We Heard WHAT!? (pt. 4)

2008-09-04 17:29
Rod, Lionel and Smokie headed for SA
Anyone who enjoys their music with a dash of nostalgia must be wetting themselves at the prospect of some crooning heavyweights due for our shores over the next few months. Big Concerts have just announced that Scottish mega-star - the original Trousersnake – Rod Stewart, is bringing his platinum hairdo and trademark smirk to South Africa in December, with shows in Cape Town (1 Dec), Durban (4 Dec) and Johannesburg (6 Dec). But that’s no all! Also here near the end of November will be Lionel Ritchie, who seems keen to put on a helluva show for locals. "Africa holds a special place for me and I am anxious to come home and give something back to all the fans that have supported me and my music over the years," said Richie. But if you simply cannot wait that long, British rockers Smokie (best known for their much-parodied hit "Livin' Next Door to Alice") will be in the country in early October, bringing in the Aardklop Arts Festival in Potchefstroom on the 2nd, before moving onto Cape Town (3 Oct), Carnival City (4 Oct) and Durban on the 7th. These artists were all in their prime in the 70s and 80s, and haven’t made a dent on the music scene for a very long time. So has South Africa become the last outpost for bands past their sell-by date?

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- Shaheema Barodien

In music news this week: Kwaito is declared dead, Miley Cyrus splashes out on her Sweet 16, being in Oasis "better than being God", and old-timers Rod Stewart and Lionel Ritchie are headed for SA… but why?

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