Can you deal? Red Hot Chilli Peppers are coming to South Africa in February 2013.
With Linkin Park’s arrival, my bucket list was already grinning and doing some sort of happy shuffle.
Now, the funk, alternative, psychedelic is hitting Jozi and Cape Town next year. Anthony Kiedis (vocals), ‘Flea’, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer are going to jam up the country. And I’ll be up front, grabbing onto my favourites and taking in one of the best rock bands.
JOZI – 2 FEB
CAPE TOWN – 5 FEB
(Supported by Die Antwoord)
Ticket Sales: JHB from 29 Aug and CT from 30 Aug on www.computicket.com
To look forward to:
Finally, Linkin Park is coming to South Africa and I couldn’t be happier! I fell in love with the hard rock back in the day when I was still a bustling teen whose music taste gathered anything from Linkin Park’s nu metal and Blink 182’s pop punk to Destiny’s Child’s pop R&B and Beastie Boys’ hip hop. But Linkin Park’s raw rock, rap metal and powerful lyrics was my firm favourite. Chester’s voice was my go-to and I hoped that one day I’d see them live. Linkin Park has always been on my music bucket list and finally they’ve made the move to tour Africa. After a decade of adoration, Linkin Park is stopping by in Jozi and Cape Town in November 2012.
7 November – Cape Town
10 November – Johannesburg
Go to http://www.computicket.com/ for tickets
Here’s some Linkin Park favourites. Hard to pick.
Arcade Empire,Pretoria’s colossal live gig hang-out, is back and better than ever with its grand re-opening on 20 July. It’s bigger and better. Mastered with cool kids, local bands making great music and DJ’s dropping bass, The Empire is sure to bring about a new age in Pretoria’s rather subdued night life. For me, it’s a favourite. Hatfield can keep its drunken high-schoolers and okes and Centurion can keep its zef. While Jozi boasts Gauteng’s grand spots, Arcade is the coolest. Also, we don’t have Avastar (cue vomit). Arcade’s new venue will be kicking and will definitely attract more with the always impressive weekend line-ups, pizza and drink specials. The atmosphere is either laid-back or insane.
20 July, Grand Re-opening featuring Wrestlerish (local boys and Arcade regulars), Taxi Violence, Isochronous, Van Coke Kartel and Moejoe vs Minx.
Entrance is FREE.
New digs: 265 The Highway Street, Equestria, Pretoria East (-25.767651, 28.326498)
These are some of the tracks from each artist that I love to see live:
Arcade Empire, Pretoria’s best live gig hangout, is moving to a bigger and better venue come July and will be closing on a massive high with Desmond and The Tutus celebrating the launch of their brand-spanking-new album “MNUSIC” on Saturday 30 June. Desmond has been a favourite of mine for some time.
Their tunes are vibey, energetic, humourous and catchy. They are still my band to beat when it comes to live performances and they breathe an easy-going presence while a lot of other bands reek of arrogance in their walk up to fame. For them, its about having a good time, making great songs and giving audiences performances they’ll always remember.
If you are a Desmond ‘Live’ virgin, I feel for you. There is nothing more fantastical then singing the old favourites, cracking The German Modern and dancing like you’ve had Red Bull zapped into your wrist. They bring fun back into rock. Just visit their website (www.desmondandthetutus.co.za) and you’ll get a laugh out of their ‘penis enlargment-sangoma-type’ pages. On their Facebook page, their profile picture pokes a little fun at another South African band (see below)
Take a listen to their stuff and be AMA-zinged and check them out live if you have the chance. You won’t regret it:
Some older hits: