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Saturday, May 20, 2017


(Barry Thomson, Dawn Selby, Shaun Dragt, Mali Sewell & 
guest guitarist Jason Andrew)

An intense, passionate, hard-hitting explosion of music which is by far and away the hottest rock and roll party in town. (Review by Keith Millar)

Durban’s premier show band, The Reals, are setting the stage alight at the Rhumbelow Super Theatre in Umbilo with a sublime performance of classic rock tunes.

It is an intense, passionate, hard-hitting explosion of music which is by far and away the hottest rock and roll party in town.

This is The Real’s first appearance at Durban’s Rhumbelow Theatre this year and they are back with a bang presenting a mixed bag of rock music from the 1980.s and 90’s which includes hits tunes from artists such as ZZ Top, Bon Jovi, Green Day, Blink 182, Motely Crew, Alice Cooper, Poison, Guns N’ Roses, Kiss, Pearl Jam, Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters and more. Enough to keep every rocker, young and old, singing along in a haze of nostalgia and ecstasy.

The show is not presented chronologically, nor does it have a particular theme. It is rather an inspiring display of musicianship by five consummate performers doing what they do best. It is pointed out, however, that there are common threads which run through all music from generation to generation.

Audiovisual displays were used throughout the show to add spice to the proceedings.

The Reals are fronted, as ever, by their inimitable lead guitarist and vocalist Barry Thomson. Thomson, who was celebrating his 50th birthday on Friday, just seems to get better and better with age. He is a remarkable rock guitarist. He is not short on charm, either, and his banter with the audience and insights into the music are always entertaining.

He is joined on lead guitar and vocals for this show by guest artist Shaun Dragt. He is also a very accomplished performer, although his nerves did seem to get the better of him while he was performing a couple of Green Day songs. His generation gap repartee with Thomson is also good fun.

On keyboards and vocals is the group’s musical director, the ever-green Dawn Selby. Her performance of Guns N’ Roses’ November Rain was absolutely superb. I can’t wait for the day that she decides to do a show featuring women rockers.

The outstanding Mali Sewell on drums and Jason Andrew on bass form the strong backbone against which The Reals’ excellent sound is created. Both are talented and very skilled performers. Andrew, of course, also makes a big contribution with his vocals.

The sound balance on this show was first-rate. Kudos to resident Rhumbelow sound engineer, Andre Norden, for his excellent contribution to the success of the production.

If you are in the mood for some excellent music excellently performed, or if you are just in the mood to be entertained by Durban’s leading rock band then this is the show for you.

Don’t miss it. Support local live music.

The Long Road To Rock with The Reals will be on at the Rhumbelow Super Theatre in Umbilo until May 28 with shows as follows:

May 20 at 20h00
May 21 at 14h00
May 26 & 27 at 20h00
May 28 at 14h00 and 18h30
(Venues open 90 minutes before show for picnic dinner)

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners and tables of eight or more – first weekend only). Contact Roland for large group booking discounts – 20 or more.

Take along food picnic baskets. Braais will be available. There is limited secure parking and booking is essential. A cash bar is available (no alcohol may be brought on to the premises). Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland on 082 499 8636, email or visit

Rhumbelow Durban is situated at 42 Cunningham Road off Bartle Road in Umbilo. – Keith Millar