hit with the audience and they were very happy to perform backing vocals to the entire song.

“What’s It All About” is a song from the band’s latest album, “Living in Extraordinary Times”. I love the vibe of this song, it deals with a serious topic, but the melody is extremely catchy.

“Hank” was another track that the band performed from their latest album and the drumming on this song in particular was impressive.

“Leviathan” is a compelling song about two people’s journeys coming together as one.

“Many Faces” closed the band’s set and it was a beautiful experience. As Tim ended off the song slowly, the crowd took over chanting the last verse;

“There’s only one human race
Many faces, everybody belongs here
There’s only one human race
Many faces, everybody belongs here”

It was absolutely magical, while the full moon was high up in the sky, the audience came together as one in that single moment.

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I thoroughly enjoyed James’ performance and I can say that for the first time the studio albums don’t do the live performance of the band justice. I have never said that about a band’s material before, but I mean it as a massive compliment.

I will admit that I wasn’t familiar with the band’s material before, but I loved every second of their set. My friend and I were standing the entire time, which locals will know is not the norm for a show at Kirstenbosch Gardens. We were dancing the whole time!

Shout out to We Are Live! for the free tickets!

Thank you to James for a memorable night!

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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Daughtry Cape Town Concert Review – 25.10.2018

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I arrived at the venue 2 hours prior to the start of the show and going through the motions that is required by a dedicated music lover. This includes queuing for what seems like forever, standing for hours on end, feeling exhausted the following day and having body aches for the next 48 hours. It really sounds like I’m complaining a lot, but my point is, all of that is worth it through and through.

Jesse Clegg kicked off the evening with some favourite local tunes and it was the first time in two months that he has been back in South Africa. The venue means a lot to him, because of his father, Johnny Clegg’s history of performances at the Grand Arena.

Jesse proved that he could captivate the audience with the subtlety and honesty of his performance.

Jesse ended his set at 20:30 and the crowd waited with bated breath for Daughtry to take to the stage. In the meantime there was some entertainment in between sets which the crowd thoroughly enjoyed. The audience members in the Golden Circle had no idea what was happening, but the seated crowd got entertained by a man who could not resist dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” which was blaring from the speakers. The crowd who could witness his smooth moves, couldn’t stop cheering for him.

 

Daughtry finally came on stage and by this time the anticipation had been palpitating. Unfortunately I’m not able to access the set list, so I will recall the songs that were performed from memory. The band kicked off with a song from their latest album titled “Just Found Heaven“. A very intimate song, which describes the narrator being so happy that he found a special relationship, that he doesn’t care what happens to him when he dies.

Feels Like Tonight” is about a person who made a mistake and has made a decision to make up for it at that moment.

I have to say that an unexpected highlight for me was Daughtry’s performance of “Battleship“. Chris delivered the vocals so passionately and with so much energy, I was completely mesmerised.

Crawling Back To You” seemed to be quite a hit with the crowd and it was amazing to hear it live. The band really shined on this track.

One of my favourite tracks from the band’s “Cage To Rattle” tour, has to be “Backbone” the lyrics hit home and the melody of the song is on point! The timing of the track feels different to the band’s other material and I find that the song makes quite an impact, which the listener can’t deny.

Deep End” is the band’s latest single off their new album, it is about taking a chance on love or a new relationship by going “all in”. Elvio shines on the keyboards on this track and it has a feel good quality to it.

 

After that, Chris moved on to an acoustic set, with just him and the guitar on stage. A classic Daughtry track “Life After You” kicked off the acoustic set and it feels as if you just heard the lyrics for the first time in your life, because of the way it is being delivered.

As You Are” is a track from the latest album and Chris revealed that his wife wrote this song with him. It is about true love, dedication and having to accept your significant other as they are in order to make it last. It is about appreciating the other person too.

Chris encouraged the audience to sing along with one of Daughtry’s first singles when they started out, “Home“. It was a beautiful moment as the crowd got out their phones to light up the arena. My phone was terribly confused as it kept going out of focus, but I think I captured the “feel” of the performance at least.

