Blacks Only Comedy Show is back at Grand Arena Cape Town on 6 MAY 2014 !

Blacks Only Comedy Show is back at Grand Arena on 6 MAY 2014 !

VOTE DAVID KAU!

Comedy giant, David Kau, and the nation’s hottest black comics return to Grand Arena in GrandWest, Cape Town on the 6 May for a night to remember with South Africa’s favourite comedy show, Blacks Only Comedy show.

After the successful “Bling Bling Tour” last year October, Cape Town wanted Blacks Only back and the show promises to be its hilarious side splitting performance which includes comedians such as Joey Rasdien, Donovan Goliath,Skhumba Hlope, Sifiso Nene, Alan Committee and many more.

The evening will be hosted by MC, David Kau, who needs little introduction. The Kroonstad-born star began his career as the first black stand-up comedian in the 1998 Smirnoff Comedy Festival in Cape Town – the only black person on stage out of 44 comics! “I’d never had experience in stand-up comedy,” recalls David, “the first comedy show I ever saw was the first one I was in.” And for the next few years David was a headliner in many international and local comedy shows and has travelled the world performing at many Comedy festivals. His dedication to the Blacks Only Comedy Show brand is one of the reasons it is the fastest and biggest selling comedy brand in the country.

For ten years the popular comedy show has taken laughter across the country, and now Cape Town fans can see their favourite comedians under one roof at Grand Arena at GrandWest on Tuesday, 6 May. ” Cape Town.

Don’t forget it is on Tuesday the day before elections, come to the show, so you can vote properly the next day” says David Kau.

Tickets start from R165 and the show begins at 8pm sharp. To book visit www.computicket.com.

Great live pic from Simple Minds Cape Town Concert

Grand West -Sunday 3 Nov -7pm SIMPLE MINDS Live

Since 1977 Simple Minds’ frontman Jim Kerr, along with his fellow band members Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes have committed themselves to being of the worlds greatest live acts. 36 years on and the music of Simple Minds remains as important, vital and loved as all of their many chart topping hits combined.

As the tours name suggests Simple Minds will be unpacking and delivering all the hits and memories from each of their critically acclaimed studio albums including 1984’s Sparkle In The Rain, Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years, as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both originally released in 1989).

The Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World will play host to the band and capacity crowd keen to hear the likes of the1989 game-changer “Mandela Day”, the track that arguably played a critical role in highlighting Madiba’s contribution and sacrifice for the freedom every single South African enjoys today. “We were rocking against racism,” Kerr recalls. “Peter Gabriel did it with “Biko”, and we found our voice in a man who’s a living legend. We were young, filled with idealism and possibility. Hopefully that’s what rubbed off and helped in making South Africa a great country and one we love coming back to.”

Loved for their ballads as much as their rich, guitar-driven rock, Simple Minds has always successfully sidestepped being locked into any one style or mood. “One of the things I’m most proud of is that people say to me what Simple Minds are you talking about?” Kerr explains. “The avant-garde, the art-rock, the pop, the ambient, the instrumental group, the political, the folk, the stadium band? We’ve been on one hell of a journey. To play all those different styles, but at the same time be quintessentially Simple Minds, is an amazing thing.”

Relevant and as dynamic as they’ve ever been, Simple Minds may have a wall of greatest hits that go back decades, but what’s even more amazing is they continue to make new memories in a time that’s radically different from when they first started out in. “We’ve seen a lot, played our hearts out, and we keep coming back for more,” Kerr confesses. “The best part for me now is being able to enjoy so many of songs in the places that inspired their creation. Better still is seeing just how each has grown, just as we have.

“When we started Simple Minds, our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands,” Kerr concludes. “We wanted to be a band that had the desire to go all around the world – playing everywhere and anywhere. We’re still living the dream and are looking forward to sharing it with as many people as possible.”

Simple Minds -N America show review -Stunning ! They arrive in SA this week for 3 shows -2 JHB one CT

Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr was pretty direct when they announced their short North American tour earlier this year: If you want to see a bigger tour, come see this one. Some people took that as an ultimatum but let’s be realistic – the economics have to be there to interest promoters.
Last night at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles the band did more than enough to make their case.
There is no opening act for this tour and so when the lobby lights flashed the crowd streamed into the hall to the opening strains of Broken Glass Park, one of two new tracks on the recent Greatest Hits + release.
The stage filled with fog and suddenly there was Jim Kerr, weaving and gliding around the stage like he had been transported in from 1985 – a little older, maybe a little wiser, but no less potent a singer or showman.
With a 50-track greatest hits package to promote, the set list was impressive.
After opening with one of the two new tracks on the collection, they moved into more familiar territory with a block of tunes including Waterfront, Up On The Catwalk, and All the Things She Said before stepping it down a notch for Mandela Day.

