Phoenix Smith (JHB)
Mechanics of Happiness (PTA)
DADA FM (CPT)
Tenkai Pennies (PTA)
Them Particles (JHB)
URIAH HEEP (UK)
Naming James (JHB)
The Country Conquerors (GREYTON)
Howlin Shibanski (PTA)
Greg Georgiades Big Band and Then Some (EVERYWHERE)
Chiba Fly (PTA)
Jeremy Loops (CPT)
Shotgun Tori (JHB)
Dan Patlansky (PLANET DAN)
Tidal Waves (UTOPIA)
Feed The Wolf (PTA)
Hot Water (DBN)
Smoking Mojos (UNITED STATES OF RIZLA)
Napalma (BRAZIL / MOZ)
The Country Conquerors
Riku Latti Ensemble ft. Bacchus Nel,
Lochner de Kock,
Na wie se pype dans jy? Betrap jouself in ’n goeie bui met ’n massiewe klankstelsel en verloor beheer in die ekstase van ’n smerige Hammond- of pyporrelsolo wat disrespekvol en met minagting tot diép in die rooi in gespeel word. – Albert du Plessis
By now, you’ve probably heard that KEN HENSLEY, the man who penned so many of Uriah Heep’s classic tracks, will be doing a once-off-gig at the New Life Church auditorium in Douglasdale, Johannesburg, on Saturday 17 March! In a major scoop for The Rockfest on MIX 93.8FM, we are pleased to announce that some excellent SA talent will be supporting this most legendary musician. Toni Rowland, Ghapi / Peter Hanmer BAND, (Cindy) Alter (Stewart) Irving and Nanette Scott, will be setting the stage for a truly memorable day. Booking through Strictly Tickets (www.strictlytickets.co.za). Tickets (R 180.00pp) are limited!!! An item of clothing and / or a tin of canned food for the various charities the church takes care of, together with your prized ticket, gets you in! Doors open at midday. Logistics allowing, The Rockfest on Mix93.8fm will be broadcasting from the venue on the day. It’s going to be an AWESOME day!!! – Leon Economides
Considered as one of the pioneers of heavy metal and hard rock, Deep Purple were listed by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s loudest band and ranked as number 22 on VH1s Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. They incorporate many sounds into their rock music including classical, blues and pop. Deep Purple is still one of the hardest touring bands in the world and has continued to tour around the world since 1968. They’re most famous for their haunting hit – Smoke On The Water.
Deep Purple will be supported by Uriah Heep and Wishbone Ash.
The technically brilliant heavy rock band ‘Uriah Heep’ (taken from the character featured in the Charles Dickens novel David Copperfield) have sold over 30 million records and have had 5 US Top 40 albums. Their debut in 1970 was a simplistic bass driven sound from electric folk to a direct harder appeal. Uriah Heep were at the forefront of a richly embossed, fastidious style of music later to be dubbed as progressive rock.
Andy Powell, Muddy Manninen, Bob Skeat, Joseph Crabtree make up Wishbone Ash, a British rock band who were hugely successful in the mid 70s. Their popular records include Wishbone Ash, Argus, There’s The Rub and New England. Wishbone Ash are considered one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. Their contributions helped Powell and Turner to be included in the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Friday 28 May 2010
Coca-Cola Dome Johannesburg
Tickets from R275 to R500 (incl. service charges)
Sunday 30 May 2010
Indoor Arena, International Convention Centre, Durban
Tickets from R272 to R426 (incl. service charges)
Tuesday 1 June 2010
Grand Arena Grandwest Casino & Entertainment World Cape Town
Tickets from R297 to R476 (incl. service charges)
I’ve always enjoyed Rod Stewart’s soul covers on his 70’s albums; ‘You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Man’, ‘If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don’t Want To Be Right’, ‘I Know I’m Losing You’ and ‘You Send Me’ spring to mind. Now in 2009, this 64 year old recently released a great collection of soul covers …. great album.
Favourite track: It’s The Same Old Song
Leonard Cohen – Live In London
In July 2008, then 73-year old Leonard Cohen recorded ‘Live In London’ which was released as a double CD in March this year. A superb collection of songs with incredible musical arrangements, linked by Leonard’s surprisingly lighthearted banter and continuous acknowledgment of the band.
Favourite Tracks: Hallelujah, Recitation (A Thousand Kisses Deep)
Bob Dylan – Together Through Life
I have never been a big fan of Bob’s vocal style, but he sure writes some awesome songs. On this album, featuring the two guys kissing on the cover (c’mon, look closer), he teams up with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and produces some fine swampy, bluesy songs.
Favourite track: Beyond Here Lies Nothin’
Uriah Heep – Celebration (Forty Years Of Rock)
Uriah Heep first appeared in 1970 with their ‘Very ‘Eavy Very ‘Umble’ album featuring the classic ‘Gypsy’. I was hooked, and am still a fan today. They are still going strong, though guitarist Mick Box is the only original member.
2008’s ‘Wake The Sleeper’ is one of my albums of the last decade, and Uriah Heep recently released ‘Celebration’. This album features only two new recordings, the rest are newly recorded covers of their greatest hits. Not always a recipe for success, but these new recordings breathe new life into many of my old favourites, except for ‘The Wizard’, which just doesn’t seem to work.
Favourite tracks: July Morning (2009 recording), Look At Yourself (2009 recording)
U2 – New Line On The Horizon
Steve Earle – Townes
Neil Diamond – Hot August Night / NYC – Live From Madison Square Garden