 

The band took it up a few notches after the acoustic set by performing “White Flag“, a hard-hitting, energetic rock song delivered with power and conviction. I loved every second of the band’s performance of this song.

Daughtry entertained the crowd with their performance of “It’s Not Over“, the song that catapulted the band into the charts. It’s not a Daughtry show, if this song is not on the set list.

 

Over You” followed after and the crowd got an opportunity to show off with Chris allowing us to fill in the blanks, so to speak. It is about the narrator getting over a tough breakup and coming out stronger on the other side of it.

The band left the stage after that and we cheered for an encore.

 

The audience members beside me in the Golden Circle had been anticipating the performance of “Waiting for Superman” the entire evening and the band finally performed it. I never realised how popular the song was among fans until now.

 

We provided the backup vocals for “No Surprise” and Chris layered his vocals over it, it sounded incredible.

September” was performed thereafter and the crowd lapped up every note of that song.

The best surprise was when Chris suddenly launched into a cover version of “Purple Rain“. It stunned the audience into silence for a few seconds, before that turned to screaming. Chris left the stage at one point and the band continued playing the song, when Chris suddenly returned much to my delight after having caught that moment on video. It was a surreal moment in the best way possible.

I watched Daughtry performing in Cape Town exactly 8 years ago, so it was really special to have the opportunity to see them again. Adding to that it was the first concert that I had ever been to. I really hope it won’t take another 8 years for them to return.

I have to say that I had the most pleasant Golden Circle experience ever. I had enough space to stretch my legs and no one pushing against me the whole time.

 

Chris’s vocal abilities are hard to compare to anyone else, he has a powerful set of pipes. That doesn’t mean I take anything away from the band’s performance. Josh Paul is always entertaining to watch on the bass guitar. Elvio Fernandes provides some impressive backup vocals and he is great on the keyboards. Josh Steely is on lead guitar, Brian Craddock on rhythm guitar and together they make a great team. Brandon Maclin played his part on the drums and even provided us with a short drum solo.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

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

Photo from Lauren Kruger 🎼
It was a fabulous night of quality performances!
Rock Regards,
Lauren K

An Intimate Evening with Seether @ Kirstenbosch Gardens, Parklife Festival Review

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Last night (22 November 2013) I had the privilege to spend an intimate semi-acoustic evening with Taxi Violence and main act Seether. Everyone had their blankets, picnic baskets and drinks ready for the evening. The gates opened at 18:00 and we took our place on the grass just to the left of the stage with a great view. The weather was great, although as the night wore on it got slightly chilly not that anyone even seemed to notice. The crowd was munching away waiting for the show to start when Jon Savage our MC for the evening took to the stage. He introduced the band(s), sponsors and recited the rules for the evening with hilarious responses from the audience.

Taxi Violence consists of

  • George van der Spuy – lead vocals (2004–present)
  • Rian Zietsman – lead guitar (2004–present)
  • Louis Nel – drums (2004–present)
  • Jason Ling – bass (2008–present)

Around about 19:30 Taxi Violence took to the stage and I was really impressed by their overall performance. The lead singer’s (George van der Spuy) vocals were fantastic as was the rest of the musicians in the band. The band played a few covers, their much-loved original songs including “Love Sick Rock ‘n Roll”, “Heads or Tails”, “Devil n Pistol” and they ended their set with “Brainmash”. Nearing the end of Taxi Violence’s set a lone head banger expressed his enthusiasm at the front of the stage. Taxi Violence’s performance was energetic, passionate and it set the scene for what was still to come…

After about 30 minutes after Taxi Violence’s set Jon Savage took to the stage to introduce the main act Seether. The excitement in the air was palpable.

