Date: 2005-11-30 12:41:25
Once again The Go Summer Tour will be burning up the country during December with a massive month long tour of the largest rock/pop bands in the country during the annual holiday heat wave. The tour consists of two separate tours featuring Prime Circle, Fevetree and Wonderboom on the one and The Parlotones, The Finkelstiens and Evolver on the other.
Both tours will also be joining up for a few of the shows resulting in all six of the mega band s live on stage. This years Idol finalists will also be joining the tour making it one of the biggest tours in South Africa. Watch press for details on which Idol can be seen at which show.
Dont forget to pack your after sun lotion for this one folks cause its gonna be scorching baby!
Prime Circle, South Africas biggest selling rock act of 2003/2004 with their debut album "Hello Crazy World" selling in the excess of 35 000 units to date and with countless number 1 singles including "Hello" & "Let Me Go". Five of their singles off this album went top 20 on 5FM. Aside from phenomenal album sales, sold out concerts and headlining tours Prime Circle also performed at the 2005 "46664" concert for Nelson Mandela, as well as touring SA with US act "Live" on their "Birds of Prey" world tour. Prime Circles first album was signed to Warner Brothers in Scandinavia and Next Plateau/Universal for the USA.
Live This Life, recorded in 2005, sees the band raise the bar for South African acts across all genres. This album is an aural manifestation of the quantum leap Prime Circle have made from small town boys to national icons. The first single "Miracle" is starting to dominate play lists and charts nationwide. "Prime Circle - Live this life" will sit proudly in any CD collection for many years to come.
The album is the bands best work yet and if fans are wondering whether Prime Circle will live up to the mammoth success of the previous release Live This Life is a solid rock album that reflects the bands more mature side.
Wonderboom is a band that needs no introduction. Their crazy colour painted all the stages of South Africa with their funky tattooed muscle flexing energy. Theyve become a stalwart of SA music. You cannot say Wonderboom without sinful and sordid images of flesh bound men frolicking bare chested in front of millions of screaming fans, wearing the snake that some so commonly misrepresent as evil?
Theyve become as an important a part of South African music as biltong is to a khaki man.
Enter Wonderboom, clothed, in 1997
Merging 2 different bands The Electric Petals and Eight Legged Groove Machine, its obvious that each member is tightly ensconced in the world of music. It is blood to them, and it is this energy and daring that makes them go on to become one of the hottest bands SA has ever seen in all aspects of the word.
Initially touring as The Electric Petal Groove Machine the boys start out as all aspiring bands start out. Touring, gigging, playing, practicing, defining their sound, but unlike other bands this happens all in the space of one week. Shortly after their joining of minds, TEPGM perform their first show live on the TV show The People Of The South hosted by Dali Thambo.
And the rest, they say, is unbelievable.
In such a short space of time, the band is asked to open for international 80s band Simple Minds. Shortly after, Lead singer Cito replaces the temporary band name when he spots a road sign just outside of the Freestate town Kroonstad called Wonderboom.
Its shorter, and its new and it is the start of something beautiful.
1997 is to Wonderboom as the world is to humanity. From dust and drums whence we came!
Seldom does a band deliver passion, commitment, hope and quality melodic music mixed with a compelling sense of originality. This is not Coldplay, neither U2, nor ??????, yet it is all at the same time.
Since Fevertree (Garth Luke Vocals & Guitars; Dale Orchard Bass Guitar; Matt Marinus Drums) signed to Musketeer Records in Sept 2003, they have become true innovators in a South African music market often thought to be jaded. Rave reviews on their debut album: "Quest for a cure" (Heat, You, Cosmopolitan, Stage, The Star) have seen Fevertree catapult to the forefront of South Africas live scene. A nomination for a 2005 SAMA award for "Best Adult Contemporary Album" further enhanced their growing reputation.
They continue to enjoy massive amounts of radio play with their 2nd single ("Addicted") and 3rd Single ("You can Believe") being rated in the top 100 songs in South Africa for 2004 and 2005, whilst their current single ("Something in the way") is ripping the airwaves as we speak and has just enter the 5 Top 40.