During this track large swaths of the audience stepped out to refresh their drinks or themselves, leading Kerr to thank the rest of the audience for sticking with them before pointing out that we should save some energy because there was, in his words, “a lot of music left.” Another highlight of their first set was a cover of Let The Day Begin, originally performed by The Call. Perhaps it’s strange to find a cover in the midst of a set like this, but I enjoy a glimpse into what tracks a band likes or feels connected to, and Simple Minds gave the song great flavor.
The second set opened with I Travel and moved through another litany of mainstay songs, playing Someone Somewhere in Summertime, She’s A River, and Love Song before arriving at what I thought was the most powerful performance of the evening, See The Lights.
The ringing, open chords and the lyrics bemoaning a lost love seemed to soak into the audience, Jim Kerr and ’80s Nation acknowledging together that summer is perhaps gone. On the heels of this soaring anthem to heartbreak, it was fitting that the bridge led into Don’t You (Forget About Me). You could feel the crowd exhale as we all surged to our feet to sing along with Jim Kerr, who cheerfully led us all through a singalong of what may be the definitive anthem of the ’80s. They closed the set with Promised You A Miracle before quickly vanishing from stage in preparation for the obligatory encore.
The encore opened with the instrumental Theme for Great Cities (which of course I personally interpreted as a nod to Los Angeles), presumably to give Kerr a moment for a costume change and a sip or two of water, before closing out the night with Sanctify Yourself and Alive And Kicking.
Bottom line, this was a great concert by a band that is absolutely hitting their spots and having a great time doing it. The band was tight and seemed to be enjoying themselves; Jim Kerr not only sounds great but was an absolute presence onstage, working the crowd like a seasoned pro, tossing his microphone cable over his shoulder to strike a pose or lead the clapping. He waved, shook hands, and shouted out “Thank you for making us feel so welcome!”
No Jim, thank you. Thank you for caring enough to do justice to your music.

by Brad Williams
http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/80s/concert-review-simple-minds-at-las-orpheum-theater-oct-15-2003/2147583

Time to celebrate the majesty of Simple Minds they coming to tour SA

Simple Minds are arguably one of the best live bands in the world and over a thirty year career have been responsible for some of the most innovative and enduring anthems in rock music.

The band scored a string of hit singles, and are best known for their 1985 hit “Don`t You (Forget About Me)” (UK #7, US #1), from the soundtrack of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club.

Their other more prominent hits include “Alive and Kicking” (UK #7, US #3) and “Belfast Child” (UK #1)

Simple Mind’s fans will revisit the many chapters of their storied career and more on the group’s Greatest Hits Live tour to South Africa.

Simple Minds

They will be playing

1 & 2 November 2013 at the Big Top Arena at Carnival City in Johannesburg and

3 November at Grand Arena at GrandWest Casino in Cape Town.

Book at  www.computicket.co.za

For more info re tour see www.realconcerts.co.za

Simple Minds – Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie Ged Grimes coming to SA in Nov

Simple Minds have been many things to many people: sound scapers, sound-shapers, soundtrack makers, serial chart-toppers.

They have influenced acts as diverse as the Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Moby and The Horrors.

They have been sampled by Nicky Minaj, David Guetta, Joey Negro and Freddy Bastone. They have provided memorable movie moments for directors Christian Carion (L’Affaire Farewell), Gregor Jordan (The Informers), Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown) and, of course, John Hughes (The Breakfast Club).

They have topped the British charts half a dozen times, with the studio albums Sparkle In The Rain (1984), Once Upon A Time (1985) and Street Fighting Years as well as the Ballad Of The Streets EP (both 1989), the concert recording Live In The City Of Light (1987), and the compilation Glittering Prize 81/92, and returned to the UK Top Ten with Graffiti Soul, their most recent studio album, in 2009.

“When we started Simple Minds, our objective was to be considered as one of the great live bands. A band that had the desire to go all around the world – playing everywhere and anywhere,” says Kerr.

Simple Minds are Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes.

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