By Jonathan Duguid
It’s been quite a weird few weeks in the music industry around the world.
Ahead of Christmas we had Justin Bieber announcing his retirement… Now, no one knows if it was the teen sensation making one of his famous pranks, or if we should be taking it seriously. I for one am not bothered either way – I don’t despise the little guy, but I’m not exactly a “Belieber” (what his fan base refer to themselves as) either. Maybe it was a PR stint, as his release-a-new-single-every-week off his new album didn’t blow up as crazy as he thought it actually would? Who knows? I guess, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Then, let’s not forget Lady Gaga, whose ‘Artpop’ album left many fans underwhelmed. We had this big build-up, including seeing her backside blow up on Twitter, and then what one can only be described as a flop. When Eminem knocks you off the charts in a matter of weeks, you know there’s a problem, especially since any diehard fan of his, who’s been there since the beginning, will tell you he’s just not as amazing since he gave the Slim Shady persona a rest.
But it’s not all been negative (thank goodness!) – This week we received some great news about a band from the past that will be reuniting after nine years to pay tribute to one of the most iconic bands that the planet has ever seen, The Beatles.
Who am I speaking about? Well, the 1980s duo of Annie Lennox and Dave Stephens, that I assume you probably know (and have come to love) as The Eurythmics.
The group that formed in 1980 and were most popular from 1981 up, until they went their separate ways in 1990 (and reformed from 1998-2005), will be reuniting to perform at the ‘The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles’ concert that’s happening the day after the Grammy’s – on January 27 – in Los Angeles.
On the local front, things have also been on the up! I can’t say there’s been a local song that I’ve heard, or played on my radio show, that I can say, “Wow, that sucks”. And this weekend, some of South Africa’s top talent will be performing live, across the each nook of the City – so make a plan to leave the comfort of your sofa and head out and take a listen to one of the bands in one of the areas near to you.
On Thursday and Friday, January 9 and 10, you can see the Joburg born, Durban living, and Cape Town touring Ard Matthews (who’s best known as the front man of Just Jinjer), performing at Café Roux, which is at the Noordhoek Farm Village, 270 Chapmans Peak Drive in Noordhoek. The gig kicks-off at 8.30pm and tickets are R130 per person. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, January 11, the groove rock band that started humbly in a garage in Bellville, known as Blackstoneradio, will be jamming live from 9pm at the Casa Nostra Bar, above the Ritz Hotel on Sea Point Main Road. This gig certainly promises to be good fun.
Sunday, January 12, will see MacStanley, which comprise of members Andrew Mac, Neil Potgieter and Clinton Gahwiler, rocking crowds at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (and according to a source, there may be a surprise performance by Elana Africa-Bredenkamp, who will join the band on-stage in song). This concert follows an extensive international tour and the release of their third studio album, ‘Lucid, Alive and Dreaming’. Take your picnic basket along and enjoy an evening of great music. Gates for the concert open at 4pm and the performance starts at 5.30pm. Tickets range from R85 to R125 per person and are available from Webtickets.co.za