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Thursday, January 22, 2015


Those Were The Days is the grooviest show in town and the perfect start to the new year. It promises to bring a 60’s music revolution to The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway from January 27 to March 8.

As hemlines shrunk visibly and free love reigned, the 60’s embedded itself in our memories and music. Those Were The Days pays tribute to a decade where the pace of change in international, social and cultural affairs was quicker than in any other. It is a decade that we will never – could never – forget. Aside from a cultural revolution, some of the most influential music of our time comes from this diverse decade that ran the gauntlet from sugary pop to acid rock, Woodstock to Vietnam, The Beatles to The Rolling Stones and Richard Nixon to flower power.

The show features the crazy host, Awesome Powers, who lines up a 60’s party to get audiences rocking and singing along from the first note. From the opening chords of Wipe Out to the closing anthem, Hey Jude, Those Were the Days will take you back to a world that was experiencing a music revolution.

In rock history, the Woodstock music festival opened many doors - Joe Cocker performed With A Little Help From My Friends; Janis Joplin gave us Piece of My Heart; Jimi Hendrix delivered Purple Haze; then there was Love The One You’re With by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

Let’s not forget the era of California Dreamin’, when groups like Creedence Clear Water Revival and The Mamas & The Papas were born. British pop invaded the US with music from The Animals, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Soul music also made its mark with artists such as Marvin Gaye and Chubby Checker while the musical Hair brought a whole new dimension to the 60’s in the anthems The Age Of Aquarius and Let The Sun Shine In.

The show will feature a rocking eight-piece band made up of Kyle Matthew (also as host), Ruan Geldenhuys, Marvin Nethononda and Elme Jacobs on vocals; with Aaron Nel on guitar and vocals, Calli Thomson on keyboards, Romeo Moalusi on bass guitar and Dylan van der Linde on drums.

Audiences can get ready to twist again to the music of the 60’s - those were the days when even the bad times were good, and the party went on forever!

Tickets R145 pp from Wednesdays to Saturdays (R110 pp every Tuesday and R100 pp for the Sunday matinees. For bookings and enquiries, phone The Barnyard Theatre on 031 566 3045 or visit

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