Blood Brothers Cape Town Review
When the country’s top local rockers come together to form SA’s first supergroup, and put on a 3-hour long show two days before payday, you find the money and go. There’s no hesitation, just pure anticipation. All your favourite musicians in one group? It spells just one thing: TEQUILA. No, just kidding, but it does make for a pretty massive party!
We enter the doors of Grandwest, pick up our tickets and get drinks at the bar. All smooth. Inside the arena a couple of hundred people are already standing against the barriers waiting, expectations and excitement high. It’s really the first time all these artists will be on one stage, sharing the same songs, the same crowd and the same atmosphere, and it is charged with wildness.
But just before the show starts Catherine Grenfell gives the crowd a quick talk about early detection and prevention. You see, this party has a slightly different motive: Herman Pretorius, the man behind the Vrede Foundation, left behind a legacy which generates cancer-awareness, promotes early detection and raises funds for young people with cancer. Blood Brothers was put together in support of this very worthy cause.
Throughout the night the rock stars rotate the stage as they perform magic through famous songs of international legends and their own. They’re professional, passionate and so incredibly talented. I look around me every now and then and just take it in. Take in, take in… for who knows if we’ll ever experience this again.
Arno Carstens showed why he is still SA’s king of rock. He has the weirdest stage presence of them all, and the craziest dance moves, but somehow he does it without looking like an idiot. And I am sure even if he did look like one, he really doesn’t care. Kobus de Kock Jnr brought the fire with his solid vocals. Albert Frost showed that he is a master of the guitar, and one of SA’s best. It’s now difficult to actually single out the artists, as every single one of them brought a unique sound and personality to the show.
As the crowd finally sings People Gotta Know, we put our arms around our fellow rock lovers and sing along. We know the words, we know the artists, we know rock ‘n roll when we hear it. In my mind, and the thousands who also witnessed it in Joburg and Cape Town: A truly unforgettable event.
There was only one thing that I was upset about: When I looked to the back of the venue, I noticed that they had the curtains drawn closed as most of the seats were simply not booked. So, Cape Town, where were YOU?