Worth a Tenor

2009-03-30 13:14
Live in Cape Town

Overzealous middle-aged women, dressed in their Sunday best, poured into the Grandwest Casino's Grand Arena at the opening leg of the Ten Tenors' whistle stop SA tour on Saturday night, followed closely by their disinterested, beer-drinking husbands. Okay, such typecasting is perhaps a tad unfair - my mom was there sans dad after all.

For the uninitiated, the Ten Tenors are an Australian boy band that travels the world belting out medleys of classical pop, rock and folk makeovers.

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Their story reads like a fairytale - formed back in 1995 "to make some beer money", the 10 classical music students began their careers entertaining executives and accountants at corporate functions. Their big break came in 2002 when they were asked to perform in Germany, and the rest is history, as they say. Wait up. Classical music students drinking beer, who woulda' thought?

Anyway, not to be confused with an actual band, the Tenors are more of a musical variety show act that wouldn't be out of place performing at The Roxy Review Bar. The boys do a little funny, a little cute and a little sexy for the squirming ladies. But you can't help but feel that they've done it a million times before, from the choreographed pyramid formations on stage to the overeager foot stamping, it all felt a bit too rehearsed.

One woman jumped up from the audience as soon as the guys started belting out Elvis Presley tunes, hips gyrating and thighs wiggling in unison as they rocked out a medley of the King's classics. After a few attempts at comedy it was back to another medley. Actually, more like conveyor belt of medleys: Australian folk, movie themes, and classic medleys were the order of the night. Still, while there are plenty of reasons to poke fun at these lads from down under, they did draw a bigger crowd than most international acts who've played here (say what 50Cent?). [Ashlin Simpson]

Then again, some girls do still go ga-ga over good looking guys....

What's a girl supposed to do when she gets the opportunity to see ten sexy guys in suits serenading her with their sublime classical pop medleys? Grab it with both hands of course.

These guys are so easy on the ear and eye that it's easy to see why they've sold millions of albums. Suited up in identical Armani-like suits, these young Aussie gentlemen can definitely hit a note or two - make that a good couple of notes! Whether it was giving traditional Australian folk songs a symphonic pop spin, giving Elvis' rockers a revamp or soaring through hooked on classic hits like "Funiculi Funicula" the Ten Tenors sure know how to entertain a crowd. The Arena was filled with women dressed to the nines hanging on every word and beautiful note these guys were belting out. [Ulpha Edries]

What's a girl supposed to do when she gets the opportunity to see ten very sexy guys in suits serenading her with sublime classical pop medleys?
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