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Sunday, September 11, 2016


(The Black Lapels: Rob Warren, Gareth Gale, Luke Wyngaard & Garth Warren)

CCR’s boisterous and spirited music performed with aplomb. (Review by Keith Millar)

It’s party time at the Rhumbelow Theatre!

Fabulous Durban based tribute band, The Black Lapels, had the joint jumping as they paid homage to one of the best-loved rock groups of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, Creedance Clearwater Revival.

Creedance Clearwater Revival, fondly known as CCR was one of the most important and influential bands of their generation. Fusing rockabilly, pop, R&B, and country music into a sound that was all their own.

Despite a relatively short time together they produced a string of hits which remain amongst the most memorable, foot stomping, hand clapping, sing along music of all time. Music that is still instantly recognisable and soul-stirring to this day.

Think of hits such as Proud Mary, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Bad Mood Rising, Down On the Corner, Suzy Q, Cotton Fields, Lookin Out My Back Door, Willie and the Poor Boys, Midnight Special, Who Stopped the Rain, Born on The Bayou, I Heard It On the Grapevine and many more. Every one of them remembered with fondness.

CCR was made up of of lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and primary songwriter John Fogerty, his brother rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford.

Interestingly The Black Lapels also have brothers in their line-up in lead singer and guitarist Rob Warren and bassist/back-up singer Garth Warren. Gareth Gale is on drums, and for this production they are joined by the impressive Luke Wyngaard on lead guitar and support vocals.

With some skill and panache, they smash out all the hits mentioned above plus many more in a fitting two-hour tribute to the great CCR. It is a show without pretensions and with a minimal of chatter. Just the boisterous and spirited music performed with aplomb. The audience loved it and joined in with enthusiasm and pleasure.

A special moment in the show is when Rob Warren, accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar gives a soulful rendition of Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi Again and Who stopped the Rain.

The combination of an inviting venue, an excellent band and iconic music has resulted in another winner for the Rhumbelow Theatre. If you are in mood for a party – the Creedance Clearwater Revival Tribute show is the place to be.

The show will be back at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo from September 23 to 25. There will also a further performance at the Rhumbelow, Pietermaritzburg on October 9 before The Black Lapels head off on their national tour.

Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 20h00 and on Sundays at 14h00 and 18h30.  In Pietermaritzburg shows take place at 14h00 and 18h30.

Venue opens 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner. Tickets R140 (R120 pensioners), Limited secure parking available. Bar available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises)
Booking is essential through Computicket or contact Roland on email: or or phone 082 499 8636. – Keith Millar