The Blood Brothers leave us wanting more

Blood Brothers included several musicians from different bands. Isaac Klawansky (back) from Shadowclub was on the drums. Front: Arno Carstens (left) from Springbok Nude Girls and Hunter Kennedy (Fokofpolisiekar and Heuwels Fantasties) played guitars.

What an amazing mixture of raw talent and refined power.

The concert was performed by a one-night only super-group, comprised of the biggest South African rock stars.

Although some of the songs they covered weren’t well received by all, the night was an overall success, with song after song whipping the crowd into a frenzy, as their favourite artists gave them an array of homegrown and international rock.

They performed some of the major hits that made them famous and took on several songs from the international bands that influenced their sound.

Some of the “poems” recited include Show Me How To Live, by Audioslave; Another Universe by Arno Carstens; Highway to Hell, by ACDC; Hemel op die Platteland, by Fokofpolisiekar and Untie Yourself by Taxi Violence.

The evening was led by the vocals of Francois van Coke (Fokofpolisiekar and Van Coke Kartel), Kobus de Kock Junior (Black Cat Bones), Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), George van der Spuy (Taxi Violence and Goodnight Wembley) and Albert Frost (Blues Broers).

Each time one of these rocking vocalists stepped out onto the stage, they were met by a roar of excitement.

De Kock Junior (also known as Rot) swept the crowd into hysteria with his “all-over-the-place” energy.

The easily recognisable Rot sported his unusual stylistic look, including an untrimmed beard and long hair housing several porcupine quills. The vocals were backed by Hunter Kennedy (Fokofpolisiekar and Heuwels Fantasties) and Rian Zietsman (Taxi Violence and Beast) on guitar, Loedi van Renen (Taxi Violence) on bass and Jason Hinch (Black Cat Bones), with Isaac Klawansky (Shadowclub) on drums.

The rockers, both on stage and off, danced as if possessed and sang with a spirit few things beside music can muster.

Van der Spuy even succumbed to the clichéd desire to surf the crowd, who received him with open arms (not literally).

It was a night to remember, with the musicians pulling through for three hours of non-stop rock.

With a double encore and an over-the-top finale covering Bruce Springsteen, the crowd got more than their money’s worth at this musical explosion.

The show, which was held in the Big Top Arena at Carnival City, on July 18, was organised to fight cancer.

The concert served as a fund-raiser in aid of the Vrede Foundation, an initiative that helps to educate young people about cancer and raises funds for young cancer patients. EvD

Erik van Dijk

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