Seether consists of:

Shaun Morgan was the first to walk on stage cigarette in his mouth, bottle of water in hand and a devil-may-care attitude. Dale Stewart was the second member to come on stage and John Humphrey came on last. The band expressed their excitement at being back in South Africa and it is the first time the entire band has been back in South Africa. The band opened the show with the moody and intense “Gasoline”, followed by “69 Tea”, “Driven Under” and to the delight of the crowd an old Seether classic “Fine Again”. “Sympathetic” was up next and then the band threw in a Neil Diamond cover “The Needle and the Damage Done” which Shaun Morgan introduced as being one of his favourite songs. The band followed the cover with one of their more mellow songs “Here and Now”. The tender “Pass Slowly” was up next followed by “Breakdown” and the crowd swooned when the band started playing the intro for “Broken” to which they sang along in unison. Shaun introduced “Polly” by Nirvana as the first song that he learned to play on the guitar about 20 years ago. My favourite songs all followed one another. I was eagerly awaiting “Rise Above This” and even tough Shaun slipped up on a note or two ( 😀 ) the performance was flawless. Seether broke into a toned down version of “Fake It” followed by one of my favourite songs “Tonight”. The addictive “Remedy” was played and after that the band said there goodbyes much to the dismay of the fans. After a few chants the band came back on stage to play out with the catchy “Country Song”.

Some members of the crowd was slightly disappointed at the exclusion of “Careless Whisper” on the set list. It didn’t bother me much, because most of the songs that I came to hear was played. I really enjoyed the casual atmosphere of the crowd and the laid-back attitude of the band. The band was in a jovial mood cracking jokes and interacting with the crowd. They even introduced their latest band member who will become an official member of Seether next year, he will take on the role as the band’s lead guitarist. The crowd even threw underwear on stage among other strange things. I really enjoyed the night, the weather was great, the support act was a delightful surprise and Seether was on the top of their game.  The texture and sound of Shaun Morgan’s voice was astounding, for a semi-acoustic show it got pretty loud which I won’t complain about. Shaun Morgan confided in the crowd saying that he always gets extremely nervous when playing to a South African crowd which I found quite endearing. It was an experience I will hold dear for many years to come.

I apologise for the low quality of the photos and if you’re hungry for more/better photos of the event search for #ParklifeSA on Twitter to see some great shots of the night!

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Rock Regards,

Lauren K

 

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Kings of Chaos Concert Review – 07/06/2013

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I have waited for months for the Kings of Chaos Concert and I can’t believe its all over already!

I bought my tickets the day after the concert was announced, initially the main reason I bought tickets for the show was to see Slash. The original line-up included Slash, Gilby Clarke, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Joe Elliott, Dave Kushner, Glenn Hughes, Ed Roland and Sebastian Bach. A few weeks passed and it was announced that Sebastian Bach had to pull out due to scheduling conflicts and Myles Kennedy was going replace him instead. I couldn’t believe it, I was literally jumping up and down with excitement. I have nothing against Sebastian Bach at all, I never thought I would ever have the opportunity to see Myles Kennedy perform in my home country. Needless to say, I now had even more incentive to go to the concert, the downside was that my boyfriend was leaving the country to go to Sweden for work on the 8th of June and he wouldn’t be able to go. Luckily I heard that there was going to be a second show on the 7th of June, so I could change it.

My boyfriend and I arrived at GrandWest Casino just after four o’clock, had something to eat and then the waiting began. We were the 4th couple from the front of the line. The queue only really started to grow at about six o’clock. People who were at the front of the line kept some space for their friends that only arrived later in the evening. This caused some tension due to the fact that some of us have waited for hours just to be pushed back by people who were arriving late. More people tried to push towards the front, because they thought if one group could do it, they could do it as well. Security controlled the situation to an extent.

We heard the band starting to rehearse just before six and they carried on till past 19h00 when the doors were supposed to open. I could feel the excitement in the air starting to build at 18h30 when everyone in the queue decided to stand up while they were waiting. I was becoming incredibly impatient and I just wanted the concert to start already! At about 19h00 I thought the audience was going to stampede through the door. The doors finally opened at 19h15 and security warned the audience members to calm down. We took our place to the left of the stage right in front. The DJ played “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback which got the audience quite excited, he proceeded to play some Offspring, Bon Jovi, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Kings of Leon etc. The concert finally got underway at 20h30.

