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Sunday, October 16, 2016


(Jason Andrew, Mali Sewell, Dawn Selby, Marion Loudon & Barry Thomson)

Superb show filled with great music and performed with aplomb, skill and exuberance. (Review by Keith Millar)

The Rhumbelow Theatre and the Reals. Two names that are synonymous with stunning tribute shows honouring some of the world’s most iconic rock groups.

The latest show to hit the stage at the rustic super theatre venue is an outstanding tribute to a group that fits comfortably into that category – the fabulously popular rock ensemble, Fleetwood Mac.

Fleetwood Mac, unusually named after its rhythm section, drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie, started as a British blues band in the 1960s. They went through many changes in line-up over the years before been joined by Christine McVie in 1970 and Los Angeles singer-songwriters Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham in 1975. This led to Fleetwood Mac developing into one of the most popular bands in the world. They have sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

Who better to pay tribute to this block-buster of a group than Durban’s finest rock band, The Reals? The line-up of The Reals is Barry Thomson on guitar, Dawn Selby on keyboards Jason Andrew on bass and Mali Sewell on drums. They are consummate musicians with years of experience, and talent to burn.

Along with guest guitarist Colin Peddie and Durban’s singing sweetheart Marion Loudon they put in a dazzling and electrifying performance as they paid homage to the great rock group.

The show covers 30 years of Fleetwood Mac’s music. The story is told mostly by the music itself, with the help of excellent audio visuals and with Barry Thomson’s usual affable chitchat.

The group covers most of Fleetwood Mac’s best loved hits, including the blues song Need Your Love So Bad, excellently performed by Peddie, Go Your Own Way, Dreams, Little Lies, Don’t Stop, The Chain, Say That You Love Me and Seven Wonders.

Acoustic numbers, Landslide and Never Going Back, with guitar genius Barry Thomson playing Lindsey Buckingham and Marion Loudon doing the Stevie Nicks part were excellent, while Dawn Selby singing Songbird accompanied by solo piano was something very special.

The Rhumbelow was filled to capacity with an excited and animated audience which contributed greatly to the wonderful party atmosphere generated by this show.

The Chain – The Fleetwood Mac Story is a superb show filled with great music and performed with aplomb, skill and exuberance. Try not to miss this one – but book soon – tickets are selling out fast.

This show runs at the Rhumbelow Theatre in Cunningham Road, Umbilo until October 23 with shows at 20h00 on Fridays and Saturdays and at 14h00 and 18h30 on Sundays.

There will also be a show at the Aliwal Theatre, Umkomaas on November 19.

(The venues open 90 minutes before the show for picnic diner)

Tickets R140 pp. (R120 pensioners). Bring food picnic baskets. Braais will be available should you wish to cook some meat). Bar Available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Book at Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636 or email: – Keith Millar