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Sunday, February 3, 2019


(Rob Warren, Rusty Red, Gareth Gale & Garth Warren)

All in all, this was an enjoyable and rather comfortable show performed by a competent band. A good night out. (Review by Keith Millar)

The popular and accomplished tribute band, The Black Lapels, are currently demonstrating their prowess at the Rhumbelow Theatre at Tina’s hotel in Kloof in a compilation show entitled The Hits.

In their usual rather laid-back and no fuss style they deliver a selection of songs from their previous tribute shows.

The group - made up of Rob Warren on lead vocals and guitar, his brother Garth Warren on bass and vocals, Gareth Gale on drums and gifted lead guitarist Rusty Red - proved their popularity and drawing power on Saturday night by filling the Rhumbelow venue at Tina’s Hotel to capacity with an appreciative audience.

The show starts with a rather pleasant country rock version of Simon and Garfunkel’s Mrs Robinson taken from the group’s tribute show Road to Graceland: A Tribute to Paul Simon - also from the movie The Graduate.

In fact, the Paul Simon tribute is well represented during the show with the likes of The Boxer, Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Shoes, Slip Sliding Away and Graceland also included.

From the band’s Creedence Clearwater Water tribute shows - my favourite of their offerings – they performed Lookin’ Out My Back Door, Have you Ever Seen The Rain, Proud Mary, Cotton Fields and Bad Moon Rising.

The second half of the programme kicked off with Take it Easy from the Eagles (unfortunately, much to the disappointment of many in the audience, Hotel California was not included in the programme) and then two Johnny Cash hits in Folsom Prison Blues and Ring of Fire.

Also included in the show were two numbers from The Black Lapels’ recently released EP, All Or Nothing, as well as songs from The Band, Ricky Nelson and Chuck Berry.

I found the sound balance for this show a bit confusing. Heavy on bass (although this did allow the audience to hear what a superb player Garth Warren is) and light on drums. Rob Warren’s lead vocals were also a bit muffled. I couldn’t decide if this was because of poor diction or a bad microphone.

All in all, this was an enjoyable and rather comfortable show performed by a competent band. A good night out.

Performances of The Hits take place today at 14h30 and again from February 8 to 10, 2019, with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 20h00 and on Sundays at 14h00. (The theatre venue opens 90 minutes before show for drinks)

Tickets R150 (R130 pensioners and students with a valid student card) and tables seat 6. Family Pack pricing R300 for two adults and two children free. (No alcohol or food may be brought on to the premises). Tickets are cash or EFT only. Secure parking is available. Booking is through Computicket or contact Roland (also for large group booking discounts of 20 or more) on 082 499 8636 or email: or visit

(For Restaurant reservations contact 031 764 7843)

Tina’s Hotel is situated at 14 Beryldene Road in Kloof. – Keith Millar