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My Coke got the beer...

2007-04-26 16:25

The band's excuse

"I feel so bad right now," explained bassist Tommy Stinson. "I accidentally (sic) fell down a flight of stairs. I put my hand down to break my fall and heard a loud 'pop.' The next morning I went to see my doctor, and the bad is news is it's severely sprained and I may have done some ligament damage. I feel horrible. We'd like to apologize to our fans that were looking forward to seeing us and know that we will we see you all soon. Again, we'd like to sincerely thank our fans worldwide for their patience and support."

We think he should drink less.

Ag Shame man

This is bad for the band, if it's true. But it's worse for organisers Big Concerts. After last year's Coke event they got beat up for hiring semi-metal band Metallica to headline, then making it impossible for the fans to drink. This time, the organisers promised a "frustration-free fest", which of course meant far fewer boring coke bars, and far more beer bars - 80 metres manned by 140 barmen in Cape Town and nearly double that in Jozi, partly in order to justify their "no pass-outs policy." To top it off, there's now stacks of parking. But will all the parking be needed? Though there are other international acts on the bill, headline act Guns 'n Roses were the chief draw card for SA rock fans who loved them in the 80s. So many disappointed people are reportedly cashing in their tickets.

The Line-up now

International: Evanescence, 3 Doors Down, Staind, and Hoobastank

Local: Springbok Nude Girls, The Parlotones, Evolver (Jozi only), Casette (Jozi only), J (Jozi only), The Dirty Skirts (CT only), Love Jones (CT only) and Taxi Violence (CT only), plus the newly added Wickhead, Fevertree, Lonehill Estate, and Bed on Bricks.

Even with Guns 'n Roses gone the line-up is impressive.

Should be a jol. And actually, for those of us who thought Metallica was the biggest disappointment of last year's fest, here's a thought: Guns 'n Roses aren't quite the fresh young rebels they once were. They've been broken up and or fighting among themselves for years. They haven't brought out a decent album for decades. It would have been great to see them in the 80s, but that was a long time ago, and most of us have grown up. Who cares if they don't show up?

As long as there's beer, and plenty of it.

- Jean Barker
... but not ALL the bands. Planned headliners, 80s hard rockers Guns 'n Roses, have pulled out. But is that SUCH a dealbreaker?

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