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5 Decades of Rock
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: Dawn Selby
CAST: Barry Thomson, Jerryn Fosteras, |Ross Tapson, Dawn Selby, Mali Sewell and Jason Andrew
VENUE: Heritage Theatre, Hillcrest
UNTIL: November 17
IF you’re a true rock god or goddess you will enjoy the amount of head-banging, electric guitar playing and heavy metal rock that is going down at the Heritage Theatre in the production 5 Decades of Rock.
The show features the very best of rock through the past five decades with a variety of styles, genres and eras. From Nickelback, The Foo Fighters and Queen to Guns ’n Roses, Metallica and Green Day, this show aims to deliver some of the greatest songs that became smash hits from the 1960s to the present.
With Nickelback’s Rock Star playing in the background, the audience is introduced to the cast as they appear in the crowd and make their way to the stage. This song is especially fitting and gives the viewer an idea of the amount of fun that is in store for the rest of the evening.
Thomson warmly welcomes the crowd and gives us a brief history of rock music over the years. Between songs, he shares some of the fundamental turning points of the greatest rock musos that ever lived. As always, he is charismatic on stage and his personality shines through. In terms of his vocals and guitar playing, he cannot be faulted.
Then there’s newcomer Tapson who has the look of a rock legend. His energy and passion for this genre of music come across and he is a great performer. The crowd came alive during his performance of The Kinks’ You Really Got Me.
Rock vocalist Fosteras (pictured) has an explosive voice and he gives it his all on stage. With tracks like Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train, Queen’s Stone Cold Crazy and AC/DC’s Back in Black, the crowd went wild with applause on the night I attended. Just something that caught my attention about Fosteras is that as much as he has an incredible voice and is loved by the audience, I find that when he sings, he tends to imitate the respective artist.
As for the rest of the band, they are great and work well together. The synergy on stage as well as with the audience is incredible.
Performances that stand out were Fosteras’ Alive, Thomson’s This is How You Remind Me, American Idiot and the cast’s performance of Rock of Ages.
With regards to costume, the cast ticked all the right boxes as they were dressed in leather, bandanas, jeans and T-shirts.
What’s interesting is the manner in which the crowd relate to the songs from each decade. There was a sense of nostalgia as members of the audience sang along to the most memorable classics.
All in all, 5 Decades of Rock is a highly entertaining production suited especially for fanatics of rock music over the years.
• The show runs until November 17 at Heritage Theatre. Tickets R195 Wednesday to Saturday, and R165 Tuesday evenings and Sunday lunchtime for the show and a two-course meal. The “show only” option is R120. For info, call 031 765 4197.