The KFM DJ introduced the man who made the concert possible and the band walked onstage about 15 minutes later. First to enter was Duff McKagan, second to the stage was Gilby Clarke, Matt Sorum and Glenn Hughes kicked off the show with their cover of Deep Purple’s Highway Star. Next up was “Smoke on the Water” another Deep Purple cover. Ed Roland came onstage to perform “Heavy” and “Shine” which are Collective Soul covers. Now it is Joe Elliott‘s turn to perform “Animal” and “Pour Some Sugar On Me” which are both Def Leppard covers. It was great to hear Pour Some Sugar On Me live!

Now the moment that we have all been waiting for Slash and Myles Kennedy take to the stage with the ground-shaking cover of “Nightrain”. Slash jumps down from the podium where the drums are and I get goosebumps every time that Myles opens his mouth. I could feel my heart beating in my chest whenever Myles came towards us. Myles continues to entertain with a cover of Guns ‘n Roses’ “It’s So Easy”.

All the band members leave the stage while the crew members build what seems to be an acoustic set. Some of the band members get comfortable on the couches onstage, while Glenn Hughes performs a brilliant (Deep Purple) cover of “Mistreated”. Joe Elliott performed a Def Leppard cover of “Two Steps Behind” which the crowd loved singing along to, Ed Roland performed a Collective Soul cover of “The World I Know”. Myles performed a beautiful rendition of Velvet Revolver’s “Fall To Pieces”. I overheard an audience member saying that Myles’s performance of that song was absolutely beautiful! Gilby Clarke took the mic to perform “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” to the audience’s delight! That marked the end of the acoustic set and the band left the stage while the crew members cleared the stage.

Glenn Hughes performed “Burn” (Deep Purple cover) and “Communication Breakdown” (Led Zeppelin cover). Ed Roland came in to perform “Slither” (Velvet Revolver cover). Joe Elliott took to the stage to perform “Tie Your Mother Down” (Queen cover) and “All The Young Dudes”, a David Bowie cover which I don’t think the audience was very familiar with. My hero Mr Myles Kennedy came back onstage to wow us with 2 super popular (Guns N’ Roses) covers of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City”. The audience was enthralled by his performance and we couldn’t believe it when the show was over! The audience chanted a few slogans after the show, but it didn’t look like there was going to be an encore, to our dismay.

The long wait was worth it and I trust the shows that followed Friday night was just as impressive! I have to be honest in saying that I’m not very familiar with the older bands that were represented during the night, but I enjoyed every moment. It was the first time that a bass player (Duff McKagan) really made an impression on me. Normally the bass guitar/guitarist seem to fade into the background, but no one could deny his talent. Matt Sorum shined on the drums, the drums forming a crucial part of every song. Gilby Clarke brought his style and flair to the party and even managed to throw in a wardrobe change as well. Glenn Hughes showed off his vocal chords and the crowd really appreciated his contribution. Ed Roland and Joe Elliott added some diversity to the group. Dave Kushner was a nice touch which rounded off the group.

Slash’s performance was pure perfection, as usual, you could really feel and see the love the audience has for him. I could see from the look on Myles’ face that he was enjoying every second of the show, as a performer and an audience member. Myles never stopped smiling. The real treat of the show for me was to see Myles, I still can’t believe I saw him play live. His performance was immaculate.

The only thing I dread after a concert of this magnitude is the withdrawal symptoms/depression that follows the first high after the performance, because music is my drug of choice. 😀

I hope that I will one day once again get to see Slash and Myles Kennedy perform in my hometown.

Rock Regards,

Lauren K

Slash Photo by  WARREN TALMARKES Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Slash
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Photo by  WARREN TALMARKES Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by
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Photo by  WARREN TALMARKES Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by
WARREN TALMARKES
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Photo by  WARREN TALMARKES Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

Photo by
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Photo by  WARREN TALMARKES Source: http://www.talmarkes.co.za/kings_of_chaos/

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Photograph by Willim Welsyn

Glenn Hughes and Duff McKagan Photograph by Willim Welsyn  Source:http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA

Glenn Hughes and Duff McKagan
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Ed Roland Photograph by Willim Welsyn  Source:http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA

Ed Roland
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Matt Sorum Photograph by Willim Welsyn  Source:http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA

Matt Sorum
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Joe Elliott Photograph by Willim Welsyn  Source:http://www.facebook.com/RollingStoneSA

Joe Elliott
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