The Parlotones will be celebrating their highly acclaimed third release Radiocontolledrobot. This tour will accompany the release of the must have album for the year in earnest. Following two years of touring the band have finally attracted some much deserved attention with the release of their hit single Here Comes A Man. Colourful, the next single is slowly gaining momentum on various radio stations around the country.
Growing from strength to strength the past year saw them touring endlessly showcasing their unique style of music to anyone who would listen. It is finally paying off. The band hooked up with Just Jinger during their final South African show is Pretoria and received a huge response. They were invited to perform live at the recent Cosmopolitan 21st Bash and the FHM Top 100 sexiest woman party. These two performances were shortly followed by shows in Botswana and The Nokia Youth Day concert alongside The Finkelstiens, Prime Circle, The Springbok Nude Girls, Malaika and Zola. The bands personal highlight has been asked to open for international band New Model Army and being asked to represent Johannessburg in the Cell C Sounds of the City event.
In a ground breaking venture The Parlotones have decided to release their third singles music video ahead of time. Fans can logon and watch the progress of the animated music video as changes are actually happening. The video is due for release early next year to accompany the single Dragonflies and Astronauts. To download the music video go to www.powerzone.co.za
The Parlotones are clearly re-writing the script for SA music
Following the release of Good Life the theme song for the new Crazy Monkey movie Straight Outta Benoni, The Finkelstiens are taking to the road to celebrate the good life and then some. The Finks are currently campaigning with Kelloggs for Kids Rights and they stand for a Childs right to make mistakes as well as being nominated for a Star In You Award.
Local punk/rock band The Finkelstiens have hardly enough time to sign autographs for their fans, who can often be seen approaching them on the street, what with their many appearances at some of the countries most prestigious events such as the Cosmopolitans 21st birthday party and The Channel O awards. The band can also be seen hogging the limelight in South Africas most loved magazines.
Evolver one of SAs most talked about and entertaining rock bands will be celebrating the completion of their forthcoming album. Titled Get Up the album is long anticipated and features all the crowd favourites. Since the band started touring extensively tongues have been wagging about their energetic and powerful performances.
Evolver is crammed with face-lifting funk, booty-shaking groove, and infectious, uncomplicated fun. This commitment to entertaining and uplifting is fast establishing the bands reputation as "the best night out in town".
Evolver are a 4-piece funk-rock phenomenon from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. To date they have completed a ten city tour with Prime Circles Winter Tour and are due to complete an eight city tour with the upcoming MK89 Powerzone Campus Invasion Tour as well as a fifteen city tour during December on the Go Summer Tour.
Aside from their weapons-grade live shows, what sets Evolver apart from their peers is their music - it scorches.
We have a sneaky suspicion that next year is this bands year to shine.
Dates and Venus for the tours
Leg one: Prime Circle, Wonderboom, Fevertree
3rd: Due East, Boksburg
9th: Pavilion Shopping Centre, Westville
16th: Kleinberg-Down The Coast, Langebaan
18th: Backline, Margate
19th: Club Coco Bana, East London
20th: The Workshop. St Francis Bay
21st: Flashbacks, Plettenberg Bay
22nd: Tapas Al Sol, PE
23rd: The Snorting Grunter, Port Alfred
26th: Rock The Bay Festival, Blue Rock Cable Ski Lake, Gordon`s Bay
27th: Grandwest Casino, CT
28th: Hermanus Cricket Club, Hermanus
29th: Plush, George
Leg two: The Finkelstiens, The Parlotones, Evolver
2nd: Due East, Boksburg
9th: Pavilion Shopping Centre, Westville
15th: Primi Piatti, Bloemfontein
16th: Grandwest Casino, Cape Town
17th: Kleinberg-Down The Coast, Langebaan
18th: Hermanus Cricket Club, Hermanus
20th: Plush, George
21st: Stones, Knysna
22nd: Club Coco Bana, East London
23rd: Rocky Ridge Restaurant, Margate
26th: Tapas Al Sol, PE
27th: The Workshop, St Francis Bay
28th: The Snorting Grunter, Port Alfred
29th: Flashbacks, Plettenberg Bay
THE FINKELSTINES www.finkelstiens.co.za
THE PARLOTONES www.parlotones.co.za
PRIME CIRCLE www.primecircle.co.za